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Adult Services


Couponing WorkshopCouponing Workshop
Friday, April 24 at 5:30PM, Library Meeting Rooms
Discover how to avoid paying full price for products you like! Join us for a couponing workshop, presented by "coupon queen" Mary Potter Kenyon, author of "Coupon Crazy: The Science, The Savings, the Stories behind America's Extreme Obsession." Stop in and learn more about couponing, including tips on finding and organizing coupons, what to stockpile, and how to maximize your savings at grocery and drug stores! A prize basket will be given to one lucky attendee! Copies of Kenyon's book will be sold after the presentation. Learn more

Dan Gable book Talk and SigningDan Gable Book Talk and Signing
Sunday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m., Library Meeting Rooms

Join us for a book talk and signing with Dan Gable, wrestler, Olympian, and long-time coach of the Iowa Hawkeye wrestling team. Gable will discuss his new book, "A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable", which was published by the University of Iowa Press earlier this year. Attendees will be able to ask Gable questions after his talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event. Learn more

Films @ the Library:
The library hosts 3 film discussions each spring and fall, with lively discussion led by local film buff Tom LaVille. Our spring films will run from February to May, and we will be showing caper films this spring. Call the Information Desk for titles at 641-754-5738 ext. 4!

Monday, April 27, 2:00 p.m. Learn more

Monday, May 18, 2:00 p.m. Learn more

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.

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.

Tech Help
Check back in October 2015 for more dates!
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.

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

2015 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, 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.


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

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