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What more does the card and your Library do for you? It connects you to programs and activities that foster lifelong learning for all age groups. More importantly it offers a social connection that one may not find elsewhere in the community. It offers an environment where you can ask for help to get connected to informative databases and apps online. We, along with Let’s Read 20, have championed reading 20 minutes a day to a child starting at birth. Building a literacy foundation includes a My First Library Card with access to literally thousands of books. Share this link - Librarycard - with someone you know who may not have a library card and encourage them to fill it out and visit the library to discover what a card can do for them. On the American Library Association’s website it states “since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the American Library Association and Libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs-up for their own library card.” We all know there is a wealth of information behind this one little card. Imagine how much you can save by checking out books and audiobooks instead of purchasing them, by checking out magazines instead of having a subscription, or by using a computer in the library instead of purchasing your own. How much money can you save? Visit this Library Value Calculator to check your savings. ( what-libraries-do-/calculator/) Volunteers are an important part of the life of the Library. We recently celebrated the volunteers who are giving of their time and talents to the many programs and activities we do. Our volunteer circle includes the workers who give a few hours a week to work the BookMarket and the fundraising events of our BookMarks Friends Group. Plus there are others who help with some of the ongoing programs throughout the Library. In 2022 we were able to log well over 2,000 hours served. And so far in 2023 we are nearing 1,500 hours already -- on course to surpass last year’s figure. This year we would like to congratulate Kate McCleese as our 2023 Marion Public Library Volunteer of the Year!! She was instrumental on the BookMarks board in updating the bylaws and administrative documents. She also set up a Google drive where all board members can access needed documents. She is the go-to person for governance with the board. She was also the hands on committee member working through the details of the newest fundraiser, Sitting Pretty. Congratulations, Kate!! SEPTEMBER IS.. Sign Up For Your Library Card Month September 2023 DIRECTOR’S NOTE Gary Branson

We are excited to share we have some really great programs for our Fall 2023 ALL (Adult Lifelong Learning) sessions. You can find the list below or the full program book on our website at Or stop by the front desk to pick up the copy you will fill out for registration. Classes are geared to individuals 18 and over. Registration is required and starts on Monday, September 11 on a first come, first serve basis. The initial $25 registration fee will get you your first two classes. Additional classes are just $5. We want to recognize Marion County Council On Aging as an underwriter of this program focused on keeping adults in our community active. Here is a rundown of the classes offered: ___ Introduction to Calligraphy Monday, October 2, 9 @ 10am ___ BalletMet Wellness Workshop Tuesday, October 3 @ 10am ___ If Walls Could Talk Friday, October 6, 13, 20 @ 10am ___ Basic Drawing: Colored Pencils Tuesday, October 10, 17 @ 1pm ___ A History of Bluegrass Music Tuesday, October 10 @ 5:30pm ___ A Short History of the Earth Thursday, October 12, 19, 26 @ 2pm ___ Caregiving and You Monday, October 16, 23 @ 10am ___ ChatGPT Important Considerations Wednesday, October 18 @ 10am ___ Galion’s Bad Bishop Brown & America’s First Heretic Wednesday, October 18, 25 @ 4pm ___ Needle Felting - Jack-O-Lantern Monday, October 23 @ 5pm ___ A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House Friday, October 27, November 10 @ 10am ___ OhioHealth - Technology in Healthcare Monday, October 30 @ 12pm ___ Be Enlightened Within the Dark of the Moon’s Shadow: Great American Eclipse of 2024 - Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3 @ 2pm calendar of events Adult Child/Teen ALL FALL all REGISTRATION starts September 11! Sept. 4 LIBRARY CLOSED - Labor Day Sept. 5 Teen Dungeons & Dragons @3:15pm Sept. 5 Fiction Book Discussion @ 6pm Sept. 5 Evening Family Story Time @ 5pm Sept. 7 Story Time! @ 10 & 11 Sept. 11 Lapsit Baby Time @ 10am Sept. 11 ALL Registration begins Sept. 12 Books in Focus @ 3pm Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15 Sept. 13 What can Libby do for you? @ 4:30 You Are Not Alone: Family Resources for Mental Health @ 6pm Sept. 14 Story Time! @10 & 11am Teen Scene @ 3:15 Sept. 15 Get In the Know: SAT Prep @ 4pm Sept. 18 Lapsit Baby Time @10am The Broad Strokes: Calligraphy Tools & Info @ 5:30pm Sept. 19 Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15pm Nonfiction Book Discussion @ 6pm Sept. 20 Shadow Family Fun Night @ 5:30pm Sept. 21 Story Time! @ 10 & 11am Sept. 25 Lapsit Baby Time @10am Teen - Create Your Own Comic Program! @ 5:30pm Sept. 26 Book Show-and-Tell @ 3pm Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15pm Create with Kristin @ 5:30pm Sept. 27 It Takes Heart - Information about Adoption, Fostering, and Kinship Care for Kids in Need @ 5:30pm Sept. 28 Story Time! @ 10 & 11pm Teen Scene @ 3:15pm

