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Hiring News December 14, 2016

Today was Heidi's last day in the Adult Services Section of the library. She's been employed at O'Fallon Public since March of 2012. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors!

Her replacement, Lindsey, will begin training at the end of the week. We hope that you'll join us in welcoming her to the library.

Kid's Mini Book Sale December 6, 2016

Kids Mini Book SaleWhat: Mini Book Sale featuring gently used children's books

Where: O'Fallon Library, Children's Activity Room

When: Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11 - ALL DAY

Who: Open to the public

December Newsletter November 29, 2016

December 2016
Check out the December Library Newsletter for all of the fun and exciting things that are happening next month!

http://ofpl.info/files/decembernewsletter-3.pdf

Holiday Fun with Desserts November 23, 2016

On Saturday, November 26th from 2 to 4pm, join us for this informative and tasty event! During the holiday season, you might indulge a little more than other times of the year. But, it is important that you are careful with your food choices in order to support your health by avoiding too much sugar. Participants will enjoy tasting scrumptious sugar free and gluten free desserts.

Presented by First Fitness Nutrition Certified Wellness Coach, Carol Simpson. Since 2010, Carol has helped clients with a wide range of nutritional needs to improve their mental and physical health. Additionally, her clients are taught how to make positive life long changes in their eating and exercise habits. Carol's specialties are weight loss, healthy eating strategies for diabetics, vegetarian meal planning, mindful eating, and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Nanowrimo Write-In November 16, 2016

Nanowrimo 2
Friday, November 18th from 10 am to Noon

November is National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). Join us for this workshop if you have ever dreamed of writing a novel. Find support to get your ideas on paper, collaborate with others in editing your work, or just bounce ideas off one another. This Write-In is designed to support you along your writing journey.

It’s going to a fun, creative, learning experience! Refreshments provided.

This is a free event and open to the general public. Registration is not required. Bring your notebook, laptop, and/or whatever other writing tools you use.

For more information contact Ryan Johnson: Ryan@ofpl.info

Book Fair at Barnes & Noble in Fairview Heights November 9, 2016

On Sunday, November 13th beginning at 10am and continuing until 8pm at Barnes & Noble in Fairview Heights:

Come enjoy contests, a photo booth, games, freebies, farm-themed story time with local author Josie Hladick at 1:30 and 3:30 PM, and visit with Bella the farm/therapy dog!

Book Fair 2

Mention the library at checkout and we will receive a portion of the sale!

Author Event: Fit for Your Future October 25th, 2016

This Saturday, October 29th from 2 to 3:30pm, come to the library's Author Event: Fit for Your Future. Fit for Your Future is a 30 day journal that focuses on the mind, body, and spirit. The title Fit for Your Future is a fervent reminder that God is not finished with us yet and our best is yet to come. Whoever you are and whatever you’ve experienced, God has a great plan and purpose for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) boldly proclaims, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” The scriptures encourage the believer to take care of the bodily frame given to us by God. 1 John 1:2 declares “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

We are honored to be a part of God’s plan for your future - spirit, soul and body. Our goal is to help you achieve success, including better health and fitness, both spiritually and naturally.

Refreshments Provided.

Please register HERE as space is limited.

Friends of the Library Book Sale, This Weekend! October 19, 2016

The Friends of the O’Fallon Public Library are hosting a sale of used books as part of their on-going fundraising efforts to benefit the library.

Admission is free. There will be a large selection of gently used books, DVDs and audio book CDs available at unbeatable prices. 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.

Persons who wish to join the Friends organization may do so at the library, at the book sale or at any other time. Membership is $10 for individuals, $8 for seniors, $1 for juniors, $20 for families, $40 for corporations, and $100 for a lifetime membership.

For more information, please contact the library at 618-632-3783.

Where
O'Fallon Public Library, Community Room

When
Saturday, October 22: 9am-4pm
Sunday, October 23: 1pm-4pm

Saturday, November 5: 9am-4pm
Sunday, November 6: 1pm-4pm

Different specials will run on different days of the sale.

Hearts in Faith October 12, 2016

Tomorrow night, October 13th, 6pm is the first meeting of Hearts in Faith at the O'Fallon Public Library!

This group is devoted to single moms who are in need of support and encouragement. We are a faith-based organization devoted to empower the single mom by promoting healthy relationships as well as emotional, mental, and spiritual strength. Topics discussed will cater to the single mom’s experience.

Refreshments provided.

Participants are encouraged to find their own daycare as it will not be provided by the group or the library.

Have questions? Contact Leslie at leslie.davis@heartsinfaith.org or (314) 529-0214.

In Case You Missed It October 4, 2016

The kind folks at The O’Fallon Weekly provide space for us to keep you informed of the new and upcoming events here at the O’Fallon Public Library. Last week’s column unveiled our new ‘brain-fitness’ database and other activities such as our zumba, yoga, and running groups.

BrainHQ is a “…an online suite of 27 exercises with over 840 levels of training organized around the 6 core cognitive areas of Attention, Brain Speed, Memory, People Skills, Intelligence and Navigation. It only takes about 20 minutes of your day,” explained our fearless leader and Library Director, Molly Scanlan. It’s free for O’Fallon Public Library card holders. For more information and to access the site visit our library web page and click on the tab “Research” then “Specialty Resources” from the drop down menu.

So, to ward off the ravages of aging or just to give yourself a mental work out, check out BrainHQ from the comfort of your own home or here on one of our library computers.

Exercise and stress-reduction also help keep our bodies and minds healthy. We host a wide variety of fitness options to accommodate most ability levels. Read about it in last week’s O’Fallon Weekly column or visit our website calendar for a list of activities and events.

