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EVENTSBuild a Better World Adult summer reading program

Adult Services

Adults can have fun reading this summer too! The 9th annual Adult Summer Reading Program will begin on Monday, June 5th, when adults can start picking up a reading log and event schedule for the reading program. The theme this year is "Build a Better World." In order to be entered into the end-of-summer drawing, adults must complete six tasks--attend six events, read six 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 or a grand prize of a Kindle Fire!

 

PopcornIconic Films: Jezebel (1938)
Monday, June 26, 2:00PM
Community Meeting Rooms

The theme for our film series for adults is iconic films, films which have notable actors and exemplify the work of the actors involved. Our film for June is a 1938 romantic drama film starring Bette Davis and Henry Fonda. The event will take place in the library's community meeting rooms. Popcorn and lemonade will be served, and Tom LaVille will lead a discussion after the film.

Coffee cup Coffee with a Cop
Wednesday, June 28, 10:00AM-12:30PM
Library Cafe

Stop by and have a cup of coffee and chat with officers from the Marshalltown Police Department. This ongoing series of events from MPD offers an opportunity for residents to ask questions and learn more about the police department's work in the community.

Bookstack Paperback Book Sale
Friday, June 30-Saturday, July 8
Library Lobby

Mass market paperback books will be on sale in front of the Check-Out Desk for 25 cents each during this week! Choose from mysteries, romance, westerns, and more! There won't be any children's books in this sale, but check back daily! New books will be added every day the sale is open.

Bee on SunflowerBees Build a Better World
Thursday, July 13, 2:00PM
Community Meeting Rooms

Andrew Joseph, State Apiarist (Beekeeper), will give a presentation at the library about the importance of bees to our natural world. He will bring an observation hive, which is about the size of a briefcase, which will allow attendees to see bees up close. Andrew, in addition to being the state beekeeper, is an Eastern Apicultural Society Master Beekeeper. His family runs a small 100 colony bee & honey business.

Linda McCannCivilian Conservation Corps in Iowa
Sunday, July 16, 2:00PM
Community Meeting Rooms

Linda Betsinger McCann, author of The Civilian Conservation Corps in Northeast Iowa and many other Iowa history books, will give a presentation about the impact that this New Deal program had in the state of Iowa. The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal program that operated from 1933-1942. It operated in all states, and centered around an effort to put young men to work in order to assist their families. The CCC helped to build dams in many of the state parks in Iowa and completed other projects that you can hear about in McCann's presentation. Books will be for sale after the presentation.

Jerry Barlow Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar Concert
Monday, July 17, 6:00PM
Community Meeting Rooms

Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow will give a concert in the library meeting rooms. Jerry Barlow is a warm, accessible performer and storyteller. His unique and skillfully delivered repertoire incorporates favorite traditional pieces as well as his own Celtic-inspired compositions. His expressive arrangements of lively jigs, spirited reels, and haunting airs is described as music to soothe the soul, warm the heart and lift the spirit. His music can regularly be heard on National Public Radio stations. Learn more about him at jerrybarlow.com

PopcornIconic Films: Mark of Zorro (1940)
Monday, July 31, 2:00PM
Community Meeting Rooms

The theme for the library's film series for adults is iconic films, films which have notable actors and exemplify the work of the actors involved. Our film for July is a 1940 swashbuckling adventure film starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, and Basil Rathbone. The event will take place in the library's community meeting rooms. Popcorn and lemonade will be served, and Tom LaVille will lead a discussion after the film.

Bottomland by Michelle HooverAll Iowa Reads Book Discussion
Thursday, August 3, 2:00PM
Community Meeting Rooms

Join us for a discussion of this year's All Iowa Reads book, Bottomland by Michelle Hoover. This novel follows a German farm family in Iowa as they try and navigate the anti-German sentiment following World War I. All Iowa Reads is a program from the Iowa Center for the book that aims to "foster a sense of unity through reading". Copies of the book will be available at the library's Check-Out desk to borrow before the book discussion.

Sarah UthoffPacking Up: A Presentation about the Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Saturday, August 19, 2:00PM
Community Meeting Rooms

Sarah Uthoff will give a presentation about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her presentation has us looking in on Laura as she is packing up to move to Missouri. Each artifact in her chest holds a story. Sarah Uthoff received both her history education BA and her Masters of Library Science from the University of Iowa. Currently she serves as director of the Oxford Public Library in Oxford, Iowa, and as a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. An active Wilder researcher, Sarah is a regularly-featured speaker at the annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered Day at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch. 

Suzi Parron Barn Quilt Presentation and Workshop
Saturday, August 26
Barn Quilt Workshop from 9:00AM-1:00PM
Presentation at 2:00PM
Community Meeting Rooms
Suzi Parron, author of several books about the barn quilt movement, will do a hands-on barn quilt workshop in the morning on August 26. Cost is $40 to participants and covers all supplies, sign up and pre-pay the fee to guarantee your spot at the Check-Out Desk. A free, library-sponsored presentation about the barn quilt movement will follow at 2:00PM.

PopcornIconic Films: Picnic (1955)
Monday, August 28, 2:00PM
Community Meeting Rooms

The theme for the library's film series for adults is iconic films, films which have notable actors and exemplify the work of the actors involved. Our film for Augustis a 1955 romantic comedy and drama film starring William Holden and Kim Novak. The event will take place in the library's community meeting rooms. Popcorn and lemonade will be served, and Tom LaVille will lead a discussion after the film.


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
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Group Study Room #1

Get one-on-one help with your device with our bilingual tech coach on Tuesday mornings from 10:00am-12:00pm. Sign up for a half hour appointment by calling the library's Check Out Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 2

Tech Help Sessions
Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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.

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

People can call the library's Information Desk starting Monday, January 23 to make an appointment for one of the AARP's timeslots.

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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:
    www.bookreporter.com
    www.ilsa.lib.ia.us/readadvice.htm

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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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