There are two new faces on the O'Fallon Public Library staff. Meet Maura and Chrissy! Maura What jobs did you have before coming to the library? I have worked most recently in the finance industry as a licensed stock broker with TDAmeritrade. Before that I was trying my hand at tech support and repair with … Continue reading Meet the Staff — Maura and Chrissy
Welcome to the 4th Annual Illinois Heartland Library System Library Crawl! The first Library Crawl was started by the Bethalto Public Library District in 2019 to encourage library patrons to find out about a major benefit of having a library card –the millions of items in public libraries throughout Illinois that they can access. That … Continue reading Welcome to the Library Crawl!
A lot of things in life are seasonal. Take food for example. Specifically, Peeps. Peeps around Easter – acceptable. Peeps any other time of the year – unacceptable. The same holds true for beverages like Oktoberfest beer and eggnog. They have their place on the calendar, and outside of that place, they feel wrong. Books … Continue reading The Season of Books by Director Ryan Johnson in Library News & Notes
The O’Fallon Public Library consistently aims to appeal to all members of the communities, and I am pleased to announce the New-Adult Book Club (actual name will be decided in the first meeting). O’Fallon was looking for a club that would attract new adults. Along came Ally Ouimet, 25, fresh fromearning her Master’s in English … Continue reading Announcing a New Book Club at O’Fallon Public Library!
Welcome back to "Climbing the Stairs with a Librarian," a series of blog posts where we explore the classics painted on the O'Fallon Public Library's main staircase. This month's book is "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi. "Persepolis" is about Satrapi's childhood in Iran which took place during the Islamic Revolution. It is written as a comic … Continue reading Persepolis — Climbing the Stairs with a Librarian
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” -Charles W. Eliot It is September and that means Library Card Sign-Up month. In the Children's section we are having a drawing for Nikki Giovanni's new book A Library. Here are some more … Continue reading Win a book from the Children’s Department! And learn about our special selections.
One of the displays at the library for the month of September highlights the beloved books that made our library patrons into the readers they are today. You have until the end of the month to share your picks and enter into a raffle for a prize! Here are some of the books that have … Continue reading The Books that Made O’Fallon Love to Read, a Book List and Reader Advisory
A friend of mine recently shared a TikTok of some random guy reciting all sorts of doom and gloom stats around book reading. I put forth a bit of effort, but ultimately couldn’t find his sources (not terribly surprising for TikTok content, but I digress). Assuming the best, let’s take these stats at face value. … Continue reading The Importance of Reading from Director Ryan Johnson in Library News & Notes
The view from the Adult Services desk was quite lively this weekend because I got to catch up with an old friend and former co-worker, Marggie Samson. She’s now secretary for the Friends of the O’Fallon Public Library and was preparing to join the Friends in the O’Fallon City Fest Parade. “We support the library … Continue reading Friends of the Library and Events in Library News & Notes
Wow! I can’t believe Summer Reading is already over. We had a great time “Reading Beyond the Beaten Path.” Over 1000 kids, teens, and adults of all ages registered to read, attend a variety of programs, make crafts, and earn tickets for prizes. This year everyone who participated read a combined total of … (drum … Continue reading Summer Reading Wrap-Up