Monday, December 19, 2016

Interesting Year-long Resolutions and Projects for 2017

One of the enduring traditions of the holiday season is making New Year's Resolutions. To give you some ideas for resolutions or neat projects, we've compiled a list of some interesting examples found online.

Temperature Blankets

First 10 days of a temperature blanket. (Source)

These blankets are an interesting way of remembering the temperature through the year by pairing certain colors of yarn with a number, then crocheting or knitting exactly one row daily using the highest daily temperature's color. There are no other rules, and the colors you choose are up to you.

For reference, here are the colors used for different temperatures by some weather modeling programs.

Here is a link to show you how to create a color chart for your temperature blanket.

Take a photo every day for a year

This challenge is extremely straightforward. Whether it's a picture of yourself, your house, your pet or a daily snapshot of the sky, choose one subject to take a picture of for 365 days. At the end of the year you will be able to look back over the year and see a variety of moods or skies and compare January 2017 to next December 31st.
*If you're into technology, these can potentially make awesome YouTube videos.

Daily Acts of Kindness Challenge

Whether it's something as simple as leaving change in the vending machine or as extreme as purchasing someone's groceries, perhaps attempting daily acts of kindness is a good resolution to try. Here's one link to help if you are not sure where to start:

52 Weeks of Books

Head on over to the Collinsville Public Library if you need a hand with this resolution! The goal of this challenge is to read at least one book per week. Some people choose to read the bestsellers from the year they were born in fiction and nonfiction - which you can find listed here on Wikipedia:

365 Days of Crock Pot, Slow Cooker, and Frozen Meals Cooking

If you're one of more than 60% of American Adults, it's possible that all of the adults in your family have busy work schedules and little time to make meals at the end of the work day - or your time to eat dinner might be 11:30 p.m! If so, perhaps you might try this challenge: cooking dinner using a crock pot or slow cooker (or slow-cook oven recipe) for a whole year - including weekends. (Imagine how much you can get done if only one weekend a month was devoted to preparing meals for many work days if chicken or fresh vegetables are discounted extremely well on one visit?) There are several methods for this if you are interested!

First, for those who do not have a crock pot suitable for their needs, freezing meals and setting an oven timer works well if you cannot adjust the heat in the recipe and keep the food cooking long enough, hot enough, or start it at the right time. Most electric ovens have timer settings to delay your oven from turning on until a certain time (or at the end of a timer). This works especially well with thick frozen foods as they will keep just fine for a few hours in the oven before it heats up, and it works well with your favorite recipes that only take an hour or two to cook.

Secondly, there are slow cookers. These are: pots that sit on a heating element - but have no heating elements on the sides. (They're actually a little different from crock pots.) The heat in slow cookers generally cycles, and only comes from the bottom, so these are slower to heat food and great for soups. (Not all slow cookers are recommended for large cuts of meat, so check the settings before you roast a chicken in one of these devices!)

Finally, there is the beloved crock pot. These are much better at heating large cuts of meat and thick foods than slow cookers tend to be. Check your crock pot before you cook - certain models older than 5 years may have only two or three settings that must be changed manually to lower or increase heat as foods cook. For someone with a 6+ hour work day, consider a programmable crock pot to ensure nothing burns and that the temperatures can change through the day to accommodate trickier recipes.

Here are a few links for "long day dinners" and frozen meals:

52 Weeks for a Cleaner House

Here's a great list of house cleaning tasks broken down into weekly suggestions to tame a wild house in a year. (Bonus: If you get to a week where you've already got that suggestion finished - or if you don't have a chimney to clean or kids living at home - you get a week off!) 
*This is so simple, even a messy college student like myself will be trying it!
**Need cleaning inspiration? Search "Organized Rooms" or "Cleaning Inspiration" on Pinterest.

Learn a Language in a Year

Here's another that you can head to the library to complete. Our library has Pronunciator (listed under our database links, or click HERE) but some other libraries feature Mango languages. Beyond this, you can request resources from audio books to learning texts for many languages and learn your way. (Pssst! There are some great free apps for learning how to write foreign characters, such as Hirigana, on the apple and google app stores. These work great with touch screen devices!)

Let us know if any of these suggestions make it to your New Year's Resolution list!

Posted by Kaitlyn Auer, Library Clerk

Friday, December 02, 2016

Winter Bookmark Crafts

In the spirit of the cold weather and celebrating the PERFECT time to curl up with a book under a blanket, here are some winter bookmark crafts you can make using household materials or recycled holiday cards.

