2019 Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories

Our Summer Reading Program will begin June 10 and run through July 12. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories”. Space exploration will be the main focus of this year’s program.

The program is designed for children who have completed kindergarten through eighth grade to encourage them to continue reading through the summer to prevent a backward slide of learning during vacation.

As the children reach their reading goals, they will be rewarded with small prizes and a large sense of accomplishment!

We also have a program for the preschoolers- they can keep a chart of books read to them by a parent or family member and receive a little surprise at stated intervals.

Summer Story Time

Related imageWe will be having three story times on Friday mornings starting June 14 and running through July 12. Each session will include a story, craft and snack.

For children ages 3 -5, the sessions will be at 10:00 a.m – 10:30 a.m. and again from 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

There will be one session for children ages 6-9 beginning at 1:00 p.m. and ending at 1:45 p.m.

Space is limited, so call the library soon to make a reservation for your child at 620-382-2442.

Summer Movies

Matinee Movies This Summer
Wednesday Afternoons at 2:00 p.m.

*Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Bring blankets and pillows because seating is on the floor. Snacks will be provided.


July 10   PG   1 hr 30 min

July 17        PG              1 hr  52 min                    

Space Aliens Workshop

Tuesday, July 9th at 7:00 p.m.
At the Marion Library’s Santa Fe Room
Cost is $10.00 Per Animal
Make your reservation by May 28

*Each participant will be stuffing their own 15″ plush pal alien. The children will name it and get a birth certificate for their pal to take home with them.

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.