CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – February 9, 2019 – The planning committee for the annual community-wide reading program known as Linn Area Reads has selected Dreamland by Sam Quinones for the 2019 edition of the program. The committee invites everyone in Linn...

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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 10:13am
For the Love of Bookmarks

Do you use a bookmark when you read a book? What do you use for a bookmark? I recently weeded my home library and found all sorts of things to mark the pages in my books: receipts, utility bills, notes, postcards…everything but an actual bookmark. It got me thinking about bookmarks, and how...

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Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 - 12:09pm
The Gown


Another snow day today…perfect for curling up with a good book. Historical fiction has always been one of my favorite genres, and I couldn’t wait to read The Gown...

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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 2:06pm

Whew! I just finished “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean in an almost non-stop three-day session where I squeezed in the necessary things of daily life. I have always been a bookaholic. For most of my...

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Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 10:13am
In Memoriam: Mary Oliver

Beloved poet Mary Oliver passed away on Thursday, January 17th at age 83.  Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Oliver’s poetry focused on nature and the spiritual world and appealed to many because of her spare, simple yet powerful language....

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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 - 10:10am
Who is Marie Kondo and What's All the Fuss About Tidying Up?

In 2014 a little book with a simple cover took the U.S. by storm: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Now, five years later, Marie Kondo has a show on Netflix and people are...

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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 9:47am
Winter Reads to Kick Off 2019

My reading habits can be affected by a number of factors, including current events, personal interests, the local community, and suggestions by friends and library patrons. One of the biggest factors, however, is the environment outside! I love to read seasonally--beach reads in the summer,...

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Posted: Monday, January 7, 2019 - 10:09am
Holiday Cooking Help at Your Fingertips

It is that time of year when we’re all scrambling to bake treats, plan a big family meal, or create a satisfying dish for a potluck. It can be overwhelming, especially if you’re like me, and you like to try out new recipes.

The Marion Public Library has you covered! Not only do we have an...

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Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 6:21pm
Holiday Titles: Cozy Up and Settle in!

There are many holiday novels published in the months leading up to December. We've read (well, devoured) two titles that are sure to put you in a festive mood! 

One Day in December...

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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 11:42am
Short Stories for Long Laughs

Epic stories can be very satisfying, but sometimes a silly short story can leave a reader feeling great. Short stories are good for reluctant readers, kids who have shorter attention spans, or in times when stopping and starting the story will be happening frequently. A book of short stories is...

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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 9:01am
Young Adult Holiday Reads: 'Tis the Season!


With the Thanksgiving holiday in our rearview mirror, it's time to break out the holiday books! Here are a few young adult holiday books to get you in the mood for this festive season. All these books can be found within the Metro Library Network. 

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 1:13pm
No Need to Panic About Thanksgiving

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is this Thursday.  If you’re like me, it’s caught me off-guard and scrambling to make a menu. No worries if you’re fresh out of ideas or want to add new dishes to your traditional Thanksgiving meal. Why? Whether you are having a large family meal, a...

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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 11:13am
The Library Book by Susan Orlean

If you’re going to read (or listen to) a non-fiction book this year, make it The Library Book by Susan Orlean. It’s one of my favorite books of 2018, and I’m sure you will love it...

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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 9:21am
Monday's Not Coming

Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany Jackson

Monday Charles is missing and no one...

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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 11:01am
Research Your Family Military History

Fold3 is one of our newer online resources. This resource will let you discover your family’s military past. It works a lot like, but has a lot more military information. There are instructional webinars, Fold3...

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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 4:46pm
dog on it

When I heard the premise of Dog On It by Spencer Quinn, I was skeptical. A down-on-his-luck private detective, Bernie, and his faithful dog, Chet, solve crimes together—and the dog...

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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:46am

If you’re a fan of the spooky, I’ve got a fun read for you. Favorite stories from the podcast Lore are now available in book format. The World of Lore: Dreadful Places ...

