Thursday, November 30, 2006

UPDATE on Closing

The Library will be closing at 3:00pm not 5:00pm as earlier sent out.

The ice is accumulating quickly.

Library Closing at 5pm

Due to the threat of ice and snow, the Collinsville Memorial Library Center will be closing at 5:00pm today, November 30th for the safety of its members and its staff.

During these winter months whenever inclement weather threatens or strikes, please check the website or call our phone at 344-1112 to see if our building is closed.

Stay warm and dry! =)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Riverwinds Storytellers

If you didn't come to the Tellabration on November 18th, you missed a wonderful time. This was written by Marilyn Kinsella, a Riverwinds Storyteller, about the event.

This year the Riverwind Storyteller held Tellabration 2006 at a new venue - the Blum House. It is an old Victorian next to and belonging to the Collinsville Library. I truly felt like I had stepped back in time. The huge white house had a wrap-around front porch. Inside the foyer was a crystal chandelier with lighted sconces on every wall. It gave the rooms an elegant, old-fashioned feel. The large windows reflected the muted lighting giving the rooms even more atmosphere. At times, I felt like Mark Twain himself was going to make an appearance and ask to tell a story.
Forty chairs were set up in the front parlor. In another room - probably, at one time, the dining room, the Collinsville Library provided the luscious food - cheesecake, vege platter, cookies and coffee. A table in another side room held the attendance prizes.
At first we were concerned that no one was coming. Then one by one, couple by couple they filtered in. We had a donation basket ($86.00 for the local food pantry) at the door and slips for attendance prizes (and our mailing list). It was wonderful to see the variety of people the event attracted - St. Louis, Collinsville, past attendees, young (in their 20's) and (ahem) my age. Close to 40 in attendance!
Ron Adams, our president, read the proclamation, and we were off. I emceed the event segueing from one teller to the next with short storytelling quotes from Storytell's Patti Christensen that I found on Sean's site. (don't you just love Storytell and Sean!). Here are the storytellers and the stories they shared:
Warren Wyman warmed up the crowd with short, anecdotal stories with either a punch line that made us laugh or a poignancy that made us think.
Marion Nichols - (The Snowflake Lady for the City Museum) told a true story about hearing and following the sound of the loons early one foggy fall morning. She witnessed "the loon dance". It wasn't until 30 years later that a National Geographic special verified that indeed she did see this miracle of nature.
Mary Lu Bretsch told Jane Yolen's "The Hundredth Dove." This hauntingly beautiful, image-rich story reminded us that "servos"..."I serve" can have its consequences.
Marilyn Kinsella launched her new story "SS Admiral, I Salute You." The audience was mostly of just the right age for this story. One young man came up to tell me that his grandmother, who recently passed away worked on the ship for about 20 years and she had a boat-load of memories about the "Mistress of the Mississippi."
Ron Adams told "My Father's Hands" – a wonderful reminder of the gifts our fathers pass on. In this story his father cannot read, and it held him back in so many ways, and yet it never kept him from becoming an expert in his own endeavors.
We took a short break and hungrily attacked the refreshments. We received so many compliments I can’t even begin. Only one guest left – and she excused herself due to a prior commitment. There was even a "young" man who expressed interest in storytelling and possibly coming to our meetings!! Ya-hoo!!
The second half:
Mary Lu told a Native American myth about a great challenge between bear and frog to decide the length of day and night.
Warren told an old favorite, traditional story about two bowls of water – one that held sorrow and the other happiness. The young man that could tell the difference was married to the king’s daughter.
Marilyn told another Jane Yolen favorite – Once a Good Man. (besides, Larry was in the audience and that’s his favorite)
Ron finished with a myth from Babylonia – Why the Mulberry Tree Bears Red Berries. Yet another reminder to build bridges not walls!
I blew out the candle and thanked everyone. Tellabration sparkled, not only with the lights but with the stories.
"Once a beautiful old home lay vacant on the streets of the village. The last person to live in that house had no family. She put in her will that whoever could fill the house would inherit the Victorian Lady. For years the house remained empty for no one knew how to fill it. Then one day, the library decided to try to fill the house. So, they added chandeliers and sconces to fill the house with light. They brought in food and the house was filled with the delicious aroma of coffee and cookies. They brought in storytellers who filled the house to the rafters with stories and songs full laughter and tears." (Adaptation from an old story about "filling the house" .)
That house – The Blum House - exists today on Main Street in Collinsville, Illinois. It stands next door to the new landowners – The Collinsville Memorial Library. The Victorian Lady once again brought back to life.

