Marion Library has done great work

I can’t say enough of how proud I am of Janet Marler, her staff, and the board of directors of the Marion City Library. I had the privilege to present this group on February 18, a mayoral proclamation and the official plaque from the Library Journal recognizing them as a five-star library for 2018. While they have received three and four-star ratings in the past, Janet and her team have achieved the only five-star rating in Kansas in the $50,000 to $99,999 expenditure category. Marion City Library was one of 7,361 U.S. public libraries qualified to be rated in the index and one of only 257 to achieve a three, four, or five-star designation. Simply put, this is impressive!

As we have become more and more enthralled in the electronic age one might think the necessity of a library has gone the way of the dinosaur. But wait a minute.

How can a library in the 21st Century achieve such a prestigious designation? I think it is achievable because of the passion of Janet, her staff and the board to look well beyond the past of a library being a place for print media storage and quietness to place that embraces multiple forms of media (print, electronic, music, art, etc.), and activity which enhances and excites the learning process.

The five-star designation includes traditional circulation of print media, electronic media (books on tape) and visits to the library in addition to e-circulation, program attendance and public internet computer users.

Programs such as One Community, One Book reading project are keeping our library relevant in today’s time. “This project centers on the community-wide reading of a single book and is dedicated to creating a shared conversation.

Through a shared reading experience, we will discuss the issues that matter, learn from each other and promote greater understanding,” Marion City Library homepage (

If you haven’t made a visit to the library in a while, stop in and have the staff show you what’s new or explore their website.

I found several things on the Children’s Page that my grandchildren will like to explore along with Storytime and the Summer Reading Program for grades K-8.

The pioneer spirit is alive and thriving at the Marion City Library. The national recognition is well deserved for this outstanding group dedicated to the future of our community. Thank You!

As a reminder, Tuesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6, is the rescheduled dates for the planned electrical power outage.

The repairs will take place starting at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 to 3 a.m. Wednesday, March 6 and then again starting at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6 to 3 a.m. Thursday, March 7.

It appears so far that the long-range weather forecast is more favorable this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Community Center will be open for anyone needing a place to stay or to operate medical equipment during this repair and upgrade. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

This repair is the result of a surge of electricity initiated by our supplier which damaged some of our equipment.

The equipment worked like it was designed when the surge struck our electric system. This equipment is also designed to protect our city electrical system from lightning strikes. It is critical that the equipment and repairs get installed before the spring storm season.

We have fielded a number of questions about the Marion electrical grid, its reliability, and its impact on equipment and home appliances and electronics. City council and city staff has been committed to finishing upgrades over the next several years.

The reliability of our system is the best it has ever been.

We are always working to clear the lines of overgrown trees which can be an issue in windy, stormy or icy weather. This is generally the main cause of isolated power outages and loss of appliances and electronics. We encourage you to consider purchasing a whole house surge protector to provide your appliances and electronics with an extra layer of projection.

This surge protector can be purchased from the city or the electrician of your choice. Please remember that today’s appliances and electronics are more sensitive to surges and brownouts unlike appliances of the past.

Take precautions to protect your equipment, appliances, and electronics by investing in a whole house or whole business surge protector as well as surge protectors for each piece of equipment, appliance or electronic item.

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