The Wire - July 2019

July 2019 Director’s Note Gary Branson Executive Director June saw the first of what we hope will be a regular occurrence at Marion Public Library: our open- house author events. We welcomed bestselling author Peter Heller to Marion to discuss his writing, liter- ature in general, and to connect with our local readers. This open-house event differed from our annual Speaking Volumes event by being complete- ly open to the public with no ticket necessary to attend. Speaking Vol- umes continues to be an important fundraiser for the BookMarks, and we are excited to continue offering a variety of programs for our com- munity to connect with authors. Many thanks First Citizens’ National Bank for their sponsor- ship that provided refreshments for the evening. We also thank the Mid- Ohio Fine Art Society for provid- ing artwork displays to coincide with the event’s theme — The Nature of a Good Read . For more program information and updates, visit or call 740-387-0992 Kris Ramsey is a certified music therapist and currently leads the Library’s Music Time programs. These sessions are con- sistently packed and par- ents have raved about the high quality and profession- alism of her programs. How she ended up working with the Library stems all the way from her childhood. “Ever since I was a little girl, the public library was a very special and important place for me and my family”, remarks Ramsey, recounting how she grew up a block from the local library in Perry Township. When her family relocated to Marion in 2018, she insists that “finding the library was on the top of my list. Within a week my daughter and I looked up the address and went directly to our new library home”. The family instantly took advantage of the Library’s many offerings. Her youngest daughter, Erin, “was so excited to join the Creative Writing Class offered each Wednesday last summer.” Ramsey had previously worked as a music therapist for the Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities, having lived in Chillicothe for 28 years prior to her move to Marion. Her love of public libraries led her to pioneer a Music Time outreach program with the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library system. Because of that program’s success (it still continues without her), she knew it would be a hit in Marion as well. We are happy she believes our library is “such a great asset”. “Embracing the pub- lic library as a great community resource is very important to me”, she emphasized. We could not agree more and we are glad she is actively sharing this with our com- munity! My Library Story - Kristyne and Erin Ramsey BookMarks donate $21,000. Thank you to the BookMarks of Marion Public Library who donated an amazing $21,000 to the Library recently. This brings their total donations to $50,000 since their inception in 2015. Become a BookMarks member and make a difference: