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Marshall High School Yearkbooks


Oral History Interviews


Marshall area newspapers



MPL on YouTube 


An award-winning online curriculum for young children, from Age of Learning, Inc. Free at our library.


Free access in the library or remote.
For remote use, log in with your MPL barcode.


Free access in the library or remote. For remote use, log in with your MPL barcode.


Password inside library:  marshall
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Find your ancestors’ stories.
Discover yours.
For use only in library. 
No username/password needed.



3M Cloud Library

Start here to download the app for your device.  Additional instructions can be found here. Once the app is downloaded, you can access the catalog and dowload books.


Simply log-in with your library barcode to access wonderful resources which includes ebooks, encyclopedia entries, videos, games, science experiments, and much more!


To dowload ebooks, create an account and by using your 14 digit library code number.


Glassdoor is your free inside look at jobs and companies - salary details, company reviews, and interview questions.


Use your library barcode to log-in.



Solar Eclipse Glasses Update

We will have a VERY limited supply of solar eclipse glasses available beginning Thursday morning at 10 am.

Priority will be given to patrons who previously received glasses that have been recalled.

There will be a limited supply also available to patrons who have not already received glasses.

Anyone exchanging glasses is asked to do so by noon on Saturday, August 19th.

After that, any remaining glasses will be distributed to the general public on a first come, first served basis.

Limit one pair per person. Library hours are 10 am to 8 pm Thursday, 10 am to 5 pm Friday, and 10 am to 5 pm Saturday.


Watch the Solar Eclipse at Marshall Public Library!


Marshall Public Library recalls SolarEclipse glasses

 Marshall Public Library is recalling all Solar Eclipse glasses given to the public from August 1st through August 12, 2017 because they have the potential to be unsafe for viewing the Solar Eclipse. The manufacturer of the glasses American Paper Optics was an authorized manufacturer of NASA glasses, however, the glasses purchased through Amazon under this manufacturers name failed to meet certain safety requirements and are therefore under a nationwide recall.

"To protect your eyes when viewing the sun or an eclipse, NASA and the American Astronomical Society (AAS) advise you to use solar eclipse glasses orother solar filters from recommended manufacturers. Viewing the sun or an eclipse using any other glasses or filters could result in loss of vision or permanent blindness."

Patrons who received Solar Eclipse glasses from the library between the dates of August 1st through 12th should either throw the glasses away or return them to the library for a new pair of glasses. The new glasses purchased directlyfrom the manufacturer will arrive Thursday, August 17th. To view recommended list of Solar Eclipse glasses manufacturers please visit https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters or you may visit the library for a complete listing. 

For more information on safely viewing the eclipse, please visit the NASA eclipse safety site.

For information on detecting conterfeit, unsafe eclipse glasses, go here.

The Solar Eclipse program for Monday, August 21st from 12:30 to 2:30 PM is still scheduled. For those who want to be a part of the program but do not have glasses or wish to watch the eclipse on television, the library will have NASA streaming live in the Dale McConchie meeting room along with moon pies, punch,and trivia.

No registration is required for this free event. If you have questions you may call the library at 217-826-2535.

Read Down Your Fines in August!

Hey, Kids!  Anyone 18 years of age or under may come to Marshall Public Library during the month of August, and “read down” their late materials fines.  This is a great way to have your library borrowing record cleared so you can check out materials again. Just come to the library and sign in at the circulation desk.  You must actively read in the library where the staff can see you. For every 15 minutes you read silently in the library, you will have your fine reduced by $1.00.  Lost materials charges are not eligible for this program; program is limited to patrons with Marshall Public Library cards.


"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:


Upcoming Selections

August 2017 - Two by Two - Nicholas Sparks

September 2017: The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

October 2017: The Book that Matters Most – Ann Hood

November 2017: Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

December 2017:  Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

January 2018: No One is Coming to Save Us Stephanie Powell Watts

 Multiple copies of featured books will be available for checkout at the library, including audiobook and large print versions if available.


GED Scholarships Available

The Friends of Marshall Public Library received a $250 donation from Marshall Main Street in honor of the library’s new GED Scholarship program. The program is one of many that honor the library’s centennial celebrations this year. The library understands it is difficult for individuals who lack a high school diploma to find work, and therefore difficult to pay for GED tests. As Janet Hasten, GED instructor for Lake Land Community College Adult Education said: “Students often struggle to pass the GED test; offering a local scholarship will help alleviate the heavy burdens many of these students face both academically and financially”. The library believes this program will not only help individuals and their families directly, but will also provide greater good to the community.

The Friends will award multiple scholarships to local residents; all those seeking a GED are encouraged to apply. Applicants may apply by completing a GED scholarship application available at the library or print one here. All applications should be mailed to Friends of the Library, Attn. Director, 612 Archer Avenue, Marshall, IL 62441 or dropped off at the library. All scholarships winners will remain confidential.

For more information about this scholarship opportunity or how you or your organization may contribute to this program, please call Marshall Public Library at 217-826-2535.

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!


Toddler Time with Mother Goose

Join us each Tuesday morning at 10:30 for Toddler Time with Mother Goose. This program is a fast-paced fun-filled thirty minute interactive session that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. The program is geared towards children ages 0 to 3 and their caregivers. Visit the  Mother Goose on the Loose website to learn more about this wonderful programs and the benefits for children and their caregivers.
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