When we started our building project a few years ago we had an important advantage; we knew what we didn’t know. Librarians tend to be rather good at that. We have to be to help people find information. The first step to asking a good question that leads to what you need is knowing what you don’t know. Until then, you don’t know what to ask about.
News for Adults
It has been a long time since the last building project update largely because we have been in what’s often called “hurry up and wait” mode. The Holidays added a bit of delay, as they usually do, but we are now close to a new phase of activity. At the time of the last report, the library staff had finished working with our architect, Joe Huberty of Engberg-Anderson, to accomplish a couple of tasks that are essential for preliminary design and cost estimating.
Posted: Feb 2, 2016
On November 11, 2015 the Marion Public Library Board of Trustees will host a public charette at the library at 5:15 pm to solicit input on the design of the new library. A charette is an interactive public meeting intended to generate ideas, suggestions and feedback. The library’s architect, Joe Huberty of Engberg Anderson, has already led two design charettes. The input from those sessions informs what he’ll bring to the third session, which will focus on the exterior design of the building.
Posted: Oct 28, 2015
Last week we held the first in a series of public meetings to explain the new library project and get public input. We’re still processing the public questions and comment but the slide show presentation of the Marion Public Library Project Information Meeting is ready and is posted to the Library website.
Posted: Aug 31, 2015
On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, the Marion Public Library Board of Trustees will host a public meeting at the library from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. to provide information and answer questions about the library building project. The Board of Trustees will be in special session, and representatives from the City and our development partner Ryan Companies will be there.
Posted: Aug 14, 2015
Public/private partnerships offer a new and exciting way to achieve civic goals at lower cost and avoid public debt, but they are a new way of doing things and there can be misunderstandings about them. An article appeared in the August 6 edition of the Marion Times about the Plug Into Your Community Event sponsored by the Marion Chamber of Commerce, MEDCO, the Marion Blue Zones Project, and the City. The purpose of the event was to help people become more informed about what’s happening in the City. Unfortunately, most of the information in the article about the library project is wrong.
Posted: Aug 7, 2015
Adults Children Teens
For several years now, the Library Board of Trustees has been working from the direction provided by the community during the Imagine 8 visioning process in 2009. Expanding the library was identified as one of the 8 most important goals for making Marion a better place to live. The process started with 1800 ideas. We’re finally getting around to making the library happen.
Posted: Jul 23, 2015
Adults Children Teens
Last date to take the survey was July 19, 2015: thanks to those of you who participated! When you plan for a new library facility you need to look beyond your current needs and try to envision what the community will be like in 20 years. We started down that road last year when we developed an assessment of the features needed in a new Marion library, one designed to serve a city of 60,000 in 2035.
Posted: Jun 29, 2015