The Marshall County Public Library offers a space for young learners to explore, play, share, and grow. With year-round programs, plenty of opportunities for family literacy, and information help, we curate curiosity in ages 0-18 to help foster a lifelong love of learning.

Come visit us at all three of our branches for Story Hour and After-School programs for children and teens during the school year.  We have something for kids of all ages.

Story Hour @Calvert Story Hour @Benton Story Hour @Hardin
Tuesdays from 10:00-11:00 Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00 Thursdays from 10:00-11:00


 Elementary After School Program @Calvert  Elementary After School Program @Benton Elementary After School Program @Hardin 
 Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 Thursdays from 3:30-4:30


To get Youth Services updates and information sent to your phone, text IMAGINE to 270-318-7421.

Children's Suggested Reading

Egg 1@Benton

Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson

Plant a seed to watch it grow. Press on the cloud to make it rain. Jiggle the book to scatter the seeds. Interactive text teaches very young children how flowers sprout and mature. Contains watercolor depictions of a flower in various stages of growth.

Egg 1@Calvert

Spring Stinks by Ryan Higgins

"When cheerful Ruth the rabbit tries to share with grumpy Bruce the bear the wonderful smells of spring, they discover that spring stinks."

Egg 1@Hardin

Worm Weather by Jean Taft

"Join in the rainy-day fun as kids splash through the puddles, affecting another weather enthusiast, a nearby worm. The worm delights in the weather just as much as the kids."

Young Adult Suggested Reading

Egg 1@Benton

Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys

"This graphic novel is one I could not put down.

The story is of a girl who discovers she has telekinetic abilities when placed in a life or death situation, and how she deals with her new found powers. This is great book that depicts a strong female lead and one I recommend adding to you list for Women's History Month. "

-Olivia, Teen Librarian


Egg 1@Calvert

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai


"When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price"


Egg 1@Hardin

Anatomy a Love Story by Dana Scwartz

"A gothic romance set in Scotland in the 1800s. This novel tells the story of a girl who wants nothing more than to study medicine, but because of her gender is ignored and pushed into an arranged marriage. I think I enjoyed this novel so much because it reminded me of Mary Shelley and other female writers during her time" 

-Olivia, Teen Librarian

P.S. Look for the sequel, Immortality, set to come out at the end of February. 




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