Early Literacy Initiative and More Library News from Director Ryan Johnson

Spring has sprung (at least as of this writing). When you think of spring you might think of Easter, baseball, flowers, or (if you are a bibliophile) the Friends of the Library Book Sale. This season’s book sale starts on Thursday, April 28, and runs through Monday, May 2. Shop from a wide collection of … Continue reading Early Literacy Initiative and More Library News from Director Ryan Johnson

Halloween! Horror Reads and Scary Movies, A Reader’s Advisory from O’Fallon Public Library

In the mood for thrills and chills? The librarians of O'Fallon Public Library have some suggestions for you! Photo by Monstera on Pexels.com Scary Movies Kasey did an epic watch-through of Halloween movies last year in a hilarious series of blog posts. If you haven't had a chance to read (or view) them yet, here … Continue reading Halloween! Horror Reads and Scary Movies, A Reader’s Advisory from O’Fallon Public Library

Read the RAINBOW, a Summer Reading Advisory from the Youth Services Department

There is still a month of SUMMER READING left at the library. Are you looking for something different for your child to read? Do you want to challenge your child to try something new? Why not READ THE RAINBOW?!? This month in the Children's Special Selections there are books for all ages with color words … Continue reading Read the RAINBOW, a Summer Reading Advisory from the Youth Services Department

Poetry for Kids (and kids at heart): A Poetry Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services

From the Academy of American Poets - April 2021 marks the 25th annual celebration of poets and poetry. Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. The Author Spotlight this month celebrates the … Continue reading Poetry for Kids (and kids at heart): A Poetry Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services

I Spy with my little eye… A Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services

Picture puzzles, like the riddles found in I Spy books and the hidden pictures in Highlights magazine, are a lot of fun and have many educational benefits. Picture puzzles help with visual discrimination skills which are essential for reading. Solving picture puzzles improves memory skills and increases a child's vocabulary. They also engage reluctant readers … Continue reading I Spy with my little eye… A Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King who, after her husband’s assassination, continued the work for racial equality and peace throughout the world.   Each year the Coretta Scott King Book Award is presented to exceptional African American authors and illustrators of … Continue reading The Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Picture Book Recommendations for Black History Month

The Other SideWritten by Jaqueline WoodsonIllustrated by E.B. Lewis From the Publisher: Clover's mom says it isn't safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Annie lives. But the two girls strike up a friendship and get around the grown-ups' rules by sitting on top of … Continue reading Picture Book Recommendations for Black History Month

3 Middle Grade Adventure Stories for Summer, A Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services

It's Summer Reading Program time! If you or any kids you know need some new reading recommendations for summer, O'Fallon Public Library has some just for you! These Middle Grade adventure stories are sure to capture your interest--perhaps with just the book covers alone--I mean check out the artwork on them. These stories are perfect … Continue reading 3 Middle Grade Adventure Stories for Summer, A Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services

Children’s Books About Counseling, A Reader’s Advisory

If you're considering taking a child to counseling for the first time, here are a couple books that could help them out and maybe even excite them about this new experience. "Mr. Worry: A Story About OCD" by Holly L. Niner Like most children, Kevin worries about many things. Is there something lurking under the … Continue reading Children’s Books About Counseling, A Reader’s Advisory