Marilyn Kinsella Taleypo the Storyteller

The Collinsville Library was so fortunate to have this Tellabration and we are hoping to host them again next year. So mark your calendars for the 3rd Saturday in November of 2007.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Answer was Yes

Thank You!

The Proposition on the ballot for our Library District to annex the Unit 10 School District and Fairmont City excluding areas already in other library areas was successful . We appreciate your support and your confidence in us and look forward to serving our area with quality library service.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

November and December Celebrations!

Storytelling Tellabrations coming to Collinsville

The Riverwind Storytellers will present
"Stories from Hearth and Home for the Adult Heart"
Saturday, November 18, 2006
at The Blum House
Doors will open at 7:00 and storytelling will begin at 7:30 PM
(next door to the Collinsville Memorial Library at 414 West Main St. in downtown Collinsville.)
Hear storytelling at its finest with some of the area’s best - Ron Adams, Marilyn Kinsella, Stephanie Rhein, Marion Nichols, Kathy Schottel, Mary Lu Bretsch, Joy McLaughlin, Lucy Grondahl.
There will be refreshments and attendance prizes.
A free-will donation for a local charity and/or a canned good collection for the local pantry will be accepted at the door.

So round up as many adult-hearted friends as you can muster
and bring them to Tellabration!

Other events at the Collinsville Library Center in November and December:

* ‘Food for Fines’ and ‘Toys for the Children’The much anticipated event of the Season - time to get rid of your fines at the library. Bring in a non-perishable food item for the local pantry starting the day after Thanksgiving and up to the day before Christmas and the library will forgive $1 per item from your fines.
For those of you with no fines, you can help your community by donating non-perishable food items or toys for children on the Main Floor. It is a Christmas gift to your community when you help others.

* Wish OrnamentsThis year there will be a Special Christmas "Wish" Tree. On this Special Tree will be ornaments of things needed at the Library with an amount attached. If you would like to give a gift to the Library this year, you can pick a ‘Wish Ornament’ with the amount that you will donate for its purchase. The item that you select will be purchased and your name will be attached as the donor. As a gift from the Collinsville Library Center to you, we will list you on our Christmas List of Friends by giving you a Friends of the Library membership for one year and a Library canvas bag.

* Christmas at the LibraryTREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Friday, Dec 8th at 6:30pm
STORIES WITH SANTA Saturday, Dec 9th, 3 sessions (12pm, 1pm and 2pm)
Advance reservations recommended
SANTA AT THE BLUM HOUSE Tuesday, Dec 12 from 10:30am - 12:30pm, Thursday, Dec 14 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm and Friday, Dec 15 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
No reservations needed - first come, first serve

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Library Clerk needed at the Collinsville Library Center.

Library Clerk (Part time Position)
Candidate will work an average of 21 hours per week
at a starting hourly rate of $8.00* after a training period.

Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. The perfect candidate would have a good work ethic and great customer service skills. Hardware and software computer skills are preferable but not mandatory. Must be able to work a flexible schedule that may include day or night shifts and weekends. Each candidate must take a written Library Clerk Exam. Applications will be accepted until a candidate is found. Send or bring in your resume to Collinsville Library Center, Att: Clerk Application, 408 West Main St., Collinsville, IL 62234 .

*Rate may vary in consideration of computer experience.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Election on Tuesday, November 7th

The Mississippi Valley Library District will be on your ballot next Tuesday.

