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

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A secure, convenient, and easy way to make payments for fines/fees, lost material, non-resident fees, donations.

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Genealogy database with billions of records.
For remote access, log in with library card numnber.

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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.

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

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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 “Portion Distortion” and “Rethink your Drink” by Mary Liz Wright from the U of I Extension office. Wright is a wellness educator and will be discussing how to eat well balanced meals while maintaining a healthy weight in part one of her wellness series ‘Portion Distortion’, October 1st at 6:30 PM. Wright will address appropriate portion size and how to make healthy meal time decisions.

 She will also discuss in part two of her wellness series 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 forms.  Portion Distortion            Rethink Your Drink

 

"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.

 

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.


 

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. 

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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