If you find yourself passing by the bookshelf next to our cafe area here at O’Fallon Library, you’ll find our newest display that marks the celebration of Banned Books Month. While I worked to put up the display, a lot of patrons asked me, “What is a banned book?” Here you can discover what banned… Continue reading It’s Banned Books Month. But What are Banned Books? Why do They Matter?
While it is no surprise that in the early 1800’s women were not supposed to hold political views, it is equally no surprise that some women didn’t particularly care about that gender social code explained Marianne Monson in Women of the Blue & Gray: True Civil War Stories of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies. “The book covers women… Continue reading Women of the Blue & Gray – New Title Tuesday
Are you waiting on one of your favorite books to be adapted to film? So are we! As the days grow shorter there’s nothing like spending time with a good book or good film (based on a book) on a gloomy Fall or Winter evening. Why did we pick these three books? They all have… Continue reading 3 Classic Books Coming to Film
As Summer ends and Fall approaches, so do the cool thunderstorms and darker days. It’s sometimes nice to have a moody book on hand for just such rainy occasion. You may even find yourself so deep into these stories you’ll want to stay inside and enjoy the coziness of your house and the company of… Continue reading 3 Rainy Day Reads
Need another book to fill the last slots of your summer reading list? How about Educated by Tara Westover? This memoir is sure to keep you turning pages. Educated by Tara Westover has been on the New York Times Best Sellers list for over five months, and we can see why. Tara Westover grew up… Continue reading Educated by Tara Westover
This week’s New Title Tuesday pick Rough Animals by Rae DelBianco is not the type of book I normally choose, but I took a chance and enjoyed getting out of my comfort zone – not just in terms of genre but also habitat. The story is about the hardscrabble life of struggling ranchers far from the conveniences… Continue reading Rough Animals by Rae DelBianco – New Title Tuesday
This month, we’re shining a light on the wide range of poetry books we have in our collection. If your first impulse is to mutter something negative, consider that many of your favorite vocal songs are poetry. I’ve learned to control the Pavlovian response caused by my high school English teachers who chose verse by… Continue reading Spotlight on OFPL Poetry Collection