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Blind Date with a Book!

Have you ever judged a book by its cover? Are you just not sure what book to read next? Let Marshall Public Library help you find just the right book for you!  Beginning February 1st “Blind Date” books will be available for you to choose. Books will be completely covered in brown paper — with just a few word clues scrawled on the front to give you an idea about the book’s content. All you have to do is select a book! Each book will have topic hints, so if you feel like reading an adventure or romance you can search for the relevant word clues on the front cover. For every Blind Date book you read, you will be entered into a special Valentine’s Day drawing. Blind Dates will only be available until Valentine’s Day, so don’t miss your chance to find the perfect book for you!

 You can receive more information by calling the library at 217-826-2535, or by emailing at marshallpubliclibrary@gmail.com.


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 12th and February 21st.  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.

Each completed bookmark will serve as an entry in a weekly drawing for a variety of prizes.  Earn a completed book mark each time you read just one biography

Each completed bookmark will serve as an entry in a weekly drawing for $10.00 gift certificates to local restaurants. The reader with the highest number of bookmarks turned in by February 21st will win the grand prize—a $40 IGA gift certificate. Each participant will also be registered for a final "Mystery Prize" to be drawn on February 21st.  The prizes are sponsored by the Friends of Marshall Public Library.




"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:

  • January 5th - Bring your favorite book!
  • February 2nd - Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • March 2nd - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • April 6th - Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough
  • May 4th - Small Blessings by Martha Woodruff



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 or click here to register if you plan to attend.  Marshall Rotary Club and Evelyn Knowles Foundation generously fund this program.


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 3rd and continue through April 15th.   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.  The volunteers will not complete business or farm returns.  

A very limited supply of tax forms will be available at the library.  A variety of both state and federal forms can be picked up for free while quantities last after the 1st of February.  And finally, you may visit the Internal Revenue Service’s web site, www.irs.gov, using the library’s Internet accessible computers.  Here you can find forms to print and answers to tax questions.

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