Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bellon Visiting Author in March

Our community has an annual tradition of hosting a notable children’s book author. A committee made up of local teachers, librarians, and university professors called the ISU Bellon Visiting Author Book Series has been the driving force behind bringing a variety of exciting and culturally rich children’s authors, storytellers, and illustrators to schools and our community at large.

With great pleasure, the Bellon Visiting Author Series announces Roseanne Greenfield Thong, guest author for 2016. She is the author of many multicultural-themed children’s books. She has lived and taught in Guatemala, Mexico, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. At present she lives in Fountain Valley, California, in between her visits to Hong Kong. She will be in Pocatello March  7- 9 and will visit schools and connect with our community at several free events listed below.

*Monday, March 7  at Marshall Public Library, 113 S. Garfield Ave. at 4 p.m.
*Tuesday, March 8 at ISU College of Education Auditorium, 921 S. 8th Ave at 7 p.m. with a book signing at 6:30 p.m.
*Wednesday, March 9 at Portneuf District Library, 5210 Stuart Ave. at 4 p.m.

Human Library Features Outstanding Women

Join us for a  special Human Library in honor of Women's History Month.

On Tuesday, March 15, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the library will host an all-woman collection of Human Books. At a Human Library, guests gather around a Human Book and listen to a chapter of their lives. Human Books for March include a woman who served as a dog trainer for the Marine Corps., a local engineer who regularly becomes the "Cow Crusader of Kindness," and a woman inspired to return to college while having college-aged children herself.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of life chapters many of us will never experience. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call Amy at 232-1263 ext. 106.

Call for Submissions

Celebrate National Poetry Month in April with the 16th annual Poetry Wall!

The Poetry Wall displays original work from local poets. Local writers of all ages are invited to submit poetry for display on the Poetry Wall for display in April. All entries become part of Marshall Public Library’s collection.

This April also marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death so
Shakespearean-style sonnets are especially welcome. The sonnets will be read at a special Shakespeare party with cake and festivities at the library on April 23 at 2 p.m. Please bring your entries to Amy on the second floor.

Teen Tech Week

This year's Teen Tech Week theme is "Create it at Your Library" and while the week officially runs from March 6-12, we will be sharing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities all month.

From March 6-April 6, a self directed writing and art challenge "Twist Fate" encourages youth 13-17  years of age to write or draw their interpretation of "From heroes to villains or back again. Youth post their writing on Wattpad  or their art on DeviantArt.

Tuesday, March 8 we will hold our monthly LEGO Club from 5:30-7:30 p.m. especially for youth 8 and older. This month's challenge is "Engineer a

The following TEEN activities will be held on the Makerbus located in our side
parking lot:

Wednesday, March 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Intro. to Tech: Meet the 3D Printer and explore Tinkercad
Wednesday, March 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Intro. to Tech: Exploring soft circuits and e-textiles

TEEN STEAM Design a Bookmark Challenge will be held during Spring Break, March 21-24 from 1-3 p.m. Join us on the Makerbus to design your own 3D printed or e-textile light-up bookmark. Prizes awarded for best in each category.

Children's Stealth STEAM self directed activities will be held March 21-
25 (M-F) in Kid's Corner from 1-3 p.m.

Scam and Fraud Protection

Americans lose billions each year to scams, frauds, and identity theft. Come to Marshall Public Library on Tuesday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. to learn how to protect your personal information and not fall victim to a scam.

Dianne Brush, the Pocatello Police Department’s Community Services
Specialist, will discuss both the latest scams and the "tried and true" ones that seem to never go away. Join us for this free program and put Brush’s 26 years of experience in crime prevention to work for you!

The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived

King Midas, Rosie the Riveter, Tarzan, Barbie, Dracula, and Prince Charming all have one thing in common: they never lived. While these fictional characters never took flesh and blood form, they firmly exist in our popular awareness.

Join Dan Karlan, the co-author of The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived, on Tuesday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. at Marshall Public Library for a fun romp through history’s greatest fictional characters.

This program is part of the library’s literary series and is free and open to all members of the public. If you would like more information or if you are interested in facilitating a discussion, please call Amy  at 232-1263 ext. 106.

Free Tax E-filing Continues

 IRS-trained volunteers from the American Association of Retired Persons continue to assist you in the electronic filing of your Federal and state tax returns. And it's absolutely free!

This program focuses on low-income or elderly people but is open to everyone. From February 1 through April 14, the volunteers will be at the library every Monday evening from 5-8:30 p.m. and every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. No appointments are taken and it is first come, first served.