Friends of the Library

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The Friends of the Six Mile Regional Library District (FOL) is a group of people interested in books, library services, and our community.  The FOL works to increase public awareness of all library services and facilities.  The group assists in bringing funds and materials to the Six Mile Regional Library District to use for special needs beyond the command of the library budget.  The FOL encourages gifts of books, desireable collections, endowments and memorials.  Also, the FOL serves as a valuable resource to the library and staff through various volunteer projects.  Applications are available at both library locations, as well as through the link below.

Be a Friend Application

What the Friends Do

Founded in 1983, the Friends of the Library has been involved in a variety of activities.

The main Friends event and fund-raiser is the annual Book Fair/Sale held at Wilson Park Ice Rink.  This three-day event is held the end of May/beginning of June.

In the fall, there is a half-day book sale on the Patio of the Johnson Road library building.  The proceeds of the sales and membership dues are used to fund donations to the library district.

The Friends donate funds to help support the Summer Reading Program for the children of our communities.  Our children are our future and the FOL feels it is very important to foster a love of books and reading at an early age.  All summer there are special events and performers at both library locations provided by the generosity of the Friends.  We want to encourage children to be involved with reading and the library.

The Friends have provided the library with:

  • Shelving
  • A flag pole
  • Book carts
  • Three book drops
  • A globe
  • Computers
  • Equipment for the Youth Services Department
  • Tables
  • And more

Other Activities include:

  • Distribution of books and magazines at the Gateway Regional Medical Center
  • Sponsorship of author appearances and book signings (Granite City’s Pulitzer Prizewinning author, Robert Olin Butler, has given readings at the library, courtesy of the Friends)
  • Sponsorship of presentations by guest speakers at meetings

The Friends of the Library provide our communities with several possibilities and opportunities that fall outside the capability of the Library District’s regular budget.

FOL Membership Benefits

Members of the Friends of the Library enjoy many privileges that include:

Newsletters and mailings announcing meetings and special events.

Free admission to the Book Fair on Preview Night.

Satisfaction from knowing you have taken an active role in improving your local library and your community.

Annual Book Fair/Sale

The Annual Book Fair/Sale is held at the Wilson Park Ice Rink.  It takes place the first weekend after Memorial Day each year.  Thursday is the preview sale.  Admission is $6.00 unless you are a member of the Six Mile Regional Library Friends of the Library. Free Admission Friday and Saturday. Saturday a bag of books can be purchased for $6.00.

Hardback Books, Paperbacks, & DVDs – $1
Children’s Books – 50 cents
Special items are priced separately.

Hours:
Thursday – 6 PM to 9 PM    Preview Sale.  Admission $6.00.
Friday – 4 PM to 8 PM         Free Admission.
Saturday – 9 AM til Noon    Free Admission. A bag of books can be purchased for $6.00.

 

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Upcoming Events

  • Children's Smokey Bear Reading Challenge June 1, 2024 – July 20, 2024 Children's Smokey the Bear Reading ChallengeRegister online at smrld.beanstack.com, with the Beanstack Tracker App.Log books you read or listen to between June 1 and July 20.Complete and check off activities.Read 3 books and do 5 activities to complete the challenge.Finish the challenge to be entered into a drawing for a plush Smokey the Bear!Questions? Email [email protected] or call the Youth Services…
  • 2024 All Ages Summer Reading Challenge: Read Renew Repeat June 1, 2024 – July 20, 2024 June 1 - July 20Register online at smrld.beanstack.com, with the Beanstack Tracker App, or at either library location
  • Kids' Summer Reading Programs July 19, 2024 at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm The Mill Events, 1311 20th St, Granite City, IL 62040, USA Kids' Summer Reading Programs2 PM at The Mill, 1311 E 20th StAcross the street from our 2001 Delmar Ave locationFriday, June 14:  The Amazing Martika! -  One Woman Circus Show with silk fans, hula hoops, flag poi, levi-stick, and interactive circus game show.Friday, June 21:  Monkey Noodle Theatrics Improv Comedy Show -  Enjoy a fun, family friendly, improv show!Friday, June 28: Wild Heart - Enjoy fun nature themed songs and music…
  • Perennial STL Teen Recycled Book Journals July 19, 2024 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Perennial STL Teen Recycled Book JournalsWorkshop for Teens, Grades 7-12Friday, July 192 PMSMRLD, 2001 Delmar AveCall the Youth Services Department at 618-452-6238 to register
  • Saturday Play & Learn For Babies & Toddlers July 20, 2024 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am Six Mile Regional Library District, 2001 Delmar Ave, Granite City, IL 62040, USA Saturday Play & Learn For Babies & ToddlersSaturday, June 15; July 20; & August 1710 AM at SMRLD2001 Delmar AveStories, Songs, & Slightly Messier PlaytimeQuestions? Email [email protected] or call the Youth Services department at 618-452-6238 ext 720

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