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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 acess wonderful resources which includes ebooks, encyclopedia entries, videos, games, science experiments, and much more!

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Don't Blame the Camera: How to Take Better Landscape Photos 

Yes, you can take great photos of your landscape--and it has very little to do with the camera you use! Whether you shoot with a digital SLR, point-and-shoot or even your phone, you can take frame-worthy photos. All you have to do is learn a few techniques, and then shoot. Chris Tidrick will teach you the basic techniques of garden photography that can be used with the camera you already own.

Join us on Thursday, July 30th at 6:30 pm in the library's Dale McConchie Meeting Room for this program; this event is co-Sponsored by the U of I Extension and Marshall Public Library. There is no fee for this program, however advanced registration is encouraged. To register, call the Marshall Public Library at 217-826-2535 or the Clark County Extension Office at 217-826-5422 . You can also register online at   http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cce   If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call the Clark County Extension office.

 

Will you be our library “Friend”?

Friends of Marshall Public Library are helping to make many wonderful things possible for the community and they would like you to help!  June is membership month, so please stop in Marshall Public Library to join or renew your membership in support of your local library.

Look at some of the terrific things the Friends have done in the past year!  They held their annual membership program featuring The White Violet Center for Eco-Justice in June; continued digitizing newspapers on microfilm beginning with those from the 1800’s; continued to collect interviews for their oral history program; helped fund the establishment of “Little Library Outposts” outside of Marshall; provided lunch for the staff on National Library Worker’s Day; and provided refreshments and assistance for children’s programs.  They also participated in the Main Street Program Adopt-a-Flower Pot Project; continued to sell donated and deleted materials, received funds from their ink cartridge recycling program; and challenged Marshall 5th graders to a Heifer International “Read to Feed” reading program.  They funded nearly $5,600 in purchases for the library, including children’s programs, adult reading program prizes, small equipment and supplies, a sign at the baseball field, and more.

The activities of the Friends of Marshall Public Library are vital to making our library a special part of the community and surrounding area.  We hope you will join us in supporting the library by becoming a member today. Whether you choose to be an active member of the Friends or not, your support is appreciated.  Membership dues are just $5.00 for an individual or $10.00 for an entire family.  Of course higher levels of giving and larger donations are always appreciated.  

If you are interested in becoming an active member of our group, please come to the Friends meetings from 5:00 to 6:00 PM on the first Thursday of July, September, November, January, March, and May.  That’s only six meetings per year!  The Friends are particularly in need of help with their collecting interviews from Marshall’s older adults so their memories of years past can be recorded for future generations.

 

 

Check Out the Library Geocaches!

 

Never heard of geocaching? According to geocaching.com, it is a "real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location."

With nearly 3 million geocaches placed world wide and nearly 6 million registered geocachers, it is quickly becoming one of the top outdoor recreational hobbies. Getting started is easy - sign up for a free account at geocaching.com, search for a cache near you, and you're ready to go!

Marshall Public Library is pleased to be a part of this exciting adventure.  Be sure to check out our new series of library related geocaches. There are 3 located around our library districts - "Little Library Outpost #1", "Little Library Outpost #2", and "Dewey or Not?".

Learn more at https://www.geocaching.com/guide/default.aspx or stop by the library to check-out a how-to book.

 

 

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.


 

Oral Histories of Local Residents Online!

The Friends of Marshall Public Library have been conducting oral history interviews with area residents since 1994. Interviews have been collected in conjunction with Smithsonian exhibits, local history projects, 4-H projects, and more. The Marshall High School class of 1999 contributed many interviews as a part of their local history projects; several interviews, concerning World War II, were conducted by Dan Crews. The project has been revived in recent months, led by Friends of the Library volunteers Damian Macey and Maury Miller who are now actively interviewing area residents on a regular basis.

These interviews are an invaluable community treasure; they have been uploaded to YouTube and many have also been transcribed.  To access these videos, please visit the library's genealogy department homepage.  Each interview has a link to the actual audio recording (via YouTube) and a link to the transcript (will open as PDF) if available. Assistance is still needed to transcribe many of the interviews. If interested, please contact the library.

 

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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