Get your card and join your neighbors at your library to exercise, read, discuss, and relax!

October Newsletter September 27, 2016

We've got a ton of exciting programming coming in the month of October. Check out the latest library newsletter HERE!

Free Movie at the Library September 20, 2016

Join us at the library this Sunday, September 25th at 2pm to see The Jungle Book rated PG.

The Sunday Movie Matinee is a free event that happens once a month. Everyone is welcome!

Jungle Book

Library news September 14, 2016

Did you know you can register to vote at the library? Any resident of St. Clair County can register to vote by bringing a valid photo ID and piece of mail with your current address. The last day the library can accept registrations is October 11th at 5 p.m., so act quickly!

In need of book recommendations to help you better understand the presidential candidates? Or did your friend tell you about a book that involves a girl on the plane, metro, bus, or some other public transportation, but you can’t remember the title? Our friendly staff can help you track down those difficult to remember titles.

The new outside dropbox is convienently located at the end of the parking lot near the front entrance of the library. Just pull up, drop off, and go on your way.
The new outside dropbox is convienently located at the end of the
parking lot near the front entrance of the library. Just pull up, drop off, and go on your way.

The O’Fallon Library belongs to SHARE — the largest public library consortium in the world. We are able to borrow materials from all across southern Illinois, from Danville to Metropolis, and have them delivered to O’Fallon in 2-4 business days. If we can’t find your item in the SHARE catalog, we can check Worldshare to see if any library in the country will lend us the item you are looking for. Worldshare items typically arrive within 5-10 business days.

You can also access the SHARE catalog through our website, ofpl.info. Type a title, author, or any keyword into the search bar to find what you need. If the item is not available at O’Fallon, simply click the ‘Request It’ button to login and submit a request. When logging in, the default username is your library card number, which is located on the back of your card underneath the barcode. The default password is the last four digits of the phone number on your account. Once you login, you can visit the ‘Your Account’ section and change your username and password to whatever you wish.

Once requested items arrive, you may pick them up from the self-serve hold area located inside the main entrance. Items on this shelf are coded for privacy and are in order by the first letter of your last name and the last 4 digits of your library card number. Be sure to check out held items by using the self-checkout computers or taking them to a staff member. Not finding your items? Ask a staff member for help.

As part of our renovation project, the library installed a drive-up book return at the far end of the parking lot. Just turn into the first parking lot entrance and drive all the way past the library entrance sign. The book return is located in the last parking lot island. You may return books or media, but E-readers and any other electronic equipment must be returned inside the library during regular hours.

Michael King
Circulation Manager

Eat to Live: Saturday, September 17th, 2016 September 2016

Eat to Live
Eat to Live is a class that will show you how to take healthy food preparation from bland and boring to delicious and mouth watering. Participants will learn the true definition, importance, and benefits of embracing a healthy diet. Come join us as we sample delectable dishes and learn how to “eat to live.”

Presented by First Fitness Nutrition Certified Wellness Coach, Carol Simpson. Since 2010, Carol has helped clients with a wide range of nutritional needs to improve their mental and physical health. Additionally, her clients are taught how to make positive live long changes in their eating and exercise habits. Carol's specialties are weight loss, healthy eating strategies for diabetics, vegetarian meal planning, mindful eating, and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Where: O'Fallon Public Library, Community Room
When: Saturday, September 17, 2 to 4pm
Who: This is a free event and open to the general public. Please register soon as space is limited.
Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnkrcHWZaEjFgSGHU7RjCiXazlwbKNOS-n4yOG8CrWbXzdJg/viewform

#ShowYourCard and Special Events September, 2016

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month nationwide. In honor of this a show a #ShowYourCard campaign will be going on to reward everyone who has an O’Fallon library card. During the month of September simply present your Library card at one of our great community partners to receive special offers and discounts. Show your card at Art Gecko Creative Studio and receive 10% off a single class registration or 8-week class registration. Stop by Sweet Katie Bee’s Cupcake & Coffee Bar and post your favorite read in the shop for a Buy-One-Get-One for a free lunch on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Also visit Three Sisters Crafts & Gifts to receive 15% off any purchase.

In addition to those discounts, you can enter to win a prize pack from the Library. Just stop by and use your card to be entered in the drawing. You can also make posts on social media using #showyourcard for additional chances to win. For all the details and prize information visit ofpl.info/showyourcard.

The Library also has lot of events going on this month! Learn about healthy eating, navigating Medicare and protecting yourself from scams. Our usual yoga classes, book clubs, other monthly events, and the many early literacy story times and events for children will be happening too. The Library has events going on for all ages so check out the calendar on the Library’s website. Another option is to sign up for the Library’s monthly newsletter that will arrive in your email and you can mark your calendar for any events you would like to attend.

Several day ago the Library held a Job Recruitment Drive in partnership with a local staffing agency. Over a dozen people attended, and three people will be starting work this week as a direct result of that event! We hold these Job Recruitment Drives roughly every-other-month. Keep an eye out on Facebook, Twitter, our website and newsletters for future announcements.

September 20th, between 4:00 and 6:00pm, we will be hosting a Library Happy Hour! This is not your usual happy hour but a fun way for adults and teachers to learn how to use all the Library’s databases and resources. There won’t be any margaritas but snacks from Chipotle and Chick-fil-a will be served while you learn invaluable skills to help children with homework assignments. You will also have a chance to win books and other prizes. Register for the event online at: http://ofpl.info/events/homework to help us plan how many staff to have on hand!

