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“Crossroads: Change in Rural America”

Marshall Public Library will be hosting traveling Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” March 25th through May 4th with a special public preview Sunday, March 24th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Folklore singer Chris Vallillo will be begin singing at 2:00 p.m. with light refreshments. Those in attendance will enjoy touring the newly renovated library while exploring nationally acclaimed exhibit depicting changes in rural America over the past 100 years. Local exhibits will also be on display depicting “Cork: Change in Rural Medical Care” and “Agriculture: Change in Rural Farms”.


The Crossroads tour will kick off with a special program Thursday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. with local physician James Turner presenting: “From the plains of Clark County to the Nuba Mountains of Sudan” Dr. Turner will tell the story of how Dr. George Mitchell’s medical philosophies are being used by and Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and Aurora prize winner Dr. Tom Catena in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.


Weekly programs will be held each Thursday during the exhibit:


Thursday, April 4th at 6:30 PM

IL Humanities Road Scholar Brian Fox Ellis presents:

“John Deere: History and Future”

As John Deere, historian and author, Brian “Fox” Ellis, covers a hundred years of agricultural history and then leads a discussion on the future of farming. Raising issues like the pros and cons of agriculture versus agribusiness, the role of technology and mechanization, the small family farm, centennial farms, and community service agriculture, this program promises to engage the audience in a complex conversation on how we continue to feed the world.


Thursday, April 11th at 6:30 PM

University of Illinois Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness Mary Liz Wright presents:

“From Red Flannel Hash to Roasted Brussel Sprouts; How Food Has Changed in the Last 100 Years”

This program will highlight food trends, the globalization of food and changes in food safety practices over the last 100 years.



Thursday, April 18th at 6:30 PM

University of Illinois Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture Jessie Soule presents:

“Changing Face of Midwest Families”

The Midwest over the past 100 years has experienced significant changes in farm households and farm structures, spurred by ever-changing technological and sociopolitical factors. Educator, Jesse Soule will take a closer at some of these factors in an effort to better understand how farm families have evolved, and how rural America will continue to evolve.



Thursday, April 25th at 6:30 PM

Author and Historian Tim Crumrin presents:

“Roads Not Taken: How Interstates and Highways Changed Rural America”

The locating of a highway could make or break rural communities, lead to their rise or decline. This presentation will look at how two highways, the National Road and Interstate 70, effected the fortunes of two small towns, West Terre Haute, Indiana and Marshall, Illinois. Tim Crumrin is an award-winner historian and author who has published over fifty articles and books.; He grew up in both Marshall and West Terre Haute.



Thursday, May 2nd at 6:30 PM

Movie @ the Library detailing Dr. Tom Catena’s documentary:

“One Heart. One Doctor. One Million People: The Heart of Nuba”

In the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, American doctor Tom Catena selflessly and courageously serves the needs of a forgotten people, while the region is bombed relentlessly by an indicted war criminal, Omar Al-Bashir. Two things remain constant: Dr. Tom's faith and his enduring love for the Nuba people.


To register for any one of these free programs please call the library at 217-826-2535 or use the online forms linked to each program title.


Additional resources including interviews and photographs related to the local agriculture and medical exhibits are available here.

Further reading regarding rural life, farming, and medical care are avaible through our online database, GVRL.  (password is remote)


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.

Therapy Dogs are Big Heroes @ Marshall Public Library


Local residents Mike and Phyllis Pence have anything but ordinary pets. Their pets’ open doors of kindness and understanding for children in the Marshall community by offering meaningful early literacy interactions at Marshall Public Library. Ernest T. and Clyde are both Golden Retrievers certified thru Alliance of Therapy Dogs and offer one-on-one support to children and their families who struggle with emotional and/or physical conditions. Monthly at the Library these dogs visit, console, and engage families in need with book readings and therapeutic interactions. Eight-year-old Earnest T, who was rescued at just 4 ½ months, has been serving as a therapy dog at the library for nearly 8 years. Clyde, who turns 6 in April, has been certified for 4 years and was also discovered thru the Rescue Me Clifford group. He was rescued from a puppy mill when he was just shy of 2 years old.

Despite their turbulent beginnings, these dogs have managed to provide natural empathy for a variety of children in need within the Marshall community. Perhaps it is because of their difficult beginnings, these two dogs have been able to provide empathetic interactions to children who have endured stressful and/or traumatic situations.

Recently, the Pence’s acquired miniature ponies Raven and Lady who are not certified therapy ponies, but are working on getting their certifications soon. They too were both rescued and came from a mini rescue farm in Sesser, Illinois. Raven is a 15-year-old 30 ½” appaloosa and Lady is a 22-year-old 33 ½” pinto palomino.

If you or someone you know is struggling with a severe mental or physical condition and wish to utilize this free, once-a-month program, please call the library at 217-826-2535 and ask for the Director.


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 coffee and a light snack. Upcoming featured books include:


Upcoming Selections

April 2019:  Home for Unwanted Girls – Joanna Goodman

May 2019:  Love and Other Consolation Prizes – Jamie Ford

June 2019: To the Stars Through Difficulties – Romalyn Tilghman

July 2019: Nine Perfect Strangers – Liane Moriarty


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


Have a suggestion for a future Book Chat featured selection? Please let us know by filling out the suggestion form.


Get Powered with STREAM at Marshall Public Library

Children grades third through sixth may register with Marshall Public Library for a free STREAM program held monthly the third Tuesday of the month from after school to 4:00 PM beginning September 18th through April, excluding November. Retired Junior High Science teacher Kathy English will lead the program combining science, technology, reading, engineering, art and mathematics into stimulating hands-on activities. Each month children will have the opportunity to collaborate, build, and experiment using a variety of tools.

Registration is limited and required each month for this free program. The program will be held at North School immediately after school until 4:00 PM. Guardians must send a note to the school the day of the program and pick up their child at North School promptly at 4:00 PM.

To register you may call the library at 217-826-2535


Shop Amazon - support the Friends of the Library!


The Friends of Marshall Public Library are now on Amazon Smile!

AmazonSmile is a website (smile.amazon.com) operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

When you shop @AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to Friends of Marshall Public Library. Simply use this link to begin donating today.


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