O’Fallon Library News & Notes – August 10, 2016

BY MOLLY SCANLAN
LIBRARY DIRECTOR

stack-of-books-1001655 RESIZED  Ryan Johnson, Adult Services Manager wants to “thank everyone who participated in our various summer reading programs.  We had over 900 people, including children, teens and adults, join in the fun.  If you missed out this year, be sure to join us next summer.”

Ryan also has some advice to help with the approaching return to school: “With summer winding down, the Library is ready to help you (or your student) succeed in this upcoming school year.  We have online resources, covering elementary through college, and touching on all subject areas. Need help with Foreign Language class?  Try Rosetta Stone.  Writing a paper on WWII?  Try History Reference Center.  Completely lost in Biology?  Try Science Reference Center. We provide access to these, and many other great tools, all FREE with your library card.  Visit ofpl.info/resources to start exploring.’

He also states that “outside of the great resources we offer, you can also attend a variety of events.  On August 16 we have a “College Financial Planning Workshop” that should be of particular interest to parents of high school students.  Workshops on Medicare, retirement, job placement, and healthy eating are also scheduled in the coming weeks.  These events compliment the various yoga classes, book clubs, story times, and other children’s events the library routinely offers.  Visit ofpl.info/calendar for a full event list”

Don’t forget the 2nd floor “mezzanine level” is now enclosed for more quiet. There are many seating areas along with adult, young adult books, and audiobooks that have moved from the main floor marketplace area to make room for newer releases.  It also makes for a great place to study or read without the hustle and bustle of all the activity on the main floor.

The parent teacher collection is also available upstairs and has resources available to supplement learning activities for children.  This is an especially helpful collection for parents homeschooling their children.  Many age appropriate workbooks in such areas as math, history, science and reading can be found in this collection for a parent or caregiver to work with school age children needing extra help in these areas, or for those children eager always eager to learn more.

Feel free to browse all the stacks. Something new to read might catch your eye. Books are on display to help you discover a new author or an interesting book that may have been overlooked when it was new.  The young adult stacks often have crossover books that appeal to adults as well.  Children younger than 14 who read at a high level may also find these books appealing and more challenging.  Plus, you will find graphic novels for adults and young adults in these stacks as well.  The back wall is also full of adult audiobooks; available in CD and MP3 for commuters and adults that like to listen to a book while working around the house.  Listening to a good story seems to make home improvement projects go a little faster!

Tables and carousels for quiet study or working on a laptop are available in this back area by the audiobooks and you also have a bird’s eye view of some of the activity going on downstairs without the noise!   The middle area by the help desk has comfortable chairs, couches and tables for group study.  (Two group study rooms are available on the main floor on a first come use for an hour and can be used longer if nobody is waiting.) The upstairs is also home to the “quiet room.”  This is a no talking zone to use for reading or studying open to everyone.  It has both tables and comfortable chairs.

On a serious note all children under the age of nine must be accompanied and watched by a responsible caregiver 16 years or older at all times unless attending a program monitored by Library staff in a closed room. This is an extremely important safety concern because the Library is a public building open to everyone and often very busy and we want to keep the little ones always safe!  Also please be considerate of other library users by using inside voices and keeping your cell phones on silent or vibrate.

If someone in the Library ever makes you feel uncomfortable or is acting inappropriately, such as asking you for money or personal information, please report this to a Library staff member right away so action can be taken to stop this.  We want everyone’s trip to the Library to be a safe and pleasant experience!