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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 County to come together to share this powerful book through discussion and special programs.
Posted: Feb 12, 2019
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 people either really love them, or never think about using them. I have a great love for acquiring bookmarks—so many clever sayings and artwork; and now, so many interesting ways to mark your page in a book.
Posted: Feb 1, 2019
Check out this recent article published by the Marion Times about the library and library services in Marion!  Library needs assessment presented to Council by Robyn Ireland, Correspondent · January 24th, 2019 
Posted: Jan 25, 2019
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 by Jennifer Robson. World War 2 has ended, but England continues to struggle in the aftermath. One bright light: the engagement and upcoming wedding of Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen Elizabeth II) to Philip Mountbatten.
Posted: Jan 23, 2019
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 life, buying books because I wanted to make notes in them or have them listed in my database so I could refer easily to ideas in them that I could retrieve at will.
Posted: Jan 22, 2019
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Posted: Jan 21, 2019
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. Interviewed by NPR, Mary said “Poetry, to be understood, must be clear…It mustn’t be fancy. I have the feeling that a lot of poets writing now, they sort of tap dance through it. I always feel that whatever isn’t necessary should not be in the poem.”
Posted: Jan 18, 2019
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Posted: Jan 14, 2019