The view from the Adult Services desk was quite lively this weekend because I got to catch up with an old friend and former co-worker, Marggie Samson. She’s now secretary for the Friends of the O’Fallon Public Library and was preparing to join the Friends in the O’Fallon City Fest Parade.

“We support the library through programs and initiatives to elevate the impact that the library has on the
community,” Samson said. “We hope to raise awareness of who we are and what we do.”

Some of the community events besides the book sales that the Friends of the Library host include the speaker series, Samson said. And plan ahead for their trivia night and silent auction in November.

If you are interested in joining this amazing group of individuals who are dedicated to making the library and community great, come mingle at the Open House with the Friends of the O’Fallon Public Library
Thurs., Sept 8, 6-7:30pm.

This event is a low-stakes, no obligation way to learn more about this group and potentially get involved. Light refreshments will be provided. All attendees will receive a door prize with one lucky attendee winning a prize of literary swag. The big winner will be announced at the end of the night, but you don’t have to be present to win. Please RSVP at

In other news, keep in mind that the library will open at Noon on Friday, Aug 26, for a Staff Engagement Workshop.

On Saturday, The Appliqué Society (TAS) meets 9am-12pm, Aug 27. TAS is an international non-profit organization devoted to the art of appliqué in quilting. Threads of Time is a local chapter of the organization that meets monthly to share their love of applique of all types, including hand, machine, cotton, and wool. For more information about the local chapter, contact Dana Doerfler (dorflr4@charter.
net) or Katie McMullen (

To learn more about TAS, visit the website at

Also on Saturday, students 5-years-old and up are invited to join us for Back-to-School BINGO, Aug. 27, 1-2 PM. Kids will win school supplies and have fun at the same time. Registration is required.

Adults can learn about the Medical Assistant Apprentice program at Washington University, Thurs, Sept 1
at 6:30pm. Learn while earning money as a Medical Assistant Apprentice. Apprentices are full-time, benefits-eligible Washington University employees.

Some highlights of this program include: No student loans, $15.25 wage, daytime classes during normal work hours —paid— no after hour or Saturday sitter needed, earn a credential, grow in your career, 99% credential exam pass rate for completers. This session is open to the general public. You do not need a library card to attend.

All library events are free and open to the public.

If you have any questions about these or other events, contact Heidi at or 618-206-4344.

This article originally appeared in the O’Fallon Weekly.

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