It's that time of year again!  If you have any overdue fines (oops), you can pay them down and help your neighbors at the same time.

For each non-perishable, non-expired food or hygiene item you donate during Food For Fines, we'll waive $1 of your overdue fines (does not apply to processing fees or lost/damaged items). Donated items will help to stock the shelves at local food pantries.

Food For Fines donations can be dropped off at the Collinsville Memorial Library Center (408 West Main, Collinsville) or the Fairmont City Library Center (4444 Collinsville Road, Fairmont City).

We received word that we've been awarded the grant that sponsors the Teen Initiative events. Woo-hoo! We're working on an exciting new round of activities for you, including exploring 3D printing and virtual reality. Stay tuned!

For more information about the Teen Initiative program, check out

The legendary fighting franchise returns to the library on Thursday, August 11 at 6:00 PM!  Powered by Unreal Engine 4 technology, stunning visuals depict the next generation of World Warriors in unprecedented detail, while exciting and accessible battle mechanics deliver endless fighting fun that both beginners and veterans can enjoy.  The game is rated T for Teens and will be played on the PS4.

Advance registration requested. Please sign up online, by calling 618-344-1112, or by visiting a service desk.

Location : Community Room - Ground Floor

Have you signed up for our 4-part series with the St. Louis Science Center yet?  You should!  Over the course of the series, you'll create an 8-bit video game and customized controller.  PARTICIPATION IN ALL FOUR PARTS IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

Part 1 (June 8) - Come up with a video game concept and make an 8-bit character for your game.
Part 2 (June 29) - Use GameMaker to begin programming your game
Part 3 (July 13) - Design and build your game controller using Bare Conductive Circuits
Part 4 (July 27) - Test your controller and game together and help debug others' games

Space is limited for these free teen events. Please sign up in advance by registering online, calling the library at 618-344-1112, or visiting one of the library's service desks.

The Teen Initiative program encourages teens to learn more about science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM). It all starts with a Teen Initiative library card, which allows you to earn points by visiting the library, checking out items, attending programs, bringing friends, and more. With those points you can pay overdue fines or buy special items such as robotics kits and drawing tablets that are only available to Teen Initiative participants. Teen Initiative cardholders also gain entry to special STEAM-related programs throughout the year, plus bonus events like lock-ins. For more information, visit our Teen Initiative page.

Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of the 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).

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