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Celebrating Tallin Curran’s MBA Graduation: A Milestone in Education and Leadership

Tuesday, January 16th, 2024

The Six Mile Regional Library District proudly congratulates Tallin Curran, our Information Technology Manager, on his recent graduation from Murray State University. On December 9, 2023, Mr. Curran proudly graduated from Murray State University, securing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a distinguished concentration in Cybersecurity.

Tallin’s commitment to excellence extends beyond the library, where he plays a vital role in IT and local history research.  Mr. Curran has been an elected member of the Granite City Community Unit School District #9 Board of Education. His outstanding service was recognized in April 2023 when he was appointed as the Board President, a testament to his leadership skills and dedication to the betterment of education in our community.

Murray State University’s prestigious Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business recognized Mr. Curran’s achievement, highlighting the program’s AACSB accreditation and its consistent position in the top 5% of global business schools. Murray State’s commitment to academic excellence aligns seamlessly with Tallin’s own pursuit of excellence in both education and leadership.

As we celebrate this milestone, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Tallin Curran. His dedication to personal growth and professional success is an inspiration to us all. We are proud to have him as part of the Six Mile Regional Library District team and commend his commitment to educational excellence in Granite City.

For more information about Murray State University, please visit murraystate.edu.

Murry State University Press Release: Tallin Curran


Remembering Gregg McGee: A Legacy of Service and Love for Knowledge

Monday, January 8th, 2024

It is with deep sorrow that the Six Mile Regional Library District announces the passing of our longest-serving former employee, Gregg McGee. Gregg, a Granite City, Illinois native, dedicated over four decades of his life to the library, leaving an indelible mark on our institution and the community we serve.

Gregory Lee McGee, born on January 16, 1947, to Marvin Lee and Conleth Margaret (O’Brien) McGee, passed away on December 24, 2023, at the age of 76. His journey through life was marked by resilience, determination, and an unwavering passion for knowledge and communication.

Gregg’s early life took an unexpected turn when, drafted during the Vietnam War, he found himself assigned to company clerk duties in Furth, Germany after an injury redirected his military career. Returning home with government assistance for education, he enrolled at SIUE, where he played a pivotal role in launching the student-run radio station WSIE-FM, later becoming its station manager.

Despite not envisioning a college education, Gregg’s life took another turn when he secured a temporary job at the local library. Little did he know, this would be the beginning of a lifelong commitment. Over the years, Gregg’s impact extended beyond the library as he initiated his own local cable show, “Coffee Break with Gregg McGee,” providing a platform for local experts and occasionally featuring national celebrities.

Simultaneously, the library was evolving, and Gregg played a crucial role in its expansion. He served as branch manager when the first branch facility opened in Nameoki Village Shopping Center. Despite facing challenges, including the need for a master’s degree in library science, Gregg persevered. With the support of the library, both he and his brother-in-law earned their Master of Library Science degrees from the University of Missouri.

As an assistant manager with the Six Mile Regional Library District, Gregg continued to enrich the community by sponsoring visits from local and national writers. His commitment to literature was further exemplified through his enduring friendship with acclaimed writer Robert Owen Butler, a Granite City native.

Gregg’s retirement, after an astounding forty-three years of service, was due to health reasons. During retirement, he enjoyed gardening and cherished moments with his beloved dog, Bo. A faithful member of several churches, Gregg’s health unfortunately prevented him from attending in person.

Gregg McGee’s legacy lives on through his three sisters, a brother, and numerous extended family members and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Six Mile Regional Library District, for masses, or to favorite charities.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City. A funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 2606 Washington Avenue, Granite City, with burial at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Gregg McGee’s legacy is not only imprinted in the history of the Six Mile Regional Library District but also in the hearts and minds of those he touched throughout his remarkable journey. We remember him with gratitude, respect, and a profound sense of loss. May he rest in peace.

Obituary: https://www.irwinchapel.com/obituaries/Gregory-Lee-Mcgee?obId=30239981#/obituaryInfo

The January 2024 StoryWalk® at Worthen Park is in Memory of Gregory McGee

 


The Library Board of Trustees are looking to fill an open board seat.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Now Accepting Applications

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 a vacancy on our seven-member Board, which sets the library’s tax levy, budget, and library policies.  (75 ILCS 16/30-55)

Candidates may be selected to be interviewed by the Board.  The appointment of the individual chosen starts January 9, 2024, and runs through April 2025.  The position will be up for election during the general consolidated election process in the spring of 2025 to complete the remaining four-year term (through April 2029). At this time, the Board prefers to appoint candidates who seriously consider running for election in 2025.

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) for at least one year
  • Must be current in the payment of property taxes and not indebted to the library
  • May not have been convicted of a felony (75 ILCS 16/30-20, d & e)
  • 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, November 6, 2023, 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

 

 


Brighten Your October with SMRLD: A Month of Community and Colorful Changes!

