Thursday, January 29, 2015

Free Tax Filing

Confused about your taxes? Having trouble filing? Help is here for you at Marshall Public Library!

Starting Monday, February 2, IRS-trained volunteers from the American Association of Retired Persons are ready to assist you in the electronic filing of your Federal and state tax returns.

And it's absolutely free!

This program focuses on low-income or elderly people but is open to everyone. From February 3 through April 14, the volunteers will be at the library every Monday evening from 5-8:30 p.m. and every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. No appointments will be taken and it is first come, first served.

Bring the following (if necessary) with you:

• Valid picture ID and social security cards or a document from SSA with your name and SSN
• Social Security cards for dependents
• Form W-2 from each employer
• Form 1099-INT or 1099-DIV (to report interest and dividends)
• SSA-1099 or RRB-1099 (to report social security and railroad retirement)
• 1099-R (to report pension income)
• List of your medical, taxes, interest, contributions, and miscellaneous expenses (to itemize your deductions)
• Copy of last year's tax return
• Child and disabled dependent care
•Copy of divorce decree that shows you are entitled to claiming the child or children for tax purposes and/or earned income credit.

Celebrate Black History Month @ Your Library

February is Black History Month. As part of this year’s observance, Marshall Public Library is featuring a display of books by black authors such as Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Frederick Douglass, and Toni Morrison.

Members of the local chapter of the NAACP are graciously contributing memorabilia to the display as well, providing a direct connection to both the past and present. Come celebrate Black History Month with Marshall Public Library!

Trent Clegg, Reference Librarian

Adult Craft Programs

Looking for something creative to do? Join us for “Pin It,” the craft program for adults most Monday and Tuesday evenings in February. All “Pin It” programs start at 6 p.m.

The “Pin It” program focuses on repurposing old, outdated books into cool new things! Each week we’ll explore a new project that demonstrates different crafts to help you express yourself! Learn how to make paperback wallets on Monday, February 2, OR Tuesday, February 3. Make a folded book sculpture on Monday, February 9, OR Tuesday, February 10. There will not be a craft the week of February 16. Join us the last week of February for book page roses on Monday, February 23.

No crafting experience necessary! This is a free program and all supplies are provided. Work with other adults in a relaxed, fun atmosphere and learn to make something new! Check out the library’s Facebook page for the complete schedule and examples of the projects.

Jamie Bair, Circulation Supervisor

2015 Newspaper and Magazine Subscriptions

There are currently 193 newspaper and magazine subscriptions for all ages of patrons at Marshall Public Library. Some magazines  like Ladies Home Journal, Jet, and Poder are no longer available because they have ceased publication, but the library has added many new high interest subjects such as Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, Ski, Skiing, Quilting, Eating Well and Vegetarian Times. Current magazine issues are kept in binders and do not check out. We keep the previous year archived and on hand for patrons to view in-house or check out and take home for two-week checkouts.

We also keep print issues of the Idaho State Journal on hand until the microfilm versions have arrived. The microfilm versions of the Pocatello newspaper dates back to 1895 when the Pocatello Tribune was the local paper. A list of all newspapers carried by Marshall Public Library can be found on the website by selecting the Magazines and Newspapers button from the Research Tools drop down menu.

You can also access nearly 2000 full-text magazines and academic journals through the Research Tools drop down menu by clicking on on the Resource Centers and selecting MasterFILE Premier. If you have questions about the library’s print and digital newspapers and magazines, please call the Reference Desk at 232-1263 ext. 106. We are here to help you find the information you need!

 Gaila Butikofer, Reference Supervisor

Ada County Featured

As part of our ongoing Idaho Counties display, Marshall Public Library is
featuring Ada County in February. Commonly known as the home of Idaho’s capital city, Ada County has also played host to Hollywood for the U.S. premieres of the Jason Bourne movies, contains one of the largest refuges for birds of prey, and boasts one of the largest populations of people with Basque heritage in the United States.

Come explore your home state at Marshall Public Library!

Trent Clegg, Reference Librarian

Friday, December 26, 2014

Inventory Improves Library Experience

Marshall Public Library is pleased to have finished the first complete
inventory of the entire collection in ten years. During this process each
item on the library shelves was taken to a computer and scanned.
Although approximately 8% of the collection was checked out at the
time, there were still nearly 137,000 items that were individually
handled by employees. You might wonder why this huge undertaking is

During the inventory, books that were shelved in the wrong place were
located, as were items that were thought to be missing or overdue.
Things that affected library users accounts were fixed to reflect what was
found, which usually meant a reduction in fines. After double checking,
items that really were missing are being removed from the library
catalog. Library records are being updated.

The employees of the library are proud of their accomplishment. It was
hard work, but we look forward to the improved experience you will have
as a result the next time you visit Marshall Public Library.

Kris Castro, Reference Supervisor

Reading is SNOW Cool!

Warm up this winter by wrapping up in a warm blanket and reading.
This January and February,the library is hosting a winter reading
program, "Reading is Snow Cool." This program is for all ages and
reading levels. Registration begins January 12, 2015.

Adults and teens have a READ! Bingo card. When they earn a bingo,
they can bring in their bingo card to receive a coupon for a free book
from our book store/book sale and be entered into a drawing. Children
will set goals of how many hours will be read by March 1. When the goal
is met, they bring in their reading log and then they will receive a prize.

For 5- to 12-year old readers, the goal will be based on how many hours
they read; for those under 5, the goal will be based on hours someone
reads to them. The minimum goal is 3 books for those 5 and older or 5
hours for those under 5. One entry/prize per person.

Mark your calendars because the program will run January 12 through
March 9. Snuggle up with a warm blanket and a good book and set your
goal to read this winter. Registration is going on now on the first floor.

Becky Hadley, Readers Advisor