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Janet E. Hasten Room Dedication and Reception

If you have ever served on a committee or board of any kind, you know that it takes real dedication.  Can you imagine being on a board for over 20 years?

Janet Hasten has served on Marshall Public Library’s Board of Trustees since 1987.  During that time, she has held various offices on the board for multiple years, including Secretary, Vice President, and President. Janet has also served on the regional library boards of Lincoln Trail Libraries System and Illinois Heartland Library System.  This involved a great deal of committee work and travel, and of course, time.

To honor Janet’s dedication to our community and library, the Board of Trustees plans to dedicate the Janet E. Hasten Room at a reception on Sunday, October 19th, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in the library.  The dedication and remarks will take place at 2:30 PM.  Friends, family, and the public are invited to the reception to show your appreciation for a true public servant.


"Literally Speaking" Book Club

The Marshall Public Library book club "Literally Speaking" meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 PM in the library (location in the library may vary). Join us and meet others who enjoy reading as much as you do.  Participants enjoy casual discussion on a different book each month. A variety of genres and authors will be read. Light refreshments are provided courtesy of Old National Bank.

The library has several copies of the upcoming title on hand, so stop in and check-out a copy today!

Upcoming book selections are:

  • Oct. 6th – The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
  • Nov. 3rd – The Book Thief –Markus  Zusak
  • Dec. 1st – The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult



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 beginning on September 18th, at 6:30 PM in the library. Registration is limited, so please call the library if you plan to attend or if you would like more information about this free program.  Marshall Rotary Club and Evelyn Knowles Foundation generously fund this program.


From Pioneers to Present Day: Illinois History Through the Years

Illinois history as you've never heard it before!  Join us in the library's Dale McConchie Meeting Room on Thursday, October 9th at 6:30 pm for this presentation "From Pioneers to Present Day: Illinois History Through the Years."

Tom Emery, a freelance writer and historical researcher from Carlinville who has been honored several times by the Illinois State Historical Society, will present the military, political, social, and economic history of Illinois. More specific subjects including agriculture, labor, railroads, education, diversity, coal mining, disasters, anecdotal stories, and key cities and individuals will also be discussed.

Emery has been published in over seventy newspapers in his career, including the Marshall Advocate, which recently ran Emery's article on Illinois political scandals as a front-page piece.  The creator of a bi-weekly column on Illinois history that is carried by various papers statewide, Emery has created twenty-two book and booklet titles, some of which will be available for sale after the discussion.

Please register for this free program by calling the library.




Trick or Treat at the Library!

This year there will be a treat waiting for children at Marshall Public Library on Tuesday, October 28th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.  We will have a fun and slightly spooky Halloween story and a treat for all little ghouls and goblins that drop by in a costume.  This is the same evening that children will be “Trick or Treating” at Burnsides Community Health Center, so stop by the library while the kids are still in costume!  If you don’t have a library card, this would also be a great time to register.  That would really be a treat!!



Register your child for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library!

Dolly Parton Imagination LibraryThanks to a very generous donation by Gerald and Jean Forsythe, all children residing in the Marshall school district up to age five will be able to receive free books through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  Every month, until their fifth birthday, each child will receive a free book appropriate for their age.  All you have to do to enroll your child is fill out a registration form at the library or mail it to the library.  You can pick up a form at the library or print one off here.  Members of the Clark County Optimist Club and Marshall Service League are working hard along with the library to make sure as many children as possible get to take advantage of this wonderful program.  Call the library if you have any questions.


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