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Learn "Art Mural" History @ Marshall Public Library

Learn how post office murals tell stories of early pioneer life through a beautiful and fascinating form of public art at a program by Dr. Mary Emma Thompson of Westfield given at Marshall Public Library.

 Dr. Thompson is a retired educator from the Casey-Westfield School District and has been photographing and writing about the New Deal Art in post offices since she was introduced to it in 1992.  She has photographed all of the art in Illinois post offices and has written four books on the subject.  Using slides of post office art, Thompson will present a slide lecture about the era on Thursday, December 3rd, beginning at 6:30 PM, in the library’s Dale McConchie Meeting Room.

 Books will be available for purchase from the author following the program.  For more information or to register for this program, please call the library at 217-826-2535.


American Girl Tea Party

Children ages 6 years and older are invited to enjoy an old fashioned game, taste some festive holiday refreshments, do a simple craft and hear a heartwarming story at Marshall Public Library’s annual American Girl Christmas Tea Party on Saturday, December 12th.  Just one party for all girls will be held from 2:00 to 3:30 PM and it will take place at the library.

This year’s party will feature the American Girl dolls, Marie Grace and Cecile, from 1853.  A collection of American Girl dolls will be on display for the girls to see and enjoy.  Bring a favorite doll and wear your party clothes if you like! 

Registration is required and space is limited, so please call the library beginning Tuesday December 1st.  A holiday e-card, from American Girl and the library, will be sent to the children the week before the party; please provide an email address when registering. 



American Girl Doll Raffle!


Friends of the Library are holding a drawing on Saturday, December 5th at 4:45 for the 2015 American Girl Doll of the Year, Grace. Tickets are available for purchase now through December 5th at Marshall Public Library. Ticket cost is $1.00 per ticket or $5.00 for 6 tickets. Please stop by today to purchase your tickets!


"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. If you would like to join in on the discussion but are unable to attend, message us on Facebook or complete a featured “book of the month” bookmark available online or at the library. Upcoming featured books include:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - December 16

2016 Selections

January 20 - The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

February 17 – Happiness for Beginners  by Katherine Center

March 16 – Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates

April 20 - The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

May 18 - Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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.

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.


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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