The Season of Books by Director Ryan Johnson in Library News & Notes

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

Announcing a New Book Club at O’Fallon Public Library!

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!

Persepolis — Climbing the Stairs with a Librarian

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

The Importance of Reading from Director Ryan Johnson in Library News & Notes

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

Summer Reading Stats and Upcoming 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