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A History of Clark County, Celebrating 200 Years


Clark County Historical Society invites the public to join them for a program in the library's Dale McConchie Meeting Room on Thursday, February 28th at 6:30 pm. A paneled discussion by Historical Society members will include Clark County's formation in 1819, at which time included nearly 1/3 of the state of Illinois! Facts about Clark County's history and establishment, including early settlements will be highlighted. Please call the library or use the online form to register for this free program.


"Friendraiser" Going On Now


Lots of changes are happening at the library these days. One of those changes will be new furniture for our reading, teen, and children's areas. The current furniture has been used for decards and as former director Nancy Claypool said in her letter Friends: "It's just like in our own homes, things need to be replaced, especially when they are asl weel used as our library." With over 4,500 visits made monthly to the library, our furniture gest a lot of use!

The Friends of the Library have reached out to their Friends members; however, if you are not a Friend of the Library and wish to contribute towards the purchase of new furniter please let us know. Donations are tax deductible and can be made using the form available here.

Thank you for your support!


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.

Marshall Public Library Renovations Update


Marshall Public Library held a "groundbreaking" ceremony October 10th.  The library will be under construction for approximately four months and plans to remain open during the majority of the construction. The project is being completed by Evan and Ryan Electrical Contractors out of Terre Haute, IN. Local foreman Tom Christianis leading the project under the direction of architect group Farnsworth. Renovations will include a new handicap accessible vestibule, updated computer lab, new staff workroom and restroom, new study room, modernized teen area, as well as improved restrooms, carpeting and paint.

Everyone is encouraged to continue using the library during the renovation, library staff will be able to assist patrons in locating items. Patrons may also use the library's online book and DVD catalog system. Patrons will receive a text when the item is ready for pick up.

The library's project is funded by a generous donation from former Handy Writer Colony member and author Sonny Daly and Illinois State Library's Live and Learn Construction grant.


Therapy Dogs are Big Heroes @ Marshall Public Library


Local residents Mike and Phyllis Pence have anything but ordinary pets. Their pets’ open doors of kindness and understanding for children in the Marshall community by offering meaningful early literacy interactions at Marshall Public Library. Ernest T. and Clyde are both Golden Retrievers certified thru Alliance of Therapy Dogs and offer one-on-one support to children and their families who struggle with emotional and/or physical conditions. Monthly at the Library these dogs visit, console, and engage families in need with book readings and therapeutic interactions. Eight-year-old Earnest T, who was rescued at just 4 ½ months, has been serving as a therapy dog at the library for nearly 8 years. Clyde, who turns 6 in April, has been certified for 4 years and was also discovered thru the Rescue Me Clifford group. He was rescued from a puppy mill when he was just shy of 2 years old.

Despite their turbulent beginnings, these dogs have managed to provide natural empathy for a variety of children in need within the Marshall community. Perhaps it is because of their difficult beginnings, these two dogs have been able to provide empathetic interactions to children who have endured stressful and/or traumatic situations.

Recently, the Pence’s acquired miniature ponies Raven and Lady who are not certified therapy ponies, but are working on getting their certifications soon. They too were both rescued and came from a mini rescue farm in Sesser, Illinois. Raven is a 15-year-old 30 ½” appaloosa and Lady is a 22-year-old 33 ½” pinto palomino.

If you or someone you know is struggling with a severe mental or physical condition and wish to utilize this free, once-a-month program, please call the library at 217-826-2535 and ask for the Director.


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.

"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 coffee and a light snack. Upcoming featured books include:


Upcoming Selections

January 2019: A Piece of the World – Christina Baker Kline

February 2019: Educated: A Memoir – Tara Westover

March 2019: The Big Smoke - Adrian Matejka (Big Read selection)

April 2019:  Home for Unwanted Girls – Joanna Goodman

May 2019:  Love and Other Consolation Prizes – Jamie Ford

June 2019: To the Stars Through Difficulties – Romalyn Tilghman

July 2019: Nine Perfect Strangers – Liane Moriarty


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


Have a suggestion for a future Book Chat featured selection? Please let us know by filling out the suggestion form.

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