1. Recycled holiday card: Birds bookmark

2. Paint chip bookmarks or gift tags
3. Snowman popsicle stick bookmark
Source: Alpha Moms

Posted by Kaitlyn Auer, Library Clerk

Saturday, November 19, 2016

10 Larger-than-Life Movie Monster Films

Sometimes it’s nice to watch a giant monster stomp on a tiny replica city. In the golden age of monster films, limited special effects led to two kinds of monster films: the superimposed film-on-film flicks where the creatures were enlarged to massive proportions (movies like Them!) or man-in-suit monster movies featuring actors in heavy suits with camera work and miniatures providing the size reference (such as in movies with Godzilla). While these films are far from terrifying by today’s standards, these once-frightening creature features are available through the library system for a night of giant monsters. Grab your popcorn and enjoy!

1. Tarantula (1955)
If you've ever wondered what a radioactive, experimental tarantula can do if it gets loose in a remote desert, perhaps this is the movie for you. Trigger warning: giant icky spider on the loose being pursued by army men in jeeps.

2. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Two times the monsters, two times the destruction. Featuring the man-in-suit gargantuan Godzilla and nimble King Kong, this film is fun and exciting to watch. Tokyo doesn’t stand a chance between the antics of these two mega monsters!

3. Gorgo (1961)
Before there was Jurassic World, there was Gorgo. Set in Britain, a mysterious sea dinosaur creature nicknamed “Gorgo” is taken back to Britain for a circus act. So, what’s more terrifying than a 65-foot tall dinosaur? Its mother.

4. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
This film was one of the first Atomic monster movies. The Beast featured in this movie, a prehistoric dinosaur, is awakened by atomic bomb testing. Unlike most monster movies, this beast is contagious...

5. 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
This film may cause major feels. The monster in this film travels across continents and grows from a tiny hatchling in the care of scientists to a giant creature as it roams in fear around the Earth - harmless for humans until animals and humans attack the creature and force it to fight for survival. This is one monster movie where the monster might not be the villain after all.

6. The Giant Behemoth (1959)
An irradiated Paleosaurus terrorizes ships in the ocean and swims up the Thames. Unlike other monsters, this one is racing against time: the radiation is killing it, and it is desperate to reach its home... which happens to involve taking a shortcut through London.

7. Mothra (1961)
If it can be said that a monster is beautiful, Mothra is definitely worthy of the word. Unlike the stomp-and-smash monster rampages of other films within the genre, this film features a protector-monster, guardians of a primitive island, well meaning but curious scientists, and a greedy man determined to make money off of the discovery of Infant Island.

8. Beginning of the End (1957)
Set in nearby Chicago, an agricultural mishap creates a swarm of giant grasshoppers intent on eating Chicago. There's nothing quite so terrifying as a giant bug with enormous eyes and pincers that decides it likes the taste of humans...

9. The Blob (1958)
It creeps. It oozes. It eats people. It is the monster with no shape and no apparent weaknesses, devouring cars, diners, and terrified nurses with ease. How can it possibly be stopped? Check out this classic flick to see how a couple of teenagers act to save the town and stop THE BLOB.

10. Them! (1954)
If you've seen any scary movies lately, you've probably seen a lone child looking pale and kind of creepy giving vague statements about something they've just witnessed.  Bonus points if the child points off into the distance. Them! is arguably the monster movie that featured the first noteworthy scene with a lone child wandering out of a decimated town and as the only clue to what is killing the good townspeople in the desert at night. If you like suspense, this is a monster movie for you.

By Kaitlyn Auer, Library Clerk, on November 26, 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

Take a Book and Cook: Halloween 2016 Edition

The season of spooks and sugar is upon us. Here are some awesome recipes to pair with spooky books that are available at the library:

1. The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
Spiders hatching en masse terrorize everyone. Yikes! An incredibly frightening read featuring the often vilified eight-legged critters that strike fear in the hearts of many.

A recipe for this book: Totally terrific spiderweb cupcakes that will make your tastebuds tingle
Check it out at ambrosia

2. Hex by Thomas Olde Huevelt, translated by Nancy Forest-Flier
A twist on your typical witch-cursed town: there's technology surveillance keeping the curse from spreading!

