There are two new faces on the O'Fallon Public Library staff. Meet Maura and Chrissy! Maura What jobs did you have before coming to the library? I have worked most recently in the finance industry as a licensed stock broker with TDAmeritrade. Before that I was trying my hand at tech support and repair with … Continue reading Meet the Staff — Maura and Chrissy
Welcome to the 4th Annual Illinois Heartland Library System Library Crawl! The first Library Crawl was started by the Bethalto Public Library District in 2019 to encourage library patrons to find out about a major benefit of having a library card –the millions of items in public libraries throughout Illinois that they can access. That … Continue reading Welcome to the Library Crawl!
A lot of things in life are seasonal. Take food for example. Specifically, Peeps. Peeps around Easter – acceptable. Peeps any other time of the year – unacceptable. The same holds true for beverages like Oktoberfest beer and eggnog. They have their place on the calendar, and outside of that place, they feel wrong. Books … Continue reading The Season of Books by Director Ryan Johnson in Library News & Notes
The O’Fallon Public Library consistently aims to appeal to all members of the communities, and I am pleased to announce the New-Adult Book Club (actual name will be decided in the first meeting). O’Fallon was looking for a club that would attract new adults. Along came Ally Ouimet, 25, fresh fromearning her Master’s in English … Continue reading Announcing a New Book Club at O’Fallon Public Library!
Welcome back to "Climbing the Stairs with a Librarian," a series of blog posts where we explore the classics painted on the O'Fallon Public Library's main staircase. This month's book is "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi. "Persepolis" is about Satrapi's childhood in Iran which took place during the Islamic Revolution. It is written as a comic … Continue reading Persepolis — Climbing the Stairs with a Librarian
A guest post by Ashley in Circulation Yesterday, the world received the terrible news that the Queen had died. Now, obviously as Americans, we are not a country in mourning. It is still worth a look back on such a profound life. Queen Elizabeth was a member of the Girl Guides, Britain’s version of the … Continue reading A Moment for Queen Elizabeth II
One of the displays at the library for the month of September highlights the beloved books that made our library patrons into the readers they are today. You have until the end of the month to share your picks and enter into a raffle for a prize! Here are some of the books that have … Continue reading The Books that Made O’Fallon Love to Read, a Book List and Reader Advisory
A friend of mine recently shared a TikTok of some random guy reciting all sorts of doom and gloom stats around book reading. I put forth a bit of effort, but ultimately couldn’t find his sources (not terribly surprising for TikTok content, but I digress). Assuming the best, let’s take these stats at face value. … Continue reading The Importance of Reading from Director Ryan Johnson in Library News & Notes
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 … Continue reading Friends of the Library and Events in Library News & Notes
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 … Continue reading Summer Reading Stats and Upcoming Events in Library News & Notes