The Wire - April 2019

April 2019 Director’s Note Gary Branson Executive Director After visits to dozens of public libraries from Maine to Arizona, from Mississippi to Minnesota, I saw that America’s public libraries, the place people used to go primarily to find books or do research, have become the heart and soul of American communities. -- Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America by James & Deborah Fallows National Library Week; what better time to celebrate what is arguably one of the most important institutions in our community? As the above quote indicates, libraries are a far cry from what they were several decades ago. Yet the perception remains that they are stodgy institutions where you go just to borrow a book. Modern public libraries are much more focused on engaging with the communities they serve, especially through programming and events aimed at bringing people together within the library’s space. One look at Marion Public Library’s events calendar illustrates this perfectly. Please celebrate with us and stop in to the Library this month. You might just be surprised by what you find! For more program information and updates, visit or call 740-387-0992 National Library Week is April 7-13, and Marion Public Library has plans to celebrate. “Libraries = Strong Communi- ties” is the theme for this year’s celebration of National Library Week, reminding the public that libraries of all types serve as community com- passes that lead users to endless opportunities for community engage- ment, enrichment, and development. Marion Public Library plans to kick off the week by honoring its volun- teers on Monday, April 8@ 7:00 pm. The library’s dedicated and devoted volunteers are invited as special guests to the celebration, which will feature a short program and will high- light many of the recent programs that have been impacted by volunteers. In addition to regularly scheduled events and programs, the Library invites families to participate in a Teddy Bear Sleepover on Wednesday, April 10 th . Kids can bring their favorite stuffed friend for games and snacks from 6:00-7:00 pm, then let them spend a wild night at the library. Families will get to see their fuzzy friends experience the Library at night by following on social media. On Saturday, April 13 at 10:00 am, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be at the Library to celebrate National Library Week with a program featuring live animal ambassadors. Families are invited to come be amazed and learn something new from the zoo’s educators. An early arrival time is suggested, since this program may draw a large crowd. For more information about the Li- brary’s events during National Library Week or any of our programs and ser- vices, please call 740-387-0992 or visit the website at Celebrating National Library Week, April 7-13