If you haven’t been by your library lately stop by to see all the resources we have to offer, and pick up a newsletter to find out about all the events and programs going on. Put that card to use and take advantage of all the great things happening at the O’Fallon Public Library!

Ryan Johnson, Adult Services Manager
Molly Scanlan, Director

Last Day to Register to Vote at the Library is October 11th! September 2016

Did you know you could register to vote at the Library?
Just bring in a picture ID and recent bill or piece of mail addressed to you with your physical address on it. Even if you have a PO box it is mandatory that your identifying piece of mail have your physical address on it. We will also need your complete driver's license number or last four digits of your social security number in order for acceptance. That's it! So if you have recently moved or will be 18 on or before election Day (November 11th,) drop by the Library and we will get you signed up. The last day to register here is October 11th. After that you will need to make a trip to the County Clerk's Office in Belleville.

Homework Happy Hour is Tuesday, September 20th! September 2016

Learn about the online databases and resources we have to help your child with homework assignments. While enjoying snacks from Chipotle and Chick-fil-a you will be guided through a quick scavenger hunt to learn about library sources at your fingertips. Free books and other great giveaways! Learn more about this event and register!

More Copies of The Given World for Next Books & Brew Meeting Are In! September 2016

If you need a copy the The Given World for the next Books & Brew Meeting some paperback copies are in. Just go to:Books & Brew for links and more information.

September is National Library Card Month! September 2016

It is show your card month at the Library in honor of National Library Card Sign Up Month! Use your card for extras at local businesses. For more information: See Show Your Card!

August 26 , 2016 Library News August 30, 2016

Library News Aug. 26, 2016
As the summer months comes to an end, even though the temperature is still soaring, and children return to school it is time to take a look at the past year and how well the Library performed in meeting our objective of giving great service to the community. It was a banner year in spite of all the remodeling and renovation that took part over seven months beginning in July of 2015 and finally coming to an end in April of 2016. Despite the construction and the chaos with areas of the Library being closed during the entire time and every book and department was moved at least once, sometimes two or three times, people continued to use the Library!

Visits to the Library and materials checked out did not drop from the last fiscal year, and use of the computers actually increased over this time period. Over 154,000 people visited the Library between May 2015 and April of 2016. The Library loaned a total of 337,286 items during this period. Despite the usual books the Library now offers checkout of games, roku’s, tablets, nooks, portable DVD players and other electronic equipment.

Finally, with all the remodeling behind us, use of the Library during the summer months skyrocketed! In May through July of 2007 compared to the same months in 2016 checkout of materials went from 63,997 to 105,1000; a 64% increase. Also comparing those same two periods attendance went from 29,402 to 48,976; and people using the Library’s computers went from 2,832 to 12,266; a 318% increase! Despite this huge increase in use of the Library over the past nine years the number of Library staff has not increased despite increasing the number of hours open to include Sunday hours and an extra hour on Fridays.

Along with the many very popular children’s early literacy and other educational and creative classes for children, including a new STEM program, many more adult programs were added such as speed readers (a reading and running club,) yoga classes, and workshops to help adults learn healthy habits, new skills, or find a job. These are starting to draw in more users to the Library. We do not charge for these classes as you are already paying for them through property tax dollars. These dollars are the main form of library revenue and public library service is about the only service or organization in Illinois that is supported almost solely through property taxes.

Services at the Library do not remain static. We try to change as the needs of the community change and new technology emerges at a rapid pace. The Library is now the one place people can get one on help with new forms of technology. I observed Ryan Johnson, our Adult Services Manager, helping a patron learn how to use a new smart phone that had been given to her as a gift. Patiently he helped her set it up show her how to use the different features.
With property tax revenues remaining virtually unchanged over the past five years the Library has had to let go of decades of unchanged benefits, and cut or change almost all staff benefits in order not to have to cut services to the public. The Library’s compete annual report and budget can be found on our website at: http://ofpl.info/board.

Now what is in store for this year? A new parking lot and replacement of some of the 20 old HVAC units! Also beginning Sept. 1st National Library Card Signup week begins! Next week we will tell you more about the perks of showing your library card at various area businesses.

Molly Scanlan, Director

Let the Library Help You With Your New Year's Resolutions December 2015

from the Desk of Ryan Johnson, Adult Services Manager

Make any New Year’s Resolutions yet? How about spending less money and saving more? Or maybe becoming more involved in your community? Indulging in a new hobby? Or picking up a new skill? The list of possibilities goes on and on, but they all have one thing in common…..they can be achieved at your public library!

The O’Fallon Public Library offers a wide range of materials and services to help you tackle whatever lies ahead. With you library card you can check out an untold variety of books, movies, music, gadgets and interactive kits. If we don’t have it on our shelf, we’ll do everything we can to get it to you.

Some of the more unique and amazing items you can check out include:

● Roku Streaming Video Devices
● Samsung Galaxy Tablets
● Nooks preloaded with dozens of best sellers
● Brand new DVD releases

Of course, there is also a wide variety of content available online, 24/7, straight from your couch. You can:

● Download ebooks and digital audiobooks straight to your smartphone or tablet
● Sharpen your Microsoft Office skills or learn a foreign language
● Study for the GRE, GED, SAT or other specialized test
● Search a wide collection of academic journals to help with that upcoming research paper

Aside from all that “stuff,” the Library offers all sorts of special events you and your family can enjoy:

● Book clubs for all ages
● Teen Board Game Night
● Lego Club
● Speed Readers: Running Club
● Boards and Builds technology club for kids
● Free tutoring sessions
● And so much more!

