Friday, May 25, 2012

Recipe & Cookbook Swap - July 16 at the Blum House 5-6pm

Do you have recipes you would like to share or do you need to freshen up your recipe collection? Do you want to get rid of your ever-growing cookbook collection? Then join us this summer at the Blum House next door to the Collinsville Public Library for our Recipe & Cookbook Swap on July 16 from 5:00-6:00pm! Come share your favorite recipes with the rest of us and get some great new ones. Bring your old cookbooks to swap for new ones. We could all use some new recipe ideas in the kitchen! Call Jessica at 618-344-1112 for more information.

Posted by Jessica Lawrence, Librarian

FREE Cooking Classes at the Library

Join our free summer cooking classes at the library! These classes will be presented by Certified Culinarian, Kathy Seibel. With Kathy's guidance and expertise you will learn some cooking basics including techniques, skills and some quick and tasty recipes. Registration is requested. Please call or visit the Main Desk to register today. All classes will be held in the Community Room kitchen. Call Jessica at 618-344-1112 for more information.

June 13 "Kitchen Essentials" - Fill your pantry and refrigerator with essential ingredients to make quick and healthy meals. Technical skills will focus on basic safety and sanitation guidelines and knife skills. NOTE: Please bring your own chef's or pairing knife to this class.

June 27 "Quick & Simple Appetizers & Salads" - Learn to create quick and simple dishes from your kitchen pantry. Create an essential list to keep on hand that will generate quick and easy dishes for your busy life.

July 11 "Spectacularly Simple & Tasty Meals" - In 30 minutes or less you can whip up tasty meals that will have your family saying NO to fast food.

July 25 "Not Just a Box Cake" - Learn to create awesome cupcakes and treats from that little box mix.

Posted by Jessica Lawrence, Librarian

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Children's Summer Reading Program 2012

Reading is So Delicious! Summer Reading 2012

SRP logo 2012
The 2012 Summer Reading Program officially begins on June 1st and runs through July 29th. Between these dates, children can collect tickets to enter drawings for prizes they earn by reading for fun!
*Registration begins June 1st and continues through the middle of the program. Preschool – 8th Grade students register in the 2nd Floor Children's Library.  (Summer Reading is also available for students entering 9th Grade in the fall and up as well as for Adults. Register for Young Adult and Adult Programs at the Main Floor Circulation Desk).
*At registration, students will receive a calendar of summer events and a log sheet to measure reading progress! 
Highlights of this summer’s program include:
*Mad Science with Dr. Frankenpickle on Wednesday June 6 at 2:30pm
*Egyptian Tales with Judith Heineman and Dan Marcotte Saturday June 9th at 10am
*Babaloo Music and Fun on Saturday July 28th at 12pm
*Crafts, story times, book clubs, weekly worksheets and other chances to win grand prizes will also be available during the SRP!  
Stop by to see us soon!
--Posted by Alison Donnelly, Children's Librarian

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Herbal Remedy Workshops at the Library

Heal your friends and yourself without all the baloney! Join us and learn the benefits of natural medicine over pharmaceuticals. Learn basic herbal preparations for common ailments. We meet the 4th Wednesday of every month on the Second Floor of the historic Blum House (located next to the library). Presented by Traditional Community Herbalist, Kristine Brown. 

Posted by Jessica Lawrence, Librarian

Monday, May 21, 2012

International Fiction Book Club Meeting - May 2012

         The International Fiction Book Club met on May 16th to discuss, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn.  Two members chose the same quote as their favorite line from the book.  “How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold?”  That certainly is a starting point for appreciating this story of a prisoner in a Siberian work camp.  Although there are slight differences, Shukhov’s experience mirrors the imprisonment of the author.  Shukhov was taken prisoner by the Germans during the Second World War.  When he escaped from the Germans he was considered a spy for the Germans and sentenced to ten years.  Solzhenitsyn, on the other hand, was given eight years for criticizing Stalin in a letter to a relative.  The “fictionalized” account was a topic for discussion as well as the ways in which Stalin used the work camps not only to intimidate would-be protesters but to people work gangs that were supposed to build damns, bridges and complete may other collective projects that would move the country forward.

