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Reading Colors Your World! 2021 Summer All Ages Reading Challenge

Thursday, May 13th, 2021

Six Mile Regional Library District announces it’s 2021 Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is Reading Colors Your World! 

Reading Colors Your World has a broad motif of “colors” that provide context for exploring humanity, nature, culture, and science, as well as demonstrates how libraries and reading can expand our world through kindness, growth, and community. Library customers young and old will be encouraged to be creative, try new things, explore art, and find beauty in diversity.

Each year the SMRLD summer reading theme is decided by iREAD. Who is iREAD? Librarians, which currently includes our very own Youth Service Manager, Erica Hanke-Young; the readers of all ages infant through adult participate each year; and the renowned illustrators create artwork for our materials. Where is iREAD? Developed by the Illinois Library Association, the program is adopted in other states including Minnesota, California, Alaska, Iowa, and Oregon, and worldwide by the Department of Defense for libraries on military bases. iREAD is implemented in thousands of individual libraries across the country.

Why participate?

There is also a serious side to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss. Studies also indicate children who read recreationally outperform those who don’t. They also read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests. Six Mile Regional Library District is committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all ages.

With the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge, Teens have the opportunity to choose how they would like to engage with the Six Mile Regional Library District. The Teen Reading Challenge includes many different ways for teens to earn reading credit through various challenges and reading badges. This allows for each teen to tailor the program to their own personal interests and needs.

The summer reading challenge is not just for kids! Ten years ago, we expanded our summer reading challenge to include adults so no matter your age everyone can participate in the fun.  We encourage you to read or listen all year long and challenge you to finish an extra book or two over the summer.  When you show off your reading habits, it encourages your kids, grandkids, and neighbors’ kids to pick up a book and read as well.  No matter how many books you read this summer, everyone who has registered for summer reading will be entered into a weekly drawing for a Reading Colors Your World ceramic mug.  If you do complete the summer challenge, you will receive a special edition SMRLD summer reading t-shirt.  

How to participate?

There are two ways to sign up for the challenge. The first is online through Beanstack.  What is Beanstack, you ask?  It is an online platform to keep track of your reading.  With Beanstack, you are able to participate in the library’s reading challenges and log your family’s reading through the SMRLD Beanstack website, the mobile app, or connect through Alexa.  As you log your books, you earn badges that correspond to milestones within the reading challenge. You can also write reviews for books, read other reviews from Six Mile Library users, and opt to receive weekly book recommendations.  It is an interactive experience you take anywhere, without worrying about keeping track of a piece of paper!

Beanstack

How do I use Beanstack?

Paper

If you still prefer paper, you may register in person at either library and pick up a paper log.  Kids and teens will register in the Youth Services department and adults will register at the Customer Service desk. Once you complete a book, you will add the title and author to the paper log.  When you have completed the challenge, return the log to the desk where you received it.

Read along with 62040 this summer and let reading color your world!

Important Dates 

The challenge begins on May 28, however if you choose to use Beanstack you may preregister starting May 21.The challenge ends on July 23.    

 


Important Information for RBdigital Users

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Due to a change in ownership of the RBdigital Media Company, the unlimited subscription model for lending eAudiobooks and magazines is no longer being offered for library licensing. In addition, the new owners announced the intent to discontinue the RBdigital apps and website in the near future.

Digital eAudiobook access on RBdigital ended March 15, 2021. Digital magazine access will end on March 31, 2021.  

We do not have a replacement for digital magazines at this time, but we are in conversation with a company who may be able to provide a comparable consortial lending model which is what we are losing in RBdigital. Consortial lending models allow us the ability to offer a robust collection of titles at a cost we can afford.

While we do not have a replacement for the digital magazine content, we do have many other options for eAudiobook material. If you are not a user of the CloudLibrary or Hoopla, both have eAudiobook content and we hope you’ll enjoy our these or our other Streaming Services. Please, feel free to contact us via email at [email protected] or call us at 618-452-6238 with any questions.

We regret having to bring you this news as particularly the digital magazines were very popular with our users. We hope to have a solution in the coming months.

 


Ancestry® & HeritageQuest® Library Editions

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

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Ancestry® & HeritageQuest® Library Editions, the largest online family history resources available, provide unprecedented access to family history via documents that record the lineage of individuals from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more. Distributed exclusively by ProQuest, they bring the world’s most popular consumer online family history resources to your library.  Access to these valuable Premium eResources are only available for free while accessing the internet in the library.

Answers await all users—professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist or historian—inside the thousands of databases of family information. User-friendly search tools and comprehensive indexing make it easy to start discovering personal histories.