Seriously, the Library has more to offer than you can even imagine including a newly renovated building! Check it out today in person or online at ofpl.info. You can also keep up on all the goings-on on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, or through subscribing to the Library’s monthly e-newsletter.

December 14, 2015 Update From Director on Renovation and Library Services December 2015

The children’s area is getting a makeover this week! A special program room, as well as a fun wall, new carpet and paint, acoustical trees, and a special entrance to the “Kid’s Place’” will help complete the transformation. This new area has been designed especially for children and will add some new colors and designs to the renovation of the Library.

The new Young Adult room will also open this week with the return of the Quadricorn’s Book Club on Wednesday. This book club for tween’s ages 9 to 12 will use this new space before new furniture and computers are installed. The featured books are The Island of Dr. Libris, by Chris Grabenstein, and Pip Bartlett’s guide to Magical Creatures, by Jackson Pearce.
About one half of the new furniture included in the renovation will arrive next week and by the beginning of 2016 the construction part of the renovation will be complete and the Library will be back in business!

As this hectic year ends, all the Library staff are thankful to the residents of O’Fallon for their patience and support as the five months of construction comes to an end. While the Library will not be completely finished with renovations until the end of January we hope the New Year brings everyone in O’Fallon to visit the Library. With this renovation the Library strives to provide new services and programs for a more far reaching audience that includes all the citizens of this City.

Visit the Library’s website at ofpl.info for more information or stop by and get a Library card if you don’t have one yet. The Library is open Monday-Thursday, 9am-8pm; Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm; and Sunday, 1pm-5pm.

The Library will also be closed on Dec. 24th & 25th for Christmas and will close at 3:00 pm on New Year’s Eve and all day on January 1, 2016. No materials will be due during the days the Library is closed so don’t worry about getting items returned. The Library will be open as usual on Saturday and Sunday after these closures.

December 7, 2015 Update From Director on Renovation and Library Services December 2015

With just three more weeks left to go work continues on the circulation and children’s area. After an electrical panel was moved last week of work is in full gear to finish up all construction by the end of the year. New furniture will arrive in two weeks and some new computers and two additional selfchecks for the main floor and one for the second floor will be added be added as construction comes to an end. The current selfchecks will also be upgraded at this time.

A big move will need to take place at the end of the construction period so we will keep you updated if services need to be curtailed in some areas as this is accomplished. By the end of January all of the new service desks and marketplace book displays will be installed and the project should come to a complete end by then with the exception of some outside landscaping that will need to be done in the spring.

As the end of construction nears the Library is gearing up to start some new programs!
Beginning in January all of your favorite programs will be back, along with some new ones! Check the Library’s calendar at ofpl.info for more information!

The Library will also be closed on Dec. 24th & 25th for Christmas and will close at 3:00 pm on New Year’s Eve and all day on January 1, 2016. No materials will be due during the days the Library is closed so don’t worry about getting items returned. The Library will be open as usual on Saturday and Sunday after these closures.

November 30, 2015 Update From Director on Renovation and Library Services November 2015

December marks the last month of the major part of construction and renovation at the Library.
Work has begun on transforming the last area of the Library into a new circulation and children’s area.

The main floor of the Library that has been opened up for patron use still needs some work before it is fully complete. The Young Adult room, The Hub, will receive flooring this week and should be open for teens by next Monday. Over the next four weeks work should move along pretty fast since the installation of all the new windows has been completed along with most of the outdoor work.

As the end of construction nears the Library is gearing up to start some new programs!
Get a head start on the fitness track before the New Year with a new program developed by Ryan Johnson, Adult Services Manager, with: Get Active, Get Fit, Get Reading! What could be better than combining reading with fitness. “Speed Readers is a casual running club designed with beginners in mind. We work with each member to set some short-term and long-term goals. At our biweekly meetings we go out on short runs, talk about our personal progress, and even discuss some books! These meetings are designed to provide comradery, encouragement, and foster community,” according to Ryan.

The Library’s Ryan, along Ryan Yoch, running specialist, will present the program. Meet up with both of them at the Library’s Community Room beginning Saturday, December 19th at 9am and every other Saturday thereafter. (Check the Library’s website: www.ofpl.info for any cancellation notifications.) This program should last about one hour with water and snacks provided post-run. This is a free event and open to the general public. Registration is not required.

Sign up for the Library’s newsletter on the Library’s Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/ofallonlibrary, or on the home page of the Library’s website; http://ofpl.info, to get a monthly update of new programs and information about the Library delivered to your email each month. The Library’s website and FB page are also good sources to keep up with everything that is happening at the Library and any closures for bad weather since winter is fast approaching!

Don’t forget that the Library will be closed this Thursday and Friday, December 3rd & 4th, since the Library will be without electricity while an electrical panel is moved. The Library will also be closed on Dec. 24th & 25th for Christmas and will close at 3:00 pm on New Year’s Eve and all day on January 1, 2016. No materials will be due during the days the Library is closed so don’t worry about getting items returned. The Library will be open as usual on Saturday and Sunday after these closures.

November 25, 2015 Update From Director on Renovation and Library Services November 2015

Finally the third and last phase of Library renovations has begun. It was both bittersweet and exciting as staff moved out of the temporary circulation space and children’s area so demolition of what was left of the old carpet and configuration of these areas can be changed. What is to come will make it all worthwhile as the children’s space can now be transformed with bright new carpet distinctly different from the rest of the library, a children’s activity room, and low walls to separate this area from the rest of the Library. The new circulation area will be the first thing to greet you as you enter the Library. Everyone is excited to see this happen.

