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...