Last fall Marion took a step toward becoming the community envisioned by its Imagine 8 process and began planning to accomplish the Imagine 8 goal of a library that matched Marion’s growth. Early on we identified three needs:
The library building project will soon take another step forward. We received two responses to our Request for Qualifications to develop a mixed-use library project that includes retail and residential components. One is from a team led by FEH Associates in Dubuque and another from a team led by Ryan Companies of Cedar Rapids. Both teams have been invited to do a presentation for the Library Board.
Posted: Nov 5, 2014
Book a Trip is our new year-round reading program, and it couldn't be easier: we have reading logs with maps available for everyone, and all you have to do is read books. Check off each state as you read a book that either takes place in that state, is about that state, or is by an author who is from that state. Read fiction or non-fiction, and come to the Information Desk when you've checked off a state. You'll get a sticker to add to our giant map. So what are you waiting for?
Posted: Sep 24, 2014
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
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
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
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
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