Re-Opening June 15th

We will be opening our doors for business on Monday, June 15th. We will be so glad to see you…however, there will some new rules in place.

To keep the staff and our patrons as safe as possible, we will be asking that everyone abide by these following precautions:

Please wear a mask.

On the front desk will be hand-sanitizer for you to use upon entering the library. 

Limit of 10 patrons at one time!!!

Limit your browsing time to approximately 15 minutes.

Please use the outside drop box to return all items checked out. Returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours before being placed back into circulation.

Computer use will be limited to 2 people with a 15 minute time limit.

There will be no children’s computers available at this time.

There will be no toys in the children’s area.

Hours will be 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with no evening hours or Saturday hours.

We will also continue offering curbside service for those wanting it. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding of the above rules.

Summer Reading

Summer Reading Program

June 12th – July 17th

This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story” and will focus on fairy tales and nursery rhymes.

Children ages pre-school through 8th grade (completed) are invited to join our virtual summer library program! We are planning fun online events and at-home challenges. Your reading logs are also virtual using the Reader Zone app.

Here’s how to get started with Reader Zone:

  • Install “Reader Zone” from your app store on your Android or Apple device, or sign up on the Reader Zone website.

  • Create a parent or reader account.

  • Join the Marion City Library program using the code 59c61. Select your reading group: preschool, grade level, and if you want to read pages or books.

  • Begin reading and logging your progress beginning June 12. Prizes will still be awarded for each goal met.

*Readers who prefer the traditional paper reading logs will be able to pick up and return the forms at the library. Just let the staff know this is your preference. 

This will be a different year for our Summer Reading Program because of the restrictions concerning health issues. The staff is trying hard to make it fun! We are planning storywalks, scavenger hunts, virtual programs, etc.

***Please be patient with us…this is all new to us too! 

If you have any questions or helpful suggestions, please call the library at 382-2442.

We will also be offering a Teen Reading Program for those 13-19 years of age and an Adult Reading Program for those over 20 years of age. (You don’t have to tell us how old you are unless you really want to.) Register with Reader Zone following the directions included in the youth program and choose Teen or Adult Reader group. For each book read, your name will be entered into a drawing and one prize will be given to each group. 

Virtual Story times on Zoom

There will be two separate Virtual Story times on Zoom for children ages 3-5 on Friday mornings. The first will be from 10:00 to 10:30. The second session will be from 11:00 to 11:30. Each session will be limited to 10 children per session ( join only 1 session). Register your child by calling the library at 620-382-2442.

Virtual Storytimes on Zoom will be held on Friday afternoons for children ages 6-9 from 1:00 to 1:30. There will be limited amount of space so register your child be calling the library. 

We Are Open Curbside

The Marion City Library will start offering Curbside Service beginning Monday, May 18th.

Hours of operation will be slightly different for awhile.

Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No evening or Saturday hours at this time.

The first priority of the Marion City Library Board and Staff is to keep our patrons and staff safe.

For curbside service please follow these procedures.

Call 620-382-2442 to request library books, audios or DVDs. If you call to request items, the staff will tell you a time or day to pickup your items at the curb.

Call the library if you do not know your library number. If you want to place a hold on an item that you have found in our card catalog, you will need to log in with your account number. You can find the “hold” button on the item’s information page.  Staff will be checking the reserves several times a day. We will inform you when your item will be ready for pick-up.

You may look at the online card catalog to choose titles to see what is available or you can simply ask for a genre, i.e. romance, mystery, thriller, non-fiction, or children’s books. To access online card catalog go the library’s webpage…scroll down toward the middle of the page on the right hand side column…click card catalog (or card catalog instuctions).

Staff will wash their hands before materials are selected.
Depending on demand, new fiction books to check out may be limited.

Please return your items in the book drop(anytime) so that the staff may quarantine items for up to 72 hours before being put back into circulation.

There will be no fines charged during this time. Fines from before March 17 will still be in effect.

There will be no public entry into the library.

**No copies, faxes or computers will be available to the public.

This service is subject to change at any time.

Marion City Library 5-Star Rating

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 We have been awarded a FIVE STAR rating from the Library Journal!!!!

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 that year 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.

*Update to this program: It is in the process of being revised so that children can still participate but with an online program. We will give further information as it is known.

Book Club Meetings

**Until further notice our book club meetings will be postponed. 

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.