To explain what you are being asked to vote on, let me take a few minutes to show the questions and what the answers may mean.

If you live in our Library's area already, the question that you will see on your ballot will basically ask if you will allow the Library District to expand beyond its current borders.

Voting 'yes' will mean that you will allow more people to be apart of the library district and share in the resources that we have. This will not increase your taxes. In the coming years if more area is added to our District, it would possibly decrease the taxes that you are currently paying to the Library due to the fact that there may be more households helping to support the Library.

Voting 'no' will mean that the library district will stay the size that it is and will not be allowed to increase its area or invite in more households.

If you do not currently live inside of a Library District and you live inside the Collinsville Unit 10 School District or in Fairmont City, you will asked if you wish to join the Mississippi Valley Library District.

Voting 'yes' will mean that you would like to have your area join in the library district service area and be able to use the library as a member by placing a service tax on your property tax statement of .2530% per $100 of your assessed value - example, if you have a $90,000 home your EAV would be approximately $30,000 and your library payment would be approximately $75.00 per year for unlimited service. Since it would appear on your property tax statement, it can be used as a deduction on your income tax.

Voting 'no' will mean that you would not like your area to join the library district service.

The choice is yours. The Library Board and Staff are happy to make this invitation and look forward to serving you.

Please feel free to call (344-1112 ex 113) or write (reply to this blog) me with any concerns or questions that you might have. I would be happy to hear from you.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Halloween Fun!

Halloween Walk on the 28th from 10am to 1pm
Dress the youngsters and walk through the 4 fun stations set up inside the Library for treats and smiles. Each child will also sign up for a drawing of gifts that will be given out at the end of the day - a telescope, a bike (complements of WalMart), CD BoomBox (complements of Kmart), and checker set and other items (complements of Cracker Barrel Restaurant).

BonFire Stories on the 30th at 6:30pm
Outstanding Illinois storyteller, and former Collinsville teacher Ron Adams will share spooky Halloween stories around a warm glowing fire.
Fire will be lit at 6:00 and Stories will begin at 6:30 in the small parking lot between the Library and the Blum House.
Bring a lawn chair and be prepared to be spooked.
These stories are not for the faint at heart ... advised for young adults and older.

Halloween Day - Staff DressUp on the 31st all day
We are going to have a Pajama Party!! Come in for refreshments in the Community Room and see the staff in 'bedroom attire'. Come in dressed in your favorite pajamas and sign up for a fun gift!

If we don't see you, have a
Happy Halloween !!!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Herb Koonce is retiring!

After 23 years of continuing service at the Collinsville Library, Herbert Koonce our 'custodial engineer' is retiring.

Herb started at the library in 1983 under Librarian Florence Burkholder. Since then he has seen many changes here at the library.

In 1988 he helped to open the newly constructed South Wing of the building - doubling its existing size at the time. In 2004 he saw the move from the Collinsville Memorial Public Library to the Mississippi Valley Public Library District.

He served under Librarian Linda Baquet Harris and, finally, under Librarian Barbara Rhodes for the last ten years.

Herb has been the mainstay of the library and has added to its continuing to be one of the best features of Collinsville.

The Collinsville Memorial Public Library Center is inviting all of his long time friends to a reception in his honor on Friday, October 6th in the Florence Burkholder Community Room from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please stop by for a piece of cake and some coffee and say "Happy Retirement" to a gentleman who has touched our lives so preciously!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Music returns to the Library after over 10 years...

And you can help make the collection grow even faster!

Two forms of music are now being collected - Sheet music and music on CD. If you have any sheet music for any type of instrument or music on CD of any genre, such as country, pop, classical, ethnic, etc. that you would like to donate, the library would like to add it to their collections for the entire community to use.

By the end of the year, these collections will be added to the new Audio Visual Center that will be located in a redesigned room on the lower level in the Library.

Help us with this new beginning!

