Postcards from Our Patrons
Going on a trip? Send us a post card!
We are collecing post cards from our travling patrons to see where your journeys take you. Near or far, drop us a post card. Stop in the library and pick up an address label to use. We would love to hear from you!
"Have Book, Will Travel" Summer Reading Program
“Travel” to Marshall Public Library for some Summer Reading Fun!
A good book is a window into another place, another time, another life. Join us as we venture out on this year’s reading journey—“Have Book Will Travel!”
Sign up for Marshal Public Library’s summer reading program beginning on May 20th, and start your reading journey! Reading incentives and a wide variety of programs are planned for all ages – even adults!!
"Find a Book" Search Tool for Students
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is joining Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch in urging librarians, educators and families to use the free online “Find a Book” search tool to ensure students continue reading while they are out of school this summer. “Find a Book” is located here and provides a way for librarians, parents and children to quickly and easily search for books that match a child’s reading level and interests. “Find a Book” also helps locate a local library carrying each book title.
“Our Illinois libraries have long promoted year round reading and the `Find a Book’ search tool complements such efforts,’’ said Secretary White. “I encourage parents to read with their children every day to ensure a lifelong love of reading. When children begin reading independently, they are not only making academic gains but opening themselves to new worlds.” “Just because school doors are closing doesn’t mean learning should stop,” said Governor Quinn. “Summer reading helps students retain and develop academic skills so they’re ready to go when the school bell rings in the new school year.”Find a Book” uses a student's reading score, reported as a Lexile® measure from state standardized tests, including the ISAT, to provide a Lexile range and corresponding list of texts within that range. The Lexile range for a reader is from 50L above his or her Lexile measure to 100L below. If a student attempts to read material above their Lexile range, the text may challenge the student and his or her ability to construct meaning from the reading, and the experience may decrease. Likewise, material below a reader’s Lexile range will provide him or her with little challenge in comprehension.
Users of the “Find a Book” search tool can also find appropriate books without a Lexile measure through a search using the child's grade level and comfort with the typical reading materials at that grade level. The search utility will produce a starting Lexile range that can be further refined. “Find a Book” also offers a Spanish option that allows users to search all of the titles with Spanish Lexile measures. More information on Spanish Lexile measures is available here.
Connecting Generations Mentoring Program
Would you like one-on-one help to learn how to use the Internet or other technology?
Connecting Generations mentoring program can help! This free program matches adults with student volunteers to learn technology and is a community partnership between Marshall Public Library, Marshall High School, Harlan Hall, the local University of Illinois extension, and East Central Illinois Development Corporation. One-on-one mentoring sessions are conducted at the library with library computers or you may bring your own laptop, Ipad, ereader, etc.
Learn internet skills such as how to send and receive pictures and emails, stay in contact with friends or family who no longer live close by, explore interesting websites to search for weather, health information, news, and much more. Or learn more about your e-reader or cell phone! For more information or to set up a mentoring appointment, call the library today at 217 - 826 - 2535.
Recycle Compact Flourescent Light Bulbs at the Library now!
EnerStar Electric Cooperative has placed a collection container for compact flourescent light bulbs in the library. Drop off your used CFLs at the library so they can be safely recycled. Switching to CFLs in your home can save time, energy, and money, and can help the environment. They last up to 10 times longer and use 2/3 less energy than incandescent bulbs.
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. 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.
A Smooth Transition to Polaris
We hope our patrons have not been inconvenienced while the library staff has been making the change to our new automation system, POLARIS. Considering the magnitude of the task, it’s pretty amazing that there have been few problems. Just imagine getting 427 libraries in more than half of the state to be connected so 250,000 people can share 9.5 million items under one set of rules! Many people have been working very hard to make it happen seamlessly, including our library staff. The staff trained for one day in our library, and the librarians attended training sessions in Champaign. Now the staff is gradually getting more comfortable with the new system. Changes and improvements continue to happen daily.
Here are two things we need for you to do: If you use the library catalog from home or your laptop, it is important that you bookmark the new link (mshp.illshareit.com) for the catalog because the old site no longer works. Also, please let us know if you are willing to receive your notices by email or text message.
Please call the library if you have any questions or concerns.