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765.668.2900

 

600 S. Washington St.

Marion, IN 46953

mpl@marion.lib.in.us

Fax: 765-668-2911

Transportation

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. 

Indiana History & Museum

Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tues, Thurs: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sat: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sun: 1-4 p.m.

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MPL & COVID-19

STAYING HOME

FUN, LEARNING, MORE

FOR FAMILIES

NEED HELP?

Librarian and homeschool teacher Ami shares an ongoing list of picture book storytimes and more.

No concerns about catching germs (or losing items or getting fines) with digital checkouts. You can sit on your comfortable couch to use Overdrive, Libby, Tumblebooks, or Hoopla, and we've increased the number of monthly Hoopla checkouts to 8 each month through April 30. Tumblebooks has added access to ebooks and audiobooks for kids, teens, and adults.

 

Be sure you follow MPL on Facebook and Instagram to get daily story times, fitness routines, and more.

Gotta support Marion's own Caleb Marshall & Haley Jordan at Fitness Marshall. They've even set aside specific kid-friendly dance & exercise videos. (Ah, and we clapped for both of you were on stage at Marion High School and CSA.) 

Need to pull a rabbit out of your hat? Magician Daniel Lusk shares his magic show via his Facebook page. 

 

Eva Kor, who survived Josef Mengele's twin experiments at Auschwitz-Birkenau, decided that forgiving the Nazis was the best way to fight back against the horrors of the Holocaust. You can stream the life-affirming film Eva: A-7063 through April. Also available at the link is an e-learning overview. 

Coloring sheets from museums? Yes, please. From the collections of 100 museums.

Art and activity guide from ArtBar to keep creativity on tap.

To be or not to be ... catch Shakespeare plays from the Globe Theatre.

Teach the kids to cook - even toddlers - with a Montessori Food Preparation curriculum.

Make sourdough starter and have homemade breads, waffles, and more. You'll use this for years. (Optimism, folks!)

Is this feeding your family or a science experiment? Both! Start growing food in water.

Everybody wash your hands - watch a video demonstration of how detergent works. It's applied chemistry.

2 digital escape rooms - Dog Man and Harry Potter

Author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka teaches how to draw in this video series.

Resources for reading, genealogy, Indiana history for all ages. Indy 500 history, too.

Archive.org - home of the Wayback Machine - offers 7 tips to help if you're stuck at home ... which we are.

51 ways to be active indoors from Active Cities will keep you hopping.

Visit 19 museums without worrying that somebody is going to destroy that $1.3 million Ming Dynasty vase. And here are a dozen museums that are offering virtual visits. Don't skip the Guggenheim, the Lourve, or the Van Gogh Museum.

Talk to the animals - just imagine it - via the Houston Zoo webcams.

Try dance combinations - tap, jazz, lyrical - from NYCDA's Virtual Dance Experience.

2-1-1 offers links to help in communities - assistance, health resources, and more.

Those in addiction recovery can find meetings, treatment, support, and more at intherooms.org

Indiana WIC continues to offer food for children under 5, as well as pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. It also has resources to help breastfeeding mothers when they can't get to a lactation consultant.

Your pantry and fridge have oddball things. What are you going to make? Escoffier rates the top pantry apps. (Don't let the big culinary name intimidate - these sites have great practical advice.)

Purdue Extension
jumps in with COVID-19 specific resources, along with its ample resources on foods, cleaning, gardening, health, and more. Bookmark this - you'll use it all the time.

UPDATED 4/3/2020

LEARNING

FAFSA filing date is April 15 for those seeking financial aid for higher education. Those who need help filing can get help at the FAFSA Frenzy Virtual Event from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 4. The contact phone number for assistance for Grant County residents: 317-617-0237 or INvestEd at 317-715-9007


Do you want to learn useful skills? Head over to MPL's Education page, where you can get certifications at Universal Class. Know any future drivers? Check out Driving Tests.org, on the website and with the app they can put on their phones.

Newsbank is a resource long available to MPL. Now it offers resources for students, teachers, and parents - including videos telling how to access research tools and even lesson plans.

Marion Community Schools will be continuing classes online through May 1. MCS also will offer food distribution on Wednesdays. State testing - IREAD-3, ILEARN, ISTEP - will not be conducted this year. Students in Advanced Placement classes have received notice of changes in those tests.

Need reading & writing resources? Check out our page with everything from Online Bookclubs to National Novel Writing Month and its Young Writers Program, which has writing worksheets and writing curriculum.

KitLit TV is a multimedia site celebrating all things children’s literature.

Ask Rose is still open, with math and science tutorials from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Free Ivy League Courses, 450 of them. And this link shares tips on how to study online.

Learn to keyboard (typing for the over 50 crowd) at Typing Club.

Hour of Code invites you to free tutorials. 

Amazon Future Engineer also offers free online computer science classes.

Terre Haute's Children's Museum offers Science at Home to keep your budding mad scientists busy.