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?
"September is a busy month for libraries nationwide," said Assistant Director Ryan Johnson in this week's O'Fallon Weekly. "For starters, it's Library Card Sign-Up Month." The American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind community members that getting a library card is the first step toward success in school, becoming a lifelong learner and … Continue reading O’Fallon Public Library News & Notes, September 5, 2018
In this week's column in the O'Fallon Weekly, Adult Services Manager, Renny McBride, reminds patrons that words have power and we should proudly join other readers, writers, publishers, librarians, and journalists to support the freedom of ideas in the annual Banned Books Week. Many patrons I've spoken to this week have been surprised to find one or … Continue reading ICYMI – Library News & Notes Sept. 27, 2017
Assistant Library Director Ryan Johnson penned this week's column in the O'Fallon Weekly. He reminds us that with your library card you have access to over 50 print magazine titles to check out, including The New Yorker, Consumer Reports, and People. You can also download the Flipster App, login with your library card number, and you can download current … Continue reading ICYMI Library News & Notes, Sept. 20, 2017
As librarians, we often do a poor job at explaining what Banned Books Week actually is. We make cute displays using yellow caution tape, or place books in mock prison, but we fail to appropriately communicate the intention. I have literally overheard patrons say to one another, “Oh no, you can’t check that out...it’s banned.” … Continue reading What’s the Deal with Banned Books Week? by Library Director Ryan Johnson