The Six Mile Regional Library District proudly congratulates Tallin Curran, our Information Technology Manager, on his recent graduation from Murray State University. On December 9, 2023, Mr. Curran proudly graduated from Murray State University, securing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a distinguished concentration in Cybersecurity.
Tallin’s commitment to excellence extends beyond the library, where he plays a vital role in IT and local history research. Mr. Curran has been an elected member of the Granite City Community Unit School District #9 Board of Education. His outstanding service was recognized in April 2023 when he was appointed as the Board President, a testament to his leadership skills and dedication to the betterment of education in our community.
Murray State University’s prestigious Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business recognized Mr. Curran’s achievement, highlighting the program’s AACSB accreditation and its consistent position in the top 5% of global business schools. Murray State’s commitment to academic excellence aligns seamlessly with Tallin’s own pursuit of excellence in both education and leadership.
As we celebrate this milestone, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Tallin Curran. His dedication to personal growth and professional success is an inspiration to us all. We are proud to have him as part of the Six Mile Regional Library District team and commend his commitment to educational excellence in Granite City.
For more information about Murray State University, please visit murraystate.edu.
It is with deep sorrow that the Six Mile Regional Library District announces the passing of our longest-serving former employee, Gregg McGee. Gregg, a Granite City, Illinois native, dedicated over four decades of his life to the library, leaving an indelible mark on our institution and the community we serve.
Gregory Lee McGee, born on January 16, 1947, to Marvin Lee and Conleth Margaret (O’Brien) McGee, passed away on December 24, 2023, at the age of 76. His journey through life was marked by resilience, determination, and an unwavering passion for knowledge and communication.
Gregg’s early life took an unexpected turn when, drafted during the Vietnam War, he found himself assigned to company clerk duties in Furth, Germany after an injury redirected his military career. Returning home with government assistance for education, he enrolled at SIUE, where he played a pivotal role in launching the student-run radio station WSIE-FM, later becoming its station manager.
Despite not envisioning a college education, Gregg’s life took another turn when he secured a temporary job at the local library. Little did he know, this would be the beginning of a lifelong commitment. Over the years, Gregg’s impact extended beyond the library as he initiated his own local cable show, “Coffee Break with Gregg McGee,” providing a platform for local experts and occasionally featuring national celebrities.
Simultaneously, the library was evolving, and Gregg played a crucial role in its expansion. He served as branch manager when the first branch facility opened in Nameoki Village Shopping Center. Despite facing challenges, including the need for a master’s degree in library science, Gregg persevered. With the support of the library, both he and his brother-in-law earned their Master of Library Science degrees from the University of Missouri.
As an assistant manager with the Six Mile Regional Library District, Gregg continued to enrich the community by sponsoring visits from local and national writers. His commitment to literature was further exemplified through his enduring friendship with acclaimed writer Robert Owen Butler, a Granite City native.
Gregg’s retirement, after an astounding forty-three years of service, was due to health reasons. During retirement, he enjoyed gardening and cherished moments with his beloved dog, Bo. A faithful member of several churches, Gregg’s health unfortunately prevented him from attending in person.
Gregg McGee’s legacy lives on through his three sisters, a brother, and numerous extended family members and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Six Mile Regional Library District, for masses, or to favorite charities.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City. A funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 2606 Washington Avenue, Granite City, with burial at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.
Gregg McGee’s legacy is not only imprinted in the history of the Six Mile Regional Library District but also in the hearts and minds of those he touched throughout his remarkable journey. We remember him with gratitude, respect, and a profound sense of loss. May he rest in peace.
The January 2024 StoryWalk® at Worthen Park is in Memory of Gregory McGee
Now Accepting Applications
Want to become a Library Trustee and Join the SMRLD Board of Directors?
The Six Mile Regional Library District Board of Trustees is seeking candidates to fill a vacancy on our seven-member Board, which sets the library’s tax levy, budget, and library policies. (75 ILCS 16/30-55)
Candidates may be selected to be interviewed by the Board. The appointment of the individual chosen starts January 9, 2024, and runs through April 2025. The position will be up for election during the general consolidated election process in the spring of 2025 to complete the remaining four-year term (through April 2029). At this time, the Board prefers to appoint candidates who seriously consider running for election in 2025.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Attend Board meetings (second Tuesday each month, 6:00 PM)
- Preview the agenda, minutes and documents before each meeting
- Participate in discussion and decision making at each meeting
- Commit time outside of meetings for the work of the Board
- Be knowledgeable about the goals, plans, history, and future of the library
- Represent the library at community events, be visible and accessible
- Have a sincere commitment to the purpose and mission of the library
- Be informed about library issues through state and national library organizations
- Be an advocate for the library community
Eligibility and Qualifications
- Qualified elector/registered voter residing in the library district (62040) for at least one year
- Must be current in the payment of property taxes and not indebted to the library
- May not have been convicted of a felony (75 ILCS 16/30-20, d & e)
- Relevant professional, volunteer, or board experience
- Knowledge of community interests
Submit your application, letter of interest, and resume/cv via email to [email protected] (preferred) or hand deliver to 2001 Delmar Avenue, by Monday, November 6, 2023, 3:00 PM.
