What We're Reading


LilaAll Iowa Reads

The 2016 selection is Lila, by Marilynne Robinson. "Although Lila is part of the Gilead trilogy, the novel stands on its own as a powerful story of a woman who, homeless and unschooled, nevertheless leads those around her from 'doubt and sorrow' to compassion and understanding. The action in the story takes place before the two earlier works, Gilead and Home. 'When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to reconcile the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle Christian worldview of her husband, the Reverend John Ames, who paradoxically judges those she loves.'" (excerpted from the All Iowa Reads website). 

All Iowa Reads is a project of the Iowa Center for the Book to foster a sense of unity through reading. Watch our Events for related programs.

Linn Area Reads

LAR2016The planning committee for the annual community reading program known as Linn Area Reads has selected as their 2016 book, The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. Visit the project's webpage for more information on Linn Area Reads and this season's programming! 

Linn Area Reads is supported by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library, Friends of the Marion Public Library, and the Metro Library Network.

Spotlight on a Great Reader

We know you're out there--Great Readers, that is; and we want to know more about you and the books you read. Reading is not just a solitary activity at the Marion Library; it's also a shared experience. Enjoy learning about some of the Marion Library's Great Readers! If you're interested in BEING one of our featured Great Readers, complete our application.

Readers' Choice

Click on the "Previous Selections" and "Readers' Choices" links on our Book Groups page to see what our groups recommends for your reading pleasure!

Book Club Kits

We have a great selection of book club kits for our patrons to use for their own book discussion groups. Each kit includes seven copies of the same title in a canvas bag, and each checks out for five weeks to accommodate most clubs' schedules. To see what's available, visit the library catalog and type in "book club kit" in the search bar, and on the results page, click on Marion under Library at the far left, then click Include. If you'd like to reserve a kit for your discussion group, call the information desk at 319-377-3412. 

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