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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Friends of the Marshall Public Library Donates Glowforge to MPL

The MPL's new Glowforge etches the Library's logo into a piece of wood.

Some top-notch tech is now at the Marshall Public Library.


Thanks to a $7,000 donation by The Friends of the Marshall Public Library, the library is now outfitted with a Glowforge. The Glowforge “uses a beam of light the width of a human hair to cut and engrave with incredible accuracy within a thousandth of an inch,” according to the company. 


“This is the money the community has generously spent at The Friends of the Marshall Public Library used book sales in action,” said Eliza Schmidt, Co-President of The Friends of the Marshall Public Library. “Every penny we raise goes to the Library for things they would like to buy, but isn't in their budget.” 


The machine will “cut wood, fabric, leather, paper, Plexiglas (acrylic), Delrin (acetal), mylar, rubber, Corian, foods, and more. Glowforge can also engrave all of the above plus glass, coated metal, marble, anodized aluminum, titanium, some phones, tablets, and laptops, and more laser safe materials.”


“Laser technology has so many applications and we are excited to introduce these to patrons with the Glowforge,” Cresta Craner, Administrative Librarian with the Marshall Public Library, said. “This allows the library to bring a whole new aspect of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to our community.”


In addition to the Glowforge, the Marshall Public Library also has multiple STEM offerings for patrons including 3D printers, Edison robots, science kits, and more. 


“The Glowforge will be able to show the public something that most people would not usually get to see and like the 3-D printers that are in the Library, patrons can see it at work,” said Schmidt.   


Patrons who are interested in learning how the Glowforge works are asked to contact Cresta Craner at 208-232-1263 ext. 100. Eventually, the library plans to utilize the Glowforge for in-person programming opportunities. 


The Friends of the Marshall Public Library is a 501(c)(3) organization and for more information on the group, visit


To find details on other programs and services offered by the Marshall Public Library, visit or like the Library’s Facebook page at


The Marshall Public Library is accessible to persons with disabilities. Program accommodations may be provided with three (3) days’ advance notice by contacting Skyler Beebe at; 208.234.6248; or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.

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