Currently the children’s area has been relocated to east end of the Library and the circulation area has been relocated once more to the area near the steps. This will become a magazine room when construction is complete.

One new study room on the first floor has been opened. The second floor has a “quiet zone” room available and adult materials and computers remain housed on this floor. The stairs are also now available for use.

The staff workroom has been reduced in size to allow for some offices in that space. This will allow for more patron space.
Completion of this final phase should take about five weeks. December 28th is the projected

date for everything to do with construction, with the exception of a few finishing touches and the arrival of new service desks that will still need to happen. One final move of several areas will be needed so there may be a day in late December when the computers and children’s material may not be available for a day but we will let you know in advance.

Don’t forget that the Library will be closed on December 3rd & 4th so moving of an electrical panel can be accomplished and the Library will be without electricity during that period. Also the Library will close beginning 5pm on Thanksgiving Eve and will be closed on Thanksgiving and the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Library will be open on the Saturday and Sunday following the two closures so if you need to pick up materials do it early. No materials will be due during the days the Library is closed so don’t worry about getting items returned.

November 18, 2015 Update From Director on Renovation and Library Services November 2015

Progress has been made with the Renovation project of the O’Fallon Public Library! The Library Director has vacated her temporary office on the east side of the 2nd floor and “The Quiet Zone,” is now available for patron use. This is a no conversation zone for those that like quiet while working on their laptops, studying, or reading a book. This room is not meant for group study or talking on a cell phone so please respect the rights of others when using this room.

A room for group study will be available beginning Friday. It will be available on a first come basis and can be used for one hour at a time or longer if no one is waiting to use it. Once the entire project is done, a second study room that will be used for an office and a conference room on the second floor that currently houses computers will also be available for use on a first come basis. This will give the Library three rooms for group study and also a quiet room. The previous configuration just had one conference room available for public use and no official quiet rooms. By the end of December four rooms for study or quiet will be available for public use.

A Teen Room will also open up in several weeks. Defective flooring has delayed having it finished by Friday but once the flooring is in this room will open. This will offer a fifth room just for teens to study or work on group projects. Computers and a TV will be added to the room by the end of December.

On Thursday the areas of the Library on the first floor that are currently open including the temporary circulation area and children’s area will move over to the closed area of the first floor that should be carpeted and painted by then and on Friday this area will open to the public including use of the stairs.

Work on the children’s and circulation area will then begin and should take approximately five to six weeks and then the Library should have a new look by the end of December! Bright colors, a new children’s activity room, and many additional touches will redefine the children’s area, and patrons will be able to watch work on this progress. Finally the children’s area will have a completely different look than the other areas of the Library that children of all ages will enjoy!

Don’t forget that the Library will be closed on December 3rd & 4th so moving of an electrical panel can be accomplished and the Library will be without electricity during that period. Also the Library will close beginning 5pm on Thanksgiving Eve and will be closed on Thanksgiving and the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Library will be open on the Saturday and Sunday following those closures but if you need to pick up materials for the weekend do it early.

The Library has also continued there offsite programs such as the monthly book discussion group Books & Brew held at Global Brew and a few other programs have moved offsite during this period. We will be adding more programs as space in the Library opens up so be sure to check our website: ofpl.info for more information.

November 4, 2015 Update From Director on Renovation and Library Services November 2015

Renovation of the Library continues! 25 out of 26 new windows have been installed. They still need framing, Dryvit (a stucco looking material), to be cleaned, and painted with an antifungal to stop the mold from growing back. This is a problem in walls facing north in this area of the country and gives the wall a streaked look when viewed from a distance. This work will be completed before the weather turns cold for good.

All the beams have been painted on the first floor and, although much works still needs to be done, the Library is hoping to allow patrons use of more of the first floor soon.

The steps are also in the process of being renovated. By the end of the project, the stairs will be painted like classic book spines! Once they are safe to use, patrons will be given access to them again. They are much quicker than waiting for elevator so everyone is excited for that development.

The front entrance floor was patched, leveled and a mat was installed. This is a new type of entrance mat and will, hopefully, take more dirt off your shoes as you enter the Library. In addition to the new design, it extends further into the Library than the previous mat did.

Hopefully overall progress will pick up now that the windows are in. Keeping the building open and needed Library materials and equipment available has been a challenge for everyone. The staff is as anxious as the patrons to get the project finished!

On the bright side, you can still access the full catalog on the Library’s website. Ordering books and other materials from the convenience of your home computer or handheld device has never been easier. The quiet room upstairs is now open for use. We're definitely moving in the right direction.

According to Adult Services Manager Ryan Johnson, "Did you know your library is part of a statewide system covering close to 500 libraries and 28,000 square miles? This means you have access to millions of items, far more than what any single library can hold on its own. If there is something you want, 99% of the time we can track it down and get it for you....at no extra charge. Most requests arrive in as little as 2 to 5 days. We then contact you via email, text or phone call to let you know your item is ready. Because of this massive sharing system between libraries, you have broader access and shorter wait for the things you want.

You can also conveniently manage your library account from home. Browse the catalog, place requests, check due dates, and more by simply signing into My Account on the library's homepage. You can, of course, always stop in or give us a call and we'll be more than glad to assist you.”

October 27, 2015 Update From Director on Renovation and Library Services October 2015

The remodeling and renovation of the Library continues! Twenty six new windows finally started going in last week and should be finished soon. Flooring, most of the new main floor rooms, and some furniture should be installed over the next month. As soon as this happens, patrons will have access to more quiet spaces. Some Library programming will resume during the end of November and the beginning of December. However, there is still more work to do in the circulation and children’s area, including installing new service desks, adding two new self-checkouts, and updating the current checkout stations. The final (estimated) completion date is the beginning of next year, 2016.

