O’Fallon Library News & Notes – October 5, 2016

BY RYAN JOHNSON
ADULT SERVICES MANAGER

stack-of-books-1001655 RESIZEDThe new school year is now well underway, and the O’Fallon Public Library is here to help.  We have the resources and a helpful staff to assist you or your student. No matter the grade level, all the way from elementary to college, we can help.

You can check out our Homework Help webpage to get started (ofpl.info/homework.) These resources can be accessed wherever you are on any internet-ready device. Even if you are on vacation halfway across the country! The library also has public computers you can use to access these resources. If you ever need help using a resource, stop in and see us.  We can show you how to limit your results to get just the information you are looking for. Writing a paper and agonizing over formatting? Many of the resources feature built-in citation tools to save your time and hassle!

Even if you aren’t a student, you will find many of our online resources helpful. You can use Consumer Reports to research your next purchase of a car, dishwasher, mattress or any other big ticket items. Explore Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest for genealogy research. That’s right! You don’t need that personal subscription to Ancestry, your library has you covered!

We also have you covered when it comes to financial information. You can access Morningstar, a leading investment resource, to track stocks and mutual funds. It’s a resource designed to help you make informed investment decisions in an easy-to-understand format.

Patrons are busy on the Library's computers while Ryan Johnson, Adult Services Manager,  assists a patron at the Help Desk (Submitted Photo)

Patrons are busy on the Library’s computers while Ryan Johnson, Adult Services Manager, assists a patron at the Help Desk (Submitted Photo)

These resources, and many others, can be found at ofpl.info/resources. Dive in and explore your interests.  Let us know if you need any assistance. You can also book a time with a Librarian for more in depth help by calling the Library or clicking on the Ask a Library button on the Library’s website and filling out the online form.

Aside from those online tools, we have a full slate of events coming in October. A new meditation series will be happening on the first Monday of every month. Come relax and destress at these workshops designed with the beginner in mind.

Several Social Security and Medicare workshops are happing this month as well. Medicare’s Open Enrollment period is October 15 through December 7. It is important to understand your options so we encourage you to attend these free and educational events. Visit our online calendar (ofpl.info/calendar) or pick up a newsletter at the Library for dates and times. Be sure to register, as space for these events is limited. You can also send up for an electronic version of our newsletter to be delivered to your email once a month. Just sign up on the Library’s homepage!

Also, don’t forget to checkout our FB page. All our social media sites are packed with information. They can all be accessed from the Library’s homepage at ofpl.info. Besides Facebook we post on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and our own Library Blog!

The library book sale is also right around the corner. Mark your calendars for October 22 and 23. Browse thousands of gently used books, DVDs, and audio books. Proceeds from the sale will be used to help the O’Fallon Library with children’s programming, purchasing of books and DVDs, and other projects that benefit the library. This book sale is put on by the Friends of the Library group. If you are interested in volunteering, or learning more about this organization please visit ofpl.info/friends-of-the-library.

And as a reminder from last week, the last day to register to vote at the library is October 11.  Visit ofpl.info/election for registration and voting information.