Italian banners line Collinsville’s Main Street

A colorful reminder that Italian Fest is coming soon. This year, our celebration is bigger than ever.  Launched by an Italian exhibition about Rome, it continues with Italian Film Night, the big, two-day Main Street Event and Bocce Tournament, culminating with a parade that’s better than ever!  Please join us as we celebrate our rich, Italian heritage!  For more details, visit us at .

 Rome Exhibition Opens

Fasten your seatbelt for a special trip to Rome!  This year’s Italian Fest exhibition  GET YOUR TOGA ON! (A Visit to Rome) is rare indeed as we take you inside this fascinating 2,500-year-old city – a destination for thousands around the world.  In Collinsville Library’s east and west wings, we’ll show you the highlights of Ancient Rome – the Colosseum, Pantheon, and other sights.  You’ll learn about Rome’s history and secrets from Rome scholar/historian Bernie Kolo.  You’ll see award-winning Roman mosaics made by Collinsville High School Latin students.  You‘ll marvel at Roman coins (replicas) and the Vatican.  You’ll learn where you can see Michelangelo’s Pieta’ in St. Louis and what happens to the coins tossed in the Trevi, and your child can enjoy a fun “quest for truth” (Bocca della verita’). Check out Toga Man, children’s activities, and register for a free giveaway – with some prizes from Rome itself!  Open now through Oct. 15.  Library hours: Mon.-Thurs. (9 a.m.-8 p.m.), Fri.-Sat. (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), Sun. (1 p.m.-5 p.m.).  Open 1 p.m. (Sept. 22), closing 3 p.m./in parade (Sept. 16), closed Oct. 9More information at or by calling (618) 344-1112. The library is located at 408 West Main Street.

 Ciao!   Hope to see you at Italian Fest!

                                                                   Annette M. Graebe    

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