Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gaila Says Farewell

I have worked for the City of Pocatello for twenty-five years. I started as an ISU practicum student in 1989 at the Pocatello Public Library and, after many years and a few promotions, I will be retiring from the position of Supervisor in the Reference Department at the end of July.

At different times I have worked in almost every department of the ‘library and I have also been able to be involved in the planning of programs, presentations, displays and library conferences.

I want to say now thank you, thank you, thank you! Working for Marshall Public Library has been a grand experience. I will miss all of you very much. When I first started working for the City of Pocatello in Oct of 1989, the library was named the Pocatello Public Library and was located on Clark Street. I have many wonderful memories at both locations and wonderful experiences such as watching the new library building being built, the moving of the collection from Clark Street to Garfield Avenue in 1994 and the changing of the name to the Marshall Public Library.

 Other memories include moving the books and shelving to install new carpet on both floors and of course inventorying the collection. It impresses me to be able to say I have touched almost every item in this library many times. I love books, I love libraries, and I love working with people who also love books and libraries. I never underestimate the power of knowledge and I have been privileged to work with some very knowledgeable people.

I am looking forward to this next phase of my life and have many plans and projects in mind to keep me busy. My biggest wish is to build upon my wonderful marriage and home life, to gain more knowledge and skills, and to be healthy and happy. And I plan to actually take time to read a few more good books. Thanks again to everyone.

 Gaila Butikofer, Reference Supervisor

Dubbed years ago by a patron “Gaila the Wonderful” for her dedication to her work, Gaila retires after more than 25 years of service to our public library. We will miss her knowledge and expertise as well as her sense of humor and wonderful laugh. Thank you for 25 great years, Gaila! 

How Do Vaccines Work?

Marshall Public Library’s ongoing health series You and Your Health @ Your Library presents the program How Vaccines Work.

At this time of year, many parents are taking their children to the doctor for their back to school immunization shots. How does the vaccine interact with your  child’s body? How does a flu shot protect your health? How do these things actually work?

If you’ve ever had these questions yourself, join Dr. David Glenn, Resident Physician at ISU Family Medicine, at Marshall Public Library on Monday, August 10, at 6:30 p.m. You will also have a chance to ask questions and possibly win a Pampered Chef door prize!

This program is free and open to all members of the public. For more information, please call Andrea at 232-1263 ext. 113 or visit and RSVP on our Facebook page at

Friends of Marshall Public Library Help Make Flying Fun

The Friends of Marshall Public Library recently helped launch the new Take-a-Book/Leave-a Book Center program at the Pocatello Regional Airport. This program means that travelers can now take a free book to read as they make their journey.

“You don’t have to bring in a book to take one,” says Pocatello Regional Airport Manager David Allen. “This book sharing center is just one of the ways we’re making flying out of Pocatello as stress-free as possible.”

The idea for the program was developed by the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Air Service Committee and the Friends stocked its first round of books. The Take-a-Book Center is the first of several new airport amenities the Committee has developed to enhance the experience of flying out of Pocatello.

Donations for the Take-a-Book/Leave-a-Book Center can be made at the Airport Administration Office.

Volunteers Wanted for Upcoming Book Sale

The library’s Friends group is holding their annual book sale in October and they need help sorting books into genres before and during the sale. If you are familiar with different genres like romance, mystery, western, and sci-fi and are eager to help the Friends raise money to support the library, stop by the checkout desk today!

The book sale will run Thursday, October 8,  and Friday, October 9, during library hours and Saturday, October 10 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Set up for the sale is on October 7 starting at 4. Volunteers are encouraged for all times!

Sister Library Quilt Squares and Pen Pal Program

If you missed July’s Sister Library program, don’t worry! You can still participate by making a quilt square and becoming a pen pal!

We are making a friendship quilt to gift to the Stalowa Wola Public Library in Poland. Anyone may make a quilt square that represents something about Pocatello or about Idaho. Quilt squares can be picked up from Becky H. on the first floor.

If letter writing is your talent, you may also participate in the pen pal exchange. Pen pal forms are in the lobby and may also be found online on our website. Children, adults, or entire  families may sign up to write to someone in Stalowa Wola. Pen pal forms can be left with Amy on the second floor.

If you have any questions, please call Amy at 232-1263 ext. 106.