Lucian’s father called them faraway things, those mysterious objects orphaned upon the windswept shore, their stories long lost in the shroud of ocean fog. Lucian’s discovery on the beach this particular day, though, is no ordinary faraway thing. It’s a cutlass: strong, shiny, and powerful. As its history comes to light, Lucian faces a choice: cling to the sword he loves or accept a gift that shines farther, wider, and deeper than he could have ever dreamed.
Stunningly illustrated with evocative art by Kelly Murphy and written by award-winning and bestselling writer Dave Eggers, here is a profound and resonant tale about the reward of letting go.
We want to help parents prepare their children for one of life’s big milestones: kindergarten. Research has proven over and over that children get ready to read years before they begin their formal education. The most effective way to get your child ready to learn is to read to them. We hope to foster a love of reading, an appreciation for the library, and healthy and happy bonding time for children and their caregivers as we encourage you along the way. Stop by the Children’s Desk and we’ll get you started!
How can you support your children as they grow? Introduce them to the library at an early age!
We can pull materials for you! If you would like us to help find themed materials or read-alikes, please fill out our Materials Request Form and we will get back to you!
The Marion Library has a wealth of children’s programming and early literacy activities. We encourage you to attend programs with your children and to participate in the activities: they will learn what you model for them!
We also offer library tours for classes, troops, or whoever would like to schedule one. On occasion, our children’s staff can do special visits. Contact the library for details.
Call the number (319) 727-8100 to hear one of five classic children’s stories read by leaders in our community.
Our January stories are:
We can pull materials for you! If you would like us to help find themed materials or read-alikes, please fill out this online form and we will get back to you!