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!