Marshall Public Library is pleased to present returning Amelia Earhart actress Leslie Goddard as Civil War nurse "Clara Barton" on March 2nd at 6:30 pm for this year’s Wabash Valley Community Read program.
The story will center around Clara Barton who earned fame as the first woman to serve as a nurse on the front lines of a battlefield. This living-history program introduces the story of Barton's wartime work. Barton recounts the story of how she came to work for the war cause, including her childhood experiences nursing her brother, her work as a teacher and then patent office clerk, her determination to provide care for soldiers, and finally her experiences working on the battlefields. Her stories are funny, poignant, heartbreaking, and reveal much about the medical conditions during the American Civil War and about the courage required for a woman who dared to brave the war’s front lines.
To register for this free program you may call the library at 217-826-2535, or use the online form.
Dr. Jim Turner, Marshall native and Family Physician at Cork Medical Center, will present: "Hidden Illness and Medical Mysteries in the White House" on Thursday, Feb. 23rd at 6:30 pm.
Presidents were not spared serious illnesses in their political careers with diseases such as cancer, heart failure, Polio, the Great Influenza, Addison's Disease, depression and a non healing gun shot wound to the chest. How did these infirmaries affect their judgement and the course of the nation and the world? Why did they deceive the public on their true health status?
Dr. Turner has met four Presidents, attended two Inaugurations, sat in the House Gallery for a State of the Union Address, attended two National Conventions and stood in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room and the Rose Garden.
Please register for calling the library or using the online registration form.
Children grades 3rd through 6th may register at Marshall Public Library for a free STEAM program held monthly the third Tuesday of the month from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM beginning October 18th and ending March 21st. STEAM combines science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics into stimulating hands-on activities for children. Each month children will have the opportunity to collaborate, build, experiment and create 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. To register for this free program, made possible by an anonymous donation in honor of the library’s 100th birthday, you may call the library at 217-826-2535.
Each year Marshall’s Visiting Author Committee selects a well-known author to visit Marshall Schools and the library. This year the Committee has out-done themselves once again, bringing renowned author Candace Fleming to the library Thursday, March 30th at 6:30 PM
in the Dale McConchie Meeting room.
Candace Fleming awarded herself the Newbery Medal in fifth grade after scraping the gold sticker off the class copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and pasting it onto her first novel—a ten-page, ten-chapter mystery called Who Done It? She’s been collecting awards (her own, not Eliza-Beth George Speare’s) ever since.
Today, Candace is the versatile and acclaimed author of more than twenty books for children and young adults, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize honored The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of the Russian Empire; Boston Globe/Horn Book A w a r d - winning biography, The Lincolns; the bestselling picture book, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; and the beloved Boxes for Katje.
Please register by calling the library at 217-826-2535 or using the online registration form.
Would you like one-on-one help to learn how to use the Internet or other technology?
Connecting Generations mentoring program can help! This free program matches adults with student volunteers to learn technology and is a community partnership between Marshall Public Library, Marshall High School, Harlan Hall, the local University of Illinois extension, and East Central Illinois Development Corporation. One-on-one mentoring sessions are conducted at the library with library computers or you may bring your own laptop, Ipad, ereader, etc.
Learn internet skills such as how to send and receive pictures and emails, stay in contact with friends or family who no longer live close by, explore interesting websites to search for weather, health information, news, and much more. Or learn more about your e-reader or cell phone! For more information or to set up a mentoring appointment, call the library today at 217 - 826 - 2535.
Free tax assistance is again available at Marshall Public Library to taxpayers with middle and low income, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. Volunteers have been trained through the AARP Tax-Aide program in cooperation with the IRS and will provide this confidential tax preparation service at no charge.
Assistance is by appointment only and will take place in the library. This service will be available from February 2nd and continue through April 13th. Persons interested in receiving free tax assistance should call the library to schedule an appointment on or after January 19th. Assistance will be available during select hours each week.
Please bring a photo id, copy of last year’s income tax forms and all supporting documentation. The volunteers will not complete business or farm returns.
You may visit the Internal Revenue Service’s web site, www.irs.gov, using the library’s Internet accessible computers. Here you can find forms to print and answers to tax questions.