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The annual BookMarks of Marion Public Library Book Sale is coming April 25, 26, 27, 28. The opening night, Thursday, April 25 is for Members/Donors only. Those with either a current membership or who are a new donor are able to shop from 5:00 - 8:00pm. Those interested in getting access to preview night can become a donor by attending Thursday evening of the sale and completing a donor form. The book sale is open to the public on Friday, April 26 from 9:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday, April 27 from 9:00am to 5:00pm; and Sunday, April 28 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Buyers and volunteers are always appreciated. MarionOHBookmarks.org FICTION: April 2 @ 6pm Anxious People by Fredrik Backman NONFICTION: April16 @ 6pm Anansi’s Gold: The Man Who Looted the West, Outfoxed Washington, and Swindled the World by Yepoka Yeebo Find the 2024 Book Discussions List: www.MarionLibrary.org/bookdiscussions Full video on our Library YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/mITCR4yoCz8 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 April. BOOKMARKS’ BOOK SALE SET April 25, 26, 27, 28 graduated from Piqua Christian School in 1982, Edison State Community College in 1992, then earned a degree in Accounting from Wright State University in 1994. “I had every intention of an accounting career,” he said. “In 1994, just before I graduated, I got a part-time job at London Public Library. I learned so much about libraries at London. It was a good proving ground. I gave up accounting to work in public libraries. I was always a library user, and the idea of being part of that world always interested me. I landed right where I was supposed to be. I returned to grad school Kent State University and got my degree in 2000.” Malcolm Goodman is a longtime member of the Marion Public Library Board of Trustees. “Gary excels at the important task of keeping the library financially sound while always striving to maintain and upgrade the exterior and interior areas used by the public,” Goodman said. “I know the patrons see and appreciate the new children’s area, which he moved from the second floor to the first floor several years ago, and new updated community meeting rooms on both floors, among other improvements.” Goodman said Branson takes pride in the library’s staff, calling the workers “professional, courteous and always helpful to the public. “In addition,” Goodman said, “he has greatly expanded the programs the library offers to seniors, children, and to the public, such as speakers and events. Marion is very fortunate to have such a terrific library and a dedicated librarian in Gary.” Loving the library job one place or another for 30 years “I absolutely love the work I do,” Branson responded. “There isn’t anywhere else I’d rather be. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing boxes of books coming into the library! The wealth of information that comes into our building every month is enormous.” “I started at Marion Public Library in 2010 after 16 years at London Public Library,” he concluded. “I’ll celebrate 30 years in public libraries on March 14 of this year − and I wouldn’t change a thing. I can’t imagine a more fulfilling career.” continued from page 1 Friends gather to congratulate Branson on the anniversary of his 30 years in libraries.