A couple of weeks ago an enthusiastic crowd of people filled the newly renovated Giving Tree Theater to witness the unveiling of Marion’s branding direction. Guided by a team of community representatives and based on months of planning and community research, Roger Brooks International was looking for a way to help us define a unique identity for Marion.
Posted: Jan 27, 2015
Sign up for the Reading Road Trip Winter Reading Program starting January 5. Pick up your reading log at the Information Desk and start crossing off bingo squares to get Grand Prize tickets. A blackout gets a free book!
Posted: Jan 5, 2015
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:
Posted: Dec 10, 2014
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