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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.


Save Money at Your Library! 10 Resources We Give You for Free.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

If you live anywhere in 62040 and need a library card, apply online at card.smrld.org

1. Books
Yes, this is the obvious one.  Both of our libraries are chock-full of bestsellers by big names like James Patterson and Kathy Reichs, as well as undiscovered gems by first-time authors and independent presses.  Need to do some research?  We’ve got tens of thousands of non-fiction titles on everything from fly fishing to decorating your home.  Almost every title checks out for three weeks, and if no one else is looking for it, you can renew the books for additional time.  Best of all, if we don’t have the book you’re looking for, we can almost always borrow it from another library and have it delivered to either library building for you.  How’s that for service?!

But that’s not all!  Our library members are also able to access many eBooks and eAudiobooks through the library’s subscription to Overdrive.  Read them on a computer, or download them to your portable device.  For more information, go here.  If you need further assistance, give us a call at 618-452-6238, or email [email protected]

2. Movies and Television Shows
RedBox and Blockbuster have nothing on us.  We’ve got thousands of movies and TV shows available for you to check out.  Most of them are DVDs, but we have Blu-Ray discs available.  Movies and TV shows are available for one week, but like books, if no one is waiting for them you may renew them for additional time.  While you may have to wait a bit for the latest releases, we have plenty of other great movies and TV shows to keep you entertained until we have a copy available for you.

Want to stream from your home check out our Hoopla app music, movies, television series, and more, 24/7 with your library card every month  – with no waiting!

3. Wireless Internet Access
Forget Barnes & Noble and Starbucks.  We let you use our wireless network at no charge for as long as you’d like.  Bring in your laptop or other wireless-enabled device and connect to SMRLD WiFi, no password required.  On the run? We’ve strengthened our wireless network so all you have to do is pull into one of our parking lots to access it.

4. Internet-enabled Computers
Don’t have a computer?  Come use one of ours!  We have several internet-enabled PCs available for your use.  Just show us your library card or picture ID and we’ll give you an hour of computer time.  If it’s a slow day and no one is waiting for a computer when your time is up, you may use the computer until it is needed by another library user.

5.  Electronic Research Resources
Sure, Google is free, but contrary to popular belief, not everything can be found through Google!  The library subscribes to a wide variety of electronic resources to help you find what you need.  Consumer Reports, Ancestry Library Edition (the library version of Ancestry.com), Morningstar Investment Research Center, Price 4 Antiques, NoveListPlus, OmniFile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson), Science Reference Center, and MasterFILE Premier are just a few of the subscriptions the library makes available to its members.

If you have trouble finding what you need, you can always refer to our…

6. Librarians
Having a hard time finding information on a topic?  Just don’t know what to read next?  Professional librarians are available to you at the Delmar Avenue library during all open hours.  Can’t stop in?  Email the reference librarian at [email protected], or give us a call at (618) 452-6238.  We are happy to help you, whatever your question may be.

7. Newspapers and Magazines
The library has every issue of the Granite City Press-Record available.  Most issues have been microfilmed at the Delmar Avenue library, but some of the more recent ones are available online through NewsBank or as the newspaper itself.  NewsBank also gives us online access to recent issues of the Belleville News Democrat, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many other newspapers from around the United States.

Available to you are also a wide variety of magazines.  Many popular magazines are also available electronically through RBDigital

8.  Genealogy and Local History Resources
The library has a wealth of information on the history of Granite City and the Six Mile area.  This includes, but is not limited to, historical city directories, school yearbooks, old newspapers, and several volumes written about the local area.  We have also acquired subscriptions to the popular genealogy database HeritageQuest.

9. Auto Repair Manuals
Want to do a repair on your vehicle yourself, but need a little help? You’ve come to the right place! Take advantage of the library subscriptions to Chilton Automotive Repair.  Download text and images to help get your car running!

10. Programs for the Whole Family
Looking for something to do?  Check out our calendar of events and classes!  From our children’s storytimes and craft programs, to book clubs and gardening classes for adults, the library has something for everyone.  Our programs are free and rarely require registration.  Keep checking the calendar because we add new events all the time!