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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 10:33am

I love listening to audiobooks, so I am very thankful we have access to such wide selection of audiobooks with our library cards. The Marion Library has LOTS of books on CD available to check out. You can also borrow audiobooks online...

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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 10:42am

The weather has finally cooled down, and that has Shanel thinking about all things spooky! Some of her favorite books include tales about witches. Take a look!


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Posted: Monday, October 22, 2018 - 10:39am



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Posted: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 9:57am

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor is a creature of habit. She goes to work as a bookkeeper, does the daily crossword puzzle in the newspaper, has pizza and vodka every Friday night, and calls her “Mummy” on Wednesdays. Her rigidly scheduled life, however,...

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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 10:28am

Reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is the most fun I’ve had with a book in some time. It’s the first in the author’s debut science fiction/fantasy series,...

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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 10:21am

Books that Go Bump in the Night!

By day, I’m a happy, silly, cheerful children’s librarian. By night, I’m a voracious reader of thrillers, chillers and stories that keep me awake into the wee hours! Here’s a list of some of my absolute favorite spine-tinglers:

Posted: Monday, October 1, 2018 - 9:52am

When Calls the Heart: A Guide to the Hallmark TV Series

Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:28pm

The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir by Ruth Wariner

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 12:35pm

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus


Four students are falsely placed in detention. Within minutes, the school gossip is poisoned and dies in front of them. As the police look through suspects, they find a Tumblr post queued for the next day, exposing all four students’...

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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2018 - 1:37pm

Are you looking for something really different? Are you in a reading rut? Here are a few books that are very different from anything else I have read or heard about, but they are still quite good. These books stayed with me long after I finished reading them.

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 11:04am

This was a fun quick read and I loved it! I first saw the author, Beck Dorey-Stein, doing an interview on one of...

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Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 4:59pm

Marion Public Library receives Great Stories Club grant from the American Library Association

Grant will allow librarians to lead book clubs with underserved teens

Marion Public Library has been selected as one of 100...

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Posted: Friday, August 31, 2018 - 9:52am

I am a big fan of historical fiction, and recently I have discovered a new author who has a unique hook for her novels: she writes fiction that focuses on New York City landmarks.

Posted: Monday, August 27, 2018 - 3:58pm

An oldie but a goodie, highly lauded by young adult authors like Leigh Bardugo and Cassandra Clare, The Thief  by Megan Whalen Turner is the first book in the Queen’s...

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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 - 10:02am

Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton

It’s August, and our summer reading program has been a roaring success! Part of the fun for the staff at the Marion Public Library was to have our own summer reading list. One of the suggestions was to read a book that we’d LIED about reading. ...

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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2018 - 1:27pm

All I can say is Wow! I’ve noticed this book around the library, and heard good things about Jane Harper, but hadn’t made an effort to check it out.

Until a few weeks ago.

And I’m hooked.

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 12:22pm

Just finished listening to the audio book version of  Joel C. Rosenberg's The Ezekiel Option  I loved it! 

I started reading the print version last Fall and was enjoying the...

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Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 10:03am


August is Read-A-Romance month, and we’ve got you covered at the library! There will be a display for the next two weeks featuring romance reads that range from sweet to steamy. A prompt of our staff summer reading program was to read a paperback romance. I picked up Romancing the...

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Posted: Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 5:46pm

You may be familiar with Suzanne Collins because of her success with The Hunger Games, but I discovered what a great writer she is way before she published The Hunger Games.  Suzanne Collins wrote a fantastic five-book series called ...

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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 8:31am

There’s always something you forget on a road trip. Usually you’re well on your way when the clammy realization hits in that you didn’t double check the garage door, or your phone charger is safely on the dining room table.

I triple checked my packing list, my doors, my windows, my...

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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 8:46am


Are you a fan of the Netflix show Orange is the New Black? Did you realize it all started from Piper Kerman’s memoir of...

