Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Makerspace Activities

A “makerspace” is a place for the community to get together to experiment,
design, and collaborate on projects. The library’s Make It at the Library project
features STEAM-based activities that emphasize exploration of science,
technology, engineering, art, and math. The library offers a variety of activities
for every age! April’s activities include:

Every Wednesday @ 4 p.m. KIDS KNIT & CROCHET GROUP: Learn to knit or
crochet. All skill levels are invited to join in this drop-in program.

Monday, April 6 @ 4 p.m. ORIGAMI CLUB: Join us for a fun hour of origami!
No experience necessary. All supplies provided. All ages welcome!

Thursday, April 9 & April 23@ 7 p.m. ADULT FIBER ARTS GROUP: Bring your
current project to on while we visit, discuss books and current events. Open to all
skill levels (for adults, but all ages are welcome).

Monday, April 13 & April 27 @ 4 p.m. KIDS CREATIVE WRITING GROUP:
Bring a pencil, some paper, and your imagination. For kids in grades 1-5.

Wednesday, April 15 @ 7 p.m. FAMILY BUILD IT NIGHT: families of all shapes
and sizes are invited to participate in the library’s first monthly build project.
Families will work together to build a low/high tech project. All skill levels are
invited to participate. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult for
this project.

Friday, April 24 @ 3 p.m. ARDUINO PROGRAM: Learn how to wire and
program a microcontroller with this hands-on activity. Best suited for students
ten years old and older.

Saturday, April 25 @ 10 a.m. ADULT CRAFT: Celebrate Earth Day with a
“green” craft program for adults. We’ll use old books, power tools, and recycled
containers to make a book planter for small succulent plants. Please RSVP to
this event on the Library’s Facebook page (
events) by April 13 to ensure we have enough supplies.

Jamie Bair, Circulation Supervisor

Meet New Employee Amanda

I’m what people call a “Maine-ah”…. otherwise known as someone from
Maine. I embrace this nickname whole-heartedly! Besides Maine, I
have lived in New York, Georgia, and now Idaho with my husband.

In my spare time I enjoy doing different crafts like quilting, painting, and
scrapbooking along with outdoor activities like 4-wheeling, swimming,
camping, and much more. My favorite color is green, and I love flowers. I
enjoy traveling to new places and being with my family. My favorite foods
are Mom’s home cooking and Mexican.

Celebrate National Poetry Month

15th Annual Poetry WallPocatello’s Marshall Public Library celebrates National Poetry Month in
April with the 15th annual Poetry Wall!

Started in 2001 by librarian Joan Juskie, the Poetry Wall displays
original work from local poets. Local poets of all ages have submitted
work to be displayed, and the talent of our local writers is amazing to

The Senior Activities Center Creative Writing Group is honored this year
with an entire panel devoted to their members’ writing. Founded 33
years ago, this group meets weekly to learn something new about
creativity, poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. If you’re interested in joining
this group of local writers, please come to the Senior Activities Center at
427 N. 6th any Friday from 1-3.

Come to the library’s second floor anytime in April to see Marshall
Public Library’s 15th annual Poetry Wall. You will understand why
Pocatello is Idaho’s Poetry Capital!

Blackout Poetry for Teens
Do you have trouble coming up with the perfect words to express your
feelings, or you just need a little boost to get beyond that writer’s block?
Here is your chance to ‘borrow’ a little and express yourself in a unique

Teens are invited to drop in and pick up a page or two from some of our
damaged and discarded books to express your thoughts and feelings.
Check out our display and create a poem today! Submit one or two and
we’ll post them on our Blackout Poetry wall.

Electronic Blackout Poetry
If you like writing blackout poetry, make it high-tech at a special tween
and teen event!
Teens are invited to create a blackout poem and then we will attach
circuitry and an LED light. Pictures of this will be posted on the YA

Join us on Tuesday, April 14, from 4-5 p.m. to create your own
electronic blackout poem!

For more information on these and other teen activities, contact YA
Librarian Kath Ann at 232-1263 ext. 109.

