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...Read More
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...Read More
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....Read More
My reading habits can be affected by a number of factors, including current events, personal interests, the local community, and suggestions by friends and library patrons. One of the biggest factors, however, is the environment outside! I love to read seasonally--beach reads in the summer,...Read More
It is that time of year when we’re all scrambling to bake treats, plan a big family meal, or create a satisfying dish for a potluck. It can be overwhelming, especially if you’re like me, and you like to try out new recipes.
The Marion Public Library has you covered! Not only do we have an...Read More
Epic stories can be very satisfying, but sometimes a silly short story can leave a reader feeling great. Short stories are good for reluctant readers, kids who have shorter attention spans, or in times when stopping and starting the story will be happening frequently. A book of short stories is...Read More
With the Thanksgiving holiday in our rearview mirror, it's time to break out the holiday books! Here are a few young adult holiday books to get you in the mood for this festive season. All these books can be found within the Metro Library Network.
It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is this Thursday. If you’re like me, it’s caught me off-guard and scrambling to make a menu. No worries if you’re fresh out of ideas or want to add new dishes to your traditional Thanksgiving meal. Why? Whether you are having a large family meal, a...Read More
The weather has finally cooled down, and that has Shanel thinking about all things spooky! Some of her favorite books include tales about witches. Take a look!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor is a creature of habit. She goes to work as a bookkeeper, does the daily crossword puzzle in the newspaper, has pizza and vodka every Friday night, and calls her “Mummy” on Wednesdays. Her rigidly scheduled life, however,...Read More
Books that Go Bump in the Night!
By day, I’m a happy, silly, cheerful children’s librarian. By night, I’m a voracious reader of thrillers, chillers and stories that keep me awake into the wee hours! Here’s a list of some of my absolute favorite spine-tinglers:
When Calls the Heart: A Guide to the Hallmark TV Series
The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir by Ruth Wariner
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
Four students are falsely placed in detention. Within minutes, the school gossip is poisoned and dies in front of them. As the police look through suspects, they find a Tumblr post queued for the next day, exposing all four students’...Read More
Are you looking for something really different? Are you in a reading rut? Here are a few books that are very different from anything else I have read or heard about, but they are still quite good. These books stayed with me long after I finished reading them.
Marion Public Library receives Great Stories Club grant from the American Library Association
Grant will allow librarians to lead book clubs with underserved teens
Marion Public Library has been selected as one of 100...Read More
I am a big fan of historical fiction, and recently I have discovered a new author who has a unique hook for her novels: she writes fiction that focuses on New York City landmarks.
Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton
It’s August, and our summer reading program has been a roaring success! Part of the fun for the staff at the Marion Public Library was to have our own summer reading list. One of the suggestions was to read a book that we’d LIED about reading. ...Read More
All I can say is Wow! I’ve noticed this book around the library, and heard good things about Jane Harper, but hadn’t made an effort to check it out.
Until a few weeks ago.
And I’m hooked.
August is Read-A-Romance month, and we’ve got you covered at the library! There will be a display for the next two weeks featuring romance reads that range from sweet to steamy. A prompt of our staff summer reading program was to read a paperback romance. I picked up Romancing the...Read More
You may be familiar with Suzanne Collins because of her success with The Hunger Games, but I discovered what a great writer she is way before she published The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins wrote a fantastic five-book series called ...Read More
There’s always something you forget on a road trip. Usually you’re well on your way when the clammy realization hits in that you didn’t double check the garage door, or your phone charger is safely on the dining room table.
I triple checked my packing list, my doors, my windows, my...
Cooking is one of my favorite ways to relax after a long day. However, I hate doing dishes and am prone to bouts of hangriness, so winning recipes must be delicious, fast, and with minimal cleanup. Enter my new favorite cookbook: ...Read More
Jakub is haunted by his father’s sins as a communist party member in what was Czechoslovakia. He eagerly accepts the chance to embark on a mission to the mysterious purple cloud of space dust named Chopra in an effort to atone for his father. On earth, he’s a national hero—his persona...Read More
Have you downloaded the new MLN Mobile App yet? If not, rush over to your Android or Apple device immediately and search in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for “MLN Mobile.” There are several great features of the new app, but my favorite is the barcode scanner. If you’re like me...Read More
Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
I've known for awhile that smart women read and write romance--maybe I'm a bit biased since I'm a romance reader! One of the best romances I've ever read is ...Read More
Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I am always looking out for rich, diverse books to read and recommend. Lately, one book I can’t stop thinking about is...Read More
Jim Gaffigan is one of my favorite comics. If you don’t recognize his name you are probably still familiar with his “Hot Pocket” routine. Food and family provide most of the fodder for his humor. Gaffigan consistently makes me laugh and his humor can be enjoyed by the entire family....
A Single Life
Available vie Kanopy
Directed by Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, and Job Roggeveen
Running Time: 2 minutes 18 seconds
Kanopy link: ...
