The Wire - October 2019

Marion Public Library 445 East Church Street Marion, OH 43302 740-387-0992 Gary Branson, Executive Director Board of Trustees Jennifer Donelson President Patrick Carey Blake Gates Malcolm Goodman Carol Lathrop David Williamson Phyllis Butterworth Main Library Hours Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (Labor Day to Memorial Day) Branch Hours: Monday & Thursday: 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Caledonia Public Library 419-845-3666 Henkle-Holliday Memorial Library, LaRue 740-499-3066 Prospect Public Library 740-494-2684 @MarionPublicLib @MarionPublicLib FOLLOW us on: MarionPublicLib BookMarket OPEN!! Tues. & Thurs. and the first Saturday. Check our facebook and web site for dates and times to shop the BookMarket Allattemptismadetobeopenwhenstated, buttheBookMarketisrunbyVolunteersand unexpectedclosingsmayhappen. MPL Mission Statement: The Marion Public Library enhances the quality of life in our community by encouraging reading and the pursuit of lifelong learning. all - adult lifelong learning # staffpicks Kim H. recommends this generational saga revolving around two sisters, a Midwestern family farm, beer, and contested inheritance. Andrew enjoyed this tale of kids with special powers being abducted, and abused to unspeakable ends, to extract their gifts for evil. Nicole recommends this secretaries-turned- spies thriller inspired by the plot to smuggle Dr. Zhivago out of the USSR for publication. David praises this account of how one of the biggest private companies grew to its mammoth size, and how modern Corporate America came to be. Signups have already happened for October all (adult lifelong learning) classes. Stay tuned for the Spring2020 class listings. Visit for updates. Email us at to receive all news. Join us for the BookMarks’ annual Speaking Volumes fundraiser on Friday, October 25 at 7pm where this year’s featured guest will be best- selling Ohio author John Scalzi. Tickets are on sale ($30) at the Library or through the BookMarks’ event website: A limited number of $75 tickets are available and include an opportunity to mingle with the author from 6-7pm. This event is organized by the Book- Marks group, with all proceeds going to benefit the Marion Public Library. John Scalzi is a New York Times bestselling science fiction au- thor. His novel Redshirts , an interga- lactic sci-fi adventure, won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. His other works include the popular Old Man's War series (three novels of which have also been nominated for Hugo Awards), The Android’s Dream , Agent to the Stars , and Lock In . In addition to the Hugo, he is also the recipient of the 2016 Governor's Award for the Arts in Ohio. Scalzi is the former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and has also served as a creative consultant for the television series Stargate Universe . His blog, Whatever, is one of the most widely- read websites in the modern Sci-Fi community. Mr. Scalzi was born in Fairfield, California and now lives in Bradford, Ohio with his wife and daughter. Copies of select titles are available for purchase in advance or at the event. Mr. Scalzi will be signing books after his speaking engagement. October 2019 Director’s Note Gary Branson Executive Director October means one thing. No, not fall foliage—the Library once again plays host to a best- selling author. Now in its 4th year, Speaking Volumes is a wonderful opportunity for our community to connect with popular authors all while sup- porting the Library financially. John Scalzi is the perfect au- thor to headline this year’s event: he’s incredibly popular, is an Ohio author, and writes very accessible novels in a genre that is under-appreciated. As some- one who rarely reads science fiction, Scalzi’s take on the genre continues to impress. With his characteristic sense of humor, he takes his writing seriously and is highly recom- mended for those looking to branch outside of their comfort zones. This sense of humor makes him an entertaining and engaging speaker; someone I know our patrons will love hear- ing from. I want to thank the major sponsors for this year’s Speaking Volumes event: Kit Fogle with Merrill, OhioHealth, Stifel, and Sakamura U.S.A . Their support of Our literary endeavors is greatly appreciated. I hope to see you there! For more program information and updates, visit or call 740-387-0992 Bestselling Author Scalzi to Visit MPL