First Graders Visit Library in April

In April, the library will be happily overrun by first graders! Why? Well,
April is the month when all the elementary schools bring their first
grade students to the library for a special storytime, a tour of the
library, and a chance to check out a book.

It is very important for children to learn about and have positive
experiences with the library, and first grade is a wonderful time for this
introduction. Our regular storytimes will resume in May.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bellon Visiting Author

With great pleasure, the Bellon Visiting Author Series announces Janet Wong, guest artist for 2015.  She is an author and poet of many wonderful books. And happily she will be in Pocatello March 9-11!

Wong didn't start out wanting to be an author, and in fact she says she actually hated poetry at first. But after several years as an attorney and Director of Labor Relations at Universal Studios, she felt she was becoming "a mean person" and was ready for a career change. She was visiting a small children's bookstore finding books for her nephew when she had the "ah hah" moment that she too might enjoy writing books for  children. She wanted a chance to do something meaningful that would help children. And the rest is history.

Wong and her work have been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and on NPR's Car Talk. She is a sought after lecturer for education and library  conferences, and she was even invited to the  White House National Poetry celebration. Her cultural heritage is Korean, Chinese, and American, having grown up in Los Angeles. Her writing and poetry reflects her cultural background and is notable for its honesty, warmth, and humor.

Janet Wong will appear at the Marshall Public Library on Monday, March 9, from 4-5 p.m. On Tuesday, March 10, she will present at the ISU College of Education from 7-8 p.m. with a book signing at 6:15 pm. Lastly she will speak at the Portneuf District Library on Wednesday, March 11, at 4 p.m.

Please find time in your schedule to attend one of her free performances. It will be well worth the effort to meet and listen to this fascinating woman.

Becca Hyde, Early Childhood Librarian

March Teen Activities

Join us for these Ender’s Game-themed Teen Tech Week activities!
Tuesday, March 9, 4-5 p.m.
Thursday, March 12, 4-5 p.m.
Friday, March 13, After-hours movie Ender’s Game 6-8:30 p.m.

And don’t miss these Makerspace activities over spring break!
Monday, March 23, 1-5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24,1-5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25, 1-5 p.m.
Thursday, March 26 1-5 p.m.
Friday, March 27, 3-5 p.m.

Meet the Friends of Marshall Public Library

Friends of the Marshall Public Library volunteers have been helping the library since 1995, raising money for items not covered by the library’s budget. A small group of dedicated Friends puts on two booksales a year and organizes the year-round booksale area near the Circulation desk.

Membership is easy and inexpensive, and puts you on the list to help with book sales: setting up the sales, taking them down, and helping fellow library lovers in finding the right book for a great price! We are always looking for help, and you can help as little or as much as you want. Year-round activities include hosting author talks, sorting book donations, tidying up the book sale area, and serving on the Friends board.

Because we are a 501c-3 nonprofit, every penny we raise goes to help the library. Over the years we have helped the library move to its current location from the old building on Lewis Street, and have supported every summer reading program via books, prizes, and other items.

Most recently, the new infusion of furniture in the library was purchased with money raised by the Friends. We’ve helped with decorations in the building on both floors, and outside with gardens, statues, fences, and benches. Book drops were purchased to help busy patrons return items without leaving their cars, and strollers, carts, and other wheeled items assist patrons as well as staff. We’ve invited, promoted, and enjoyed visiting authors for many years.

The handicapped door was installed at the request of many, and new iPads for the kids were recently added to the Children’s area. Over the years, hundreds of books, tapes, CDs, and DVDs were added to the collection. A poster near the Circulation Desk shows many more benefits the Friends have provided to the library.

The next book sale will be April 16, 17, and 18. If you are interested in helping or becoming a member of the Friends of the Marshall Public Library, contact the Circulation Desk. Annual membership dues are as  little as $3 a year. For this you get the satisfaction of helping your library, and, as we look at it, helping to pay back for all the money we save: they buy the books and DVDs for us!