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!
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.
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.
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
- Paying bills
- Job assistance
- Mental health
- Obtaining ID’s and government documents
- A listening ear
- Validation for your experiences
- Empathy and compassion
- Someone who will use your pronouns
- A judgement-free zone
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