In order to move on to the final phase of renovation, the electricity will have to be tuned off for two days to move an electrical panel. The Library will be closed on Thursday and Friday, December 3rd and 4th to accomplish this. No materials will be due over these two days or any fines accessed. However, if you anticipate needing materials for work, school, or pleasure during that time, it would be best to pick them up during the days before the shutdown. The Library will be open as usual on Saturday, December 5th (9am-4pm). Our website and online resources are always available online so you can still order materials and complete research from home during the two days that the Library is closed.

Despite all that is going on, the Library continues to provide needed services for our patrons.

"The O'Fallon Public Library is happy to offer wireless printing. All you need to do is install a simple driver on your Windows or Apple laptop or tablet and you can send print jobs to either the black and white or color printer. Each black and white copy cost 10 cents and color copies costs 50 cents each. Library staff is glad to assist you with this process,” according to Adult Services Manager, Ryan Johnson. In addition, printing instructions from wireless devices are listed on the home page of the Library’s website: ofpl.info.

If you have an important form or ticket on your phone, school papers, or any digital document, the Adult Services staff has all the technical skills to get those printed for you.

The printing station accepts cash and major credit cards. It uses a unique identifier (your library card or guest pass number) to protect your privacy. The cost and number of pages are displayed before you print. So, if it is not what you expected, you don’t have to print or pay for it. To make this process simpler, please don’t close your computer until you have printed what you wanted. Ryan and his staff are always glad to assist Library users.

October 20, 2015 Update From Director on Renovation and Library Services October, 2015

Renovation of the Library has slowed down until all the new windows are put in. This will happen over the next two to three weeks, and then new flooring can be installed to get things going again. Painting of the main floor of the Library continues.

Without any book stacks in the way, electricians are working on getting all the Library’s very high lights replaced and working. They were even able to reach a light that had not been changed since the Library opened 20 years ago! With the new open floor plan and ability to move furniture easily, the Library hopes to be able to maintain this level of light maintenance. Once the boarded up windows are replaced, the sunny and light filled atmosphere of the Library will return!

Despite all the changes, Library use has not dropped. We hope to resume all of the wonderful programming that the Library is known for soon. Many other services are available in the meantime.

Ryan Johnson, Adult Services Manager, and his staff are very skilled at helping people learn how to use today’s technology. According to Ryan: "We all know that libraries are great sources for wisdom, literature, and research, but did you know you can get tech help too? With the Ask a Librarian service you can get one-on-one help with your tablet, smartphone, or laptop. We help individuals checkout eBooks, set up email and Facebook accounts, and provide general troubleshooting. We can also help you with Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Excel. This can be especially useful if you have an important resume or cover letter you need to polish up.”

“To take advantage of this service, visit the Library's homepage at ofpl.info and click the Ask a Librarian button. You can also call us at 618-632-3783, or email: reference@ofpl.info to set up an appointment."

October 12, 2015 Update From Director on Renovation and Library Services October 2015

Library News
Renovation of the O’Fallon Library continues to move along. With the exception of some paint and trim the mezzanine level has been finished. All glass is in place including a new glass door to enter the upper level. Once the main floor is complete some of the extra materials housed upstairs will be moved to the first floor to allow for some new furniture and more quiet space.

During this longest phase of renovation beams are currently being painted, new rooms are being dry walled, and 26 wood clad windows with rotting frames have all been removed and will be replaced with aluminum windows beginning Monday, October 19th. Construction of two outdoor reading areas has also begun. New flooring should be installed soon, along with finishing the new rooms on the south- east side of the Library. After that has been completed things will have to move around once more so construction on the final phase can begin. This includes the new circulation area and children’s department.

Despite construction other things are happening at the Library. According to Youth Services Manager, Teri Rankin, “What’s the latest BUZZZZ at the library? Zoo Packs! – backpacks for your 1-3 year old containing items such as books, rhyme/song sheets, rhythm instruments/scarves, flashlights, and an issue of Scholastic’s My Big World with Clifford to keep! These packs, which can be checked out for up to 3 weeks, are perfect for sharing the joy of language with your busy little bee!”

Ryan Johnson, Adult Services Manager helped solve the problem of lack of fax service during Phase II of the Renovation “Before construction began the library helped roughly 120 people, every month, send faxes. Phase II of the remodeling project, unfortunately, knocked out our faxing services. This situation inconvenienced many patrons."

“To remedy that situation, the library started utilizing the free online service faxzero.com. Instead of turning patrons away who needed to fax, we could now not only meet their immediate need, but show them how they could fax for themselves in the future. The website allows you to attach a document, much like an email attachment, and send that file over the internet. Those documents then print off on the receiving end's fax machine.” He states “The service is free as long as faxes are 3 pages or less, and a single email account can only send out 5 faxes per day. Even with these limitations, the library is able to help nearly everyone who walks through the door needing to send a fax.”

“Despite the ongoing construction, the library is dedicated to maintaining a high level of access and customer service” according to Mr. Johnson.

Update From the Director about construction and services October 2015

Work continues on the renovation of the interior of the Library. Around November 2, the Young Adult Room will become a reality. At that time the Library hopes to bring back its tween and young adult book discussion groups and also may be able to bring back some limited children’s and baby programs in the morning. We are committed to staying open during the renovation so nobody loses the resources the Library has to offer. Since services are temporarily confined to such a small part of the Library it is rather noisy at times. Many of the changes we will be making will actually decrease the overall noise level in the Library. With the second floor glassed in, conversations or children crying on the first floor can no longer be heard. After the completion of the renovation the upstairs will be the quiet area with just books stacks, and a “quiet room” where conversations will not be permitted. A small conference room will also open up on the second floor once the computers are moved to their permanent home on the first floor. The main level will house all major services including circulation, computer and reference service. The children’s department will be separated from the adult areas with low walls and acoustical tiles shaped liked trees to help absorb some of the noise. A magazine and reading room plus two study rooms will offer some quiet space on the first floor.

