5 Star Fridays · non fiction · Reader's Advisory

How to Read a Poem, by Edward Hirsch

The Five Star Favorite is sponsored this week by National Poetry Month. I freely admit that I cannot analyze or intelligently discuss the form, meter, or meaning of a poem; however, that does not mean I can’t enjoy the rarified stillness and awe that verse can instill. Nonetheless, I picked up How to Read a… Continue reading How to Read a Poem, by Edward Hirsch

Fiction · New Title Tuesday · Reader's Advisory

The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin

The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin is this week’s New Title Tuesday recommendation because it is timely, occasionally darkly humorous, and provides insight to the consequences of acting on principle and the limits of a free press. Summary:  New York, 2005. Chinese expatriate Feng Danlin is a fiercely principled reporter  at a small news agency that produces a… Continue reading The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin

announcements · o'fallon public library · Upcoming Events

ICYMI Library News and Notes 3/29

This week’s column in the O’Fallon Weekly, by Youth Services Manager Teri Rankin, announces the outdoor children’s garden will be opened and the chess set will be return in the coming week.  And on a related note, if your child likes to play or wants to learn to play, the Chess Club is facilitated by Charlie Knoth, a… Continue reading ICYMI Library News and Notes 3/29

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

The Five Star Friday recommendation this week, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg, is perfect for anyone who gave up their New Year’s Resolution by mid-January.  Sadly, I’ve failed at resolutions so often that I stopped making them decades ago!  So when I came… Continue reading The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

New Title Tuesday · Reader's Advisory

The Rain in Portugal, by Billy Collins

Do words such as iambic pentameter, metrical foot, or sestina trigger high-school anxiety followed by a self-defense fueled urge to flee? Do you groan and do your eyes automatically glaze over at the mere mention names such as Keats, Donne or Chaucer? If so, check out the New Title Tuesday recommendation The Rain in Portugal by… Continue reading The Rain in Portugal, by Billy Collins

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ICYMI – Library News and Notes 3/22/17

In case you missed the Library column in the most recent O’Fallon Weekly here’s a short summary.  Naturally, you can come into the library and read March 22 edition in our quiet Magazine Room with the calming water wall. You’ll probably want to read the entire article because O’Fallon Public Library Director Molly Scanlan details exactly how your… Continue reading ICYMI – Library News and Notes 3/22/17