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We couldn’t agree more!

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New NF @ Marion!

Left at the altar?  No worries!  We have some new Non-Fiction titles here at your Marion Library!

Nervous Bride


Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron  Hall

Finding the Blue Sky by Joseph Emet

You are the Universe by Deepak Chopra

Gosnell by Ann McElhinney

Sapiens by Yuval Harari

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Carry On by Lisa Fenn

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Spring Ahead w. Storytime!


One of the surest signs of the arrival of Spring  may be found in the fact that our always busy Miss Tracey is preparing for Summer Reading Programs (while continuing her ” Crafty, Musical, Fun-Filled Spring Storytime Programs.) Wake the kids. Phone the neighbors.  You never know what wonders she’ll  bring to area families! She’s busier than the Energizer Bunny!


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Miss Tracey’s Lego Club!


Don’t miss tonight’s meeting of Miss Tracey’s Lego Club at the Marion Library at 6:00! It’s a great opportunity to build your own fun!



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Actress Brenda Song was born on March 27, 1988.  She is best known for her roles in “Wendy Wu : Homecoming Warrior”,  “The Suite Life of Zac and Cody”, and “Pure Genius”.As an avid reader, Brenda proudly posed for an American Library Association READ  poster. We wish her a happy birthday and appreciate her support of America’s libraries.


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Eleanor Roosevelt is considered American’s most influential First Lady and  one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable social reformers. She was born on October 11, 1884 to a wealthy New York family. She was the niece of Theodore Roosevelt.  After being educated at home by private tutors she attended Allenswood Academy where is gained a strong sense of social responsibility.  She worked as a volunteer teacher for immigrant  children in Manhattan and became an advocate for safer working conditions as part of the National Consumers’ League.  She married her fifth cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 17, 1095. She became his strongest supporter and political ally as he rose through the ranks of the Democratic Party with  offices in the New York State Senate and a position as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Eleanor became active in the American Red Cross, the Democratic Party, and the League of Women Voters. She also stood by her husband’s side as he battled polio. She was equally active during his time as Governor of New York as during his time as U. S. President from 1933-1945.

She became his eyes and ears and traveled the country during the Great Depression in search of ways to provide the most immediate help to those in need. She wrote a regular newspaper column and turned the office of First Lady from a ceremonial role of hostess to an active and well -respected position with serious duties and significant impact on the country at large and upon her husband’s polices. She championed the causes of civil rights, the right of women to work in industry and defense, benefits for war refugees,  programs to support the arts, and practical relief for the unemployed.  After Franklin’s death in 1945,   she became a delegate to the United Nations and continued her writing. She worked with the NAACP and President Kennedy’s Commission on the Status of Women.  . Eleanor Roosevelt died on November , 1962.



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(Pocahontas in animated and engraved formats)

Pocahontas became a legendary figure whose story was commercialized in books, films, ballets, and other aspects of popular culture; however, the real woman was significant as well although much of her life remains unknown to historians. She was born  around 1596 as Matoaka, the daughter of Powhatan, who was leader of thirty Algonquian speaking Native American groups near Tidewater, Virginia.   She  encountered the Jamestown settlers under circumstances that have been romanticized by some and misunderstood by others. Captain John Smith told the famous story that the young girl saved his life when her people threatened to club him to death.  Some experts believe the events were actually part of a ceremony designed not to harm Smith but to symbolize his “death and rebirth” as an ally of the group. In any case, the legend survived and Pocahontas became famous.  She was taken captive by the English and during this time she married a tobacco planter named John Rolfe in April 1614. She gave birth to their son Thomas in 1615. She joined her husband on a voyage to England where she enjoyed a certain amount of celebrity  as a Native American Christian and a symbol of peace between the colonists and the Native Americans.  She died while in Gravesend, England in 1617.  Pocahontas became the first Native American woman represented on a postage stamp in 1907.  Several communities in the United States were named in her honor as were many schools or public buildings.  She was the heroine of ballets, plays, movies, and even became a Disney Princess in an animated film.  Several U.S. Naval ships were named after her and she remains an admirable symbol of peace and understanding.

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