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Adult Services

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger book coverBook Discussion
Tuesday, September 19, 5:30PM
Library Meeting Room A

The Marshalltown Public Library will host a book discussion of William Kent Krueger's book, Ordinary Grace, on Tuesday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the library's community meeting rooms. This discussion is in preparation for William Kent Krueger's visit to the library on Friday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. for a book talk and signing. Ordinary Grace takes place in New Bremen, Minnesota in the summer of 1961--thirteen year old Frank Drum experiences the joys of summer as well as the grimness of death, as it strikes their small community much more often than normal that summer. Pick up a copy at the library's Check-Out Desk.

My Man GodfreyIconic Films: My Man Godfrey (1936)
Monday, September 25, 2:00PM
Library Meeting Rooms

We enjoyed the iconic film series so much that we're continuing it into the fall! Iconic films are films which have notable actors and exemplify the work of the actors involved. Our film for September is a 1936 screwball comedy film starring William Powell and Carole Lombard. Join our film critic, Tom LaVille, for a great discussion after the movie, as well as free popcorn and lemonade. This event is free and open to the public, aged 18 and over.

Downton Abbey picture of downstairs charactersDownstairs at Downton
Saturday, September 30, 10:00AM
Community Meeting Rooms

What was life really like below stairs at a place like Downton Abbey? Could the chauffeur really marry the daughter of an Earl? Would a maid help move a dead body to protect her mistress' reputation? What about all that free time? Historian Kathy Wilson reveals the answers to these questions and more in this program focusing on the realities of domestic service at Highclere Castle, the real Downton Abbey, during the early 20th century.

Riverside Cemetery Walking Tour of Riverside Cemetery
Saturday, October 7, 10:00AM
611 N. Center Street, Meet at the Cemetery Office

Since community members enjoyed the walking tours that the library did last summer and fall, we're planning to do another! Cemetery general manager Dorie Tammen will bring to life stories of some well-known and some unknown residents of Marshalltown's historic cemetery. This tour will feature different people and stories than the previous tours we had, so be sure to attend! 



Get one-on-one help with technology at the library!
eReader Help:
Make an appointment at the Check-Out Desk with Katie or Jenelle to get help using library eBooks and other downloadable materials. Call us at 641-754-5738 ext. 2 to set up an appointment.Bring your device and any passwords you might need (i.e. Apple, email, Amazon, etc)

Tech Coach
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Group Study Room #1

Get one-on-one help with your device with our tech coach on Tuesday afternoons from 2:00-4:00p.m. Sign up for a half hour appointment by calling the library's Check Out Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 2

Tech Help Sessions
Library Cafe
Tech Help sessions have not started for the 2017/2018 school year yet. Stay tuned for more information.

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.

Free Tax Assistance:
Volunteers from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) assist citizens in electronically filing their income taxes during tax season. Starting in 2017, people must make appointments and meet certain income guidelines in order to have their taxes prepared by AARP volunteers.


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

  • Stop by a desk to talk to a librarian.
  • Try NoveList Plus, 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.

Proctored Exams

To meet the needs of distance learning students and institutions of higher learning, the Marshalltown Public Library agrees to cooperate with patrons and educational institutions to support their lifelong learning goals by offering proctoring services.

The Marshalltown Public Library is willing to provide proctoring services based on the availability of staff, facilities, and technology to do so.

Find out more about eligibility and fees in the library's Exam Proctoring Policy.

Call the library's Information Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 4 for more information.


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Monday - Thursday: 9am -8pm
Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Sunday: 1pm-4pm

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