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3 Books to Read for Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month so here are some great recommendations to check out! Whether you or a friend is coping with mental health problems or you just want to explore a very human experience, see if any of these fiction novels are for you. Stanley Will Probably Be Fine by Sally J. Pla Stanley… Continue reading 3 Books to Read for Mental Health Awareness Month

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Newberry Honor Books to Read Right Now

Sometimes here at the library, adults are afraid to ask for children’s books, but I want to tell you all that we love children’s books too! As a child, myself, I remember being delighted that my great uncle also attended every Harry Potter midnight release. So if it was okay for my 85-year-old uncle to read Children’s… Continue reading Newberry Honor Books to Read Right Now

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5 Young Adult Fiction Books about Grief

With recent news headlines in mind, we have a list of young adult fiction novels for teens or anyone experiencing a significant loss, whatever the circumstances. The Hate U Give Starr Carter navigates two worlds, an upscale suburban preparatory school and the impoverished city neighborhoods where she lives. After a police officer shoots and kills her… Continue reading 5 Young Adult Fiction Books about Grief

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Five Books that Celebrate Feminism

Tomorrow, rights activists will take to the streets of downtown St. Louis for a Women’s March. Even if you can’t physically be there, you can support women’s rights in many ways–even by reading. Make knowledge your power. I’ve compiled a brief reading list just for you that includes some great feminist literature, especially important if… Continue reading Five Books that Celebrate Feminism

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Best of Contest – OFPL 2017 Summer Adult Writing Contest Winner

The O’Fallon Public Library had its first Adult Writing Contest this summer showcasing the writing skills and passions of area writers, ages 18 and up. Over 80 entries were received between June 1 and midnight, August 1. Winners were selected by a 4-person panel of judges and were announced August 21. Booklets will be printed… Continue reading Best of Contest – OFPL 2017 Summer Adult Writing Contest Winner

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Five Star Friday War Dances by Sherman Alexie

While waiting for Sherman Alexie’s newest title, my Five Star Friday recommendation is War Dances, the 2010 winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award for fiction.  While we have many titles of of his to choose from (see below), this collection of short stories, poems, and short works is one of my favorites. Publisher’s Summary: Sherman Alexie delivers a… Continue reading Five Star Friday War Dances by Sherman Alexie