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Marion library has STEM projects and other fun events

By Genine Hopkins

Spring has arrived and we are in the beginning of May, but the Marion Area District Library has a lot of fun activities and events for kids and adults alike. Beyond the Dungeons and Dragons drop in games (the first of the month was held on May 1 at 4 p.m.), weekly Storytime with fun activities for children, the Library Garden Party on May 2, a GREAT kids’ movie on May 8 at 5 p.m., and so much more, this month will not disappoint!
First come and see the new flowers around the library and village offices building. On May 2, from noon to 4 p.m., volunteers cleaned out the winter build up and planted flowers for everyone to enjoy. Snacks were served.
While at the date of this publication, the first of the regular two Dungeons and Dragons drop in tournaments already took place, but the next one will be later this month, usually on a Wednesday at 4 p.m., in the library’s conference room. If you love the game, come and join fellow players as you enter an age gone by with dragons, orcs, and other creatures, the camaraderie of navigating maps of strange new realms, and see where the journey takes you!
Storytime at 1 p.m on Wednesdays was off to a great start with the May 1 book Tap! Tap! Tap! Dance! Dance! Dance! by Herve Tullet. The next book, on May 8, will be Mouse’s First Spring by Lauren Thompson.
Would you love to have STEM based projects for your kids to make at home? Four times this month – On Tuesday, May 7, Thursday, May 16, Tuesday, May 21, and Thursday, May 30 – the library will have STEM project kits available for free to save you from trying to figure out what supplies you will need to keep your kids engaged in learning. You can pick the kits up any time on those dates, while supplies last!
This month’s movie at 5 p.m. will be on Wednesday, May 8, at 5 p.m. It is Migration, the story of a group of ducks that ventures out from the safety of their New England pond to travel to the Caribbean! Of course there will be popcorn, so come on down and enjoy a great movie! The second movie of the month TBA later in the week, and will be on Wednesday, May 22, at 5 p.m.
Drop in Craft Day will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. All ages are welcomed to join in the fun with all supplies free for those in attendance!
Finally, if you missed the last Adult Book Club discussion, consider joining them on Wednesday, May 29, at 3 p.m., where they will contemplate this month’s book, Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life, by former California Governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Copies of the book are available for checking out at the front desk, so feel free to drop in, grab a copy, and get reading! The library also has a copy that might be of interest to local residents on the history of Marion. The Road to Marion Town by J. August Lithen is available to check out if you’d like to learn a little bit more about our village’s history and the history of Osceola County!
In a brief update on other potential members to join the Marion Area District, while a presentation was made at the last Redding Township regular board meeting, there has not been a resolution voted on to put the issue before the voters, and Winterfield Township doesn’t meet again until Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. I know many people are anxious to see if their township would be willing to allow the proposed millage to go before the voters, so keep reading The Marion Press for updates!

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