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June 2024 June 1- July 31 calendar of events Summer at Marion Public Library will once again overflow with fun activities for kids and families. The Library continues its annual Summer Reading fun programing for the 96th year, which kicks off on Saturday, June 1 and goes through July 31. Each summer Let’s Read 20 and the Library encourage kids to stay engaged in reading and learning while school is out by offering incentives to Let’s 20 Read readers and ramping up community programing. Research confirms the existence of the “Summer Slide”, or the tendency for students to lose some of the learning gains they have made over the previous school year. Kids can lose up to 2 months of gains over a summer. Thankfully, the fix is simple -- get kids reading and participating in mentally stimulating activities. New this year will be an adult reading challenge along with the standing kids and teen reading challenge. Community support for this year’s Summer Reading fun continues through prize donations from generous local businessess. Registration will start on AN ENGAGING SUMMER PLANNED Kick-off to begin June 1 - MarionLibrary.org/SR Saturday, June 1. All age groups can get registered anytime throughout June or July to participate in the reading challenges to win prizes! This year’s theme is “Adventure Begins At Your Library”, to focus on nurturing interest in reading and library use where your summer reading adventure will take you to places, spaces, and other worlds. Summer Reading fun will wrap things up Wednesday, July 31 with The Rockin’ Pirate Magic Show. Program ending prizes will be drawn from completed log registrations. Summer Reading fun offers incentives for kids who keep track with their reading over the summer, earning prizes when they hit certain reading milestones. Thousands of reading hours have been logged in previous summers. Special thank you to the Greg and Janis Swepston Family Fund at Marion Community Foundation for a grant to supplement program costs. For more details, turn the page or find updated listings at MarionLibrary.org/SR June 1 & 15 @ 10:30am Creative Writing for the Aspiring Worldbuilder Are you seeking new techniques and an engaging, in-person conversation on improving your writing craft? Masters of Fine Arts host Jordan King will guide you to organize, polish and improve your writing life. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. June 4 @ 2:00pm Bad Art for Teens & Tweens Ages 11-18 are invited to come and use a variety of materials (provided by us) to try their hand at making purposely bad art. No-pressure, just for fun, art program! June 4 @ 6:00pm Fiction Book Discussion The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles June 5 @ 5:00pm House History Hunter Join us for an overview of how to get started researching the history of your home and the land it sits on. June 8 @ 11:00am Armstrong Air & Space Museum Living on Another World Get a glimpse of what life on other planets might be like by experimenting with tools needed to live on alien worlds, and have students design their own base! This program is best suited for grades 4-8. June 11, July 9 @ 3:00pm Books in Focus Join MPL staff the second Tuesday of the month at 3:00pm to hear about new books hitting our shelves in the following month. June 11 @ 5:30pm What can Libby do for you? Read or listen to books from the Libby app on your Apple or Android phones or tablets as well as some e-readers anytime and anywhere. Join us to learn more about Libby and what it can do for you. Bring your device as there will be time for questions and help. Cancelled

June 24 @ 5:30pm Seas the Day! Things to Know to Plan a Great Cruise The Marion Public Library is glad to welcome Jill Chitwood and Sherry Nelson from Sights Unseen Travel Agency to share tips on booking a fantastic cruise vacation. Learn about types of cruises, lengths of cruises, different room styles, typical excursion options, typical package options, and much more! June 25, July 23 @ 3:00pm Book Show-and-Tell Have you read a great book that you want to share with others? Bring it to the Book Show-and-Tell on the fourth Tuesday at 3 pm. Tell us what you love about the book. Please bring a copy if you can. Be prepared to add some titles to your “must-read list.” The book can be fiction or nonfiction. We only ask that it be a book within MPL’s collection so everyone has access to a copy at no cost to them. June 25, July 23 @ 5:30pm Create with Kristin Learn some new techniques, and take home a memorable hand-crafted piece of art! REGISTRATION REQUIRED. This program is for adults, at any art experience level, who want to learn some new art techniques. June 26 @ 5:30pm Sticker Family Fun Night Join us in sticker-making fun! Come to the program room and learn how to easily make stickers from images or your own drawings! Families are welcome to bring their own photos to cut and turn into stickers, all other supplies are provided while they last. July 2 @ 6:00pm Fiction Book Discussion The Slience of the Girls by Pat Barker July 4 @ Library Closed - Independence Day July 6 @ 11:00am Enchanted Expeditions Magic Show! with Dana Hill Magic Join Award Winning Comedy Magician and Storyteller Dana Hill for the Enchanted Expeditions Magic Show! This family-friendly magic show is fun for all ages, and ties into the 2024 National Summer Reading theme: Adventure Begins at Your Library! July 9 @ 5:00pm Genealogy 101 Join us for an introductory genealogy workshop with Susan Matthews, President of the Marion Area Genealogy Society. Perfect for those just getting into genealogy and hoping to learn the stories of their ancestors. We’ll look at how MarionLibrary.org/SR calendar of events, continued June 12 & July 10 @ 5:30pm TEEN Trivia Series Come and test your knowledge! We will have Teen (ages 11-18) Trivia in various categories including, but not limited to: books, movies, video games, general knowledge, and more! Individuals or teams of up to 4 are encouraged! June 17, 18, 20, 21 @ 9:30am Robotics Camp: Ages 8-11 This one-week program allows kids, ages 8-11 to come to the library each day to progressively explore robotics with VEX kits. Kids will build bots, learn the basics of programming, and then put those skills together to participate in collaborative gameplay. REGISTRATION REQUIRED as spots are limited. June 17, 18, 20, 21 @ 1:00pm Robotics Camp: Ages 12-15 This one-week program allows kids, ages 12-15 to come to the library each day to progressively explore robotics with VEX kits. Kids will build bots, learn the basics of programming, and then put those skills together to participate in collaborative gameplay. REGISTRATION REQUIRED as spots are limited. This program is made possible with the help of a team of volunteers from The OSU Biomedical Engineering program led by Breanna Napper. June 18 @ 6:00pm Nonfiction Book Discussions Knowing What We Know by Simon Winchester June 19 @ Library Closed - Juneteenth June 22 @ 1:00pm Animals We Love to Hate with Ohio Nature Education This program features the animals that are most often feared and disliked: bats, spiders, snakes, and possums. We will dispel myths and include natural history facts that show how beneficial these animals are. Includes live animals! Ohio Nature Education has special permits from the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to include live animal ambassadors in their education programs. For Ages 6+ continued on back page

