Check It Out/Librarian outlines spring projects set for library

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Spring approaches and with it, the library has several ongoing projects--and that are fun and some that involve noise and dust.

Today, Wednesday, March 14, is the deadline for teens to register for the Teen Pizza Taste Test. On Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m., teens will get to decide who serves the best pizza in town. Registration is required.

Yoga for Seniors takes place at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 19. We ask that participants wear comfortable clothing, bring a pillow, and refrain from eating one hour before the class.

The next computer class will be held on March 20 at 6 p.m. This month's topic is Surfing the Internet. Registration is required because space is limited to 20 people.

The first meeting of the Parent-Daughter Book Club will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21. We are reading Little House on the Prairie and will be featuring book discussion along with crafts and food. Registration is required.

As for noise and dust, the Friends of the Marshall Libraries are funding the installation of a drinking fountain in the library. This required cutting a hole in the wall by the bathroom, some electrical work, and of course, covering the hole back up when the work is done. I am so thankful to the Friends of the Marshall Libraries.

The other project involves relocating the Genealogy Room in the space beside the meeting room. This takes several steps: first upgrading the electrical system so that a new heating and cooling system can be installed. The historical documents stored in the Genealogy Room must be kept under specific conditions to maintain preservation of the materials and that requires careful heating and cooling. As the library currently relies on the heating of the City, the Board decided to install a separate system to achieve the ideal conditions for the Genealogy Room. The final step will be the remodeling of meeting room in order to have a larger and improved Genealogy Room. The cost of this remodeling is being covered in part, with Maggie Duggins memorial funds, which are earmarked for genealogy work.

All of this work means that the meeting room will not be available in April. But the library will be hosting a special event in April. Announcements will be made later.

New books

Fiction

-- Whitehorn Woods -- Maeve Binchy

-- Daddy's Girl -- Lisa Scottoline

-- Nineteen Minutes -- Jodi Piccoult

-- Dry Ice -- Stephen White

-- Trouble -- Jesse Kellerman

Non-fiction

-- Pursuit of Happyness -- Chris Gardner

-- On the Shoulders of Giants -- Karem Abdul-Jabbar

-- Too Soon to Say Goodbye -- Art Buchwald

-- Cesar's Way -- Cesar Millan

Library events

-- Pajama Story Time -- Mondays, 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Wear your jammies or come as you are. Games, crafts, stories.

-- Preschool Story Time - Tuesday mornings, 10 a.m. Games, stories, crafts. Appropriate for children approximately three to seven years.

-- Wee Ones Lap Time Story Times. For babies up to 24 months, Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Interactive finger play and song time for mothers and babies.

How can I support the Marshall Public Library?

-- Bring your receipts from Patricia's into the library when you're returning or checking out books. Each month, Patricia's Foods will donate a portion of the collected receipts to the library.

-- When purchasing items from Amazon.com, use the link to Amazon that appears on the Marshall Public Library's Web site: www.marshallpubliclibrary.com. A portion of your purchase will go to support the library.

-- Consider joining Friends of the Marshall Libraries. Membership forms are available at the library.

-- Honor a mentor. Celebrate a friend. Commemorate an event. A gift to the Marshall Public Library is a unique and enduring way to pay tribute to friends and family. Your generosity will be a lasting source of joy and enrichment for the community. For additional information, please call (660) 886-3391 with any questions.