Granite City – February 25, 2020
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Missing Years of Granite City High School Yearbooks Found and Available Online
Granite City – Thursday, September 27, 2018 –
Two years ago the Six Mile Regional Library District (SMRLD) announced the availability of just about 100 years of Granite City High School yearbooks online at history.smrld.org/yearbooks. At that time, we noted that yearbooks for the years 1931-1953 were not available.
Since that initial announcement, SMRLD has worked with the Granite City High School Media Center Librarian Paul Macios and the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville team responsible for Madison Historical: The Online Encyclopedia and Digital Archive for Madison County, Illinois. That team consists of Project Editors Jason Stacy, Stephen Hansen, and Jeff Manuel and Developer Ben Ostermeier.
We are thrilled to announce that eighteen volumes of “Granite High World” School Newspapers have been digitized and made available through Madison Historical at https://madison-historical.siue.edu/archive/collections/show/10. These editions span from the 1935-36 school year to the 1955-56 school year. During these years Granite City High School did not publish a yearbook; instead, senior photos were printed in the high school newspaper. The newspapers were digitized by three research assistants for Madison Historical, Brendon Floyd, Lesley Thomson, and Kelli West.
Madison Historical: The Online Encyclopedia and Digital Archive for Madison County, Illinois is publicly available for use in research, teaching, and private study. It documents, preserves, and shares the rich history of Madison County, Illinois and is coordinated by the Department of Historical studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. https://madison-historical.siue.edu/encyclopedia/
We still do not have any information regarding senior photos/yearbooks for 1931-1934. Additionally, we are still missing physical yearbooks for the years 1912, 1921-24, 1926, and 2010. If you or anyone you know has information regarding or copies of these missing years, please contact the SMRLD Research Team at (618) 452-6238, extension 730 or [email protected]
If you or someone you know has a copy of any missing yearbook, please consider donating it (or lending it for digitizing) to the Library.
Contacts: Six Mile Regional Library District (618) 452-6238
Tina Hubert, Executive Director, extension 701
Juliette Douglas, Deputy Director, extension 782
Tallin Curran, IT & Facilities Manager, extension 784
Alex Smith, Research Librarian, extension 731
Additional Information Available at http://history.smrld.org/document-archive/
HELP US HELP OTHERS!
Free Tax Preparation Services by Six Mile Regional Library District
Help others receive the tax refunds they have earned and bring back thousands of dollars to hard working families in our community.
Join a team of volunteers at the Six Mile Regional Library District who will be preparing income tax returns on Saturdays from February through April.
No Experience necessary, you will be trained and certified!
Contact 452-6238 ext 730 or 782 for more information
Pressbooks, SELF-e, and BiblioBoard: Let SMRLD help you share your story!
Granite City – July 23, 2018
Six Mile Regional Library District (SMRLD) is now offering a suite of products for local authors to reach a wider reading audience through BiblioBoard and their partners. Authors now have free access to formatting software, Pressbooks Public, with their library card, enabling them to share their works with the community through SELF-e. Readers have access to more ebook titles, including by self-published authors, through BiblioBoard Library. SMRLD strives to highlight community talent and provide them with the tools to succeed. These tools will shine a light on our local writers and introduce readers to many indie writers throughout the state of Illinois.
With the Pressbooks Public tool, writers can create and design their own books, newsletters, poetry, novels, and other written content in digital and print ready formats. The easy-to-use online tool allows writers to create professional quality versions of their book in ePUB, MOBI, PDF and more—all through the library and ready to distribute through any publishing method. All current and and aspiring authors need is a SMRLD card.
SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard® that enables authors and libraries to work together to expose notable self-published ebooks to eager readers looking to discover something new.
Indie authors who submit their work also have the opportunity to opt-in to have their book selected by Library Journal editors to become part of a unique discovery platform for participating libraries across the United States & Canada. Using SELF-e, SMRLD encourages submissions from its local indie authors to make those ebooks available to any participating library across Illinois on BiblioBoard’s award-winning PatronsFirst™ platform. Libraries can make these ebooks available with no checkouts, late fees, or multi-user limitations.
In BiblioBoard Library, readers have instant, unlimited access to local, self-published books, a Community Reads collection (Popup Picks), and thousands of other titles. Readers in BiblioBoard Library will never experience waiting for a title, late fees, or lending limit. Users can access BiblioBoard Library through the SMRLD’s website or on the device of their choice, including the iPad®, iPad® mini, Kindle Fire® HD, Galaxy Tab ®, Nexus® and more.
Download the app for your Apple, Android or Kindle device now. Or visit library.biblioboard.com on any browser.
To learn more about SELF-e, visit http://self-e.libraryjournal.com/
To learn more about BiblioBoard®, visit http://biblioboard.com/
Let SMRLD help you share your story! http://www.smrld.org/pressbooks-self-e-and-biblioboard/
Contact: Betsy Mahoney, Johnson Road Manager [email protected] 618-452-6238 ext. 785