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2024: Consider Reading Serious Business (Because It Is)

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023 - 1:13 PM
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Consider asking a child in your life to describe themselves in only a few words. Would being a “bookworm” or “reader” take up one of those traits? Many people describe themselves in these terms alongside characteristics like funny, creative, or

Ashley Is History—The Maine Disaster

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Friday, November 17, 2023 - 10:46 AM
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In February of 1898, the US battleship Maine exploded seemingly out of nowhere. It was docked in Havana Harbor when the horrifying event happened. As I’ve been slowly transcribing the earliest editions of the O’Fallon Progress from 1898, I’ve noticed

Baby It’s Cold Outside…. But We Should Go Out Anyway 

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024 - 2:17 PM
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How about we go on a winter walk?  I know, it’s cold. Spring and fall seem to get all the attention, with their changing leaves, chirping bugs, and plump pumpkins ready to be picked. Even summer has its allure, with strolls by the water and naps

Board Member Spotlight: Linda Mitchell

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024 - 8:46 AM
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When Linda Mitchell moved across the state, her main criteria for her new town was that it had to have a good library.   “I’ve been a fan of libraries since I was a kid growing up in Chicago. To me, having a public library card was like having a free

Board Member Spotlight: Liz Jennings 

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Friday, December 01, 2023 - 10:58 AM
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As a lifelong advocate for public libraries, it was a no-brainer for Liz Jennings to get involved at OFPL when she and her husband moved to O’Fallon in 2019.  “I joined the library’s book club, Books & Brew, shortly after moving to O’Fallon,” she

Cuddle up with a good book

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Friday, January 12, 2024 - 3:28 PM
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To me, the coziest place in the world is a good bookstore — particularly one of the ones that has a maze of shelves and books piled around for what seems like miles, and ESPECIALLY if the shop has an air of mystery about it (and I get the feeling

February History Portal: Downtown Caboose

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Monday, February 05, 2024 - 9:11 AM
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This post is from Sharon in Circulation, who does a wonderful job each month helping to create and maintain our history display on the second floor of the library. If you have had an opportunity to wander around the Downtown District in O’Fallon, you

Fun Finds on the Holds Shelf — December

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Friday, December 29, 2023 - 10:49 AM
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The end of the year is upon us, and we’ve been looking back with fondness at the books, movies, and more that we’ve enjoyed from the library in 2023. Luckily, with more than 61,000 items in our collection – and more than 9 million across the IHLS

Fun Finds on the Holds Shelf — November

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023 - 12:02 PM
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The holiday season is here, and it’s the perfect time to cuddle up with a good book. Of course, we like to think we know the library pretty well, but with more than 61,000 items in our collection – and more than 9 million across the IHLS system as a

Fun Finds on the Holds Shelf — Ostentatious October

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023 - 3:40 PM
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Tis the season for getting spooked, getting dressed up, and getting cozy! We’ve got quite the collection of haunted literature here, but if you’ve already exhausted our selection, there are plenty of frightening reads available through Inter-Library