Saturday, June 25, 2011

Patron of the Week!

Congratulations to Dewayne Love, who has been named our most recent Patron of the Week! Dewayne was nominated for this award in recognition of always being pleasant and kind to the library staff. He has brought in snacks for the staff, offered encouraging words, and always has a big smile on his face.

Dewayne's favorite thing to check-out at the library is a laptop from the Computer Lab (to use the Library's free Wi-Fi in various locations within the library). Dewayne graciously noted that, "The library staff is awesome. Their professionalism and customer service is the standard that all businesses in the City of Collinsville should ascribe to." We appreciate him and his great attitude. Thank you and congratulations, again, Dewayne!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mississippi Valley Library District Receives “Eliminate the Digital Divide” Grant

The Mississippi Valley Library District (MVLD) has received a grant totaling $52,000 from Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White to enhance broadband computer access in the Collinsville Memorial Library Center and the Fairmont City Library Center.

The Library District is one of forty-one Illinois public libraries and community college learning resource centers sharing in a nearly $1 million “Eliminate the Digital Divide Program Grant” awarded to the Illinois State Library by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

Barbara Rhodes, Director of MVLD says the funds will be used to provide equipment, training and services for broadband- delivered education, employment and reading services to the unemployed, children, seniors, minorities, persons with disabilities and others.

“The digital divide prevents many low-income citizens from having access to important technology and educational programs that can greatly enrich their lives,” said Secretary White. “Having access to information allows citizens to engage in lifelong learning, and these grants will allow the Collinsville Memorial Library and the Fairmont City Library Center and other grant recipients to bridge the digital divide and offer critical services that will hopefully allow more Illinoisans to lead better, more productive lives.”

“We are developing computer training labs that will be set aside for numerous computer training sessions per month and will help us to upgrade and increase our technology service to all of our members.” States Barbara Rhodes on behalf of the MVLD Board and staff.

Puppet Show at Fairmont City Library Center

Saturday, June 25 at 1pm - Free Family Program
Join us at the Fairmont City Library Center, 2870 North 44th Street, Fairmont City, IL

Foodland is sponsoring "Kermit Harrah's Puppet Show"

Travel the world of stories with Kermit and his pal Dew, listen as they tell fun stories they found on their trip around the world. Children get to meet some amazing characters Dew secretly brought back with him! Comedy, music, and tons of audience participation make this a great program. This program will get children excited about reading this summer.

Hot Dogs & Drinks

Posted by Katie Heaton
Fairmont City Library Center
(618) 482-3966

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Miss Alison's latest book reviews

As a book reviewer for School Library Journal, our Children's Librarian, Alison Donnelly reads and writes about fiction and non-fiction titles for various age ranges.  Here are her reviews as published in the June issue of School Library Journal.  If you are interested in reading any of these titles, please let us know and we can order them for you.

You Are a Gift to the World/The World Is a Gift to You by Laura Duksta, illustrated by Dona Turner. Published by Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky.

K-Gr 2–This flip-sided book is cleverly designed to contain two stories with the same ending, repeating the format of the author’s I Love You More (Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky, 2007). “You Are a Gift to the World” is a sweet ode to a child and the joy that she brings to her parents and the world by virtue of being. Flip the book over, “The World Is a Gift to You” is an elemental story of the value of the natural world and how things we take for granted are precious and worth revering. The artwork is charming and comforting. The images of children with their families are reassuring and gentle, and the middle “ending” page of both stories is sure to be enjoyed over and over.

Hush, Hush! by Margaret Wild illustrated by Bridget Strevens-Marzo. Published by Little Hare, distributed. by Trafalgar Square.

PreS-K–Because he is not yet sleepy, Baby Hippo takes a walk through the jungle. He hears a constant “Hush, hush!” as the parents of the other animals gently encourage them to settle down. Of course, the Hippo’s journey makes him very tired, and soon he snuggles up with his mother. The large illustrations, saturated with color, are soothing, simple, and sweet, and the story is gentle and comforting. But with so many bedtime stories available, this appealing book by the team who created Kiss, Kiss! (S & S, 2004) may be an additional purchase.

My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis, illustrated by Suzanne DeSimone. Published by S & S/Aladdin.

K-Gr 2–Kilodavis introduces the difficult themes of bullying and being different, based on the experiences of her four-year-old son. The book tells of a boy who “plays dress up in girly dresses” and is laughed at when he wears them to school but has the support of his family. It is tenderly written and simple enough to be understood by young children. Readers learn about the child’s experiences, good and bad. At the end, powerful questions are directed to them for thought and discussion: “If you see a Princess Boy….Will you call him a name? …Will you like him for who he is?” DeSimone’s illustrations are colorful, bright, and positive. Children may ask why the people depicted have no faces, which may spark discussions about how we are all the same. This is a book about unconditional love, social acceptance, and a strong family. It is also a call for diversity, tolerance, and an end to bullying and judgments. It will be well placed in elementary school counseling offices as well as in school and public libraries.