MEET THE FAMILY FIRSTHAND …

… with millions of unique, full-text primary sources and enhanced images, including: 

  • Census records from the U.S., the U.K., Australia,
  • and Germany 
  • Canadian Census (1851-1911)
  • Birth, marriage, and death records for the U.S., 
  • Canada, and the U.K.
  • Canadian Genealogy Index (1600s-1900s)
  • U.S. military records (back to the 1600s)
  • Canadian military collections
  • Drouin Collection of French-Canadian and Quebec historical records (1621-1967)
  • Immigration, emigration, passport, and naturalization records
  • Jewish family history records
  • U.S. and Canadian passenger lists (1865-1935)
  • Directories and members lists from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
  • Court, land, tax, and probate records
  • Freedman’s Bank & Trust register of depositors’ signatures (1861-1875) via HeritageQuest®

In addition to collections from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., Ancestry Library Edition also features major collections from France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Australia, and China.

SEE HOW THEY LIVED …

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  • Biographies and histories, including American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) and WPA Slave Narratives
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RECORD YOUR HISTORY …

… and find others on the same path. Ancestry Library Edition features helpful tools such as charts, summaries, calendars, message boards, and more. Beginners can use the tools and resources in the Learning Center to:

  • Begin their family trees
  • Get the most out of historical records
  • Connect with other researchers
  • Find answers to tough research questions 
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More advanced users can share their expertise with others by contributing content to the Ancestry.com Family History Wiki, which you can access through the Help tab. 

Looking for more family history resources visit our Genealogy page. Interested in learning more about history check out some of our other valuable Premium eResources

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Librarian Reads: November 2020 Book Review and Recommendation

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Who knew?  I certainly didn’t.  In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation.  And why was that?  Because they retained the mineral rights to the lands in Oklahoma to which they had been relocated – they owned the “underground reservation” that was rich with oil during the boom times.

While to some this might seem like a really fortunate life, for the Osage it was cursed with murder, misfortune, and disaster.  And, for the United States, it was the birth of the FBI.  The “Reign of Terror,” as this time in Osage history is known, was only finally dealt with by an undercover team leading the Bureau of Investigation’s first substantial case.

The story illuminates what was possibly one of the biggest serial murder conspiracies in US history and one of the most forgotten.  From the 1910s through the 1930s hundreds of the Osage were murdered for their “headrights” – the legal grant of lands, or in this case the underground mineral rights.  At that time there were about 2,000 Osage who were registered on the tribal roll; each one of them received a headright, or their individual share in the mineral trust.  Headrights could not be sold, they could only be inherited, which made the Osage quite desirable spouses for unscrupulous persons.

At the zenith of the oil boom in Oklahoma, in the 1920s, the Osage had accumulated millions and millions of dollars, equivalent to about $400 million today.  BUT the Osage control of and access to their money was limited by restrictions imposed by the US government.  Many of the Osage were assigned guardians to oversee and supervise how the Osage spent their money.  Becoming an Osage guardian was also a desirable position that was maintained by a handful of untrustworthy people.

This is a tale of families who were being methodically whittled down in order to funnel wealth for easier access by shameless reprobates.  Reading like a novel, this book is full of intrigue, mystery, sleuthing, and human interest.  Racism against Native Americans is startling and unfortunate.  Using primary sources including both published and unpublished letters, diaries, family papers, and records from the FBI and other sources, the author paints a vivid picture.  I recommend this title to those who enjoy history, mystery, thrillers, memoirs, and just plain interesting stories.

Tina Hubert, Executive Director Six Mile Regional Library District

Killers of the Flower Moon is available from the Six Mile Regional Library District in hardback, audiobook, as an e-book and an e-audiobook.  For more information, visit elibrary.smrld.org or call 618-452-6238 ext. 730.

Ever wonder what your SMRLD librarians are reading? Well now you can follow along at smrld.org/librarianreads with some of their recommendations.


Librarian Reads: October 2020 Book Review and Recommendation

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

As a teen I was enthralled with horror stories.  I grew up reading HP Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Anne Rice, and more.  I left the horror story stage behind and haven’t really read the genre for years.  Well, it seems this is a good year to revisit it.  I recently spent a Saturday reading this tale from beginning to end – everything else was put on hold.

Mexican Gothic is full of mystery and intrigue surrounded by the supernatural and unknown – a classic gothic novel.  It’s more psychological horror than gore.  In 1950s Mexico, Noemi Taboada is a glamorous debutante more interested in her own independence than being settled.  After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging someone to save her, Noemi travels to rescue her cousin Catalina, with the promise from her father that she can attend the university of her choice if she will only do this one thing.

