Sunday, June 26, 2016

What's Happening: June 26 - July 2, 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 Club - 6:00pm

Baby Boogie - 9:30am
Social Media Computer Class - 2:30pm
PNG Video Game Programming - 6:00pm
Blum House Book Club - 6:30pm

Wii Open Gaming - 4:00pm
History and Genealogy Club - 6:00pm
A Jawsome Evening at the Collinsville Library - 6:00pm

Masterpiece Kids Craft - 2:00pm

Thinking Saturdays - 9:00am
Kids Movie Matinee - 2:00pm
Internet Computer Class - 3:00pm

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

Sunday, June 19, 2016

What's Happening: June 19 - 25, 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
Kids Craft: Candle Holders - 2:00pm

Baby Boogie - 9:30am
Social Media Computer Class - 2:30pm

Mutt-i-grees Animal Classes - 2:00pm
Wii Open Gaming - 4:00pm
History and Genealogy Club - 6:00pm

Masterpiece Kids Craft - 2:00pm

Thinking Saturdays - 9:00am
Make It and Take It Craft: Greeting Cards -10:00am (paid program)
Kids Movie Matinee - 2:00pm
Microsoft Excel 2013 Computer Class - 3:00pm
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 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Staff Recommendations: June

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

Currently, I am reading "Gator's Challenge" by Eve Langlais, book #4 in her Bitten Point Series.  It is fantasy/paranormal/shapeshifter/interracial romance.  Yup, I love romance and science fiction/fantasy, preferably multiple book series.  I chose this title because I had read the first three in the series and I am hoping this will tie up loose ends!

What am I watching?  "Game of Thrones", Season 6, of course!  ​

Katie Heaton - Fairmont City Branch Manager

I am reading The Giver Quartet Series by Lois Lowry.

I read "The Giver" several years ago and loved it.  Recently I discovered that there were more books in the series.  I'm sure I'm not the only one to miss this considering the copyright dates of these books.

The Giver (1993), Gathering Blue (2000), Messenger (2004) and Son (2012).

This Young Adult series does not carry one character through all of the books, but gives stories about different characters and reappearing characters that help link this Utopian society series.  Interesting read.

Ginny York - Youth Services Coordinator

Some children's books I've found on our shelves that I'm impressed with:
"Are You a Horse?" (Andy Rash)  Funny as well as sneaking in a lesson on living/nonliving  things and their characteristic.  Riley gave it 2 thumbs up.
"Hurry, Hurry!" (Eve Bunting) So simple I used it for Baby Boogie.  Beautiful illustrations.  Few words building excitement for the surprise ending.
"No Sleep for the Sheep!" (Karen Beaumont)  Fun use of language. 
"Potty Animals" (Hope Vestergaard)  Going to bring it home to read to Riley.  I think she'll love the lessons on bathroom etiquette.

What I'm reading:
"Call the Midwife: The Workhouse Years" (Jennifer Worth) My favorite show - this is the 2nd book of memoirs she wrote that the show is based on.  I'm loving the history in it as well as getting to know some of the characters from the show better.
"Home Safe" (Elizabeth Berg) I just listened to this book and enjoyed the development of the main character, a middle-aged widow who is learning to live independently and re-shape her life.  I thought it was quite thought  provoking about what someone in her shoes would go through. 

Grahm Underwood - Service Desk Coordinator 

"Your favorite band is killing me : what pop music rivalries reveal about the meaning of life"
by Steven Hyden
Often hilarious and always entertaining, I am forced to recommend this book despite the author's inexplicable preference for the Smashing Pumpkins over Pavement!

Terry Pierson - Program Coordinator

My primary focus is on "The Matheny Manifesto" by St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. This is much more than just a book about baseball, as Matheny attempts to impart lessons on life, leadership, and attitude through his love of the game. 

I am also quite consumed by "Xenoblade Chronicles X" on the Wii U. Xenoblade boasts as massive and immersive of a world as any free roam sandbox game out there - in fact, it can be a little overwhelming. The game is beautiful, engaging, and just the size and depth of it makes it an experience unique to video games. 

Stephanie Moore - Library Clerk

This month I am reading "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins. So far it is a great mystery/suspense book that has me wanting to read the book in one sitting! Fans of "Gone Girl" would definitely enjoy this one.

As far as listening goes, I am really enjoying the new Red Hot Chili Peppers song Dark Necessities and looking forward to their new album, "The Getaway", which comes out June 17th.

Michelle Wilson - Library Clerk

I have recently read the full Divergent series and love recommending it to those interested in the YA section. I am also reading "The Fault in Our Stars" right now, but with my A&P class I have not had a lot of time allotted for it. What I have read so far, I have liked.

I also have been keeping up with "Game of Thrones", so 10/10 would recommend on that (to appropriate age groups).

I play "Dungeon Defenders", "Castle Crashers", "Viva Pinata", "Fable" (II & III), "Sims" (Bustin' Out & The Urbz) and "Munchkin".

