O’Fallon Library News & Notes – August 24, 2016

BY TERI RANKIN
YOUTH SERVICES MANAGER

stack-of-books-1001655 RESIZED   It’s that time of year…the older kids are back in school and summer is fading away.  This is a good time to head to the library and pick up a book you have been wanting to read or check out that program you’ve been hearing about.

The Youth Services Department offers something for everyone.  Our recently renovated Kid’s Place is entirely devoted to children and their caregivers. Find an inviting nook to hide away and read a book, enjoy the Velcro wall, train set, and an outdoor patio area with a giant chess set.  This space also offers computers with learning games and child-safe internet browsers.

The Library offers classes and clubs that promote early literacy and a chance for children of varying ages and interests to develop their creative side and learn new skills!  Our youngest visitors a may want to visit Preschool Story Time for children ages three to five on Mondays at 10:30 AM.  Book Babies for ages 0-18 months and a caregiver meets Wednesdays at 9:30 AM. Toddler Tales is for kids from 18-36 months and a caregiver, and meets Fridays at 9 & 10:30 AM.  Story Time with Gail for all ages meets Thursdays at 10:30 AM.  Online registration is required for all but Gail’s Story Time.  Register at: ofpl.info/kids   Monday and Thursday story times will resume in September.

Is your school age child interested in chess?  Chess Club, for ages nine and up, meets the third Wednesday of every month at 4 PM.  Our facilitator, a former high school state champion, offers instruction and time to play.   What about science, technology, and art?  Join our Boards and Builds Club on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month.  Experiment with circuitry, robotics and more.

Dogs visit the library on the first Thursday each month from 4-6 PM, and the second Tuesday from 4-5 PM for the Fun and Furry Club!  These fully trained therapy dogs love to listen to your child read or enjoy a cuddle or two.  If your child likes books and having fun he might be interested in our ‘tween book club, The Quadricorns.  Named by our 9 to 12-year-old club members this group discusses books and participates in lively activities based on book selections. The Quadricorns resumes in September and meets on fourth Wednesday of every month at 4:30 PM.

“Everything is Awesome” at our Lego Club. Come and build with our large inventory of Lego Building Blocks.  Each month we listen to one story (to humor the librarian) and then build from instructions sheets or “free form.”  All ages are welcome and meets one Sunday a month at 2:30 PM. Upcoming dates for the rest of the year are:  8/29, 9/18, 10/30, 11/13, and 12/11.  There is no registration required for our clubs.

Local author, Mary Kay Zotz and illustrator Ramah Munier Alberts, will be sharing their new book, Grandma’s Wishes of Love from Heaven on Saturday, September 10th at 10:30 AM.  Join us for a reading and book signing by the author.  Books will be available for purchase.  We will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Bill Martin Jr’s beloved book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Join us for activities and fun based on this book series.

Coming Soon!  Educators, parents, homeschool educators, and others are invited to the Library’s Homework Happy Hour!  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks while participating in a scavenger hunt to learn about the databases and resources we offer to help students with all of their homework needs.  There will be book and school supply giveaways!  This special event will be held on September 20, 4-6 PM.  Register online at ofpl.info/kids

For more information visit the Library’s website: ofpl.info and check out the calendar of events.