Friday, September 6, 2013

Health Care Changes Explained @Your Library

Major health insurance changes are coming and many Idahoans have questions about how this will impact them. Marshall Public Library in Pocatello and Portneuf District Library in Chubbuck have partnered with Blue Cross of Idaho to bring information to all members of the public.

On Wednesday, September 18, from 7-8:30 in the evening at Marshall Public Library and at Portneuf District Library in Chubbuck on Saturday, September 21, from 10 a.m. until noon, Blue Cross of Idaho representative David Michel will present information on the Affordable Care Act and the Idaho health insurance exchange. He will also answer questions you may have about open enrollment and what individuals and small business owners can expect.

A lot is changing in health insurance. Make sure you know how it impacts you by attending one or both of these programs. Both programs are free and open to all members of the public. For more information on these programs, call Amy Campbell at Marshall Public Library at 232-1263 ext. 106 or Susan King at Portneuf District Library at 237-2192. For more information on the health insurance changes and the Idaho health insurance exchange, visit

Amy Campbell, Reference Librarian

Tribute to Maria Callas on Second Floor

In January 1953, opera singer Maria Callas made her first recordings for England’s Electric & Musical Industries, Ltd. 60 years later, her recordings are still some of EMI’s biggest sellers.

Marshall Public Library is celebrating this 60 year association with a display of Callas artifacts and memorabilia related to her 1953 EMI recordings. Other information regarding her entire EMI output is also part of the presentation. 36 years after her death, come see why Maria Callas is still remembered.

For more information on any of our displays, please call Trent Clegg at the library at 232-1263 ext. 106.

Trent Clegg, Reference Librarian

Celebrate Your Freedom To Read

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. This year it is held September 22-28, it highlights the value of free and open access to information.

We would like to celebrate the freedom to read by displaying several books that have been challenged across the nation. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

Check out the display on the first floor. And, YES, these books do check out. Celebrate your freedom to read and check one out today.

Becky Hadley, Readers Advisor

Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month! What an important little rectangle a library card is: it can unlock whole worlds of adventure and learning for children or adults who use it regularly. First grade students from District 25 visit the library on a special field trip with their classes, and it is an enriching experience if those children can each leave with a library book to borrow, read, and enjoy. In order to sign up as many children (and parents) as possible, Marshall Public Library will be present at several of the Back-to-School night events to issue cards. We will also have a sign-up booth at the Portneuf Valley Farmers’ Market and at other area venues. This is a wonderful opportunity to help children advance on their road of knowledge and education.

Kathryn Poulter, Youth Services Supervisor