FICTION: June 4 @ 6pm The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles NONFICTION: June 18 @ 6pm Knowing What We Know by Simon Winchester Find the 2024 Book Discussions List: www.MarionLibrary.org/bookdiscussions Full video on our Library YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/x88EiK46PLI 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. What makes summer reading fun is winning some prizes along the way. We appreciate the amazing community that continues to support what we do here at Marion Public Library. As you can see from the logos below, there are many prizes being given away this year for the kids, teens and (new this year) adult levels. Don’t hesitate to get involved in the summer reading fun to win some really nice local and regional prizes. MarionLibrary.org/SR THANK YOU TO ALL SUMMER READING DONORS

Susan: A fantasy-mystery in a fictional world where humans can enhance their abilities using Leviathan blood; a Holmes/Watson-like duo investigate a murder; intricately plotted; world-building #staffRA Jenna: Dual storyline; multigenerational; Muslim Indian community in South Africa; dilapidated mansion; atmospheric; doomed love story; themes of trauma and loss; magical realism; lyrical prose Whittney: New England setting; a couple running from a Puritan settlement; theme of interconnectedness; focus on the land itself; multiple perspectives; subtle but full story Miranda: Sci-fi short stories; 3rd person narration throughout; theme of connections and communication; space setting; violent; uncertain but hopeful tone Danielle T: Intensifying pace; atmospheric; Antarctica setting; real-life monsters theme; mystery; suspenseful - Read-alike: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware https://youtu.be/W9PCTA3S9hc Watch more extensive reviews on our YouTube channel. BIWEEKLY RECAP WITH WOWBRARY Love books as much as we do? Get your biweekly update on new titles coming to our shelves and other noteworthy book news from Marion Public Library every other Saturday. Sign up for Wowbrary at: https://www.marionlibrary.org/newsletters. 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 BookMarks Friends of Marion Public Library BookMarket is back open its regular hours. Come shop while volunteers staff the market every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Look for a couple of later evening hours that have been added to the calendar as well. For a complete list of open hours, visit https://www.marionohbookmarks.org/bookmarket. As a fundraising source, The BookMarket is a not-for-profit book store for the BookMarks Friends group whose purpose is to support Marion Public Library. If you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer a few hours a month or just for a specific events stop by the BookMarket to fill out a volunteer application. Please spread the word that the Library accepts gently used book donations YEAR ROUND. Want to give back in other ways? Consider becoming a BookMarks donor. Visit https://www.marionohbookmarks.org/Donate for charitable levels and donor benefits. BOOKMARKET OPEN SATURDAYS and limited evening hours

