I was speaking to a 20-year-old patron this week and she told me how fun she found the Summer Reading Program (SRP) and how much more reading she completed than she might have without the motivational rewards in Beanstack.

Let’s give a big shout out to Youth Services who tirelessly oversees the entire SRP events, activities, and prizes year after year!

We discussed other activities my young patron might be interested in, and I wished I’d mentioned Exploring St. Louis’s Hidden Treasures, Aug. 29, 6:30-7:30pm.

Author, tour company operator and lifelong Missouri native Dea Hoover has spent more than 20 years exploring and sharing the world with others. In her new book, STL Scavenger, she has gathered and gamified her extensive local knowledge to provide an entertaining and educational means of interacting
with local sites, history and little-known facts about the area.

Dea is the owner and operator of two well-known local tour companies (Discover St. Louis and Are We There Yet?). She has been featured in newspaper, radio, magazine and on television, including The History
Channel’s The States. Currently there are still a few seats still available, so sign up soon at: https://ofpl.info/events/exploring-st-louis%E2%80%99s-hidden-treasures.

I also wanted to describe to the young patron the support writers receive through the O’Fallon Writer’s Group.

If you are currently working on a short piece of writing, a novel, or not sure what you want to compose, then join this supportive group of writers for the next in-person meeting, Sat. Aug. 6, 11am -12:30pm.

This writing group for adults 18+, meets the first Saturday of each month and gives writers access to others whose thoughts drip through their fingers drawing words on the page.

Moonbird Yoga instructors also invite young adults to their next session, August 10 @ 6:30 pm. “In
this all-level yoga practice, we explore aligning breath to movement. We seek flexibility by stretching our muscles while having fun and expanding our knowledge of yoga together!”

Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome. Registration on Moonbird Yoga’s website https://bit.ly/37Yy7W4
is required and an event waiver must be signed prior to participating in the yoga session. This free event reoccurs the second and fourth Wednesday every month.

The library makes efforts to provide events that are appealing to each age group. I did ask my young patron (and all patrons) to pass on ideas for activities or events they would like the library to sponsor. Whether it’s a 20-somethings film night or hiking book-club, the library is happy to learn what you want to see and do.

As a reminder, the Summer Reading Program comes to an end soon. Tickets and reading logs must be
in before midnight July 30. The prize drawings will be Aug. 1.

Also, we invite you to the Southwestern Illinois College Adult Literacy Event Sat, Aug 13, 1 – 2 PM. Hosted by Lachelle Dowell and Jenny Margarida the SWIC Adult Education offers High School Equivalency (HSE),
Vocational, Literacy and English as a Second Language programs.

If you have any questions about this or other events, contact Heidi at heidi@ofpl.info or 618-206-4344.

This article originally appeared in the O’Fallon Weekly.

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