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Library Resources

The library has many resources available for use either in the library or for borrowing.

Free Driving Test Practice

Marshall Public Libraryannounces a partnership with Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) practice tests to library patrons. The new service includes free tests specifically based on the state’s DMV materials. It is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that let users hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask portions of the screen for greater visibility on the practice tests.

This partnership allows the Marshall Public Library to harness the power of Driving-Tests.org’s specialized practice exams to turn new drivers into safer drivers. The new program will work as an outreach to several valued groups of patrons, including teens, those with disabilities, and seniors who need to take a renewal exam, as well as patrons at every other stage of life.

Driving-Tests.org is a part of Elegant E-Learning, Inc., an eight-year-old company with a proven track record of revolutionizing online resources for learner drivers. Driving-Tests.org is part of a plan to improve global driver safety by providing free practice tests written by experts to anyone who wants to study, along with online copies of official study guides. To help achieve this goal, the company has also created driving practice sites for the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and India.

Click here to get started: Driving Tests


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.

Talking Book Program

The Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center is part of a state and national network of libraries. It serves the entire state of Illinois outside the city of Chicago.  National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) which is part of the LIbrary of Congress is at the top of the pyramid of services and works with a nationwide network of talking book regionals, subregionals, machine lending agencies, and advisory outreach centers. The Illinois Network of Talking Book and Braille Libraries includes the following:

  • Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service (the Regional Library serving Illinois)
  • Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center (an Advisory Outreach Center which offers reader advisory services and outeach)
  • Chicago Public Library Talking Book Center (a subregional serving Chicago)
  • Illinois Machine Sub-Lending Agency (The organziation that ships all the machines to talking book patrons in the state.)

The Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service houses the state's collection of talking books which are shipped to patrons around the state.  Eligible library patrons work through the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center and the Chicago Public Library Talking Book Center to set up service, order books, ask for help, and anything else that they need.  You can apply online or pick up a paper application at Marshall Public Library. 


World Book Online


Marshall Public Library is pleased to announce a new online database subscription - World Book Online! Offering so much more than simply an online encyclopedia, these products are customized for different age levels - toddlers, elementary and junior high students, and high schools and adults.  Simply log-in with your library barcode to acess all these wonderful resources which includes ebooks, encyclopedia entries, videos, games, science experiments, and much more!

World Book Student - for upper elementary and junior high; includes research tools, videos, "Behind the Headlines," "Biography Center" and activities.

Early World of Learning - for preschoolers; includes nursery rhymes, books to read, videos, games, and printables.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - Spanish version of World Book Student.

World Book eBooks - 1,000s of ebooks. Many new World Book publications for all ages along with classic novels.

World Book Timelines - for all ages; timelines for art, literature, notable people, parts of the world, science and technology, society and culture, sports, and world history.

World Book Kids - for elementary ages. Includes photos and videos, games, "World of Animals", activities, maps. "Important Places", science projects and more.

World Book Advanced - for high school and beyond; inclues research tools, "Create and Share," "In the Headlines," book archive, citation builder and more.



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.


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