Historical Fiction Author Gregory Randle to Visit
Gregory Randle says of his newly released book, "The Last Ferryman is a novel that I think of as historical fiction, as it is loosely based upon the building of the Hutsonville bridge that brought an end to the long-running ferry there.”
A book talk and signing for Randle will take place at Marshall Public Library, on Thursday, May 8th, at 2:00 PM, in the library’s Dale McConchie Meeting Room. Please register for this free program by calling or emailing the library.
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. As a result, we've added a second source of ebooks for our patrons: the 3M Cloud. This new program is now available for patrons to dowload ebooks. Currently, patrons have access to both the 3M Cloud Library and My Media Mall.
Audiobooks will be coming to the 3M Cloud in 2014.
Will you be our Friend?
Friends of Marshall Public Library are helping to make many wonderful things happen at your library and they would like you to help! June is membership month, so please stop in and join or renew your membership to support your local library.
Here's a list of the top five reasons to be a Friend of the Library:
The activities of the Friends of Marshall Public Library are vital to making our library a special part of the community and surrounding area. We hope you will join us in supporting the library by becoming a member today. Whether you choose to be an active member of the Friends or not, your support is appreciated. Membership dues are just $5.00 for an individual or $10.00 for an entire family. Of course larger donations are always appreciated.
If you are interested in becoming an active member of our group, please come to the Friends meetings from 5:00 to 6:00 PM on the first Thursday of May, July, September, November, January, and March. That’s only six meetings per year!
Please call the library for more information or stop in and fill out a Friends of the Library application form.
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.
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.
Register your child for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library!
Thanks to a very generous donation by Gerald and Jean Forsythe, all children residing in the Marshall school district up to age five will be able to receive free books through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Every month, until their fifth birthday, each child will receive a free book appropriate for their age. All you have to do to enroll your child is fill out a registration form at the library or mail it to the library. You can pick up a form at the library or print one off here. Members of the Clark County Optimist Club and Marshall Service League are working hard along with the library to make sure as many children as possible get to take advantage of this wonderful program. Call the library if you have any questions.
Equipment and Training Materials available to local businesses
Local businesses and entrepreneurs can now check out business resources and equipment from Marshall Public Library to enable them to give presentations, create marketing materials, train employees, and much more. These resources were provided by the Small Business Administration’s “Business and Libraries Working Together” grant from Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White. Equipment available for check out include a digital projector, projection screen, video camera kit including a tripod and multimedia headsets, tablet with WiFi, a digital writing kit, and a laptop computer loaded with business software. In addition, numerous training videos and an excellent collection of “business how-to” books are also available for loan. For a complete list of equipment and resources or for more information, please call the library. SBA’s funding should not be construed as an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.