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February 2024 With 2024 comes a new series of author visits. Our Library staff has been very busy planning author visits for our new “In The Author’s Voice” series. This robust series will add another cultural experience for our community. We’ll start with bestselling contemporary romance author, Tia Williams on Friday, April 12. Followed by bestselling crime thriller author S.A. Cosby on Friday, June 14. Saturday September 14, back by popular demand, our Readlocal Local Author Fair will feature an author from Northeast Ohio, Amanda Flower. Additionally, the day will bring together other authors from across Ohio. Finally, on Friday, October 18, will are finalizing the author for the BookMarks’ Speaking Volumes fundraiser event. Friday, April 12 – Tia Williams No ticket is needed for this open-house author event. Doors open at 6:00 pm with the program starting at 6:30 pm, and book signing at 7:30 pm. According to NBC News, Tia Williams “is a writer’s writer with a fashionista twist.” Her debut novel hit the shelves in 2004 with rave reviews. She followed it with a few Our mission clearly states we are in the “business” of providing lifelong learning opportunities. The Library is again offering its Adult Lifelong Learning (ALL) program, where local residents 18 and older can take classes in a wide variety of subjects. Thirteen classes are being finalized to start March 5 and run through April 19. The classes typically consist of multiple sessions lasting one hour or more, and will be led by subject- matter experts, educators and academic faculty. “We are eager to offer another full slate of classes to take a deeper dive into subjects one might not encounter on their own. Just as important is the social connection the classes provide for those participating,” said Gary Branson, Executive Director of Marion Public Library. “Learning doesn’t end on graduation day.” Sample classes include: MPL Book Buzz, Beekeeping, The Hopewell UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chair Yoga, Self Defense, Housing, Florence and Dolley, Patty Hurst, Reading Together, just to name a few. Those interested in participating can register for classes starting Monday, February 19 by visiting the front desk of the Marion Public Library. The first two classes are $25 with additional classes $5 each. Stop by and pick up your copy of the course list or download one from the website at MarionLibrary.org/all. IN THE AUTHOR’S VOICE SERIES ANNOUNCED FOR 2024 Williams, Cosby, Flower named DIRECTOR’S NOTE Gary Branson (continued inside - IN THE AUTHOR’S VOICE others that included young adult novels. Her novel Seven Days in June was an instant bestseller and is in the works to be adapted for a TV series. Look for her newest release A Love Song for Ricki Wilde to be released this month! Friday, June 14 – S.A. Cosby No ticket is needed for this open-house author event. Doors open at 6:00 pm with the program starting at 6:30 pm, and book signing at 7:30 pm. If you love a good fiction crime thriller book with a Southern twist, you will want to hear what Cosby has to say. His most recent novel, All the Sinners Bleed came out in June 2023. Other novels of his include My Darkest Prayer, Blacktop Wasteland, and Razorblade Tears – all of which have achieved accolades and awards to tout their praises. Saturday, September 14 – Amanda Flower No ticket is needed for this open-house author event. After a few years hiatus MPL’s ReadLocal Author Fair returns, bringing together several regional/Ohio authors to connect with readers. Writers Tia Williams - April 12 @ 6:30pm S.A. Cosby - June 14 @ 6:30pm

will have tables where they will sell their books, engage with the community and share about their writing. Keynote speaker will be award-winning author, Amanda Flower who enjoys writing “cozy mystery” style books. Having written over 50 books, the Ohio author will talk about the process of creating her “cozy” reads. Friday, October 18 – TBA We are in the final stages of booking a well known author for our Speaking Volumes event done in cooperation with the BookMarks Friends of Marion Public Library group. The annual BookMarks Speaking Volumes fundraiser will feature a bestselling author with a social hour, program and book signing. Check the BookMarks website, MarionOhBookmarks. org, or the Marion Public Library website to get the most up-to-date information. Tickets for this event will evenutally be sold on the BookMarks website later this year when they become available. Please note, at each of these events there will be books by the author available for sale. Their books are also available for check out at MarionLibrary.org. Challenge yourself to read a book by the author before they visit. Then plan to attend all upcoming author visits. Don’t forget, a few of the authors have books listed on our monthly Book Discussion list. This is a great opportunity to find out what other people think about the author’s writing before the author visits. For a list of all the details for our In the Author’s Voice Series, check back frequently for updates on our calendar, social media and our website: MarionLibrary.org/authorseries calendar of events https://www.MarionLibrary.org/calendar/month Adult Child/Teen ALL Feb 1 Story Time! @ 10:00am & 11:00am Teen Scene @ 3:15pm Feb 2 Lapsit Baby Time @ 10:30am Feb 5 Lapsit Baby Time @ 10:00am Feb 6 Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15pm Fiction Book Discussion @ 6:00pm Feb 7 Be Election Day Ready @ 5:00pm Teen Trivia @ 5:30pm Feb 8 Story Time! @ 10:00am & 11:00am Feb 9 Lapsit Baby Time @ 10:30am Feb 10 Great American Eclipse Show! Presented by The Whiz Bang Science Show @ 11:00am Feb 12 Lapsit Baby Time @ 10:00am Speed Up Your Reading @ 5:30pm Feb 13 Books in Focus @ 3:00pm Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15pm Feb 15 Story Time! @ 10:00am & 11:00am Teen Scene @ 3:15pm Feb 16 Lapsit Baby Time @ 10:30am Feb 19 Registration for ALL starts Lapsit Baby Time @ 10:00am Spoofing, Slamming and Cramming: How to Avoid Scams & Bad Business @ 5:00pm Feb 20 Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15pm Nonfiction Book Discussions @ 6:00pm Feb 21 Microscope Family Fun Night @ 5:30pm Feb 22 Story Time! @ 10:00am & 11:00am Feb 23 Lapsit Baby Time @ 10:30 Feb 26 When WEP & GPO affect your Social Security @ 5:00pm Feb 27 Book Show-and-Tell @ 3:00pm Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15pm Create with Kristin @ 5:30pm Feb 28 Bluebird is the Word @ 5:30pm Feb 29 Teen Scene @ 3:15pm March 1 “Let’s Read 20, Marion!” day continued IN THE AUTHOR’S VOICE Amanda Flower - Sept. 14 @ 11:00am

