After many years of discussion and planning, the library staff is excited to be in the design phase of a new public library for Marion. The details outlined here should provide an overview of the project and answer the most commonly asked questions. Please contact the library if you’d like more information or have or hear other questions.
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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – April 15, 2017– The Metro Library Network, a collaboration between the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public libraries, will begin lending wifi hotspots to library card holders on April 17.
Posted: Apr 17, 2017
We have new building project flyers available to pick up in the library, or you may download one here.
Posted: Mar 8, 2017
The Marion Public Library Board of Trustees and Library leadership continue to work closely with our development partner, Ryan Companies, and the City of Marion to craft a plan for a new library that will effectively meet the needs and exceed the expectations of the Marion community while also reflecting careful stewardship of resources. Recent Library Board decisions related to the project include
Posted: Jan 11, 2017
You are welcome here! I’d like to take a moment to confirm and endorse something I hope is already well known in the Marion community: Everyone is welcome at the Marion Public Library. Each of you and all of you have a place here.
Posted: Dec 7, 2016
A founding value in library science is that libraries are growing organisms. This concept was first articulated by Dr. Shiyali Ramamrite Ranganathan—considered by many to be the father of library education—in 1931, and it is as true today as it was then. Libraries grow and change constantly. We adjust for new material formats, technology modifications, community needs, and in response to variations in funding.
Posted: Dec 1, 2016
We’re all about balance and change at the Marion Public Library right now. We’re trying to find the sweet spot where the community feels informed and up to date on our plans for a new library, but we don’t want to publicize too many specific—but speculative— details and then have to retract and replace what we shared when things change. And if we can count on one thing with this kind of project, it’s change. As we consider land options, infrastructure design, even things as basic as square footage requirements, each adjustment requires other alterations. We recently created a time
Posted: Oct 2, 2016
What a pleasure it has been to begin to get to know the Marion community! Since starting as the library director in late April, I have had many opportunities to visit with people who live, work, and play in the Marion area. As a newcomer to the community, I am struck by the great parks, the wide variety of recreational events, and the friendliness of residents. As a new member of the library staff, I am continuously impressed by the passion for service and the deep skills of library personnel; it is a joy to serve as part of this group.
Posted: Sep 9, 2016