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May 2023 OUR MISSION: The Marion Public Library enhances the quality of life in our community by encouraging reading and the pursuit of lifelong learning. Click here to place your online reserves Director's Note Gary Branson, Executive Director Robust summer programing is for YOU! Though it is May, you will see we are well into the planning for Summer Reading fun, since it typically starts at the beginning of June. You are the reason we schedule a broad mix of activities and programs to engage the senses and support lifelong learning. Hopefully children are drawn into reading because a program sparked their interest in a certain subject. Your Library is here to help children continue their skills through reading logs and engaging programs. Many times, encouraging the reading of alternative formats such as magazines, journals and various materials can help fulfill goals and spark new interests. The summer learning loss is real for many children who do not read throughout the summer, and for some it is cumulative. That's why the Library is essential as part of a family habit all summer long. An engaging summer for your child starts at Marion Public Library. It's membership time for our BookMarks friends. ​Thank you to those who became members at our annual Book Sale. A membership with the BookMarks of Marion Public Library begins on May 1 and is good for a year - through April 30. The BookMarks are actively looking for more members, so if you are not a member, please download the membership tri-fold and return it, along with payment to the BookMarks address on the form. Consider sharing a membership form with your neighbor or friend as well. All proceeds to the BookMarks benefit the programs and services of Marion Public Library. Why should you become a member? Support the operations and programs of Marion Public Library Receive an extended 14 days on checked loan materials (excludes digital) Receive invitations to exclusive BookMarks events, such as the book sale preview BookMarket to reopen...The BookMarks' BookMarket reopens Tuesday, May 16 with regular hours again. Check their calendar for scheduled dates and times.

Reminder: Overdrive to Libby move. The OverDrive app will be removed from app stores. New users looking for the OverDrive app will be directed to Libby. Users who previously installed the OverDrive app (mobile or desktop) will still be able to use it without disruption. All users can continue to access the Library’s digital collection website, The OverDrive app will sunset at the end of April 2023. Summer Reading fun June 1 - July 31 ​There may be several weeks to go before school lets out, but Marion Public Library and Let's Read 20 have already been hard at work in planning a great lineup of summer programming for kids and families! Summer Reading Fun will run June 1st through July 31st, when kids and teens up through age 18 can sign up to earn prizes for reading through the summer. Story Time and Baby Time will be back as usual, in addition to offerings for creative writing, Family Fun craft nights, sign language, and robotics. Visiting performers will bring engaging events with Whiz Bang Science, a family magic show, music from The Spoon Man, and don't forget our annual birthday party for our mascot Swoop! Check out details on our web calendar as we continue to add great programs for the summer. for a full list of programming throughout the summer! New LR20 book walk planned/installed by OSUM students. ​May 1 ribbon cutting marked the opening of the newest book along the Marion Tallgrass Trail. This bilingual book, Our Town, was the class project for Dr. Nikole Patson's OSUM Language Development students. From selecting the book to preparing it for posting and then physically putting up each page spreads into the stanchions, the class At each stanchion readers are encouraged to scan the QR code to see/hear a video of the book spread being read in both English and Spanish. This project took the Let's Read 20 permanent book walk to the next level of being interactive and inclusive for readers. The walk also included additional informational features about childhood literacy and learning. Here is a sample of one of the page spreads you will find along the Marion Tallgrass Trail.

Book Discussions stop by, pick up a book, read and join the discussion. FICTION: May 2 @ 6pm Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li NONFICTION: May 16 @ 6pm Our Team The Epic Story of Four Men and The World Series That Changed Baseball by Luke Epplin Full 2023 Book Discussions List Click our calendar to see the full month of programing. MAY 2023 LIBRARY CALENDAR KIDS LapSit Babytime starting May 1, 8, 15 @ 10am specifically for babies 0-24 months. KIDS Family FUNds Night May 15 at 5:30 for activities and lessons on spending and saving. ADULTS Got a few bags of documents you need shredded? Join us for Shred Day May 6 at 10:30. Personal shredding only. ADULTS Genealogists of the Roundtable for open discussion May 17 at 5:30. TEENS more D&D for Spring and Teen Times throughout the month. ADULTS Bring you digital device to get connected to find out What Libby Can Do For You May 22 at 5:30. Closed Monday, May 29 - MEMORIAL DAY

Let's talk books. Our May Books In Focus We love talking about our NEW books during our Books In Focus program. We highlight a few books from the lists of FICTION and NONFICTION coming soon to our collection. Check out the new titles hitting our shelves within the month of May. May Books In Focus Selections | Watch The Video New titles for younger readers - Browse Teens Check out a full list of books and when they may be available. Please remember you can always place a hold if the book has not arrived yet or is currently checked out.

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