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.

Sign up now for our Summer Reading Program.  We have reading challenges and events for preschool, elementary, and teens.  Check our website or social media to see what events are available at all three of our branches.

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


During the school year, visit the library for our After-School program.

 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

Hum and Swish by Matt Myers

Jamie wants to quietly work on an art project near her friend, the sea, but people keep disturbing her by asking questions.

Egg 1@Calvert

Turkey's Sandtastic Beach Day by Wendi Silvano 

"Turkey is visiting the ocean for the very first time! But when he arrives, he has to stay in Farmer Jake's petting zoo on the boardwalk. If only he could get to the beach for some splashing and surfing.... Luckily, his friends are determined to help him have an utterly crab-ulous beach day, offi-shell duties or not--and they get to have some fun along the way"

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

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

"There are three rules in the neighborhood: Don't cry ; Don't snitch ; Get revenge. Will takes his dead brother Shawn's gun, and gets in the elevator on the 7th floor. As the elevator stops on each floor, someone connected to Shawn gets on. Someone already dead. Dead by teenage gun violence. And each has something to share with Will. "



Egg 1@Calvert

Enter the Body by Joy McCullough


"In the room beneath a theater stage, the ghosts of Juliet, Ophelia, Cordelia, and other teenage girls who died tragically in Shakespeare's plays, share their experiences and trauma and get the chance to retell the stories of their lives in their own terms."


Egg 1@Hardin

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

"Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people ... In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal's office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash. Separated by distance -- and Papi's secrets -- the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they've lost everything of their father, they learn of each other." 




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