Growing Together in Our Backyards

MARSHALL, February 20, 2024 – Marshall Public Library is delighted to announce a captivating series of evening programs aimed at fostering a sense of community and promoting the joys of experiencing the outdoors. Titled “Growing Together in our Backyards,” this program series will feature local experts sharing their knowledge on various aspects of gardening, landscaping, and backyard activities.

The series kicks off on Thursday, February 29, at 6:30 with “How does my garden grow?” presented by John Carton. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced gardener, Carton will provide insights into maximizing your backyard space for a bountiful harvest without overwhelming maintenance.

Isabelle Guthrey takes the stage on Thursday, March 14, at 6:30 with “I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.” Offering guidelines on planting lasting yard features, Guthrey will delve into the selection of tree varieties suitable for our climate and essential considerations before planting.

On Thursday, March 28th at 6:30, Carter Fawkes will explore the buzzing world of bees with “What’s that buzz?” This program will provide practical beekeeping tips while emphasizing the critical role bees play in our ecosystem.

Janet Bryan invites attendees on an off-site adventure on Thursday, April 11, at 5:30 with “For the beauty of the earth.” Participants will gather at the library before heading to Bryan’s backyard on Brunswick St., where a variety of flowers will serve as the backdrop for learning how to cultivate a beautiful flower garden.

Concluding the series on Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 is “Here a cheep, there a cheep; cheep, cheep,” presented by Kristi Butner. Sharing her experiences as a backyard chicken and duck farmer, Butner will provide tips on raising these feathery friends and anecdotes to keep the audience entertained.

All programs are free and open to the public. Marshall Public Library encourages everyone to join and discover the joys of growing together in our backyards. For more information, please contact Library Director Matt Rahner at 660-886-3391.

Promotional Flyer for the Growing Together Series

Chess Extravaganza: Join the Fun at Your Library!

Get ready for some chess excitement at your library! Whether you’re a seasoned player or just getting started, we’ve got two fantastic opportunities for you to showcase your skills over the chessboard.

1. Homeschool Chess Club:
Every Wednesday from 11 AM to 12 PM, join our Homeschool Chess Club for a fun-filled session of strategic moves and friendly competition. It’s a perfect way to enhance your chess skills while connecting with fellow homeschoolers in a welcoming environment.

2. All-Ages Chess Club:
Wednesday nights are all about chess at the library! From 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM, bring your family and friends to our All-Ages Chess Club. Whether you’re a chess prodigy or a casual player, this is the place to be for an evening of chess, camaraderie, and enjoyment. All skill levels are welcome!

Don’t miss out on the excitement—join us for engaging chess games that bring our community together. We look forward to seeing you at the library for strategic moves, laughter, and the joy of playing chess with fellow enthusiasts!

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, MPL to close for the Holiday.

Marshall Public Library will be closed Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. His National Holiday falls on his actual birthday this year! King Jr. was born on January 15th, 1929. Explore the fascinating history of creating Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a National Holiday with this article from the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

 “To me, [King] is the outstanding international leader of the 20th century without ever holding office. What he did — I doubt anyone else could have done.” Bill sponsor, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), on King’s legacy.

Pre-registration Begins at Library for Slot Car Event

If you’re a fan of high-speed action, then you’re in for a treat. Marshall Public Library is excited to present an evening of Slot Car Racing at Samson R/C Hobby Shop. Located at 925 N English Ave, Marshall, this event is set to take place on Friday, 27th October, and promises to be a thrilling night for all ages.

Slot Car Racing has been a beloved pastime for decades. The thrill of the race, the strategizing, and the camaraderie among participants make it a unique and engaging hobby. Whether you’re a seasoned racer or new to the track, this event is your chance to engage in some friendly competition and perhaps even ignite a new passion.

The event is structured to allow everyone a chance to participate and is divided into age-specific races starting from 6:00 pm. The youngest racers, aged 5-11, will kick off the evening, followed by the 12-14 age group at 6:30 pm. Teenagers aged 15-17 will take to the tracks at 7:00 pm. And last but not least, adults 18 and over will bring the night to a thrilling close with their race at 7:30 pm.

The races are sure to be high-energy, and the atmosphere will be electric as racers vie for the finish line. The event will conclude at 8 pm.

Best of all, entry to this exciting event is completely free with registration. Interested participants are encouraged to register at the Marshall Public Library by Wednesday, 25th October. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a memorable evening of speed, strategy, and fun.

So, get your engines ready and prepare for a night of exhilarating Slot Car Racing at the Samson R/C Hobby Shop. We look forward to seeing you at the starting line!

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.

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.

English As 2nd Language Classes / Clase de Inglés Como Segundo Idioma

We have had recent inquiries from patrons asking about classes to learn English. Now the First United Methodist Church is conducting free English as Second Language classes for adults Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 – 8pm. Teachers are Christina Benitez and Rebecca Hernandez.

They offer beginning and intermediate level classes for adults. Location: Youth Rooms at the First United Methodist Church, 225 E. Arrow in Marshall.

Child care is not provided.

We thank First United Methodist Church and Pastor Vessel for sponsoring this much sought after service!

STEM Story Time for 2nd & 3rd Grade Students

Sign up today for our very first STEM Story time! This month’s program will focus on force, motion, and energy.

Participants will listen to a science related story then take part in several activities including building catapults, marble runners, and a roller coaster!

This program is for 2nd and 3rd Grade students only, but we will be adding STEM Story times for various ages in the future.

Space is limited so this program requires registration. Call 660-886-3391 to register today!

Missouri Readers Award Nominees

Marshall Public Library has made available the nominated books for this year’s Show Me award (grades 1-3), Mark Twain award (grades 4-6), Truman award (grades 6-8), and Gateway award (grades 9-12). Voting takes place in March 2023.

The librarians of Missouri believe that exposing students to quality literature impacts their future reading habits. These awards encourage students to explore new literary genres, to recognize excellence in writing and illustrating, and to experience the joy of literature.

Winning books receive an award from the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

More information can be found at the MASL website.

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