If you have wifi at home the Library now has three Rokus that circulate. Each is loaded with Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and select new movies from Flixster. You simply plug it in to your TV via RCA or HDMI, connect to WIFI, and enjoy unlimited viewing. There is content appropriate for all ages. It's a great way to discover new shows and movies. It can also help you catch up on old favorites before the new season is released. Learn more about all the gadgets the Library has available for checkout such as Nook Glowlights, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nooks, and travel DVD players on the Library’s website:gadget information.

Construction Update October 2015

Phase 2 of our Remodel and Renovation Project is well underway. Walls for the new magazine room, teen room, and staff areas have been framed and work has begun on the new outdoor gardens. Phase 2 is estimated to be completed by November 2.

Phase 3 construction will also begin around November 2. The following areas will be under construction throughout the last phase:

  • Children’s section
  • NEW Children’s activity room
  • NEW Circulation area and self-checkout area
  • NEW entryway

We will have limited access to:

  • Large Print (a portion will be available on the second floor)
  • Children's collection (a portion will be available on the first floor)

The following collections will be unavailable:

  • Music CDs
  • Parent/Teacher

The Circulation Help Desk and Youth Services Help Desk will temporarily relocate into the completed section of the first floor. Faxing service will remain unavailable.

Computers will remain upstairs in their current location until the completion of the project.

A portion of the Children’s collection will be placed into storage throughout Phase 3. We will still be able to request materials from other libraries.

The entire construction project is expected to be finished by the end of the year, at which point we will have full access to all of the collections. Check our Facebook, Twitter, and this news page to stay up to date on the construction.

Revised Conduct Policy August 2015

Conduct Policy

We want your visit to be a pleasant one. Use of the library is intended for reading, studying, learning, and using library services. Any other use is not permitted.
Not allowed:
• Any behavior / conduct disruptive to library use
• Entering the library without shoes and shirts
• Moving furniture or equipment
• Use of tobacco and unregulated nicotine products (such as electronic cigarettes and similar vapor producing products.)
• Using restrooms for bathing or washing clothes
• Loitering
• Soliciting, selling, or petitioning
• Bringing bikes, skateboards, roller skates, or excessive number of bags into building
• Leaving children under the age of 9 unattended by a responsible person at least 16 years of age

Cell phones shall be on silent/vibrate.
Theft or damage of library materials is a serious offense, and will lead to arrest.
The Library is a public building. Failure to comply with any of the above may result in suspension of privileges.
By order of the Library Board of Trustees 8/10/15

Building Remodel Update / Fax Service Currently Unavailable July 2015

The mezzanine level (upstairs) is expected to be finished by August 31st. Starting at that time until the end of phase 2 of construction, we will have limited access to:

  • Large print books
  • Music CD's

The Circulation Help Desk will temporarily relocate near the entrance. Faxing service will be unavailable.

The completion of the mezzanine allows us full access to the adult non-fiction and young adult collections. Once reopened, the mezzanine will only be accessible via the elevator until phase 2 is complete in late October.

Adult Fiction, Paperbacks, and Audiobooks will move to their new home on the second floor. Adult DVDs will move to a temporary location on the second floor.

The children's area will remain open throughout Phase 2.

A significant portion of the remodel process will be completed during phase 2, including construction of the new teen room, computer area, and study rooms. Along with these interior changes, we'll be receiving new windows, constructing our reading gardens, and installing the new drive-up book drop in the parking lot.

The entire construction project is expected to be finished by the end of the year, at which point we will have full access to all of the collections. Check our Facebook, Twitter, and this news page to stay up to date on the construction.

Mezzanine Level to Close July 20 July 2015

Renewing Your Library

Phase I of the remodel project will begin July 20 and last for approximately seven weeks. At this time, the mezzanine (upstairs) level will close.

During this period, access to the following collections will be unavailable:

  • Adult Non-Fiction

  • Young Adult

  • Back issue Magazines and Newspapers

Adult Services staff will be relocated to the first floor, along with a limited number of computers for internet access. OTHS Summer Reading books along with new and recent bestselling non-fiction and young adult titles will be available on the first floor.

Stock up on non-fiction and young adult titles today! Ask for an extended 6-week checkout for any non-new or non-bestseller item.

Any other non-fiction or young adult material may be requested from other libraries through the SHARE catalog.

Watch this page as well as our Facebook page for updates.

Library Remodeling and Renovation June 2015

The Library's construction project will begin Monday, July 13th and should last approximately four months. The Library will remain open during this process although some services will be stopped for periods of time. However we will use creative ways to help everyone deal with this.

What this means for you:
Computer use may be disrupted for a day or two as we move computers away from areas of construction. Not as many computers will be available until the new computer area is complete, but computers will be available!
All programs held in the large meeting room will cease as of July 13th.
Some collections of books may be unavailable for a time but we will be able to order what you need from the SHARE system.
For safety reasons please keep a close eye on your children. They are curious and energetic so keep them in sight.

We will give as much notice as possible as to what will be happening and when as things will be moving quickly from day to day. Some of the work will be done early before the Library is even open. We hope to make this as easy as possible on patrons and staff, but of course we will be unable to offer all the services we would like to during this time.

