Thursday, October 27, 2011

APLS Survey

October 5, 2011
The following is a press release from the Alabama Public Library Service (APLS). The link to the press release on the agency’s website is:
Press Contact: Jim Smith, (800) 723-8459, extension 3907


Alabama Citizens Asked to Share Library Views
Alabama citizens are being asked to share their views on public libraries by completing an online survey during October and November. Their opinions will help shape the future of the state’s public libraries, said Alabama Public Library Service Director Rebecca Mitchell.

The survey can be taken at any computer with Internet access. Citizens can submit the survey from their home, office or local public library. The survey will be available through November 15. To access it, go to and follow the directions.
Mitchell urged citizens to take the survey. “We need input from the public to evaluate current services and to ensure libraries remain a vital part of the community in the future,” she said.

APLS will use the information to develop a five-year plan for the state’s public libraries for 2013-2017.

Those who are unable to access the survey online can obtain a printed copy from their public library and mail it to the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama, Box 870252, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0252, ATTN: STATE PLAN.

The library wish-list of some citizens was heard at seven meetings held in the summer at locations throughout Alabama. The survey will allow anyone who did not attend a meeting to be heard.

The 2008-2012 plan identified priorities for the state’s public libraries, including reading enhancement for children and young adults, services for the underserved and for people with special needs.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Quoting Coach Beckett:

Ragland 9-0 #7
Collinsville 9-0 #4
Chad Hawkins Stadium
Friday October 28
7 pm

Last Meeting: Ragland 37 Collinsville 0 2010
Series: Ragland leads 4-1

Injuries: None

Collinsville will honor all former All-State players at halftime. Former all-state players are asked to meet on the field at halftime...Both teams come into the game ranked. Collinsville #4 and Ragland #7...Collinsville already knows it's first round opponent. That Panthers will play Appalachian round one at home...DeShawn Moore visited Alabama-Tennessee as a prospect saturday...Former Panther Robert Gray got his first national exposure playing on ESPNU against Kentucky saturday...Collinsville assistant Bobby Beckett has been head coach of both teams playing. Beckett was head coach at Ragland from 1971-1975. He was head coach at Collinsville from 1994-1997 going 25-20 with four playoff trips...Collinsville Coach Alan Beckett is now the second winningest coach in Panther history with 33 wins. Ernie Willingham is third with 31.

Quoting Coach Beckett:
On Collinsville
"I thought we did some things well against Valley Head. Obviously our secondary played well because of the interceptions. I thought it was a good night all the way around for the defense."

On last year's 37-0 win by Ragland
"I wake up in the middle of the night with nightmares that they are still scoring. According to last year's game we need to spend the week practicing PAT block and kickoff return."

"It was very one-sided game. Ragland had several big plays and we didn't do a very good job of handling adversity."

"We hope that we have had some growth to where we can handle adversity. When you play good opponents, you will face adversity."

on 2011 Ragland
"Offensively they are explosive. Wide receiver Jimmy Brock is one of the best in the state if not the best. Nobody has stopped him this season. Running back John Mark Mintz is a dominating fullback and defensive end. He has several college offers including Jacksonville State. Tailback Nick Daniels is a physical and fast running back. He is a great middle linebacker."

"They have outscored opponents 386-95 which is very dominating. They are well coached and play very hard."

"It will truely be a challenge. A challenge we are excited about."ReplyForward« Back to InboxCompose MailArchiveReport SpamDelete
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011


We are happy to announce, Peggy Williams as the winner of our mosaic raffle bench.

Congratulations from the staff of the Collinsville Public Library.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

You've Been Tagged!

Funded by a grant from the State Council on the Arts, “Support the Arts” tag program, Linda Munoz worked with fellow artist Heather Nicely and volunteers Jane Bedford and Pat Harlow to direct 15 Collinsville High School students. She helped students design the scenes for the bench tops and taught them about cutting glass, and choosing your color palette. Students mixed the grout, poured it, rubbed it into the lines, and then cleaned the final projects.
Five benches and the three-by-five (feet!!!) mural of the school mascot, the Collinsville Panther were given to the Collinsville School. The sixth bench pictured above will add a nice touch to the front of our Town Hall. At tag renewal time, please consider purchasing a “Support the Arts” tag in appreciation for funding this project. When a tag is renewed and an “Arts Tag” is purchased, $48 dollars from the tag fee are spent on projects in communities all over Alabama.