Bring music back to the Collinsville Library Center.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Enjoy digital sound from a lightweight player with eight simple buttons. Wear it around your neck or stick it in your pocket. From novels to biographies, languages to business best sellers, Playaway comes already loaded with your favorite content.
Nothing to do - but listen.

Now available here at
the Collinsville Library Center

Over 50 titles for Every Member of the Family...

Each player is equipped with earplugs and an extra AAA battery. You just plug and play during your 3 week checkout time.

For those of you that would rather have your own set of earplugs, we have them for sale at the Main Desk for $1.00 .

Friday, July 21, 2006

Storm Damage

Due to the storm today, Friday, July 21st, the library sustained some damage.

We only have 1 telephone line operating at the moment so if you call and receive a busy signal, please call us back. SBC said that they will try to repair our lines on Monday. We really appreciate your patience during this time.

The Sunday Concert which is normally held at the Blum House has been cancelled. Please call CARD at 346-7529 to see if they are going to move the concert to a new location.

Finally, if at any time you feel threatened by bad weather either storms to extreme heat, we welcome you to seek refuge here at the Library. You are welcome to stay in our Community Room to cool down or ride out inclement weather.

Call 344-1112 to check if we are open.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Fun Thursday - Ezell at the Park & Author at the Library

Thursday is going to offer something for everyone!

CARD has just announced that Tim Ezell from Channel 2 KTVI News will be joining their own Brian Witty on the Splash City's new attraction the Flowrider on Thursday, the 13th from 6:00am to 9:00am. Join them at the water park or catch them on Channel 2!!!

Later that evening...

Laurie Flori, author of "Additionally Speaking", will speak at the Blum House (414 West Main St) on Sears Homes and early American architecture. This will begin at 6:30pm. Refreshments will be served and she will be talking about interesting local architecture that she discovered while she explored the streets of Collinsville. Don't miss it ... she really knows her homes!

Explanation to a question raised...

Anonymous said...
I feel no responsibility for supplying services to other cities who do not share in taxes to support the library. If they don't have to pay, why should the residents of Collinsville.

This comment was sent in response to one of my posts and I just wanted to explain to Anonymous about the issuing of the free library cards to people outside of our service area through the end of the year...

Mississippi Valley Public Library District has received from the Illinois State Library a grant to give free library cards to anyone living in the Unit 10 School District and not serviced by any other library through the end of the year that will give these individuals an opportunity to experience library service and vote whether they would like to retain it or refuse it. The money that is being received through this grant is subsidizing the service to these individuals and families so the citizens of Collinsville are not paying for this trial period.

If the other areas outside of our boundaries decide to vote 'yes' on the November ballot, they will share in the tax support to the library.

I thank you for your comment and welcome any others on this or any subject that has to do with our library or library service.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Book Sale and Silent Auction

The Friends of the Collinsville Memorial Public Library Center will be holding a Book Sale and Silent Auction of valuable editions on July 13, 14 and 15th in the Community Room of the Collinsville Library Center at 408 West Main Street in Collinsville.

Preview Night - Thursday
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
$5.00 admission

9:00 am to 8:00 pm
free admission

9:00am to 1:00 pm
free admission

Thousands of books....
Thousands of bargains....
We hope to see you there!!!

Friday, June 23, 2006

I've Returned ... and with more Library News!

I haven't written you in awhile ... I hope you missed me.

There are some things going on that I don't want you to miss at the Collinsville Library.

