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Visit with Author Brit Cardarelli


Los Angeles based Author/Illustrator Brit Cardarelli paints colorfully embroidered worlds, while weaving stories together with matching threads of rhyme. Brit will be at the Marshall Public Library April 6th, 1:00-2:00 pm to discuss, read, and sign her new children’s book, Naturehood. It is a daily read, filled with the ingredients for life that we are all looking for.

Brit spends a lot of time in her Sticks and Stripes studio creating parades of curious creatures that spring from her desk to create children’s books and art. Her furry and feathery friends have found a popular niche with children and grown-ups alike, and you can find the critters of Naturehood resting on bookshelves, and hanging on the walls of cozy rooms around the world.

Come join in on Naturehood’s recipe for life, followed by a session of “Sticktivities”. There will even be a few giveaways of artwork and books!

Please register by calling the library or register online here.



Wabash Valley Community Read - "True Grit"

Callin’ all Cowboy’s

Mark your calendars and join a nation of readers by taking part in Wabash Valley Community Read throughout the month of March at Marshall Public Library. Free copies of the book are available now at the library.

The library will kick off Wabash Valley Community Read with the original True Grit movie featuring John Wayne on Thursday, March 12th at 6:30PM. Relax and watch the movie with friends and family on the library’s big screen!

 The second event will feature “Modern Day Cowboy”, Max LeCrone. Listen to Max as he retells his life as a cattle rancher in South Dakota on Thursday, March 26th at 6:30PM. Max will detail his account of cattle branding and daily life as a cowboy on the range. Be sure come and listen to how he helped ranchers herd, brand, vaccinate, and wrestle cattle. You will not want to miss hearing about his life as a “Modern Day Cowboy”! Register here.

 The third and final event will feature a True Grit book discussion on Monday, March 30th at 6:30 PM. The discussion will give you a chance to discuss main character Rooster Cogburn and his life on the range. Register  here.

While at the library, be sure to check out our John Wayne memorabilia and knife collection on display. Cowboy up and come to one, two, or all three events taking place at the Marshall Public Library the month of March!


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.


Abraham Lincoln Remembered

Commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's assassination by attending a program at Marshall Public Library! On Thursday, April 16th at 6 pm, Chuck Hand of Paris, Illinois will present a program and show artifacts relating to Abraham Lincoln and his assassination at Ford's Theater in April 1865.

Please register for this free program by calling the library or register online here.


"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:

  • 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, 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!

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