The resume/cv provides the following information: schools/degrees attained/year of graduation; present occupation & employer/# of years with this employer (previous if retired); current and past board, civic, and other volunteer/community activities.
As the leaves turn brilliant shades of red and orange, and the air begins to cool, the Six Mile Regional Library District is gearing up for an October filled with fun, community spirit, and a touch of spookiness. This year, we’ve got some exciting additions to our autumn lineup that are sure to make your October even more special!
Embrace the Spirit of Fall with Six Mile Regional Library District’s New Color-Changing LED Lights:
We are thrilled to unveil our downtown location’s stunning transformation with the addition of color-changing LED lights! These lights not only add a vibrant glow to our library but also symbolize our commitment to fostering a sense of togetherness and community spirit.
Fall Events and Programs:
Throughout October, the Six Mile Regional Library District has a host of exciting events and programs lined up for all ages. From spooky storytimes for kids to book club discussions for adults, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this fall.
Spooky Reads for All Ages:
October is a magical month for book lovers. With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to dive into some spine-tingling tales. Whether you prefer classic ghost stories or contemporary psychological thrillers, you’ll find something to keep you up at night right here on our shelves.
Don’t have time to stop by the library, did you know you can Stream Movies, Music, eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, & eMagazines on your device with your library card?
Seasonal Movies to Check Out on DVD and Blu-ray:
As the temperatures drop and the days grow shorter, there’s nothing quite like cozying up with a great movie. At Six Mile Regional Library District, we’ve curated a special selection of seasonal films perfect for enjoying the fall atmosphere.
From heartwarming autumn tales to classic Halloween flicks, there’s something for every taste. Don’t miss the chance to revisit beloved classics like “Hocus Pocus” or “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” If you’re in the mood for a newer release, explore our collection of recent films that capture the essence of the season.
These movies are not only great entertainment but also a fantastic way to get into the spirit of October and the upcoming holidays. So grab some popcorn, your favorite cozy blanket, and a DVD or Blu-ray from the library, and create your own cinematic fall experience.
Join Us for the Library Crawl:
We’re excited to be part of the Library Crawl again this year! This event runs the entire month of October and includes 158 libraries across IHLS. It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore the rich literary landscape of our region.
For SMRLD customers who wish to participate in the crawl, passports will be available at each customer service desk. Participants must visit 5 libraries to be entered into a drawing for a $25 QT gift card. The passports must be turned in by November 2nd, with the winner drawn on the afternoon of Monday, November 3rd.
Customers from other libraries will be stopping by all month. When they visit SMRLD not only will they get a stamp in their passport, they may also choose a piece of candy and a wooden nickel as a treat for stopping by. Want to fill up you passport? Each SMRLD location, 2001 Delmar Ave and 2145 Johnson Rd is a different stop.
This October, the Six Mile Regional Library District invites you to explore, learn, and connect with your community. Let’s celebrate together and make it a month to remember!
The Six Mile Regional Library District is thrilled to unveil the highly anticipated lineup for Illinois Libraries Present Season 3, scheduled to take place from September 2023 to May 2024. This extraordinary series of events is made possible through the collaborative efforts of public libraries across the state, all coming together to offer an array of premier experiences. Prepare to be captivated, inspired, and uplifted by the incredible offerings brought to you by ILP.
Illlinois Libraries Present Season 3 Lineup
September 2023 through May 2024
Wednesday, September 6, 7PM – The Power of Story with Colson Whitehead
Pulitzer Prize winning #1 New York Times bestselling author Colson Whitehead kicks off Season 3
- Zoom Registration Link to Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZQy7SkyDSy-fXbYwQ3wjjg
Kicking off our third season, we are thrilled to welcome two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author Colson Whitehead to our Illinois libraries. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, The Nickel Boys, Harlem Shuffle, The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and a collection of essays, Whitehead is only the fourth writer to win two Pulitzers in the Fiction category (for Underground Railroad in 2018 and The Nickel Boys in 2020). His highly anticipated latest, Crook Manifesto, is a darkly funny tale of a city under siege, but also a sneakily searching portrait of the meaning of family.
His reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s and Granta. Whitehead has received a MacArthur Fellowship and Guggenheim Fellowship and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, among others. In 2023, President Biden awarded Whitehead a National Endowment for the Humanities Medal. He has taught extensively, including at Columbia University, Princeton University, and Brooklyn College, and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Vassar College, the University of Richmond, and University of Wyoming. He lives in New York City.
Wednesday, October 4, 7PM – Chills and Thrills with Stephen Graham Jones
National Endowment for the Arts Fellow Stephen Graham Jones talks horror
- Zoom Registration Link to Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rh-AbiSpQD-FKnaCdfJ51Q
Stephen Graham Jones joins us to talk scary stories, horror and more with librarian Becky Spratford. Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Good Indians and Don’t Fear the Reaper, and a prolific author of more than 25 books spanning genres. He has been an NEA fellowship recipient and been recipient of several awards including: the Ray Bradbury Award from the Los Angeles Times, the Bram Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Jesse Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, and the Alex Award from American Library Association. He is the Ivena Baldwin Professor of English at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Illinois librarian and Readers’ Advisor Becky Spratford will join Stephen in conversation. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library and runs the critically acclaimed blog RA for All. A devout horror fan, she writes a horror review column for Library Journal, is the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, and is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association.
Tuesday, October 17, 7PM – Food, Family, and Folktales: A Conversation with Grace Lin
Children’s book author and illustrator Grace Lin discusses food, family, and folktales, along with a drawing demonstration
- Zoom Registration Link to Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1otd-rUATXO0-jFmWbEmAw
Join Newbery and Caldecott honoree and New York Times bestselling Grace Lin for an engaging conversation about her journey to become an award-winning author and illustrator. Learn about her latest middle grade book, Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite Foods, a beautifully written full-color book that explores the whimsical myths and stories behind your favorite American Chinese food, and learn how you can draw your own stories. Evanston Public Library Children’s Librarian, Brian E. Wilson, joins Grace in conversation.
Before she was a bestselling author and illustrator of picture books, early readers and middle grade novels, Grace was the only Asian girl going to her elementary school in Upstate NY. That experience, good and bad, has influenced her books—including her Newbery Honor Where The Mountain Meets the Moon, her Geisel Honor Ling & Ting, her National Book Finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver and her Caldecott Honor A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Grace advocates for diversity through her TEDx talk – “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf” – and a PBSNewHour video essay, “What to do when you realize classic books from your childhood are racist?” She continued this mission with her podcasts kidlitwomen. In 2016, Grace’s art was displayed at the White House and Grace, herself, was recognized by President Obama as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.
Wednesday, November 8, 7PM – A Taste of Love with Maya-Camille Broussard of Justice of the Pies
Netflix’s Bake Squad star and owner of the Chicago-based bakery Justice of the Pies Maya-Camille Broussard shows us how to bake with love
- Zoom Registration Link to Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HNoZ0aXWRTu6XjvrMgb8sg
Join Maya Camille Broussard, star of Netflix’s Bake Squad, and owner of Chicago based Justice of the Pies for a demo from her kitchen just in time for Thanksgiving. She will share her love of pie, the stories of those that inspired her, and some tips and tricks to help you make the perfect Thanksgiving pie.
Broussard uses her love of food to have a positive impact on the local community. She offers an “I Knead love” workshop several times each year for kids from low-income households to learn basic cooking skills, healthy eating habits, and nutrition. Justice of the Pies has partnered with many Chicago area charities to provide meals for communities on the South and West sides. During the COVID pandemic, her bakery partnered with Frontline Food to provide food from restaurants for front-line workers. Being hearing impaired, Broussard works hard to set an example for young bakers by telling the story of her struggles and success.
Wednesday, December 6, 7PM – Surviving the Holidays with Lori Gottlieb
Psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Lori Gottlieb helps us survive the holidays
- Zoom Registration Link to Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lStJPe5yQwquzYSYXvwAsQ
Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, and co-host of the “Dear Therapists” podcast joins us for a thought-provoking conversation about mental health in anticipation of the winter holiday season. Gottlieb will share tools to help in everyday life and especially as you prepare for the holidays.
Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, which has sold over a million copies and is currently being adapted into a television series. In addition to her clinical practice, she is co-host of the popular “Dear Therapists” podcast and writes The Atlantic’s “Dear Therapist” advice column. She has been on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and NPR’s “Fresh Air” as a therapy expert and her 2019 TED Talk was one of the most watched of the year.
