Lifetime learning

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

And, of course, fun.​


Storytimes pair books with fun activities designed for babies through preschoolers. Bonus: They're a great way to work on social skills. Parents or caregivers join in the adventure.

Check the MPL calendar for updates - sometimes storytimes move to accommodate special programs.


Preschool Tales: Stories, songs, and activities for preschoolers ages 3-6. Mondays at 10:30 a.m.


Sensory Tales: Hands-on activities encourage creative play for preschoolers ages 3-6. Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.


Wee Tales: Books, movement, and music for infants-age 3. Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Sign up in Children's or call 765-668-2900, Ext. 1105.

Read to the Dogs lets children gain confidence in their reading out loud by pairing readers with therapy dogs - and it's fun to spend time with these friendly pooches. The library goes to the dogs at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month.


MPL has 2 sets of computers. The computers for school-age children allow for exploration, learning, and just having fun. 


The early-literacy computers are geared toward our youngest visitors, with a mouse and keyboard just right for little hands, and playful programs that introduce early reading and math concepts.

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.


Also, learn about library cards for children, students who don't live in Marion yet go to school or preschool here, and cards for educators.


Speaking of educators, arrange field trips including a storytime, plus a tour of the library and museum. Or we can bring the books to the classroom.

Call Children's at 765-668-2900, Ext. 1105.

Programs and events

Monthly activities include:


Pokemon Club: For fans grades 2-6. 3 p.m. the first Saturday


Books & Bites: Read and discuss a book. Homeschooled 5th-8th-graders at 10 a.m., traditional-schooled 3rd-5th-graders at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday.


Read to the Dogs: Pick a story to read to a therapy dog. 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday.


STEAM Stations: Families explore hands-on activities. 3 p.m. on the third Saturday.


Family Food & Fun: Themed activities and a snack for children and parents. 4:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday.


Lego Club: Build creations, then display them in Children's. 11 a.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Monday toward the end of the month - check the calendar for specifics.

Regular events include low-commitment first-Saturday family movies (free drink and popcorn) and the legendary Summer Reading Program that jam-packs reading, guests, fun, and prizes into 6 weeks that start after schools let out.


Watch for special programs and guests throughout the year. Favorites include the STEAM Festival, magicians, animal visitors, and more.


The calendar on this page features just what's happening in Children's - check it out for details and whether you need to sign-up to save your spot. Sign-up by visiting Children's or calling 765-668-2900, Ext. 1105.


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Marion, IN 46953

Fax: 765-668-2911


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Indiana History & Museum

Indiana History: Open to the public by appointment only: Sign up in the box to the right under Schedule now.

Librarians available by phone

Mon-Fri: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Requests may be made by phone or by form

Museum: Closed

Free parking in the lot behind the library & on the streets surrounding the library. (Remember that Washington, 7th, Boots, and 6th streets are one-way, as is the MPL drive off of 6th Street.)


Sheltered bus stop on Washington St.


Bike racks in front & back;

a limited number of locks available

for checkout from the Circulation Desk. 

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