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Embracing Summer Reading at SMRLD: Fostering a Lifelong Love for Books

Thursday, June 1st, 2023

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.

Community Engagement

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.

Lifelong Learning

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.


Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th Be With You, and Happy Reading!

Thursday, May 4th, 2023

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!

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SMRLD Customers Saved Over A MILLION DOLLARS in 2022: An Ode to Saving Money By Using the Library

Monday, April 3rd, 2023

In celebration of April, National Poetry Month and Money Smart Month, and the combinded 2022 savings of our customers of $1,061,353.06 we present the following poem about saving money at your public library.

An Ode to Saving Money By Using the Library

In the quiet halls of knowledge,

A treasure trove for all to see,

Lies the public library, A haven for economy.

 

With books and films and music galore,

All waiting to be borrowed

There’s no need to pay for more,

For the library’s resources are borrowed.

 

From novels to non-fiction too,

From biographies to picture books,

From stories of the past and true,

To tales that make you look.

 

But it’s not just the books on shelves,

That make the library so grand,

There’s classes and events and workshops,

That help to expand the mind and hand.

 

With free access to information,

And entertainment too,

The library is a true gem,

In budgeting it will see you through.

 

So next time you’re looking for a way,

To save a little cash,

Just remember your local library,

For an economical bash.


Job Search Training Session Series at 2001 Delmar Avenue Spring 2023 Sessions

Thursday, March 9th, 2023

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded nearly $6 million in pandemic recovery grants to libraries focused on responding directly to the COVID-19 pandemic by modifying services, transforming spaces and developing resources for their local recovering workforce. Funding 211 academic, school, special and public libraries, all of which received grants ranging from $5,000 to over $1 million. A combination of funding sources provided through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), both from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and state technology funds were used to maximize the statewide impact.

SMRLD is the proud recipient of $50,000 of funding from the Illinois State Library’s (ISL) Bouncing Back from the Pandemic grant. As a part of our project, Building a Job Ready Workforce, expert, Frank Alaniz will be presenting a series of job search training sessions.

Job Searching: How to Find a Job – Thursday, March 23rd
Online Job Search Applicant Tracking Systems – Thursday, April 13th
Basics of LinkedIn – Thursday, May 11th
Library Training and Events Room, 2001 Delmar Ave, In person and via Zoom.

Registration Required – Please call
618-452-6238 or go to https://forms.gle/MA9ApYySXSxSq9kA6 to register.

We look forward to sharing more exciting news with you in the future about what we are able to accomplish through our grant funded project, Building a Job Ready Workforce.
*These materials were developed pursuant to a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered by the Illinois State Library using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Six Mile Regional Library District, Welcomes Masters of Social Work Intern, Hayden Ellis

Friday, February 17th, 2023

Available at 2001 Delmar Ave: Tuesday – Thursday 11:00-2:30; &  Friday 10:30-2:30

Hayden Ellis joins the SMRLD as a Masters of Social Work intern. Hayden received their Bachelors in Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. Hayden is currently enrolled at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the Master’s program. Hayden’s goal at the library is to help and connect a customer who is in need with the services and resources provided within the community. Hayden has a passion for helping others and using solution-focused practice to help customers through any crisis in their life. Hayden also has experience with crisis work, as they currently work as a Mobile Crisis Responder in East St. Louis.

    Social work in libraries is a new and evolving field within social work practice. When working in libraries, social workers can be useful in many different ways. Library social work merges macro and micro practice to serve client needs by serving as a learning resource, building community networks, and providing crisis intervention. Hayden will be accessible to any client who is in need of connection to resources available within the 62040 area by phone at 618-452-6238 ext. 732 or email at [email protected].

What Hayden Can Help You With

Assist with resources for:

  • Legal needs
  • Housing
  • Paying bills
  • Food
  • Job assistance
  • Mental health
  • Obtaining ID’s and government documents

Provide:

  • A listening ear
  • Validation for your experiences
  • Empathy and compassion
  • Someone who will use your pronouns
  • A judgement-free zone


A Love Letter to the People 62040

Monday, February 13th, 2023

Dear 62040,

     From the depths of our hearts, the Six Mile Regional Library District wishes to express our sincerest gratitude for the love and support you have shown us throughout the years. Your patronage and appreciation for the services we provide brings us immense joy and pride.

