On behalf of the library, I’d like to issue a huge thank you to everyone who donated items for the June Food Drive. We had three library carts full of food to take to the food pantry!

The next charitable drive, which will run from July 1 through the 31, will be school supplies for the Y. Thanks in advance for your generosity.

Beyond the charity drives, there’s a lot going on at the library. Here are some highlights:

Families can start the 4th of July holiday weekend witha “Way to Go! Halfway Party” for the Summer Reading Program. Give yourself a pat on the back and join us Saturday for a parking lot party!

The fire trucks will give rides up in the buckets! There will be cookies and sno-cones, fun giveaways, and a book raffle too! Don’t miss it, July 2, 10:30 to 11:30 AM in the Library Parking Lot.

Also Saturday morning, the O’Fallon Writer’s Group In-Person Meeting is 11AM-12:30 PM. We welcome adults who want to write, whether they are a published author or a novice. We hope to provide the structure and routine of a welcoming writing community with a designated place to think, consider, explore, create, learn and teach.

Bring your favorite pen or laptop, and come prepared to write and provide constructive feedback to group members who choose to share their work.

Take note: the library is closed Monday for July 4th and will reopen Tuesday, July 5, at 9AM.

For Teen Movie Night, we will get ready for the release of Thor: Love and Thunder by watching Thor: Ragnarok, Tuesday, July 5 from 5:30-8 PM. There will be trivia, snacks, and you could win a gift certificate to watch the new Thor: Love and Thunder movie in the theater.

Looking ahead, adults can join us for City of the Sun, Friday, July 8, from 1:00 to 2:00PM. Justin Smock, Conservation Education Representative at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, discusses the ancient City of Cahokia, a site located in present-day Illinois inhabited by Native Americans from about 700 to 1400.

An ancient metropolis, Cahokia was an artistic, cultural power center during the Mississippian period, and its inhabitants created the largest earthworks in North America. Who built the mounds? How did Monks Mound get its name? What was found at Mound 72?

Learn this and more through a presentation that takes audiences on a journey through time. Justin Smock is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Springfield, with a Master of Arts in History. Justin has worked at Cahokia Mounds in various positions from intern to seasonal interpreter, to working for the Museum Society and is proud to be back once again telling the history of this United States National Historic Landmark.

Registration will open on June 30 for Pop Bottle Rocket Launch. Kids ages 6-12 meet Thursday, July 14, 10-11AM weather permitting and make your own soda bottle rocket launcher. The only thing you will need to bring is an empty, clean, 2-liter soda bottle. Kids ages 6-9 will need an adult or teen present to help.

This one is something you will not want to miss: Communicating with Younger Folks: Insight into How Growing Up Digital Affects Younger Generation’s Communication Thursday, July 14, 4-5PM.

Learn about the modern code of manners, the most common slang, what a meme is, what those websites they’re always on really are, what those incomprehensible phrases mean, and anything else you want to know about how the younger generation communicates!

After the initial presentation, the floor will be open for specific questions.

These are free events and open to the general public.

For more information contact Heidi at heidi@ofpl.info or 618-206-4344.

This article originally appeared in the O’Fallon Weekly.

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