Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 13-19 is National Library Week!

The 2014 theme is “Lives Change @ Your Library.” Take this opportunity to explore everything your library has to offer! From computer classes for adults, parties for teenagers, storytime for small children, and board games for the entire family, there is something for everyone at your library!

On Monday, April 14, Marshall Public Library will be offering a drop-in eReader assistance program from 3-5 p.m. Let our librarians help you get your eReader set up with Marshall Public Library’s free eBook service! On Wednesday, April 16, play a game of giant Scrabble with your friends. National Library Week also means the premier of our Awesome Box Display!

Jamie Bair, Circulation Supervisor

Money Smart Week

Celebrate Money Smart Week with Marshall Public Library! All of these financial literacy programs are free and open to all members of the public.

April 8 at 6 p.m. Family Storytime

April 12 at 10 a.m. Scams, Cons, and Frauds: Stay smart and stay safe

April 12 at 11 a.m. Medicare Smart: Medicare changes

April 12 at 1:30 p.m. Health Promoting Teas: A Money Smart wellness alternative

Please note that the babysitting clinic has been postponed. Watch the YA blog for more information.

Meet Volunteer Brandon

What do you do at the library? I organize books and clean them.

What do you like most about volunteering? It feels good when I help others in the community. I also like seeing all the different kinds of books at the library and learning new things.

What brought you to the library to volunteer? I wanted to get a scholarship to go on a trip to Washington D.C. and I thought volunteering would increase my chances. I like reading a lot so I thought that volunteering at the library would be the perfect fit.

What are your favorite books, authors, or subjects? I like informative books about technology. I also like books about social studies because I like to learn about history and other cultures. And I can never turn down the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book.

What do you like to do when you are not volunteering? I like reading, of course. I also like participating in Kendo (Japanese-style swordsmanship), traveling to different places, and going to museums.

Library in Your Pocket

Is your life busy? Do you find yourself trying to squeeze in research at the library or time to read to the kids? Do you have a mobile device? Then you have a Library in Your Pocket!

From creating business plans to researching family history to studying for the GED as well as reading professional journals, learning a language, listening to books and beyond, this portable library is huge. Find the information you need online using databases at www.marshallpl.org under Research Tools. This portable library is available wherever you are. Read to the kids while in a waiting room, look up information on car repairs on the side of the road, find medical information when someone is sick during the night, or listen to a story during a family picnic. Our magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, streaming audiobooks, and e-books cover topics for all ages and interests.

These subscription resources are provided by The Idaho Commission for Libraries and Marshall Public Library. Please visit the library for more information and to obtain passwords for the Library in Your Pocket!

Kris Castro, Reference Supervisor

14th Annual Poetry Wall

Calling all local poets! The library invites you to submit one original poem or one page of original poetry for inclusion in the library’s 14th Annual Poetry Wall.

The poetry will be displayed on the second floor in April in celebration of National Poetry Month and entries are accepted throughout April. All entries become property of Marshall Public Library and are added to the library collection.

For more information, visit the Reference Desk on the second floor or call Amy at 232-1263 ext. 106.

Amy Campbell, Reference Librarian

Awesome Box!

Did you read, listen to, or watch something awesome? We want to know! Beginning April 1, return awesome library items to the Awesome Box. Your item will be checked in and then added to the Awesome Display. You can also view recently awesome items online at marshallpl.awesomebox.io. Your pick for the Awesome Box doesn’t have to be high art or the best book you’ve read all year, it just has to be awesome, however you define the word.

The Awesome Box display and online list is a randomly selected sample of materials Pocatello patrons love at the library. While we want to include all of your awesome suggestions, from time to time we may miss one. We apologize for any awesome suggestions that slipped by. The Awesome Box is a collaboration with the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. It allows the community to see what others have found helpful, entertaining, or mind-blowing.

Jamie Bair, Circulation Supervisor

International TableTop Day @ Your Library!

International TableTop Day is a celebration for all the fans of tabletop gaming. In 2013, there were 3,123 gaming events in 64 countries worldwide, including every state and province in North America and every continent on the planet.

Marshall Public Library will be joining this year as we showcase some of our longer, more difficult games: Dominion, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Risk. This is your chance to be part of a nationwide event and spend a little time playing some fun and challenging board games. Bring a friend or two or your whole family to the library for TableTop Day on Saturday, April 5, starting at 2 p.m. Some refreshments will be available, and you are invited to bring a treat to share.

Kath Ann Hendricks, Young Adult Librarian