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March 2024 The BookMarks of Marion Public Library and Marion Public Library announce the 2024 Speaking Volumes author event to host author Jane Smiley. The annual BookMarks Speaking Volumes fundraiser will bring Pulitzer-Prize winning author Jane Smiley to Marion Friday, the evening of October 18 to celebrate the love of reading and giving back to the Library. Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and the Last Hundred Years Trilogy: Some Luck, Early Warning, and Golden Age. She also has several works of nonfiction and books for young adults. Speaking Volumes is a fundraising event coordinated by the BookMarks, a separate nonprofit organization devotWith our Spring ALL program underway we are excited to share we have finalized plans to facilitate yet another learning opportunity for those age 60 and over. In cooperation with Marion County Council on Aging we are offering 60+ Digital Literacy classes in the beginning of May. 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. Participants will pick one of two times of the day for the 6 weekly sessions. In an effort to offer appropriate help, classes will be limited to 10 students. The first set will be offered starting in the beginning of May with registration starting April 1. The second set will begin in late June with registration announced a few weeks before. Stop by and pick up a flyer detailing the classes and when to register. Classes will also be listed on our website at digitalliteracy SPEAKING VOLUME AUTHOR NAMED Smiley to visit Marion October 18 DIRECTOR’S NOTE Gary Branson ed to supporting Marion Public Library. The volunteer-run group raises money through a variety of events, including an annual book sale held at the Library. All proceeds go to support the operations of the Marion Public Library. Tickets for this fundraising event will be found on the BookMarks website later this year when they become available. Many of Smiley’s books are available for check out at Plus, the October 1st book discussion book will be one of her titles. Learn more about other authors coming to Marion Public Library, visit In the Author’s Voice Series webpage at authorvisits Jane Smiley- October 18 @ 6:00pm Photo Derek Shapton Be Eclipse Smart!! Solar Glasses ONE PAIR PER PERSON at the front desk or at one of our Eclipse programs

There is still time to register for ALL classes and there are thirteen to choose from. The first two are $25 and an additional $5 for each one added after that. If the program is not full, registration can happen the day of the program. Sample programs > Beekeeping > The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks: A UNESCO World Heritage Site > Chair Yoga > Unarmed Self-Defense > Living Silences: The Stories We Tell About Ourselves > Affordable Housing Marion Ohio > Fierce Florence & Daring and Dynamic Dolley > Book Buzz > Invasive Species > Pastel Butterflies (registration full) > Patty Hearst Retrospectives > Goodwill - More than a Store! > Reading Together in Marion Find full descriptions of the classes and registration forms in the course books at the front desk, or simply download from Let’s Read 20 and MPL staff join Marion County Commissioners as they proclaim March 1 as Let’s Read 20 Marion! day, the kick off of March’s National Reading Month. In late February, at one of the weekly meetings, Marion County Commissioners supported making March 1 Let’s Read 20, Marion! day. The commissioners recognized the good works LR20 has done to continue to build a foundation of literacy over the years. It continues with the current campaign connecting reading and the coming eclipse event. LR20 distributed 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 on March 1. It is also the Spring book walk book along the Marion Tallgrass Trail. The book walk has 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 and all of the Marion County schools. ADULT LIFELONG LEARNING classes kick off March 4 MY FIRST LIBRARY CARD has its own benefits My First Library Card is for children 0 through age 5. Having their own card starts them on a regular habit of visiting the Library and choosing books to take home and enjoy. What makes this card so special? • After signing up for MFLC, the child will receive a Bookbag to tote books to and from home, and a book to add to their home library • No late fees on any materials • For use in checking out items exclusively from our Kids Area • All children under the age of 6 will receive this library card designation • 30 items may be checked out at any time Stop by to get your young one signed up for their My First Library Card. This new card, when married with the Marion Imagination Library offers a continuous supply of books so that Reading 20 Minutes daily is not a difficult task. To learn more To register a child for Imagination Library or to donation to the local literacy initiative:

Got a hobby you’d like to nurture? Looking for a new activity to pass the time? There’s no better time to get creative than during National Craft Month in March! Our library has a variety of print and d igital resources for finding new hobbies and crafts. Each month new books are added on a variety of hobbies for every skill level. Check out books on sewing, knitting, jewelry making, woodworking, drawing, painting, and much more! Can’t make it to the library, then try exploring some of our digital collections for craft books. The Ohio Digital Library collection of ebooks and digital magazines can be accessed either via the Libby App or on your computer by going to Browse the “Do It Yourself” curated collection or search for specific topics and titles that are of interest to you. Download and read the books and magazines from the comfort of your home! The Library also provides free access to Hobbies & Crafts Source, a database from EBSCO containing thousands of articles from top hobby and craft magazines and books as well as recipes, “how-to” videos and hobby profiles. To access Hobbies and Crafts Source and other databases, visit the library’s website: FICTION: March 5 @ 6pm The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn NONFICTION: March 19 @ 6pm Wise Gals by Nathalia Holt 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 March. READLOCAL AUTHOR FAIR DAY SET Local, Regional and Ohio authors saught After a few years hiatus Marion Public Library’s ReadLocal Author Fair returns, bringing together several local, regional and Ohio authors to connect with readers on Saturday, September 14. Any author interested in displaying their work at this event can complete an application found on the Library website: Scroll to the bottom of the page for the ReadLocal Author Fair information and application link. Each selected author will be provided table space for presentation and book signing. Authors will be responsible for selling their own print works at their table. The deadline for those wishing to be considered for inclusion is July 1, 2024 with the event’s authors announced shortly after that date. The keynote speaker for the event 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. Flower’s keynote presentation at 11:00 am will cover her experiences getting her work published, along with the successes, trials, and tribulations of being an author. The author fair will begin just after the keynote, where attendees can browse authors and purchase copies of their books for signings, ending at 2:00 pm. If you are aware of any local, regional or Ohio author who would find this event of interest, please share the information and the link to the application. KEYNOTE SPEAKER Amanda Flower Saturday, September 14 MARCH IS NATIONAL CRAFT MONTH Hundreds of resources in the Library and online