I enjoy historical fiction and mysteries. It seems most of the historical fiction I read takes place in Britain. When I saw ...Read More
Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer
Markus Zusak recently announced the publication of his newest book, Bridge of Clay--scheduled to come out in early October. Zusak is probably best known for his amazing novel ...Read More
The 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners were announced Monday, April 16th. The Marion Public Library has each of these Pulitzer prize winning gems available for checkout:
For Fiction:...Read More
If you’re not ready to say good-bye to St. Patrick’s Day, say hello to Malachy McCourt’s History of Ireland.
I am a new staff member in a new position at the Marion Public Library. I was thrilled when the library hired me to do marketing communications for an organization 1) I already wholeheartedly believed in and 2) in which I was already what I call an “incognito regular.” (You know, the type...Read More
Having a sibling with special needs can be difficult, but it can be an adventure, too. Here are two excellent chapter books about siblings who have autism.
You have probably heard we need to prepare our kids for STEAM careers. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics. Introducing your young children to science may seem intimidating, but the library can help. Your children can learn about science without even...Read More
The Sand Castle
Available via Kanopy
Directed by Co Hoedeman
Release Date: June 1, 1977
Running Time: 13 minutes
Kanopy link: ...
I love to read, but I’m slow at it. A long book takes me a very long time to read. And, with lots of other responsibilities filling my time, sometimes I forget who a character even is when I’m reading a long book. That’s why it’s so nice to come across a short book; I get to enjoy a full...Read More
Give a Girl a Knife, by Amy Thielen
"Cities collect culture, but it all begins in the country."
Temple Grandin may be the most famous person diagnosed with autism. Grandin has written many books about her experiences and offers reliable advice for others. You can...Read More
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
It's National Autism Month!
Many books...Read More
Perhaps your child wants a book that’s just silly and strange, but you want your child to read a book with good vocabulary and lessons on getting along with family and friends. Our library has book series that will make you both happy.
If you're itching to get out in your yard this spring after a long cold winter, here's the best place to start! Linn County Master Gardeners have one more program left in their spring series, and we have a couple of related options. All programs are free and open to the public.
A new addition to the Marion Public Library is bright orange carts labeled “Recently Returned” and located next to the Circulation desks. These carts hold the latest materials that patrons have checked out and returned; they give you the opportunity to see what’s popular in the community....Read More
I lead a very busy life so, as much as I love books, I very rarely have time to sit down and actually read them. This is why I love audio books. I can listen to them in the car, while cleaning the house, or to wind down before going to sleep at night. I was very excited when the library got...Read More
Books designed to teach children to read are usually short and lack a plot. The focus is on the phonic sounds rather than on adventure. Absent story lines, learning to read can become all work and no play—unless you check out the library’s collection of...Read More
The Marion Public Library has a wealth of online resources available to patrons, but one of my absolute favorites is NoveList. Folks can access this resource through our website, here’s the link: http://bit.ly/MPL-Novelist
Have you seen the hot new movie, Black Panther yet? If not, settle in for a little fun homework! Check out Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 (issues #1-4), written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and illustrated by...Read More
Beloved author Ursula Le Guin died at age 88 on January 22, 2018. She was a noted science fiction writer, but also a poet, a novelist, and an essayist. She was considered a legend in the science fiction world, and luckily, left behind a large body of work for readers to enjoy for...Read More
Did you know your library card gives you access to free music downloads, video streaming, ebooks, audiobooks and study resources for ALL AGES right from the comfort of your home? Here are some highlights for young children and elementary-age kids:
Need a new book right now?...Read More
There are several transitions in the reading lives of caregivers and children. We begin by sharing a lap and looking at picture books and progress to reading aloud chapter books. However, eventually, kids may feel they are too old to listen to a read-aloud. (Though I don’t think anyone is...Read More
You may be thinking, “Oh no, not another Gone Girl!” I thought that, too, but the buzz on this thriller is not exaggerated. I haven’t read a book in a very long time that kept me guessing (incorrectly) what was going on, what was going to happen, and who exactly was the antagonist. ...Read More
Many of us either gifted an Instant Pot to a family member of friend, or had one on our wish list. What exactly is an instant pot? It is a 6-8 quart multi-cooking machine that can steam, sauté, roast, pressure cook, and pretty much do everything all in one pot in half the time it would take to...Read More
This is the last installment of Marion Library Staff Picks for 2017: three categories in one. And more don't-miss selections! Enjoy!
You'll find our staff reads widely and there is something on this list to appeal to pretty much everyone. Please enjoy our staff's 2017 non-fiction selections!
We are always excited to share some of the amazing books from our teen collection, and we all guarantee you don't need to be a teen to enjoy them! If you haven't read these, you are in for a treat. These are Marion Library staff picks for 2017:
My colleagues at the library are a passionate and eclectic group of readers. This year’s Staff Picks include cookbooks and children’s books, memoirs, mysteries, and more.
We had a tie for the #1 spot among our many staff readers:
Book clubs remain as popular as ever; they are a great way to connect with fellow reading enthusiasts, and are only limited by your imagination. If you would like to be a part of a book club, think about starting your own. There are book clubs for mothers and daughters, teens, science fiction/...Read More