5 Star Fridays · Uncategorized

Turtleface and Beyond by Arthur Bradford

Arthur Bradford’s Turtleface and Beyond is one of my favorite collections of short stories, mostly because of the consistent narrative voice in our narrator, Georgie. Bradford creates for a bizarre, but believable cast of characters and the even more bizarre situations they find themselves. Most of the narrators tell their stories in such sincere ways that they… Continue reading Turtleface and Beyond by Arthur Bradford

Upcoming Events · online resources · announcements · o'fallon public library

ICYMI – Library News & Notes, Nov 15, 2017

In the O’Fallon Weekly this week, Assistant Library Director Ryan Johnson informs readers about the many free resources patrons can enjoy in addition to the books, DVDs, magazines, and CDs. The library has a trove of digital resources, Ryan said, and he spotlights a couple of his favorites that patrons may not know are available and… Continue reading ICYMI – Library News & Notes, Nov 15, 2017

Fiction · New Title Tuesday · Reader's Advisory

Tornado Weather by Deborah E. Kennedy, New Title Tuesday

I chose the audiobook of this week’s New Title Tuesday pick Tornado Weather by Deborah E. Kennedy and was impressed with the subtle power of this debut novel.  Publisher’s Summary:   Five-year-old Daisy Gonzalez’s father is always waiting for her at the bus stop. But today, he isn’t, and Daisy disappears. When Daisy goes missing, nearly everyone… Continue reading Tornado Weather by Deborah E. Kennedy, New Title Tuesday

5 Star Fridays · Uncategorized

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston’s book, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts proves just how creative the nonfiction genre can be. She weaves family stories told to her by her mother into her own experiences as a girl growing up in a Chinese-American household. Kingston pushes the boundaries of memoire by describing how she thinks… Continue reading The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

announcements · o'fallon public library · Upcoming Events

ICYMI – Library News & Notes, Nov. 8, 2017

In this week’s O’Fallon Weekly column, Youth Services Manager, Teri Rankin, invites patrons to write messages of gratitude on paper feathers and to the turkey cut-out as a prelude to Thanksgiving.  And we have plenty to be thankful for here at the Library – especially all the fun events. For example, teens 12-to-18 years old can… Continue reading ICYMI – Library News & Notes, Nov. 8, 2017

non fiction · o'fallon public library · Reader's Advisory

The New Education by Cathy N. Davidson – New Title Tuesday

This week’s New Title Tuesday selection, The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux by Cathy N. Davidson, is not just for educators and college administrators, it is important information for parents of children  considering their college choices. Publisher’s Summary:  Our current system of higher education dates to… Continue reading The New Education by Cathy N. Davidson – New Title Tuesday

5 Star Fridays

Dog Boy by Eva Hornung

For the month of November, the library is featuring books about pets and animal companions so I thought it fitting to write about one of my favorite human-animal relationship stories, Eva Hornung’s Dog Boy. During the 20th century in Moscow, four year-old Romochka is abandoned by neglectful parents and must figure out how to survive.… Continue reading Dog Boy by Eva Hornung