Monday, November 17, 2008

Tellabration Returns

Tellabration 2008! ™ A World Wide Storytelling Event
Presented by
The Riverwind Storytellers, Co

Saturday, November 22, 2008,
7:30 pm
in the
Collinsville Library’s Community Room on West Main

Stories from Hearth and Home … for the Adult Heart

This event is free, but there will be a free-will offering for a local charity
and the new Gwen Dake Memorial Fund for aspiring storytellers.

Attendance Prizes!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Fairmont City Library Center

Sunday, August 24th
2pm to 4pm
Fairmont City Library Center
in the American Legion Hall
2870 North 44th St.
Fairmont City

The Open House will allow the public the first look at the new Fairmont City Library Center. Refreshments will be provided and staff will be there to give you a tour of the shared-use building and answer any questions that you may have about the new library service in its new location.

In June of this year the Mississippi Valley Library District based in the Collinsville Memorial Library Center decided to open a satellite library in a classroom of the Holy Rosary School in Fairmont City. It was an attempt to offer library service to the communities of State Park and Fairmont City in hopes that a more permanent location could be found if the interest of the communities warranted the continuation of the service. In the two short months that the small library was open over 1,000 people visited the temporary location and had taken home over 1,500 items. The overwhelming response to having a library in that area was an important step to increasing the effort by the Mississippi Valley Library District to find a permanent home in the area as soon as possible.

Several Fairmont City Post 961 American Legion members, hearing of the growing popularity of the Library Center, approached the Library District with an offer of putting the library into their building on 44th Street in Fairmont City and having it occupy several of the rooms. This sharing of the building gave the Mississippi Valley Library District just the opportunity it needed to put in a permanent library for the community.

The Fairmont City Library Center closed its doors in the classroom of the Holy Rosary School on July 31st and moved its collection to the American Legion Hall. Since then the Library District staff and workers have been getting the building ready to give the area complete library service with a complete collection of books, audiobooks, children’s items, music, videocassettes, dvds, as well as a computer lab, reference service and study and reading areas.

The first full day of service will be on Tuesday, August 26th and the doors will open at 10am and close at 6pm. The hours for the Fairmont City Library Center will be Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10am to 6pm and Fridays and Saturdays 9am to 5pm.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A Blazing Summer!

What a busy summer this has been! Summertime always brings a time of growth, of change, and of excitement to our library center, but this year has definitely been one of the most active in quite some time. The most exciting part of the changes this year is that they are so wide-spread! You can identify changes happening all over the library on any level.

A simple drive or walk by the library will reveal the installation of our new outdoor fountain that began last week. Crews have been busy digging holes, removing broken brick, installing new piping, and are well on their way to installing Pan’s new home. This new fountain will bring a definite beauty and interest to the Collinsville Library Center’s front area that has been missed by many. The Library Board and Staff would like to thank everyone for their donations of time, funding, and good words that have made this project possible. Thank You!

Coming inside and up the steps will reveal another update – an expanded New Arrivals area! Your suggestions and contributions have enabled us to bring more new arrival books, audiobooks, and other media to you than ever before! We hope you continue to enjoy this quick access to the latest materials available.

The Friends’ of the Collinsville Library Center’s annual book fair was a great success! We had more to sell and more sales than ever! Many people went home with some great, interesting reads, and your generosity will enable the Friends’ to provide assistance for library programming throughout the year.

Continuing on to the second floor, you may notice the scurrying of kids who are retrieving their Summer Reading Program rewards. This year’s summer reading program, “Get in the Game,” was a great success and brought many new faces to join us for the festivities. Thank you to everyone that helped with the activity programming for the kids. We know they really enjoyed this year’s program!

Moving down to the lower level will reveal lots of little changes. In the Media Center, updated computers, improved wireless networking, and additional laptops have helped to serve the public with their Internet and printing needs. More improvements are on their way. Leslee, our genealogy technician, is always looking for new and innovate genealogy tools to help people find their roots, and the gang is working hard to organize and present new programming resource materials for our teachers and parents.

