Wabash Valley Reads features Booth Tarkington
This year's book selection for the Wabash Valley reads is The Magnifient Ambersons by Booth Tarkington. The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner is featured in a display in our large display cases this month. His mother's family had roots in Marshall, and he spent his 12th birthday here, visiting his cousins. He began his first published book, The Gentleman from Indiana, almost immediately after leaving school, drawing inspiration from this visit. For Tarkington, Marshall symbolized the timeless perfection of a boy’s heaven on Earth.
Stop in and see our display today! And while you are here, pick up a free copy of The Magnifent Ambersons and register to attend one of our book discussions featuring the book this month - "Book Friends" on Wednesday, March 19th at 10:30 am or "Literally Speaking" book club on Monday, March 24 at 6:30 pm.
Author Karen DeWitt to Visit Marshall
Join us Saturday, April 12th at 1:00 pm for a book talk and signing by author Karen DeWitt. Karen will be visiting the library that afternoon, before speaking to the the National Road Quilt Guild at their meeting on Sunday, April 13th. Karen will present her first book, The Bunco Club, which follows the lives of eight quilters as they gather once a month to play the popular no-skills dice game called Bunco. Eight women, eight months, eight individual tales merge into one compelling story of friendship.
Karen’s career as a professional artist became challenged when Multiple Sclerosis minimized the use of her right hand. As she struggled to stay creative, she not only trained her left-hand to produce artwork, but also began work on her first novel. “I’ve always loved to write, so when one door closed to me, I jumped at the chance to open a new one.” Karen's own bunco club has met monthly for more than 20 years! She is also a life-long quilter, holds an MFA in studio art and has attended workshops at the renowned Iowa Summer Writing Festival. DeWitt lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Bob Barber, and they have one adult son.
Copies of The Bunco Club will be available for purchase after the program. Please register to attend by calling or emailing the library.
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.
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 4th and continue through April 15th. Persons interested in receiving free tax assistance should call the library to schedule an appointment on or after January 27th. 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 some are available to be photocopied. 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.
New at Marshall Public Library: 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.