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Adult Summer Reading Program 2016
The library's adult summer reading program theme for this year is "Exercise Your Mind. Read!" If you'd like to participate in the summer reading program, pick up a log at the library's Check-Out Desk. To be entered into the end of summer prize drawing, you must complete six of the following--attend 6 events, read 6 books, or do a combination of the two. Turn in your log to the Check-Out Desk by August 31st to be put in the drawing for great local prizes and 1 grand prize of a Kindle Fire!

Olympic Films
Monday, August 29, 2:00 p.m.

In honor of the 2016 summer Olympics, we'll be showing films with an Olympic connection. Our third film is a 1976 comedy film that follows summer camp counselor Tripper Harrison at cut-rate summer camp, Camp North Star. Camp North Star is attempting to beat wealthy camp, Camp Mohawk in their annual summer Olympiad. 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. For more information or the title of the film, please call the library's Information Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 4.

The Adult Summer Reading Program is sponsored by many generous local sponsors, including Anytime Fitness, Arby's, The Brew House, Dairy Queen (North 3rd Ave.), Fridley Theatres, Friends of the Marshalltown Public Library, Hy-Vee, Mama DiGrado's, Ocean City Chinese Restaurant, O'Hungry's, Rainbow Car Wash, Smokin' G's, Sub City, Taco John's, Taylor's Maid-Rite, and Zeno's Pizza. Thank you to all of our sponsors!

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)

Bilingual Tech Coaching: 10:00AM-12:00PM
June 14 and 28; August 9 and 23

Make an appointment at the Check-Out Desk to get help from a volunteer tech coach in using your tablet, laptop computer, smart phone or to get help doing something on the library's computers. Call us at 641-754-5738 ext. 2 to make an appointment. Walk-ins will also be helped, but those who make appointments will be helped first. Our tech coach can speak both English and Spanish. Bring your device and any passwords you might need (i.e. Apple, email, Amazon, etc)

Teen Tech Help
Will start again Fall 2016

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.

2016 AARP Tax Assistance Schedule


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.


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

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