Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Most Valuable Card You Own

What is the most valuable card in your wallet? What card gives you unlimited
power to join the Information Age? What is the smartest card you can own? The
answer to all three of these questions is: your Marshall Public Library card! Why is
your library card so powerful? It is the key to a vast world of printed and digital
knowledge and, after all, knowledge is power.

In addition to Marshall’s own extensive collection of printed media and access to
the collections of other libraries, we also provide access to many “members only”
online databases, including the Auto Repair Reference Center and Heritage Quest
Online. Our Idaho Archives is a treasure trove of rare books and other
publications with information on Idaho’s past and present, especially focusing on
Bannock County. The library also offers basic computer classes as well as other
workshop opportunities. Most importantly, the library comes with an expert staff
at your disposal, eager to help you power up your life as you develop new skills,
activate new life strategies, and even re-explore old interests.

September is National Library Card Sign-up month, and Marshall Public Library
would like to sign YOU up! If you are a resident of the City of Pocatello, you are
eligible for a library card. Please bring with you a valid photo ID and proof of
address such as a bill or other official document that has been mailed to you. If
you are NOT a Pocatello resident but have a card from another area library, you
can still access the power of Marshall. Please have ready your current library card
and a valid photo ID when you come see us at 113 S. Garfield in Old Town
Pocatello. Plug into the power of Marshall and energize your life!

Trent Clegg, Reference Librarian

Grant Proposal Workshop

Marshall Public Library and the Foundation Center present the workshop
Proposal Writing Basics. This free workshop will be held at Marshall Public
Library on September 6 from 1-2:30pm.

This workshop will be moderated by Scott Ullman, an employee of the Foundation
Center in San Francisco. Seating is limited so it is recommended that you register
at the library’s website at Call John at 232-1263 ext. 21 for
more information.

John Bickelhaupt, Reference Librarian

Million Minute Family Challenge

It’s time to get excited about playing games again! We are once again joining the
national Million Minute Family Challenge. Last year, we did a great job coming in
second place nationwide with a total of 80,469 minutes. This year we are setting
the lofty goal of reaching 100,000 minutes! To participate, simply come in to the
library and pick up a tally sheet to keep track of your minutes. You can also come
join us during game night each Wednesday from 6-8 pm.

Join us in our effort to reach one million minutes of family game time and create
lasting memories by spending quality time as a family.

Caralee Workman, Circulation Librarian

Friends Wanted

The Friends of the Marshall Public Library group is looking for a few good
volunteers for the October book sale. Volunteers assist in setting up tables of books
before the sale and in helping shoppers during the sale.

A non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing library services through fundraising,
the Friends of the Marshall Public Library has used funds from past book
sales for the purchase of the toddler computer stations, visits from authors, and
materials for book groups.

If you would like to know more about volunteering at the book sale or becoming a
member of the Friends of the Marshall Public Library, stop by the Circulation

Happy Cats and Dogs

Caring for your pets means keeping them both healthy and happy. September is
Happy Cat Month and Responsible Dog Ownership Month, and Marshall Public
Library is honoring both with a special display of information, related books, and

Highlighting our celebration is a presentation by Alta Animal Hospital on
September 12 at 7 pm in the Kids Corner. The guest speaker will discuss pet
health issues and how to best take care of your pet so you both have happy lives.

For more information about Happy Cat Month, see the CATalyst Council’s
website at Responsible Dog Ownership Month is
sponsored by the American Kennel Club, and their information can be found at

Trent Clegg, Reference Librarian

Novelist Training Seminar

Marshall Public Library is now presenting classes designed to help patrons learn
more about the free databases offered through the library website. The first class
will focus on NoveList, a database that helps readers look for their next great book.

Come learn how to search the database to find information on your favorite series
such as the publication order, find more books written by a certain author, and
even find books that are similar to your favorite books and authors.

This half-hour class will be presented throughout October. To sign up, simply call
the library at 232-1263 ext. 32 and ask about scheduled times.

Caralee Workman, Circulation Librarian

Thirty Years of Reading Freedom

Free people read freely, and this year marks the thirtieth anniversary of libraries
celebrating this freedom.

Banned Books Week is September 30-October 6. Marshall Public Library will display a selection of banned books throughout September. Be sure to visit this display on the second floor to see what books have been banned or challenged (the titles may surprise you!) and to write a message about what our freedom to read means to you.

Celebrate your right to choose what to read and what to think by joining Marshall Public Library’s new book group that reads exclusively banned or challenged books. The group will meet at 7pm on the second Tuesday of each month starting on October 9. Our first book will be The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Pick up your copy at the Reference Desk on the second floor.

If you have any questions about the banned books book group, contact Amy at 232-1263 ext. 21.

Amy Campbell, Reference Librarian

Library Hosts Job Workshop Series

The library is hosting a free job workshop series in September and October.

Andy Guerra, Certified Career Development Facilitator and a retired Department of Labor Employment Consultant, will lead the class through the stages of job seeking. Guerra will cover topics like dealing with the stress and grief that may come from job rejection, recognizing and promoting your marketable job skills to increase your chances of being hired, finding support systems as you’re job seeking, and successfully navigating hostile coworkers and worksites once you find employment.

The workshop will start on Tuesday, September 18, at 7pm and continue every
Tuesday evening until October 23 (excluding October 9). This series is free but
registration is required. To register or for more information on the workshop,
please call Amy Campbell at the library at 232-1263 ext. 21.

Amy Campbell, Reference Librarian

Update Your Contact Information

Marshall Public Library is updating our notification system! By late fall, we
hope to have a new system in place that will allow patrons to receive hold and
overdue notifications via email or text message.

Please help make the transition smooth by updating your phone and email
addresses now. There are forms available at the Circulation Desk for you to
complete and turn in. If you would like to check what the library currently has
on record, access your library account at

Jamie Bair, Circulation Supervisor

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Dr. John Kallas, author of Edible Wild Plants – Foods from Dirt to Plate, will be at Marshall Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 pm to discuss how to identify, harvest, prepare and enjoy nutritious, delicious and abundant edible wild plants. Dr. Kallas’s presentation is a sampling of his book which makes wild foods understandable and accessible, revealing how easy it is to incorporate them into everyday modern life. Dr. Kallas is a trained botanist with a doctorate in nutrition, has investigated edible wild plants since 1970 and taught about them since 1978. He founded Wild Food Adventures in 1993 and was the primary writer and editor of the Wild Food Adventurer newsletter. A question/answer period and book signing will follow the presentation. For more information about Dr. Kallas, his book, or Wild Food Adventures visit