Cassie Gregory (center), Director of Marion County Council on Aging stopped by MPL to present a grant check to supplement our Large Print and Outreach services program and help with our ALL program. These programs are primarillary utilized by older adults throughout Marion County. FICTION: February 6 @ 6pm Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson NONFICTION: February 20 @ 6pm Flee North A Forgotten Hero and the Fight for Freedom by Scott Shane Find the 2024 Book Discussions List: www.MarionLibrary.org/bookdiscussions Full video on our Library YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/nqpmQnY4ezY 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 December. GRANT FROM MCCA supplements collections and programs LET’S READ 20, MARION! DAY MARCH 1 to kick off National Reading Month March is National Reading Month and this year March 1 will be “Let’s Read 20, Marion!” day. LR20 will be distributing the book - Eclipse by Andy Rash - to all elementary and preschools in Marion County with the intention of having the book read to all of the classrooms on March 1 to kick off National Reading Month. This effort highlights reading 20 minutes daily, tying it in with the coming national event, and bringing all Marion County preschool and elementary classrooms together to share the same message on the same day. Additionally, the book will be available at the Kids Desk for patrons to enjoy in-house March 1. It will also become the Spring book walk book along the Marion Tallgrass Trail. The book walk will have QR codes linked to the page spread so it can be enjoyed in both English and Spanish. This literacy awareness campaign is underwritten by Marion Community Foundation and United Way of North Central Ohio. LetsRead20.org/campaigns Additional Eclipse programing... Find links to a number of Eclipse programs happening at the Library AND at other partner locations throughout Marion County. Programs start in February, with most happening in the month of March. We thank Marion Community Foundation for support in bringing these timly programs to the Marion community. MarionLibrary.org/calendar Eclipse resource links... Find local, state and national Eclipse resources on the Library website: MarionLibrary.org/content/solar-eclipse-information

Whittney: The first in a series, humorously cantankerous main character. Her friend is found dead of suicide, the main character/her reluctant daughter look into the death. Family drama. facebook.com/mplohio instagram: @MarionPublicLib twitter: @MarionPublicLib youtube: @MarionPublicLibraryOhio linkedin: @MarionPublicLibraryOhio Marion Public Library 445 East Church Street Marion, Ohio 43302 740-387-0992 MarionLibrary.org Board of Directors Phyllis Butterworth, President Patrick Carey Jennifer Donelson Blake Gates Malcolm Goodman Dana Booker Leslie Schneider Gary Branson Executive Director #staffpicks Ash: A detective in Alaska is called to investigate when body parts are found. There’s a high-rise building where the locals live and they’re all suspects. Kim: Cozy mystery series. Set in a retirement home, follows a group of septuagenarians who solve crimes. A friend is killed, a package he was protecting is missing. Patrick:Final book in Aaron Falk series. Investigator is asked to look into the death of acquaintance. Told mostly in chronological order, but has some flashbacks. This book is steady-paced and plot-driven. Susan: New series with characters from the Melanie Travis series. After joining a bridge club they investigate the murder of another member. Richly detailed with a strong sense of place, contemporary times. https://youtu.be/dgTJRHfRPXM?si=-bezvftI-Qlrd-Mt Watch more extensive reviews on our YouTube channel. Check out a full list of books at MarionLibrary.org. Please remember you can always place a hold if the book has not arrived yet or is currently checked out. new for young readers The new donor drive is off to a great start for the BookMarks Friends of Marion Public Library. The donor drive will eventually replace the membership drive done just before the annual book sale. There will be a transition period for current members through the end of 2024. The drive supports the mission to raise funds to support the library’s goals, programs, and plans. Donor trifold forms can be picked up in the BookMarket, at the Library front desk, or can be downloaded from the BookMarks website. Your support is crucial to making the Marion Public Library the best is can be. Donate today https://www.marionohbookmarks.org/donate DONOR CAMPAIGN CONTINUES Show your support for BookMarks Friends