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To dowload ebooks, create an account and by using your 14 digit library code number.




Decoding Your Past: An Introduction to DNA and Genealogy


Have you ever considered purchasing a DNA test to discover more about your family roots only to be confused by the different types of tests available? If you feel confused about or overwhelmed by the DNA testing, then this program is for you. Join us at Marshall Public Library on Thursday, February 22nd at 6:30 pm in the library’s Dale McConchie meeting room and get an overview presentation on DNA testing. This introductory program will explain the different tests available, what each test can reveal, and which tests are offered by the major DNA testing companies.  


To register for this free program you may call the library at 217-826-2535 or use the online form.


An Evening with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln

Enjoy an actor portrayal at Marshall Public Library of Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln on Thursday, March 1st at 6:30 pm. "An Evening With Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln" takes place in the White House at the end of the Civil War (April 1865).  As the President and Mrs. Lincoln reflect on the events of the past four years and their plans for the future, the play flashes back to the beginning of their lives together - their courtship and early marriage,  the births of their children, Mr. Lincoln's legal career and the development of his political career - and brings the audience all the way forward through the tumultuous years of the Civil War - the responsibilities of the Presidency and the personal traumas suffered by the family - ending as the President realizes that it is time for him to leave for Ford's Theatre.  A short epilogue addresses the events of April 14, 1865 and the last years of Mary Lincoln's life.

 The program length is one hour; it is suitable for upper grade students (5th grade and up) and adults; and all performances are followed by a "question and answer" period with the President and Mrs. Lincoln - or with Max & Donna Daniels, who portray the historic couple.  This program has been called "an excellent opportunity to witness living history!"

 Registration is required for this free program. You may call the library at 217-826-2535, or use the online form.


Free Tax Assistance Available by Appointment

Free tax assistance is again available at Marshall Public Library to taxpayers with middle and low income, with special attention to those ages 60 and older.  Volunteers have been trained through the AARP Tax-Aide program in cooperation with the IRS and will provide this confidential tax preparation service at no charge. 

Assistance is by appointment only and will take place in the library.  This service will be available from February 6th and continue through April 17th.   Persons interested in receiving free tax assistance should call the library to schedule an appointment on or after January 19th. Assistance will be available during select hours each week. 

Please bring a photo id, copy of last year’s income tax forms and all supporting documentation.  For more info, see "What to Bring to Your Tax Appointment."  The volunteers will not complete business or farm returns.  


A very limited supply of tax forms will be available at the library for free while quantities last.  Most forms can be downloaded from the IRS website at www.irs.gov/forms, which may be done at the library for a small printing fee.


Cure Your Cabin Fever at the Library!

cabinWinter is a great time to read in the warmth of our homes or when vacationing.  It is also when many of us get cabin fever, so again this year Marshall Public Library is having a winter time “Cabin Fever Reading Program” for all readers ages 14 and older.

It’s very simple!  Just pick up a “Cabin Fever” bookmark at the library, which you will use to record the books you read between January 8th and February 17th.  Readers can read any number of books, listing five books on each bookmark and exchanging a completed bookmark at the circulation desk for a new bookmark. New this year - you may enter online using our online Cabin Fever Reading Log.

Earn a completed book mark each time you view one of our Great Courses dvd/book combos.

Each completed bookmark will serve as an entry in a weekly drawing. The reader with the highest number of bookmarks turned in by February 17th will win the grand prize.  The prizes are sponsored by the Friends of Marshall Public Library.




"Book Chat" - Every Third Wednesday at 10:30 AM

“Book Chat” is a book discussion group that meets at the library the third Wednesday morning of each month at 10:30.  While discussing books, enjoy a featured coffee flavor of the month over a light snack courtesy of Old National Bank. Upcoming featured books include:


Upcoming Selections

February 2018: The Book Shop on the Corner – Jenny Colgan

March 2018: When the Emperor was Divine – Julie Otsuka (Big Read)

April 2018:  Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult

May 2018:  Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate

June 2018The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead

July 2018 The Peach Keeper – Sarah Addison Allen

August 2018The Life She Was Given – Ellen Marie Wiseman

 Multiple copies of featured books will be available for checkout at the library, including audiobook and large print versions if available.


Little Book Beginners Program for Preschoolers

Monthly Little Book Beginners programs are planned for pre-schoolers ages 3, 4, and 5 years and a parent at Marshall Public Library this school year.  At each thirty minute session the children listen to stories, learn finger plays, do interactive projects with a parent, and more.  The parents learn valuable information about effective ways to read to children and provide a reading environment at home.  Children receive a free book to take home at each session and an additional book if they complete a monthly reading log.

Little Book Beginners will meet on the third Thursday of each month, September thru April, at 6:30 PM in the library. Registration is limited, so please call the library or click here to register if you plan to attend.  Marshall Rotary Club and Evelyn Knowles Foundation generously fund this program.

Get Powered with STREAM at Marshall Public Library

Children grades third through sixth may register at Marshall Public Library for a free STREAM program held monthly the third Tuesday of the month from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM beginning September 19th through April 17th, excluding months November and December. Retired Junior High Science teacher Kathy English will lead the program combining science, technology, reading, engineering, art and mathematics into stimulating hands-on activities. Each month children will have the opportunity to collaborate, build, and experiment using a variety of tools.

 Registration is required each month for this free program. Students who need transportation from North School may use the school bus to get to the library, please indicate this need when registering with the library and send a note to the school the day of the program.

 To register you may call the library at 217-826-2535

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