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[Children at a Library Picnic]

Description: Children enjoy a picnic provided by Marshall Public Library at the conclusion of the summer reading program, c1976. The event was held on the library grounds and included traditional games such as races. Children and adults (background) in the picture are unidentified.
Date: unknown
Partner: Marshall Public Library

[RIF Program at the Library]

Description: Children select books at the RIF distribution which Marshall Public Library has hosted since the beginning. The Reading Is Fundamental program is a matching grant which provides free books to elementary-age children through public libraries. Children in the photo are unidentified.
Date: unknown
Partner: Marshall Public Library

[Celebration Dinner for Supporters of a New Library]

Description: Supporters who worked to realize a dream for a new Marshall Public Library were honored at a celebration dinner on October 19, 1973, two days before the official opening of the building. George Olincy, chairman of the Andrew Norman Foundation, speaks to the group at the Holiday Inn Motel. The Foundation gave a challenge grant to the Friends of a Public Library. Originally the offer was for $125, 000, but it grew to $175,000. To the right in the picture is Fenn Lewis, who chaired the successful fund drive for the Friends. Others are unidentified.
Date: 1983
Partner: Marshall Public Library

["Miss Marshall" Helps Kick Off Fund Drive for a New Library]

Description: "Miss Marshall" Celia Choate presents a plaque to Mrs. Thomas R. (Elderleen) Coker to commemorate the creation of the Friends of a Public Library Association in Marshall, Texas. This event inaugurated a Friends fund drive of several years duration to build a new public library building. The new Marshall Public Library opened in 1973.
Date: unknown
Partner: Marshall Public Library

[Friends Award First Membership Card]

Description: In this newspaper file photo, the Friends of a Public Library in Marshall, Texas award their first membership card. From left to right are Ken Duggins,City Manager, Tony Bridge, the first president of Friends, and Audrey Kariel, Friends Executive Board member.
Date: 1983
Partner: Marshall Public Library

[Grant Aids New Library Building]

Description: In September, 1971, a challenge grant from the Andrew Norman Foundation was offered to the Friends of a Public Library in Marshall, Texas for the purpose of building a new library. The $150,000 offer was to be matched by funds raised in Marshall and Harrison County. Following a successful fund drive, the photo shows George Fenn Lewis, president of the Friends, endorsing a balance payment check for $110,000 before presenting it to Dick Brassell, secretary-treasurer of the Friends.
Date: 1971
Partner: Marshall Public Library

[Display at Marshall Public Library]

Description: A display area at Marshall Public Library, Marshall, has an art print which could be circulated; and a violin which was used by local musician Charles R. Aber. Mr. Aber also had a large collection of audio tapes which his mother donated to the library after his death.
Date: unknown
Partner: Marshall Public Library

[Group With a Tour Bus]

Description: An unidentified group, possibly from Harrison County, poses in front of their tour bus. The group is composed of nine women and four men, most of whom are youth. The place appears to be a parking lot. A building with automobiles is visible in the background. A large light pole stands behind the bus.
Date: unknown
Partner: Marshall Public Library

[Let's Read]

Description: Price T. Young students in Marshall, Texas select books on a RIF distribution day at the Marshall Public Library. The library has participated in the "Reading is Fundamental" program since the 1970's. The program provides funds under a matching grant which the library uses to purchase books to distribute to children free of charge.
Date: unknown
Partner: Marshall Public Library

[Donation to Library]

Description: Many individuals and groups donated to the building fund for the new Marshall Public Library from 1969-1973. In this newspaper photo, Tommy Thomas of a local veterans group presents a check to a member (unidentified) of the Friends of a Public Library, which spearheaded the movement for the library.
Date: unknown
Partner: Marshall Public Library

[Marshall, an All-America City]

Description: During the nation's celebration of its Bicentennial, certain cities around the country received a designation as "All-America City." Marshall, Texas was one such city. In this newspaper photo from the Marshall News Messenger, Chamber of Commerce president Tony Bridge displays the All-America City plaque and makes the announcement through radio and television microphones shown in foreground. Unidentified dignitaries stand behind him.
Date: c. 1976
Partner: Marshall Public Library

[Volunteer Tends Library Circulation Desk]

Description: A volunteer, unidentified, tends the circulation desk at Marshall Public Library. Directly behind her is the library director's office. At left are the doors of the north entrance. The volunteer is checking in books using the card system which is now rarely found in public libraries.
Date: unknown
Partner: Marshall Public Library