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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 9:31am

Cooking is one of my favorite ways to relax after a long day.  However, I hate doing dishes and am prone to bouts of hangriness, so winning recipes must be delicious, fast, and with minimal cleanup.  Enter my new favorite cookbook: ...

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Posted: Friday, July 13, 2018 - 8:38am

Jakub is haunted by his father’s sins as a communist party member in what was Czechoslovakia. He eagerly accepts the chance to embark on a mission to the mysterious purple cloud of space dust named Chopra in an effort to atone for his father. On earth, he’s a national hero—his persona...

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Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 9:00am

White Houses is a fiction book based on the love life of Eleanor Roosevelt. This book will make you question a few things we have all learned in history. Have you heard the rumor...

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Posted: Friday, July 6, 2018 - 12:18pm
MLN Mobile

Have you downloaded the new MLN Mobile App yet? If not, rush over to your Android or Apple device immediately and search in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for “MLN Mobile”. There are several...

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Posted: Monday, July 2, 2018 - 10:28am
Ban This Book

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 8:54pm
Beyond Little House Images

If you have a child who enjoyed the Little House on the Prairie series and is ready for the next step up, I have two books to recommend to you....

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Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:00am
MLN Mobile App

Have you downloaded the new MLN Mobile App yet? If not, rush over to your Android or Apple device immediately and search in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for “MLN Mobile.” There are several great features of the new app, but my favorite is the barcode scanner. If you’re like me...

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Posted: Monday, June 18, 2018 - 11:54am
Ocean Meets Sky

Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 6:40am
The Wedding Date

I've known for awhile that smart women read and write romance--maybe I'm a bit biased since I'm a romance reader! One of the best romances I've ever read is ...

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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 6:08am
The Star-Touched Queen

Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I am always looking out for rich, diverse books to read and recommend. Lately, one book I can’t stop thinking about is...

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Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 10:14pm
Jim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan is one of my favorite comics. If you don’t recognize his name you are probably still familiar with his “Hot Pocket” routine. Food and family provide most of the fodder for his humor. Gaffigan consistently makes me laugh and his humor can be enjoyed by the entire family....

Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 11:10am
Wicked Deep

The Wicked Deep, by Shea Ernshaw

A 200 year old curse haunts the small town of Sparrow, Oregon. Each June, the ghosts...

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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 8:12pm

Our family loves listening to Encyclopedia Brown audiobooks on car trips. Fortunately, there are lots of Encyclopedia Brown books by David Sobol, but if you do go...

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Posted: Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:49pm
Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 8:40pm
Warriors Series

Warriors Series by Erin Hunter

Do you and/or your teen/tween enjoy sci-fi, fiction, animals, and fantasy? Then I have an enjoyable book series suggestion for you! My tween stumbled...

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Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 3:52pm
Anita Shreve

Posted: Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:49pm
A Single Life short film

A Single Life
Available vie Kanopy
Directed by Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, and Job Roggeveen
Year: 2014
Running Time: 2 minutes 18 seconds
Country: Netherlands|
Kanopy link: ...

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Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 2:00pm
Hangman's Daughter

I enjoy historical fiction and mysteries. It seems most of the historical fiction I read takes place in Britain. When I saw ...

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Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:31pm
Raised Bed Garden

Posted: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 2:26pm
I Am the Messenger

Markus Zusak recently announced the publication of his newest book, Bridge of Clay--scheduled to come out in early October. Zusak is probably best known for his amazing novel ...

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Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 3:08pm
Pulitzer Medals

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners were announced Monday, April 16th.  The Marion Public Library has each of these Pulitzer prize winning gems available for checkout:

For Fiction:...

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Posted: Monday, April 30, 2018 - 3:55pm
Irish History

If you’re not ready to say good-bye to St. Patrick’s Day, say hello to Malachy McCourt’s History of Ireland.

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2018 - 9:40am

The book, A Curious Beginning, is a fantastic beginning to a new mystery series by the prolific author Deanna Raybourn. Now that Victoria Speedwell's aunt...