Sunday, October 1st, 2023

As the leaves turn brilliant shades of red and orange, and the air begins to cool, the Six Mile Regional Library District is gearing up for an October filled with fun, community spirit, and a touch of spookiness. This year, we’ve got some exciting additions to our autumn lineup that are sure to make your October even more special!

Embrace the Spirit of Fall with Six Mile Regional Library District’s New Color-Changing LED Lights:

We are thrilled to unveil our downtown location’s stunning transformation with the addition of color-changing LED lights! These lights not only add a vibrant glow to our library but also symbolize our commitment to fostering a sense of togetherness and community spirit.

Fall Events and Programs:

Throughout October, the Six Mile Regional Library District has a host of exciting events and programs lined up for all ages. From spooky storytimes for kids to book club discussions for adults, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this fall.

Spooky Reads for All Ages:

October is a magical month for book lovers. With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to dive into some spine-tingling tales. Whether you prefer classic ghost stories or contemporary psychological thrillers, you’ll find something to keep you up at night right here on our shelves.

Don’t have time to stop by the library, did you know you can Stream Movies, Music, eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, & eMagazines on your device with your library card?

Seasonal Movies to Check Out on DVD and Blu-ray:

As the temperatures drop and the days grow shorter, there’s nothing quite like cozying up with a great movie. At Six Mile Regional Library District, we’ve curated a special selection of seasonal films perfect for enjoying the fall atmosphere.

From heartwarming autumn tales to classic Halloween flicks, there’s something for every taste. Don’t miss the chance to revisit beloved classics like “Hocus Pocus” or “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” If you’re in the mood for a newer release, explore our collection of recent films that capture the essence of the season.

These movies are not only great entertainment but also a fantastic way to get into the spirit of October and the upcoming holidays. So grab some popcorn, your favorite cozy blanket, and a DVD or Blu-ray from the library, and create your own cinematic fall experience.

Didn’t have time to stop by the library, did you know you can stream movies on Hoopla? Check out this Scares Collection to get your seach started!

Join Us for the Library Crawl:

We’re excited to be part of the Library Crawl again this year! This event runs the entire month of October and includes 158 libraries across IHLS. It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore the rich literary landscape of our region.

For SMRLD customers who wish to participate in the crawl, passports will be available at each customer service desk. Participants must visit 5 libraries to be entered into a drawing for a $25 QT gift card. The passports must be turned in by November 2nd, with the winner drawn on the afternoon of Monday, November 3rd.

Customers from other libraries will be stopping by all month. When they visit SMRLD not only will they get a stamp in their passport, they may also choose a piece of candy and a wooden nickel as a treat for stopping by. Want to fill up you passport? Each SMRLD location, 2001 Delmar Ave and 2145 Johnson Rd is a different stop.

This October, the Six Mile Regional Library District invites you to explore, learn, and connect with your community. Let’s celebrate together and make it a month to remember!


Discover a World of Knowledge and Entertainment with Illinois Libraries Present Season 3!

Friday, August 18th, 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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]


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.


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


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.


2001 Delmar

ClosedToday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

2145 Johnson

ClosedToday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Upcoming Events

  • Free Tax Preparation - By Appointment Only March 1, 2024 Free Tax PreparationFebruary 12 - April 15, 20242001 Delmar AveBy Appointment OnlyRegistration opens January 18The program is designed to help families with an annual income of less than $60,000.This project is brought to you by the Gateway EITC Community Coalition and VITA.Call 618-452-6238 Ext. 730 for appointments or more information
  • Free Tax Preparation - By Appointment Only March 2, 2024 Free Tax PreparationFebruary 12 - April 15, 20242001 Delmar AveBy Appointment OnlyRegistration opens January 18The program is designed to help families with an annual income of less than $60,000.This project is brought to you by the Gateway EITC Community Coalition and VITA.Call 618-452-6238 Ext. 730 for appointments or more information
  • Nintendo Switch March 2, 2024 at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Teen Room, 2001 Delmar Ave, Granite City, IL 62040, USA Nintendo SwitchEvery Saturday, 1-4 PMTeen Room, 2001 Delmar AveGrades 7-12For more information email the Teen Services Librarian at: [email protected]
  • Intro to Loom Knitting (rescheduled) March 2, 2024 at 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Six Mile Regional Library District, 2001 Delmar Ave Granite City, IL 62040 Rescheduled: Intro to Loom KnittingSaturday, March 2nd at 2 PMTraining and Events Room, 2001 Delmar AveCome try out loom knitting, whether you are a seasoned crafter or have never picked up a ball of yarn!Registration Required - Space is Limited!Sign up by emailing [email protected] or calling 618-452-6238 ext 730
  • Free Tax Preparation - By Appointment Only March 4, 2024 Free Tax PreparationFebruary 12 - April 15, 20242001 Delmar AveBy Appointment OnlyRegistration opens January 18The program is designed to help families with an annual income of less than $60,000.This project is brought to you by the Gateway EITC Community Coalition and VITA.Call 618-452-6238 Ext. 730 for appointments or more information

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