Blum House Book Club
  • June 28th at 6:30 pm in the Blum House
    "Other Voices, Other Rooms" by Truman Capote
  • July 26th at 6:30 pm in the Blum Hosue
    "Lapham Rising" by Roger Rosenblatt
"I Am An American: A Nation of Immigrants"
  • July 1st at 11:00 am in the Library Community Room
    Everyone welcome to a program all about immigrating to America and the immigrants experience here in the Melting Pot of the World. Special speakers share their stories, refreshments will be provided and prizes will be given out.
Author Series Booktalks
  • July 13th at 6:30pm in the Blum House
    Laurie Flori (Carlinville, IL) will present her book "Additionally Speaking: The saga behind the largest collective of Sears Homes in the World" and will lead a discussion on local Sears Homes and similar architecture.
  • August 17th at 6:30pm in the Blum House
    Jacque Weiss (Cahokia, IL) will speak on her chapter in the book "Inspiration to Realization". She is working on workshops to help individuals enrich their lives.
  • Other Booktalks TBA authors will be September 14th, October 12th and November 9th.
History and Genealogy Club of Collinsville
  • July 27th at 6:00 pm in the Library Community Room. Topic will be "Libraries".
  • August 24th at 6:00 pm in the Library Community Room. Topic will be "Maps".
Summer Reading Program for the kids
  • Registration ends June 30th...
    Lots of activities and awards for a summer of fun
    For more information call 344-1112 and ask for the Children's Department.
Old Time Radio Show
  • This program at the Library is 'a meet and greet' on the First Friday of every month. There are donuts, juice and coffee - checkers - a radio program - cards - and a lot of good conversation. Hope you will stop in and say 'hi' on these days.
Hope we see you soon!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Trade in your old Library Cards for the New Design

This is the new Library Card for Collinsville . You receive two for the 'price' of one! The bottom is a standard card (the size of a credit card) and the top one is a keychain card that is durable enough to be attached and easily accessible on your keychain.

The 'price' is free. Just bring in your old Collinsville library card to the front desk and we will trade you for the new card.

If you do not yet have a library card, bring in 2 pieces of identification with your current address (one must be a picture id) and we will issue you a card if you live in our service area.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

GOOD NEWS! Extension on 'Free' Library Cards

Since the Library area expansion question did not get on the ballot in St. Clair County on March 21st, we have been trying to work toward a solution on trying to decide a direction to proceed and we finally have found the path.

The Board of Trustees of the MVPLD have decided that they still would like to proceed with having the question placed again on the ballot in both counties. Madison County will have a revote and the question will appear for the first time in St. Clair County in the precincts covered by the Unit 10 School District and all of Fairmont City. The question for the residents of the MVPLD will be if they will allow the Library District to incorporate more area into its service area. The question for people in the outlying areas is if they would like to join the MVPLD service area. These new questions will appear on the November 7th ballot during the next general election.

The best news is that the Illinois State Library has given us an extension on the 'free' library cards offered to individuals who live in the Unit 10 School District or in Fairmont City but do not yet pay taxes to the MVPLD. Anyone wishing to have a library card and receive library service can come to the Library at 408 West Main Street and be issued a card for immediate check out of thousands of onsite items such as books, magazines, dvds, videos, audiobooks, Once you have your library card you can also visit our online card catalogs at and order in thousands of more items from other libraries throughout the country.

This is a great opportunity for the children in the area. They will all be able to join the Summer Reading Program and join in the wonderful programs and awards being planned for them this summer in the Children's Library. For more information call the Library at 344-1112.

Come in today and get your library card and see all that the world of libraries has to offer. This offer will now last until the end of 2006.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Food For Fines

Now through Easter, Food for Fines is back!

If you have a fine at the library or if you have overdue books to return, now is the perfect time of year to bring those items back to the library and pay your bills.

For every $1.00 in fines you can bring in one non-perishable food or hygiene item and we will waive all of those fines. This offer does not apply to lost items or the processing fees related to lost items or billing.

The food or hygiene items will be donated to the local food pantry and you will have helped the community while eradicating anything owed to the library.

We are right on Main Street in Collinsville - you can't miss us!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

New Poll celebrates Library Use

According to a recent KSDK poll, the majority of respondents do visit their libraries!

The poll taken by a St. Louis Station KSDK asked the respondents to chose either"once a week or more," "once a month," or "once a year" visits to their library or none at all. The results were 488 + 451 + 590 (respectively) for a total of 1529 vs. 1195 who chose "never"). Here is the address for the results (the polling is over)

To view public libraries in the area that you may want to visit, go to for a complete listing.

Remember that your public library card can be used at any of these public libraries!