A recipe for this book: Witch head baked apples (and it's gluten free!)
Check it out at Be Free for Me

3. The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike
This suspenseful book is about the last Japanese couple inhabiting an apartment building that sits on top of a cemetery. At least the neighbors are quiet...

A recipe for this book: A tasty eggplant dish suggested as an alternative to the practice of carving eggplants at Japanese funerals

4. Pushing Up Daisies: An Agatha Raisin novel by M. C. Beaton
A developer plotting to turn a community garden into a housing complex turns up dead. It's up to Agatha Raisin to solve the case!

A recipe for this book: Cemetery cookies

Check it out at Myrecipes

5. A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby
A fresh take on Jack the Ripper with a monstrous twist of its own.

A recipe for this book: Bloodspatter Cookies!
Check it out at Foodista

6. And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Slender, slender, slender man......

A recipe for this book: Scared ghost strawberries that are SO cute...
Check it out at Taste of Home

7. Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Fear the ocean - it can compel you to walk in and never walk out. This novel follows Bridey, a sixteen year old girl trying to unravel the mysteries within her town that are causing townspeople to walk into the waves.

A recipe for this book: Tentacle Pot Pie
Check it out at Babble

8. World War Z by Max Brooks
Yes, this one is older. But have you read it? The movie is nothing like it. If you like documentaries, this will shock you with its unique way of documenting the zombie apocalypse.

A recipe for this book: Brain Cheeseball (NOT terribly gross or scary, I promise!)
Check it out at Happy Hour Projects

9. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling
If you haven't checked it out yet, perhaps it may suit your fancy. After all, you might just be a wizard.

A recipe for this book: Head to Starbucks for a secret-menu frappuccino interpretation of Butterbeer that's said to be quite tasty!
Check it out at Secret Menu

10. Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley
The video game series about the frightening evil animatronics haunting a pizzeria now have a novel for teens! Explore this game lore- and beware the bear.

A recipe for this book: Check out a video tutorial to make Chica's cupcake!
Check it out at Cup Cakes Meal

Posted by Kaitlyn Auer, Library Clerk

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Top Ten Things We'll Miss About Stephanie

Library Clerk Stephanie Moore will be saying goodbye to the Mississippi Valley Library District this week, and in honor of her departure we have made a list of the top ten reasons our library will miss Stephanie. 

10) She still hasn't earned her Mutt-I-Gree.

09) Our Halloween Walk needs a turtle.

08) It's trad, dad! 

07) Beaded headband? Check.

06) She would often wax nostalgic for the golden age of digital downloading.
05) She makes a really big deal over Groundhog Day.

04) Three words - Junior Green Thumbs.
03) Wisconsin Dells, forever. 

02) The Fish! Philosophy is her philosophy.
01) Obviously, the ladies. 

Best of wishes, Stephanie!

Posted by Grahm Underwood, Computer Lab Supervisor

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Top Ten Things We'll Miss About Ashley

Library Clerk Ashley Hylsky will say goodbye to the Mississippi Valley Library District on August 26th, after almost ten years of dedicated service. In honor of her departure we have compiled a list of the top ten reasons our library will miss Ashley.

10) Our staff now has zero dog behavior experts.
09) She was going to make a croquembouche for our cake walk.
08) Three words - Glasgow Coma Scale.
07) She recommends Three Men and a Little Lady to every single patron.
06) Who else is going to wear a fleece jacket in the middle of summer?
05) Goodbye breakfast bar.
04) At least once a week she declares, "I am a key lime cubist."
03) She insists that George Clooney is the definitive Batman.
02) Our Halloween walk needs a hermit crab!
01) Obviously, the ladies.

Thank you for your service, Ashley, and good luck on your new ventures!

Posted by Grahm Underwood, Computer Lab Supervisor

Friday, July 15, 2016

Staff Recommendations: July

Every month members of our staff share what media they are consuming - be it books, movies, video games, or any of the other mediums the library has to offer. After all, a love of art, in all its forms, is what brings us together at the library!

Vicky Hart - Library Director

​I am just about to start reading "Fire Bound" by Christine Feehan, Book 5 in the Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart Series. This is a fantasy/paranormal romance series. I loved the first four books, so I am looking forward to this one.

As I wait for the start of season 7 of Game of Thrones (LOL), I am getting caught up on season 2 of "UnReal" on Lifetime. It's a sarcastic look at the behind the scenes of a fake reality show.

At the movies, I saw "Central Intelligence". It won't win any awards, but it did make me laugh out loud.

