Friday, December 03, 2010

Get The Best CDs of 2010!

NPR listeners cast thousands of votes for the year's best music. In the end, Gorillez edged out every other artist in a tight race with the sprawling and inspired album "Plastic Beach" to take the No. 1 spot. The National, The Black Keys, Broken Bells, and LCD Soundsystem rounded out the Top 5.
Regardless of how the votes fell, it is exciting to pause and look back on what an incredible year it's been for music, to rediscover a few of our favorites, and to spend time with some of the albums and artists we may have missed.

Get most of these titles through our library and the Lewis and Clark Library System.

20 Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings: I Learned The Hard Way
19 Broken Social Scene: Forgiveness Rock Record
18 The Knife: Tomorrow, In A Year
17 Jonsi: Go
16 Band of Horses: Infinite Arms
15 She & Him: Volume Two
14 Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma
13 The New Pornographers: Together
12 Yeasayer: Odd Blood
11 Local Natives: Gorilla Manor
10 Sleigh Bells: Treats
09 Spoon: Transference
08 Mumford And Sons: Sigh No More
07 Beach House: Teen Dream
06 Vampire Weekend: Contra
05 LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening
04 Broken Bells: Broken Bells
03 The Black Keys: Brothers
02 The National: High Violet
01 Gorillaz: Plastic Beach

Santa Claus is coming!

We are happy to announce that Mr. Claus will be making several stops to the Blum House next week for visits and photos! The Blum House is right next door to the library, and is decorated beautifully for the season. Bring your children for a low-key, stress free Santa visit.

Santa will have the following schedule:

Tuesday, December 7th 5:30-7pm
Friday, December 10th 5:30-7pm
Monday, December 13th 5:30-7pm

We will have a photographer available for a small fee. Crafts and cocoa will also be provided if you would like to soak up the festive atmosphere of the Blum House. If you have any questions, please call the library at 618-344-1112, or send an email to our Children's Librarian, Miss Alison at alisond(at)mvlibdist(dot)org

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Children's Book Review from Miss Alison

This chapter book is a good fit for kids in grades 2-4 who may be struggling to keep their emotions in check. It comes with a worksheet you can duplicate at home to help your child recognize and work with their moods.

Lucy the Good by Marianne Musgrove, illustrations by Cheryl Orsini.

Seven-year-old Lucy van Loon lives in Australia with her parents and brother, and she is pretty sure she’s a good girl. Every now and then, something unexpected will happen, though, and Lucy is unable to control her temper. When Tante Bep comes from Holland for an extended visit, she is concerned about the lack of discipline in the household, and Lucy boils over with rage. She becomes nervous when her great aunt tells her about Sinterklaas (the Dutch Santa Claus) and his friend Zwarte Piet, who spirits bad children away to Spain forever. She panics about all of the misunderstandings she has been caught up in and decides to be only “Lucy the Good.” When Lucy’s dad finds her in the creek, testing to see if she will float like a bad egg or sink like a good one, all of the child’s troubles come tumbling out. A tender story for readers who have a hard time controlling their emotions, this easy chapter book hints at ways for kids to manage their feelings, and the satisfactory conclusion will be reassuring. Orsini’s artwork complements the well-paced story and gives visual representation to some of the Dutch items.–

Friday, November 05, 2010

New book review from Miss Alison

As some of you know, our Children's Librarian, Alison Donnelly, also writes book reviews for School Library Journal. Here's her latest. If you like the sound of the book, please let us know and we would be happy to order a copy for you.

DE GUZMAN, Michael. Henrietta Hornbuckle's Circus of Life. ISBN 978-0-374-33513-7. Suitable for Grades 4–6.

