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Marshall High School Yearkbooks


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Marshall area newspapers

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Friends of the Library

"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!


Shop Amazon - support the Friends of the Library!


The Friends of Marshall Public Library are now on Amazon Smile!

AmazonSmile is a website (smile.amazon.com) operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

When you shop @AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to Friends of Marshall Public Library. Simply use this link to begin donating today.



Friends Receive Funds from 100 Women Who Care Marshall

On July 28, 2016 the group 100 Women Who Care Marshall, Illinois meet.  100 Women Who Care is a group that of women who care deeply about their community.  A 100 WWC group gathers 4 times a year for a one-hour meeting and each member writes a $100 check to the charity that the group selects.  The combined donations make a real impact, without time consuming fundraising events and planning.  The mission and hope of 100 WWC is to provide for those in greatest need in the local community.

 The Friends of Marshall Public Library were the most recently selected group to receive funds from 100 Women Who Care. The Friends will use the money to support the services, resources, and programs at Marshall Public Library. The majority of programs offered at the library are made possible by the Friends through membership fees, gifts, and grants of individuals and/or organizations in the community.  To help support the library’s efforts all are invited to become a Friends of the Library by paying a small membership fee.


Friend Receive Historical Preservation Grant from DAR

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) notified Friends of Marshall Public Library on April 28th 2016, they have been chosen to receive a national grant from the DAR in the amount of $2500. The Special Project Grants program was started by the DAR in 2010 to support projects in local communities that promote their mission of historic preservation.

The local Walter Burdick Chapter NSDAR, wrote a letter of sponsorship for the Friends of the Library, in the application process. The Friends sought grant money from DAR to complete their digitization of microfilm reels for local Marshall newspapers since 1849. Completing this project will provide residents a higher level of preservation to Marshall’s history. The Friends have been working on the digitization project since 2012 and have completed $8000 of the cost so far.

The DAR receives hundreds of grant applications each year, making competition high. Library director, Alyson Thompson, said, “We are honored to be receiving such a generous donation from the DAR and we feel fortunate they have chosen (Marshall Public Library) to assist us in completing our newspaper digitization.”

The NSDAR was founded in 1890 as a service organization, to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org.

To learn more about Marshall Public Library’s digitization project you may call the library at 217-826-2535, or search the library’s genealogy webpage featuring Clark County Newspaper Archives.


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!  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 National Road in June; continued digitizing newspapers on microfilm beginning with those from the 1800’s; continued to collect interviews for their oral history program; ; 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.


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