"The library is like a candy store where everything is free".
~~Jamie Ford, American writer (1968- )
2015 Summer Reading Program
Kids through 6th grade are invited to come join us in June and July as we celebrate all kinds of heroes! Print out the refrigerator-friendly 2015 Summer Reading Program calendar and check our Facebook page for up-to-the minute news. A newsletter with additional information is also available.
Tuesday: Storytime @ 10:30 (under K) & 2:30 (K-5th)
Wednesdays: Special Guests @ 10:30 & 2:30
Thursdays: Movie Matinee @ 2:30
Fridays: Fun Friday Surprise (announced on a weekly basis)
Registration for the Summer Reading Program begins Friday, June 5 and continues through Monday, June 8. The first 300 to register get a goody bag! Registration forms are available here or at the library.
Kids can earn coupons by reading five picture books OR reading one chapter book OR attending a program OR completing the downtown Story Walk. Kids can return coupons on any event day for a chance to win a prize. Kids who turn in 10 or more coupons by Thursday, July 2 will get a t-shirt, and those who turn in a total of 20 or more coupons by Tuesday, July 28 will be invited to the Summer Reading Club Celebration on Friday, July 31! Need more coupons? Get them here!
Can you walk and chew gum at the same time? Then you can walk and read, too! Participate in a Story Walk this summer by using this handy-dandy guide to read each page of "Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero" by Anne Cottringer in the windows of downtown businesses located within walking distance of each other. Don't forget to take pictures and tag us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
Every library needs bookmarks! Kids from K-5th grade are invited to design a bookmark using this year's summer reading program theme "Every Hero Has a Story". Entries are due Tuesday, July 7 and winners will be announced July 28. The library will publish winning bookmarks and have them available for the public in August. Get your entry form and bookmark template here.
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 a booklet at the library and keep track of titles read (yes, books can be read more than once and count each time!). Upon completion of every 100 books read, return the booklet to the library to receive a sticker. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (903) 935-4465. Here are some online resources available for this program:
Reading Lists from Texas Library Association
The 2x2 Reading List is especially for children ages 2-2nd grade. Print out this coloring sheet and for every book read or listened to, color the corresponding section. When the coloring sheet is complete, bring it to the Marshall Public Library for a prize!
The Texas Bluebonnet Award List is especially for children in 3rd-6th grade. Print out this coloring sheet and for every book read or listened to, color the corresponding section. When the coloring sheet is complete, bring it to the Marshall Public Library for a prize!
Children's Book Awards
Here are links to quality, award-winning books perfect for kids (and kids at heart)!