You are welcome here! I’d like to take a moment to confirm and endorse something I hope is already well known in the Marion community: Everyone is welcome at the Marion Public Library. Each of you and all of you have a place here.
A founding value in library science is that libraries are growing organisms. This concept was first articulated by Dr. Shiyali Ramamrite Ranganathan—considered by many to be the father of library education—in 1931, and it is as true today as it was then. Libraries grow and change constantly. We adjust for new material formats, technology modifications, community needs, and in response to variations in funding.
Posted: Dec 1, 2016
We’re all about balance and change at the Marion Public Library right now. We’re trying to find the sweet spot where the community feels informed and up to date on our plans for a new library, but we don’t want to publicize too many specific—but speculative— details and then have to retract and replace what we shared when things change. And if we can count on one thing with this kind of project, it’s change. As we consider land options, infrastructure design, even things as basic as square footage requirements, each adjustment requires other alterations. We recently created a time
Posted: Oct 2, 2016
What a pleasure it has been to begin to get to know the Marion community! Since starting as the library director in late April, I have had many opportunities to visit with people who live, work, and play in the Marion area. As a newcomer to the community, I am struck by the great parks, the wide variety of recreational events, and the friendliness of residents. As a new member of the library staff, I am continuously impressed by the passion for service and the deep skills of library personnel; it is a joy to serve as part of this group.
Posted: Sep 9, 2016
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Posted: May 25, 2016
The City of Marion is pleased to announce that Elsworth Carman will serve as Marion Public Library’s 11th director.
Posted: Mar 1, 2016
When we started our building project a few years ago we had an important advantage; we knew what we didn’t know. Librarians tend to be rather good at that. We have to be to help people find information. The first step to asking a good question that leads to what you need is knowing what you don’t know. Until then, you don’t know what to ask about.
Posted: Feb 23, 2016
It has been a long time since the last building project update largely because we have been in what’s often called “hurry up and wait” mode. The Holidays added a bit of delay, as they usually do, but we are now close to a new phase of activity. At the time of the last report, the library staff had finished working with our architect, Joe Huberty of Engberg-Anderson, to accomplish a couple of tasks that are essential for preliminary design and cost estimating.
Posted: Feb 2, 2016