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Marion Public Library Foundation

Enriching our community's future

The Marion Public Library Foundation supports access, literacy, innovation, and creativity for library patrons of all ages.

“Our library is where community happens.” Nick AbouAssaly, City of Marion Mayor

About the Foundation

The Marion Public Library Foundation raises funds and invests assets to ensure current and future needs of the Marion Public Library are met above and beyond the library’s general operating budget. Support from the foundation helps promote cultural engagement, lifelong learning, and personal development through equal access to free resources. This is made possible through charitable donations, grants, corporate sponsorships, and other sources.

Make a Donation

Give by mail or online to easily support the foundation and library.

Tributes & Memorials

Tributes and memorials are wonderful ways to honor those who’ve made an impact.

Sponsor a Room

Make a visible impact at the library through sponsoring a designated area.

MPL Foundation

MPL Foundation Mission

To inspire community philanthropic support, foster relationships, and build partnerships that enhance and promote the Marion Public Library above and beyond the scope of public funding.

MPL Foundation Vision

To provide long term support to ensure the Marion Public Library continues to be the center of cultural vitality and enhances the quality of life for all Marion residents.

MPL Foundation History

The foundation began in 1995 as a committee of the Friends of the Marion Public Library. Its purpose was to raise funds for large projects and programs, including an endowment for summer reading programs, materials collection, and the building of the Nancy A. Miller Public Library.

In 2019, the foundation became its own 501c3 organization, separating from the Friends group. The foundation works to promote and perpetuate excellence for library services in Marion, Iowa. This is accomplished through the raising of private funds that the library may use to enhance the book collection, programs, technology offerings, capital projects, and special events such as speakers and author visits, discussion groups, and outreach services.

MPL Foundation Board

MPL Foundation Board

Hilery Livengood
Foundation Director

Board of Directors
Leah Rodenberg, Chair
Alliant Energy Foundation

Julie Lammers, Vice Chair
Lambro Properties

Kaylin Emery, Treasurer
Bergan KDV

Jill Ackerman
Marion Chamber of Commerce

Mark Ahlers
Hills Bank

Bob Hoyt
Community Volunteer

Mark Hudson
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll

Susan Kling
Community Volunteer

Gretchen Kreigel
Marion Public School District

Wynelle Lindsley
Friends of Marion Public Library

Nancy Miller
Community Volunteer

Bob Read
Linn-Mar Public School District

Brady Quinn

Tamara Strand
Farmers State Bank

Vaughn Klopfenstein
Community Volunteer

Make a Donation

Donate to the Foundation

Donating to the Marion Public Library Foundation provides our community with cultural engagement, lifelong learning, and equal access to free resources. To make a donation. . .

Tributes & Memorials

Tributes & Memorials

Tributes and memorials are wonderful ways to honor those who’ve made an impact in your life. To make a tribute or memorial. . .

  • Make an online gift, and include any tribute or memorial instructions in the notes section under “Donation Information”.
  • Mail or drop off our Tribute Gift form with your gift (download here).
  • Call 319-743-1985 for assistance.

Sponsor a Room

Room Sponsorship Opportunities

Opportunities are available to name a designated area in the library. Available rooms are listed below. A plaque will be placed near the entrance to your sponsored room with your name or company name on it to recognize and show our appreciation.

  • Study Room – $10,000
  • 1st Floor Reading Nook – $10,000
  • Study and Collaboration Room – $15,000
  • Recording Studio – $15,000
  • Green Screen Room – $15,000
  • Creative Commons – $25,000
  • Culinary Arts Kitchen – $25,000
  • Media Area – $50,000
  • Teen Library – $50,000

If you are interested in learning more about sponsoring a room, please email Hilery or call 319-743-1985.