December Date To-Be-Determined: a stream of The Nutcracker, danced by The Royal Ballet, with music played by the orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
January 11 – Sci-fi author, journalist, and activist Cory Doctorow and Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Ken Liu, AND New York Times bestselling author Martha Wells join us to speculate about our AI Future
February 6 – Meet American cartoonist and children’s book author/illustrator Jerry Craft to learn how to draw your own comics
February 20 – #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn helps us feel the romance all month with a discussion about Bridgerton and all things romance
April 3 – Prominent speaker and professor Dr. Temple Grandin shares on the gifts of neurodiversity
May 7 – Kal Penn discusses his many lives: writer, producer, former White House staff member, starring actor of “Harold and Kumar” and much more
These events are made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. ILP is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).
ILP is committed to inclusion and accessibility. To request accommodations, please email [email protected]
🌟Calling all bookworms and bibliophiles! Today is the perfect day to celebrate our shared love for books, stories, and the joy of reading.🌟
📖🌈 Whether you’re into gripping mysteries, thrilling adventures, heartwarming romances, or mind-bending science fiction, there’s a book out there waiting to captivate you!
Love is in the air as August arrives, and with it comes Romance Awareness Month and National Book Lovers Day on August 9th! This special occasion gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate the magic of romance in our lives. Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or simply looking to explore the world of romance, the library is your gateway to delightful tales, heartwarming stories, and captivating adventures.
- Discover the Romance Section: The library is a treasure trove for romance enthusiasts, with a dedicated section brimming with captivating novels, enchanting love stories, and tales that will warm your heart. Whether you prefer contemporary romance, historical fiction, paranormal love stories, or something completely unique, our shelves are stocked with an array of choices to satisfy all preferences. Take the time to peruse the romance section and uncover hidden gems or ask our friendly librarians for recommendations tailored to your tastes.
- Online Resources and E-Books: For those who prefer to read on their digital devices, the library offers a vast collection of e-books and online resources dedicated to romance. Explore the digital catalog and discover bestselling authors, contemporary romance classics, and even hidden gems that will sweep you off your feet. Whether you’re cuddled up at home or enjoying a sunny day in the park, the convenience of accessing e-books anytime, anywhere will make your romance reading experience even more delightful.
- Romantic Film Recommendations: While books often steal the spotlight during Romance Awareness Month, let’s not forget the power of romantic films to transport us into captivating love stories. The library’s extensive DVD collection features a diverse range of romantic films, from timeless classics to contemporary masterpieces. Whether you’re in the mood for a sweeping epic, a heartwarming rom-com, or a poignant drama, our collection will cater to your cinematic cravings. Snuggle up with a loved one, grab some popcorn, and let the movie magic unfold.
- Share Your Love for Romance: Romance Awareness Month is the perfect time to share your love for romance with fellow enthusiasts. Engage in discussions about your favorite books, authors, and memorable romantic moments on your favorite social media platforms. Share recommendations and connect with like-minded individuals who appreciate the power of love in storytelling. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #RomanceAwarenessMonth and tag the Six Mile Regional Library District to be part of the conversation.
Romance Awareness Month is a delightful occasion that allows us to celebrate the beauty and power of love in all its forms. The Six Mile Regional Library District is dedicated to providing a wealth of resources and recommendations to make this month truly memorable for romance enthusiasts. From exploring captivating novels to discussing love stories with fellow enthusiasts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, dive into the enchanting world of romance and let the library be your guide to a month filled with love, laughter, and happily-ever-afters.
#NationalBookLoversDay #SMRLDReads #BookwormsUnite #BookLoversUnited
What happened 20 years ago?
The Da Vinci Code was the NYT Best seller fiction, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was the top of the movie box office, we were all listening to Clay Aiken…
We have been the Six Mile Regional Library District for 20 years! Watch and listen for a little history about why we changed our name and just what “Six Mile” means.
As summer approaches, the communities of Granite City, Pontoon Beach, and Mitchell, Illinois are filled with anticipation for the summer season. Amidst the warm sunshine and joyful vibes, there is a special place that invites residents to embark on exciting literary adventures: the Six Mile Regional Library District. At the heart of these communities, the library district is dedicated to promoting literacy and engaging readers of all ages. In this blog post, we will explore the significance of the Six Mile Regional Library District in fostering a lifelong love for books, particularly during the summer.
