Storywalk for November


Our new storywalk book  will be “Give Thanks for Each Day” by Steve Metzger. Illustrations are by Robert McPhillips. It will be displayed from November 3 through November 23.

The story of being thankful for anything and everything (day, night, crayons, a snuggly teddy, etc) is such a great message and it’s written in such a sweet rhyming way.

Begin your walk at Brooken’s Law Office, read pages going west until you reach Napa Auto Supply, cross the street to Gambino’s and continue east to CB Bakery.


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library can help children love to read just by having print books at home. Every child enrolled will have books of their very own, at no cost to parents, thanks to Marion County Early Childhood Task Force, Families and Communities Together, Inc., and Dolly Parton. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in the child’s name directly to their home until the child turns five years old and as long as they live within Marion County.

Parents or guardians can sign up a child by submitting an official registration form that can be found on the Imagination Library website.

*For more information call 620-947-3184 (opt. 5)



The new storywalk downtown features the book ” We’re Off To Find The Witch’s House” by Richard Krieb. If you haven’t joined our Storywalks throughout the summer, now is a good time to start. The walk features book pages displayed in business windows in downtown Marion. It is a great way for children and adults to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time.

Begin the walk at Brooken’s Law Office, read pages going west until you reach Napa Auto Supply, cross the street to Gambino’s and continue east to CB Bakery. 

Be sure to stop by the library after you have read the book to receive a treat.

This story will be displayed now through November 2nd and will then be replaced with a new story.

Open For Business

We are open for business! However, there will be 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. City commissioners are requiring it.

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 four days 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. This may be temporary.

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

We appreciate your patience and understanding of the above rules.

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.