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Adult Services


Magazine Giveaway
Saturday, January 30, 9:00AM-12:00PM
Library Community Meeting Rooms

Every year the library discards the oldest issues in its collection of periodicals to make room for the upcoming year. 2013 magazines will be offered free for the taking at this year's giveaway. Hundreds of magazine titles will be included and cover most any interest: crafts, history, sports, health, gardening, women's and men's issues and more. Bring a bag or box and take home a winter's worth of good reading.

Cookbook Sale

Cookbook Sale
Saturday, January 30-Saturday, February 6
Library Lobby

The Friends of the Library received a large donation of cookbooks, so we decided to have a special sale during the library's open hours. Cookbooks will be priced at $1, $3, and $5. Come and find some great bargains!

Book origami workshopBook Origami Workshop
Saturday, February 6, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Community Meeting Room B
Come and learn the art of book origami with Mary Pothast! Learn about how to follow and fold simple patterns to make book origami. Make a folded book with an easy, heart-shaped pattern during the workshop that you can take home with you. Come into the library's Check-Out Desk to pre-register for the workshop or call the Check-Out Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 2. Attendees should bring a clear ruler if they have one (the library will have a few on hand).

Book SaleFriends of the Library Annual Book Sale
Saturday, Feb. 27, 9:00AM-2:00PM and Sunday Feb. 28, 1:00PM-4:00PM
Community Meeting Rooms

Books will be sold on Saturday, February 27 for $1.00 for hardcover books and trade paperbacks and 25 cents for mass market paperbacks. DVDs, videos, and other media will also be available at the sale. Books will be available for every interest--childrens books, nonfiction (cookbooks, history, science, biography), fiction (mystery, romance, westerns) and more! On Sunday, February 28, the library will have a bag sale--buy an entire grocery bag full of books for $1.00! Want to donate books, movies, music, or other items to our sale? We're accepting donations from Monday, Feburary 22 to Friday, February 26 in Community Meeting Room B!


Get one-on-one help with technology at the library!
eReader Help: Monday and Wednesdays from 10:30-11:00AM.
Make an appointment at the Check-Out Desk to get help using library eBooks and other downloadable materials. Call us at 641-754-5738 ext. 2 to set up an appointment.Bring your device and any passwords you might need (i.e. Apple, email, Amazon, etc)

Teen Tech Help
Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Library Cafe

Get one-on-one help with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other device from students in the Marshalltown High School Hyperstream Club! Sign up for a half-hour appointment by calling the library's Information Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 4. Bring your device and any passwords you might need (i.e. Apple, email, Amazon, etc) Walk-ins are also welcome, but those with appointments will be helped first.

Bilingual Tech Coaching: 10:00AM-12:00PM
January 12 and January 26

Make an appointment at the Check-Out Desk to get help from a volunteer tech coach in using your tablet, laptop computer, smart phone or to get help doing something on the library's computers. Call us at 641-754-5738 ext. 2 to make an appointment. Walk-ins will also be helped, but those who make appointments will be helped first. Our tech coach can speak both English and Spanish. Bring your device and any passwords you might need (i.e. Apple, email, Amazon, etc)

Baffled by my eReader
Come and get one-on-one help from library staff with your eReader! Bring your library card, any passwords you might need, and your device to get help! We offer sessions in the fall and spring.

Films @ the Library:
The library hosts 3 film discussions each spring and fall, with lively discussion led by local film buff Tom LaVille. Call the Information Desk for titles at 641-754-5738 ext. 4!

Free Tax Assistance:
Volunteers from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) assist citizens in electronically filing their income taxes during tax season.

2016 AARP Tax Assistance Schedule


Recommended Books:
Looking for a good book? Let us help you!

  • Stop by a desk to talk to a librarian.
  • Try NoveList Plus, a useful online database to locate fiction books by title, author or subject. Create themed book lists or find author read-alikes.
  • Have you read all the titles by your favorite author? Check our “If you like...” booklists to find similar authors.
  • Check the Best Seller lists on the catalog computers. New York Times Best Seller lists, Publisher's Weekly, and award winners are posted.
  • Stop, You're Killing Me! is a great resource for mystery and suspense fiction readers. This site features hundreds of authors and complete chronological lists of their books. It also has alphabetical lists of series characters.
  • Check these sites for booklists, reviews, author interviews, and more:


Automatically Yours:

Register for Marshalltown Public Library’s AUTOMATICALLY YOURS program and you will be placed on the reserve list for all the new books by the popular adult fiction authors you choose. (Limit: 5 authors per patron) It’s that easy!

  • The goal of AUTOMATICALLY YOURS is to place titles in patron’s hands in a timely fashion. Everyone wants that new book as soon as possible. Now your name will be on reserve lists with very little effort on your part.
  • Books by AUTOMATICALLY YOURS authors generally have a shorter, 10-day, circulation period.
  • The order of patrons registered for each author will be rotated so that the same patron is not always at the top of the reserve list for a given author. Nor will a patron be at the same point on the reserve lists for all the authors s/he requests.
  • Your record will remain on file for the duration. If you ever choose to modify it, complete another form, marking “redo.”
  • For more information, contact Sandy at the Check Out Desk or Monica at the Information Desk.

Copy and complete the Automatically Yours form and return via mail, fax or in person to the Check Out Desk. Your name will be added to the reserve list as each new title becomes available.

Proctored Exams

To meet the needs of distance learning students and institutions of higher learning, the Marshalltown Public Library agrees to cooperate with patrons and educational institutions to support their lifelong learning goals by offering proctoring services.

The Marshalltown Public Library is willing to provide proctoring services based on the availability of staff, facilities, and technology to do so.

Find out more about eligibility and fees in the library's Exam Proctoring Policy.

Call the library's Information Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 4 for more information.


Library Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: Closed

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