Monday, October 15, 2012

It Came From the LIBRARY…Read for the FUN of IT!

This year we have three events to help celebrate Teen Read Week:

1. Monster Make-up Thursday, October 18, @5pm Learn a few tips just in time for Halloween. Bring your own makeup and we’ll provide the instruction.

2. Haunted Gingerbread Houses Thursday, October 25, @6pm Create your very own spoooooky house. We’ll provide the houses and some decorations. Teens may bring more to share.

3. Creature Creation Between now and October 28, create your very own creature in almost any way you want inspired by a character from a favorite book. Pick up an official entry form @ the YA Help Desk. Cool prizes for the first 15 entries!

Watch the YA BLOG for more details.

Kath Ann Hendricks, Young Adult Librarian

Crazy for Couponing?

Then come to Couponing 101!

Local coupon expert Sally O’Keef will teach beginning couponers at Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library how to get the most out of their hard-earned money.

On Tuesday, October 16, from 6-8pm, Sally will offer insight into her years of successful couponing. A stay-at-home mom who started couponing shortly after the birth of her first child, Sally used coupons to maintain her family’s standard of living after her husband returned to school. Years of practical couponing experience give Sally a unique perspective on how to use coupons properly and effectively and she will answer couponing questions that you may not even know to ask. For example, do you know how to pair Sunday coupons with sales to save even more money? Or how to use coupons to build up your food storage? And what the heck is a Blinky?

For more information on this free program, call Amy Campbell at the library at 232-1263 ext. 21. For more information on Sally O’Keef’s couponing classes, email her at

Amy Campbell, Reference Librarian

Learn Sixty Languages @Your Library

Your library is pleased to announce that it now offers Pronunciator!

This online language-learning system is free for all library patrons. With 60 of the world's most popular languages and ESL courses in 50 languages, the Pronunciator is focused on quickly building conversational skills through a combination of interactive online drills, scored quizzes, and downloadable audio lessons and phrasebooks.

Pronunciator offers five possible levels of instruction for each language. The lessons cover vocabulary, verbs, simple sentences, and conversation. One level, specifically for tourists and business travelers, teaches 1,500 essential phrases that cover everyday situations. Each course also has up to 350 hours of audio lessons which patrons can download to a portable device or burn to CD. Appropriate for children as well as adults, Pronunciator is designed to meet the language-learning needs of our entire community.

"We are delighted to add Pronunciator to the premium resources we offer our patrons," said Gaila Butikofer, Reference Department Supervisor. "There are many reasons a person learns a language -- for work, travel, school, or simply personal enrichment -- and Pronunciator has something for everyone."

Stop by Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library for an introduction to Pronunciator or access the program via the library website at For more information, contact the library’s Reference Department at 232-1263 ext. 21.

Amy Campbell, Reference Librarian

Novelist Training Kicks Off

Marshall Public Library’s Novelist training classes begin this month!

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 on October 17 at 7pm, October 23 at 10am, and October 29 at 4pm. To sign up, simply call the library at 232-1263 ext. 32.

Caralee Workman, Circulation Librarian

Million Minute Family Challenge Update

Last month, Marshall Public Library began the Million Minute Family Challenge for the second year in a row.

Help us meet our challenge by playing a non-electronic game with your family or friends. Afterwards, call us at 232-1263 ext. 32 and let us know your total minutes played so we can add it to our overall total.

So far we have already logged in 15,249 total minute. While this is not a contest, it is fun to know that the good people of the Pocatello community are ranked in first place overall nationwide for the most minutes played! Keep up the good work!

In an effort to meet our goal of 100,000 minutes by December 31, we will have a game night on October 17 from 6-8pm. You can bring your own game or use one of ours. Come join in the fun!

Caralee Workman, Circulation Librarian

Welcome, New Staffer Craig!

Hello, my name is Craig W. Korten. I was born October 24, 1969, in Omaha, Nebraska. I am the youngest of two, my brother being 14 months older. I attended school in a suburb of Omaha called Ralston. I graduated from Ralston High School in 1988. I worked various jobs growing up, from being a dishwasher in a buffet style restaurant to cooking chicken at KFC and working at an Ace Hardware store. I moved to Idaho in 1991 and soon was attending Idaho State University where I graduated with a degree in Machine Technology.

While in school I met the love of my life. Her name is Lupe. Pronounce it however you like. We wed soon after in August and started our family soon after with my oldest daughter Paige and then my youngest Pashence. Once again good luck on pronouncing her name but it sounds just like it looks. We chose her name because she was a scheduled c-section so we knew what day and time pretty much so we had to be patient for the day to arrive. I enjoy fishing and we spend a ton of time going to softball tournaments for my daughters as they both excel at the sport.

Craig Korten, Library Custodian