Thursday, September 29, 2005

Ebook Collection growing!

Our library has had a subscription to NetLibrary.Com now for a couple of years, bringing you over 8,000 books in electronic form on the Web. Just recently we added an Academic Collection of books that will be of interest to students, computer enthusiasts, those writing papers and essays, and others who may be looking for more technical information.

You can check out these books as you can check out most anything in our library - simply by selecting it and using your id on your own computer. Your id can be obtained by coming into the library once and logging into Netlibrary.Com and picking a Username and Password.

This is a wonderful new way to view, scan or read the whole book even after we have closed our doors for the day. You can even print a selected number of pages for future reference.

This is just one of our Online Databases that we subscribe to for your convenience. See all of them on our website at

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Volunteers to Record History

Investigation into publishing a new Collinsville history book is forming. There will be all types of help needed whether you know history, can write about history, can help to type the history, or a multitude of other jobs - you can be of service. Call today at 344-1112 and give your name and phone number. Someone will call you back with meeting times.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Our Broken Fountain

Several of you have asked about the reasons for the fountain not working this year.

We have been repairing the fountain continuously for the last couple of years. At the beginning of the summer more problems developed with the fountain that would have again needed thousands of dollars worth of attention. We have been working with a company that has been trying to give us alternatives but at this point, it has not been possible to come to a solution.

With the coming of Autumn, the Board has decided to use the Winter season to investigate exactly what would be the best way to handle the situation.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Disaster Relief in This Area - You can Help by bringing in extra things that you have at Home!

The "Two Cities" Hurricane Relief EffortThe City of Collinsville is "adopting" two communities in Mississippi:Pascagoula and Long Beach. City Council met with folks in our communityWednesday to decide a course of action that the Collinsville Community could take to best help the victims of this tragedy. It was decided that identifying a community and attempt to assist them with their changing needs through the rebuilding process would be the best way. The decision was made to "adopt" both Pascagoula and Long Beach because local folks had already been in contact with both communities. These two coastal communities have suffered a great loss and are in need of basic necessities. Large portions of these two communities have been totally destroyed with nothing left butthe foundations of buildings, while other areas were severely damaged.The City of O'Fallon IL is now joining Collinsville in this endeavor.The local American Legion established a tax-deductible relief fund to benefit Pascagoula and Long Beach Communities. Donations can be made atCollinsville UMB Banks, checks should be made out to American Legion Post 365, include "Two Cities Relief Fund" in the memo. Arrangements are being made to collect donations of money and goods at the Italian Fest, September 16 & 17th. There will be a semi-trailer at the Festto collect items. Volunteers are needed to staff this operation. Major Scott Williams (Collinsville's Acting Chief of Police) with a team of volunteers has already delivered a caravan of SUV's worth of goods to Mississippi. The following is a list of needed items that we would like to include in theMonday shipment to Mississippi.
Please drop off donations at the Collinsville Police Department, City Hall or UMB on Main Street (please do not bring clothing items, these communities are not prepared to store or distribute clothing at this time).
C & D Batteries
First Aid Supplies
Trash cans & liners
Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer & wipes
Air Freshener
Wash cloths
MopsMop buckets
Pine cleanerDust pans
Cleaning rags
Garbage bags
Disinfectant spray
Glass cleaner
Scrub brushes
Toilet cleaner & brushes
Car washing solution
Sun Screen & Bug Spray
Water hoses
Spray nozzles for hoses
Armor All
Scrub brushes (for cars)
Car fabric cleaner
Cleaning cloths (for cars)
Paper plates
Plastic forks, spoons and knives
Plastic bins (for storage)

Katrina Disaster Relief Efforts For Evacuees Who Have Sought Refuge In Southeastern Madison CountyLocal communities have come together and pulled resources to help the evacuees who have come to Collinsville, Maryville, Troy, Edwardsville, GlenCarbon or Highland. We have established a clearinghouse at the Glen EdPantry (125 5th Ave Edwardsville Il 62025, phone 656-7506) to distribute goods and help with finding resources for these families. The pantry is accepting donations. They are also seeking volunteers to help staff the facility in order to extend their hours of operation and better assist evacuees.

Friday, September 09, 2005

The Library's efforts for the tragedy in the Gulf

The Library is collecting for the Animal Rescue that is underway in the Gulf regions. Several of the area Animal Rescue Agencies and Shelters are busy working to send relief to the Gulf in the way of manpower and supplies. We, here at the Library, would be happy to collect any donations in the way of money, bedding, food, or take your name for temporary housing for these displaced animals and disseminate them to the proper people.

You can bring in any of those items at any time to the Library at 408 West Main Street.

If you would like to send me your name as a volunteer for temporary housing and what type of animal, you can just respond to this blog in the comment area.

If you would like to donate money, you can bring in your donation with cash, check or charge or you may use our online pay system at

and specify that the donation is for Animal Rescue.

Information about Hurricane Katrina

The following link will take you information about Katrina and ways that you can help. There are national and local links that will cover the stories and the volunteer and donation efforts.

What is the Mississippi Valley Public Library District?

In the past year this Library has gone through a number of changes.

On October 1, 2004 the Library changed from a municipal library to a district library. This means that before October 1st the Library was a department of the City of Collinsville and its members were those who lived inside the City limits of Collinsville. After October 1st the Library is a stand alone district with an elected Board and its boundaries can move beyond the City limits.

When the Library became a District the official name Collinsville Memorial Public Library District was taken.

Just recently the Board of Trustees renamed the District - the Mississippi Valley Public Library District to welcome growth beyond the limits of Collinsville.

To keep the tradition of the wonderful facility on the Main Street of Collinsville alive and to honor all of the people who have made this Library what it is today, the building at 408 West Main Street will continue to hold the name of the Collinsville Memorial Public Library Center.

A new sign with these changes are being planned for the front lawn and other plans are being made to invite surrounding areas to join in Library Service.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

My First Post

This is my very first post on my very first blog!

I hope that this will be a helpful addition to our Collinsville website that will help everyone understand, stay informed and comment more freely about things that are important to you and to the community. Feel free to view my profile and email me whenever you need to or comment on any of my posts. This will contain the most up-to-date information so please check it often. Thank you in advance for all of your input as that is the only way that we can improve and serve our community better.

Tomorrow I will post a couple of items - 'The community's efforts for the Hurricane survivors' and 'What is the Mississippi Valley Public Library District?'

Stay tuned...