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

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 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 will derive 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 summer and runs through April 2019. The
remaining term (through 2021) of this unpaid position will then be filled by a
candidate elected through the general consolidated election process in the spring
of 2019. 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 (preferred) or hand deliver to 2001 Delmar Avenue, by June 16, 2017.
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

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Let’s Get Social

Follow SMRLD on your favorite social media site Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Jan Brett 2017 Free School or Library Visit Contest

Jan Brett 2017 Free School or Library Visit Contest

Okay Folks – we didn’t win last year, but we’re going to try again. It is very important that you fill in the form with our official name and address:
Six Mile Regional Library District
2001 Delmar Avenue, Granite City, IL 62040.
There is only one entry per person so it’s extremely important that you ask your friends and relatives to vote for us.
If we get enough votes we can get acclaimed children’s author Jan Brett to come to our town!
To help us win enter before April 3rd by clicking either the picture or link below
Thank you!

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Granite City High School Student Art Exhibit

Granite City High School Student Art Exhibit

Come by and see the amazing artwork of some truly talented Granite City High School students!
On display at our Delmar Avenue library through March 31, 2017.

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New Year’s Resolutions: easy to make, tough to keep! Our collection of free, easy to download, always available Zinio magazines is ready to help


New Year’s Resolutions: easy to make, tough to keep!

Our collection of free, easy to download, always available Zinio magazines is ready to inspire you to:
Eat healthy
Get fit
Remodel your home
Reduce clutter
Be more productive at work and home
Travel the world
Save money – our selection of over 80 Zinio magazine titles is FREE with your SMRLD card!

Questions? Call 452-6238

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Please bear with us as we have a new phone system installed at both library locations


Please bear with us as we have a new phone system installed at both library locations. If at first you don’t succeed in reaching us, please try again. Phone numbers will remain the same .

2001 Delmar Avenue 618-452-6238
2145 Johnson Road 618-452-6244

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Banned Books Week 2016



Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the important role American libraries play in ensuring that all library users have free access to the materials they need, without fear of censorship or repercussion. It’s easy to think of censorship as something that happened in the past or happens in other places, but every year the American Library Association receives reports of hundreds of challenges from around the country. A challenge is what libraries call it when someone asks that a book be removed from the library’s collection, challenging the rights of other library users to access that information.

The phrase “banned book” suggests an authority figure outlawing a book for their own political gain or a strict librarian deciding that a book isn’t good enough to deserve a place in the library. In reality, most of the challenges reported to the American Library Association start with an ordinary library user who finds something in the library they disagree with and assumes that other library users share, or should share, their views.

The library exists for all members of the community and must serve them all equally. That means no individual gets to determine what others get to read. A book that offends one person may be very important to others. Libraries support the idea of intellectual freedom — each person’s freedom to read, think, and believe whatever they want. It’s this freedom that we celebrate each year during Banned Books Week.

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SMRLD has 2 Illinois Library Association Award Winners

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Mary Jo Akeman, Trustee of the Six Mile Regional Library District, is the recipient of the 2016 Illinois Library Association Trustee of the Year Award.

This citation is awarded to a public library trustee for achievement, leadership, and service to libraries. The award is sponsored by Peregrine, Stime, Newman, Ritzman & Bruckner, Ltd. Mary Jo Akeman has served as a trustee of the Six Mile Regional Library District for more than forty years. She has served in all officer positions of the local library district more than once; currently she is the treasurer. Her calm and considerate demeanor has influenced this library to become what it is today – a vital, vibrant, active community partner. Akeman is a consistent and ardent supporter of libraries and library systems. She was a director of the former Lewis & Clark Library System board. She has participated in past state library legislative days, and has attended trustee workshops and both state and national conferences to keep apprised of what’s going on in libraries in the larger forum. Akeman is an active board member, helping to plan staff appreciation parties, library open house events, and anniversary celebrations. She served on the centennial celebration committee and participated in both the local Fourth of July parade to memorialize the achievement and the celebration at the library – dressing in early 1900s period costume during both events. She has actively worked on revising the library’s bylaws and helped to write policies, procedures, guidelines, and grant applications.

Tina Hubert, Director of the Six Mile Regional Library District located in Granite City, Illinois, is the 2016 recipient of the Illinois Library Association Librarian of the Year Award.

The award recognizes a librarian’s distinguished service and leadership in Illinois libraries. The award is sponsored by Sikich. Tina has worked in libraries for over 20 years. In 2010, she became Director of the Six Mile Regional Library District (SMRLD). During her short tenure she has managed a $4.1 million renovation, spearheaded a succession referendum campaign, and positioned the library as an integral part of the community’s revitalization plan. Throughout her career, and regardless of her role, Tina has strived to create services that strengthen the community. Currently she serves on several county and city boards within her district, not only as a library advocate but as a conduit for change and collaboration. Tina is no stranger to sharing with the Illinois library community. She has served as an ILA Board member, ALA Councilor, ILEAD U Mentor, Chair of the Illinois State Library Advisory Committee and on numerous other professional committees. “Tina lives her commitment to the businesses and members of the communities served by SMRLD, as well as the greater library community, with everything she does.” stated Juliette Douglas, Deputy Director of Six Mile Regional Library District, “She is well respected and continually demonstrates that libraries can and do transform people and communities.”

The Awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon held on Tuesday, October 18, during the 2016 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Rosemont.

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Cloud Library maintenance and your Kindle Fire App

Kindle Fire users: the Cloud Library had maintenance yesterday. Customers using Kindle Fire need to uninstall the old 3M Cloud app and install the newest 3M Cloud app. The newest app can be found at We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Print from home and pick it up at the library, even from your mobile phone or tablet.

Print from home and pick it up at the library! Feel free to use the links below to print to either our Delmar Avenue or Johnson Road locations. You can even print from your mobile phone or tablet.

When you come in to pickup the print job, just go up to the print release station and select “Release a Print Job.” Enter your email address and you can pay for and release your print job to the printer. Uncollected print jobs will automatically be deleted from the print server after 24 hours, so please be sure you can make a trip to the library within that period of time.

Delmar Avenue –
Johnson Road –

This also works if you are in the library with your laptop. No more will you have to stop using your own computer and switch to a library computer just to send a print job.

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