Henrietta Hornbuckle, 12, lives, works, and breathes the circus. With her parents MoMo and Hortense and her extended family, she travels with Filbert's Traveling Clown Circus, a small company that often has to improvise to get the show on the road. Henrietta is a bold, quick thinker who is extremely loyal and proud of her background and way of life. When her father is killed in a hit-and-run accident, she is made to think about life outside her comfort zone of clowns, striped outfits, and pie throwing. The peripheral characters are a supportive family of misfits who join together as one when the need arises. This is a sweet story that doesn't end as readers might imagine.—

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Blum Is Haunted!

Nelson Kennedy and Adam Merseal from the St. Louis Ghost Hunter's Society found evidence of paranormal activity at the Blum House. They spent the night recording various "activities" in the Blum House this past summer. The ghost hunters presented their evidence on Friday, October 29, at an event sponsored by the Collinsville Public Library. Taking place after a bonfire and scary storytelling session, spooky voices, cold spots, and an investigator getting pushed off a tote were examples of evidence presented at the event. Attendees also got a chance to authentically investigate the Blum House into the wee hours of the morning as Nelson and Adam showed the participants real investigative techniques that were being used live on Friday night.

The library is not responsible for any exorcisms needed as a result of coming in contact with paranormal activity!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Two Special Displays now thru the End of October

In the Collinsville Library Now!

Men of the Mines
History of coal mining in Collinsville

Illinois and War of 1812
Diaramas of Illinois forts and story boards of information about the War of 1812 and Illinois's involvement in it. On October 18 at 6:00pm Bill Wilson will talk about the effects of the War on Illinois and our area.

Open Position

Assistant Librarian / Head of Circulation
Collinsville Memorial Library Center

The perfect candidate will
have an excellent working knowledge of the Millennium Circulation software;
understand and be able to manipulate the List and Reports module of Millennium;
have worked with and supervised a staff of ten or more people;
can work independently and delegate responsibility when needed;
have good decision making abilities that are consistent with the library district’s policies and procedures;
can problem solve quickly and be tactful and customer service oriented when dealing with the public.

The perfect candidate would have a Master’s Degree in Library Science or a related field or a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with significant management and library experience. Requires three to five years of progressively responsible experience in library services. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered when determining salary.

The Mississippi Valley Library District is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Gathering Food for the Pantry

The Library is helping the Collinsville High School Student Council

in collecting canned goods or hygiene products for the local food pantry

now through October 23rd.

To make it even better we are adding a an
additional Food for Fines time
to help with their collection.
For every 1 nonperishable food item or hygiene product the Library will forgive $1.00 of fines on your library card.

So remember to bring your contribution of food or products in today at the Collinsville Library or the Fairmont City Library and we will send them on to the Student Council.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Three Trustee seats will be voted on in April of 2011

Nomination Packets for Library Trustee

Nomination packets are now available for Trustee of the Mississippi Valley Library District. Three full 6-year terms will be on the ballot in the April 5, 2011, Consolidated Election.
Persons interested in serving must be residents of the library district and qualified registered voters.

The nomination petitions require at least 50 signatures from registered voters in the library district, a completed Statement of Candidacy and a Statement of Economic Interest filed with the office of the Director of the Mississippi Valley Library District between the dates of December 13 - 20, 2010.

Nomination petitions may be picked up at the Main Desk of either the Collinsville Memorial Library Center, 408 W. Main St, Collinsville, IL or the Fairmont City Library Center, 2870 N. 44th St., Fairmont City, IL during their regularly posted hours.

For more information, contact the Mississippi Valley Library District’s Administrative Office at 618.344.1112 for more information.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Let the (Hunger) Games Begin!

It's almost "Mockingjay" time. The third and final Hunger Games book will be released soon (August 24th)! Get your holds in early. There is sure to be a long wait list. "Catching Fire" left so many questions. Whhaaatttt will happen to Katniss? If you need a refresher or haven't caught "Hunger Games" fever yet, stop by the library to check out the books or listen to them on audiobook.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tunes at Blum

Free Summer Concert Series

Every Wednesday night in August
Music starting at 7:00pm
on the Blum House front lawn

Head Uptown this summer for Collinsville's free, outdoor concert series at the historic Blum House. The four week lineup of free Wednesday evening concerts, August 4-25 will feature some of the MetroEast's most popular performers.

