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Electronic Resources

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Start here to download the app for your device.  Additional instructions can be found here. Once the app is downloaded, you can access the catalog and dowload books.

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Visit the link about to register for an account, then download the app to your device for ebooks, audiobooks, and magazine.

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Marshall High School Yearkbooks

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Oral History Interviews

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Marshall area newspapers

Tales Press

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MPL on YouTube 

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Free access in the library or remote.
For remote use, log in with your MPL barcode.

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Free access in the library or remote. For remote use, log in with your MPL barcode.

 

Password inside library:  marshall
Password from anywhere outside of the library:
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Find your ancestors’ stories.
Discover yours.
For use only in library. 
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Simply log-in with your library barcode to access wonderful resources which includes ebooks, encyclopedia entries, videos, games, science experiments, and much more!

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To dowload ebooks, create an account and by using your 14 digit library code number.

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Social Security Express

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Home Library Programs

Programs

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.

 

Traveling Gravemarker talks unusual gravestones

Michael McNerney of Carbondale had no idea what a strange journey was beginning years ago when he and friend Herb Meyer found an unusual tombstone in a Pope County cemetery. Curiosity about people, their migrations and their artifacts came naturally to the archaeologist and he began what would be a several year journey to hundreds of marked graves in the United States.

 McNerney’s book "A Shape in Time and Space: Tracking the Necked Discoid Grave Marker," describes the types of grave stones, their distribution and how often it was family and personal preference, not religious considerations, that determined the style of headstones.

 Author Michael McNerny will share his journey to marking gravestones and how it led him to the Livingston Cemetery at Marshall Public Library on Thursday, March 8th at 6:30 PM.

 For more information or to register for the program at Marshall Public Library, please call 217-826-2535 or use the online form.

 

Get Powered with STREAM at Marshall Public Library

Children grades third through sixth may register with Marshall Public Library for a free STREAM program held monthly the third Tuesday of the month from after school to 4:00 PM beginning September 18th through April, excluding November. 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 limited and required each month for this free program. The program will be held at North School immediately after school until 4:00 PM. Guardians must send a note to the school the day of the program and pick up their child at North School promptly at 4:00 PM.

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

 

Connecting Generations Mentoring Program

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 Available by Appointment

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 5th 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. 

Persons interested in receiving free tax assistance may call the library to schedule an appointment beginning January 14th.  Assistance will be available during select hours each week.  Please bring last year’s 2017 income tax forms, a photo ID, Social Security Card, and all supporting documentation. Spouses who file jointly must both be present. The volunteers will not complete returns for which they are not trained, including business and farm returns.

A very limited supply of tax forms will be available at the library for free while quantities last.  Most forms can be downloaded from the IRS website at www.irs.gov/forms, which may be done at the library for a small printing fee.

 

Cure Your Cabin Fever at the Library!

cabinWinter is a great time to read in the warmth of our homes or when vacationing. It is also when many of us get cabin fever, so again this year Marshall Public Library is having a winter time “Cabin Fever Reading Program” for all readers ages 14 and older.

It’s very simple! Just pick up a “Cabin Fever” bookmark at the library, which you will use to record the books you read between January 7th and February 16th. Readers can read any number of books, listing five books on each bookmark and exchanging a completed bookmark at the circulation desk for a new bookmark or enter online using our online Cabin Fever Reading Log.

Earn a completed book mark each time you view one of our Great Courses dvd/book combos.

Each completed bookmark will serve as an entry in a weekly drawing.The reader with the highest number of bookmarks turned in by February 16th will win the grand prize. The prizes are sponsored by the Friends of Marshall Public Library.

 

 

 
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