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Summer library programming for all to enjoy
by Article courtesy of the Marion Public Library · June 1st, 2017

Summer Reading for Adults Begins on June 1!

Build a Better World at the Marion Library throughout the summer; get involved in our summer reading program for adults!

2017 Out Loud! Author Series Authors Announced

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is thrilled to celebrate its 10th season in 2017 with a wonderful line-up of authors. The collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries will present Anne Perry, Kwame Alexander, and Debbie Macomber on three consecutive Friday nights in June at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. For details and to register for their programs, visit

Library Building Project Update Meetings

Join us to get a building project update and to ask any questions or share concerns!

Saturday, June 3, at 4 p.m.

Tuesday, June 6, at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 13, at 8 p.m.

Monday, June 19, at 1 p.m.

Thursday, June 29, at 8 a.m.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair

On Saturday, June 3, at Barnes & Noble book store, a percentage of your purchases goes to the library! Not able to go to the store? Patrons can also order books online from June 4 through June 8, and purchase proceeds will still go to the library!

Gilmore Girls Trivia Night

Do you know enough about Stars Hollow to be Town Selectman? Compete with other fans for a chance to bring home a grand prize Love Rocket! Gilmore Girls Trivia Night will be on Saturday, June 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. with Lorelai-approved snacks provided. Pre-register for this after-hours program at

Build a Better World: Volunteer Fair

Interested in finding out more about local volunteer opportunities? Join us at our Volunteer Fair on Monday, June 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Plates Around the World

Join Marion Hy-Vee Drugstore registered dietitian Martha McClurg on Tuesday, June 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. for an educational (and delicious!) class on global cuisine. Learn more about foods from around the world, as well as how to healthfully integrate these delicious dishes into your daily eating. Your culinary horizons are sure to be broadened and your appetite piqued after attending this class!

Maker Night: Magazine Beads with Craft

for a Change

Join us for a relaxing night of drop-in crafting with recycled materials! Feel free to bring your current project, or come and make a new one. Event will take place on Wednesday, June 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and all supplies are provided.

College and Cereal

Are you stressing about your high school student's leap to college? There are real, effective strategies you can use to save on the cost of college. By attending this free workshop on Saturday, June 17, from 10 to 11 a.m., you will learn how colleges are priced and how much financial aid to expect; plus how to find more aid. Paying for college is one of the biggest investments in your life, and you can reduce costs with straightforward techniques-no buying of insurance products required. Free refreshments provided! Quinn Arnold is an independent, fiduciary, fee-only financial planner. He does not sell insurance, annuities, or other products, and attendees will not be sold anything during these sessions.

Commonsense Couponing

You've probably heard of extreme couponing, but without access to double coupon opportunities, the average Iowan isn't going to be able to replicate extreme shopping trips, netting hundreds of dollars of merchandise for mere pennies. That doesn't mean we can't save money on our health and beauty products and groceries. Mary Potter Kenyon lived and breathed a couponing lifestyle for over 30 years. She was lauded as a Coupon Queen in a weekly column in a Dubuque newspaper for several years, featured in a couponing documentary, and is the author of "Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America's Extreme Obsession." Attendees will be entertained and educated in this fascinating and fun presentation on Tuesday, June 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. Every attendee will receive a free copy of Mary's book, and one person will win a basket of health and beauty products purchased with coupons.

Paper Tigers

Film Screening

More than two decades ago, two respected researchers published the game-changing Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. It revealed a troubling but irrefutable phenomenon: the more traumatic experiences the respondents had as children (such as physical and emotional abuse and neglect), the more likely they were to develop health problems later in life. However, this very same study contains the seed of hope: all of the above-mentioned risk factors-behavioral as well as physiological-can be offset by the presence of one dependable and caring adult. It doesn't need to be the mother or the father. It doesn't even need to be a close or distant relative. More often than not, that stable, caring adult is a teacher. Against the harsh reality of truancy, poor grades, emotional pain, and physical violence, answers begin to emerge. The answers do not come easily. Nor can one simply deduce a one-size-fits-all solution to a trauma-informed education. But there is no denying something both subtle and powerful at work between teacher and student alike: the quiet persistence of love. Come see the film screening at the Marion Public Library on Saturday, June 24, at 1 p.m.

Friends Bookstore

Needs YOU!

The Friends of the Marion Library are looking for volunteers to work in the Library Bookstore on alternating Saturdays or as a sub. For more information, contact Lindsey Weber at 515-290-6322 or

HACAP Mobile

Food Pantry

HACAP will distribute via their mobile pantry on Wednesday, June 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Katz parking lot across the street if the weather is nice; otherwise it will be in Meeting Room B if weather is inclement. Eligibility guidelines apply.

Movie Monday:

Classics, Coffee & Donuts

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 3rd Monday morning of each month, we show a classic film and program sponsor Humana provides coffee and donuts. This month's movie is Apollo 13, with Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, and Kevin Bacon and will be shown on Monday, June 19, at 10 a.m.

Genealogy Junkies

- Two Options!

Our Genealogy Junkies groups provide an opportunity 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! The Morning group meets on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and the evening group meets on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Friends Home

Book Program

If you are homebound but would still like to be able to check out books and audiobooks from the Marion Library, we can help! Friends of the Marion Public Library sponsors the Friends Home Book Program. Grab a flyer from the library or from the Friends Bookstore. You can download an application and the flyer from our program webpage ( or email with any questions.

Create and Share

in the Library

We are pleased to offer a small performance space to any creative artists interested in sharing their talents. If you'd like to paint, draw, play music, sing, dance, or otherwise share your interest in the arts, send an email to and let us know what date and time you'd like to come. We provide the space, you provide the arts. We'll also do a little promotion for you on our website and Facebook page. Come in, create, and share in the library!

Library Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday-Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 2 to 5 p.m.
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