The series debuts on August 4 with a performace by R. Scott Bryan who for 5 years played background for Sheryl Crow.
Internationally touring singer-songwriter-pianist Leslie Sanazaro will take the stage on August 11,
followed by broad spectrum jazz group The Usual Suspects on August 18.
One of the finest vocalists and entertainers in the Midwest, Anita Rosamond will wrap up the seres on August 25 with her sound influenced by pop, jazz and R&B to country and gospel music.

"Tunes at Blum" will be held outdoors on the lawn of the historic Blum House, adjacent to the Collinsville Memorial Library Center. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and are also welcome to bring their own picnic supper, baskets or coolers.

"Tunes at Blum" is sponsored by TheBANK of Edwardsville.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer Reading Club for the Older Set!

Adult Summer Reading Program

We have already given away a $20 gift certificate to Ravanelli's, a $50 replica of a 67 Mustang, a coupon to China Buffet ... Still coming up coupons for Manicure and Pedicures, Oil Changes and more Restaurants. Name pulled every week... No special books - whatever you are reading gets you entered into a drawing. Sign up today!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Book Sale this week

Friends of the Library
Book Sale
at the
Collinsville Library
Preview Night
Thursday, July 8
6pm to 9pm
$5.00 admission
Friday, July 9
9am to 8pm
Free admission
Saturday, July 10
9am to 12pm
Free admission
Big Cuts!!

Thousands of Books!
Great buys...
Only comes once a year - Don't miss it!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Trash or Treasure?

Trash or Treasure? Antiques Appraisal

(10:00 AM - 11:30 AM) June 05, 2010
Do you have a garage-sale find or a treasure from the attic that you want to know more about? Edward Wentz of '244 Antiques' may have the answer for you. He will quote a suggested value of your antiques as well as discuss current trends in the antiques market. You may bring two handheld items each for appraisal.

Register at the Collinsville Public Library in person or call 618-344-1112.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

No Impact Man

This film and book concerns a family that attempts to live in the middle of New York City with as little environmental impact as possible. It is funny and thought provoking.
Watch the strained relationship the husband has with his reluctant (but intrepid and supportive) wife, who naturally feels hijacked by the project at times; in that sense, "No Impact Man" is as much about the sustainability of marriage as it is about the sustainability of environmental resources. The "green" conditions for the film, range from minor inconveniences like no television, no transportation beyond a bike and a scooter, and cloth diapers for their 2-year-old girl (sans washing machines) to serious hardships like no toilet paper, no electricity (meaning no refrigerated food), a diet of seasonal local produce and dairy only (meaning root vegetables in the winter—yum!), and no trash. That last goal requires them to keep a worm compost in their apartment, which creates its own set of problems!
Rent the DVD or read the book, both are in our collection!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Award from NEH and ALA

We are pleased to announce that our libraries have both been awarded book collections from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office. The books have a common theme of "A More Perfect Union" and include works in English and Spanish, for children and adults. Congratulations to our Children's Librarian Alison Donnelly and Fairmont City Librarian Katie Heaton for their work on the grant application.

Featured items for children include:
Tico and the Golden Wings by Leo Lionni
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
When Marian Sings by Pam Munoz Ryan
A More Perfect Union by Betsy Maestro

And for adults:
American Creation by Joseph J. Ellis
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose

We are proud to receive this collection and soon we will have everything catalogued and shelf-ready for you! Don't hesitate to ask if you would like to order one of the titles mentioned.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Gardening Surprises!

You just never know what will come up when you plant those seeds!