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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 5:00pm
Matthews Trilogy

I am a new staff member in a new position at the Marion Public Library. I was thrilled when the library hired me to do marketing communications for an organization 1) I already wholeheartedly believed in and 2) in which I was already what I call an “incognito regular.” (You know, the type...

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Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018 - 2:38pm

Having a sibling with special needs can be difficult, but it can be an adventure, too. Here are two excellent chapter books about siblings who have autism.

Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 2:25pm

You have probably heard we need to prepare our kids for STEAM careers. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics. Introducing your young children to science may seem intimidating, but the library can help. Your children can learn about science without even...

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Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 2:21pm
The Sand Castle

The Sand Castle
Available via Kanopy
Directed by Co Hoedeman
Release Date: June 1, 1977
Running Time: 13 minutes
Country: Canada|
Kanopy link: ...

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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 1:47pm
The Greatest Showman

I never used to think I wasn't a big fan of musicals. But the more I thought about it, I realized films like The Wizard of Oz,...

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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 9:12am
Short But Sweet

I love to read, but I’m slow at it. A long book takes me a very long time to read. And, with lots of other responsibilities filling my time, sometimes I forget who a character even is when I’m reading a long book. That’s why it’s so nice to come across a short book; I get to enjoy a full...

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Posted: Monday, April 9, 2018 - 10:22am
Give a Girl a Knife

Give a Girl a Knife, by Amy Thielen
"Cities collect culture, but it all begins in the country."

Posted: Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 1:53pm
Temple Grandin movie

Temple Grandin may be the most famous person diagnosed with autism. Grandin has written many books about her experiences and offers reliable advice for others. You can...

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Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 9:39am
Winter Sisters

Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira

Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 9:54am

NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman

It's National Autism Month!

Many books...

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Posted: Monday, April 2, 2018 - 9:58am
Lost City of the Monkey God

If not for our Customer Experience librarian Sue Gerth, I would have missed out on this treasure of a book. I first dismissed The Lost City of the Monkey God...

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Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 4:56pm
Love Hate & Other Filters

I was able to read one of the most talked about YA books of 2018 last month! Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira...

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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2018 - 9:56am
Humor for Kids

Perhaps your child wants a book that’s just silly and strange, but you want your child to read a book with good vocabulary and lessons on getting along with family and friends. Our library has book series that will make you both happy.

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 7:51pm
Seed Swap

If you're itching to get out in your yard this spring after a long cold winter, here's the best place to start! Linn County Master Gardeners have one more program left in their spring series, and we have a couple of related options.  All programs are free and open to the public.

Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:59am
Steampunk Titles

I enjoy the steampunk genre. I was excited to find a book that would introduce this genre to my child. In Fog Diver by...

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Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 5:50pm
All's Faire

Check out All's Faire in Middle School, by Victoria Jamieson! Homeschooled Imogene has the coolest life: her parents work at the Renaissance Faire, so in addition to her...

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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:31pm
Maria V. Snyder's Poison Study

I picked up Maria’s first book in an airport while preparing to take a very long flight – Poison Study looked like just the thing I needed to make the long in-...

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Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 1:17pm
Orange Carts

A new addition to the Marion Public Library is bright orange carts labeled “Recently Returned” and located next to the Circulation desks. These carts hold the latest materials that patrons have checked out and returned; they give you the opportunity to see what’s popular in the community....

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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 2:08pm
An American Marriage

Have you been waiting … and waiting, and waiting … to read Oprah’s new book club pick, Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage? Me too! There are currently 71 holds on the six print...

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Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 5:49pm
Girls in the Picture

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and, The Girls in the Picture, by Melanie Benjamin, a novel set in early Hollywood, is a fascinating look at...

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Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 4:33pm
Hoopla @ MPL

I lead a very busy life so, as much as I love books, I very rarely have time to sit down and actually read them. This is why I love audio books. I can listen to them in the car, while cleaning the house, or to wind down before going to sleep at night. I was very excited when the library got...

