Matt Rahner is Our New Library Director

Last month Marshall Public Library’s Board of Directors approved the contract to hire Matt Rahner as the new director. He has been serving in the role since August 1st.

“I am thrilled to be able to serve the Marshall community,” says Rahner. “I strongly believe in the mission of the Marshall Public Library, and look forward to working with the staff, board, and community to strengthen and adapt the library’s services to the needs of the Marshall community.”

Rahner earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Missouri of Columbia, and a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College. For five years he was a professor in Fine Arts at Missouri Valley College, where he was also director of the Morris Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Rahner was born in Maryland, but grew up in Columbia, Missouri. He is currently a freelance photographer and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally.

“We are excited to have Matt on board to lead the library into an exciting time with many new opportunities,” says board Secretary Brooke Linsenbardt. “Please join us to say hello to Matt and to learn about our exciting plans for the library.”

In April, the board announced it had purchased the building at 102 E. Morgan St. and will be moving after renovations are made. As director, Rahner will facilitate the transition into the new building.

New Books Added in August

We added these new books in the month of August 2023. You can access our catalog in the menu above and place books on hold for pickup at our window. Curbside pickup is currently available six days per week.

If you find that you’re waiting awhile for a book that is already checked out, you can always search our two eBook apps: Libby and Axis360 for the electronic version.

New Books Added in July

We added these new books in the month of July 2023. You can access our catalog in the menu above and place books on hold for pickup at our window. Curbside pickup is currently available six days per week.

If you find that you’re waiting awhile for a book that is already checked out, you can always search our two eBook apps: Libby and Axis360 for the electronic version.

New Books Added in June

We added these new books in the month of June 2023. You can access our catalog in the menu above and place books on hold for pickup at our window. Curbside pickup is currently available six days per week.

If you find that you’re waiting awhile for a book that is already checked out, you can always search our two eBook apps: Libby and Axis360 for the electronic version.

New Books Added in May

We added these new books in the month of May 2023. You can access our catalog in the menu above and place books on hold for pickup at our window. Curbside pickup is currently available six days per week.

If you find that you’re waiting awhile for a book that is already checked out, you can always search our two eBook apps: Libby and Axis360 for the electronic version.

New Books Added in April

We’ve added many new books in the month of April 2023 — some are shown below. You can access our catalog in the menu above and place books on hold for pickup at our window. Curbside pickup is currently available six days per week.

MPL Purchases New Building With More Space

The Marshall Public Library has purchased the building on the southeast corner of Morgan and Jefferson, made possible by a Gordon Buckner Estate trust. For the time being, Powerhouse General Store will remain a tenant under a new lease agreement with the Library.

Our staff is enthusiastic about this future location as it has better visibility, more space and natural light. The Library’s trustees, acting director, and staff are working with Sapp Design Architects to design the new library space.

We will be scheduling community meetings to learn more about the wants and needs of local citizens. Past surveys have shown the community would like reading rooms, computer access, a set aside bookstore, a coffee shop, tutoring and training services, and spaces for music lessons, open mic sessions, and a variety of other community meetings and presentations. Documenting community input will be the guide for programming and design of the new library space.

Meanwhile, the library will continue to operate in its current location in the basement of the City Offices at 214 N Lafayette Ave.

New Books Added in March

Browse through the titles we added in the month of March 2023. Many new books have been cataloged in regular and Large Print. You can access our catalog in the menu above and place books on hold for pickup at our window. Curbside pickup is currently available six days per week.

New Books Added in February

Browse through the titles we added in the month of February 2023. Many new books have been cataloged in regular and Large Print. You can access our catalog in the menu above and place books on hold for pickup at our window. Curbside pickup is currently available six days per week.

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