Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Another Successful Summer of Reading

Another wildly successful Summer Reading Program concluded in August at the library. Nearly 1000 young people from birth to age 18 signed up and participated in program.

The theme for children was Every Hero Has a Story. Throughout the summer, children read books, had reading adventures, made crafts and science projects, and enjoyed a lot of fun activities. Similarly, the teens joined the  “Villianous Library League” and explored the wonders of science, make-it spaces, after-hours parties, and more. With a record breaking 161 members, the adult summer reading program involved many community members. Some of the projects and programs geared toward adults were the fun craft activities and informational programs about vaccines and nutrition.

Thank you, Pocatello, for a wonderful Summer Reading Program! We look forward to many more events like this in the future.

Kathryn Poulter, Children’s Librarian

Fall Book Sale in October

The Friends of Marshall Public Library (FOMPL) will hold their highly anticipated fall book sale in October! A wide variety of both paperback and hardback books as well as videos and CDs will be available for purchase. Paperback items will be sold for $1 each and hardbacks for $2. All remaining stock will be reduced 50% on Saturday!

Hours for the sale are:
Thursday, October 8 - 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Friday, October 9 - 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. 
Saturday, October 10 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

All sales are cash only; checks are not accepted. No barcode readers, please! All
proceeds will be used to benefit the library. FOMPL is always looking for more Friends so if you are interested in joining, ask at the checkout desk on the first floor.

Local Published Poet Offers Writing Workshop

Bethany Schultz Hurst will host a writing workshop on Tuesday, October 6, from 6:30-8 p.m.

Hurst is the author of Miss Lost Nation, which won the Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry in 2013. Her work has been included in Best American Poetry 2015 and in journals such as American Literary Review, Gettysburg Review, and New Ohio
Review. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Idaho State University.

Hurst will offer a poetry workshop, "Poetry: The Strange and Familiar," which will discuss different craft techniques designed to create and amplify movement in poem drafts. We'll discuss a few contemporary poem examples and conclude the session with a related writing exercise.

Book a Techie

Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library has now opened registration for a series of classes for the beginning Internet user and has also started an innovative Book a Techie program. Both the computer classes and Book a Techie are geared towards adults over 50 who have little to no computer experience.

The computer classes are taught in a traditional classroom format with small groups of learners while Book a Techie is one-on-one instruction. Volunteer technology coach and ISU business informatics student Tricia Roberts is excited to share her love of technology with others, especially older beginners. In the beginning Internet class, Tricia will help students learn email, how to use the Internet safely, and basic research skills. If you have a little technology skill but still have questions about how to use your own computer, tablet, or phone, working with Tricia through Book a Techie will help you to become more comfortable and proficient.

These classes are free and open to the public. If you are interested in being either a student or a volunteer instructor, please call Amy at 232-1263 ext. 106.

Adult Literacy Tutoring at Library

Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library is partnering with volunteer instructor Pamela Knight to launch a new adult literacy program.

About 11% of adults in Idaho lack the literacy skills to read a bedtime story to their children, the instructions on a medication bottle, or a voting ballot. With years of experience as a reading and language teacher, Pam is eager to share her passion for literacy through free classes at Marshall Public Library to help start adult learners on the path to success.

Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at either 11 a.m. or noon. Small class size guarantees individual attention and instruction. Classes are free and open to all members of the public, but students must sign-up with the library to attend.

To sign-up and for more information on being either a student or a volunteer
instructor, please call Amy at the library at 232-1263 ext. 106.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gaila Says Farewell

I have worked for the City of Pocatello for twenty-five years. I started as an ISU practicum student in 1989 at the Pocatello Public Library and, after many years and a few promotions, I will be retiring from the position of Supervisor in the Reference Department at the end of July.

At different times I have worked in almost every department of the ‘library and I have also been able to be involved in the planning of programs, presentations, displays and library conferences.

I want to say now thank you, thank you, thank you! Working for Marshall Public Library has been a grand experience. I will miss all of you very much. When I first started working for the City of Pocatello in Oct of 1989, the library was named the Pocatello Public Library and was located on Clark Street. I have many wonderful memories at both locations and wonderful experiences such as watching the new library building being built, the moving of the collection from Clark Street to Garfield Avenue in 1994 and the changing of the name to the Marshall Public Library.

 Other memories include moving the books and shelving to install new carpet on both floors and of course inventorying the collection. It impresses me to be able to say I have touched almost every item in this library many times. I love books, I love libraries, and I love working with people who also love books and libraries. I never underestimate the power of knowledge and I have been privileged to work with some very knowledgeable people.

I am looking forward to this next phase of my life and have many plans and projects in mind to keep me busy. My biggest wish is to build upon my wonderful marriage and home life, to gain more knowledge and skills, and to be healthy and happy. And I plan to actually take time to read a few more good books. Thanks again to everyone.

 Gaila Butikofer, Reference Supervisor

Dubbed years ago by a patron “Gaila the Wonderful” for her dedication to her work, Gaila retires after more than 25 years of service to our public library. We will miss her knowledge and expertise as well as her sense of humor and wonderful laugh. Thank you for 25 great years, Gaila! 

How Do Vaccines Work?

Marshall Public Library’s ongoing health series You and Your Health @ Your Library presents the program How Vaccines Work.

At this time of year, many parents are taking their children to the doctor for their back to school immunization shots. How does the vaccine interact with your  child’s body? How does a flu shot protect your health? How do these things actually work?

If you’ve ever had these questions yourself, join Dr. David Glenn, Resident Physician at ISU Family Medicine, at Marshall Public Library on Monday, August 10, at 6:30 p.m. You will also have a chance to ask questions and possibly win a Pampered Chef door prize!

This program is free and open to all members of the public. For more information, please call Andrea at 232-1263 ext. 113 or visit and RSVP on our Facebook page at