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Summer Reading - Celebrating 100 Years at Marshall Public Library!

We are taking the road less traveled and offering a Summer Reading program exclusively designed to celebrate the library’s 100th birthday. We will take a look back in time at classic story book characters, super heroes and children books of the past 100 years.

Children ages 13 and under will enjoy weekly activities designed to prevent the “summer lag”.  Registration will begin Monday, May 23rd with a special Street Fair on Wednesday, June 1st from 4:00—6:00 PM in front of the library.

Weekly programs will feature family friendly movies, programs, crafts, snacks, rewards, and more!  Enjoy family Movies @ the Library each Tuesday, June 9th—July 7th at 2:00pm, every Wednesday special programs, June 7th—July 6th at 2:00 pm and each Thursday “Craftivity”, June 9th-July 7th at 2:00 pm (ages 4 & up).

Participants will be invited to a Reward Party on Friday, July 15th at 10:30 am for those ages 13 under and who turned in at least one reading log.

 Please register for all programming, seating is limited. You can register in the library, by calling (217) 826 - 2535) or by using the online registration forms.

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The Tortoise and the Haire by Douglas Hart Nature Center

Sunny Boy - Celebrating 100!

The Superhero Show


Reading Log for ages 14+


Remembering “Handy Writers’ Colony”

Visit Marshall Public Library and learn more about James Jones and the Handy Writer’s Colony by listening to a compilation of oral history interviews from locals who remember the Colony.  Visitors will also enjoy a Handy Writer’s Colony display, articles featuring James Jones and Lowney Turner Handy and free books; Writings from the Handy Colony and The Merry Month of May by James Jones donated by author and publisher Ray Elliot.

 Mark your calendar also for upcoming program “The Colony” by Dr. James Turner on June 23rd at 6:30  pm. Turner will discuss how The Colony was a product of Lowney Turner Handy's love for literature and her concern for those in need.   She had no formal education in journalism, but developed a technique that produced many novels during the life of the Colony, including the hugely successful From Here to Eternity by colonist James Jones.  The movie version captured 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and was Frank Sinatra's only Academy Award, winner of Best Supporting Actor.

 Also available exclusively at Marshall Public Library is a special screening of the new film, From Here to Eternity – The Musical, Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th at 2:00 pm in the library’s Dale McConchie Meeting Room with introduction by author and publisher Ray Elliot who will also be discussing his new book With The Silent Knowledge. This performance is presented through special arrangement with renowned lyricist Tim Rice, and his special relationship with the James Jones Literary Society.

 You may reserve your seat by calling the library at 217-826-2535.


GED Scholarships Available

The Friends of Marshall Public Library received a $250 donation from Marshall Main Street in honor of the library’s new GED Scholarship program. The program is one of many that honor the library’s centennial celebrations this year. The library understands it is difficult for individuals who lack a high school diploma to find work, and therefore difficult to pay for GED tests. As Janet Hasten, GED instructor for Lake Land Community College Adult Education said: “Students often struggle to pass the GED test; offering a local scholarship will help alleviate the heavy burdens many of these students face both academically and financially”. The library believes this program will not only help individuals and their families directly, but will also provide greater good to the community.

The Friends will award multiple scholarships to local residents; all those seeking a GED are encouraged to apply. Applicants may apply by completing a GED scholarship application available at the library or print one here. All applications should be mailed to Friends of the Library, Attn. Director, 612 Archer Avenue, Marshall, IL 62441 or dropped off at the library. All scholarships winners will remain confidential.

For more information about this scholarship opportunity or how you or your organization may contribute to this program, please call Marshall Public Library at 217-826-2535.

"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:


2016 Selections

June 15 - From Here to Eternity by James Jones

July 20 - At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

August 17 - The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer

 Multiple copies of featured books will be available for checkout at the library.

Try it today! 3M Cloud E-books

Through a generous grant from the Illinois State Library, Illinois Heartland Library System is working in conjunction with RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) to develop a statewide e-book consortium. 

3M Cloud eBooks and audiobooks can be downloaded directly from our regular catalog or through the 3M app. Library patrons can use their library cards to checkout and download eBooks directly to:

  • eReaders that use the EPUB format (this does NOT include Kindle eReaders)
  • Tablets, including iPads, Android tablets, and the Kindle Fire
  • Smartphones and music players
  • Personal computers and laptops

For instructions on using the 3M Cloud at Marshall Public Library, please view our 'Using 3M Cloud Library' brochure.  Video tutorials are also available through 3M's Youtube channel.  If you need further assistance, please stop by the library with your device. We would LOVE to help you get started using 3M!


Toddler Time with Mother Goose

Join us each Tuesday morning at 10:30 for Toddler Time with Mother Goose. This program is a fast-paced fun-filled thirty minute interactive session that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. The program is geared towards children ages 0 to 3 and their caregivers. Visit the  Mother Goose on the Loose website to learn more about this wonderful programs and the benefits for children and their caregivers.
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