Music: Death Cab for Cutie, White Stripes, Regina Spektor, The Beatles, Postal Service, Skrillex, Roger Miller, Bright Eyes, Modest Mouse, World Order, and the list goes on.


If something has caught your interest, ask to order it through the library today. Also, feel free to ask any of us what we are spending time with or recommend whenever you're in the library. We are always happy to help and share what we love! 

Posted by Terry Pierson, Program Coordinator 

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Know Your City - St. Louis Architecture

   St. Louis is a bastion of remarkable architecture. Through history, the city has been home to many notable and innovative architectural achievements. 

Basilica of St. Louis, (The Old Cathedral)

  • The first cathedral west of the Mississippi
  • Completed in 1834
  • Named for King Louis IX, the namesake of the city
  • 95 ft. 
  • Sole survivor of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
  • Greek Revival style

The Old Courthouse

• Originally served as a federal and state courthouse, now operates as a museum
• First completed in 1828. Renovations continued until 1864
• The tallest building in St. Louis and Missouri until Union Station was built in 1896
• 192 ft.
• Housed the Dredd Scott case
• Greek Revival style

Anheuser-Busch Brewery

• Anheuser-Busch’s largest and oldest brewery
• Opened in 1852
• The six-story Brew House is the centerpiece and is crowned by a clock tower
• In 1852, annual production was about 1.8 million barrels. Today, that number is 15.8 million
• Romanesque style
• National Historic Landmark District

Eads Bridge

       • At 6,442 ft. the Eads Bridge was the longest arch bridge in the world in 1874
       • Named for designer and builder James Eads
       • Road and railway bridge
       • The first true use of steel in a major bridge
       • Encountered intense resistance from steamboat interests
       • National Historic Landmark 

Wainwright Building

       • One of the first skyscrapers in the world
       • Completed in 1891
       • Named for Ellis Wainwright, a local brewer, building contractor, and financier
       • 147 ft.
       • Palazzo style
       • National Register of Historic Places

Union Station

       • Once the world’s largest and busiest train stations
       • Completed in 1894
       • Modeled after the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh
       • Today it serves two passenger lines (Metro Link) and acts as a shopping center and hotel 
       • “The Meeting of the Waters” fountain celebrates the Mississippi and Missouri rivers 
       • Romanesque Revival style
       • National Historic Landmark

St. Louis Art Museum

      • Built for the 1904 World’s Fair
      • Architect Cass Gilbert drew inspiration from the Baths of Caracalla in Rome
      • Inscribed “Dedicated to art and free to all”
      • Six statues atop the entrance represent the principal periods in art history – Egyptian, Classic,    Gothic, Renaissance, Oriental, and Modern
      • “The Apotheosis of St. Louis” statue looms over “art hill” in front of the museum

Flight Cage

       • Purchased for the 1904 World’s Fair
       • Represented the founding of the St. Louis Zoo
       • Remains one of the largest aviaries in the world

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (The St. Louis Cathedral)

       • The mother church of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the seat of the archbishop
       • Completed in 1914
       • 227 ft. Max capacity of 5000
       • The cathedral’s crypt is the resting place of three Catholic Cardinals
       • With 41.5 million glass tesserae pieces, it has one of the largest mosaic collections in the world
       • Neo-Byzantine Romanesque Revival
Fox Theatre

       • “The Fabulous Fox Theatre” was designed as a movie palace
       • Completed in 1929. Restored in 1982
       • Now serves as a performing arts center 
       • Siamese Byzantine style
       • National Register of Historic Places
       • The Fox Theatre of Detroit is its architectural twin

St. Louis Arena

       • The city’s primary venue for large events for nearly seventy years.
       • 1929-1999
       • Originally built for Dairy Shows
       • At the time of its construction, it was the second largest indoor entertainment space in the country (behind only Madison Square Garden)
       • Home of the St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Steamers, St. Louis Hawks, and many more
       • Concerts by Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, and ZZ Top

Civil Courts Building

       • Replaced The Old Courthouse as the city’s court building
       • Part of the City Beautiful movement in the 1920s
       • Completed in 1930
       • 386 ft.
       • The pyramid on top was designed to resemble the Mausoleum of Maussollos. There are thirty-two columns which each measure nearly 42 ft. high
       • Two sphinx like creatures crown the structure


       • Missouri Botanical Garden
       • First air-conditioned greenhouse dome
       • Named one of the top 100 most significant architectural achievements by the AIA

Gateway Arch

       • A monument to the westward expansion of the United States
       • The tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere
       • Completed in 1965
       • 630 ft.
       • Eero Saarinen won a design contest for a monument in the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the St. Louis riverfront but died before work on the Arch began.
       • Cost $13 million ($180 million in 2013)
       • National Historic Landmark
       • Structural expressionism style


Visit the library to check out these great books (and many more) on St. Louis architecture. 

"American City: St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Design" - Robert Sharoff

"St. Louis in Watercolor: The Architecture of a City" - Marilynne Bradley 

"Historic Photos of the Gateway Arch" - NiNi Harris

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, "Famous St. Louisans", is July 6th. 

Posted by Terry Pierson, Programming Technician