Saturday, April 30, 2016

Spring Fling Book Fair

An elementary school staple is going online to lend a hand to Marshall Public Library.

Starting May 1, the library will host a five day, online book fair with the help of Barnes and Noble. Library supporters can go to and purchase books off the library’s wish list. Select a book to buy, enter the library’s book fair identification number, and enter the library’s address (113 S. Garfield Avenue, Pocatello, ID 83204) as the shipping address at checkout.

The online book fair will run through May 5 and the library’s book fair ID number is 11829900. These books will benefit children for years to come. For a copy of the library's wish list, call Amy Campbell at 232-1263 ext. 106.

On Your Mark , Get Set for Summer Reading!

On your mark, get set... for summer reading!

Join us for a fun walk/run to kick off summer reading on Wednesday, June 1. Meet at the library at 6 p.m. to journey to the Greenway and back to the library for healthy snacks afterwards.

Adults can join in the fun too! This is the eighth year that Marshall Public Library’s summer reading has been all-ages with programs for children, teens, and adults. Sign up starts in the lobby on June 1. On your mark, get set, READ!

Outreach Volunteers Needed

Can you imagine your life without library service? Unfortunately, this is a reality for many Pocatello residents. Marshall Public Library has a long tradition of providing outreach service to individuals who cannot visit the library due to illness, injury, or disability. Each month, the library visits area homes, resident care facilities, and disabled housing to provide access to materials to over 150 people.

The library has an immediate need for volunteers to continue this service for our community. Volunteer your time for one or more hours a month to assist library staff in preparing materials, delivering items to patrons at care facilities or patron homes, entering statistics, and maintaining
outreach records. Training is provided for this crucial volunteer position at the library.

Please consider sharing your enthusiasm for public library service by volunteering for the outreach program. To learn more about this and other volunteer opportunities, you can pick up a volunteer application at the Circulation Desk or contact Jamie Bair by phone at  232-1263 ext. 105  or email at

Book a Techie

Puzzled by your new phone? Eager to learn how to to connect with family through Facebook? Want to sell that old car on Craigslist? Book a Techie at Marshall Public Library and learn it all!

Book a Techie is one-on-one technology instruction. Whatever you’re interested in learning, tech coaches are here to help. You can become more comfortable and proficient with your own device or laptop or you can brush up on Word and Excel to keep up your workplace skills.

If you are interested in reserving a Book a Techie session or in becoming a volunteer tech coach yourself, please call Amy at 232-1263 ext. 106.

First Graders Visit

April showers bring...hundreds of first graders to Marshall Public Library!

850 first graders from 40 public, private, and parochial schools toured the library last month. After enjoying a storytime, they traveled from the children’s area up the back stairs, many of them visiting the second floor and learning about the nonfiction collection for the first time. The children especially enjoyed the Harry Potter closet and the Tumbleons.

Simplot provided book bags for all the students and each child also got a bookmark, which many of them put to use immediately when they checked out books that day with their very own brand new library cards!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

First Grade Visits

In April, the first graders of all the public schools in Pocatello and Chubbuck will come to the library for class field trips. This means that there will not be regular story times during April, but there will still be regular after school activities and family story time. You can look on the online calendar for complete details about what programs will be offered.

When the first graders come to the library, they will listen to a few engaging and informative books. After listening to the stories, the first graders then take a brief tour of the library. For many children, this is the first opportunity they have to visit the upper floor of the library and to see other features of the building. Finally, the students who bring library cards will have a chance to check out a book to take home with them.

A class visit to the library is a wonderful opportunity for children to become acquainted with the library. We hope that visiting the library will become a lifelong habit!

Weigh Less, Live More

Marshall Public Library’s final installment of the series You and Your Health @ Your Library presents the program Weigh Less, Live More: How to Lose Weight the Healthy Way.

Are you frustrated with all the diets that don’t work? Fed up with sales pitches for powders and pills that are supposed to make you lighter? What if you could be full, happy AND a healthy weight? You can. Come find out how.

Join Health Coach Kresta Glaser at Marshall Public Library on Monday, April 18th, at 6:30 p.m. You will have a chance to ask questions and win door prizes from doTERRA. This program is free and open to all members of the public. For more information, please call Andrea at 232-1263 ext. 113.

Spring Book Sale

The Friends of Marshall Public Library  (FOMPL) will hold their spring book sale in April! A wide variety of books as well as videos and CDs will be available for purchase. Paperback items will be sold for $1 each and hardbacks for $2. All remaining stock will be reduced 50% on Saturday!

Hours for the sale are:
Thursday, April 21, 9 - 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Friday, April 22,  - 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

All sales are cash only; checks are not accepted. No barcode readers, please. All proceeds will be used to benefit the library. FOMPL is always looking for more Friends so if you are interested in joining, ask at the checkout desk on the first floor.

Shakespeare 400 Years Later

The evolution of one William Shakespeare’s most enduring works will be in the limelight at Marshall Public Library.

Tuesday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. the library will host Idaho State University Ph.D. candidate in English, Jake Claflin, for in-depth look at “Macbeth” and three of its more recent iterations in popular culture.  Claflin will lead a discussion for both Shakespeare fans and connoisseurs of pop culture of the 2015 big-screen adaptation of the famous play starring Michael Fassbender, the 1971 Roman Polanski directed film, and the Akira Kurosawa’s version titled “Throne of Blood.”

This free discussion is part of the Marshall Public Library’s Literary Series and is open to all members of the public.

Shakespeare Party and Sonnet Contest

William Shakespeare died 400 years ago. Let’s celebrate!

Come to the library on Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m. for a combined birthday-deathday party for Shakespeare. There will be cake, live Renaissance-era music, and dramatic interpretations of pieces of Shakespeare’s work.

Awards for the sonnet competitions for high school and college students will also be given out during the party. The contest is open to all 9-12 graders and university undergraduates who want to try their hand at rewriting their favorite song lyrics in a Shakespearean-style sonnet. Entries are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15.

For more information on the party or the sonnet competition, please call Amy at 232-1263 ext. 106.

Enjoy Opera @ Your Library

Three of the world’s most popular operas have returned to the collection at Marshall Public Library on DVD. The engrossing stories and sublime music of Verdi’s Aida, Bizet’s Carmen, and Puccini’s La bohème continue to draw audiences worldwide wherever these operas are produced.

The performances presented on DVD are the finest available with renowned performers such as Jonas Kaufmann, Aprille Millo, Placido Domingo, and David Hobson in the casts. Come to Marshall Public Library and check out an opera today!

Alternative Book Fair April 30-May 5

An elementary school staple is going online to lend a hand to Marshall Public Library.

Starting April 30, the library will host an online book fair with the help of Barnes and Noble. Library supporters can go to and purchase books off the library’s wish list. The books will then be sent to the Marshall Public Library and added to the library for children to enjoy for years to come.

The online book fair will run through May 5, and patrons will be asked to enter the library’s book fair identification number at checkout. The ID number is 11829900. Books can also be purchased in-person at the Idaho Falls Barnes and Noble location on April 30.

For more information, please call Amy at 232-1263 ext. 106.