Win a book from the Children’s Department! And learn about our special selections.

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” -Charles W. Eliot

It is September and that means Library Card Sign-Up month. In the Children’s section we are having a drawing for Nikki Giovanni’s new book A Library. Here are some more books about libraries that we are featuring in our special selections.

Does the library make you nervous? Is it hard to find a book? Are the numbers confusing? Learn more about how Melvil Dewey’s love for organization influenced libraries all over the country.


Madeline Finn does not like to read. Madeline Finn sometimes messes up the words. Madeline Finn reads slowly and kids laugh at her. Reading is no fun. Until one day Madeline’s mom takes her to the library where she can practice reading to a dog. The dog listens. The dog doesn’t laugh. The dog is patient with every word that Madeline reads. This would be a great book to read to the dogs that visit our library. Learn more HERE.

Books by Horseback
by Emma Carlson Berne

One of my favorite memories as a kid was walking to the the bookmobile in the parking lot of the grocery store near my house every week. I world of books was brought close to my home and fed my love of reading. I had never heard of a Pack Horse librarian before and I enjoyed reading and learning more through this fictional story and the information at the end of the book. It epitomizes the goal of libraries to make information available and accessable to everyone. O’Fallon Public Library has a delivery service, although not on horseback, for anyone in need. Learn more about the program HERE.

Every library lover needs to spend some time exploring the world of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Mr. Lemoncello is a world reknowned game maker who redesigned the town library. Readers get to compete, right along with the characters, to see who will solve the puzzles and mysteries created by Mr. Lemoncello and be the first to escape the library. There are a lot of fun twists and turns and puzzles that will keep readers guessing until the very end.

Finding Langston
by Lesa Cline-Ransome

It’s 1946. Langston’s mother has just died, and now they’re leaving the rest of his family and friends. He misses everything— Grandma’s Sunday suppers, the red dirt roads, and the magnolia trees his mother loved. In the city, they live in a small apartment surrounded by noise and chaos. At home he’s lonely, his father always busy at work; at school he’s bullied for being a country boy. But Langston’s new home has one fantastic thing. Unlike the whites-only library in Alabama, the Chicago Public Library welcomes everyone. There, hiding out after school, Langston discovers another Langston—a poet whom he learns inspired his mother enough to name her only son after him.

Morris Lessmore loves words, stories and books, and after a tornado carries him to another land, dreary and colorless, he finds a single book in color that leads him to an amazing library where, he learns, the books need him as much as he needs them.

And don’t forget to stop by the Children’s section of the library and enter to win Nikki Giovanni’s beautiful new book A Library.

From the publisher: In this lyrical picture book, world-renowned poet, New York Times bestselling author, and Coretta Scott King Honor winner Nikki Giovanni and fine artist Erin Robinson craft an ode to the magic of a library as a place not only for knowledge but also for imagination, exploration, and escape.

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