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The Long-Awaited Album by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers – New Title Tuesday

I admit, it was the video of “Caroline” that drew me to The Long-Awaited Album by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.  It has that Martin-esque blend of specifically unique humor and woebegone-rejected boyfriend in a presentation of musical exceptionalism. The melody is hummable without being predictable and of course the instrumentation is bluegrass and… Continue reading The Long-Awaited Album by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers – New Title Tuesday

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Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

For this week’s review, I present Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell another wonderful collection of short stories that is perfect if you enjoy magical realism. Step into Russell’s magical world where Vampires roam, women spin silk from their bodies, and seagulls become vessels for the wisdom of the universe. From the author of… Continue reading Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Fiction · New Title Tuesday · Reader's Advisory

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende – New Title Tuesday

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. —Albert Camus I admit I am a fan of Isabel Allende, so when In the Midst of Winter was released, I knew that it would take a top position on my To-Read list.  Publisher’s Summary: In the Midst of Winter begins with a… Continue reading In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende – New Title Tuesday

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Meet the Staff Monday – Renny McBride

Each month we will take the opportunity to introduce you to a Library employee.  This month, Adult Services Manager and avowed pizza lover, Renny McBride, shares some of her background and past-times.  Renny joined us in June, 2017, replacing Ryan Johnson who is now the Assistant Director. Oh, and her favorite color is blue. I… Continue reading Meet the Staff Monday – Renny McBride

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Tenth of December by George Saunders

Are you a fan of the bizarre springing from seemingly drab places? Or reading about the ordinary turning miraculous in the strangest ways? Then you may like magical realism, or realistic stories involving elements of fantasy, magic, or the unexplainable. Think Like Water for Chocolate, Life of Pi, 100 Years of Solitude, or Labyrinths. How about using the time… Continue reading Tenth of December by George Saunders

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ICYMI – Library News & Notes Dec. 20, 2017

 In this week’s O’Fallon Weekly column, Adult Services Manager Renny McBride shares some tips for those hoping Santa will bring them a new electronic device.  “For tablets and smartphones, you can download Overdrive or the Cloud Library,” Renny said.  EBooks can be downloaded onto a Kindle using Overdrive. Unfamiliar with Overdrive or the Cloud Library?  Renny said… Continue reading ICYMI – Library News & Notes Dec. 20, 2017

New Title Tuesday · non fiction · Reader's Advisory

The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks – New Title Tuesday

The New Title Tuesday pick for this holiday week is The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks – a familiar author of The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and Awakenings. Publisher’s Summary:  A collection of essays that displays Oliver Sacks’s passionate engagement with the most compelling and seminal ideas of human endeavor: evolution, creativity, memory, time,… Continue reading The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks – New Title Tuesday