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News for August 2013

Adults General
We made our signature goal for our petition to get an increased library levy on the fall ballot! Exceeded it, actually. We needed 1,138; this morning we took to City Hall around 1,476 signatures! We expect most to be verified by the City Clerk. Yay! And thanks to everyone who helped by signing. Watch for us on the election ballot in November.
Posted: Aug 29, 2013
Adults Children General Teens
The Marion Library will be closed on Sunday, September 1, and then for the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 2. After the holiday, we'll be open our regular school year hours, which means we're back with you on Thursday evenings until 9pm, and we'll be open Sundays beginning September 8 from 2pm to 5pm. See you at the library! 
Posted: Aug 29, 2013
Adults General
Wednesday, August 28 is the deadline for the Marion Library to turn in petition signatures to the Marion City Clerk. This is really important to the library! We are trying to get an increased levy on the November ballot. If you are a Marion resident and at least 18 years old, PLEASE sign our petition before 5pm on Wednesday! Stop in at the library or contact any member of the Library Board of Trustees, the Friends of the Library Board, or the Library Foundation. Or, we'll email you a copy of the petition!
Posted: Aug 26, 2013
Adults General
This author series, new in 2013, presents new and aspiring voices from the UI Writer's Workshop! We're pleased to introduce to you as our third author Dini Parayitam on Thursday, September 19 at 7pm.
Posted: Aug 21, 2013
Adults General
The Linn County Master Gardeners will be at the Marion Library on Wednesdays throughout September! This is a cooperative series that include programs at the Lowe Park Greenhouse, the Hiawatha Public Library, and the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Grab a bookmark with a complete schedules when you are in the library, or visit their website for complete class schedule and descriptions.
Posted: Aug 21, 2013
Adults General Teens
What makes a book a Beach Read, anyway? Is it light-weight or light reading? Does it require little concentration or is it so engrossing you can't put it down? Tell us your favorite Beach Read of the Summer by filling out a drawing slip at the book display near the Information Desk. The winner will receive a $10 gift certificate from Wit's End - then treat yourself and a book buddy to cold smoothies and talk over your favorite reads of the Summer!
Posted: Aug 10, 2013
Adults General Teens
The library offers free time with its experienced staff to help you learn how to download ebooks to your digital device! Check out our schedule and plan to come.
Posted: Aug 10, 2013
Adults General
First Increase Since 1989. At a special meeting on August 7, 2013, the Marion Public Library Board of Trustees voted to seek a library levy of 27 cents, an increase of 23 cents over the 4 cent levy that voters approved in 1989. “On a home valued at $100,000, that’s an increase of $23.00, or a little bit less than the cost of a single hardcover book,” said Library Director Doug Raber. “We’ve been under pressure to keep up with Marion’s rapid growth. Our circulation grew every year for the last decade and last year hit just over 900,000 items. We need more staff to maintain the level of personal customer service our patrons have come to expect.”
Posted: Aug 8, 2013

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