NASA’s ‘Solar System Walk’ and exhibit at the library
Looking for a unique activity your whole family will love? Visit the Solar System Walk at the Marshall Public Library April 11th through April 29th, and enjoy the outdoors while exercising your mind and body at the same time.
Developed by NASA Glenn Research Center, the Solar System Walk gives visitors an appreciation for the enormous size of our Universe. The journey through our solar system begins with a visit to our closest star, the Sun, and continues on to each planet -- from Mercury all the way to Neptune -- plus Pluto! Along the way, it reveals some of the secrets of space.
You will also enjoy a Solar System experience inside the library with a simulated lunar model, comet model and asteroid model. The fun doesn’t stop there you also enjoy a ‘solar system scale’ that measures what your weight as if you were on another planet! Enjoy a hands-on glove box where you may build just as if you were in a space suit. Join us at the library for an ‘Out of this World’ experience!
Visit with Colonel Robert Zavel, Civil War Soldier
Enjoy a Civil War portrayal by actor and presenter Richard Benach on Thursday, May 26th at 6:30 PM in Marshall Public Library’s Dale McConchie meeting room. Benach will portray Lt. Colonel Robert Zavel, USA. The Lt. Colonel will be traveling to Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri and will be stopping in Marshall to visit with his dear friends, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hand of Paris, Illinois. The colonial has graciously agreed to speak with us about his personal experiences with Abraham Lincoln and the Lincoln family (1862-1864). All are invited to register online or by phone for this free reenactment that is sure to take you back in time, seating is limited.
For more information or to register for the program, please call 217-826-2535.
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.
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.
"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:
2016 SelectionsApril 20 - The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin
May 18 - Wonder by R.J. Palacio
June 15 - From Here to Eternity by James Jones
July 20 - At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
August 17 - The Children's Crusade by Ann PackerMultiple copies of featured books will be available for checkout at the library.
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!
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.