Monday, September 24, 2007

Board and Staff Awards for 2007

During our Annual Staff Picnic on September 16th, multiple awards were given to Board and Staff members and your vote determined some of them. Years of Service, Director's Choice, Staff member of the Year and People's Choice awards were all given.

The People's Choice awards were determined by the recent online survey answers that many of you sent in and by notes that are in the Suggestion Box throughout the year. Below were your favorite Staff Members for the Year along with the other awards given.

People's Choice Awards:
Leslee Hamilton (Interlibrary Loan/Genealogy Supervisor)
Megan Harris (Main Desk/Children's Library Clerk)
Allison Donnelly (Main Desk Clerk)
Robert Clark (Children's Library Clerk)
Shannon Woodworth (Media Center Clerk)

Director's Choice Awards:
Maureen Schreiber (Children's Librarian - Excellence in Programming)
Craig Monk (Head of Technology - Invaluable)

Years of Service:
Katie Heaton - 10 years on Staff
Mary Ellen Fedder - 5 years on the Board of Trustees
Laura Herr - 5 years on the Board of Trustees
Mary Beth Boyce - 5 years on Staff
Robert Clark - 5 years on Staff

Staff Member of the Year:
Theresa Beck
for her enthusiasm every day and her energy and skill in organization in special projects such as the Harry Potter Sleepover, the Halloween Bonfire, Teen Read Week, and many more.

The Library is proud of the people here that serve you. We are all winners when we have such devoted people working on your behalf.

We congratulate them all and look forward to continue hearing from you on your favorites.
During the staff meeting on December 23rd, a People's Choice Star Staffer will be named for November and December to reign until February.

**You can vote by placing your vote in the Suggestion Box or emailing for your favorite staff member. You can find a list of names of the entire staff on the very bottom of our Library Information and Service Page on our website.

Thank you for being an AWARD WINNING COMMUNITY!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Updated Information

Italianfest is this weekend and I have updated our main webpage to indicate things that you may be interested in.

Just in brief to save you a click -

**Our Library will be closing at 3:30 Saturday, September 22nd so that the staff can walk in the Italianfest parade with Bookabella, the Children's Library mascot (quite an impressive guy...come out and meet him!!!)

**The Library will be hosting an Italian Film on Friday night (doors opening at 6 and movie to begin at 7pm) called Alla luce del sole (Come Into the Light) in the Community Room. Admission is FREE and open to the general public. The film, in Italian with English subtitles, is not suitable for small children.

**The Library's September 2007 through February 2008 newsletter is being printed and will soon be mailed to the homes in our District. You can read it right now online. If you do not receive one at home, please pick one up in the Library at the end of this month.

**New Online Databases have been purchased and are in the process of being added to our website. You can preview them right now online on the main webpage. They include a World Atlas, a pricing database for antiques, Literary database for info on authors, works and criticism, archives of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Science experiments and topics, tribute to Collinsville war veterans, Illinois farm products, legal forms and more. Don't miss out on these helpful sites!

Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you at the Italianfest. Stop by the Pan Fountain Booth and talk to the committee members about their plans for refurbishing the Fountain on the front lawn of the Library. The Pan Fountain flyer is available at the Library.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Italian Film at the Library during the Italianfest

The Italian film
Alla luce del sole (Come Into the Light)
will be presented during Collinsville’s Italian Fest
Friday, September 21, 2007
at 7 p.m.
in the Collinsville Library Community Room
408 West Main Street, Collinsville

The award-winning Italian film ALLA LUCE DEL SOLE (Come Into the Light), sponsored by he Collinsville Memorial Public Library and the Italian Film Festival of St. Louis, is the true story of Father Giuseppe Puglisi, a priest in Italy, who was assigned in 1990 to a parish in Brancaccio, Sicily. There he focused his attention on the parish's poor youth who were surrounded by a life of crime. This is a story of his dedication and mission.

Admission is FREE and open to the general public.

The film, in Italian with English subtitles, is not suitable for small children.