Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Declare Your Food Independence @ Your Library

Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library will host a program about the importance of buying locally grown food on Thursday, February 4that 7 pm. The program will be presented by John and Karen Brady, founders of Brady’s Plant Ranch, Ltd. The Bradys will provide information on the economic and health benefits of growing your own food and buying locally grown produce and meat. They will also discuss how to harvest food from your own garden year round, why farmers’ markets are important, and how to develop a professional relationship with a local farmer.
This program is free and open to the public. If you would like more information, please call the library at 232-1263 ext. 22.

Talking Books for the Visually Impaired

As our population gets older, we all want to know ways we can help ourselves or someone we love keep reading. According to the National Eye Institute, 1 out of 28 Americans over age 40 face vision loss or blindness. The Library wants to make the community aware of our resources for those requiring print alternatives.We can sign our patrons up with the Talking Book Service (TBS), a program offered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries. TBS provides thousands of books for people unable to read standard printed material. Even better, TBS services are provided free of charge, including the mailing of reading materials and playback machines.
And it’s not just people with vision problems who can use the TBS service. Anyone who can’t hold a book, turn pages, or has been diagnosed by a professional with a reading disability due to an organic brain dysfunction can use this free service. Over 65,000 audio books are available, as well as free subscriptions to numerous magazines, access to Braille books and magazines, and descriptive videos and DVDs. In addition, the audio book catalog is recorded and all materials can be searched and ordered via the online catalog.
For more information on the services and resources that Marshall Public Library offers for patrons requiring reading alternatives, stop by the Library at 113 South Garfield or call us at 232-1263 ext. 41.

Library Returns to Regular Hours

The Library returns to regular hours in January. Throughout December the Library was open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.  Regular Library hours are Monday through Thursday 9 am to 9 pm and Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm. The Library is closed Sunday.
The shortened December hours were established to give the Library staff an opportunity to attend trainings throughout December. The shortened hours enable all the staff to be at the Library at once, something that never happens during normal hours. Trainings this year included information on customer service, public safety, advertising the Library, and updating the staff on new Library services and policies.
Your patience and understanding of the shortened public hours enables us to better serve all the public for the rest of the year. Thank you for making it possible!

New Faces @ the Library

The circulation department would like to welcome two new employees to our staff, Lisa Petersen and John Bickelhaupt. Lisa is working full time and John is half time. They both started working at the library in December.
Lisa is a mother of three and owner of two cats, two parrots and a turtle. She has been living in Pocatello off and on throughout her life. She loves to read various types of books but her favorite is Christian novels. She is a very down to earth person and enjoys music, art and nature.
John is the father of two boys and he also owns 3 cats. He can often be found reading books by Robert Graves and Eiji Yoshikawa. John has lived all over the country including Pittsburgh and Seattle. He has been living in Pocatello for four and a half years. His hobbies include cycling and bicycle repair.
We are very excited to have them among our staff here at the library and are looking forward to getting to know them better and seeing them share their knowledge with the public. As you notice John and Lisa, please feel free to welcome them to our staff.
Becky Hadley, Reader Advisor