Author Mike Lunsford to Visit Marshall Public Library
Wabash Valley columnist and writer Mike Lunsford will be signing his books and meeting with interested readers at the Marshall, Illinois Public Library on Thursday, November 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm (CST).
Lunsford lives in rural Parke County, Indiana and writes a regular human interest column, “The Off Season,” for the Terre Haute Tribune-Star; he has published five books, and all will be available for sale. His first book, “The Off Season,” has been recently re-released in a newly-edited second edition, and he’ll be reading from and discussing his newest book, “The Bridge That Carries You Over.”
Indiana poet Shari Wagner says of his writing: “Mike’s essays are steppingstones, firm beneath our feet, leading us toward insight.” Author Allen Young says of Mike’s books: “His latest writings are an inspiration for us all to look, listen, and feel the inherent beauty of the natural world.”
Exchange Food for Fines in November
If 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!
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.
"Eating to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes" Program Series at the Library!
Can you prevent the onset of diabetes and other diseases with what you do or do not eat? According to recent re-search, the answer is that maybe you can.
To help you learn more about the relationship between food consumption and chronic diseases, particularly diabetes, University of Illinois Extension Wellness Educator Mary Liz Wright is offering a free program “Eating to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes” on Thursday, September 22nd and Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30 pm in the library’s Dale McConchie Meeting Room.
Topics will include the types of diabetes, metabolic syndrome and strategies for those who have diabetes to reduce risks of future complications.
Please register by calling the library at 217-826-2535 or using the online registration form.
Marshall Public Library Celebrates 100 Years!
In the beginning...
In 1915, the Walter Burdick Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sought to include the question of a public library on the April 1916 ballot. A newspaper campaign was started to create â€œfavorable sentimentâ€ for all the reasons why a library would benefit the community.
The Daughters campaign was successful and the option to vote for a free public library was added to the April 1916 election ballot. The community overwhelming voted in favor of a public library.
The grand opening for the library was October 1916.Â The first location was the second floor of the Claypool Building on the southwest corner of 5th and Main Street (now Archer Avenue). The only access to the library was by way of an outdoor staircase on the north side of the building.Â It is now location to Old National Bank.
Over the years...
In an effort to provide citizens with a more pleasurable library experience, the library moved to a room above City Hall in 1929. The new location required no rent and offered a much needed inside stairway. This building is now location to Chamber of Commerce.
Still, the library services were only offered on a second level making access difficult for some patrons.Â In 1963 the Womenâ€™s Club of Marshall discussed the idea of moving the library to a ground floor location. The Civic and Welfare committee met with the library board several times, but the financial aspects of securing a new location and the approval of a tax levy threatened to end the project.
In 1964, a Friends of the Library group was organized and a campaign began to â€œwork toward relocating the library to a downstairsâ€. Funds were raised and in 1968 the Friends were able to make a down payment to purchase the former Willfond Clothing Store located at 612 Archer Avenue. This location would serve the public for the next 25 years.
The library now...
In 1993, the library discovered it did not meet current Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.Â It was during this same time, a referendum was passed to establish a new district known as the Marshall Area Public Library District which included all residents living in the Marshall school district.Â Upon its passage, the number of patrons served by the library immediately doubled and the need for a bigger building became apparent. The Friends of the Library re-organized in 1995 to secure funds to purchase the adjoining building. The adjoining 614 Archer Avenue location had been formerly known as C.A. Dixon Farm Implements, Ford Auto and Kroger. The purchase of this building tripled the libraryâ€™s building size.
By 1996 both library buildings were completely remodeled to include a meeting room, accessible restrooms, a periodical room, young adult area and office space. The newly decorated Dale McConchie Meeting Room was dedicated October 1998 and the young adult area was dedicated to Janet Hasten October 2014.
Celebrating 100 years...
Recently the library celebrated their upcoming birthday with the Fall Festival Parade walk. Trustees, staff, teens and Friends handed out free book coupons for children while carrying library signs now on display at the library.
Free Computer Classes
Computer classes are back and they are still free! Here's what we have coming up:
“Intro to Microsoft Word”
"Intro to Email"
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.