     We know that libraries hold a special place in many people’s hearts, as they are a sanctuary for learning, discovery, and connection. We are humbled and honored to be a part of that tradition, and we are proud to provide our community with access to the wealth of knowledge and resources that we offer.

     We see you, dear residents of 62040, in our library every day. We see you checking out the latest bestsellers, studying for an upcoming exam, or sitting quietly in a corner, lost in a novel. We see you attending our programs and events, meeting up with friends and loved ones, and making new connections. We see you, and we are truly grateful for the trust you place in us.

     We are committed to continuing to improve and expand our services to best serve your needs. We will continue to offer new and exciting materials and programming that will inspire and delight. We will continue to be a safe and welcoming place for all members of our community, no matter where you come from, or what your circumstances may be.

     We hope that you will continue to visit us, use our resources, and engage with us. We want to be a part of your lives, and we want you to be a part of ours. We hope that you will continue to love and cherish your library, as we love and cherish you.

With all our hearts,

Six Mile Regional Library District


How Can the Six Mile Regional Library District Help You Make and Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2022

As the New Year approaches, many of us are thinking about making resolutions to improve our lives in some way. Whether you want to make healthier choices, find a new job, save money, or learn a new skill, the Six Mile Regional Library District can be a valuable resource to help you achieve your goals.

One way SMRLD can help you make and keep your New Year’s resolutions is by providing access to a wide range of resources that can support your goals. Whether you want to learn a new skill, improve your health, or broaden your horizons, the library is a great place to start. For example, you can find books, magazines, and online resources on topics such as exercise, nutrition, mindfulness, and personal finance.

Another way that SMRLD can help is by providing a supportive and inspiring environment for learning and personal growth. We offer programs and events that can help you achieve your goals, such as workshops, classes, and book clubs. These programs are often led by experts in their fields, and they provide a great opportunity to learn from others who are also working towards similar goals.

The public library can also help you make and keep your New Year’s resolutions is by providing access to technology and equipment that can support your goals. For example, if your resolution is to start a small business, SMRLD has computers and other equipment that you can use to create a business plan and get your venture off the ground.

Additionally, the library can also help you stay accountable and motivated to pursue your resolutions with tools and services that can help you track your progress and stay on track, such as reading logs, goal-setting worksheets, and online databases. You can also connect with others who are working towards similar goals through library programs and events, which can provide valuable support and encouragement.

In short, the public library can be a valuable resource to help you make and keep your New Years resolutions. Whether you want to get in shape, learn a new skill, or improve your financial situation, the library can access to a wide range of resources, a supportive and inspiring environment, and tools and services to help you stay on track, the library can be an invaluable partner in your journey towards personal growth and self-improvement.

To learn more about how SMRLD can help you email us at [email protected]; call us at 618-452-6238; or visit us at either of our locations, 2001 Delmar Ave or 2145 Johnson Rd, Granite City, IL 62040.


Job Search Training Session Series at 2001 Delmar Avenue Fall 2022 Sessions

Monday, August 15th, 2022

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded nearly $6 million in pandemic recovery grants to libraries focused on responding directly to the COVID-19 pandemic by modifying services, transforming spaces and developing resources for their local recovering workforce. Funding 211 academic, school, special and public libraries, all of which received grants ranging from $5,000 to over $1 million. A combination of funding sources provided through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), both from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and state technology funds were used to maximize the statewide impact.

SMRLD is the proud recipient of $50,000 of funding from the Illinois State Library’s (ISL) Bouncing Back from the Pandemic grant. As a part of our project, Building a Job Ready Workforce, experts, Frank Alaniz and Dawn Mushill will be presenting a series of job search training sessions.

