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

    Sunday, July 03, 2016

    What's Happening: July 3 - 9, 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

    Library Closed - 4th of July

    Preschool Storytime - 10:00am
    Tablets & Mobile Apps Computer Class - 2:30pm
    PS3 Open Gaming - 4:00pm

    Baby Boogie - 9:30am
    Know Your City - 6:00pm
    Herbal Study Group - 7:00pm

    Mutt-i-grees Animal Classes - 2:00pm
    Wii Open Gaming - 4:00pm

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

    Thinking Saturdays - 9:00am
    Kids Movie Matinee - 2:00pm
    Social Media 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