Arriving at the husband’s remote old family mansion in the mountains, Noemi has a true mystery to unravel.  Catalina is kept secreted in her bedroom and Noemi roams the mansion and grounds trying to deduce what’s really going on.  Noemi is a tough cookie; she’s not afraid of her cousin’s new husband who is both intimidating and alluring or the husband’s forbidding father or sister.  She uses the husband’s young nephew to escape to the nearby town to send letters back to her family and to seek advice from both the town doctor and local wise woman.  The family seemingly has a strange hold over the town and the mountain full of some dark ancient knowledge.

With plenty of menace, this tale evokes the atmosphere of the horror movies from the 1930s and 40s, where violin music would play in the background of the foggy craggy scenery.  The story starts a little slow, but builds to a surprising crescendo.  I thought I had it all figured out only to discover a truly unexpected ending.  I couldn’t put it down.

Tina Hubert, Executive Director Six Mile Regional Library District

Mexican Gothic is available from the Six Mile Regional Library District in hardback, as an e-book and an e-audiobook.  For more information, visit elibrary.smrld.org or call 618-452-6238 ext. 730.

Ever wonder what your SMRLD librarians are reading? Well now you can follow along at smrld.org/librarianreads with some of their recommendations.


Brought to you by the Six Mile Regional Library District: The Granite City Press-Record Online Archives!

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brought to you by the Six Mile Regional Library District: The Granite City Press-Record Online Archives!

 

Granite City – Tuesdayday, September 15, 2020 –

The Granite City Press-Record Online Archives are available free-of-charge to the public through the Six Mile Regional Library District (SMRLD), starting with the decade of the 1960s.  Because of the behind the scenes work that has to be done to ensure their readability, the newspapers will be uploaded one decade at a time.  In a few weeks SMRLD will be ready to upload the 1970s.

All issues published from January 4, 1960, through December 31, 1969, can now be accessed at www.smrld.org/press-record/.  SMRLD IT & Facilities Manager Tallin Curran supervised this project.  He remarked, “Many of these issues from the 1960s have as many as 40 or 50 pages per issue.  A few have even more.  It’s a great mix of local news and advertisements from local businesses that are gone but not forgotten, such as Tri-City Grocery, Carp’s, the Washington Theater, Fleishman’s, and many, many more.

The Granite City Press-Record was first published on April 22, 1903, as the Granite City Press.  It ceased publication with the December 26, 2012, issue as the Press-Record.  For many years, the Granite City Press-Record was well-regarded as the place to find out what was happening through the announcements, news, and human-interest stories about the people and places in Granite City, Pontoon Beach, Mitchell, Madison, and Venice, Illinois.

This multi-year project, undertaken by the Six Mile Regional Library District, actually began in 2012, when copyright permission was granted to the Library by Lee Enterprises to digitize and make the newspapers available online.  Unfortunately, the costs for digitizing such a large project were prohibitive at that time.  The real work began in 2019, when SMRLD signed an agreement with American Digital Memories (ADM) in Oklahoma to have over 369 reels of microfilm scanned and converted into electronic files.

After the many months of converting the microfilm reels into readable files was completed by ADM, it was time for Library staff to begin the arduous job of sifting through the files checking for readability.  Files are checked and re-checked for clarity; when adjustments are needed the Library requests corrections from ADM.  It generally takes Library staff approximately forty hours from receipt of the mega-files until a full decade is uploaded and ready to read online

Executive Director Tina Hubert said, “It’s been a dream of ours to make the Granite City Press-Record Online Archives available and we are thrilled that dream is finally reality.  Keep watching for other decades to be uploaded in the future by liking or following the SMRLD Facebook page.

The SMRLD Facebook can be found at https://www.facebook.com/smrld.org/

The Granite City Press-Record Online Archives can be found at https://www.smrld.org/press-record/

 

Contacts:    Six Mile Regional Library District (618) 452-6238

Tina Hubert, Executive Director, extension 781

Tallin Curran, IT & Facilities Manager, extension 784

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Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month with SMRLD and Wonder Woman this September

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Granite City – August 27, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Library cards empower students and fuel academic success

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Six Mile Regional Library District joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Anyone living in 62040 is eligible to get a free SMRLD library card.  To get your library card, either fill in the online form at smrld.org/connect/get-a-library-card/ or visit us at 2001 Delmar Avenue.  Youth ages 4-18 can receive a free book when picking up their library card.  Books are provided in partnership between SMRLD, Transform GC, and GCHS teacher Jennifer Connolly; only while supplies last and only at the Delmar Avenue Library.

There is nothing more empowering than signing up for your own library card. Through access to technology, media resources and educational programs, a library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom and provides people of all ages opportunities to pursue their dreams and passions.

