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What are Library Services Worth to Robins Residents?
by Joe Pearson Assistant Director · March 9th, 2017

Americans check out more than eight books a year from their local libraries, on average. While Americans spend about $35.81 a year in taxes for their public libraries, in the current contract with the Metro Libraries, Robins residents are paying only about $27 a year - just 80 percent of what Marion, Cedar Rapids, and Hiawatha residents pay for identical services. Find out what your local library is worth to you personally by visiting our value calculator at

Dan Gable is Linn Area

 Reads 2017 Author

We are excited to offer Dan Gable's "A Wrestling Life" as the Metro Libraries' 2017 Linn Area Reads book! Associated programming includes:

March 14, 7-8:30 p.m. - Memoir Writing


March 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Movie screening of "Freestyle: The

Victories of Dan Gable"

March 25, 1-2:30 p.m. - Program by Dan Gable

Visit the Linn Area Reads website for additional details and information:

Master Gardeners Spring


Time to get out and get planting! Join us for this popular spring series offered by the Linn County Master Gardeners! Each program begins at 6:30 p.m.

March 15 - Moonlight Gardens

March 22 - Starting Seeds at Home

March 29 - New Perennials 2017

Pizza & Planning 101

Date: Tuesday, March 14

Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Join us for a slice of fresh pizza while our financial planning professionals share their wisdom. How does an IRA differ from your 401k and how does the cash value in your life insurance affect your retirement? CDs, Bonds, Annuities and Mutual Funds, who gets them when you pass? We'll explore the different retirement vehicles and the basics of what you need to know for financial planning. Food and learning, a great combo!

Chicken Certification Class

Date: Wednesday, March 22

Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Now is a great time to learn the basics required to raise hens safely and successfully in urban and suburban areas. Participants will leave with a thorough list of all the things to prepare before getting chicks or pullets. Topics discussed will include everything from designing a coop and run to what to feed chicks and hens, predator protection, and breed selection. This FREE class is offered in partnership with John and Kelli Lane, Marion's own Sustainable Couple, and participants will receive a certificate of completion enabling them to get a permit to keep chickens legally in Marion, Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities. No registration is necessary.

Step into History with

 Linda McCann

Date: Thursday, March 30

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal program to assist young men in supporting their families, and also to renew our natural resources. Most of the Iowa State Parks had work done in them by the CCC. There were 18 dams built in parks to create a lake. But, in Iowa, 75 percent of the camps worked on soil erosion projects. They built terraces, dams, and helped with drought control. They also planted trees to reforest the State. For her book, Linda was able to speak with men who had worked in the CCC, and they shared their memories with her. She'll talk about her research and will sign books; you can purchase books at the program.

Coloring Clubs

Red or White: What's

Your Color? At Ramsey's

Wine Bistro 1st


Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Red, White, or Blue:

What's Your Color? At

the American Legion,

3rd Thursdays,

Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Get your color on at our popular coloring clubs! Come to one or both. All supplies provided and food and beverages are available to purchase.

Genealogy Junkies

Morning Genealogy

Junkies meet on the 2nd

& 4th Thursdays

Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Evening Genealogy

Junkies meet every

Wednesday evening

Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Our Genealogy Junkies groups provide opportunities for anyone interested in genealogy to get together with peers to learn and to share research tips and tricks. Bring a laptop or tablet computer, or check out one of the library's laptops from the Information Desk. Explore our online resources such as, HeritageQuest, and our historical newspapers. Everyone is welcome!

Adult Writing Group

Dates: 1st Mondays

Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.

The library sponsors this great Writing Group for adults. If you're an aspiring writer looking for folks you'd like to share with and learn from, we encourage you to come.

Movie Mondays

Dates: Third Mondays

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Do you love the old classic movies? Want to share your love with others over coffee and donuts? Join us for Movie Monday: Classics, Coffee & Donuts. On the third Monday morning of each month, we'll show a classic film and provide coffee and donuts.

March 20 - "Raiders of

the Lost Ark"

April 17 - "Shane"

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Sunday 2-5 p.m.
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