And, completely new this summer, we are very excited to open the Fairmont City Library Center located at the American Legion Hall in Fairmont City. A temporary library, in school classroom, was started in June to examine the possibility of providing much closer, more convenient library service to this area. We have been received warmly and excitedly by the people, schools, and organizations here. We would like you to help celebrate this great enhancement to our services by joining us for an Open House on Sunday, August 24. Our grand opening day at the new center will be Tuesday, August 26. Shannon, Leo, and the volunteers at this site look forward to meeting all of you!

What a summer! It makes you sweat just reading about it! Again, a tremendous thank you to everyone that has made all of these projects possible!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friends Annual GIGANTIC Book Sale Next Week

The Friends of the Collinsville Library Book Sale will be bigger than ever...

There are so many books and other types of Media like DVDs, Videos, Records, plus that the book sale is spilling over into the basement and the upper floors of the building...

You can't miss this or you may miss real Treasures!

Preview Night
July 17th
6:00 - 9:00pm
Admission - $5.00 per person
General Browsing Day
July 18th
9:00am - 8:00pm
Free admission
Basement Bargains
July 19th
9:00am - 1:00pm
$1.00 per bag of books
All at the Collinsville Memorial Library Center at 408 W. Main St. in Collinsville, IL.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Fairmont City Library Center opening next week

The Mississippi Valley Library District has seen many changes in the last number of years.
With the expansion of our borders in 2006 the travel to the outside areas of our library district can be as long as 25 minutes. To better serve the people living in those outside areas, we are working very hard to bring the library to you.

Starting in June and following through to July, the MVLD has teamed with Holy Rosary Parish in Fairmont City to bring a temporary library that can bring better service to Fairmont City and State Park residents.

The Fairmont City Library Center
will open its doors on June 3rd
at 10:00 a.m.
in the Holy Rosary School’s Primary Building
at 2727 N. 43rd Street
in Fairmont City

The Fairmont City Library Center will then continue to be open from Tuesday through Thursday 10am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm for every week through June and July. The Library Center will be closed on Sundays and Mondays of each week and will also close on June 20th and 21st for the Village’s picnic and on July 4th. Otherwise, the Library will be open and the staff ready to serve

The FC Library Center will be staffed by experienced library staff and will be fully stocked with books, audiobooks, videos, dvds, public assess computers, and the ability to order anything and have it delivered to that Center 5 days a week.

Although this is a temporary solution, the Board of Trustees and the staff are hoping that with each step that we are getting closer to a permanent building and a permanent Library Center for the area. We are hoping that you will use the FC Library Center and prove that through your interest that the need for a Library in Fairmont City is an important service.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Ebay Selling class next week

Are you interested in becoming an eBay seller?

Tuesday, April 29th
5:30pm to 8:00pm
Collinsville Library community room

Free but space is limited so please sign up at the Collinsville Post Office or the Collinsville Library.

Each participant will receive a coupon for 3 free listings on eBay.

2 1/2 hour presentation that gives eBay Basics, Do's and Don'ts of the online community, Creating your first listings, How to properly package your item, and Resources beyond the sale.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Work beginning on Pan Fountain

As the Walrus said, "The time has come..." and so it has.

After an excellent effort by a group of dedicated individuals and through the wonderful response of the Collinsville community, the Pan Fountain Fund is over $70,000!

With the coming of Spring has come the time to move toward renovating the Fountain in front of the Collinsville Memorial Library Center. Plans have been drawn, machinery has been ordered and Pan has been moved from his home in the middle of the Library fountain to make way for the crews of workers to begin.
Pan will soon leave Collinsville to be given a makeover by the Russell-Marti Conservators of Missouri. This company came highly recommended by Park Operations of Forest Park in St. Louis as the company that they use to maintain the numerous statues in the Park.
As Pan spends his time on a short vacation, a new home will be constructed for his eventual return. The new fountain will be in the same location but with new and improved equipment and construction design to last for years to come. It will stand out prominently on the main lawn in front of the Library Center as it will be raised from the existing ground level to raised walls with Pan sitting on a pillar slightly elevated in the center.
Many of the contractors and engineers are giving their time as a donation to the project and as an investment in our community.
After all costs for the renovation of the Pan Fountain are finalized, the remaining money will be kept in a Trust and held by the Collinsville Memorial Library Foundation to maintain the Fountain for years to come.
I will keep you updated on the developments in the coming weeks.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Events at the Library from Telephone Bills to Your Health to Free Fines

Paying too much for phone service?

