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May 2024 The generosity continues...After a recent board meeting the BookMarks of Marion Public Library volunteer group presented Marion Public Library with a check for $20,000. The BookMarks Friends of the Marion Public Library’s mission is to be the fundraising arm of the Marion Public Library. Since its founding in 2015, The BookMarks has raised and donated $154,600 to the Marion Public Library. As the library building ages, costs continue to rise, and the library seeks better ways to adequately serve vulnerable populations, the BookMarks of Marion Public Library works to raise money to support solutions, programming, and services. Making your Marion Public Library a more vibrant community entity. As the annual book sale was happening, I could easily see the hard work of the many, many volunteers it took to make the fourday fundraiser happen. When we say volunteers around the Library, top of mind consists of those who work the BookMarket, their board members, and the great group of people who work the book sale. As we put together our Volunteer Celebration for next month, we will include our Library Board membs, the BookMarks board members, BookMarket workers, and book sale and event volunteers. Plus those high school and college students who have added up significant hours during their involvement with the recent On The Road Eclipse programs, our robotics programs, and the many other programs of the Library. We are so thankful for the many volunteers who find Marion Public Library to be their worthy cause. If you are interested in donating a few hours, days, and even weeks of time to either the BookMarks organization or the Library, stop by the front desk for a volunteer application. BOOKMARKS DONATE To date total exceeds $150,000 DIRECTOR’S NOTE Gary Branson How can you help: > If you shopped the Book Sale, you were a giver. The annual book sale is one of the biggest fundraisers for the BookMarks Friends group. If you missed the sale, the BookMarket will reopen mid-May with regular prices. > Becoming a donor shows you are a supporter of the group’s purpose and mission in supporting Marion Public Library. Click the link to donate: https:// > Attend the next big fundraiser - Speaking Volumes - this year author Jane Smiley will be the featured keynote on October 18. Tickets will become available closer to the event through the BookMarks website or at the front desk of the Library. Volunteers awaiting the start of one of the One The Road Eclipse programs setup at RV Liberty event.

May 1 Family Fun Night: Galaxy Jars @ 5:30pm May 2 Story Time! @ 10:00am & 11:00am May 3 First series Digital Literacy 60+ @ 10:00am First series Digital Literacy 60+ @ 2:00pm May 4 Spring Shred Day @ 9:30am May 6 Lapsit Baby Time @ 10:00am May 7 Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15pm Fiction Book Discussion @ 6:00pm May 8 Family Fun Night: Recycled Tin Can Planters @ 5:30pm May 9 Story Time! @ 10:00am & 11:00am Teen Scene @ 3:15pm May 10 First series Digital Literacy 60+ @ 10:00am First series Digital Literacy 60+ @ 2:00pm May 11 Introduction to Amateur Radio @ 11:00am May 13 Lapsit Baby Time @ 10:00am May 14 OhioHealth Mobile Mammography Screening Unit at MPL @ 9:00am - 2:30pm - appointment needed Books in Focus @ 3:00pm Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15pm May 15 Teen Zines @ 3:30pm May 16 Story Time! @ 10:00am & 11:00am May 17 First series Digital Literacy 60+ @ 10:00am First series Digital Literacy 60+ @ 2:00pm May 20 Second Series registration - Digital Literacy 60+ for June 21-July 26 classes Lapsit Baby Time @ 10:00am May 21 Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15pm Nonfiction Book Discussions @ 6:00pm May 23 Story Time! @ 10:00 am & 11:00am Teen Scene @ 3:15pm May 24 First series Digital Literacy 60+ @ 10:00am First series Digital Literacy 60+ @ 2:00pm May 27 Library Closed - Memorial Day May 28 Book Show-and-Tell @ 3:00pm Create with Kristin @ 5:30pm May 29 Your Best Speech Yet: Tips and Techniques for Improving Your Public Speaking @ 6:00pm May 31 First series Digital Literacy 60+ @ 10:00am First series Digital Literacy 60+ @ 2:00pm Have you wanted to know more about navigating a computer and the Internet; wanted to figure out how to set up an email and retrieve it again; or simply wanted to write a document and save it? All of these subjects and more will be addressed in our 60+ digital literacy classes designed to guide participants through real-world hands on learning examples. This learning opportunity for those age 60 and over is done in cooperation with Marion County Council on Aging. Second session classes will begin June 21. Participants will pick one of two times of the day and commit to the 6 weekly sessions. Classes will be limited to 10 students. This second set will be offered June 21- July 26 with registration starting May 20. Stop by and pick up a flyer detailing the classes and when to register. Classes will also be listed on our website at 60+ DIGITAL LITERACY Registration starts May 20 calendar of events Adult Child/Teen ALL* Digital Lit* + Marion Imagination Library registration, where children in the program get a free book a month sent directly to their home from Dolly Parton Imagination Library. ImaginationLibrary + Signing up for a My First Library Card, where children age 0 to age 5 have access to thousands of books, starting the habit of visiting the library at a very early age. There are no late fees on this card classification. + A committment to reading 20 minutes daily to your child to build word recognition and cognitive memory and to foster a love of learning through the joy of reading. for more tips and tools for reading to your child. = Literacy Success Plan LITERACY SUCCESS PLAN starts at birth with:

