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  • 23 Sep 2013 11:27 AM | Julie Klein (Administrator)

    The Friends of the Marysville Public Library were proud to become a first time sponsor for the 6th Annual Covered Bridge and Bluegrass Festival which ran September 20, 21 & 22.  Kaulin Bushong and Renee Fairchild dressed in historical costumes, read children's books and retold local historical tales such as "Noah Orr, The Union County Giant" in the children's storytelling area on Saturday September 21st. 

  • 15 Sep 2013 8:34 PM | Julie Klein (Administrator)
     

    The Friends of the Library recently gathered for their Annual Meeting Luncheon. This years honoree was Ryan McDonnell, Marysville Library Director for the past 10 years. Community members Lisa Wellman, Steve Stolte and Bob Whitman reflected on Ryan's contributions to the library and community during his years of service at the library. Dave Irish also read a letter written by Gene Sellers about Ryan's time as library director. In addition, the program included a year in review of Friends activities, election of new and returning directors, a library levy presentation by Rebecca Wever and Sue Irwin and door prize drawings for gift cards to local restaurants. A catered meal with live piano entertainment complemented another wonderful annual meeting. 

  • 15 Jun 2013 8:28 PM | Julie Klein (Administrator)
    The Friends of the Library had their first "Friends and A Movie" event.  Members and non-members came together in the Main Library meeting room A to watch the movie "Lincoln".  Popcorn and refreshments were enjoyed by all and a drawing was held for a Friends book bag and a book.
  • 31 Jul 2012 4:56 PM | Deleted user

    Please join us for our Annual Meeting

    Honoring E. Gene Sellers

    Sunday, September 9 at 1:30pm
    Inn at Halcyon Village
    1565 London Ave.
    Marysville, Ohio 43040

    A luncheon will be served.

    Donations will be accepted to help offset costs.

    Please RSVP by August 31
    (937) 642-1876 x 26 or
    membership@marysvillefriends.com

  • 01 Mar 2012 9:17 AM | Deleted user

    By Mardy Hanlon-Stolte

    Local author Bob Whitman opened the 2012 Author Series last evening at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. He enlightened as well as entertained over 60 audience members about his passion for researching and writing about Jim Thorpe, the legendary athlete.


    Whitman’s book, “Jim Thorpe and the Oorang Indians: the NFL’s Most Colorful Franchise’” is a biography of Thorpe.  His second book about the renowned sports figure is “Jim Thorpe, Athlete of the Century: A Pictorial Biography.” Thorpe (1887-1953) was named a college All-American, honored as1912 Olympic decathlon and pentathlon gold medalist, and is enshrined in the Professional Football Hall of Fame – just a few of his many outstanding athletic accomplishments.


    A retired educator and native of LaRue in Marion County, Whitman directed his opening remarks of the evening to local high school students in the audience. Referring to them as “a scholarly looking group,” he emphasized the significance of researching and writing.


    Early in his writing career, Whitman gained exposure by writing magazine articles.  “There is really something to seeing your name in print,” he said.

    Whitman shared his interest and enjoyment in research.  He emphasized the need for accuracy in fact gathering.  “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet,” he said.  “When you write, make sure you check your facts.”


    Explaining his perspective of the writing process, Whitman said, “Chapters are organized like individual stories with a beginning, middle and end.” 


    Mastering mechanics, paragraph structure and sentence structure is essential for strong writing, according to Whitman. 


    He also stressed the importance of editing and proofreading in the writing process.  “Always have someone read your work,” he said.


    Whitman’s interest in Thorpe began as a child when he would visit the Oorang Airedale Dog Kennels, a local business in LaRue owned by Walter Lingo. Whitman was fascinated with the multitude of albums of news clippings and sports memorabilia stored at the kennels.  Here he was introduced to Thorpe and the Oorang Indian football team that Lingo owned and for whom Thorpe played and coached.  The team, comprised of Native American Indians, played in the National Football League in 1922-23.

     

    Decades later, Whitman pursued his childhood interest in Thorpe and nurtured a friendship with family members and earned their confidence. He was honored as the official biographer by the Jim Thorpe Association. 

    Whitman’s “love to research” provided opportunities to become immersed in telling the life story of Thorpe.  He spent hours conducting interviews and looking at photos that became the foundation of his pictorial biography about Thorpe.


    Whitman appreciates the opportunities he has enjoyed because of his writing interests.  “You get invitations to events like ‘John Madden’s Football Team of the Century,’” he said.

    Being a participant in a televised program was a highlight in Whitman’s writing career although he humorously remarked that he appeared on the screen “just long enough to see my name.”  He also was a contributor to ESPN’s SportsCentury Top North American Athletes of the 20th Century of which Thorpe was ranked 7th out of 100 athletes.


    At evening’s end, Whitman reminded those in attendance that writing can create a legacy for an individual.  “We all have a story in us,” he said.


    The 7th annual Author Series, sponsored by the Friends of the Marysville Public Library, continues with Ohio writer Carla Buckley on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Interested individuals should call (937) 644-8686 for ticket information.

  • 02 Feb 2012 4:58 PM | Deleted user

    The Friends of the Library President David Irish present a check to Marysville Public Library Director Ryan McDonnell in the amount of $5,512.  This contribution is a percentage of the Friends of the Library Endowment Fund value as of the end of 2011.  The contribution will be used to purchase materials for the library’s collection.

  • 29 Aug 2011 4:59 PM | Deleted user

    The Friends of the Marysville Public Library held their Annual Meeting on Sunday afternoon at the Inn at Halcyon Village.  This year, the Friends honored long-time board member Ken Kraus who passed away in July.   Former Mayor Chris Schmenk (left) spoke at the event as well as former mayor Tom Kruse and current Mayor, John Gore.  Ken Kraus’ widow, Alice Kraus, is pictured in the center of the photo.  About 70 people were in attendance at the luncheon.

  • 29 Aug 2011 11:22 AM | Deleted user

    The Friends of the Marysville Public Library held their Annual Meeting on Sunday afternoon at the Inn at Halcyon Village.  This year, the Friends honored long-time board member Ken Kraus who passed away in July.   Former Mayor Chris Schmenk (left) spoke at the event as well as former mayor Tom Kruse and current Mayor, John Gore.  Ken Kraus’ widow, Alice Kraus, is pictured in the center of the photo.  About 70 people were in attendance at the luncheon.  To find out more about the Friends organization, visit their website at www.marysvillefriends.com.

  • 11 Apr 2011 2:33 PM | Deleted user

    It's time to re-enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards program if you enrolled last year to help the Friends of the Library.  You can find instructions here.

  • 15 Feb 2011 10:00 AM | Deleted user

     

    The Friends of the Marysville Public Library kick off thier 6th annual Author Series tonight February 15, 2011.

The Friends of the Marysville Public Library is a separate non-profit 501(c)(3) organization,
established to support the library and its mission in the community. 

231 S. Plum Street, Marysville, Ohio 43040

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