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



Home Library Programs


"Reading Takes You Everywhere" This Summer!


Reading Takes You Everywhere!, the 2018 Summer Reading theme, will focus on the excitement of exploration and new discoveries to be found in books, libraries, our communities, and beyond. For all summer readers, this year’s theme is about life in other places - from foods around the world to travel, music, art and animals, this year's program is full of adventure and fun. Children ages 13 and under will enjoy weekly activities designed to prevent the “summer lag”.

Registration will begin Tuesday, May 29th with the annual Street Fair Kick-Off on Wednesday, May 30th from 4:00—6:00 PM in front of the library.

Weekly programs will feature family friendly movies, programs, crafts, snacks, rewards, and more! Enjoy Family Movies @ the Library each Tuesday, June 5th—July 10th th at 2:00pm, every Wednesday special programs, June 6th—July 11th at 2:00 pm and each Thursday “Craftivity”, June 7th-July 12th at 2:00 pm (ages 4 & up).

Participants will be invited to a Reward Party on Friday, July 13th at 10:30 am for those ages 13 under and who turned in at least one reading log.

Please register for all programming as seating is limited. You can register in the library, by calling (217) 826 - 2535 or by using the online registration forms below.

Family Movie Afternoons



Yummy Snack (Mary Liz Wright, U of I Extension) - June 6th

Ms. Drizzle and the Magic Book Box (Douglas Hart Nature Center) - June 13th

Fishing Around the World - June 20th

Would You Rather...? (Douglas Hart Nature Center) - June 27th

Silly Safaris - July 11th


Adult Reading Logs (ages 14+) can found online or at the criculation desk.


Tiger! Tiger! Exhibit Featured at Marshall Public Library


Imagine walking down a generations-old road.  A rustle off to the side makes you snap to attention, and you hold your breath as a tiger crosses your path.  In some parts of the world, people share their environment with tigers just as we share ours with coyotes or hawks.  Learn more about tigers as you explore the Tiger! Tiger! exhibit beginning April 1st and ending June 30th at Marshall Public library.  Guests will learn why tigers are amazing, important and endangered.

 Learn about the innovative methods being implemented to make sure tigers continue to have a home in a balanced ecosystem.  Every person, regardless of age or location, can help save tigers!

 The grant for this exhibit was awarded through Paly Foundation Nature exhibits.


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.


Friends of the Library Members Program - We Li Kit Farmstand


Join the Friends on Thursday,June 14th at 6:30 p.m. as “We Li Kit Farmstand” tells the story of how their quaint little ice cream truck in the middle of the country has become a summer must-do for people area wide. Learn all about their homemade hard ice cream flavors made with ingredients mixed by hand and dipped into fresh waffle cones.

This program is the Friends’annual program for members; however anyone may attend just by paying for a $5.00 membership (no strings attached!). If you are already a member, you may renew your Friends of the Library membership at the program. You may register by calling the library or using the online form.




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.


"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

May 2018: Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate

June 2018: The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead

July 2018: The Peach Keeper – Sarah Addison Allen

August 2018: The Life She Was Given – Ellen Marie Wiseman


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