Kyla Waltermire - Collinsville Center Manager


I'm currently listening to "As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of 'The Princess Bride'" by Cary Elwes. It's a must-read for any fan of "The Princess Bride." The beauty of listening to this book rather than read it on the page is that Elwes narrates the story with his charming British accent. There are also frequent vocal appearances by others involved in the movie (including Rob Reiner, Robin Wright, and Mandy Patinkin) as they add their own comments about each other and the behind-the-scenes prep. From sword fighting practice to meeting and working with Andre the Giant, the story as told by Elwes enhances one's appreciation for the film. From one fan to another--I frequently respond to my husband's comments with "I'm not a witch; I'm your wife!"--you'll enjoy the cast and crew reminiscences and learning more about a much beloved movie.

Terry Pierson - Program Coordinator

I am currently reading "Joyland" by Stephen King. It is a wonderful summer read and a great starting point for those who are interested in King's writing but intimidated by the size of some of his more well-known works. In "Joyland", King masterfully weaves threads of suspense, romance, comedy, and human interest into  a carny-beach themed murder mystery.

For my gaming interests, I have joined half of the world in the phenomenon of Pokémon Go. It truly is a fun, nostalgia-inducing, magical anomaly that is bringing people together like few works of media ever have. In confluence with this, I have been keeping up with "Pokken Tournament" on the Wii U just to make sure my Poke-itch is entirely oversaturated.

I have also finally jumped on the "Game of Thrones" wagon. After multiple attempts, the television series has clicked with me at last and I am now tearing through the previous seasons to catch up with everyone else waiting for season seven.

Grahm Underwood - Service Desk Coordinator

Hill of Great Darkness by H.C. Beckerr

Stephanie Moore - Library Clerk

At the end of June/ beginning of July I read the book "The Martian" (Matt Damon was in the movie for this book last year). It was, hands down, the best book I have read in years. It was funny, full of suspense, and extremely interesting. The science that is discussed may technically be fictional, but it is written like it's real. If you are looking for something sarcastic and science related, and don't mind mild cursing, this is the book for you!

I have been watching the show Girl Meets World lately. The target audience is a bit younger than me, but I LOVED Boy Meets World growing up, and just had to check it out. I have to say, it is pretty cute. It's a bit corny, but sticks to the style of Boy Meets World, while being updated to present times. A good light show (I mostly watch it while folding laundry).

Selena Rivera - Library Clerk

I have been rereading "The Cage" by Ruth Minsky Sender. I have read it countless times. We currently have the item sitting on one of our shelves. This book brings me to tears every time. I would give it a 9.5/10. I also am enjoying "Game of Thrones". It is a must watch.
Michelle Wilson - Library Clerk

I have finished the book “The Fault in Our Stars” and would highly recommend it. This book was funny and heartfelt, but do not make the mistake of finishing it in public because it is a real tearjerker. I also plan on watching the movie (which I did not realize existed) now that I have finished the book. I love comparing books to movies and tend to prefer my imagination of the characters rather than a cast.

I have put a request in for “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank. It was discussed briefly in “The Fault in Our Stars” and I would like to reread it as an adult since I read it once in junior high school.

I was able to utilize the PRC (Programming Resource Center) at the library to take home a model of a heart for my Anatomy and Physiology class! It was great to have access to a 3D model since I am taking my class online and needed to see the model to help visual it better.

I just finished season six of Game of Thrones!! My friends and I love discussing it and will not enjoy the long wait for season seven. I have recently convinced my brother and his girlfriend to start this HBO series and they are excited to binge watch all of them together! Maybe since it will be over a year for season seven to come out on TV, I will try to tackle the lengthy series!

I recently watched Les Misérables (2012 Film) for the first time and I am now very interested in seeing it live as well as reading the book.

Pokémon GO is my newest attempted game, bringing back the interests of my youth. Pokémon GO is a free app on smart phones that encourages players to walk around to collect Pokémon, visit PokéStops (including Blum House and Collinsville Historical Museum!), and fight to control gyms (like our local Herr Funeral Home!!).

As far as music, I am listening to “Flight Facilities - Crave You (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix),” “Lux Aeternia” from the movie Requiem for a Dream, “Midnight City – M83” from the movie Warm Bodies, as well as other Dubstep and Electro mixes from a series of CD’s my friend made for me.

I plan on making an attempt at other stories in the Harry Potter universe, but I might have gotten overzealous in my summer reading attempts, so we will see!

