The Wire - December 2019

The library’s Adult Lifelong Learning program was recently awarded a grant from the Marion County Bar Association through the Marion Community Foundation. The funds will be used for marketing this new program and finalizing the upcoming Spring 2020 class lineup. We are thankful for their interest in such a valuable program, as well as the interest of another recent anonymous donor from the community! The ALL program is an exploration of a variety of topics for individuals 18 years or older through short-term, non-credit courses offered during the fall and spring that encourage crea- tivity, critical thinking, and per- sonal growth and development. December 2019 For more program information and updates, visit or call 740-387-0992 ALL Program Earns Grant Director’s Note Gary Branson Executive Director Again this year we want to thank the BookMarks of the Marion Public Library for their fundrais- ing efforts. They recently gifted a check for $7,500 to the library. This brings their total contribu- tions to the Library to $57,500 ! You can help them raise funds and have a bit of fun by participat- ing in their next fundraiser, coming up on Saturday, February 15. Death by Cannoli, this year’s annual Murder Mystery, is just in time for Valentines Day. The event is the perfect night out with your sweetheart to cele- brate Valentine’s Day or just a great night out with friends. The evening includes dessert and beverages and starts at 7 pm. So make your plans and get your tickets to support a local group that supports your Marion Public Library. (And have a can- noli or two as well.) NEED A STOCKING STUFFER? Purchase a handful of tickets to finish out those hard- to-buy-for individuals on your list. Visit the BookMarks’ website at for ticket and purchase information. Author Marc Brown’s Visit a Hit With Families Marc Brown , author and illustrator of the Arthur series of children’s books and popular PBS television series, visited Marion on Nov. 6 and entertained hun- dreds with his humor and stories about his life as a kids’ author. Marion Public Library ensured the event was free for families while Marion City Schools allowed the use of their gymnasium at Grant Middle School. Thanks to every- one who came out and supported an amazing evening devoted to reading and literacy! Your next opportunity to meet a great kids’ author will be April 9, when Chris Grabenstein, author of the popular Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series and the Treasure Hunters series will be signing copies of his books at the Library. Library staff accept a check on November 13th from the Marion County Bar Association through their Endowment Fund at the Marion Community Foundation