This is another entry in "Climbing the Stairs with an O'Fallon Librarian" where we explore the classics listed on the book spine stairs of the library. I was so excited to write this staircase post because "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien is one of my favorite books of all time. Plot Summary Bilbo Baggins is … Continue reading The Hobbit — Climbing the Stairs with an O’Fallon Librarian
This month we introduce Rachel H. in our Meet the Staff post. Rachel brought a lively cheerfulness to the O’Fallon Public Library when she joined us in June, and she is still a source of youthful energy. When you see her at the front desk, be sure to ask her about Star Wars. Rachel and … Continue reading Meet the Staff – Rachel H.
Each month we invite patrons to Meet the Staff. This month we introduce Robert our Youth Services Assistant. We first met Robert as a tutor for the SIUE America Reads program. He impressed everyone so much that he was asked to join the staff last summer. Robert is always friendly and eager to help young … Continue reading Meet the Staff – Robert S.
Young adult fantasy books dominate the genre so you may have trouble even just sifting through the ones only published in 2018. To make that choice easier, I've picked three Young Adult Fantasy novels to read this Spring. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi "I'm going to write a story that's so good … Continue reading 2018’s Top 3 Young Adult Fantasy Novels
Loved Emma Watson in Harry Potter? Go see her take on a different role-Belle-in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Everyone knows the story...the beautiful but eccentric daughter of an inventor takes her father's place in a magical castle as prisoner. There she encounters a hideous Beast who terrifies her soul. A beast who was once … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast, A Recommendation from O’Fallon Public Library
Check out this review from one of our own O'Fallon librarian's blogs! This is the second book in the Seraphina series. Seraphina is a half dragon/half human musician who, in the last book, was trying to hide her identity from those around her because, in this world where dragons are real, her existence was considered … Continue reading Guest Post: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman from The Help Desk Book Blog
Check out this review of Epic by Conor Kostick by one of O'Fallon's own librarians on her book blog. It is a young adult fantasy in the vein of Ready Player One. Perfect for fans of Ready Player One or anyone who has ever enjoyed playing an MMORPG. Erik, a young boy in a futuristic … Continue reading Epic by Conor Kostick, A Book Review
Gardens of the Moon is an extraordinarily complex fantasy about a million different characters. I'm kidding, there aren't a million, but there are quite a number. The over-arching story: the Malazan Empire (a militaristic conglomeration of nations) is invading the continent and trashing cities as it goes. The Empress of Malazan, her High Fist Dujek … Continue reading Gardens of the Moon (Malazan #1) by Steven Erikson, A Book Review
From The Giver to Hunger Games, dystopian literature has consistently been a great seller. So much so, in fact, that sometimes it's hard to find something that distinguishes itself from the pack. I was at first hesitant to read Ted Dekker's Forbidden. I'd never read his work before, and I don't like to start with trilogies. It's just too big a … Continue reading Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee, A Book Review
I've always liked to read. From a very early age, I picked up books from the library, read them cover to cover, and went back for more! I always filled up my reading log during the Summer Reading Program at the library and proudly earned stars on my large Book-It pin. Picture: The Riddle Game … Continue reading LoTR, the Library, and Me: A Bookworm’s Confessions