Monday, April 1, 2013

Celebrate Money Smart Week @your Library

Marshall Public Library is celebrating Money Smart Week!

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. The American Library Association has partnered with the Chicago Federal reserve to bring financial literacy classes into our nation’s public libraries.


Monopoly Day kicks off Money Smart events on Friday, April 19, at 3 p.m. A special TEEN Monopoly Party will begin after the library closes at 6 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. We will have several boards available for this gaming event and participants are welcome to bring additional Monopoly games of their own. Both of these events will be held in the Kid’s Corner.


At 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, Dianne Brush from the Pocatello Police Department will present the program “Scams, Cons, and Frauds.” The community education officer for crime prevention, Brush will address why older people are the most targeted group for financial scams, how to recognize and avoid the scammers, and what information we should never release to someone over the phone or by email.


Also on April 20 at 10 a.m., local coupon expert Sally O’Keef will teach beginning couponers how to get the most out of their hard-earned money. A stay-at-home mom who started couponing shortly after the birth of her first child, O’Keef used coupons to maintain her family’s standard of living after her husband returned to school. Years of practical experience give her a unique perspective on how to use coupons properly and effectively and she is eager to share these tips with you.


At noon on Saturday, April 20, Debra Spitzer presents “The Thrill of Thrifting.” One of the best ways to save money, especially for families with young children, is through thrift store shopping. At thrift stores, you can find new or nearly-new clothing and household goods and decorations for pennies on the dollar—if you know how to thrift shop smartly. Spitzer will reveal the tricks of smart thrifting and give her audience members the tools they need to start a life of thrifting on their own.


You can not only look but also touch and take items from this display on the second floor! Look through the coupons and take what you would like. Be sure to bring in coupons from home that you don’t want and leave them for the next coupon browser.


If you want to witness the curious phenomenon of spiders created from silverware, come to the second floor display case and see the altered arachnids as well as repurposed old Christmas cards and costume jewelry that are happily living new lives. Repurposing items saves money and is fun too!

For more information on these programs and other Money Smart Week activities, please call the library at 232-1263 ext. 106.

Amy Campbell, Reference Librarian

eBooks? Yes!!

Announcing the introduction of eBooks to our library collection!

Now you can check out books to read on your iPad, computer, Android device,Nook, and Kindle Fire. With the library’s new eBook Cloud Library from 3M, you can be reading in minutes. All you need is a library card and a compatible device.

Find the link on the library’s home page, or go to, or search the app store for the 3M eBooks app. Set up your account with your current library card and pin, login, and start browsing.

You can check out two eBooks at a time for 14 days each and they are automatically returned. There’s no need to visit the library to check out or return these books, and you’ll also never have overdue fines with these books! The 3M Cloud Library is an innovative way to browse, borrow, and read popular fiction and non-fiction eBooks from Marshall Public Library.

National Library Workers Day

Who has the best job in town? Employees at Marshall Public Library say they do and on National Library Workers Day on Tuesday, April 16, they’ll let you know why!

As part of their observance of National Library Workers Day and National Library Week, the folks at Marshall will share why they have the best job in town. Simple reasons and special stories will all be posted for patrons to read. Come to the library and find out why working there is so wonderful.

You can also participate by submitting your favorite library employee for a star at the website for National Library Workers Day at

For more information on National Library Workers Day at Marshall Public Library, please call Trent at 232-1263 ext. 106.

Trent Clegg, Reference Librarian

Celebrate Poetry @your Library

Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library celebrates National Poetry Month in April with a Poetry Wall displaying original work from local poets.

The Poetry Wall is on display on the second floor. The Bonneville Community Senior Center’s Creative Writing Group is honored this year with an entire panel devoted to their members’ writing. This group has been meeting for over 30 years and the skill of the members is apparent in their poems. Local poets of all ages have submitted work to be displayed and the talent of our local writers is amazing to see!

You may still participate in this year’s Poetry Wall. Please mail or bring your work to the following address:

Poetry Wall c/o Amy Campbell Marshall Public Library 113 South Garfield Pocatello, ID 83204 232-9266 (fax)

For more information, call Amy at 232-1263 ext. 106.

Amy Campbell, Reference Librarian