Thursday, April 7, 2011

Meet the New Bookmobile @Your Library!

After more than a year's worth of planning, collecting donations, sending a green bookworm to slither into classrooms and march in the Homecoming Parade, and carefully negotiating, Pocatello's Marshall Public Library has acquired a beautiful new bookmobile for the community.

We have yet to set the route and finish all the details pertaining to the service, but we can now proudly announce: WE HAVE A BOOKMOBILE! It would never have been possible without the generosity and dedication of many, many people. By far the majority of the funds used to purchase the vehicle came from school children. School District 25 graciously allowed us to go into the schools and explain both our vision and our need. The response was overwhelming and heartwarming. The best part is that school-age children will be some of the greatest beneficiaries of the bookmobile service, and those children are the ones who have made it possible for the purchase to take place.

So, to show our gratitude and to present this beautiful bookmobile to the community, we are having a party! Please come to the Marshall Public Library on Wednesday, April 13, anytime from 4pm to 7pm to see the new bookmobile, walk inside it, enjoy cookies and punch, and help us celebrate. Everyone is invited. It will be a wonderful event, the culmination of a lot of planning, a lot of giving, and a lot of community participation. This is Pocatello's Bookmobile--come and get acquainted!

Kathryn Poulter, Children's Librarian

Celebrate National Library Week @Your Library

National Library Week is April 10-16. Join Pocatello's Marshall Public Library on Saturday, April 16, at 10:30am to celebrate your story by creating a fun mobile. You bring in 2-4 pictures (4"x6" or smaller, please) and the library will provide supplies to make a mobile to journal about and display your pictures. This is a family-friendly craft and registration is not required.

You may also sign-up during National Library Week to participate in the library's Earth Day Challenge. Pick up your challenge card to find out how you can be more "Earth-Friendly." Complete ten of the tasks and bring the card back on April 22 to receive an Earth Day prize! All ages are welcome to participate.

Jamie Bunn, Circulation Librarian

Celebrate Poetry @Your Library

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Marshall Public Library is hosting its eleventh annual Poetry Wall. The wall, on the second floor by the Reference Desk, displays poetry from local poets. If you would like to add your poem to the wall, just drop off a copy at the Reference Desk.

The celebration will continue toward the end of the month with the airing of Bill Moyers's documentary "Fooling with Words" on Saturday, April 23, at 2pm. The film explores the vitality and diversity of contemporary poetry through intimate interviews and performance readings at North America's largest poetry festival. The library will give away a copy of the DVD after the showing. This movie is free and open to the public. And there will be popcorn!

Amy Campbell, Reference Librarian

No Children's Storyhours in April

There will be no children's storyhours at the library this month. All of the first grade classes in School District 25 visit the library for tours and to get a library card in April.

Storyhours resume regular times in May.

The Memory Chalet by Tony Judt

Tony Judt was a historian whose speciality was the twentieth century after World War II. He was renowned particularly for the book Postwar. He died in August 2010. Some years before he died, he was diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), a nervous system disorder characterized by the progressive loss of muscular control. Over time, ALS sufferes lose the ability to walk, use their hands, speak, and, ultimately, breathe. There is no accompanying deterioration of consciousness. Patients become trapped in their own bodies.

That this happened to Tony Judt is essential to understanding his book The Memory Chalet, but the book is not primarily about his experience with the disease. Judt had to develop coping mechanisms to take him out of the confines of his incapacitation when he was lying alone in his bed at night, mostly as a means of enabling him to sleep. His method was to go on travels through his memories. The following day he would dictate his thoughts generated by these experiences. This is a wonderful book.

John Bickelhaupt, Reference Librarian