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Last Friday (September 19th) we held a Pre-Proposal informational session here at the Library to answer questions about the building project Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The Library and City were represented by me; Lon Pluckhahn, City Manager; Kevin Gertsen, Vice-president MPL Board of Trustees; and Joe Huberty, Engberg Anderson Consulting Architect. Tim Oswald, Managing Director of Public Finance Investment Banking for Piper Jaffray also attended as a financial consultant for the City.
Posted: Sep 22, 2014
General
This week we’re posting a formal Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to ask Development Teams to offer us a vision of a mixed-use library facility that would include residential and retail components. Our goal is to determine the feasibility of a project that will provide Marion with a library expansion, reduce library construction costs, grow Marion’s property tax base, and contribute to our community’s economic development.
Posted: Aug 26, 2014
Teens
Check the Teen Reading Programs page for the list of Top 25 and Grand Prize winners. Thanks for participating in Summer Reading!
Posted: Aug 6, 2014
General
After a review by participants, trustees, and stakeholders, the Cost Benefit Site Analysis for the library building project is now ready and is posted on the library website this week. The report includes an examination of how the site analysis fits into a broader service plan; an explanation of the site comparison system; a discussion of funding strategies; and a detailed analysis and value comparison of the site options the study team was asked to evaluate.
Posted: Aug 6, 2014
General
The Marion Public Library Board of Trustees will soon take another step toward achieving an Imagine8 goal. The community visioning process identified a renovated or expanded library as one of the Great 8 projects. The Library Board and associated groups have been charged with raising additional funds, reviewing library expansion options and proceeding with an expansion of the library in a public-private collaboration to accomplish the “Book It” goal. 
Posted: Jun 26, 2014
General
Because of Marion’s phenomenal growth we need to plan for a larger library, but we also need to think carefully about the kind of space Marion’s library users need. Libraries and library services are changing because of the way people need to use them.
Posted: Jun 18, 2014
Teens
The Teen Summer Reading Program, for teens going into 6th - 12th grades, begins on June 2. This year's theme is Spark a Reaction, so we're going to focus on science by conducting experiments, combining art and chemistry, art and biology, and creating edible science with Cooking Capers.
Posted: Jun 3, 2014
General
In 2008, Marion conducted a community visioning process called Imagine8. Its purpose was to identify the civic projects most needed to realize the future of Marion as one of Iowa’s fastest growing cities.  Expansion of the current library was identified as one of the eight most important projects.
Posted: May 13, 2014

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