Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Book Sale

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 9 - 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday, October 10 - 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday, October 11 - 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.

Meet New Employee Laura

Laura Brink is a Michigander who graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in English Literature. Now, she enjoys her time in Pocatello with her husband and German Shorthaired Pointer, Ozzie (named after a Red Wings goalie, not Ozzy Osbourne-she gets that question a lot!). She loves outdoor activities, reading, writing, watching the Red Wings, and jogging with her pup. Her favorite book is Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Laura's ideal moment is drinking a cup of coffee while reading a suspenseful book or a book with a heartbreaking ending. She has a weakness for sugary treats and a tiny obsession with sloths.

Auto Repair Reference Center

This online do-it-yourself auto repair and maintenance resource center is easy to use and contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, covering more than 37,000 vehicles from 1954 to the present. New repair procedures, recalls, and updates are added on a regular basis, and all content has been created by ASE certified technicians.

Quick tips offers a complete guide to vehicle ownership and maintenance, including specifications and maintenance schedules. AutoIQ has video overviews of auto systems. Other features include millions of drawings and step-by-step photographs, over 180,000 enhanced wiring diagrams, labor time guide and estimator, and diagnostic information.

Repair and maintenance information is provided for transmissions, brakes, ignition systems, electrical systems, exhaust systems, heating and cooling, wheels and tires, bodywork, diesel engines, and much more.

To use this exciting money-saving resource, visit and hold your mouse over Research Tools and select Resource Centers. Login to EBSCOhost with the user name marshall and password public and then click on Auto Repair Reference Center. For more information or for passwords to the many other online resources available, please ask a librarian.

Books Cannot Be Killed by Fire: Libraries in World War Two

Libraries are reflections of our world. In a library, we can see a particular community, way of life, or period in time. In World War II when humanity suffered under the sweeping destruction of the Nazis, libraries reflected the fight for freedom as well as the moral questions that arose regarding accountability for war and suffering.

Join librarian Amy Campbell on Tuesday, October 21, at 7 p.m. to learn more about World War II libraries and their part in upholding the human spirit during one of the most devastating times in history. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call Amy at 232-1263 ext. 106.

The Mystery of Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time as well as the playwright of the longest-running stage play in history. How did a wealthy, upper-middle class girl in early 20th century Britain emerge to write the most popular mysteries of all time? What is this spell that her stories and characters weave over us so that her books still sell by the millions and are adapted into movies, TV shows, comic books, and video games nearly 40 years after her death? And what is the truth behind the real life mystery of Christie’s own 11-day disappearance in 1926?

Join librarian and Christie fan Amy Campbell on Tuesday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. to explore the fascinating life of Miss Marple and Poirot’s famous creator. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Amy at 232-1263 ext. 106.

Meet Volunteer Cordelia

1. What do you like most about volunteering?

I help Gaila with microfilm searches. It feels good to find information that has special meaning to someone. Also, the microfilm collection goes back to more than a century ago so sometimes I get to read about major historical events as they happened!

2. What brought you to the library to volunteer?

This was my first summer in Pocatello and on my second visit to the library, Amy noticed that I wasn’t familiar with the place and offered to help me. It was a busy Saturday for her. When I found out on that the library has volunteer opportunities suitable for me, I signed up right away.

2. What are your favorite books, authors, or subjects?

I like nature and animal books.

3. What do you like to do when you are not volunteering?


If you are interested in volunteering at the library like Cordelia, please visit our website and type your zip code into the widget, or call Kristy at 232-1263 ext. 100.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Farewell, Sue

When Sue Van Der Horn and her husband and young family wound their way through the Portneuf Gap and into Inkom after driving the thousands of miles from New Jersey, they looked up at the craggy hills and felt they’d finally come home. That was in 1977. Two years later, on October 29, 1979, Sue began working at the Pocatello Public Library in the technical services department. Her good friend, Lou Chavers, mentioned there was a position available and so Sue applied. When she was hired, Sue did not realize she would be spending the better part of the next four decades surrounded by the books and friends and changing technology that make up the library world. But stay she did, and now, 34 years and 7 months later, she finds it hard to believe so much time has passed.

Along with serving under many different directors and witnessing incredible changes in advancing technology, Sue figures she has touched and processed and stamped and cataloged most of the books that have been added to the library for quite some time. She was trained by Joan Shurtliff to do the intricate and detailed work of cataloging books, and later spent seven years as head of the Technical Services department. She then moved into the position of Associate Director where she spent the years until her retirement. Certainly Sue has witnessed tremendous changes in the library environment as she came on board in the era of typed index cards and the card catalog and is leaving after seeing the library move to the fully integrated Polaris operating system.

But through all those decades of service, some things have remained the same: the good feelings of friendship, love, and harmony among the library staff members, and the responsibility of serving Pocatello by providing excellent books and other library materials to the public. What will Sue do now? “Of course it is hard to say good-bye to my library family,” she says, “but I want to sit on the deck in the mornings and enjoy the garden and a cup of coffee without having to go anywhere.” She has no great plans, but she does want to spend time with her aging parents, enjoy long days with her husband, visit her grandchildren, and most of all, just live spontaneously without a schedule. Thank you, Sue, for your long years of service and your example of quiet, cheerful perseverance. We’ll miss you, but we know we’ll see you often because you’ll always need something good to read. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement!

Kathryn Poulter, Youth Services Supervisor