Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Walk 2011

Our staff had a wonderful day on Saturday in the wizarding world of Harry Potter!  We stayed after work on Friday to get the library ready for one of our most fun days of the year and everyone dressed up in style for the big day.  If you and your family came to trick or treat with us, thank you so much for visiting!  We also want to thank our great supporters in the Collinsville community for their sponsorship; without them this event would not have been as successful as it was.  If you patronize the following businesses, please be sure to thank them for helping your library.  

Ashman's Pharmacy and Gifts
Herr Funeral Home
Scott Credit Union
Leisure World
Rural King

The following organizations also sponsored our festivities:

Friends of the Collinsville Library
Collinsville Progress
Collinsville Main Street Community Association

It takes our community coming together to put on these wonderful events, and we are thrilled to be a part of your Uptown.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bill Gates announces 2012 Scholarship Program

The Gates Millennium Scholarship Program will select 1,000 talented students next year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice.  Scholars will also be provided with personal and professional development thruogh their leadership programs, along with academic support throughout their college career.

The program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Foundation, was established to provide outstanding low-income minority students with an opportuntiy to complete undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest.  To date, the program has given scholarships to more than 15,000 students.

Continuing scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas:  Education, Engineering, Library Science, Mathematics, Public Health, or Science

Deadline for submitting an application is Wed., January 11, 2012.
To apply visit

Posted by Katie Heaton

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Outwit, Outplay, Outlast

Earlier this week, four of the Fairmont City Library’s teenage patrons – Tami, Daniel, Daciy, and Robert – competed in “Survivor: Fairmont City Library,” our version of the hit reality T.V. show. The event, which was part of our Teen Read Week, pitted four of our teenage library patrons against each other in a battle of the ages. Not only did our patrons compete in Immunity Challenges, but they also visited Tribal Council to vote each other out one-by-one.

After getting to know the contestants – Tami, Daniel, Daciy, and Robert – it was time to get to the first Immunity Challenge. The first Immunity Challenge was divided into three legs, with a contestant being eliminated from the challenge (but not the entire game of “Survivor”) following each leg. For the first leg, the contestants were asked to balance a packet of oversized letters on their head while walking across the field behind the library. The first three contestants to walk across without their letters falling were Daniel, Robert, and Daciy, and they moved on to the second leg. For the second leg, the contestants used their oversized letters (A, B, and C) to answer multiple choice Trivia Questions. Daniel and Robert were the first contestants to earn five points with the questions, and therefore they moved on to the final leg of the first Immunity Challenge. For the final leg, the contestants and the audience moved inside to the Snack Bar, where it was revealed that Daniel and Robert would be facing off in a Smoothie Showdown and drinking a blend of Applesauce, Beets, and Coca-Cola. Robert talked the talk, but Daniel walked the walk and finished his drink before Robert did.

With the Immunity Idol in Daniel’s possession, the castaways headed out to Tribal Council to vote out either Tami, Daciy, or Robert. After a few questions, it was time for the contestants to cast their votes. Once the votes were tallied, it was determined that there was a tie – two votes for Daciy and two votes for Robert. It was then revealed that in the event of a tie, the deciding vote would go to the audience. And the audience voted for Daciy to stay, making Robert the first contestant ousted.

Once the Final Three – Daniel, Tami, and Daciy – were determined, it was time for their second (and final) Immunity Challenge. For this challenge, each of the final three contestants was asked to pick a member of the audience (either a friend or family member) who they trusted. Once each contestant had picked his or her teammate, the details of the challenge were announced: for this Immunity Challenge, the “Survivor” contestant would be blindfolded, and their teammate would be guiding them (by shouting at them) to three different buckets scattered across the field behind the library. Inside each bucket was a set of letters. Once contestants had brought back all of their team’s buckets, they could take off their blindfolds and begin unscrambling the letters to spell a familiar phrase. The first contestant to correctly unscramble their phrase would win Immunity and be guaranteed a one-in-two shot at becoming Fairmont City Library’s “Sole Survivor.”

