Ready to get engaged with the Marion Library Friends? We have some fun upcoming opportunities! 
Thanks for being a Friend of the Marion Public Library! The Friends Board appreciates your membership and your commitment to the library. We'd like to thank you and encourage you to participate and be engaged in other ways. We hope this newsletter will help you to be aware of volunteer opportunities, provide you with some special Friends-only deals, and keep you up-to-date with what the Friends are doing. 
Buy Calendars for the Book Lovers in Your Life!
We're excited about our fall fundraiser! The Friends are selling 2018 Book Lover's calendars! The calendars are for sale in the bookstore and will also be available for sale at the fall book sale September 29-October 1. Each calendar is just $10.00: a different book is featured for every day of the year. The calendars make great gifts for all the book lovers on your Christmas list! (Don't forget to get one for yourself.) 
Get Your Bookstore Loyalty Card
We are excited to be providing frequent-buyer punch cards for your fall and holiday season shopping! Friends members can pick up your card in the bookstore. We'll punch your card for each purchase you make. Once you've spent $30, you'll get to choose a special incentive: a FREE Inspire cloth string backpack (while supplies last) or a FREE book of your choice from the store.
Filled your card? Pick up another one! We challenge you to see how many cards you can fill up between October 1 and the end of the year! 
November Deals
We all have so much to be thankful for!
The Friends board thought you might be thankful if you were given a $1 amnesty on your library fines. If you have fines and would like to claim your $1 credit, just stop in the bookstore for a credit slip that you give to library staff. This is a one-time deal available only during November.
With Thanksgiving coming up this month, we expect many of you will be cooking for your families and friends, or taking a dish to share to someone's home. With that in mind, throughout November, with a purchase of $5 or more in the Friends bookstore, you can select a FREE cookbook! 
We have a fabulous book and media sale twice a year and we know you won't want to miss it! Your next opportunity is later this month: September 29-
October 1.
Come in and enjoy this special shopping time all weekend: books for gifts, books to take you through the cold winter, books to bring you happiness, books to whisk you away to exciting foreign places, books to read to your grandchildren, books to make you a better cook, a better husband or wife, a better parent. Aren't books wonderful?
You will also find gently used movies and music CDs.
Friday, September 29 the sale is on between 4:00-6:00 p.m. This evening is Friends members only, so you can explore the best deals before anyone else in the community: a great membership perk!
The sale continues on Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. when it's open to everyone, and on Sunday, October 1 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. when you can nab a bag of books for just $3.
Our special fall Book Lover's Calendars will be available all three days!
See you at the sale! 

Meet Our Bookstore Manager

Lindsey Weber has volunteered as manager of the Friends Bookstore since June 2015. She enjoys her position that includes recruiting and scheduling volunteers to work in the store, sorting through donations, stocking the store shelves, and reporting store finances to the Friends Board at its monthly meetings.
Lindsey is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a BS in Communications with an Entrepreneurial Certificate. While at the University, she met Jonathan Weber and they've been married for seven years.
We'd love to have you share your time and talents by volunteering to work in the Friends Bookstore! Contact Lindsey at (515) 290-6322 or by email at
Friends Holiday Party

Date: Wednesday, December 13
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Meeting Room A at the Library
Come join the board for a cup of coffee or tea and some tasty home baked goods, and share a little kindness and camaraderie with your fellow Friends during this holiday season. RSVP by Monday, December 11 by clicking on the button or by calling (319-377-3412) or stopping at the Information Desk.
Loving Us Some BOGO!

Who doesn't love BOGO (buy one get one)? We know you'll love our BOGO offer  throughout December. Buy one item and get another of equal or lesser value at no cost. 

Nancy Drew: 
Iowa's Heroine to the World

Friends of the Marion Public Library are pleased to host this Humanities Iowa program by Barbara Lounsberry on Tuesday, October 17 starting at 7 p.m.  

Nancy Drew is the most popular female detective in fiction. Today she even outsells Miss Marple, Agatha Christie's venerable heroine. More than 200 million copies of Nancy Drew mysteries have been sold, and she has been translated into 17 different languages.

Few know, however, that Nancy is an Iowa heroine and that her creator was Mildred Augustine of Ladora, Iowa. Augustine wrote  The Secret of the Old ClockThe Hidden Staircase--in fact 23 of the first 30 Nancy Drew mysteries. "Like a true daughter of the Middle West," Augustine wrote in the first Nancy Drew volume,  The Secret of the Old Clock, published in 1930, "Nancy Drew took pride in the fertility of her state and saw beauty in a crop of waving green corn as well as in the rolling hills and the expanse of prairie land."

Augustine was 25 when she wrote those words at her parents' home in Ladora. Her authorship of the first Nancy Drew mysteries--and single-handed creation of Nancy's admirable character--were kept secret for more than 50 years. Equally distressing is the fact that as Nancy grew in popularity, her Iowa roots were disguised.

Nancy Drew and her creator are extraordinary role models for Iowa girls and boys, women and men. Augustine was herself an intrepid Nancy Drew-like figure. An academic pioneer (the first woman to earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa's School of Journalism), Augustine earned six airplane pilot's licenses, including one for sea planing; wrote 130 books for young people; and continued her newspaper column "On the Go" through her 96th and last year of life.
The presentation "Nancy Drew: Iowa's Heroine to the World" is designed to fortify Iowans young and old.

This program is free to all and everyone is welcome! 
Volunteer Opportunities
Friends will be wrapping gifts as a fundraiser during the library's Bookfair at Barnes & Noble on Friday, December 15. We'd love to have you sign up for a shift to help wrap gifts for Barnes & Noble customers for a goodwill donation. Contact Library Friends Liaison Dawn Cline for more information or to schedule a slot to help.
If working in the bookstore or wrapping gifts isn't your cup of tea, there are other ways you can help. The library has an active volunteer program and many things you can help with. Library Assistant Sandy Ransier coordinates the library's volunteers. You can contact Sandy by phone at 319-743-1989 or email at to get an application and talk about opportunities. 

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