The newest book to be placed along the Marion Tallgrass Trail, Where is the Moon?/¿Dónde estará la Luna?, by Brendan Kearney, has QR codes that link to OSUM students reading the page spread in both English and Spanish. This was the second book in the class project of Dr. Patsons’ Language Development class at OSUM. The students selected the book, prepared it for posting, produced the individual videos, created the QR codes, and paired them with the right spread. Make a plan to walk the trail soon! FICTION: September 5 @ 6pm TRUST by Hernan Diaz NONFICTION: September 19 @ 6pm Between the Mountain and the Sky by Maggie Doyne Find the 2023 Book Discussions List: Full video on our Library YouTube channel at: book discussion Stop by, pick up a book, read and join the discussion. books in focus Check out the new titles hitting our shelves within the month of September. NEW BILINGUAL BOOK ALONG TRAIL with QR codes to videos Pat yourself on the back Marion! We are one of the top 20 counties in the State of Ohio where the registrations are at 66% or higher. That means that 2,350 of the possible 3,535 children age 0 to age 5 in Marion County are registered to receive a book a month from Dolly Parton Imagination Library for FREE. What child doesn’t want to receive a shrink wrapped book addressed to them? Share our link with a parent or guardian to get their child registered today. MARION IMAGINATION LIBRARY hits 66% registrations Researchers and spies alike have found useful information preserved on microfilm since its invention in 1839. Today microfilm is considered the gold standard of record preservation, because of its ability to condense a bulky stack of paper documents to small legible images, and its 500-year lifespan (if stored in the proper conditions). In 2013 the Friends of the Marion Public Library generously donated two ScanPro 800 Microfilm Readers to the Local History Room, enabling researchers to access preserved copies of the Marion Star, compiled local records, and more. While these machines have faithfully served our library over the past 10 years, we are excited to announce we will be replacing them with a new ScanPro 2500 Microfilm Reader. The new reader will have improved scanning resolution, and a range of new features including the ability to create word-searchable PDFs! What will you discover in the microfilm collections of the Local History Room? NEW MICROFILM READER replaces two very well used units

Monique: Unique premise; thriller; intensifying pace; plot-driven story; dystopian; themes around survival; courageous character; bleak tone; compelling style instagram: @MarionPublicLib twitter: @MarionPublicLib youtube: @MarionPublicLibraryOhio linkedin: @MarionPublicLibraryOhio Marion Public Library 445 East Church Street Marion, Ohio 43302 740-387-0992 Board of Directors Phyllis Butterworth, President Patrick Carey Jennifer Donelson Blake Gates Malcolm Goodman Dana Booker Leslie Schneider Gary Branson Executive Director #staffpicks Madison: Near future dystopian; satirizing prison system; shifting perspectives; well-developed characters Susan: Set in the Edwardian period, high society; fast pace story; multiple strong female protagonists/ characters; revenge heist; intricate plot; engaging writing Jenny: Collection of 8 stories horror; all with an intensifying pace; all character-driven stories; well-developed characters, LGBTQ+ diverse characters Ash: High fantasy; new trilogy; reluctant hero story; lots of world building, heavy use of jargon; bleak but hopeful tone; pagan motifs; themes around corrupt government Watch more extensive reviews on our YouTube channel Check out a full list of books at Please remember you can always place a hold if the book has not arrived yet or is currently checked out. new for young readers