Posted by Terry Pierson, Program Coordinator

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Top Ten Reasons We'll Miss Selena

Library Clerk Selena Rivera will say goodbye to the Mississippi Valley Library District on July 16th, as she embarks on a new career at the American School of Real Estate. In honor of her departure we have made a list of the top ten reasons our library will miss Selena.

10) Thinking Saturdays will now be a lot less thoughtful.
09) She puts the zen in Zendoodle.
08) Her favorite movie is Santa with Muscles.
07) Fashionable hats!
06) She would often tell patrons, "long pigs live longer."
05) Three words - Pokemon Go League.
04) No one is a better cake walker.
03) She will only listen to The Beatles in mono.
02) FC now stands for "forever crying".
01) Obviously, the ladies.

Best wishes, Selena!

Posted by Grahm Underwood, Service Desk Coordinator

Sunday, July 10, 2016

What's Happening: July 10-16, 2016

There are always all kinds of fun, free  programs for all ages at the library. Here is what's happening this week!

Just Dance 2016 - 2:00pm

Junior Green Thumbs - 2:00pm
Young Authors - 5:00pm

Preschool Storytime - 10:00am
CHS Summer Reading Cub - 6:00pm
PS3 Open Gaming - 4:00pm

Baby Boogie - 9:30am
Microsoft Word 2013 Computer Class - 2:30pm
PNG Game Controller Design - 6:00pm
Acoustic Jam - 6:30pm

Wii Open Gaming - 4:00pm

Adult Coloring Club - 11:00am
Masterpiece Kids Craft - 2:00pm

Book Sale - 9:00am
Thinking Saturdays - 9:00am
Lego Club - 10:00am
Kids Movie Matinee - 2:00pm

For more information on any program, see the calendar at, call 618-344-1112, or come into the library!

Posted by Terry Pierson, Program Coordinator

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Know Your City - Famous St. Louisans

St. Louis has produced a long list of influential figures. From artists to athletes to entrepreneurs, the fruits of The Gateway City have impacted the world over. The following selection have been divided into two groups - those born here and those we have adopted and are listed alphabetically. 


Maya Angelou

  • Maya Angelou (Marguerite Johnson) was born in St. Louis in 1928. 
  • She wrote and published many autobiographies, essays, poems, plays, movies, and television shows. 
  • She is best known for her autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. 
  • Angelou has received countless awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. 
  • She was very active in politics and was a leader of the Civil Rights movement. 
  • In 2010 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

Yogi Berra

  • Lawrence “Yogi” Berra was born in St. Louis in 1925. 
  • He was a professional baseball catcher, manager, and coach. 
  • Berra was an 18 time All-Star and 10 time World Series champion. 
  • An icon of the New York Yankees. 
  • Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. 

Chuck Berry

  • Chuck Berry was born in St. Louis in 1926. 
  • A pioneer of rock and roll, Berry made history with his upbeat rhythm and blues style played with an electric guitar and amplification. 
  • “Maybellene”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, and “Johnny B. Goode” are just a few of his many hits. 
  • Berry was inducted in the first class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. 

William Burroughs

  • William Burroughs was born in St. Louis in 1914. 
  • He wrote many influential novels, short stories, and essays, including his most famous work, “Naked Lunch”. 
  • Burroughs was a founding architect of the Beat Generation and a major force in the 1960s counterculture. 
  • Burroughs is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and a literary genius. 

Gussie Busch

  • August  Anheuser “Gussie” Busch Jr. was born in St. Louis in 1899.
  • He was the third generation of Busch men to run the Anheuser-Busch brewery and built it into the largest brewery in the world by 1957.
  • He pioneered the use of the iconic Clydesdale horses now associated with the brand.
  • He bought the St. Louis Cardinals in 1953 and saved them for the city.

