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

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

Beyond Books, Some Thoughts about the Library by Director Ryan Johnson

It’s fun being a librarian. Sure, there are rough days with upset patrons, overwhelmed staff and crying kids, but in general it’s fun. One of the fun things is reading peoples’ reactions when they ask what I do for a living. “You’re a librarian! You don’t look like a librarian!” I never quite know how … Continue reading Beyond Books, Some Thoughts about the Library by Director Ryan Johnson

Book Sale Results and Tax Savings from Director Ryan Johnson

This article originally appeared in the O'Fallon Weekly. Summer is typically our busy season at the library with the kids out of school, our Summer Reading Program in high gear, and folks looking for great vacation reads. Spring, however, is no slouch. We just wrapped up our Spring Book Sale that brought roughly 2,600 people … Continue reading Book Sale Results and Tax Savings from Director Ryan Johnson

Early Literacy Initiative and More Library News from Director Ryan Johnson

Spring has sprung (at least as of this writing). When you think of spring you might think of Easter, baseball, flowers, or (if you are a bibliophile) the Friends of the Library Book Sale. This season’s book sale starts on Thursday, April 28, and runs through Monday, May 2. Shop from a wide collection of … Continue reading Early Literacy Initiative and More Library News from Director Ryan Johnson

Station Eleven from Page to Screen — Director Ryan Johnson’s Library News & Notes

I don’t usually do book recommendations with this space, but I feel compelled. Let’s start at the end… My wife and I are currently watching Station Eleven on HBO Max. It is a ten-episode series based on the 2014 book by Emily St. John Mandel. The book did well but it wasn’t exactly a runaway … Continue reading Station Eleven from Page to Screen — Director Ryan Johnson’s Library News & Notes

Free Tax Prep and Falling Ceiling Tiles — Director Ryan Johnson Shares Recent Library News

It’s February, which means tax season at the library. We are so happy to once again be partnering with AARP to provide tax aide service to the community. Last year, despite COVID-related limitations, we helped 409 clients file their taxes with combined refunds totaling $511,984. What’s more, we helped clients save roughly $102,250 in fees … Continue reading Free Tax Prep and Falling Ceiling Tiles — Director Ryan Johnson Shares Recent Library News

Library News & Notes – O’Fallon Public Library Director Ryan Johnson

O'Fallon Public Library Director Ryan Johnson shares the latest information about library news and services. This article originally appeared in O'Fallon Weekly. It’s a new year and an old set of problems as we all face uncertainty surrounding the latest COVID variants and the surges associated with them. We at the library have no current … Continue reading Library News & Notes – O’Fallon Public Library Director Ryan Johnson

Library News & Notes: Thank you from Our Director

Each week, the O’Fallon Weekly, a supporter of the O’Fallon Public Library publishes a column written by one of the library staff members. Ryan Johnson, OFPL Director, shares what he is thankful for. Life got busy and I failed to properly “Be Thankful” publicly in the lead-up to Thanksgiving. Allow me today to express that thankfulness … Continue reading Library News & Notes: Thank you from Our Director