Heidi Wiechert is the Adult Programming and Social Media Coordinator for O’Fallon Public Library. In the latest article for the O’Fallon Weekly, she discusses upcoming events and library services.

I remember when O’Fallon Public Library was on Main Street in O’Fallon — I bet many of you do too. And then, I remember the community building a fancy, new library with an iconic roof.

It was so exciting. There was so much more room for the collection and everything even smelled new.

Then, as readers of the O’Fallon Public Library blog are aware, I was working as an adult services assistant when the library went through its huge renovations in 2015. Talk about hard work! I remember when the computers shifted from upstairs to down, new systems for time management, and more.

Now, I find myself at the library again during a time of change. Our roof has a few leaks and the bubble wall is acting strangely (not to worry, the City is aware and working hard on repairs).

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But through all of this change, both old and new, the librarians are still here, still smiling, still available to help with whatever questions or needs O’Fallon residents may have.

In a few weeks, the Friends of the O’Fallon Library will have their semi-annual “huge” book sale. If you wanted to give back to the library, a good way to do it would be to sign up to work some hours at the sale.

Word on the street is, there may be some free books for volunteers at the book sale. Learn more and sign up at ofpl.info/friends.

In other news, at 6:30 pm Thursday, March 24, the library will be hosting an information meeting for Our Brothers’ Keepers of Southern Illinois. It is an ecumenical faith-based organization dedicated to the full inclusion of former individuals in custody (returning citizens), into local communities.

Come to this free informational event to learn about the re-entry services Our Brothers’ Keepers offers as well as: counseling, life and employment skills training, referrals to support services and more. In addition, learn how you can help the non-profit through volunteer opportunities and donations.

If you’re feeling artsy, the Youth Services department has a Take and Make cart every Thursday where you
can make your own craft. This month the cart features shrinky-dinks. A big thank you to Friends of the Library for purchasing and funding the cart!

Finally, on a Zoom webinar at 7pm, March 30, join us for an evening with award-winning humorist Jenny Lawson as she discusses her most recent bestseller, “Broken (in the best possible way)”.

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering high-quality events. Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

You can find the registration link on our website:

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