Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Special Story Time this weekend!

As part of the festivities for Money Smart Week Illinois, we will be hosting a story time on Saturday 2nd April at 10am in the Children's Library. We will read The Berenstain Bears in Dollars and Sense and we will be chatting about money.

The first 25 kids to visit us for the story time will get a goody bag containing a copy of the book, a DVD, crayons, and flash cards!

You can learn more about Money Smart Week Illinois and the other programs being offered in our area here

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Library staff visit the Collinsville Historical Museum

As a staff, we like to keep up with our community and what's going on. We recently visited our next door neighbors at the Collinsville Historical Museum and enjoyed viewing the exhibits. The museum was built by grants written by our Director, Barbara Rhodes, and enjoys the land and building rent free due to a generous arrangement with the Library's Board of Trustees.

Of particular interest to the staff were the Abraham Lincoln memorabilia, the Collinsville sport history section and the old furniture.

Check the museum out soon! Their opening hours are Tuesday - Thurday 11 am - 3pm and Friday & Saturday 12 pm - 4pm. You can reach them by phone on 618 344 1834, or check out their website

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Join us for Story Time!

Every Tuesday morning at 10am in our Community Room, kids are laughing and learning at Story Time. Aimed at kids of pre-school age, story time is a relaxed, fun time to get your kids used to sitting and focusing on a story. We typically read a few stories together, talk about the themes, and we always make a cute craft to take home. Our goals for story time are:

To create in children an appetite for reading and for using the library
To encourage children to respect other children, the storyteller and library materials
To stimulate children's imaginations
To help children develop language, listening, and motor skills
To teach library manners

All children are unique and have different levels of listening ability at different ages. Therefore, Miss Alison suggests that a child, regardless of age, who displays inability to sit and listen quietly, may benefit from having a parent sit with them. Children adapt at different rates, so please, keep trying!

Daycares or other large groups, we would encourage you to call ahead to be sure that your kids can be accommodated, especially at short notice. If you are curious about our past themes and book selections, check out our facebook page:

Monday, March 21, 2011

Learn About Credit Reporting

FREE workshop!

What’s My Credit Rating?
How do I Erase my Credit History?
What about those Credit Reporting Sites?

Get the answers to these and other credit questions.

Collinsville Public Library
April 6, 6:30-7:30 pm

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Children's Library working with the St. Louis Red Cross

Wish your kids knew more about first aid and emergency situations? We can help with that. Our Children's Library is partnering with the St. Louis chapter of the American Red Cross to offer fun, educational programs on a Basic Aid Training theme for kids in Kindergarten and up all year long. Coming up on Monday, March 21st at 6pm we have a program called All Choked Up & Rescue Breathing where children will learn how to prevent a choking emergency and how to use the Rescue Breathing Technique. These programs are super additions for Boy and Girl Scouts working on First Aid badges. The program will be held in the Children's Library and kids are asked to bring a teddy bear or a stuffed animal to practice on. If you have any questions, give us a call on 618 344 1112, email Miss Alison at alisond(at)mvlibdist(dot)org, or stop by and see us!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Fairmont City Community Easter Egg Hunt

The Fairmont City Library Center and the Latino Roundtable of Southwestern Illinois have partnered together to host this year's Fairmont City Community Easter Egg Hunt. More than 1,000 eggs to hunt this year. Many prizes to win including large chocolate bunnies, cute bunny ears, easter bunny gliders, foam balls, and more.

When - Saturday, April 16th from Noon - 2:00pm
Where - Fairmont City Library Center, 2870 N. 44th Street, Fairmont City
Katie Heaton
Branch Manager
Fairmont City Library Center
(618) 482-3966