Find out how to care for a garden and your lawn in a series of free workshops by Tom "Senior" (Home Depot) or Nancee (Naturescapes) at the Collinsville Public Library. Topics and dates are as follows:

Things Around the Garden (Wednesday, April 7, 6-7 pm)
Lawn Care (Sunday, April 11, 2-3 pm)

Plants & Potting (Sunday, April 18, 2-3 pm)
Organic Gardening (Wednesday, April 21, 6-7 pm)

Where: Community Room
Register now at 344-1112 or in person at the circulation desk

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Man From Beijing

Wow! This book recently received a spectacular review. We recently added it to the collection in both audio and print formats. Tina Jordan, a book reviewer from Entertainment Weekly, gave the book an "A" and called it the best thriller she has read in five years. The Entertainment Weekly review follows:

"The pleasures of a Henning Mankell book have much to do with Kurt Wallander, his crabby but appealing Swedish police inspector. The Man From Beijing, though, is a one-off, a complex and enormously satisfying thriller that features not Wallander but a female equivalent, Judge Birgitta Roslin. The massacre of 19 people in a remote snowbound village shocks all of Sweden, but no one more than Roslin, who has family ties to the place. Roslin is soon swept into a vast spiderwebbed story that spans two centuries and three continents, moving back and forth between Sweden, Beijing, and America. Flashbacks rarely work in mysteries, but here they do, thanks to Mankell's sheer skill. This is hands down the best thriller I've read in five years."

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Food for Fines time at the Collinsville Library

It's that time of year again -- Clean out your cabinets and clean up your Library account.

Starting Monday, March 22
Going through Friday, April 2

For every one nonperishable food item or hygiene item, the librarian will forgive $1 of fines on your library card (This does not include charges for billing, processing or items that still have not been returned to the library).
So hurry to the library and help the need in the community while helping yourself by getting rid of those pesty fines.
* Everything collected will be given to the Collinsville Food Pantry.

Monday, March 15, 2010

New Arrival listings on the website

Blurays, DVDs, Music and Audiobooks purchased in the last couple of months have been listed on the Collinsville Library Reader's Advisory page.

Visit the site not only to see the New Arrivals but to view our new online databases that can give you suggestions for Great Reads - BookBrowse and Bowker Advisory. You can find not only Novels but some wonderful choices in Non-Fiction in subjects that you want to read like History, True crime, How to Succeed and more.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Alison's latest book review

Our Children's Librarian, Alison Donnelly, is also a book reviewer for School Library Journal. Here is her latest book review:

Ratfink by Marcia Thornton Jones, Dutton Publishers, February 2010

Grades 3 - 6

All Logan wants is a pet for his 10th birthday, but his grandfather is moving in with the family, and his parents feel that adding an animal to the mix would be too much for them to handle. Grandpa is becoming forgetful, and Logan is mortified by his antics and worried that his friends will find out about the man's erratic and embarrassing behavior. To make matters worse, Emily, the new girl at school, seems set on getting Logan in trouble, and his parents and teachers blame him for everything she instigates. As the story progresses, readers watch as Logan begins to understand his grandfather's aging and the two of them form a tender double-act, Logan helping Grandpa to remember his life story through photographs, and Grandpa encouraging Logan to work on creative writing instead of telling whoppers to his parents and friends. Jones portrays the relationship delicately, without making the child's realization seem over-the-top. This is a great title to introduce the sensitive topic of living with aging relatives, and Jones does it in charming style. The book is well paced and filed with believable characters and situations. A thoughtful, rewarding read with a totally satisfying resolution.

If you would like to read Ratfink, let us know, and we can place a copy on hold for you!

Monday, March 08, 2010

SOFA presenting Seminars on Finance

The Society for Financial Awareness
(A Non-profit educational speaker's bureau)

will present the following seminars
at the Collinsville Memorial Library Center
on Mondays
at 6:30 to 7:30p.m.

March 15 - Getting "Fiscally" Fit
March 29 - College Planning
April 12 - Investing Basics for Women
April 26 - Exploring your Options for a Quality Retirement
May 3 - Financial Blunders...Financial Resolutions
May 17 - Investing Concerns in a "Fragile" Market
June 7 - Women approaching Retirement and beyond
Everyone welcome...