Remember, if Smyth County Schools are closed the library will not open until 10:00.  Always call first if you are uncertain about library hours and Winter weather.

Marion: 276-783-2323

Saltville: 276-496-5514

Chilhowie: 276-646-3404



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In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Smyth County Public Library will be closing at noon on Wednesday Nov. 21 and will be reopening on Saturday, November 24.


"Doctor Strange" Los Angeles Premiere


Stanley Martin Lieber  (a.k.a. Stan Lee) was born on December 28, 1922 and died on November 12, 2018.  He began his illustrious career as a comic book writer and editor during his teen years when the future Marvel Comics was known as Timely Comics.  By the 1960’s Lee had become disenchanted with the medium to the extent that he vowed to try to write the kind of stories that he personally would enjoy reading. This experiment produced flawed heroes with realistic problems who were burdened with angst over romantic, financial, and medical issues.  The Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, the Amazing Spider- Man, the Mighty Thor, Daredevil, the X-Men, and the Silver Surfer were a few of the characters co-created by Lee and artists like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and others.  He tirelessly promoted Marvel Comics and became the company’s most recognized spokesperson.   Patrons may stop by their friendly neighborhood library and read about Lee himself and his pantheon of costumed champions!




Satisfy your desire to live large by checking out some of our new Large Print titles here at the Marion Public Library.

Opening Moves by Steven James

Death Comes to Kurland Hall by Catherine Lloyd

Silent City by Carrie Smith

Tipping point by David Poyer

Wife of Wednesday by Catherine Bybee

Fear by Bob Woodward

The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher

Placebo by Steven James

The Trouble with J.J. by Tami Hoag

Sharpshooter by Dusty Richards

Holy Ghost by John Sandford

Amish Celebrations by Beth Wiseman

Pursued by Lisa Harris

A Deadly Business by Lis Wiehl

Untimely Death by Elizabeth Duncan

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

Dark Road Home by Elizabeth Ludwig

An Unlikely Love by Dorothy Clark

The Einstein Prophecy by Robert Masello

A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo



Grab your popcorn! We have some new DVDs for your weekend viewing pleasure!

The Great British Baking Show Season  5

Vera Seasons 1-5

Vikings Season 5

The Walking Dead Season 8

Wayward Pines Season 2

Supernatural Season 13

Shetland Season 4

NCIS Los Angeles  Season 9

Deathnote 1-4

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Urban Country

The 12th Man

Super Troopers 2

Pacific Rim Uprising


The Lone Ranger  1-3

Love, Simon

Lake Placid Legacy

Jurassic World  Fallen Kingdom

The Housemaid

Grizzly Park



Book Club


Darrow  & Darrow: In the Key of Murder



On October 30, 1931 Nat Turner was arrested for leading the bloodiest salve rebellion in U.S. History. The charismatic preacher led an uprising in Southampton County, Virginia after seeing a dark spot on the sun that led him to believe he was being divinely called to violent revolution.  His story is told in the book  The Internal Enemy by Alan Taylor and in a fictionalized form in William Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner.  Both titles are available at your Marion Library.




Artist, author, TV host, Bob Ross was born on October 29, 1941. The Air Force veteran became a beloved staple of PBS with his hit show “The Joy of Painting.”  He combined a soothing manner with an innovative “alla prima” or “wet on wet” style of painting to attract viewers to his popular program. He used his own technique to complete one landscape painting per episode while actually making two additional copies per program.  He encouraged viewers to not be timid about taking up a brush or paint knife to create their own calming landscapes full of “happy little trees”, clouds, and rustic homes.  He died on July 4, 1995. Many of his episodes may be found on “youtube” where he continues to inspire, educate, and soothe devoted fans.