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, March 30th 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.
Free Tax Assistance Available by Appointment
Free tax assistance is again available at Marshall Public Library to taxpayers with middle and low income, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. Volunteers have been trained through the AARP Tax-Aide program in cooperation with the IRS and will provide this confidential tax preparation service at no charge.
Assistance is by appointment only and will take place in the library. This service will be available from February 2nd and continue through April 13th. Persons interested in receiving free tax assistance should call the library to schedule an appointment on or after January 19th. Assistance will be available during select hours each week.
Please bring a photo id, copy of last year’s income tax forms and all supporting documentation. The volunteers will not complete business or farm returns.
You may visit the Internal Revenue Service’s web site, www.irs.gov, using the library’s Internet accessible computers. Here you can find forms to print and answers to tax questions.
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.
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. Upcoming books include:
by Olivia Dunrea
March 16th at 6:30 pm
When Will It Be Spring
by Catherine Walters
April 20th at 6:30 pm
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:
Upcoming SelectionsMarch 15, 2017 : Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neal Hurston
April 2017: Did You Ever Have a Family? - Bill Clegg
May 2017: I am Malala - Malala Yousafzai
June 2017: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
Multiple copies of featured books will be available for checkout at the library, including audiobook and large print versions if available.
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.
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!