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Volunteer-run group currently operates out of Aurora church, but hopes to find larger, more visible location



LINDSAY KEEFER - From left, Jan Metzger, Andrea Heid, Josie Hyde and Nicole Scott are among the volunteers who keep the North Marion Community Library running.LINDSAY KEEFER - North Marion Community Library volunteer Nicole Scott, 12, of Canby, adds recently-donated books to the library system.After years of planning and preparation, the North Marion Community Library rose to existence a year ago.

The work has been hard, but well worth it for the organizers. Now, with a year under its belt, the North Marion Community Library Association would like to celebrate a little with a one-year anniversary party Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library in the basement of the Aurora Presbyterian Church.

“Our summer reading program was very successful, which was encouraging,” said Josie Hyde, treasurer. “We have all the communities in North Marion County that we are trying to serve — Hubbard, Donald, Aurora and Butteville specifically.”

She said that the group’s main issue is just getting the word out that there’s a community library that can be a resource. The group has put flyers in the schools and attended community events to get the word out.

The all-volunteer effort, headed by President Lori Leach, has proven fruitful with more than 6,000 mostly donated books on the shelves and more than 300 people with library cards. And while the church has been a wonderful jumping off point to start the library, a year in it’s clear that the library needs a larger space that offers better visibility.

“We need to have more volunteers and more room, so we can expand our hours,” Hyde said.

With work still to be, it’s time to reflect on the progress being made with a little celebration.

The anniversary event will feature refreshments and children’s activities, as well as a book sale.

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