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Adult Services


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 to get help using library eBooks and other downloadable materials. Call us at 641-754-5738 ext. 2 to set up an appointment.

Tech Help
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30PM, starting October 29th, Library Cafe
Get one-on-one help with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other device from students in the Marshalltown High School Hyperstream Club! Sign up for a half-hour appointment by calling the library's Information Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 4. Bring your device and any passwords you might need (i.e. Apple, email, Amazon, etc) Walk-ins are also welcome, but those with appointments will be helped first.

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.

To Scotland with Love, Patience Griffin's debut novel. Author Visit: Patience Griffin
Saturday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. Library Meeting Rooms
Former Marshalltown resident and published author Patience Griffin will be at the library for a Q&A session and book signing. Ask Patience questions about quilting, writing, and more! Patience has written and published the first in a series of quilting romance books set in Scotland. The first book in the series was published in June 2014, called "To Scotland with Love". The second book in the series is due to be released in January 2015. Books will be available for purchase.

Films @ the Library:
The library hosts 3 film discussions each spring and fall, with lively discussion led by local film buff Tom LaVille. This fall, we are showing romantic comedies. Hot popcorn is served. According to our film license, we can't put the names of the films online--call the Information Desk for more info at 754-5738 ext. 4. Films will be shown on these dates:

Monday, November 24, 2:00 PM 

Monday, December 29, 2:00 PM 

Scrabble TournamentScrabble Tournament-- CANCELLED
Saturday, November 15, 1:00-4:30PM, Library Meeting Rooms
  Serious competitors, casual players, and beginners (ages 18+) are all invited to participate in the Marshalltown Public Library’s third annual Scrabble Tournament! Everyone will play 3 games at randomly-assigned tables. Total individual scores at the end of the 3 games will determine the winners. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places! Sign up at the library's Check-Out Desk by Wednesday, November 12th to participate!

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 - 8pm
Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: Closed

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