MPL will host young adult author Mindy McGinnis Monday, July 22 at 6:30pm with book signing to follow. No ticket is necessary for this Open House Event. McGinnis will discuss the research and creative writing process behind her newest YA psychological thriller, Under This Red Rock. Mindy McGinnis writes across multiple genres, including post-apocalyptic, historical, thriller, contemporary, mystery, and fantasy. Several of her titles have been selected for the Choose to Read Ohio program which creates educator toolkits for use in the classroom. MarionLibrary.org/AuthorSeries OTHER AUTHORS COMING TO MPL: Amanda Flowers will keynote the read local Author fair on Sept. 14. Any author interested in setting up a table can find an application at the link above. The BookMarks Friends group will host renowned author Jane Smiley for their Speaking Volumes fundraising event Oct. 18. Tickets go on sale closer to the event at MarionOHBookmarks.org lapsit baby time [ IN THE AUTHOR’S VOICE ] Author McGinnis coming July 22 June 3, 10, 17, 24 July 1, 8, 15, 21, 29 @ 10:00am - 10:30am This storytime is focused on promoting early literacy skills for babies 0 - 24 months led by Miss Madison and Miss Jaymi. For 20 minutes we will be engaged in lap-sit activities involving songs, bounce rhymes, books, and finger play. Literacy starts at birth! Our simple baby time activities are designed to encourage early skills that prepare young children for reading in engaging and fun ways. Join us on Thursday mornings at 10 am or 11 am for a half-hour program. We’ll have songs, rhymes, activities, and stories that will be geared toward preschool age and younger, and their caregivers. Siblings are welcome to participate when the room allows! We’ll guide care- givers and kids through activities to build a love of learning and reading together! Outdoor All-Age Story Time! @ 10:00am June 5, 12, 26 Story Time! @ 10:00am & 11:00am June 6, 13, 20, 27 July 11, 18, 25 At Prospect Park June 25 @ 10:00am At Caledonia Farmers Market June 15 @ 10:00am At LaRue Park July 2 @ 10:00am story time out & about look for more: MarionLibrary.org/DigitalLiteracy MarionLibrary.org/ALL story time

Marion Public Library 445 East Church Street Marion, Ohio 43302 740-387-0992 MarionLibrary.org facebook.com/mplohio instagram: @MarionPublicLib twitter: @MarionPublicLib youtube: @MarionPublicLibraryOhio linkedin: @MarionPublicLibraryOhio Board of Directors Phyllis Butterworth, President Patrick Carey Jennifer Donelson Blake Gates Malcolm Goodman Dana Booker Leslie Schneider Gary Branson Executive Director to get started with research, record availability and accuracy, basic family charts, and more! July 11, 18, 25 @ 4:00pm Adventure Authors Kids, ages 8-13, bring your adventurous ideas to life by working together to come up with a story! Each 45 minute session will consist of dedicated collaborative story writing. When the story is complete, kids are welcome to share the work with their grown-ups while creating illustrations for the story. July 15 @ 4:00pm Dragon Training Academy Show Watch as inventor & time traveler Brock Barnabas visits the present time to recruit some adventurous kids to travel back to Medieval times. Kids are trained to both defend against and tame dragons using Brock’s amazing science-based inventions and techniques. Brock brings elements of humor, high energy, creative play, and (of course) realistic-looking animatronic puppets to the stage! July 16 @ 3:30pm Make Your Own Map! For Teens & Tweens Ages 11-18. All of the best stories have their own maps. From story planning treasure hunting to D&D map making, join us to create a lasting work of art to enjoy or reference! July 16 @ 6:00pm Non-Fiction Book Discussion Soil by Camille T. Dungy July 17 @ 5:30pm Wand Family Fun Night Bring some magic into your summer by making your very own wand! Design and make a wand with family members for this make-and-take. Magic not included. July 20 @ 11:00am Circus Pop! Giant Bubble Show! Circus Pop! The Giant Bubble Show is a production of Suesakul Shows. Crazy circus stunts with incredible bubble artistry, and mixes of wonderful history and science facts, all about bubbles! Kids and families of all ages will be amazed! July 22 @ 6:30pm An Evening with Author Mindy McGinnis YA psychological thriller author of Under This Red Rock will offer a program and book signing. July 24 @ 5:30pm Don’t Just Wing It: Plan a Trip that’s Absolutely “Fly” Jill Chitwood and Sherry Nelson from Sights Unseen Travel Agency will share what you need to know before you travel, what to do when you get to your destination, along with highlights of interesting places around the world to inspire your next trip. July 29 @ 5:30pm Don’t be board! Table top and board game exploration Teens 11-18 will learn more about Dungeons and Dragons and other tabletop and board games. Join us and find out more from local gamers from Thunderfury Comics! They’ll show you how to play the games, develop characters, and broaden your gaming horizons. July 30 @ 5:00pm Genealogy 102 Join us for an introductory genealogy workshop with Susan Matthews, President of the Marion Area Genealogy Society. We’ll look at how to get started with research, record availability and accuracy, basic family charts, and more! Who will you discover? July 31 @ 5:30pm Rockin’ Pirate Magic Show! Help us celebrate Swoop’s Birthday with a pirate magic show from Erica Carlson and her special assistant, Sedgie the Hedgehog! Get ready for a magical treasure hunt! Is the crew searching for gold or for “Sedgie the Hedgie?” Inspired by the book Who Stole the Gold by Udo Weigelt, Erica, and her pirate crew will go on a fun adventure to uncover magical buried treasure! Unique performances and hilarious magic tricks. Audience helpers, lots of fullgroup participation that is geared for ages 10 and below, and families. Non Profit Org US Postage PAID Permit 23 Marion OH *****************ECRWSS**** POSTAL PATRON