includes heavy hors d’oeuvres during an exclusive mingle hour with Stradal starting at 6:00 pm, prior to the program at 7:00 pm. A $30 ticket can be purchased for just the program and dessert. There will be a cash bar available. Copies of select J. Ryan Stradal titles will be for sale for the book signing after the program. J. Ryan Stradal lives and works in Los Angeles County, California. His latest novel, Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club, published in April 2023, was an instant national bestseller. It was the #1 selling hardcover fiction book among independent bookstores in the Midwest its first week of release. Author J. Ryan Stradal will visit Marion on Friday, October 27 for the 7th annual Speaking Volumes event held at Marion Public Library. Speaking Volumes is a fundraising event coordinated by the BookMarks, a separate nonprofit organization devoted 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 Marion Public Library. Tickets to this BookMarks event are on sale, available at the Library and on the BookMarks’ website at MarionOHBookMarks.org. A $75 ticket Our Fall all (Adult Lifelong Learning) program kicks off October 2 and will run through November 3. Registrations are filling up fast as we strive to bring a slate of classes that appeal to individuals 18 and older. We are excited to present new learning opportunities. Our Fall rundown includes calligraphy, BalletMet, house history, drawing, bluegrass, the earth, the big eclipse, caregiving, ChatGPT, needle felting, a few history lessons and news about healthcare technology. All are presented by professionals from their field. If you haven’t attended a class in the past, consider doing so this Fall. A few of the classes are limited in the number of participants so registration is on a first come first serve basis. There is a nominal charge taken at registration. Choose two classes for just $25. Each additional class is an additional $5. Again this year we thank Marion County Council on Aging who has supported this lifelong learning program through their yearly grants. BOOKMARKS SPEAKING VOLUMES brings J. Ryan Stradal to the Library October 27 October 2023 DIRECTOR’S NOTE Gary Branson (continued on next page) Join the October 3 Book Discussion featuring Stradal’s newest release
BOOK A LIBRARIAN gives one-on-one guidance In September 2023, it was named a finalist for the Heartland Booksellers Award in Fiction. His second novel, The Lager Queen of Minnesota, became a national bestseller its first week of release, and was named one of the best books of the year by NPR, USA Today, Booklist, Paste, and the Texas Library Association, among other institutions. It was also named the winner of the WILLA Literary Award and finalist for the Heartland Booksellers Award. Stradal’s first book was Kitchens of the Great Midwest. The BookMarks and Marion Public Library wish to thank Stifel, OhioHealth, and Buckeye Optical as major sponsors of this event, with additional support from many others. www.MarionOHBookMarks.org continue Stradal... Have a question? We are here to help. Did you know you can Book-a-Librarian at Marion Public Library for a 30-60 minute session. We can assist with: Researching, including genealogy and local history, Searching our catalog and/or online resources, Accessing and downloading ebooks and/or audiobooks, Discovering a new author and/or genre with books suggestions, and Hunting for a job and résumé review. We are unable to repair and troubleshoot personal devices. Call 740-387-0992 or fill out the online form at https://www.marionlibrary.org/book-a-librarian to schedule a session. Did you know you can access Fold3 with just your library card? From the Revolutionary War to World War II and beyond, Fold3 has millions of military records available to search, from the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Discover your ancestors in uniform with muster rolls, service records, images and more! Access at the Library or from home with your Library Card at: https://www.marionlibrary.org/dbases/f MILITARY RESEARCH at your fingertips, with your card Lori Seckel, Regional Director of Modern Woodman of Ohio Central Region, along with her staff, recently surprised fourteen Marion Public Library employees with the Hometown Heroes honor!