Jaymi: Enemies to lovers, second chance on romance; Regency romance; moderate to fastpaced; Flawed, relatable characters; Alternates between being character- driven and plot-driven. 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 #staffpicks Trextyn: Fake relationship; intensifying pace; told from alternating perspectives; Set in Hollywood; Introspective, sassy, sarcastic; themes on social topics, candid explicit topics, gossipy style. Jenny: Sci-fi Romance, abducted by aliens. Deaf and must cohabitate with the local big blue aliens men; Character driven with a lot of world-building; courageous, likable, spirited female, steamy; descriptive. Kristinne: Character-driven story; Enemies to lovers, Friends to lovers; Atmospheric with a strong sense of place; Strong character development; Chaste tone; Leisurely paced; Well-crafted. Patrick: Holiday- themed romance; Jewish author secretly writes Christmas romances, parents are influential in the Jewish community, editor asks for Jewish romance; Second chance at romance; Enemies to lovers; Rediscovering roots. 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 Saturday hours have been popular for the BookMarks’ BookMarket. For March the Saturday hours will be refined, so take advantage of these maximize hours. You can now visit every Saturday in March from 10:30am-1:30pm. This is in addition to the regular Tuesday-Thursday hours from 10:00-4:00, with two Wednesdays (3/6 & 3/20) until 6:30pm Book Donations coming in make March a busy time of year as we ramp up for the annul BookMarks book sale slated for April 25, 26, 27, 28. Now is the perfect time to box your extra books and get them to the Library. Donations are graciously accept throughout the year. For all BookMarks happenings: BOOKMARKS UPDATES New Saturday hours and donations for book sale

calendar of events Adult Child/Teen ALL- registration and fee REQUIRED* March 1 Let’s Read 20, Marion! DAY March 2 Eclipse Family Fun - On the Road! @ 11:00am, at River Valley Liberty Elementary March 4 Lapsit Baby Time @ 10:00am ALL - Beekeeping @ 2:00pm* > Rescheduled to April 1> Armstrong Air & Space Museum - Eclipse 2024: Don’t Burn Your Eyes Out! @ 5:30pm March 5 ALL - The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks: A UNESCO World Heritage Site @ 10:00am* Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15pm Fiction Book Discussion @ 6:00pm March 6 ALL - Chair Yoga @ 10:00am* ALL - Unarmed Self-Defense 2:00pm* Babies Explore Senses - Make Some Noise @ 5:00pm - 5:45pm ACT Prep @ 6:00pm March 7 Story Time! @ 10:00am & 11:00am ALL - Living Silences: The Stories We Tell about Ourselves @ 12:00pm* Teen Scene @ 3:15pm March 8 ALL - Affordable Housing Marion, Ohio @ 10:00am* March 11 Lapsit Baby Time @ 10:00am ALL - Beekeeping @ 2:00pm* March 12 Books in Focus @ 3:00pm Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15pm March 13 ALL - Chair Yoga @ 10:00am* ALL - Unarmed Self-Defense @ 2:00pm* The Eclipse is Coming, the Eclipse is Coming! Family Fun Night @ 5:30pm Not Since Tecumseh: Darkness at Midday over the Ohio Country @ 7:00pm at Tri-Rivers

March 14 Story Time! @ 10:00am & 11:00am March 15 ALL - Affordable Housing Marion, Ohio @ 10:00am* March 18 Lapsit Baby Time @ 10:00am - 10:30am ALL - Beekeeping @ 2:00pm* March 19 ALL - Fierce Florence and Daring and Dynamic Dolley @ 2:00pm* Nonfiction Book Discussion @ 6:00pm March 20 ALL - Book Buzz: “And the Golden Swoop Goes To...” @ 10:00am* March 21 Story Time! @ 10:00am & 11:00am ALL - Living Silences: The Stories We Tell about Ourselves @ 12:00pm* March 22 ALL - Invasive Species @ 10:00am* March 25 Lapsit Baby Time @ 10:00am March 26 Book Show-and-Tell @ 3:00pm Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15pm March 27 ALL - Book Buzz: “And the Golden Swoop Goes To...” @ 10:00am * March 28 Eclipse Family Fun - On the Road! @ 10:00am at Battle Run Fire Department ALL - Pastel Butterflies @ 2:00pm* March 29 ALL - Invasive Species @ 10:00am* April 1 > Rescheduled > Armstrong Air & Space Museum - Eclipse 2024: Don’t Burn Your Eyes Out! @ 5:30pm Registration FULL calendar of events Adult Child/Teen ALL- registration and fee REQUIRED*