Remembering Marion’s 1951 Flood

Roy Bird will be presenting a program on the Marion Flood of 1951. Bird is a Topeka resident and author of 17 books on Kansas history and Western Americana.

This program is in conjunction with the partner site Smithsonian Water Ways exhibit at the library.

The program will be Tuesday, March 20th at 7 p.m. in the Kansas Room of the library. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Smithsonian Partner Exhibit

The Marion City Library has been chosen as a partner site to Cottonwood Falls’ Smithsonian Waterways Exhibit. Our exhibit will focus on the history of the Chingawasa Springs, the 1951 flood and the Marion Reservoir.

The exhibit will be on display February 24 through March 24, 2018 in the Santa Fe Room of the library during regular library hours.

Plant Sale Fund Raiser

Save the date for our plant sale! It will be Thursday, April 19 starting at 9 a.m. until we are sold out. The plants will be $15.00 each with a choice of red or pink Geraniums, Boston Ferns or assorted flowering baskets.

Pre-orders are encouraged by April 16th.

Marion Library 4-Star Rating

We are proud to announce for the 3rd year that Marion City Library has received a           4-Star Rating from the Library Journal!

The rating is figured on circulation, library visits, number of programs, attendance and internet use based on library budget and population. Ratings are given on a 3-5 star rating, with 5 being the highest.                                                                                                              

There were only 12 libraries in the state of Kansas who received any rating. 

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.


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.