Pride and Prejudice — Climbing the Stairs with an O’Fallon Librarian

This is the latest entry in "Climbing the Stairs," a series of blog posts that explores and celebrates the classic titles painted on the O'Fallon Public Library's staircase. Today we will be discussing "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. Though published in 1813, myriad fans, of the book and the films that have been made … Continue reading Pride and Prejudice — Climbing the Stairs with an O’Fallon Librarian

July is National Anti-Boredom Month, a Reader’s Advisory

The recognition of July as National Anti-Boredom Month was developed by Alan Caruba in the 1980's. He chose the month, says nationaldaycalendar.com because: "there’s not much going on and it’s the hotter part of the summer break from school." The purpose of the month is to help people stay interested and connected through a variety … Continue reading July is National Anti-Boredom Month, a Reader’s Advisory

Curious George — Climbing the Stairs with an O’Fallon Librarian

This is another entry in "Climbing the Stairs with an O'Fallon Librarian," a series in which we explore the classics painted onto the library's stairs. The next step on the O'Fallon Public Library staircase that we will be exploring today is Curious George by Margret and H.A. Rey, a children's classic about a curious little … Continue reading Curious George — Climbing the Stairs with an O’Fallon Librarian

21 Books to Read for Mental Health Awareness Month, a Reader’s Advisory

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to hold a spotlight up to various mental health issues and to provide community awareness so sufferers know they aren't alone in their struggles. No list could be exhaustive, but here are 21 books on different mental health topics and for different reading levels. Click on the … Continue reading 21 Books to Read for Mental Health Awareness Month, a Reader’s Advisory

Autism Acceptance Month, A Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services

We have all heard about or know someone who is affected by autism, but what is it? According to the Autism Society "Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects people differently and to varying degrees. It can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation." 1 … Continue reading Autism Acceptance Month, A Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services

“Grapes of Wrath” — Climbing the Stairs with an O’Fallon Librarian

This is another entry in "Climbing the Stairs," a collection of blog posts about the book spines painted on O'Fallon Public Library's staircase. This month the featured title is "Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck. I found this particular title to be intimidating. Commonly referred to as a "Great American Novel," "Grapes of Wrath" netted … Continue reading “Grapes of Wrath” — Climbing the Stairs with an O’Fallon Librarian

A Reader’s Advisory of the Most Popular Items from the O’Fallon Public Library Collection — January thru March 2022

Here are the most circulated items from adult fiction, adult non-fiction, and music so far this year from the O'Fallon Public Library's collection! See what your neighbors are reading (and listening to) most and request your copy today from the library's catalog by clicking on the title. Book descriptions are taken from the library catalog. … Continue reading A Reader’s Advisory of the Most Popular Items from the O’Fallon Public Library Collection — January thru March 2022

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