Miles Davis

  • Miles Davis was born in Alton, IL in 1926.
  • He is among the most important and influential jazz musicians of all time.
  • 1959’s “Kind of Blue” is one of the most important albums ever recorded.
  • He is immortalized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and by being bestowed with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

T.S. Eliot

  • Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St. Louis in 1888.
  • He is considered one of the most important poets of the 20th century, with pieces such as “The Waste Land” and “Four Quartets” counted among the most widely-read in history.
  • He was awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
 John Goodman

  • John Goodman was born in 1952 in Affton, MO.
  • He is known for his work on the television sitcom “Roseanne”, as well as his voice work in Pixar’s “Monster Inc.” franchise.
  • He has had supporting roles in many major motion pictures, including “Argo” and “The Artist”.
  • Goodman has won an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
 Jackie Joyner-Kersee

  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee was born in East St. Louis, IL in 1962.
  • In four different Olympic Games, she won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic Medals in the women’s hepathlon and long jump.
  • She broke and stills holds Olympic Records in her events.
  • Sports Illustrated named her the greatest female athlete of the 20th century.
 Vincent Price

  • Vincent Price Jr. was born in St. Louis in 1911.
  • He graduated from Yale and worked in Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater.
  • He is best known for his work in horror films, including “House on Haunted Hill”, “The Fly”, and a series of movies based on Edgar Alan Poe stories.

 Mike Shannon

  •  Mike Shannon was born in St. Louis in 1939.
  • Raised in the city, his father was a police officer.
  • Began playing for the Cardinals in 1962, after graduating from University of Missouri.
  • 2x World Series champion.
  • Playing career cut short from kidney disease.
  • Has announced Cardinals games since 1972. 55 years total with the organization.
  • Owned and operated a restaurant of his namesake downtown until 2015.

Lou Brock

  • Lou Brock was born in El Dorado, AR in 1939.
  • He was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964.
  • Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.
  • 2x World Series Champion, 6x All Star.
  • Retains #2 in all time stolen base record to this day.
  • Brock has remained in St. Louis as a businessman and minister.
 Jack Buck

  • Jack Buck was born in Holyoke, MA in 1924.
  • Began broadcasting for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1954.
  • Famous for the expression “That’s a winner!”
  • Provided radio coverage for 18 Super Bowls and 11 World Series.
  • Inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame, and National Radio Hall of Fame
  • Remained in St. Louis until his death in 2002.
Joe Buck

  • Joe Buck was born in St. Petersburg, FL in 1969 during the Cardinals’ spring training.
  • Raised in St. Louis, grew up at Busch Stadium II.
  • Began broadcasting for the Cardinals in 1991.
  • In 1994, at age 25, he became the youngest NFL broadcaster ever.
  • Owned a restaurant downtown of his namesake until 2015. 
Scott Joplin

  • Scott Joplin was born in Northeast Texas in 1868.
  • Moved to St. Louis in 1901, already as an accomplished composer and musician.
  • Named “The King of Ragtime”.
  • Famous works include “Maple Leaf Rag” and  “The Entertainer”.
  • Awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for his contributions to American music.
Stan Musial

  • Stan “The Man” Musial was born in Donora, PA in 1920.
  • He joined the St. Louis Cardinals in 1941 and played for the team for 22 years.
  • A first ballot-inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Cardinals Hall of Fame
  • He won three World Series, was a 24x All-Star, and broke countless records.
  • Awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom.  

  • Cornell Haynes Jr. was born in Austin, TX in 1974.
  • Rose to fame in the hip-hop group “St. Lunatics” in the early 90s.
  • His debut solo album, “Country Grammar”, hit #1 on the Billboard 200 and has sold nearly 9 million copies to date.
  • He has won multiple Grammy Awards, starred in films, and started two clothing lines.
 Randy Orton

  • Randal Orton was born in Knoxville, TN in 1980.
  • He grew up in the St. Louis area and keeps a residence in St. Charles.
  • He is a 12-time World Champion in the WWE, as well as a Royal Rumble winner and a Wrestlemania main eventer.
  • His father and grandfather were both professional wrestlers.
 Red Schoendienst

  • Albert Schoendienst was born in Germantown, IL in 1923.
  • He played for the Cardinals for 19 years (‘45-’63) and then managed them for 11 years (‘65-’76).
  • Inducted to Baseball Hall of Fame in ‘89.
  • Remains with the Cardinals today as a special assistant coach.
 Dred Scott

  • Dred Scott was born in Southampton County, VA circa 1799.
  • Unsuccessfully sued for his freedom at The Old Courthouse in St. Louis in Dred Scott vs Sanford case, 1857.
  • Supreme Court decided against Scott.
  • The decision was pivotal in leading to the Civil War and Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. 

The Collinsville Library's "Know Your City: St. Louis History Club" meets monthly to discuss various aspects of St. Louis culture and history. The next meeting, "Life on the River", is scheduled for 6pm on Wednesday, August 3rd.

Posted by Terry Pierson, Program Coordinator