Free Tutoring from America Reads

For kindergarten thru 8th graders.  Hours available every day of the week but Friday! Call today to schedule your appointment: 618-632-3783 Families may schedule one weekday and one weekend session per child/per week at this time.  This free tutoring program is offered by Americore's America Reads and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Job Recruitment Drive

Looking for a job? Temporary, Part-time, even Full-time? Unique Personnel Consultants will be on-site to help! Come fill out an application and participate in an interview with a consultant. Unique is accepting applications for various industries, including: Landscaping/lawn care Housekeeping (residential) Warehouse/factory Party/event attendants Welding Fork lift operator Warehouse analysts Administrative assistant For more information … Continue reading Job Recruitment Drive

The Filter Bubble

Eli Pariser's book The Filter Bubble has a pretty dramatic tagline:  "What the Internet is Hiding from You."  What  do you mean, hiding?  Doesn't the internet offer more information than ever? Not exactly.  Pariser's thesis boils down to one idea--that personalization is bad for our society.  Most of us are pretty familiar with at least the gist of the … Continue reading The Filter Bubble


Microhistories offer a fresh way of looking at the world.  Author Mark Kurlanksy is one of the best researchers and writers of the genre, known internationally for his books Cod and Salt, among others.  At first glance, an entire book about something seemingly mundane or insignificant doesn't sound all that thrilling.  But when you see how one item affects the … Continue reading Paper


It takes a special kind of writer to portray humor and horror in the same breath. Chances are you've heard of Joseph Heller's Catch-22.  It's known as something of an enigma; though it covers a very serious topic (war) with vivid detail and intense emotion, the absolute absurdity of everything going on makes for some laugh-out-loud … Continue reading Catch-22


From The Giver to Hunger Games, dystopian literature has consistently been a great seller.  So much so, in fact, that sometimes it's hard to find something that distinguishes itself from the pack. I was at first hesitant to read Ted Dekker's Forbidden.  I'd never read his work before, and I don't like to start with trilogies.  It's just too big a … Continue reading Forbidden