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Adult Summer Reading Program

Literary Elements This year’s adult summer reading theme is “Literary Elements”, so we’ll have some science-related programs, along with a chance for people to read books that fit into our periodic table of literary elements! Those who read and log three books this summer will be entered into a drawing to win prizes from local businesses, gift cards, and even a Nook eReader! Pick up a reading log at the Check-Out desk starting June 12th.

Kickoff Party
June 12th, 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy an ice cream sundae and swap recommendations for summer reading. Spin the prize wheel for a great local prize or one $20 Amazon gift card!

Crime Scene Investigation
June 26th, 6:00 p.m.
Love TV shows like CSI and NCIS? Find out how crime scene investigation works in the real world and in our community! Learn about how the Marshalltown Police Department solves crimes using forensic science with Cortney Watson, MPD Crime Scene Technician.

Paranormal Elements
July 19th, 6:00 p.m.
Inner Planes Paranormal, a group from Tama, IA that is “dedicated to proving or refuting the existence of paranormal phenomena”, will do a presentation at the library about their research and what they’ve found.

Mad Scientist Movie Series
The library will show movies with mad scientist characters throughout the month of July. Join us for a movie, hot popcorn and cold lemonade! Call the Information Desk for title information at 754-5738 ext. 4.

Wednesday, July 16th
2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 23rd
2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 30th
12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Movie marathon of a famous time travel trilogy from the 1980s.

Sponsored by Arby’s, Dairy Queen (North Third Ave.), Fridley Theatres, Friends of the Marshalltown Public Library, Hy-Vee, KIX 101.1/KFJB, Rainbow Car Wash, Sub City, Smokin' G's, Taco John’s, Taylor's Maid-Rite, Tremont Grille, Tropical Sno, and Zeno’s Pizza.

Get one-on-one help with technology at the library!
eReader Help: Monday and Wednesdays from 10:30-11:00AM.
Make an appointment at the Check Out Desk--call 754-5738 #2

Baffled by my eReader
Come and get one-on-one help from library staff with your eReader! Bring your library card, any passwords you might need, and your device to get help! We offer sessions in the fall and spring.

Films @ the Library:
The library hosts 3 film discussions each spring and fall, with lively discussion led by local film buff Tom LaVille. Hot popcorn is served.

Free Tax Assistance:
Volunteers from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) assist citizens in electronically filing their income taxes during tax season.


Recommended Books:
Looking for a good book? Let us help you!

  • Stop by a desk to talk to a librarian.
  • Try NoveList, a useful online database to locate fiction books by title, author or subject. Create themed book lists or find author read-alikes.
  • Have you read all the titles by your favorite author? Check our “If you like...” booklists to find similar authors.
  • Check the Best Seller lists on the catalog computers. New York Times Best Seller lists, Publisher's Weekly, and award winners are posted.
  • Stop, You're Killing Me! is a great resource for mystery and suspense fiction readers. This site features hundreds of authors and complete chronological lists of their books. It also has alphabetical lists of series characters.
  • Check these sites for booklists, reviews, author interviews, and more:


Automatically Yours:

Register for Marshalltown Public Library’s AUTOMATICALLY YOURS program and you will be placed on the reserve list for all the new books by the popular adult fiction authors you choose. (Limit: 5 authors per patron) It’s that easy!

  • The goal of AUTOMATICALLY YOURS is to place titles in patron’s hands in a timely fashion. Everyone wants that new book as soon as possible. Now your name will be on reserve lists with very little effort on your part.
  • Books by AUTOMATICALLY YOURS authors generally have a shorter, 10-day, circulation period.
  • The order of patrons registered for each author will be rotated so that the same patron is not always at the top of the reserve list for a given author. Nor will a patron be at the same point on the reserve lists for all the authors s/he requests.
  • Your record will remain on file for the duration. If you ever choose to modify it, complete another form, marking “redo.”
  • For more information, contact Sandy at the Check Out Desk or Monica at the Information Desk.

Copy and complete the Automatically Yours form and return via mail, fax or in person to the Check Out Desk. Your name will be added to the reserve list as each new title becomes available.


Library Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 7pm
Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: Closed

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