Some useful sites to view in your spare time...

Facts for Consumers: Credit ScoringFact sheet on credit scoring, "a system creditors use to help determine whether to give you credit." Discusses the credit scoring model, what individuals can do to improve their credit score, the reliability of the credit scoring system, what happens if you are denied credit, and how to file a complaint. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).URL:

National Debt Graph - Graph of the gross national debt as a percent of the nation's annual income for 1950 through the most recent federal budget projections. "The data plotted here were taken directly from the White House web site and plotted without modification." Includes links to related material about contributions to the public debt from the presidential terms of George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. From an author and economist who consults for electricity markets.URL:
U.S. National Debt Clock - Up-to-the-second display of the outstanding public debt and each citizen's share of the debt. Also provides links to news and a FAQ. Information comes from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Bureau of the Census' Population Clock.URL:
Red-Dyed Easter Eggs - A traditional recipe for red Easter eggs (or "Pascalina Avga"), "hard-boiled eggs, dyed deep red to symbolize the redeeming blood of Christ, [which] are a Greek (or Eastern Orthodox) tradition at Easter." Includes details about a game played with the eggs. From the companion website to "Utah's Greek-Americans," a program from KUED, Salt Lake City's Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) channel.URL:

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Maryville has a Library

Our library, MVPLD, would like to congratulate the Maryville community on its new library this morning.

According to the results last night the greater Maryville community voted to support its library by putting a library tax onto its property tax. This is an exciting time.

If you are a person living in the city limits or in the surrounding subdivisions in Maryville (see the map at, be sure to visit the library at 8 Schiber Court , off Vadalabene Drive , located at the entrance to Drost Park during the hours of Tuesday and Thursday 1-8pm Wed 9am-1pm Friday 1pm-5pm Sat 9am-4pm Sun and Mon closed and get your 'free' library card.

Our election results are still pending and we will pass them along as we know more.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Problems at the Polls

An unfortunate turn of events happened today (March 21st) when some of you went to the polls to vote on the library issue -- the question was not on your ballot.

Unfortunately, although all of the proper paperwork was filed, the question for possible annexation of some areas into the Mississippi Valley Public Library District did not get on the ballot in St. Clair County. I have been in contact with the Counties, the State Board of Elections and with our library lawyer and we are already working toward a solution although it will not be instantaneous.

Please do not let this stop you from voting. We have no idea what the outcomes will mean at this point. I will keep you updated as to the direction that this will all take.

Thank you all for your understanding and support.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Vote on Tuesday

A reminder that you should vote on Tuesday.

Our library is asking those of you that live in Collinsville to vote 'yes' on the library question allowing our district to grow and invite new members into its service. This will allow the library to increase its revenue by bringing in new households. This will not increase the tax for those of you who already are members of the library.

We are hoping that those of you that live outside of our boundaries at the moment will consider wanting to join our library service by voting 'yes' also.

To answer one question that we have been asked frequently in the last week, our library - Mississippi Valley Public Library District - will not annex without a vote the greater Maryville area if those constituents vote not to establish a library in their community on their ballot on Tuesday. We cannot speak for any other libraries surrounding Maryville but our Board of Trustees has the greatest respect for the people of Maryville and is committed to working with the community in complete honesty and cooperation as we always have in the past and through this last 6 month grant period.

This message has been sponsored by the Friends of the Collinsville Memorial Public Library Center, a member of the Mississippi Valley Public Library District.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Museum plans to breakground

On Saturday, March 25, 2006 at 10:00am the Collinsville Historical Museum will break ground for its new home at 406 West Main Street. The 4800 square foot building will house the Museum's 10,000+ artifacts.

Environs Architects will work with Korte-Luitjohn Contractors to erect the building with hopes that the Museum will be opening to the public by the end of 2006.

The Museum building will sit adjacent to the Collinsville Memorial Public Library Center and will be used for preservation and education of the past of the Collinsville area.

