O’Fallon Library News & Notes – September 21, 2016

BY TERI RANKIN
YOUTH SERVICES MANAGER

stack-of-books-1001655 RESIZEDHow much do you know about your school’s namesake? Each O’Fallon District 90 school is named after a person who has made a difference in the lives of the students and faculty of O’Fallon. Students may enter our “Who Was…? Contest” by telling us three facts about the person their school is named for. Online entry forms are available at: http://ofpl.info/kids  This contest runs through September 30 and is open to kindergarten through eighth grade students. Winners will receive a new lunch box filled with school supplies.

The “Farm in the Forest” will visit the library on October 8 at 10:30 a.m. Local author, Josie Hladick, and illustrator, Mary Ann Tutka will share their flip book, The Farm in the Forest/Follow Me to the Farm in the Forest. Participants will hear these two charming stories and meet animals from Josie’s farm, including Maggie the goat, Bella the dog, Lucy the bunny, and Henny Penny the chicken. Mom and Dad, this will be a great Photo OP!

Did you know we have a Lego Club? Legos have been around since the 1930’s and have never been more popular. Our club meets one Sunday a month from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Kids can construct something from building plans we provide or design their own creations. Lego club is for all ages and will meet October 30, November 13, and December 11. We gladly accept donations of new or used Legos!

If your child is looking for information on the United States or a country of the world, a helpful database to use is CultureGrams. Resources on states and countries include maps, statistical and cultural information, recipes, audio clips of national anthems and state birds and more. Students can build graphs and tables which compare countries or states by population, education levels, health and other data. This database may be accessed on our website at http://ofpl.info/kids  You will need your O’Fallon Library card number to access CultureGrams.

This month’s “Title of Interest” is Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson. In Steamboat School, Hopkinson recounts the life of Reverend John Berry Meachum who was born into slavery and managed to purchase his freedom in 1815. He worked in St. Louis and was able to purchase the freedom of his wife, children and several other slaves as well. Meachum was passionate about education and in 1847, when a new state law closed the school he ran in the basement of his church, he cleverly moved it to a steamboat on the Mississippi River. This worked because the steamboat was considered Federal property. Meachum’s steamboat school was sometimes referred to as the “Floating Freedom School.”

Would you like to know more about the library or how to search for items on the online catalog? Why not schedule a time to meet with a Youth Service staff member for instruction?  Sometimes the arrangement of a library can seem overwhelming and you may not know where to begin. Let us help you find the child friendly source you are looking for. Contact teri@ofpl.info or call 618-632-3783 x 5011 for more information.