Lifetime learning

Marion Public Library welcomes children with developmentally suitable programs and materials, right down to kid-size furniture and equipment.

Check out MPL's Family Programming, our new YouTube channel with videos created here. Visit often - it will be updated regularly.

... not ignoring COVID-19

If we librarians learned nothing else during the coronavirus-imposed shutdown, we've learned this: Libraries are far more than buildings. 

We still eagerly fulfill your children's real need for books and audiobooks that bring the stories they need for learning, escape, and wonderment. Along with our ever-popular Stories to Go backpacks, we also offer mismatched pairs - fiction and nonfiction books. Our librarians who've helped your kids discover new favorite books can do this for those who prefer curbside pickup. The same ReaderZone app that we used for Summer Reading will help us with new reading challenges - stay tuned. 


We still do weekly crafts classes, only they're our Grab & Go Crafts that you do at home.


Even as we've re-opened our doors, our programs and offerings must adapt to health concerns. The hands-on facility that has guided the children's library for generations is taking a sadly needed pause, though we will offer limited programming as long as we can maintain safety - building in social distancing, masks, and other safety protocols.


Children's has 4 computers that can be used for 30 minutes each day. The early-literacy computers are temporarily shut down. 

Library cards

You can get library cards for each child if you live in the city limits. Also, learn about library cards for children who are students who don't live in Marion yet go to school or preschool here, and cards for educators.

Collections, cards, more

Find out more about what books and resources you can check out for children. Don't forget digital stories and movies such as long-time favorite TumbleBooks

as well as new favorites like TumbleMath - helping your kids learn math through stories.