calendar of events https://www.MarionLibrary.org/calendar/month Adult Child/Teen ALL- registration & fee REQUIRED* Oct. 2 Pumpkin Painting Challenge runs through Oct. 21 ALL - Intro to Calligraphy @ 10am* Lapsit Baby Time @ 10am The Scoop on Scat! Animal Tracks and Facts @ 5:30pm Oct. 3 ALL - BalletMet Wellness Workshop @ 10am* Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15pm Fiction Book Discussion @ 6pm Oct. 5 Story Time! @ 10 & 11am Oct. 6 ALL - If Walls Could Talk @ 10am* Oct. 9 ALL - Intro to Calligraphy @ 10am* Oct. 10 ALL - Basic Drawing: Colored Pencils @ 1pm* Books in Focus @ 3pm Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15pm ALL - A History of Bluegrass Music @ 5:30pm* Oct. 11 Library CLOSED - Staff Development Oct. 12 ALL - A Short History of the Earth @ 2pm* Teen Scene @ 3:15pm Oct. 13 ALL - If Walls Could Talk @ 10am* Oct. 14 Fire Safety Story Time @ 11am Oct. 16 ALL - Caregiving and You @ 10am* Lapsit Baby Time @ 10am Oct. 17 ALL - Basic Drawing: Colored Pencils @ 1pm* Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15pm Nonfiction Book Discussions @ 6pm Oct. 18 ALL - ChatGPT Important Considerations @ 1pm
Oct 18 ALL - Galion’s Bad Bishop Brown & America’s First Heretic @ 1pm* Oct. 19 Story Time! @ 10 & 11am ALL - A Short History of the Earth @ 2pm* Oct. 20 ALL - If Walls Could Talk @ 10am* Oct. 21 Pumpkin Painting Challenge ends Oct. 23 Pumpkin Painting Challenge voting begins ALL - Caregiving and You @ 10am* Lapsit Baby Time @ 10am ALL - Needle Felting - Jack-O-Lantern @ 5pm* Teen - Create Your Own Comic Program! @ 5:30pm Oct. 24 Book Show-and-Tell @ 3pm Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15pm Oct. 25 ALL - Galion’s Bad Bishop Brown & America’s First Heretic @ 4pm* Leaf Art Family Fun Night @ 5:30pm Oct. 26 Story Time! @ 10 & 11am ALL - A Short History of the Earth @ 2pm* Teen Scene @ 3:15pm Oct. 27 ALL - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House @ 10am* BookMarks’ Speaking Volumes with J. Ryan Stradal @ 6pm Oct. 30 Lapsit Baby Time @ 10am ALL - OhioHealth - Technology in Healthcare @ 12pm* Oct. 31 Pumpkin Painting Challenge winner announced Teen Dungeons & Dragons @ 3:15pm Trick or Treat the Library @ 5pm calendar of events https://www.MarionLibrary.org/calendar/month Adult Child/Teen ALL- registration & fee REQUIRED*
FICTION: October 3 @ 6pm Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club by J. Ryan Stradal (Stradal will be at Marion Public Library October 27. Get tickets at MPL or MarionOHBookMarks.org) NONFICTION: October 17 @ 6pm When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt by Kara Conney Full video on our Library YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/TaoRrhrT33w 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 October. The library offers digital access to many of your favorite magazines via the Libby App! You can borrow and download the magazine to read on your device for seven days. Updates were launched in September 2023 that provide easier exploration of the library’s magazine collection. Now users will be able to discover and read past issues of the magazine by selecting a title and then tapping “All Issues.” Another great new feature for those who don’t want to miss a new issue of their favorite magazine is the “Subscribe” option. This allows you to automatically be notified and borrow the latest release of your favorite titles when the issue is added to the digital library. Magazines also have their own “Magazine Rack” in your “Loans Shelf.” Previously, magazines were interspersed with eBook and audio book loans, now the magazines you’ve borrowed and subscribed to are separated for better visibility and access. The library’s digital magazines are always available, meaning you will never have to wait or place a hold to read a copy. Additionally, there is no limit to the number of magazines you can borrow through Libby. For assistance accessing the digital library and using the Libby App, stop by the library and ask a library staff member. In-person classes for using Libby are offered throughout the year; check the library’s event calendar for the next class! To view the resource video: https://resources.overdrive.com/libby-updates-september-2023/ READ DIGITAL MAGAZINES with the Libby App Marion, Ohio will be in viewing path for one of the two upcoming solar eclipses! Check out a number of informative resource links on our Marion Public Library web page. SOLAR ECLIPSE INFORMATION local, regional, state and national links October 14, 2023 - Annular Eclipse Begins: 11:45 AM Maximum coverage: 1:06 PM (49%) Ends: 2:29 PM Never safe to remove goggles during this eclipse viewed from Marion, Ohio. April 8, 2024 - Total Eclipse Begins: 1:56 PM TOTAL coverage: 3:11:14 PM to 3:14:49 PM (Goggles can be taken off during this period only!) Ends: 4:27 PM To view additional eclipse resources: https://marionlibrary.org/content/solar-eclipse-information
GOT KIDS BOOKS? FICTION BOOKS? Year-round donations accepted Your donations of gently used books, puzzles, and dvds are accepted year-round at Marion Public Library. We continually process donated books and place some in the Bookmarket for sale and others in designated boxes to hold for the annual book sale in April. Got a few stacks of books you aren’t reading or enjoying? Give them new life and feel good that you are making a difference with your donation. Madison: Paul Tremblay’s new short story. It’s experimental and banal horror, ambiguous endings (adding to the horror), and very well written. 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 Danielle U.: Character driven; issue-oriented; leisurely paced; bittersweet; believable characters, compelling story. Jenni: Newly divorced woman struggling with new circumstances; character driven; open-ended; unconventional; stream of consciousness. Trextyn: Seven women with ties to a dead man; multiple perspectives; issue-oriented; themes of solidarity and shared trauma; emotionally intense. Whittney: Two estranged sisters brought back together; goes back and forth from youth to middle-aged; complicated storyline; set on salt farm in Cape Cod; magical realism element. https://youtu.be/2vC2CvBO3OY 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