At O’Fallon Public Library, we’re always looking for ways to give back to the community. One of the ways you can make a tangible difference in the life of another is to give to the supply drive for the Journey of Hope maternity house. There is a donation table set up near the vending machines.

Journey of Hope is a maternity home for women in crisis situations. They build a community – enabling women to live with purpose and to obtain for themselves: a stable home, a healthy lifestyle, a higher education, a career, a budget, and a spiritual life.

They need all sorts of items like: maternity clothes of all sizes, toiletries such as toilet paper, paper towels, dishwashing tabs, trash bags, laundry detergent, kleenex, baby wipes, diapers of all sizes, baby body wash and shampoo, baby lotion, nursing bras in all sizes, clorox wipes, onesies for newborn up to 12 months, baby nightgowns for newborns to 12 months, baby socks, baby thermometers, baby towels and washcloths, and new playmats for babies.

The supply drive will run from now until August 31. Thank you for your generosity!

Though summer reading is now over, we hope that you’ll still come and use the library. You could check out the new staff binge boxes – O’Fallon Public Library staff picks in one convenient package.

For example, the Heidi binge box (mine!) consists of Ghostbusters (the original), Star Wars IV: A New Hope, The Devil Wears Prada, Inception, and Cleopatra. All of those movies are ones I’ve enjoyed over the
years and now I can share them with the O’Fallon community.

I’m not the only one, there are about a dozen different staff members to choose from. One of our adult services assistants, Sean, put the binge boxes together. I think he deserves a high five for creating and
implementing the creative idea.

Speaking of staff members, have you met Ashley, one of our new circulation assistants? She recently
shared a little bit about herself in the library’s blog.

Here’s the interview for those who missed it:

Where did you work before you joined the library?
Before the library, I worked at Joann Fabrics which was dangerous, and I was a greeting card merchandiser. Mostly I was a mom though.

What are your favorite books?
My favorite books lately have been young adult fantasy novels set in African Mythology. I most recently
read “The Merciless Ones” by Namina Forna. It was phenomenal! I’ve also been reading “Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendi. And my favorite book when I was a kid was “To Kill a Mockingbird” by
Harper Lee.

What do you love most about libraries?
What do I love most about libraries? Well, the library is like the last bastion of hope in a world going
nuts. You have access to all of the knowledge you could ever dream of, and we’ll fight to keep it that way. The library is a magical place, and I’m just super excited to be a part of it.

And we’re super excited to have you on the team, Ashley.

This article originally appeared in the O’Fallon Weekly.

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