Award Winning Illustrator Mark Braught coming to Marshall Public Library
Illustrator Mark Braught will be visiting Marshall Public Library on Thursday, October 29th at 6:30 PM in the Dale McConchie Meeting room. Braught has illustrated 40 plus painting for Harry Potter merchandise and has created images for some of the finest editorial, advertising, publishing and institutional organizations in the United States.
He will be visiting Marshall Schools and speaking with students about how he became the successful illustrator he is today. The students will learn what it takes to be a successful artist and display items at the library the week of October 29th. A wrap-up program featuring his journey of illustration and awards ceremony will be on October 29th in the library.
Wellness Program Series Coming This Fall
Do you find it difficult to keep those pesky extra pounds off your waistline? If so, you will want to join us for a wellness series featuring “Rethink your Drink” by Mary Liz Wright from the U of I Extension office. Wright is a wellness educator and will be discussing how drinks can play a large role in weight gain with her “Rethink your Drink” program on November 5th at 6:30 PM. This program will increase your understanding of calorie and sugar content of popular beverages and how they can make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight. These programs will be held in the library’s Dale McConchie Meeting room.
You may reserve your seat by calling the library at 217-826-2535 or using the online registration form. Rethink Your Drink
Trick or Treat at the Library!
All children are welcome to visit the library in their Halloween costume on Thursday, October 22nd from 6:30 to 7:30 PM and get a free book! Children will also get a chance to spin our prize wheel, interact with other children in costume and listen to a story! Make it a whole evening of fun by stopping by Holly Brook and Burnsides that same evening. It is an evening of free fun for the whole family!
If you don’t have a library card, this would also be a great time to register. That would really be a treat!!
"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. If you would like to join in on the discussion but are unable to attend, message us on Facebook or complete a featured “book of the month” bookmark available online or at the library. Upcoming featured books include:
The Light Between Oceans by H.D. Stedman — September 16th
The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson — October 21st
Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates - November 18
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - December 16
Multiple copies of featured books will be available for checkout at the library.
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, September thru April, at 6:30 PM in the library. Registration is limited, so please call the library or click here to register if you plan to attend. Marshall Rotary Club and Evelyn Knowles Foundation generously fund this program.
Friends of the Library Newspaper Digitization Project
The Friends of Marshall Public Library have decided to take on the next level of preservation for Marshall’s history. In order to do this, the library’s current microfilm collection, dating all the way back to the 1800’s, had to be converted into a special digital format. Converting these reels is a slow and costly process. The Friends of the Library have been working on this project since 2012. They started with 145 reels and have completed 88. The cost per reel is $90. All completed reels are searchable online by typing in a name, a date or a place.
So far the Friends have spent $8,000 on the project and need to raise an additional $5,000 to finish the project. Through generous donations, and the library’s new microfilm Memorial and Honorarium option, progress is being made. The Microfilm Memorial and Honorarium option is available to anyone who wishes to purchase a reel of microfilm in memory or in honor of someone special. For example, if someone you know is celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, you may purchase a reel of microfilm for the year they were married as a way to commemorate their anniversary or perhaps, you would rather purchase a reel to memorialize a loved one. With each purchase, a recognition card is permanently placed on the reel, a letter of commemoration is sent to the family, and a plaque is put on display in the library with the person or group being remembered.
If you would like to learn more, or donate towards this project, you are welcome to attend the next Friends of the Library meeting on September 3rd at 5:00 PM in the Dale McConchie Meeting Room, visit or write us at 612 Archer Avenue, Marshall, IL or call 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.
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!