The Board of Directors invites everyone to stop for the event and refreshments and be part of the historic first day of the new future of the Collinsville Historical Museum.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Downloadable Audiobooks - From the Computer to your player in minutes

The MVP Library District is pleased to announce the latest service for its patrons – downloadable e-audiobooks from Recorded Books and NetLibrary.

We now offer hundreds of digital audiobook titles, including bestsellers such as David McCullough’s 1776 and Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, classics such as Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, and the award-winning Pimsleur language series. More titles are added monthly.

Check out these other great benefits:

* after setting up an account by coming into the Library and registering on our computers, this service can be accessed from any computer, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
* unlimited copies are available, so there are no more holds to worry about
* no more overdue fines – unless they are renewed, titles cease to play after 21 days
* patrons can check out up to 10 titles at one time
* downloading is available without any special software, with either dial-up or high speed, to your computer or portable player

Best of all, this exciting and convenient new service is FREE from your library. See the future of audiobooks at MVPLD. Connect, Click and Listen!

Find a list of compatible portabel devices at

New titles added monthly
Approximately 30 new titles will be added to the collection monthly. A list of the new titles we be available on

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Setting the record straight - REVISED

I request your indulgence in hearing my retraction on a couple of things that I said in my earlier post. A Maryville Library Committee member called me and told me that the article and comments came from the Library Committee and some general members of the Maryville community so I have rewritten my comments taking out the Village Officials. I offer my apologies to them if I misrepresented their views.
If you were not aware, our Library (Mississippi Valley PLD) and our neighbor the Maryville Community Library will be on the ballot in March. Our Library will be asking to expand our District and the Maryville Library to establish a library where there isn't one now. Since we are an established library, we have been trying to help Maryville Library and its members by giving them support in whatever fashion they may need. We have given their members all the same service as our own members. We have entered their information into our databases and we have worked hand in hand with their staff in trying to build a quality library. I would say that as two neighboring libraries we are working together for the best of our communities.

Yet, in the last month some misinformation has been given to the Maryville community. It has been reported that if the citizens of Maryville do not vote for the Maryville Community Library that our Library (MVPLD) will come in and annex them anyway without their consent and will charge them more for a library card. This scare tactic is not true!

There has been discussion that if the Maryville Community Library referendum does not pass that Maryville should refuse to work cooperatively with our Library (MVPLD) and instead approach the TriTownship Library in Troy for further service for no other reason than a misconceived and aged feud between the Collinsville and Maryville communities. This is sad!

In the last 10 years that I have served as Director at Mississippi Valley Library District (then called the Collinsville Memorial Public Library), I have worked consistently to provide service for the Maryville community and have developed programs such as free library cards for students with the cooperation of Unit 10. We have a Homebound Service that delivers library materials to Maryville residents and we are proud of our efforts to be sure that anyone who walks through our doors or calls is treated with the same respect.

This could be a new dawn - One of cooperation and respect for each other. I am asking that Collinsville and Maryville residents treat the idea of library service with a fair and fresh attitude, to view the future with a new optimism and to relate that to your Village and City Officials. I have faith that our communities can work together in a positive way for a promising future in all matters.

In summary for the Maryville Community Library, a 'yes' vote means Maryville will have a library and there will be a library tax with the full privileges of being part of the Illinois Library Service. A 'no' vote means Maryville will not have a library, will not have a library tax, will not be a part of any privileges provided by Illinois Library Service and will leave an uncertainty of the future of library service in that area.

Vote on March 21st.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Collinsville Memorial Public Library Center Website

Read all about the Collinsville Memorial Public Library Center, a member of the Mississippi Valley Public Library District at

IM, West Law, Online book and more...

