Read Down Your Fines in August!
Hey, Kids! Anyone 18 years of age or under may come to Marshall Public Library during the month of August, and “read down” their late materials fines. This is a great way to have your library borrowing record cleared so you can check out materials again. Just come to the library and sign in at the circulation desk. You must actively read in the library where the staff can see you. For every 15 minutes you read silently in the library, you will have your fine reduced by $1.00. Lost materials charges are not eligible for this program; program is limited to patrons with Marshall Public Library cards.
Friends of the Library Newspaper Digitization Project
The Friends of Marshall Public Library have decided to take on the next level of preservation for Marshall’s history. In order to do this, the library’s current microfilm collection, dating all the way back to the 1800’s, had to be converted into a special digital format. Converting these reels is a slow and costly process. The Friends of the Library have been working on this project since 2012. They started with 145 reels and have completed 88. The cost per reel is $90. All completed reels are searchable online by typing in a name, a date or a place at www.marshallillibrary.com. Once on the library’s website click on the local history and genealogy tab and under Clark County History you will find Marshall Public Library’s Digital Archives.
So far the Friends have spent $8,000 on the project and need to raise an additional $5,000 to finish the project. Through generous donations, and the library’s new microfilm Memorial and Honorarium option, progress is being made. The Microfilm Memorial and Honorarium option is available to anyone who wishes to purchase a reel of microfilm in memory or in honor of someone special. For example, if someone you know is celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, you may purchase a reel of microfilm for the year they were married as a way to commemorate their anniversary or perhaps, you would rather purchase a reel to memorialize a loved one. With each purchase, a recognition card is permanently placed on the reel, a letter of commemoration is sent to the family, and a plaque is put on display in the library with the person or group being remembered.
If you would like to learn more, or donate towards this project, you are welcome to attend the next Friends of the Library meeting on September 3rd at 5:00 PM in the Dale McConchie Meeting Room, visit or write us at 612 Archer Avenue, Marshall, IL or call 217-826-2535.
Check Out the Library Geocaches!
Never heard of geocaching? According to geocaching.com, it is a "real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location."
With nearly 3 million geocaches placed world wide and nearly 6 million registered geocachers, it is quickly becoming one of the top outdoor recreational hobbies. Getting started is easy - sign up for a free account at geocaching.com, search for a cache near you, and you're ready to go!
Marshall Public Library is pleased to be a part of this exciting adventure. Be sure to check out our new series of library related geocaches. There are 3 located around our library districts - "Little Library Outpost #1", "Little Library Outpost #2", and "Dewey or Not?".
Learn more at https://www.geocaching.com/guide/default.aspx or stop by the library to check-out a how-to book.
Need Help Finding Your Next Book to Read?
Just finished a great book and unsure what to read next? Maybe you didn't really like that last selection and are ready to try something new.
We may be able to help! We have created a series of bookmarks that recommend additional authors if you like a certain type of book or a certain author. Feel free to ask at the circulation desk and we will be happy to show you where these bookmarks are and help you locate any of the books you might be interested in.
You can also take a look at the "What Should I Read Next?" website which allows you to search by title or author. The system then makes recommendations based on your search. Kirkus Reviews is another great site full of book reviews and helpful hints. Goodreads is also full of reviews. book lists, and suggestions.
Also be sure to take a look at the great book displays we have around the library. Materials in these displays are for check-out. Many times these are great books that you might not notice on the shelf.
For a list of our new additions, be sure to pick up a copy of our newsletter in the library or you can read it here online! New materials added to the collection are always listed on the last page.
Oral Histories of Local Residents Online!
The Friends of Marshall Public Library have been conducting oral history interviews with area residents since 1994. Interviews have been collected in conjunction with Smithsonian exhibits, local history projects, 4-H projects, and more. The Marshall High School class of 1999 contributed many interviews as a part of their local history projects; several interviews, concerning World War II, were conducted by Dan Crews. The project has been revived in recent months, led by Friends of the Library volunteers Damian Macey and Maury Miller who are now actively interviewing area residents on a regular basis.
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.
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.