FICTION: May 7 @ 6pm All The Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby NONFICTION: May 21 @ 6pm The Ruin of All Witches Life and Death in the New World by Malcolm Gaskill Find the 2024 Book Discussions List: Full video on our Library YouTube channel at: book discussion Stop by, pick up a book, read and join the discussion. books in focus Check out the new titles hitting our shelves within the month of May. DATABASE CHANGES American Sign Language now available Just as we like to continually update our collection of library books, we also try to keep our database collection fresh! We will be losing access to one database, but are gaining access to a new source that has not been previously part of our collection. Due to a change in the statewide contract, the libraries in Ohio will no longer be collectively offering access to the LinkedIn Learning resource. This has been a great resource for many Ohio library cardholders, and the Marion Public Library is grateful to the Ohio Public Library Information Network for being able to offer access to Ohioans for several years. Library cardholders can still use LinkedIn Learning for free until June 30, 2024. We are excited to announce a new database offering,, which is now available for all Marion Public Library cardholders to use. ASLdeafined is a comprehensive online platform that teaches American Sign Language. It is a great resource for anyone interested in learning ASL. This database offers over 300 themed video lessons, an 18,000+ ASL video dictionary, and a mobile app all designed to provide effective learning experience. Users will be able to explore basic to advanced ASL signs and grammar, learn essential vocabulary, and practice their communication skills. With the great response to the ASL classes offered at the library in 2023 our staff believes ASLdeafined will be a useful tool for furthering those ASL skills built in our previous classes. To access ASLdeafined for the first time, users will need their library card number to verify they are a Marion Public Library cardholder. During the initial login, users will create a username and password that they can then use to access the database going forward. To access ASLdeafined and other databases, visit the library’s website: The time is fast approaching when school will be out. Marion Public Library and Let’s Read 20 have already been hard at work planning a great lineup of summer programming for kids and families based around the theme - Adventure Begins at Your Library. Summer Reading fun will run June 1 through July 31, where kids, teens and, new this year, adults will be able to sign up to earn prizes for completing reading challenges throughout the summer. Reading challenge papers with guidelines can be picked up starting June 1. Individuals can signup anytime through out the summer. Some of the scheduled engaging programs include: robotics camps for two different age groups, Animals We Love To Hate with Ohio Nature Education, Enchanted Expeditions Magic Show with Dana Hill, Dragon Training Academy, The Circus Pop! Giant Bubble Show and more. A complete list of programs can be found at SUMMER READING FUN PLANNED The program runs June 1-July 31

Trextyn: Jumps locations frequently, lots of action. Mysterious child disappearance sends witty, unlikely hero on an unlikely adventure. References to India’s history, culture. instagram: @MarionPublicLib twitter: @MarionPublicLib youtube: @MarionPublicLibraryOhio linkedin: @MarionPublicLibraryOhio Marion Public Library 445 East Church Street Marion, Ohio 43302 740-387-0992 Board of Directors Phyllis Butterworth, President Patrick Carey Jennifer Donelson Blake Gates Malcolm Goodman Dana Booker Leslie Schneider Gary Branson Executive Director #staffRA Kim: Burnt out New Yorker goes on a quiet Wyoming vacation. Feels like something is off and secrets are quickly revealed. Fast-paced from two perspectives. Andrew: Offbeat heist thriller. Strong depiction of locals and atmosphere in small Massachusetts town. Open-ended, plot-driven with Noir flare. Amusing and suspenseful. Patrick: Spy thriller, title is Black Ops reference. While attending an old friend’s funeral main character is kidnapped. Unique coming-of-age spin, shows past from boarding school to recruitment. Steady paced with frequent flashbacks. Madison: Family drama, missing child. “Neighborhood drama” strong sense of setting. Unlikeable characters. Minimalist writing style. “All plots, not thoughts” Watch more extensive reviews on our YouTube channel. Check out a full list of books at Please remember you can always place a hold if the book has not arrived yet or is currently checked out. new for young readers Daily, we help individuals use the Marion Public Library Local History Room for research and more. The local history and genealogy collection has historical newspapers, obituary resources, family histories, Marion County school year books, Marion Star microfilm and genealogical resources. You can search volumes of records from The Daughters of the American Revolution or even rosters from different American wars. Explore our Marion resources, which include Marion histories, photo collections, cemetery records, and other miscellanea. Consider Booking a Librarian ( for a halfhour or an hour to receive one-on-one help in your research. RESEARCH OF LOCAL HISTORY with thousands of books and files at your fingertips