Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Winter Dreams and New Board Games

Many thanks go to the Friends of Marshall Public Library (FOMPL) for the funds to purchase new board games for the library! The new games include some replacements and some brand new ones that I am very excited about.

Among the new games are Mouse Trap, Flip Out,Mastermind, Buzz Word, Story Cubes, Monopoly-Electronic Banking, Dominion, Ticket to Ride, and The Settlers of Catan. FOMPL also gave the library replacements for Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders which will be stored in hanging bags in the children’s area with the puzzles. New copies of Life and Sorry were also purchased.

We have tentative plans for a board game night in February so keep your eyes peeled and we will keep you posted!

The Friends are generous in helping us obtain special things for the library that are not in our regular budget. All proceeds from our yearly book sales and the on-going book sale by the Circulation Desk help make these things possible. If you would like to become a FOMPL, please ask at the Circulation Desk.

Don’t forget about our Annual Winter Dreams open-mike night which will be held on Friday, January 10, from 6-7:30 p.m. Teens are invited to bring something to read and a treat to share in this fun after-hours coffee house setting with an audience of their peers.

Kath Ann Hendricks, Young Adult Librarian

Spanish Language Collection Reunited

The library has moved all adult Spanish-language and dual language Spanish/English books to one location to make them easier for patrons to find and browse. These books are now on the second floor by the Reference Desk.

An Evening at Downton

The library is celebrating the return of the popular British program Downton Abbey to American television with “An Evening at Downton,” a program for adults on Monday, January 6, at 7 p.m. Abbey Enthusiasts will be treated to tea, snacks, trivia, and general gossip of the goings-on at the Big House. Guests are requested to don their fanciest hat for the celebration.

Downton Abbey is a British period drama that follows the lives of the Crawleys, a noble family, and the servants who maintain Downton Abbey through war, social change, and family upheaval. The first three seasons of the series are available for checkout at Marshall Public Library. Season four premiers on PBS on January 5.

Jamie Bair, Circulation Supervisor

Free Computer Classes @ Your Library

Registration is now open for the library’s January computer classes! Whether you are interested in learning how to use computers or you want to expand the computer skills you already have, these classes are for you.

Classes are geared towards older beginners. The beginner’s class includes basic instruction from using a mouse to how to navigate online and set up an email account. The Internet research class is for people who have the basic computer skills already and want to know more about search engines like Google and websites like Wikipedia.

Classes are free and open to the public. Space is limited so stop by the Reference Desk on the second floor today to register. If the class that you are interested in is full, be sure to add your name to the waiting list for the next set of classes.

The library is always eager to add more computer classes to our roster! If you are interested in volunteering to teach a class, please talk to Amy on the second floor or call her at 232-1263 ext. 106.

Amy Campbell, Reference Librarian