When the challenge started, Daniel and Daciy had no trouble finding their buckets, but Tami struggled a bit. Daniel was the first to bring back all of his buckets of puzzle pieces, but Daciy was the first one to correctly unscramble her letters (which spelled the phrase “SOLE SURVIVOR”), making her the winner of the final Immunity Challenge. Once back at Tribal Council, it was all about Daciy. Since Daciy had the Immunity Idol, she couldn’t be voted for. Therefore, Daniel would’ve had to have voted for Tami, and Tami would’ve had to have voted for Daniel. Since their votes would’ve canceled each other out, it was pointless for them to vote, and the only vote that mattered was Daciy’s. She had the sole power of deciding who would be voted out and who would join her in the Final Two. After much deliberation, she went to the Voting Station and decided to vote out…

Daniel! Therefore, the Final Two contestants would be Daciy and Tami! Once the Final Two were settled into their final Tribal Council, it was revealed that the audience would be voting for the winner. Before the vote, however, Daciy and Tami were each given a chance to address the crowd and explain why they deserved to win more than the other finalist. Daciy went with the "I'll have your back if you ever get in a fight!" approach while Tami went with the "I'll help you with your homework!" approach. After their final statements, it was time for the audience to vote, and they decided that Fairmont City Library's "Sole Survivor" was Tami! Congratulations, Tami!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Teens Only Trivia Night!

On Sunday evening, fifty of our teenage library patrons competed in our first ever “Teens Only Trivia Night.” The event, which was a kick-off for this year’s Teen Read Week, quizzed  the competitors over a wide range of topics including everything from books to movies to music from the 1980s (a decade that none of the teens were around for)! Each team was also invited to decorate the pumpkin served as their table’s centerpiece with a library-related theme. The theme for this year’s Teen Read Week is “Picture It @ Your Library,” so some of our favorite photos from the evening are posted below. Thanks to everyone who made the event a success!

Monday, October 17, 2011

October is Chili Season!

This time of year I think of all those wonderful fall treats including caramel apples, hot chocolate, breads, pies, and especially chili! I love to spend time in the kitchen with the window open letting in the cool fall breeze. The stove has chili simmering all day while the oven is busy browning up the bread. Check out the October issue of Better Homes and Gardens at the Library. They have some wonderful chili recipes for you to try starting on page 154, "Chili Season". Try one or try them all... Beef and Bean Chili, Two tomato stew chili, Hominy and Chorizo Chili, Texas Red Chili, Game day Chili, Spicy White Chili, Vegetarian Green Chili, and Harvest Chili.

Beef and Bean Chili
Prep time 30min - Cook 20 min.

2 lb. Lean ground beef
2 large onions, chopped (2 cups)
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 to 4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped (to your taste)
2 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 15-oz to16oz cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained.
1 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Corn Chips

In Dutch oven brown beef over medium heat; drain off fat. Add onions, garlic, and peppers; cook about 5 minutes, until almost ender. Add chili powder and cumin; cook 1 minute, until fragrant. Add tomato sauce and 2 cups water; bring to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Mash one of the cans of beans. Stir all beans into chili. Return to simmer; cook about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in chocolate until melted. Stir in 1/2 tsp. Salt and the cilantro. Top with corn chips. Makes 8 servings!

Try it! And enjoy...I did!
Posted by Katie Heaton

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Teen Read Week

Be part of Teen Read Week 2011! Join us for Picture It @ your library, Oct. 16-22.

Teen Read Week is an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Teen Read Week started in 1998. This year's theme is Picture It @ your library®, which encourages teens to read graphic novels and other illustrated materials, seek out creative books, or imagine the world through literature, just for the fun of it. Libraries across the world celebrate Teen Read Week with a variety of special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens to read for pleasure and to visit their libraries for free reading materials.

