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Author Candace Fleming to Visit Marshall!

Each year Marshall’s Visiting Author Committee selects a well-known author to visit Marshall Schools and the library. This year the Committee has out-done themselves once again, bringing renowned author Candace Fleming to the library Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 PM in the Dale McConchie Meeting room.

 Candace Fleming awarded herself the Newbery Medal in fifth grade after scraping the gold sticker off the class copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and pasting it onto her first novel—a ten-page, ten-chapter mystery called Who Done It? She’s been collecting awards (her own, not Eliza-Beth George Speare’s) ever since.

 Today, Candace is the versatile and acclaimed author of more than twenty books for children and young adults, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize honored The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of the Russian Empire; Boston Globe/Horn Book A w a r d - winning biography, The Lincolns; the bestselling picture book, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; and the beloved Boxes for Katje.

Please register by calling the library at 217-826-2535 or using the online registration form.



Exchange Food for Fines in November

Canned FoodIf you owe a fine for late materials at Marshall Public Library – no matter how large or small – you can exchange it for a few cans of food for the local food bank from November 1 through November 30th.  “Food for Fines” gives anyone owing the library a fine for late books, DVDs, magazines, CDs, or audio tapes the opportunity to have the charges erased from their library card record and to have their library borrowing privileges restored.  If any “lost” library materials are returned, the materials charges will be converted to overdue fines which may also be waived by donating food items.Please bring in at least one non-perishable food item for every $5.00 in fines owed and we will donate the food to the Marshall Food and Clothing Bank.  It’s a great way to help the community, the library, and yourself!


American Girl Tea Party

Children ages 6 years and older are invited to enjoy an old fashioned game, taste some festive holiday refreshments, do a simple craft and hear a heartwarming story at Marshall Public Library’s annual American Girl Christmas Tea Party on Saturday, December 10th.  The party will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 PM and it will take place at the library.

This year’s theme will be ‘Celebrating 100 years’ at the library with American Girl dolls.  A unique collection of American Girl dolls will be on display for the girls to see and enjoy. Children are welcome to bring a favorite doll and wear their party clothes!

Registration is required and space is limited, so please call the library to register or register online. A holiday e-card, from American Girl and the library, will be sent to the children the week before the party; please provide an email address when registering. 



Holiday Hours

Need to stop in to check-out some last minute holiday books or movies or purchase that one last gift? We have Dr. George books and 2017 Main Street Calendars available for purchase.

Marshall Public Library's holiday hours are:

Saturday, December 24th - Closed for Christmas Eve

Monday, December 26th - Closed for Christmas

Tuesday and Wednesday, December 27th & 28th - 10 am to 6 pm

Thursday, December 29th - 10 am to 8 pm

Friday and Saturday, December 30th & 31st - 10 am to 5 pm

Monday, January 2nd - Closed for New  Years

Tuesday, January 3rd - 10 am to 6 pm (Normal hours resume)



Get Powered with STEAM at Marshall Public Library

Children grades 3rd through 6th may register at Marshall Public Library for a free STEAM program held monthly the third Tuesday of the month from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM beginning October 18th and ending March 21st. STEAM combines science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics into stimulating hands-on activities for children. Each month children will have the opportunity to collaborate, build, experiment and create using a variety of tools.

Registration is required each month for this free program. Students who need transportation from North School may use the school bus to get to the library, please indicate this need when registering with the library. To register for this free program, made possible by an anonymous donation in honor of the library’s 100th birthday, you may call the library at 217-826-2535.


Free Computer Classes

Computer classes are back and they are still free! Here's what we have coming up:

 "Intro to Email"
Tuesday, December 13th, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Join us as our Head Librarian leads the class using a free, self paced online tutorial offered through the Goodwill Foundation. Classes are offered on a first come first serve basis. If you are unable to attend a class and would still like to learn about it you may visit our website at www.marshallillibrary.com and click on the Resource Weblink tab to find your free online computer class!  Please call the library at (217) 826-2535 to register or for more information. Or register online. Space is limited.


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.

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