The family of Russell Dawson and Louise Dawson Garcia are pleased to announce two $1000.00 scholarships opportunities for Marshall, IL graduating seniors. Students who are interested in applying must complete an application available at Marshall Public Library or Marshall High School. Qualifying students must hold a GPA between 2.5 to 3.5, be a graduating senior, a US citizen, and show proof of acceptance into an institution of higher education or vocational school.
All applications must be submitted to Marshall Public Library by March 15th. A special awards ceremony will be held at the library for the scholarship recipients on May 10th.
For more information about this scholarship opportunity and how you may apply, please call Marshall Public Library at 217-826-2535 or visit us online at www.marshallillibrary.com. You may also contact Marshall High School at 217-826-2395 or online at http://marshall.k12.il.us/schools/marshall-high-school.
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!
Cure Your Cabin Fever at the Library!
Winter 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 11th and February 20th. 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.
Earn a completed book mark each time you read just one book written by a local author!
Each completed bookmark will serve as an entry in a weekly drawing. The reader with the highest number of bookmarks turned in by February 20th will win the grand prize. The prizes are sponsored by the Friends of Marshall Public Library.
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 2nd 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.
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.
Printable Tax Forms
Federal and state tax forms are now available online. You may access and print these at home, or from one of the library's computers for a fee of 20 cents per page. We do have a small selection of tax forms and instruction booklets available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
"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:
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 PackerMultiple 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.