Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Calling Home Because of You

Cell Phones for Soldiers and Marshall Public Library would like to thank the Pocatello community for their generous support and donations of used cell phones. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and recycled to reclaim materials, including:
• Gold, silver, and platinum from circuit boards
• Copper wiring from phone chargers
• Nickel, iron, cadmium, and lead from battery packs
• Plastic from phone cases and accessories
Over 500 phones have been brought in. That is approximately 32,280 minutes for our soldiers to call home. We are still taking cell phones. The donation box is located on the first floor of the library. One cell phone equals one hour of talk time for a soldier abroad. For more information visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Becky Hadley

Grant and Funding Help at the Library

In these challenging economic times, the Eastern Idaho Funding Information Center (EIFIC) located inside Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library offers resources to those searching for grants, scholarships, or ways to fund small businesses. This collection of over 100 print items and online databases enables grant seekers to gather information much quicker than traditionally.
While there are not many grants available to for-profit businesses, EIFIC has information about types of funding for those seeking to start their own business. Information concerning all aspects of starting and operating a small business are available, including many items that can be checked out.
EIFIC, along with Partners for Prosperity, is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center in New York City and is free and open to all during regular library hours. Library staff will provide information to help begin searching. No appointment is necessary. If your nonprofit organization would like a presentation about EIFIC, please contact Kris Castro or Gaila Butikofer at 232-1263 ext. 22. Kris Castro

Who says Libraries are Just for Reading

I say this tongue-in-cheek as gaming (in the sense of computer, video, or
console) involves more reading skills than one might imagine. Comprehension, sequencing, and vocabulary are among the skills one might hone while gaming.“Gaming advocates suggest that even if video games don’t motivate more traditional reading, they have the potential to teach players how to
absorb visual information and think strategically” (Motoko Rich, 10/5/08). Not to mention the many story based games, such as Nintendo’s Zelda, that challenge reading and thinking skills through puzzle and riddle solving.
Thanks to the community partnership of GameCrazy, over a dozen youth (and some parents!) kicked off their spring break with a morning of console gaming. Wii pushed contestants to their limits as they attempted to achieve higher levels in Nintendo’s Super Smash Brothers Brawl. For those with more of a musical bend, Guitar Hero challenged their hand-eye coordination as they tried to make music with the pros.
We have now scheduled console gaming on a bi-monthly basis, with the next event on Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Kath Ann Hendricks

Storytime Fun at the Library

The Marshall Public Library offers six Storytimes for children ages 0 to 5 years old. Storytimes emphasize the early literacy skills that each child will need to begin reading successfully.
Book Babies (with a parent) on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. for children 0 to 24 months is a twenty-minute program featuring rhymes, music, books, and action fingerplays. Terrific Twos (with a parent) on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. is a twenty-minute program focusing on fun learning skills using books, music, rhyme, and interactive fingerplays. This program helps establish readiness skills to move on to Wednesday-Thursday Storytimes.
Wednesday-Thursday Storytime is for children 3 to 5 years old and focuses on fun books, rhyme, music, some crafts, and readiness skills to start kindergarten. You may choose to come on either Wednesdays or Thursdays at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. The program is the same on both days. Also
included in Storytime are puppets, instruments, books on CDs, and a
special guest during holiday Storytimes.
The children of Pocatello and the surrounding areas make Storytimes at the Marshall Public Library a success! Come join the fun! (Storytimes are not scheduled in April but will resume in May.)
Marcia Burnham