"The library is like a candy store where everything is free".
~~Jamie Ford, American writer
This year, Marshall Public Library will offer its annual summer reading program through packets. Even though this isn't our normal way, READING ISN'T CANCELLED!!!!! This year's theme is "Imagine Your Story". Summer reading program packets may be picked up Monday-Friday from 9:30-5:30.
Inside each packet are activities, challenges, and other goodies that we hope will help you get through the summer. Kids can earn beads and brag tags for their chain which is included in each packet. For more information about SRP or any library service, call us at (903) 935-4465, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send us a message on the MPL's Facebook page.
Family Activity Challenge: Families can earn a brag tag for each activity completed on Challenge #1 and/or Challenge #2. For resources to help complete challenges, take a peek at our handy-dandy resource guide.
Postponed until further notice:
Storytime is offered on most Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am (same program offered each week). Storytimes are free and consist of read-alouds, songs, crafts,and more!
Every age is welcome, but storytime is especially tailored with pre-school children in mind.
Saturday, TBD @ 9:30-11:30 & 1:00-3:00
AM Session: LEGOS, storytime, crafting, and more!
PM Session: Movie Matinee & Popcorn
BookFlix is a digital literacy resource that pairs more than 120 video storybooks with a non-fiction eBook on a similar subject. The fiction and non-fiction pairings are designed to strengthen early literacy skills while exposing young learners to real-world concepts.
For each pair of books, BookFlix features lesson plans, games, and other resources for parents, other caregivers, and teachers.
Patrons with valid library cards may access this service for free by clicking here or on the BookFlix image.
Children who are not yet enrolled in Kindergarten are invited to participate in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. This free, ongoing program encourages parents to read 1,000 books with their child(ren) before he/she enters school. Parents can pick up their first tracking chart at the library and keep track of how many books read (yes, books can be read more than once and count each time!). Upon completion of every 100 books read, bring the tracking chart to the library to receive a sticker and the next tracking chart (each chart has 100 circles to color in). When 1,000 books have been read, bring the booklet to the library for a final time and receive a prize. Questions? Email us at email@example.com or call us at (903) 935-4465. Here are some online resources available for this program:
Reading Lists from Texas Library Association
The Texas Bluebonnet Award List is especially for children in 3rd-6th grade. Once you’ve read 5 titles, you are eligible to vote for your favorite in January!
Children's Book Awards
Here are links to quality, award-winning books perfect for kids (and kids at heart)!