In the last couple of days I have adjusted our website to include a number of new things that I hope you will explore.
On the Home page in the left selection column you will notice 2 new additions -
** The 'Teen Time' button is a new area of our Web that talks to the young adults with homework help, activities at the library, and various other things that would interest the younger set.
** Just under that is a new 'IM' address for your questions whether in general on the library, reference, or whatever. For those of you hooked up with an IM address, you can talk to me realtime when the button indicates that I am online. My name is LibrarianBarb. At the moment I am only signed on to AOL but I am looking into GoogleTalk and a couple of others. Will keep you updated... Please talk to me if you see me online. I love this way of reaching out and talking to someone! Above it 'Ask the Librarian' is my email if you would like to correspond that way.
** In the body of the Home page is the links to all of the Tax Form sites you that will need plus the link for the IL Circuit Breaker Forms.
** On the Online Database & Reference page a new database has joined the ranks. 'West's online legal research service provides instant access to statutes, cases, news, business information, public records, forms, and much more. This database available in the library only (no home access). ' This is an important addition for those of you interested in the law. Cases and public records are joined by the Illinois State Statutes and more. The database can only be viewed on the Library computers so you will need to stop by and explore its advantage for you.

Don't want you to miss a really cute book online called "Why libraries matter". The programmer did a really cute job of animation and the message (of course!) is very good.
I wish there was a way that I could get this to everyone in the community. You can watch it online, download to your computer or send it to a friend all for free. Take a minute and watch it.

Tip of the Week - Get ready for Torino with our Olympic Games collection, which we started in 2004 and just keeps growing. Explore facts, events, competitions, trivia, history, and much more.
Some helpful links...
** The U.S. Congress Votes Database -This database features "every vote in the United States Congress since the 102nd Congress (1991)." Browse votes by member, or by topics such as party, state, region, "boomer status," gender, missed votes, and astrological sign; and for specific types of votes, such as impeachments, nominations, and treaties. Offers an RSS feed of recent Congressional votes. From
** Our Bodies, Ourselves: Companion Website - This website companion to "Our Bodies, Ourselves"--a book about women's health and sexuality--is rich with information about body image, healthy diet and lifestyle, relationships and sexuality, sexual health, reproductive choices, pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, medical conditions, and other topics. Includes articles, book excerpts, news briefs, and website and book recommendations. From the Boston Women's Health Book Collective.URL:
** Stardust: NASA's Comet Sample Return Mission- Extensive information about Stardust, "the first U.S. space mission dedicated solely to the exploration of a comet, and the first robotic mission designed to return extraterrestrial material from outside the orbit of the Moon." Features background and educational material, news about the return capsule (which landed in Utah in January 2006), photos and drawings, animations and videos, interviews, and related information. From the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology.URL:

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Blum House looking good and ready for your party

The Blum House, which was given to the Library Board by the Collinsville Building and Loan in 1997, is located adjacent to the Collinsville Memorial Public Library Center. Since the Library took ownership of the home of the Blum Family, the owners of the Blum Cowbell Factory which was closed in the 1950s, tens of thousands of dollars have been put into the house to make it a pleasant place for the public to use by adding a lift for people who have difficulty climbing stairs, a new restroom on the first level and new decoration on the first level.
Now the focus is on the outside of the house. Windows, siding, gutters, outside stairs, railings, front porch and the roof are all having their share of attention. The workmen are busy bringing the outside to a beautiful appearance on our Main Street.
The House is a perfect place to hold a party, a shower, a wedding or any social or organizational function that you would like. The Blum House Book Club meets there on the last Wednesday of every month and every weekend is a bustle of activity of one sort or another.
Gary Clark, the Blum House manager, would love to help you pick a date and help set up an event for you at the House. Visit this web page for phone numbers .

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

It's the New Year - It's Tax Time!

Tax time and it's time to scramble to get all of your papers filled out.

VITA (a volunteer organization that helps needy individual with tax returns)
will be here at the Collinsville Library Center at 408 West Main Street
on February 25th, March 4th, 11th, 18th and 28th, and April 1st
from 9:00am- 5:00pm

Call VITA at 314-612-4619 to set up an appointment for one of those days.

You must have an appointment.

Tax Forms for personal preparation can be found on the web at the following addresses:

Federal Forms

Illinois Forms

Missouri Forms

All other States' Forms