Marion City Library plans to open is new addition next week

Jim Gray will be the library?s featured speaker Feb. 26.Six months after breaking ground, the Marion City Library is opening its new 30-foot by 30-foot addition next week.

Library director Janet Marler said they are ready to show off the addition with a come-and-go reception from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20.

?The addition will be used for programs, special events, children?s activities, movies, luncheon programs, author visits and much more,? Marler said.

?The space also contains a small kitchen, bathroom and open space.?

During the next four months, several events are scheduled to include:

? Feb. 26: Jim Gray, Kansas Humanities Program, ?A Bullwhacker?s Life Freighting Supplies Over the Plains.? Gray is a sixth generation Kansan whose family migrated during the territorial days.

? March 1: Beginning at 10 a.m. will be Dr. Seuss StoryTime in honor of his birthday March 2. Seuss was known for his children?s books he wrote and illustrated.

? March 4: Lunch ?n Learn with Jana Dalke of Serenity Gardens. Dalke has been in the garden center business since 1994.

? March 16-29: The ?Quilt Show? is an annual event at the library. The display will feature handmade quilts and wall hangings from local quilters. The hours of the show are during regular library hours.

? April 26: Author visit and lunch with Deborah Raney, who grew up on a farm in Kansas. She was inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder?s ?Little House on the Prairie? series. Raney first tried her hand at novel writing when she was 12.

? May 3: A book sale and hanging basket plant sale to include a wide selection of children?s books, non-fiction and fiction. All proceeds will be used for library programs.

? June 10: Musician and author visit from Mary Kleinsorge, who grew up in eastern Kansas on a cattle farm in 1957. She started playing and singing music at age 14.

? June 28: The annual Garden Tour, featuring an array of gardens in both residential and other settings.

? July 11: Sock Rockerz concert program for all children. Sock Rockerz features Natalie and Erica on a national library tour getting children to laugh, sing, make silly faces, and doing crazy dance moves.

A contest was held to come up with a name for the new addition, too, she said.

?There were many good (contest) suggestions, and Bettie Batt was the one who suggested ?The Santa Fe Room.?

No taxpayer money was used to fund the project, she added.

?The entire project was funded with donations and memorials left to the library,? Marler said.

In addition, Darin Neufeld, civil engineer with Evans-Bierly-Hutchison & Associates in Marion, provided the plans, drawings and overseeing the project.

?Davy Hett was the general contractor with Gerald Wiens the carpenter,? Marler added.

Other work was done by Jack Boese, masonry; County Seat, flooring; Sanders Electric and Flamings Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.

?Everyone is invited to come see the new addition and enjoy refreshments at the open house,? she said.

The library is at 101 Library St., Marion, or by calling Marler at 620-382-2442 or emailing: mlibrary@eaglecom.net.

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