The Mississippi Valley Library District will have the following events:
Collinsville Memorial Library Center = CM
Fairmont City Library Center = FC

Sunday, Oct 16:  Trivia Night 6-8pm - CM
Tuesday, Oct 18:  Bon-Fire with Survivor Game 6pm - FC
Wed, Oct 19:  Genealogy "Picture your past" 6-7pm - CM
Thurs, Oct 20:  Hayride (PAL event) 6pm - FC
Thurs, Oct 20:  Teen Movie "Soul Surfer" 6pm - CM
Fri, Oct 21:  Teen Movie Night (registration) 8pm - FC
Fri, Oct 21:  Teen Lock-in (registration) 10pm - 7am - FC
Sat, Oct 22:  Photography Workshop (registration) 2-3pm - CM
Sat, Oct 22:  Pizza Party / Raffle 3:30pm - CM

Teens earn tickets by attending events or completing activities in the Teen  packet.  Packets can be picked up at both centers.  Use the tickets to attend special events or enter raffle for 2 cameras.

Posted by Katie Heaton

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Book review: Abuse of Power by Michael Savage

In the interest of full disclosure I need to admit that I am a conservative - conservative in my views, values, religion, politics and life style. Further I have on occasion listened to Michael Savage on the radio and though he can be a bit of a conspiracy theorist and a little radical for my taste I find myself agreeing with a lot of what he has to say.

In his new book, Abuse of Power, Dr. Savage weaves a tale of a left wing global conspiracy designed to bring down the United States of America and all of western civilization. Weaving events of his own life story into the life of the main characters life Dr. Savage’s leading man Jack Hatfield stumbles onto a terrorist plot designed to make the events of September 11, 2001 look like child’s play. Hatfield, like Savage, has been banned from Britain for his outspoken views on radical Islamic terrorism, and has fallen from well known war correspondent and television journalist to an obscure freelance news producer in San Francisco.

Hatfield is on a ride along with the San Francisco Police Department when a seemingly routine carjacking turns into an international plot involving the highest levels of government both here and in the United Kingdom. The story behind the main plot is the question of just how far leaders will go to further their political agenda. Dr, Savage clearly believes that the Obama administration has been guilty of the abuse of power and strives in this book to warn his readers of the danger of allowing this practice to continue.

The story moves quickly with just enough detail to color in the background and not so much that it lulls the reader to sleep. It moves from San Francisco to London and back again with trips to Paris and Tel Aviv thrown in as well. The plot involves an offshoot of Al-Quida, the FBI, CIA, MI5 and MI6 and rings true enough to keep the pages turning and the heart pounding. Savage makes no secret about his desire that this book be turned into a movie and reading this book often has the feel of watching a spy thriller. I don’t think I would spend the $25.99 list price on the book or even spring for movie tickets if indeed Abuse of Power becomes a movie, but then again I am a conservative, but the book is certainly worth checking out from your local library.

Review by Jim Ritter

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Bilingual babies discern languages

Babies living in bilingual homes get a perceptual boost by 8 months of age that may set the stage for more resilient thinking later on, scientists reported February 18.

Infants raised bilingual from birth can distinguish not only between their native tongues but between languages they've never encountered, even when they see adults speak without hearing what they say, said phychologist Janet Werker of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  Babies in monolingual households lack these discrimination skills, Werker and her colleages have found.

Given exposure to two tongues, infants develop an ability to track closely what they hear and see to decode languages, Werker proposed.  In the visual realm, such information may include lip movements, the rhythm of the jaw opening and closing, and other facial movement.

Early perceptual strides by infants in bilingual homes may mark the beginnings of an increase ability to focus attention and think in complex ways later in life. 

Read more at : Article appearing in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC : by Bruce Bower

Posted by Katie Heaton

Monday, October 03, 2011

What to do in your garden now...

Fall is here - time to read some books about gardening...the library has several to choose from.  The Missouri Botanical Garden has some suggestions for you too...

All month
Plant spring bulbs among hostas, ferns, daylilies, or ground cover.  As these plants grow they will hide the dying bulb foliage.

Plant container-grown and balled-and-burlapped trees and shrubs now.  Loosen the soil in a area five times the diameter of the root ball before planting.  Mulch well after watering.  Continue watering if soils are dry.

Store apples in a cool basement in old plastic sacks tht have been perforated for good circulation.

Sow cover crops such as winter rye after crops are harvested.

Posted by Katie Heaton