Archive for January, 2015


Stop by and look over our Black History Month display in the front lobby of the Marion Library.  It depicts many landmark events and noted heroes and heroines from an important part of American history.


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Actress Portia De Rossi was born on January 30, .1973. She may be best known for her role of Nellie Porter on “Ally McBeal” or for her  time as the spoiled daughter Lindsay Bluth on “Arrested Development.”  Stop by your Marion Library and pick up the first two seasons of Portia’s sitcom “Arrested Development,”

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Learn something while curled up on the couch!

Are you eager to learn something new? Would you like all the benefits of hearing a college professor or expert talk about his or her specialty without having to leave home, pay tuition,  fit into someone else’s schedule or even change out of your pajamas? If so, have we got a perfect plan for your leisure time learning! Your local Marion Library owns many volumes from the highly respected Modern Scholar audio CD lecture series. With these CDs you may listen and learn at your own pace from the comfort of your home!   If you get bored or busy, you may just eject the CD and pick up another one or resume listening at a better time. ( Helpful Hint: Don’t try this at college!)

Some of the many titles we own include:

Masterpieces of Western Music

Monsters, gods, and heroes!

The Literature of C.S. Lewis

Winston Churchill



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A wealthy man decides to fight crime and help ordinary people by using his money to equip himself for the role of a masked vigilante.  He acquires a technologically advanced car, creates a secret HQ, and is joined in his crusade by a loyal partner.  He soon attracts a variety of colorful and lethal enemies.

This description may make you think of Batman and Robin….(or of the Crimson Avenger and Wing, the Green Arrow and Speedy, or of any of a number of costumed heroes and their sidekicks).  In this case, I’m referring to the Green Hornet and Kato.  If you aren’t familiar with this hero from the thirties, stop by the Marion Library’s Young Adult Graphic Novel Collection and pick up Kevin Smith’s The Green Hornet: Sins of the  Father.  Because Smith’s story was originally meant to be the screenplay for a feature film that was never made, this collection contains some frank language that might make it better suited for older teens or adults.  With this content warning in mind, you might enjoy meeting a hero from the Golden Age of radio and pulp fiction and see how he and his sidekick have been modernized for today’s world. Trivia: The Green Hornet was the Lone Ranger’s great nephew! The 1960’s television version of the Green Hornet and Kato (Van Williams and Bruce Lee) made a guest appearance on the popular Batman series which featured Adam West and Burt Ward.

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Mooch is right. It is still winter but you can forget the cold weather by stocking up on books and DVDs from your local library.

I’m sure that Mooch and Earl would say “Yesh!”  to that idea!

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New Books @ Marion!

Burning Room by Michael Connelly

Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar

The High Divide by Lin Enger

Descent by Tim Johnston

The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Waking the Merrow by Heather Rigby

Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm

West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan

Moriarty Returns a Letter by Michael Robertson

Love’s Enduring Promise by Janette Oke

Plain Killing by Emma Miller

The Beekeeper’s Son by Kelly Irvin

The Girl on the Trail by Paula Hawkins

Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda

The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith

Done in One by Gran Jerkins and Jan Thomas

The Carrier by Sophie Hannah

The Magician’s Lie by Greer McAllister

A Pleasure and A Calling by Phil Hogan
The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison

How To Be Both by Ali Smith

Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash

The First Bad Man by Miranda July
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

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Quiet Time in the Snow!


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