These are only a handful of the benefits you get when you become a member of the Six Mile Regional Library District.  And they’re all totally free!  Why are you waiting?  If you don’t have a library card, sign-up for a temporary card at card.smrld.org


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

Tips for Drying Photographs, Record Albums, Film and Books


Granite City Books on Buses program in the news

Friday, August 9th, 2019

Books on Buses Program in Granite City

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Books on Buses Program in Granite City

Granite City – Tuesday, July 30, 2019

With the 2019-2020 school year, students in Granite City will be able to find a good book to read while traveling between home and school on select school buses.  This pilot program is a partnership between Granite City Community Unit School District #9, North America Central School Bus, and Six Mile Regional Library District.

During the Spring of 2019, SMRLD Executive Director Tina Hubert contacted Don Harris, Director of Student Services for the Granite City School District, after reading an article about how a bucket of books was added to an Arkansas school bus to encourage students to read.  Tina then met with Mr. Harris; Paula Hubbard, GCSD#9 Director of Special Education and Region 1; Pat Coleman, Granite City Contract Manager North America Central School Bus; and Erica Hanke-Young, SMRLD Youth Services Manager to discuss a new partnership and the logistics of bringing this pilot program to GCSD#9 students.  It was decided to begin with a few select buses, in order to iron out any wrinkles in the program before it goes district-wide. 

The Books on Buses program is similar to the Little Free Library concept where folks are invited to Take a Book, Share a Book.  Six Mile Regional Library District is supplying the books for ages 5-15, and North America Central School Bus is providing safe containers to hold the books on the buses.  Books are entirely free and do not have due dates – students can read the books on the buses, take books home, return the books to the buses to share with others and to choose new titles to read, or even keep favorite books.  While every student in the Granite City School District is encouraged to get their free SMRLD library card, a library card is not needed for the Books on Buses program.

The enthusiasm for this new partnership was automatic.  It’s a win-win for everyone.  The books give the kids something to do while on the bus and promotes literacy at the same time. GCSD Superintendent Jim Greenwald states, “Books on Buses is another outstanding example of the many services offered by the Six Mile Regional Library District.  They have many programs to make reading fun for the students, and what a novel way to continue the learning process to and from school.

All three organizations share the same service boundaries.  Many people who grew up in Granite City fondly remember the Library’s Bookmobile.  While a full-fledge bookmobile is beyond either the School District or Library District budgets, this new Books on Buses program is a way to reach out in a somewhat similar fashion to students throughout the area.

GCSD Mission: Our district is committed to providing a safe learning environment, which enables all students to develop intellectually, physically, morally, and emotionally to the very best of their abilities.

NACSB Mission: To provide safe, reliable and efficient transportation services that enrich the lives of the communities we serve.

SMRLD Mission:  The Library makes a significant difference in the everyday lives of the people, institutions, and communities of Granite City, Mitchell, and Pontoon Beach.

For more information, call (618) 452-6238.

Contacts:     Erica Hanke-Young, Youth Services Manager (618) 452-6238 ext. 787
                      Tina Hubert, Executive Director (618) 452-6238 ext. 781


Want to become a Library Trustee and Join the SMRLD Board of Directors?

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Now Accepting Applications

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.   Since 1990, when the library became a district, the board has levied taxes for the purposes of maintaining a library for District residents.  The library derived 95% of its operating revenue from property taxes in fiscal year 2019.

Candidates may be selected to be interviewed by the Board.  The appointment of the individual chosen starts this summer and runs through April 2021.  The position will be up for election during the general consolidated election process in the spring of 2021 to complete the remaining two-year term. At this time, the Board prefers to appoint candidates who seriously consider running for election in 2021.

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)
  • 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, July 8, 2019, 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.
SMRLD-Board-Application-FILLABLE.pdf


Cloud Library is getting an update!

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

May 6, 2019

An informative video that will walk you through the changes is available at  https://vimeo.com/smartlibraries/review/303815170/a19f18cf54

For more information about cloudLibrary or any of our other eReading Resources visit our eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, & eMagazines page or call 618-452-6238 ext 730.


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Upcoming Events

Tue 29

Book Club

September 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Oct 07

TAG = Teen Advisory Group

October 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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