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Marshall Public Library Renovations Coming Soon!


Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce plans to renovate the library’s main level.  For many years the library has been saving funds for a renovation project. In 2015, Edwin (Sonny) Daly former local resident, member of the Handy Writer’s Colony, and published author, donated $100,000 to the library upon his death.  This money, combined with the library’s equivalent savings, made it possible to consider the idea of renovating the library’s main floor.

 In January 2017, the Board of Trustees selected EWR Architects and Associates to begin a renovation plan. In April 2018 the library received word from Illinois State Library that the Live and Learn Construction Grant application for which they applied would be awarded to the library. With sufficient funds and renovation plans in place, the library will begin renovations later this summer. Renovations will include several updated features that will better assist library patrons with disabilities and overall library experience. The main features of the renovation include: a vestibule at the entrance of the library, a relocated circulation desk with added head librarian office, a new maker space/study room, a staff handicap accessible restroom, new flooring and paint, an enhanced genealogy area, increased seating and a new floor layout. Full size poster models of the renovations will soon be available for viewing at the library and at City Hall.

To view a short video showing upcoming renovation plans, check out Marshall Public Library on Youtube.


Abraham Lincoln in the American Mind

Join local author Mike Lunsford for a discussion about America’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 CST at Marshall Public Library.  Lunsford was in the inaugural class of the Abraham Lincoln Teacher’s Fellowship in Springfield in 2006, holds a MS degree from Indiana State University in United States History, and has read extensively about Lincoln.  He will discuss what he feels are misconceptions about Lincoln today, share a reading list, and read two stories he’s published about Lincoln.  Lunsford will also make his books available for signing and sale, including his latest, Field Notes and Other Stories (Shade Tree Press, 2017).

To register for this free program you may call the library at 217-826-2535 or use the online form.



Tiger! Tiger! Exhibit Featured at Marshall Public Library


Imagine walking down a generations-old road.  A rustle off to the side makes you snap to attention, and you hold your breath as a tiger crosses your path.  In some parts of the world, people share their environment with tigers just as we share ours with coyotes or hawks.  Learn more about tigers as you explore the Tiger! Tiger! exhibit beginning April 1st and ending June 30th at Marshall Public library.  Guests will learn why tigers are amazing, important and endangered.

 Learn about the innovative methods being implemented to make sure tigers continue to have a home in a balanced ecosystem.  Every person, regardless of age or location, can help save tigers!

 The grant for this exhibit was awarded through Paly Foundation Nature exhibits.


Writing Workshop with Donald Jennermann

Interested in writing? Unsure how to begin? Join us once again as author and poet Don Jennerman lead participants through a free writing workshop at Marshall Public Library on Thursday, April 19th from 4:00-6:00 pm with the second workshop starting at 6:15 pm and Thursday, May 17from 4:00- 6:00 pm with a second workshop starting at 6:15 pm.

Jennerman has published five volumes of poetry and was Professor of Emeritus of Classics and Humanities at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN for more than three decades. Jennerman’s passion for writing and helping others makes this an excellent opportunity for aspiring writers to get first hand feedback and advice from a published author.

Participants must be at least 12 years of age and are encouraged, but not required, to bring one to two paragraphs of a short story.  Seating is limited for this free program. Please register in advance.

To register for this free program you may call the library at 217-826-2535 or use the online form.

"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 Selections

April 2018:  Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult

May 2018:  Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate

June 2018The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead

July 2018 The Peach Keeper – Sarah Addison Allen

August 2018The Life She Was Given – Ellen Marie Wiseman

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


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.

Get Powered with STREAM at Marshall Public Library

Children grades third through sixth may register at Marshall Public Library for a free STREAM program held monthly the third Tuesday of the month from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM beginning September 19th through April 17th, excluding months November and December. 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 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 and send a note to the school the day of the program.

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

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