We know it’s back-to school time because families start to turn their attention from the library to the classroom. We hope selection of books and summer reading program kept your students engaged and reading this summer. We loved seeing each smiling (or grumpy) face, and we encourage you to keep reading together even though there is less time in your busy schedule.

By the numbers (and by feedback), our summer reading program was a success. Here are some statistics that will give you a numerical picture.

• 1,183 kids, teens, and adults participated
• 885,156 total minutes were spent reading (that’s 14,752.6 hours)
• 4,061 rewards were earned for reading

This summer we petted donkeys and llamas, learned to face paint, played art bingo, cracked dinosaur eggs, launched rockets, listened to stories, played games, watched anime, and learned about archaeology.

Thank you for participating and for making our summer so fun. We hope that by next summer we will not have to limit our programs so much.

Check out these upcoming library events:

Chess Club – August 20, 10:30 – 11:30 AM – For kids of all ages. Come learn a move or two and play against kids at your level. Facilitated by a former chess champion

• Books & Brew – August 22, 7 – 8 PM – Books & Brew is a fun, nontraditional book club that meets at Global Brew. It’s a great way to meet new people, discover amazing titles, and simply relax. We mix in both fiction and nonfiction titles, with all suggestions coming from you, the attendees! This month: “The Vinyl Underground” by Rob Rufus

• Friday, August 26 – Library CLOSED until noon – Staff Engagement Workshop

Applique Society – August 27, 9 AM – 12 PM Threads of Time is a local chapter of the organization that meets monthly to share our love of applique of all types, including hand, machine, cotton, and wool, and to learn more about the history of applique in quilting. All are welcome

• Back-to-School BINGO – August 27, 1 – 2pm – For kids five-years old and older. Come win school supplies such as glue sticks, markers, colored pencils, pencils, folders, and more. Registration required at: ofpl.info/events/school-bingo

Exploring St. Louis’s Hidden Treasures – August 29, 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Looking for a new way to explore the St. Louis region? Join author and tour guide Dea Hoover to get an insight on hidden treasures in St. Louis as she talks about her best-selling book STL Scavenger: The Ultimate Search for St. Louis’s Hidden Treasures. Hoover is the owner of two St. Louis tour companies and used her 16 years of knowledge and experience to create this fun-for-the-whole-family STL Scavenger.

For more information about these programs visit our online calendar at ofpl.info/calendar.

This article originally appeared in the O’Fallon Weekly.

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