Libraries offer everything from early literacy programs to job search assistance, helping transform lives and communities through education. At SMRLD, you’ll find a wide variety of educational resources and activities, including Research Databases and Streaming Movies, Music, eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, & eMagazines for all ages.

“Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children,” said Executive Director, Tina Hubert. “SMRLD has programs that serve students of all ages and backgrounds such as 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, Saturday Science Lab, and TAG our Teen Advisory Group.”

The Six Mile Regional Library District, along with libraries everywhere, continue to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving needs of our community. To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library’s resources and programs, please visit (www.smrld.org).

This year, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a mission to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. In her new role, Wonder Woman will promote the value of libraries and encourage everyone to get their very own library card.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries unite together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.

 

For more information, call 618-452-6238 ext. 710.

 

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Contacts: Tina Hubert, Executive Director, (618) 452-6238 ext 781

Erica Hanke-Young, Youth Services Manager (618) 452-6238 ext 787

Kate Kite, Research & Teen Librarian (618) 452-6238 ext 755


SMRLD Bigger than a Building

Monday, May 18th, 2020

As many of you know, the doors to the Six Mile Regional Library District closed on March 17. We hope you also know that while the doors are closed, we are still here providing remote services and increasing our virtual capabilities.

What you might not know is how much we miss you!

We miss seeing your smiles when we recommend a good book, helping with a homework question, or finding just the information you were looking for. We miss hearing what’s happening in your lives and your recommendations for us.

Everyday we are asked when we’ll reopen again.

We don’t have an exact date, but rest assured we are working hard to do just that.

We will phase our reopening. Soon, we hope to offer curbside service at our Johnson Road location so that you can order and pick up materials. The book drops will open in just a few weeks so you can return the materials you have at home. We are rearranging furniture, books, CDs, and DVDs so that you will be able to visit us in-person at our Delmar Avenue library to use the computers, apply for passports, purchase your license plate renewal stickers, register to vote, get items notarized, pick up fishing and hunting licenses, and much more.

Yes, things will look and be different. We won’t have in-person events for a while and there won’t be any seating (other than for computer use) while we have to limit the number of people and comply with social distancing guidelines in the building. However, know that every day we are one step closer to providing you the full service you deserve, expect, and are used to getting from us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Keep checking our website, Facebook, and other social media for updates.


License Plate Renewal Stickers Available @ Six Mile Regional Library District

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Granite City – February 25, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Your library – more than you can imagine!

You can get more than a library card at the Six Mile Regional Library District these days.  Starting March 2, 2020, you can also renew your Illinois license plate sticker at either library location!

As the second library in the state, and the first in the metro-east to allow license plate sticker renewals, SMRLD Director Tina Hubert stated, “we are glad to be able to offer another value-added service to our communities.  By offering license plate renewal stickers we have another way of generating revenue to offset our reliance on property taxes.” 

The standard renewal sticker cost applies along with an additional processing fee of $7.50 per renewal, the same fee charged by currency exchanges.  There is no additional fee to use a debit or credit card.  The Library will issue renewal stickers immediately.  If, however, the vehicle needs to pass an emissions test first, the Library will not be able to issue a renewal sticker until after the test has been passed.

The library located at 2001 Delmar Avenue is open Monday through Thursday, 9 AM – 8 PM and Friday & Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM.  The 2145 Johnson Road library is open Monday 9 AM – 5 PM, Tuesday & Wednesday 12 PM – 8 PM, and Thursday through Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM.  License plate sticker renewals can be handled at both locations during regular library hours.

Any Illinois resident wishing to renew his or her license plate sticker may do so at the Six Mile Regional Library District.

For more information, call 618-452-6238 ext. 710.

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Contacts:  Tina Hubert, Executive Director, (618) 452-6238 ext 781

                   Juliette Douglas, Deputy Director (618) 452-6238 ext 782

                   Betsy Mahoney, Johnson Road Manager (618) 452-6238 ext 785


Flood damaged materials? Don’t worry – we’ve got your back.

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

To Six Mile Regional Library District cardholders experiencing flood damage: you have enough to worry about without having to worry about the library materials you have checked out. 

If you have library materials checked out from SMRLD or any other library, and those items have been damaged in the flood, please let us know! SMRLD will waive all replacement costs, fines, and fees for flood damaged library materials. If possible, please return items inside either location in a resealable plastic bag; do not return them in a book drop. If items are too damaged to return or have already been discarded – that’s okay – but let us know.

You just need to let us know before Tuesday, September 17, 2019. 
(618) 452-6238, extension 710 or 750

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