Thursday, August 27, 2015

One Year of Video Games at the Library




It was just a year ago that the Collinsville Library first adopted video games into the collection. In August 2014 we launched a “Video Game Drive” asking for donations of Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3 games. The collection started off modestly but quickly grew in quantity and quality to become one of the hottest aspects of the library.

Today, one year later, the library has more than 150 video games total and continues to add titles on a regular basis. In just one year, these titles have circulated more than 2000 times! The “current-gen” offerings (PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U) barely stay on the shelf before getting checked out again. Our monthly video game tournaments continue to be one of the most anticipated and well-attended programs we offer. In just twelve months, the tournaments have had more than 250 attendees.

Video games at the library have proven to be a natural fit but it wasn’t until last year that this reality was even a possibility. In celebration of the collection’s one-year anniversary, let’s review some of the seminal moments that have contributed to this success story.

August 2014
Video Game Drive
Mario Kart Wii Tournament
“A Brief History of Video Games” (Multi-part blog series)

September 2014
Collection debut

October 2014
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament

November 2014
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Tournament

December 2014
Current-Gen collection started
Mario Party 9 Tournament
Halo 4 Tournament

January 2015
“Game On!” - Main Floor Front Door Display
Sonic and SEGA Racing Tournament
Weekly Open Wii Gaming for Children Begins

February 2015
Relocation of collection to eagle rotunda display
“Are Video Games Art?” (Multi-part blog series)
Soul Calibur V Tournament

March 2015
“Are Video Games Art?” (Multi-part blog series)
WWE 15 Tournament

April 2015
MLB 15 Home Run Derby Tournament

May 2015
Mario Kart 8 Tournament

June 2015
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Tournament

July 2015
New Super Mario Bros. U Tournament
Guitar Hero III Summer Reading Program Event

August 2015
One-Year Celebration
Mario Party 10 Tournament

There is only more to look forward to as the medium continues to integrate into the library. In the coming months we will be having Splatoon, Street Fighter, and Call of Duty Black Ops III tournaments. Be sure to come in regularly to see what is new on the shelf, what our next tournament will be, and more exciting advancements in one of the library’s youngest offerings.

Posted by Terry Pierson, Library Clerk

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Just One Item - Matt

We have challenged every member of our staff to pick just one item to recommend to our patrons. It's easy to rattle off a list of favorites but to single out and stand by just one suggestion requires discipline and commitment. This succinct and straightforward approach will not only provide passionate suggestions but will offer a tailored window to learning a little bit about each staff member's unique personality and tastes.

Matt has been with the library for eleven years and is a full-time Assistant. He can often be found at the Fairmont City branch. Matt's one item is the film The Boondock Saints. 

"The Boondock Saints perfectly blends the right amount of action, suspense, and comedy in this movie about vigilante justice". 




Be sure to check back soon for more recommendations from our staff! 

Posted by Terry Pierson, Library Clerk


Monday, August 24, 2015

Just One Item - Terry

We have challenged every member of our staff to pick just one item to recommend to our patrons. It's easy to rattle off a list of favorites but to single out and stand by just one suggestion requires discipline and commitment. This succinct and straightforward approach will not only provide passionate suggestions but will offer a tailored window to learning a little bit about each staff member's unique personality and tastes.

Terry has been at the library for three years. He enjoys talking to patrons about film and video games. Terry is starting us off with his pick of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

"If I had to choose just one item to recommend to our patrons it would be Skyrim because it is a strong representation of the artistic and narrative possibilities unique to video games".


Posted by Terry Pierson, Library Clerk

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Bad Movie, Good Tunes


The MVLD Bad Movie Club screened Ed Wood's masterpiece Plan 9 from Outer Space this past Friday night, and attendees were treated to a special musical performance prior to the film.  Local musician Michael McGraw performed a "cool fifteen minute set" of popular songs by everyone from The Beatles to Green Day.  Switching between his acoustic guitar and ukelele, McGraw got the crowd energized with his upbeat tunes and dance-tastic showmanship.

Monday, August 17, 2015

2015 Edgar Awards

The Mystery Writers of America crowned this year's Edgar Allan Poe Award winners, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television published or produced in 2014.  Here's a taste of this year's offerings (click on the titles to request a copy).


Best Novel:
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King


Best Fact Crime:
Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann

Other winners can be found on the Mystery Writers of America website.  Happy reading!


Posted by Kyla Waltermire, Branch Manager - Collinsville



Wednesday, August 12, 2015

On This Day In...1988


Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27 on this day in 1988. Internationally famous, Basquiat was a prolific painter who started his career as a teenage street artist. When his SAMO labeled graffiti caught the eye of the New York art world elite, Basquiat very quickly found fame and fortune. He dated Madonna, collaborated with Andy Warhol, starred in a movie, produced a rap single, had his own band, and was known to wear expensive designer suits while painting. Today Basquiat's work remains in high demand with his paintings regularly selling for several millions of dollars at auction.


Key Library Checkouts:

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child - Featuring interviews with all the right people, and home video footage of Basquiat himself, this documentary is both informative and enjoyable.

Basquiat : The Unknown Notebooks - This book is exactly what it sounds like: Basquiat's personal notebooks featuring handwritten notes, poems, drawings, etc.


Posted by Grahm Underwood, Library Clerk

Monday, August 10, 2015

2015 Pulitzer Winners


Anthony Doerr does it again!  His novel, All the Light We Cannot See, is on a literary winning streak, winning both the Pulitzer and the Andrew Carnegie awards for fiction this year.


Winning a Pulitzer in History is Encounters at the Heart of the World by Elizabeth A. Fenn.


The Poetry prize winner is Digest by Gregory Pardlo.


The LA Times has a complete list of this year's Pulitzer winners.  Check it out!


Posted by Kyla Waltermire, Branch Manager-Collinsville