Registration Required
Thur., Aug. 18 or Sept. 22, 1:30-3:30 PM – WOWing Potential Employers
Wed., Sept. 7, 1:30-2:30 PM- Online Job Applications: What Do I Need to Know?
Wed., Oct. 12, 1:30-3:30 PM – Basics of LinkedIn

Please call 618-452-6238 or go to forms.gle/d3HYC9szEHgrBZrG6 to register

We look forward to sharing more exciting news with you in the future about what we are able to accomplish through our grant funded project, Building a Job Ready Workforce.
*These materials were developed pursuant to a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered by the Illinois State Library using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Job Search Training Session Series at 2001 Delmar Avenue

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded nearly $6 million in pandemic recovery grants to libraries focused on responding directly to the COVID-19 pandemic by modifying services, transforming spaces and developing resources for their local recovering workforce. Funding 211 academic, school, special and public libraries, all of which received grants ranging from $5,000 to over $1 million. A combination of funding sources provided through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), both from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and state technology funds were used to maximize the statewide impact.

SMRLD is the proud recipient of $50,000 of funding from the Illinois State Library’s (ISL) Bouncing Back from the Pandemic grant. As a part of our project, Building a Job Ready Workforce, expert, Frank Alantz will be presenting a series of job search training sessions.

Registration Required
June 1, 2022 1:30 – 2:30 Job Searching -Where Do I Even Start?
June 15, 2022 1:30 – 3:30 How to Write an Effective Resume (will include time for brief resume reviews)
August 24, 2022 1:30 – 2:30 Job Searching – Where Do I Even Start?
August 31, 2022 1:30 – 3:30 How to Write an Effective Resume (will include time for brief resume reviews)
September 7, 2022 1:30 – 2:30 Online Job Applications – What Do I Need to Know?
To register call 618-452-6238
We look forward to sharing more exciting news with you in the future about what we are able to accomplish through our grant funded project, Building a Job Ready Workforce.


StoryWalk® at Worthen Park, 2599 Parkview Drive

Friday, April 1st, 2022

Six Mile Regional Library District, in partnership with the Granite City Park District, is excited to present the StoryWalk® at Worthen Park, 2599 Parkview Drive.

A StoryWalk is an innovative way to get people of all ages out walking while reading children’s picture books thereby combining nature and physical activity with literacy.

Pages of a picture book are transformed into signs that are then laid out on a trail inviting families, children, and others to follow the path of pages. While reading along, participants will discover each of the 20 stations located throughout the park along the walking trail. These stations allow families to enjoy activities focused on reading, singing, movement, and other skills which are crucial to early literacy. 

The StoryWalk is a free activity available to all residents during the park’s open hours.

Our first title will be in honor of former Six Mile Regional Library District’s employee, Judy Modrusic. Judy worked in the circulation department for many years.  We chose a fun book set in a library’s children department, Chicken Story Time by Sandy Asher in her honor.  When walking the StoryWalk, you can follow along as feathered friends return to the library each week.  With its eye-catching illustrations and fun activities, this book is sure to be a hit with children and adults alike!

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson and developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, formerly of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Vermont over a decade ago. You can now find StoryWalk® projects installed in all 50 states and internationally in countries including, Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea.

Individuals, families, or organizations may sponsor a month of Six Mile Regional Library District (SMRLD) StoryWalk for $75. The sponsor’s name or logo will be featured on the opening frame of the StoryWalk located in Worthen Park.

Each donation will contribute to the cost of supplies, including book copies, lamination, and mounting paper. Books will be prepared in advance and installed by library staff. Each book will be displayed for approximately one month.

For more information on this StoryWalk, and the other programs and services the Six Mile Regional Library District offers, please visit our website, smrld.org, and follow us on Social Media.

To sponsor a month please complete the Six Mile Regional Library District StoryWalk® Sponsorship Form and return it with payment to Six Mile Regional Library District, 2001 Delmar Avenue, Granite City, IL 62040 or email to [email protected]

StoryWalk® Grand Opening
Worthen Park, 2599 Parkview Drive
Saturday, May 7, 2022
10:00 AM

Facebook StoryWalk® Grand Opening Event Link


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