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