Monday, November 30, 2015

Shortened Hours in December

The library will have shortened hours throughout December and will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m Monday through Saturday. The shortened hours will allow library staff to complete projects and attend training. The library will also be closed December 24 and 25 and January 1.

We will resume our regular hours of 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday on Saturday, January 2, 2016.

Fun Children’s Activities During Winter Break

While the children are out of school this winter break, what can they do? Come to the library, of course!

Every day that the library is open, from December 21 until December 31, we will have fun and engaging activities for children. Some of these activities are self-directed, such as the regular free play at Gabby’s CafĂ©, or spontaneous puppet shows created on the spot with the library puppets, or maybe the children are artists and would like some time at the library art center with crayons and paper. But there are also some organized activities from 4- 5 p.m. each day. These will be things like arts and crafts with yarn and paper, a LEGO party where children can create fabulous things with the library LEGO pieces, and even some holiday decorations to take home. No
registration is necessary, just come and have fun!

 Kathryn Poulter, Children’s Librarian

New LEGO Club @ Marshall Public Library

Coming soon to Marshall Public Library: a new LEGO Club!

We’ve just received our first starter kits of LEGOS and are excited to share these with you through our new LEGO Club.  If you have any LEGOS you are willing to donate to our collection, we will be happy to accept them.

Our next scheduled meeting will be on December 29 @ 4 p.m. Future meetings will be scheduled once on month on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Join us as we build, one brick at a time! This club is open to youth 8 years and older.

For more information,  please see YA Librarian Kath Ann.

Twelve Days of Making

This will be an alternative approach to the typical crafting programs we’ve done in the past. Beginning on December 7 and running for 12 days (excluding Saturdays and Sundays) we will incorporate some STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)  activities with our crafting.

Whether quilling, artbots, paper circuits, or fiber arts, most will be projects that can be created and taken home by children and teens.

Programs will be held December 7-11, 14-18, and 21-22 from 4-5 p.m. each day.  No registration or fees are required, but supplies will be available on a first come, first served basis. Programs are best for ages 8 and older.

Human Library @ ISU Ballroom

Marshall Public Library and Idaho State University’s College of Arts and Letters are joining forces to announce the largest Human Library yet.

Thursday, December 10, will see the living and breathing library move to the ballroom of the Pond Student Union Building at Idaho State University.

“The Human Library events have been getting more and more popular,” said Amy Campbell, Reference Librarian. “This time you’ll have a chance to ‘check out’ more than 20 Human Books, the most we’ve ever had.”

At a Human Library, small groups of people gather around a Human Book and listen to a chapter from his or her life. The atmosphere is one of a casual conversation with a friend instead of a formal presentation.

“In a single night, you might listen to firsthand experiences of racing in the Iditarod, overcoming stage fright to win a beauty pageant, or surviving cancer,” said Campbell.

The Human Library starts at the ISU ballroom at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m.; the doors close at 6. Refreshments will be provided and this program is free and open to all members of the public.

For more information on this program, please call Amy at 232-1263 ext. 106 or visit the library’s Facebook page at

Don’t Forget the Recipe Box

Register now for our newest book group, MPL Recipe Box, the cookbook discussion group. We will be meeting January 6 at 7 pm.

Selected cookbooks and registration are at the Help Desk on the first floor. January's theme is soup.

Food for Fines Gathers 935 Cans

Food for Fines gathered 935 cans of food in November!

All cans will go to the Idaho Food Bank. Thank you for helping to feed the hungry people in our community!