A Gateway to Imagination
The Six Mile Regional Library District serves as a gateway to the boundless realms of imagination. With its diverse collection of books, ranging from classic literature to contemporary bestsellers, the library district offers something for everyone. In June, as children and adults have more time to explore their interests, the library district becomes a haven for imaginative minds. By providing access to captivating stories and engaging literature, the district encourages young readers and adults alike to embark on thrilling literary journeys that ignite their love for reading.
Summer brings communities together, and public libraries serve as the perfect platform for fostering meaningful connections. SMRLD organizes events, book clubs, and classes, creating a vibrant atmosphere of literary enthusiasm. These events provide an opportunity for readers to interact, share recommendations, and engage in thought-provoking discussions. By building a sense of community, libraries become spaces where book lovers can find like-minded individuals, fostering a spirit of camaraderie and intellectual growth.
Summer Reading Programs
Summer reading programs are a highlight of the Six Mile Regional Library District’s initiatives. Designed to combat the “summer slide” and promote literacy, these programs encourage children, teens, and adults to delve into the world of books. This summer the library district introduces exciting and creative approaches to incentivize reading. With themed events, reading challenges, and rewards, the district ensures that summer reading becomes an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all participants. By igniting a passion for reading through these programs, the library district inspires a lifelong love for books among residents of all ages.
The Six Mile Regional Library District is dedicated to promoting lifelong learning and personal growth. Whether you are planning a vacation, exploring new hobbies, or seeking personal enrichment, the library district offers an array of resources. From travel guides to cookbooks, gardening manuals to outdoor games and fishing licenses, SMRLD can equip you with the knowledge and inspiration to make the most of your summer adventures. Through these resources, the library district encourages continuous learning and exploration, even during leisurely months.
A Haven for All
The Six Mile Regional Library District is a welcoming and inclusive space for all residents 62040. Children can participate in storytimes, craft workshops, and interactive events that ignite their creativity and love for reading. Teenagers have access to cooking classes and crafts that help them develop new skills and explore their passions. Adults can join book clubs, and participate in educational workshops that promote intellectual growth and personal fulfillment. The library district ensures that everyone feels valued and supported within its walls.
As Summer arrives, the Six Mile Regional Library District stands ready to inspire a lifelong love for books and reading among the residents of 62040. Through our summer reading programs, commitment to community engagement, and dedication to lifelong learning, the district serves as a hub of knowledge, imagination, and connection. Whether you are a child discovering the magic of books, a teenager seeking inspiration, or an adult thirsting for knowledge, the Six Mile Regional Library District offers a welcoming space where you can embark on new literary adventures, connect with fellow book lovers, and explore the endless possibilities that the world of books has to offer.
May the Fourth be with you! On this special Star Wars Day, we celebrate all things related to the iconic franchise, including the many lessons it has taught us about the power of knowledge and the importance of education. One of the best ways to access that knowledge and education is through public libraries.
Public libraries are often seen as quiet and unassuming places, but they are actually powerful institutions that play a critical role in promoting literacy, learning, and community engagement. Whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not, there are plenty of reasons why public libraries are worth celebrating on this special day.
First and foremost, public libraries are a vital resource for anyone seeking to learn more about the Star Wars universe. From books and comics to movies and TV shows, public libraries offer a wealth of materials that can help fans of all ages explore the many worlds and characters of this beloved franchise. Whether you’re interested in the latest novels, graphic novels, or audio books, you’re sure to find something that sparks your imagination and transports you to a galaxy far, far away.
But public libraries aren’t just about Star Wars – they offer a wide range of resources for anyone seeking to learn and grow. From children’s storytimes to adult literacy programs, public libraries are designed to meet the needs of learners at all levels. We offer free access to computers and internet, as well as a wide range of educational resources, such as online courses, job search assistance, and language learning tools.
Public libraries are also important community hubs that provide a safe and welcoming space for people of all ages and backgrounds. Offering a variety of programs that brings people together, including author talks, book clubs, and reading challenges. These events not only foster a sense of community, but they also promote critical thinking and discussion, helping to build a more informed and engaged community.
Moreover, public libraries play a critical role in promoting social equity and inclusion. They are designed to provide equal access to resources and opportunities for all members of the community, regardless of their background, socioeconomic status, or age. This commitment to accessibility and inclusion is reflected in the diverse collections, programs, and services that public libraries offer.
Public libraries are not only important institutions that promote literacy and learning, but they are also valuable community resources that promote social equity and inclusion. Whether you are a Star Wars fan or not, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate public libraries on this special day. So, head to your local library, check out a Star Wars book, and see what other educational resources and programs they have to offer. May the Fourth be with you, and happy reading!