         In Shukhov’s case it was a power station that had to be built in thirty degrees below zero weather and with a lack of proper tools and machinery.  The author makes no bold conclusions about the worth of the work by the prison gangs.  We enter into the mind of Shukhov who is mired in the here and now of getting by one day at a time.  Spotting a chance of scrounging a butt, finding a shard of metal in the yard, managing to avoid being placed in the hole and laying brick after brick in a hurried manner so the mortar doesn’t freeze before its applied all take on the immediacy so necessary for Shukhov to survive without thinking about tomorrow.  Anticipation of a fellow inmate receiving a bountiful care package from relatives has become part of Shukhov’s routine.  He performs small favors for Tsezar, the cinematographer, who was imprisoned before he could make his first film.  In return Shukhov receives tobacco, sausage and other assorted treats.  There is no desperation in Shukhov.  He simply has the will to survive.  Hiding a piece of rationed bread inside his jerkin, Shukhov manages to save the bread so he can use it to clean every last drop of his rationed gruel later in the day.  This behavior is juxtaposed with that of an inmate who is caught licking bowls.  He is severely beaten.

         There are not many references to the world outside of the camp.  One that spurred some discussion also involved Tsezar.  As Shukhov enters the room, Tsezar and another inmate are discussing the relative merits of the Russian filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein.  ...”or the baby carriage rolling down the Odessa steps”... A vivid image from the father of montage in film.  I instantly knew what Tsezar was talking about.  Its a famous scene from the silent film “Battleship Potemkin”.   The inmates disagree on the standing of the director.  Tsezar thinks he is a genius but the other disagrees.  What are we to make of it.  Solzhenitsyn was religious and advocated a return to a Patriarchal form of government.  So, it is unlikely he would have ben swayed by the notoriety achieved by Eisenstein whose work was brilliant but certainly worked as propaganda.

         Perhaps the most telling incident occurs at the end of the book.  Shukhov gives the extra ration of bread that he got from Tsazar to another inmate in an act of kindness.  This gesture as a comment on a bit of wisdom doled out in the yard,... “who is the convict’s worst enemy?”  The answer, “another convict”.  Everyone liked this book and the IFBC next meets on June 20th to discuss the Umberto Eco novel, The Prague Cemetery.  Everyone is welcome.

Posted by Jim Krapf, Library Clerk

Monday, May 14, 2012

NEW Super Coupon Club @ the Library!

Do you like to save money? Have you heard about the latest craze of Super Couponing? Then, join Collinsville Library’s new Super Coupon Club! We will be meeting in the Training Lab of the Library every other week over the summer months - June 7, June 21, July 5, July 19 at 6:30pm. Please call 618-344-1112 for more information.

Posted by Jessica Lawrence, Librarian

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Book Sale - May 22 9-8pm

Grab your reading list and join us for the Friends of the Library Basement Book Sale, Tuesday May 22nd from 9:00am-8:00pm!! Books, records, videos, and more all on tables in the basement of the library and ready for you to take home. During the last hour bring a bag and a dollar and take what you want!

Posted by Jessica Lawrence, Librarian

Teen Initiative Program Schedule

Here is our Program Schedule for our upcoming Teen Initiative! There are so many great programs lined up. Be sure to pre-register for the ones you want to attend! Sign-up at the Main Desk at either Library Center.

Posted by Jessica Lawrence, Librarian

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Summer Teen Initiative!

Thanks to a Project Next Generation Grant, the Mississippi Valley Library District (which includes both the Collinsville Memorial Library Center and Fairmont City Library Center) is proud to announce an exciting Teen Initiative that combines technology, community, and education/career opportunities. Over the course of the summer, teens can attend workshops, earn points, and cash those points in for some great prizes. Sign-up begins May 14th. More information can be found at For questions please call the Collinsville Library at 618-344-1112 or the Fairmont City Library at 618-482-3966.
Blog posted by Jessica Lawrence, Librarian