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".