• Join Us for Our Italian Exhibit and Film!

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    Pack your imaginary backpack, and get ready to be inspired!  For this year’s Italian Fest exhibit and film, we’re exploring Italy as never before, and we invite you to join us.

    Best of all, we’re not doing it alone.  We’re partnering with a group of seven, young explorers in Italy called Va’ Sentiero (and their director Andrea Buonopane), who, at this moment, are trekking the Grand Italian Trail through Italy!

    In this special exhibit and film, we’ll “become” part of these Italian trekkers as they brave the rugged terrain, alongside snow-capped mountains, through quaint villages, to the shimmering water’s edge.  And we’ll be “with” them – entering the villages, meeting the people, enjoying their music and their stories.

    (This year’s documentary was voted BEST FILM for 2021 by viewers of the Italian Film Festival USA.)  

    Italian Exhibition:

    "ITALY:  Up Close & Personal” (Sept. 1 – Oct. 15)  Collinsville Memorial Library, 408 Main Street  (Near the Main Desk)

  • Experience this unique, walk-through exhibit introducing you to the world of trekking.  You’ll “meet” our young, Italian friends and enjoy amazing photography.  You’ll learn how trekkers prepare for their journey, what equipment they need, and about the trail they are now walking in Italy.  Sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Library District and Italian Film Festival USA.

    Exhibit Curators:  Annette M. Graebe & Barbara Klein, assisted by Sharon Mc Aley

    Exhibit/library Hours:  Mon. – Thurs. (8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.), Fri. & Sat. (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) Sun. (closed).  Closed Sept. 6 & Oct. 11.  Closing 3 p.m., Sept. 17.   Library Phone #:  (618) 344-1112

  • Italian Documentary:

    “Va’ Sentiero, Discovering the Grand Italian Trail” (Thurs., Sept. 16, 6 p.m.)  Collinsville Memorial Library, 408 Main Street

    Don’t miss this opportunity to see our trekker friends in action!  They’ll be “speaking” to you on the road – from location to location, filming coverage of their experiences.  It’s an extraordinary, behind-the-scenes walk in Italy, a story of nature in all its glory, the people, the journey, the spectacular scenery. (In Italian with English subtitles)  Free admission.  (Come early for a taste of gelato, compliments of Spirito’s, The Italian Store)  Sponsored by Italian Film Festival USA and the Mississippi Valley Library District.

  • Collinsville Memorial Library (Children’s Activity)

    On Fri. & Sat. (Sept. 16 & 17), the Children’s Library is sponsoring a free, children’s pasta necklace craft – using red, white, and green pasta on yarn.  The activity is available 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (while supplies last).  2nd Floor.  Families are welcome.