Thursday, October 1, 2015

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 free  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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Going West

On Wednesday, October 21, at 7 p.m., the library will host guest speaker Dr. Laura Worthington for a presentation on Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Dr. Janet Worthington has been presenting women and girls from history and literature for over 30 years. In period costume, she speaks as the noted woman and dramatically recounts her life experiences. She then answers questions both as the historic or literary figure and as herself.

In her beloved series of books for young people, Laura Ingalls Wilder portrayed pioneer life as an idyllic adventure, filled with warmth and love. As Laura, Janet Worthington recounts the westward movement and Pa’s consistent desire to find new lands, the hardships the family faced in each new location, and the joys of making a life in the wilderness.

More information on this and other free library events may be found on the Marshall Public Library Facebook page.

ISU Instructor Presents The Foolish Folkhero

Fairy tales and folk tales are more than simple entertaining children’s stories. According to ISU Ph.D. candidate Jeff Howard, they are also rich cultural artifacts and reflections of the culture in which they are found.

On Thursday, October 22, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library, Howard will share his program “The Foolish Folkhero.” Partially an introduction to folk and fairy tales in general, Howard will also provide background on fairy tale collections compiled or written by several well-known folklorists, including the Grimm Brothers.

Howard will also discuss a character important to Italian folktales, Giufa, known as the simpleton or trickster-hero. Howard became interested in Italian folktales and Giufa after living in southern Italy and among the Italian people. Often appearing in tales alongside his mother, Giufa and his exploits represent not just a light-hearted diversion but also a deeper response to the cultural hierarchy of Italy and a reflection of Italian history, including the fascinating but violent past of Sicily.

This program is free and open to all members of the public. For more information, please call Amy Campbell at 232-1263 ext. 106.

Music in the Library

On Saturday, October 31, from 1-2 p.m., Amy and Jeff Howard will perform folk, gospel, and bluegrass music at Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library.

Amy will play the mandolin and Jeff the guitar as they accompany their own voices to many songs, including  "Shenandoah," "Angel Band," "Wild Mountain Thyme," "The Lass of Aughrim," "Midnight Special," "Wagon Wheel," and tributes to Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie with "Worried Man Blues," "Hobo's Lullaby," "This Land Is Your Land," and "Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?"

A classically trained musician, Amy will also play pieces on the flute. Jeff is primarily self-taught and has learned the guitar, banjo, and piano over the years. Their inspired music-making combines both instinctive and cultured approaches to create a unique musical joy that resonates with all who hear them perform.

Join us at Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library for this free hour of music.

Friends Celebrates 20 Years

The Friends of the Marshall Public Library celebrates 20 years of service and enrichment to our community!

This non-profit volunteer group believes in the importance of books and cultural activities for people of all ages. Its primary goal is to enrich the educational and financial resources of the Marshall Public Library through volunteer participation.

Since August 1995, they have conducted book sales, donated books to several local service organizations, purchased story hour decorations, two outside bookdrops, strollers for library patron usage, and provided matching grant money for a story hour book collection. Recent expenditures made possible by the Friends include the Toddler I-pads and workstations in the computer area, Maker-Space materials, summer reading program assistance, visiting author lectors, furniture for the patrons and many, many more extras.

Support the Friends of Marshall Public Library’s efforts by becoming “a Friend,” shopping at the on-going book sale by circulation, and joining us for our Fall Book Sale October 8th – 10th!

Kris Castro Retires

I cannot remember a time when I did not have library card or know how to find any book by its Dewey number.  Within days of moving to Pocatello, I found the library, and it didn’t take long to realize the Children’s Department could use help shelving books, so I became a volunteer in 1978. This began my many years of ‘living’ at the library. I graduated from ISU with a degree in Library Science, and soon became a full-time employee in the Reference Department.

While serving people from Pocatello and around the world, I also helped to move the entire library from Clark St. to this location, transitioned from card catalog drawers to computers, sent my first email, learned to use the Internet, and have seen the library grow from the traditional quiet repository of knowledge to the vibrant community it is today. I am honored to have been a part of this great institution!

 Kris Castro, Reference Supervisor

Kris retires after more than 30 years of service with our library. She has long been a
welcoming presence in the library, and patrons and staff will miss her. Thank you, Kris! 

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