The Board of Trustees and Library staff are happy to get this project going since the end result will be better service and a more pleasant, modern atmosphere with much better noise and temperature control!

New Conduct Poilcy June 2015

Conduct Policy

In order to increase safety in the Library a new conduct policy has been initiated. This policy will be uniformly enforced.

The O'Fallon Public Library provides resources that should be enjoyed by everyone in the community, with the following guidelines:

  • Treat all people and property with respect.

  • Wear shoes and appropriate clothing in the library.

  • Use of tobacco in any form is prohibited.

  • Speak in a quiet conversational tone.

  • Avoid carrying strong odors on your person or belongings.

  • Keep all furniture in the original location.

  • Bikes, skateboards, and roller skates should not be brought into the building.

  • Keep all electronic devices and cell phones on vibrate or silenced.

  • Loitering is prohibited.

  • Children should be properly supervised at all times.

Any behavior that disrupts the orderly conduct of the library, interferes with another library user's right to access library resources, or prevents a library staff member from carrying out his or her duties in an efficient manner is prohibited.

If you refuse to comply with these behavioral guidelines, you will be banned from the library for one calendar day. Further non-compliance will result in expulsion.
Approved by Library Board Action 6/08/15

New Digital Magazines will be Available in August May 2015


People, Dr. Oz, Ebony, Entertainment Weekly, and Clean Eating are new magazine titles that will be available in August through Flipster!

The Library is also adding more Nooks loaded with more books.

Last Day For Book Donations April 30th April 2015

April 30th will be the last day book donations will be accepted due to space constraints for storage during the library renovation and remodel project. We will notify you as soon as donations can be accepted again!

Building Remodel Update March 2015

The Library is moving along with plans to renovate the interior of the Library to fix some major maintenance needs and at the same time make the best use of the limited space we have and provide for a a more modern environment. All major services will be provided on the main floor and the mezzanine level will be glassed in to provide for noise and temperature control. Due to some delays the construction phase will not start until the end of June. We will remain open during construction so we hope to keep inconvenience to the public as minimal as possible but there is no way to get around some inconvenience so will keep providing updates on changes. The construction will be done in three phases beginning with the mezzanine and ending with the Children's department. Attached are the most current floor plans that have changed since my last post.(See the November 2014 Building Remodel news for more info.) Check back for more updates!


First Floor

Second Floor

Express DVDs November 2014

The Library now has new release DVDs that are available for checkout only if you come in person to the Library. They are displayed with the New DVDs in the A/V section and can be identified by the bright green sticker on front of the cover. Express DVDs will not fulfill holds and can only be checked out for three days. There is a a two item limit on express DVDs. So if you stop by the Library it might be your lucky day and you will find a new release available! Also our regular DVD limit has increased from 10 to 20!

Current Express DVDs:

Let's Be Cops
Tammy
Chef
Maleficent
Sex Tape
Divergent
The Fault in Our Stars
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Draft Day

Building Remodel November 2014

In June of 2015 the library plans to begin an interior remodel program to make the library easier to use, add a Teen Room, and modernize the interior of this now 20 year old building. The Library also has wood framed windows that are starting to rot and they will be replaced at that time. Although we won't be adding any more space we will be making better use of our space. this project should also provide for a quiet area on the mezzanine level by enclosing that space. We will be using special reserve funds that have been set aside to keep the building in good repair. At 20 years old it is time for a makeover as heating and air systems begin to fail, more electrical outlets are needed to keep up with technology, and carpet becomes threadbare. We are taking a proactive approach to keep the building in sound shape. (Also the Ohlendorf money will not be used for this project.) Some major changes will be relocating the circulation desk near the front entrance and moving the adult services department and computers downstairs. Enclosing the mezzanine level will allow for some quiet spaces, and a teen room will be added. Attached are the preliminary schematic designs. Although this is just a starting point and as the actual plans are drawn up things will change. Already offices have been moved, and besides magazines, all large print books will be on the first floor as well as children's books, popular adult fiction and non-fiction, and all AV materials such as DVDs, audiobooks, and CDs. The Library hopes to complete this with as little disruption to services and our patrons as possible and will remain open during the remodel. As plans change and are finalized we will keep you informed. Right now the projected time for the project to go out for bid is in March of 2015 with work to begin in June of 2015 and be completed in three phases with final completion in September of 2016. The library strives to give the best service possible and keep up with changes in how library service is provided!


Preliminary space allocation schematic plans

Search Box Tips October 2014

The default search is the catalog in the search box. You can also use the drop down box to search most of our databases at one time and find widgets for some databases not included. The results are bringing up some catalog items. You cannot link out to those yet but soon it will all be integrated and you will be able too. (We have the largest combined catalog in the country and it is taking awhile to get everything included.) However you will be getting database results from almost all our resources. If you are searching from home you will have to put in your library card number and last name to access the full text but you only have to do that for the first item you pull up. You can always search the databases individually under research.

Lastly it you just want to search the library website for something specific the third box you can click on is site search and that will help you find information on our website.

If you have any questions please call the library or stop by and someone will be glad to help you!

e-pay Changes September 2014

When using e-pay to pay fines & fees the funds will be automatically be applied to your account when using from the Share catalog and you can then place holds or renew books without a delay.

To use e-pay for any other reason such as friends dues go to our regular e-pay site: e-pay


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O'Fallon, IL 62269

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618-632-3783

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618-632-3759

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We are located behind the post office on Civic Plaza just west of Lincoln Avenue. Stop by and see us sometime.

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