Bring in your phone bill
to the Collinsville Memorial Public Library Center
anytime between 4 and 7 pm
on Wednesday, March 19th
for a free analysis by the Citizens Utility Board.

Most people pay too much for phone service because their bills are filled with pricey plans and services they just don't need. That's why the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), a non-profit group created by the State Legislature to fight for the rights of utility consumers, has launched a campaign to hold free phone-bill clinics across Illinois. CUB experts will sit down with you one on one, explain all the confusing charges on your bill, and help you sort through the perplexing calling plans being offered in the local and long-distance telephone markets.

Health Series
Three talks are scheduled at the Collinsville Memorial Library Center on your Health.

Tuesday, March 18th from 6-8pm – Nutrition 101: Where to Start Tuesday, April 8th from 6-8pm – Myths and Truths about Female Hormones
Tuesday, April 22nd, from 6-8pm – Making Healthier Changes Permanent

The Speaker will be Dr. Amanda Buffington.

Food for Fines
March 1 through March 22

For every Non-perishable Food or Toiletry Itembrought in to the Library, we will take $1.00 off of late fines on your library card.
All proceeds benefit the Collinsville Food Pantry on behalf of the needy in Collinsville.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Storytelling at the Library this weekend

Storytelling at the Collinsville Library Center

Featuring internationally-known storytellers:
Connie Regan-Blake,
Barbara Freeman
The Riverwind Storytellers, Co

WHEN: Sunday, March 2, 2008
2:00-4:00 pm

WHERE: Collinsville Library Center Community Room,
408 West Main Street, Collinsville, IL

WHY: Two hours of free, family fun with stories near and far

For more information:
Call 618/397-1377 and ask for Marilyn

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Inclement Weather

Reminder for closure of the Collinsville Library Center

During these months of uncertain weather conditions, we advise on days that inclement weather happens that you call the Library at 344-1112 to be sure that we are open before you come to our building.

If you have items that have a due date on a day when we close unexpectedly and, therefore, cannot return it on time, please remind the librarian at the desk to waive your fines for that day.

Have a safe winter...

Friday, January 25, 2008

Tax Databases and more!

It is tax time again and I have updated our Website,s main page (Collinsville Library Center) with the links to the Federal and State income tax sites including Illinois and Missouri. I have also added the link for the Circuit Breaker form for the elderly that gives aid in Illinois for heating, license plates and more.

On the web (I am not endorsing this site nor have I used it) there is a "free" form for doing and filing your taxes.

This last one has nothing to do with taxes, but it is a great site for those of you who think "green". The site helps you to decline paper catalogs in your mail. It claims that it will reduce the amount of unsolicited mail and help preserve the environment. (This was reviewed on the Today Show that highlighted a classroom of the children that do this as a project for their community.)
White Elephant Sale tomorrow (Saturday, Jan 26th) in the Community Room from 10am to 4pm. Come in to find some great bargains!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

White Elephant Sale on Saturday

This Saturday, January 26th the Collinsville Library Center is hosting a White Elephant Sale in the Community Room from 10am to 4pm.

This first attempt at a mid-winter sale will feature 20 vendors with a variety of things to sell such as Pampered Chef, Avon, 33 LPs, jewelry, crafts, dolls, and various household, children's and miscellaneous items.

This sale will continue on the last Saturday of each month through May so stop by and see the bargains just waiting for you.

If you are a vendor and would like to sign up for future Sales, call the Library Center at 344-1112 for more information.