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Mary Pothast's piece for last year's Altered Books event, "Nuts About Autumn"Altered Books Signup Begins
Sign up at the Library's Information Desk starting Sept. 26
Every year, in honor of Arts and Humanities Month, the library asks people in the community to show off their creativity and imagination with our Altered Books project. An altered book is any book, old or new, that has been transformed by creative means. Books can be painted on, cut apart, collaged, folded into careful patterns, made into sculpture, or even turned into functional objects like clocks or purses. There are no rules about how to alter the books. Sign up, pick out a book to alter, and get ideas for what to do for your Altered Book at the library's Information Desk. Altered Books are due back to the library on October 25th. We'll have a reception to show off everything people have made on Wed. October 26th from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Walking personWalking Tour: Riverside Cemetery, Part 2
Saturday, October 8, 9:00 a.m.
611 N. Center Street, Meet at Cemetery Office

Riverside Cemetery manager Dorie Tammen will bring to life stories of some well-known and some unknown residents of Marshalltown’s historic cemetery. Take a leisurely walk through the grounds and hear about some of Marshalltown’s former citizens. This second tour will feature different people than the walking tour the library had in June, so be sure to stop by to find out more about the cemetery.

 

book cover for Lila by Marilynne Robinson All Iowa Reads Book Discussion
Wednesday, October 12, 2:00 p.m.
Community Meeting Room B

Join us for a discussion of the 2016 All Iowa Reads book, Marilynne Robinson's novel, Lila. The novel is a part of the Gilead trilogy, but can be read as a standalone book. Lila is a powerful story of a woman, who, although she is homeless and unschooled, leads those around her from "doubt and sorrow" to compassion and understanding.This title is the All Iowa Reads book pick for 2016—libraries and book groups throughout the state will be reading and discussing this book over the course of the year. Discussion copies can be checked out at the library's Check-Out Desk.

Peter Fletcher poses with his guitarClassical Guitarist Peter Fletcher
Sunday, October 16, 2:00 p.m.
Library Community Meeting Rooms

Join us for a free concert from classical guitarist Peter Fletcher.A versatile and in-demand artist, Peter Fletcher performs over 100 concerts every year. In addition to playing standard works for classical guitar, Mr. Fletcher believes in expanding the rather limited guitar repertoire by transcribing music from other instruments, and programming new works. Peter Fletcher has performed all over the country, including at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Chicago Cultural Center. His three recordings have received critical acclaim. To find out more about Peter Fletcher, visit his website.

Chad Lewis, spooky pictureMost Gruesome Hauntings of the Midwest
Friday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.
Library Community Meeting Rooms

Chad Lewis, paranormal researcher and author of The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations, returns for an after hours presentation about the most gruesome hauntings of the Midwest. This presentation takes the audience on a grisly journey to some of the most gruesome hauntings in the Midwest. Filled with tragic murders, bizarre suicides, serial killers' untimely deaths, and fatal accidents, this presentation is not for the faint of heart. Books will be for sale after the presentation.

Popcorn
Fall Film Series: Shakespeare on Film
Monday, October 31, 2:00 p.m.
Library Community Meeting Rooms

In honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, we are going to be showing films based on Shakespeare's plays. Some are more traditional versions, while others are adaptations that are only based on his work. This month's film is a 1953 musical which is based on Shakespeare's play Taming of the Shrew. Hot popcorn and cold lemonade will be served, and Tom LaVille will lead a discussion after the film. Call the library's Information Desk for the names of the films.

Popcorn
Fall Film Series: Shakespeare on Film
Monday, November 28, 2:00 p.m.
Library Community Meeting Rooms

In honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, we are going to be showing films based on Shakespeare's plays. Some are more traditional versions, while others are adaptations that are only based on his work. This month's film is a 1993 romantic comedy film adapted and directed by Kenneth Branagh. Hot popcorn and cold lemonade will be served, and Tom LaVille will lead a discussion after the film. Call the library's Information Desk for the names of the films.


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

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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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