Monday, October 31, 2005

FREE Library Cards being handed out

I wanted to be sure that you understood from that long post that everyone living in the Unit 10 School District is entitled to a 'free' library card and can use it from now through March 2006. I am going today to the public and parochial schools to give them applications to pass the word of how important it is to take advantage of this opportunity. The school that is the most successful will be receiving free books for their library!

So if you know any children in any of our schools throughout the area, fill out an application whether you do or do not have a current library card and they will get credit for their school for your participation. The only requirement is that you live in the Unit 10 School District boundaries.

Please spread the word... This won't last forever.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Demonstration Grants from the Il State Library Awarded to Local Libraries

The Illinois State Library has awarded two demonstration grants in our area that will make sure that everyone living in the Unit 10 School District will be able to receive a library card for the next six months. Mississippi Valley Public Library District (formerly the Collinsville Memorial Public Library) and the Maryville Community Library will be cooperating to allow all people currently without library service to experience libraries. The "Smartest Card" Campaign (referring to our library cards) is effective immediately and will run through March 21, 2006 (general election referendum) at which time the voters will decide if they want to retain their library cards permanently or if they do not want to accept the invitation to stay in either Library District.
The Maryville Community Library located at #8 Shiber Court, Maryville by Drost Park will be ready to open its doors as a demonstration library sometime within the next month. The Library committee which was formed over two years ago has been working with Charm Ruhnke, a library consultant from the Lewis and Clark Library system in Edwardsville, Illinois to establish a library for the community of Maryville. Charm Ruhnke will facilitate a State Library System grant that will help set-up and support a demonstration library for the community of Maryville. Residents will vote in March 2006 to remove all materials and services provided through the grant and not become a library district or continue and expand library services in the establishment of a library district for the Greater Maryville Area. Until the Maryville Demonstration Library is able to open its doors to the public, Maryville residents are able to go to the Collinsville Library Center and be issued a Maryville Library Card. For more information about the Maryville Community Library you can call Carol Frerker 288-3142, Kris Votoupal 288-4411, Diane Semanisin 2887422, Roger Shoup 346-7740 or visit the website at
The Mississippi Valley Public Library District (formerly the Collinsville Memorial Public Library) also received a similar grant to serve the Unit 10 School District area that is not already covered by the Villages of Caseyville, Maryville or Pontoon Beach. The Library building located on 408 West Main Street in Collinsville is anxious to offer its services to a larger area. Collinsville Memorial Public Library was established in Collinsville and has served the area since 1915. Last October 2004 the Library converted from a municipal library (a department of the City of Collinsville) to an independent district library with an elected Board of Trustees and the ability to govern itself and to serve an increased territory.
Both libraries have made the commitment to serve the people of the area in a seamless and cooperative effort. The "Smartest Card" received by anyone currently living in the Unit 10 School District will entitle its user not only to service at the Library Building that issues them a card but to any public library in Illinois through a reciprocal borrowing agreement throughout our state. The card holder will also be allowed to order items into their library building from any where in the United States through an interlibrary loan program.
Plans are being made to have public forums at participating school buildings to talk about this program and what it will mean to you. Announcements for all of the meetings should be forthcoming by the end of the next week.
There are many exciting things waiting for the person that decides to come in and investigate this new opportunity. Don’t waste any time experiencing the services that the Mississippi Valley Public Library District and the Maryville Community Library can offer to you. Apply today for the "Smartest Card".

Monday, October 17, 2005

Did you know ...

There are more public libraries than McDonald's - a total of 16, 200.
Americans go to school, public and academic libraries more than twice as often as they go to the movies.


Delivering to your home

Collinsville Library Center has been delivering to individuals who have been unable to come to the library due to physical limitations whether permanent or temporary for several years now. Our volunteers visit between 15 to 20 people per week with items that they have requested through our staff members or the online catalog.

Mary Beth and Megan take care of these people by calling them on a weekly basis and preparing packages to go out on Monday afternoon. They both have said that it is pleasant to call and talk to our 'homies' because they are always so excited to hear from us and always have so much to say.

If you find that you or someone that you know needs this special service, call and we will work with you to be sure that you always have what you need from the library.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Blum House Book Club Suggestion...

The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo
Paula Huntley
The Blum House Book Club met on October 26th and talked about their most recent read "The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo". Each month the group gets together and reads a selection and then rates it on a scale of 0-5 stars.
The group really enjoyed this selection and gave it a '4' stars. Some of the comments about the book were that it was heartwarming, sad and informative - all at the same time. It leaves you admiring the couple in the book for their generosity and their positive attitude in the face of adversity. The woman had an enthusiastic and creative teaching method that spanned the difference in the cultures. The group loved the diary form of the book and felt that it helped to give the humanitarian feel that it needed.
Other suggested past reads from the BH Book Club:
The Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott - 3.5 stars
The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker - 3.5 stars
Dreams from my Father by Barak Obama - 3.5 stars
Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour by Jospeh Persico - 4 stars
Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd - 4.5 stars
Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - 3.5 stars
You can pick up more suggestions for reading in BookPage - a reading newspaper available for free at the library or online with BookLetters at