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Book SaleFriends of the Library Annual Book Sale
Saturday, Feb. 27, 9:00AM-2:00PM and Sunday Feb. 28, 1:00PM-4:00PM
Community Meeting Rooms

Books will be sold on Saturday, February 27 for $1.00 for hardcover books and trade paperbacks and 25 cents for mass market paperbacks. DVDs, videos, and other media will also be available at the sale. Books will be available for every interest--childrens books, nonfiction (cookbooks, history, science, biography), fiction (mystery, romance, westerns) and more! On Sunday, February 28, the library will have a bag sale--buy an entire grocery bag full of books for $1.00! Want to donate books, movies, music, or other items to our sale? We're accepting donations from Monday, Feburary 22 to Friday, February 26 in Community Meeting Room B!

Epic Film Series
Monday, February 29, 2:00PM
Community Meeting Rooms

The library does film discussion series in the spring and fall every year. This winter/spring, the library is showing epic films, a genre with large scale, sweeping scope, and spectacle. The first film that we'll be showing is a 1952 film set at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus. The film follows the circus manager, played by Charlton Heston, who has to deal with two trapeze artists competing for the center ring (one of which is his girlfriend), a crooked concessionaire running games of chance, and a clown who never removes his makeup. The film will be followed by a discussion with Tom LaVille, and hot popcorn and cold lemonade will be served.

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.Bring your device and any passwords you might need (i.e. Apple, email, Amazon, etc)

Teen Tech Help
Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 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.

Bilingual Tech Coaching: 10:00AM-12:00PM
January 12 and January 26

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)

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.

Films @ the Library:
The library hosts 3 film discussions each spring and fall, with lively discussion led by local film buff Tom LaVille. Call the Information Desk for titles at 641-754-5738 ext. 4!

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

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