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Posted: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 2:53pm
We Both Read

Books designed to teach children to read are usually short and lack a plot. The focus is on the phonic sounds rather than on adventure. Absent story lines, learning to read can become all work and no play—unless you check out the library’s collection of...

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Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 3:01pm

The Marion Public Library has a wealth of online resources available to patrons, but one of my absolute favorites is NoveList. Folks can access this resource through our website, here’s the link:

Posted: Monday, February 26, 2018 - 1:40pm
Black Panther Book 1

Have you seen the hot new movie, Black Panther yet? If not, settle in for a little fun homework! Check out Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 (issues #1-4), written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and illustrated by...

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Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:17pm
Can You Canoe?

I loved checking out CDs from the library so my kids and I could listen to “their kind of music” in the car or dance around the house. Raffi is nice....

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Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018 - 11:43am
Learning Express

If you’ve never explored the Learning Express Library, prepare to be amazed! Learning Express is a very useful resource that includes practice tests, powerful skill building exercises, interactive tutorials, helpful ebooks, plus proven...

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Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 12:24pm
Sisters Grimm

The Sisters Grimm Series by Michael Buckley is one of my all-time favorite book series. It’s great for girls, boys, kids, adults …...

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Posted: Friday, February 9, 2018 - 3:31pm
Ursula Le Guin

Beloved author Ursula Le Guin died at age 88 on January 22, 2018. She was a noted science fiction writer, but also a poet, a novelist, and an essayist.  She was considered a legend in the science fiction world, and luckily, left behind a large body of work for readers to enjoy for...

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Posted: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 4:04pm

Did you know your library card gives you access to free music downloads, video streaming, ebooks, audiobooks and study resources for ALL AGES right from the comfort of your home? Here are some highlights for young children and elementary-age kids:

Need a new book right now?...

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Posted: Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 10:39am
LAR Review

I am excited to find that the Linn Area Reads selection committee has chosen Imbolo Mbue’s great book, Behold the Dreamers, as its 2018 title.

This was the November selection for...

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Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 9:28am

There are several transitions in the reading lives of caregivers and children.  We begin by sharing a lap and looking at picture books and progress to reading aloud chapter books. However, eventually, kids may feel they are too old to listen to a read-aloud. (Though I don’t think anyone is...

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Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 11:10am
Wife Between Us

You may be thinking, “Oh no, not another Gone Girl!”  I thought that, too, but the buzz on this thriller is not exaggerated.  I haven’t read a book in a very long time that kept me guessing (incorrectly) what was going on, what was going to happen, and who exactly was the antagonist. ...

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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 9:14am
Instant Pot Books

Many of us either gifted an Instant Pot to a family member of friend, or had one on our wish list. What exactly is an instant pot? It is a 6-8 quart multi-cooking machine that can steam, sauté, roast, pressure cook, and pretty much do everything all in one pot in half the time it would take to...

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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 3:00pm

This is the last installment of Marion Library Staff Picks for 2017: three categories in one. And more don't-miss selections! Enjoy! 

Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 4:23pm

You'll find our staff reads widely and there is something on this list to appeal to pretty much everyone. Please enjoy our staff's 2017 non-fiction selections! 

Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 12:01pm

We are always excited to share some of the amazing books from our teen collection, and we all guarantee you don't need to be a teen to enjoy them! If you haven't read these, you are in for a treat. These are Marion Library staff picks for 2017: 

Posted: Monday, January 8, 2018 - 3:31pm
Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 7:39pm

My colleagues at the library are a passionate and eclectic group of readers. This year’s Staff Picks include cookbooks and children’s books, memoirs, mysteries, and more.

We had a tie for the #1 spot among our many staff readers:

Posted: Friday, December 22, 2017 - 3:54pm
Book Club Kits

Book clubs remain as popular as ever; they are a great way to connect with fellow reading enthusiasts, and are only limited by your imagination. If you would like to be a part of a book club, think about starting your own. There are book clubs for mothers and daughters, teens, science fiction/...

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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 1:40pm