More funds welcomed for Marion library expansion

 The new addition to the Marion City Library as it appeared last week. Librarian Janet Marler says project organizers would welcome more contributions to see the 30-feet by 40-feet addition completed. The Marion City Library continues to be a destination for people whether they are reading, studying or holding a meeting, but in order to keep with the growing demands for use, an expansion is underway.

Janet Marler, library director, said the new addition will be 30-feet by 40-feet, and the only money being used to build the building is through memorials and private donations.

?Here is your opportunity to be apart of this expansion and invest in your city library for the future by donating to the project,? she said.

?People donating $25 or more will have their name put on a plaque, which will be placed inside the new area.?

Even though the expansion started a few weeks ago, Marler said it isn?t too late to consider making a donation.

?Money received now will go toward the completion of this project and its contents,? she said.

The addition is expected to be finished in January. When completed, the space will include a open meeting area, a small kitchen and a restroom.

?The space will be used for library programs, events, children?s activities, classes, demonstrations, author visits and more,? she said.

The library board is also looking at renting the additional room to other organizations, Marler said.

As of last week, the exterior walls are up, the roof is on and the space is totally enclosed, except for windows and doors.

?(Construction crews) should start on the air conditioning, electricity and plumbing possibly later this week,? she said. ?I also think they will start laying brick on the outside next week, too.?

While donations to the library are always appreciated, Marler explained that the deadline for donations on this project will be Friday, Nov. 15.

Library board members include Pauline Holub, Phyllis Kreutziger, Bruce Winkler, Bill Smithhart, Linda Kroupa, Vern Bowers and Mary Griffith.

For more information or to make a donation, call 620-382-2442 or stop by at 101 Library St., Marion.

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