Temporarily Closed

After Tuesday, March 17 we will be temporarily closing until further notice. The decision to close was not made lightly but the health of patrons and staff is the most important thing to us. In light of the recent COVID-19 developments, the Marion City Library Board members have made the decision to temporarily close the library to the public. 

The bookdrop will remain open but please don’t return items if you have been sick until a reasonable time has passed. All items due will have extended due dates. No fines will be charged during this period. We will continue to monitor the situations and may make other decisions or changes as needed. Stay up-to-date by following us on facebook, email or checking our website at http://marion.lib.nckls.org

This decision has been made in an effort to encourage our community to practice social distancing and to try to keep everyone healthy and safe. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our patrons and the community; however, we are trying to do our part to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading throughout our community. If you have any questions please call Janet at 620-382-3304. 

This also means that our programs and events during this time have been postponed. There will be no Friday morning story times, The quilt show scheduled for March 23- April 4 and our “Fly Girls” community book discussion on March 24 will be rescheduled to a later date.

Plant Sale Fundraiser

Mark your calendars for our annual plant sale. It will be Thursday, April 16.  We will have an assortment of hanging baskets.

The price of each is $15.00. Watch for more information later.

Annual Quilt Show

It is time again to host our Quilt Show!

March 23 — April 4: open during regular library hours

We will be displaying an assortment of quilts and wall hangings in the Santa Fe Room. The quilters live throughout Marion County and the display will feature their talents in a variety of handmade projects. There will also be a drawing for  door prizes!

One Community- One Book

Our book selection for “One Community- One Book” this year is

Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien

In the years between World War I and World War II, airplane racing was one of the most popular sports in America. Thousands of fans flocked to multiday events, and the pilots who competed in these races were hailed as heroes. Well, the male pilots were hailed. Women who flew planes were often ridiculed by the press, and initially they weren’t invited to race. Yet a group of women were determined to take to the sky—no matter what. With guts and grit, they overcame incredible odds both on the ground and in the air to pursue their dreams of flying and racing planes.

Fly Girls follows the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high‑school dropout from North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama housewife; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, a daughter of Wall Street wealth who longed to live a life of her own; and Louise Thaden, who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to race against the men—and in 1936 one of them would triumph in the toughest race of all.

Pick up a copy to read of the book at the library and then come join other readers on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. The discussion this year will be led by Myrta Billings. 

Program From Kansas Humanities

Railroads: The Industry That Shaped Kansas


Tuesday April 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room


In the 19th century, the influence of the railroad industry was vast. Some claim that Kansas was created specifically to accommodate westward expansion of railroads. Railroads brought immigrant settlers, created jobs, and fed beef markets in the East. They enabled regular mail service and the adoption of standard time. Most Kansas towns were founded because of the railroad, and few survived without it. This progress came at a cost to the Plains Indians who were forcibly displaced by this westward expansion. 

This presentation examines the complicated legacy of railroads. Mr Oliva is a historian with a research focus on 19th-century Kansas.

Marion City Library 5-Star Rating

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We are proud to announce, after three years of receiving a 4-Star Rating from the Library Journal, we have been awarded a FIVE STAR rating!!!!

This is the highest rating that can be achieved.

The ratings are figured on circulation, library visits, number of programs, attendance and internet use based on library budget and population.

      There were only 12 libraries in the state of Kansas who received any rating           and only 10 libraries in the nation in our budget range that received 5 Stars!

We are very proud and grateful for the award and want to thank everyone for helping us reach this goal by giving us your support, interest and cooperation in our endeavors to enrich our community.


Early Literacy Program

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

This program is an ongoing early literacy program to get  children ready to start reading. Studies have proven that young children who have been read to regularly build the skills they need in order to learn to read. If anyone reads to your child just 1 library book a day for a year, they will have listened to 365 books!  

After the children have registered at the library, they will receive a reading chart to record their books. When they complete their first 100 books they will receive a book bag and their next reading chart. The children will receive a prize for every 100 books read till they reach 1000. At 500 books, the child will have a library book dedicated to them that will remain in the library and be a reminder to your family and all the families in our community about the importance of early literacy!

Let’s see what we can accomplish together to benefit our children.


Book Club Meetings


  Come join this lively group the last Wednesday of every month from 4-5 pm. Discuss what you’ve been reading or sit back and listen to what they’ve been reading!

Information by email

If you would like to receive emails from the library containing information about upcoming library events, new books, movies, etc., please supply the staff with your email address. Your email address will not be shared with anyone else.

Talking Books

Do you know anyone who would benefit from the Talking Books program?

Talking Books is a program run by the state. Any Kansas citizen that is certified as print impaired due to a visual or physical condition may apply for Talking Books Services. Such conditions may include permanent or temporary blindness, vision loss, physical condition or reading disability. Contact staff to learn more about the service.