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Janet Hasten Room Reception

If you have ever served on a committee or board of any kind, you know that it takes real dedication.  Can you imagine being on a board for over 20 years?

Janet Hasten has served on Marshall Public Library’s Board of Trustees since 1987.  During that time, she has held various offices on the board for multiple years, including Secretary, Vice President, and President. Janet has also served on the regional library boards of Lincoln Trail Libraries System and Illinois Heartland Library System.  This involved a great deal of committee work and travel, and of course, time.

To honor Janet’s dedication to our community and library, the Board of Trustees plans to dedicate the Janet E. Hasten Room at a reception on Sunday, October 19th, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in the library.  The dedication and remarks will take place at 2:30 PM.  Friends, family, and the public are invited to the reception to show your appreciation for a true public servant.


"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:

  • November 3rd – The Book Thief by Markus  Zusak
  • December 1st – The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  • January 5th - Bring your favorite book!
  • February 2nd - Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • March 2nd - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • April 6th - Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough
  • May 4th - Small Blessings by Martha Woodruff



Trick or Treat at the Library!

This year there will be a treat waiting for children at Marshall Public Library on Tuesday, October 28th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.  We will have a fun and slightly spooky Halloween story and a treat for all little ghouls and goblins that drop by in a costume.  This is the same evening that children will be “Trick or Treating” at Burnsides Community Health Center, so stop by the library while the kids are still in costume!  If you don’t have a library card, this would also be a great time to register.  That would really be a treat!!



Road to Victory: The American in the Bulge

Marshall Public Library invites you to join us at 6:00 pm on Thursday November 6th for a film and discussion program which will feature World War II artifacts and a film screening of the documentary The American in the Bulge, followed by Dan Crews' insights  into the Battle of the Bulge.  The evening will conclude with an opportunity for the audience to add comments and remembrances or ask questions.

In The American in the Bulge, the renowned tour guide and battlefield historian, Canadian born Ellwood von Siebold, will give a virtual tour of the frozen foxholes and fog-shrouded hills where these brave soldiers endured unimaginable conditions.  Travelling in von Siebold’s 1943 Dodge Command car, you will learn how their heroic efforts pushed the Nazis back behind their Siegfried Line. Hear from veterans who were there and view the events from the soldier’s eye, all in real time. This film has been aired on PBS stations many times.

This program is the second in a series on the 'Road to Victory.'

For more information or to register for this free program, please contact the library at (217) 826 - 2535 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



November is National Family Caregivers Month!

Please join Margaret Hunter, Caregiver Advisor, on Friday, November 14th from 10 to 11:15 am in the library's Dale McConchie meeting room for a special session of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group. This group meets regularly the 2nd Friday of each month in the library and is sponsored by Community Care Systems, Inc.

In celebration of Family Caregiver's month, the November meeting will feature Amy Corbin of SAIL who will discuss caregiving tips for grandparents and others raising grandchildren. There will be giveaways, a door prize, and refreshments.  For more information, please call 217-460-0351 or 888-299-9553.


Author James Klise to Visit

Author James Klise will be visiting the Marshall Schools and Marshall Public Library on November 13th and 14th. He is a Peoria, IL native, and currently serves as a high school librarian in Chicago. Klise has published many stories in great journals like Story Quarterly, New Orleans Review, Sou’wester, Southern Humanities Review and elsewhere. He published his first young adult novel "Love Drugged," in 2010 and his second young adult novel, "The Art of Secrets," in April of 2014. For more information about his books check out his website at: http://www.jamesklise.com/.

A program and book signing will be at Marshall Public Library at 6:30 PM on November 13th.  Books may be purchased for the cost of $15.00 at the circulation desk prior to the program.



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 beginning on September 18th, at 6:30 PM in the library. Registration is limited, so please call the library if you plan to attend or if you would like more information about this free program.  Marshall Rotary Club and Evelyn Knowles Foundation generously fund this program.

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