SMRLD Receives Project Next Generation Grant for “Six Mile Community Voices Project”
Granite City, IL
Beginning February 10th, area youth ages 10-14 will have the opportunity to create their own short films. Six Mile Regional Library District received a Project Next Generation Grant from the Illinois State Library to fund the “Six Mile Community Voices Project”; a series of eleven weekly workshops introducing filmmaking concepts. The workshops will provide hands-on experience and feature guest speakers. Grant participants will create two films: a veteran interview which will become part of the Illinois Veterans History Project, and a short film about their lives and community. The grant funds purchased film equipment, accompanying materials, a selection of filmmaking titles for youth, and support personnel. Funding for this grant was 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).
Kate Kite, Research & Instruction/Teen Services Librarian, wrote the grant and is coordinating the project. Erica Hanke-Young, Youth Services Manager, is heavily involved in the project as well. Our mission: The Library makes a significant difference in the everyday lives of the people, institutions, and communities of Granite City, Mitchell, and Pontoon Beach by listening, understanding, and then transforming needs into proactive library services.
The “Six Mile Community Voices Project” is focusing on, but not limited to, veterans and youth in the 62040 zip code. There is still room in the project for more veteran and youth participation. If you are interested in participating or learning more, contact (618) 452-6238 ext. 755.
Contacts: Kate Kite 452-6238 ext. 755 [email protected]
Erica Hanke-Young 452-6238 ext. 787 [email protected]
For more information and updates please visit our Project Next Generation page
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Want to become a Library Trustee and Join the SMRLD Board of Directors?
The Six Mile Regional Library District Board of Trustees is seeking candidates to fill vacancies on our seven-member Board, which sets the library’s tax levy and budget as well as 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 2017.
Candidates may be selected to be interviewed by the Board. The appointment of the individual chosen starts this spring and runs through April 2019. Both positions will be up for election during the general consolidated election process in the spring of 2019; one for a six-year term and one to complete the remaining two-year term. At this time, the Board prefers to appoint a candidate who seriously considers running for election in 2019.
Responsibilities and Duties
Attend Board meetings
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 February 5, 2018.
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.
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Here at the Six Mile Regional Library District we are always looking for ways to improve our service, and we know that you are the best person to tell us how to serve you better. Some of the best ideas come from our library members, so we have provided suggestion boxes and forms at our Delmar and Johnson Road locations (a friendly library staff member will be happy to point you to them).
If you have an idea about a book, DVD, graphic novel, magazine, program to offer, or other service you think would benefit you or our community, fill out a form and drop it in the suggestion box next time you are in the library. Thanks in advance for your help.
Need to register to vote for the upcoming elections? You need go no further than the library. Both Delmar Avenue and Johnson Road libraries have staff trained as deputy registrars.
It’s easy! Just bring us two forms of identification, and make sure that at least one of them has your current address. Ask at the library’s information desk for a deputy registrar, and we’ll have you registered within minutes.