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OCTOBER 20, 2014
Create Your Own Urban Legend: The Mill
Earlier this month, teens had an opportunity to create their own urban legends using materials found in the library. This terrifying story was inspired by a picture of the Island Mill in Wausau (c. 1900-1919) from the Marathon County Historical Society, found in the Central Wisconsin Digitization Project.
 

The Mill
By Damian Wendorf
 
My best friend, Devon, was talking to me about a story his dad told him. The story concerns three boy who were murdered in the 1960’s. The murder occurred on the Wisconsin River by the old saw mill.  First, the police found a bloody saw blade and a pool of blood on the floor of the mill. In the pool of blood lay a body of a fourteen year old boy, cut in half. The other two boys were found in many pieces around the old saw mill. 
 
The funerals were closed casket and the crime was never solved. People believed that many years earlier, a young worker died at the mill. He died when his foot got stuck between two large logs. He helplessly fell and was pulled into the saw, meeting a grisly death. This boy was never buried. Folks said that the mill owner tossed his cut up remains into the river. Young boys exploring the old mill told tales of a cut man, still bleeding,  coming out of the water.  He would chase and try to grab them and pull them to their death.  The three boys met such a fate. The parents demanded the mill be torn down . 
 
Beware if you are walking near the river and see wet footprints.  Run!  He still lurks there…

 

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Categories: Teen ZoneWisconsin

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OCTOBER 15, 2014
Nominees Announced for 2014 National Book Award

Finalists for the National Book Award were announced today, bringing recognition to 20 authors in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young people’s literature.

The winners in each category will be announced Nov. 19, but if you’d like to sample the work of some of the nominees before or after the winners are selected, click any of the links below to find titles available in our catalog.

In other award-winning book news, The Man Booker Prize was just awarded yesterday to Richard Flanagan for "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" Find it in our catalog here.

National Book Award Nominees

Fiction  
Nonfiction

 
Poetry

  • Claudia Rankine: “Citizen: An American Lyric”
  • Louise Gluck: “Faithful and Virtuous Night Poems”
  • Fred Moten: “The Feel Trio”
  • Fanny Howe: “Second Childhood”
  • Maureen N. McLane: “This Blue”
 
Young People’s Literature

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Categories: AwardsBooksLibraries

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OCTOBER 6, 2014
OverDrive's Big Library Read: October 13-28, 2014
Check out OverDrive’s Big Library Read, which offers community-wide access to a YA title during October 13-28, 2014. During this special event, all card holders can simply download “Anatomy of A Misfit" by Andrea Portes from OverDrive. Since OverDrive is offering simultaneous use for this title during October 13-28, the title is available right away, with no waiting on hold for the next copy. The title expires at the end of the lending period for each user, not the end of the program.

Synopsis: “Anika is the third most popular girl in her high school–despite feeling she doesn’t fit in with the popular crowd in her small Nebraskan town. To maintain her social status, Anika does whatever Becky Vilhauser (first most popular girl in school) tells her to do. But when loner Logan McDonough returns from summer vacation hotter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika has a hard time staying away–even when Becky forbids her to date him. Anika’s glimpse into Logan’s troubled home life only draws her closer, but despite her blossoming feelings, Anika breaks up with him. In an emotionally devastating ending, Anika is left in the wake of tragedy, which leaves her with the revelation that we have only one chance to be true to ourselves, and nothing is more important than listening to your own heart.”

For more information on OverDrive’s Big Library Read, visit their website.

For more information on Andrea Portes, visit her website.

Need help downloading OverDrive to your new device? Check out detailed instructions here.

 

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Categories: e-booksOverDriveAudiobooks

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OCTOBER 3, 2014
Upcoming Author Visits: Ilsa J. Bick & Wisconsin Romance Writers of America
Mark your calendars for these two exciting opportunities to meet several Wisconsin authors!

On October 7, author Ilsa J. Bick will visit MCPL Wausau at 7:00 p.m. Ilsa J. Bick is an award winning author of YA titles like “Draw The Dark” and her latest, “White Space,” which received accolades from VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) magazine. Bick will read from her latest books, sign copies, and discuss how she became a writer. This event is for teens, but adults are also welcome to this event.

For more information on Ilsa Bick, please visit her website.

Fans of romance novels and aspiring authors are encouraged to attend our romance writers roundtable on October 16 at 6:00 p.m. Members of the Wisconsin chapter of Romance Writers of America will discuss writing romance novels, answer questions, and sign copies of their books. Featured authors include Jenna Greenland, Jevenna Willow, Helen Johannes, Renee Wildes, Lyn Cote, Amy Sandas, Kat de Falla, and S.C. Mitchell.

For more information about the Romance Writers of America, visit their website.

Both events do not require advance registration, and are free and open to the public.
 

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
Banned Books Week: Most Challenged Titles of 2013
Is your favorite book a banned book? Every year, the Office of Intellectual Freedom receives hundreds of reports from libraries and schools about challenged books. In September, libraries celebrate the freedom to read and open access to information during Banned Books Week.

Here are the most challenged titles of 2013, from BannedBooksWeek.org.

The 10 most challenged titles of 2013:
  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison  Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
Wisconsin Science Festival: Curiosity Unleashed
The Wisconsin Science Festival is a statewide celebration of science focused on curiosity, creativity and community. Based in Madison, but spread out across the state, a variety of interactive science programs will be offered October 16-19, 2014. Visit their website for a full listing of state-wide events.

Here at Marathon County Public Library, we will be hosting two events at MCPL-Wausau in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival. Children in grades K-5 can join us for Grossology on October 16 from 6:30-7:30pm. School-aged children will learn about all of the gross things the human body does with demonstrations and experiments. Then, on Saturday October 18, Colossal Fossils, a Wisconsin non-profit, will bring fossils for children of all ages to explore. Unleash your curiosity this October and join us at Marathon County Public Library, or any of the statewide events put on in celebration of science.
 

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Categories: ChildrenWisconsin

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
September 18th is Read an eBook Day!
Join OverDrive’s national celebration by checking out an eBook from the library, sharing your reading stories, or simply reading your favorite eBook. Read an eBook Day is a celebration of modern storytelling.

Want to win a tablet? Share your eReading experience in the comments on OverDrive's Read an eBook Day page, or share on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #eBookDay to enter the contest.

New to OverDrive and the world of eBooks? Overdrive has some great getting started guides and information for those new to OverDrive.

Visit our Wausau location, call us (715-261-7230), or email ref@mcpl.us with your OverDrive questions. We're here to help you!
 

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month
This September, libraries all across the country are reminding parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply, whether you are a child or an adult returning to school after a long absence.

Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee is the face of the 2014-2015 national campaign, which includes a social media giveaway of a comic book prize package. Share why you value your library card by using the hashtag #LibraryCardSignUp on Facebook or Twitter, or add a picture to the “My Library Card” Flickr group. The contest ends on September 23.

Did you know that if you are over the age of 18, you can apply for a MCPL library card online? We also have paper applications available at all MCPL locations.

Tell us why you value your library card by commenting below. 

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Categories: LibrariesReadingBooks

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AUGUST 1, 2014
Pick the next Overdrive Big Read book!
Help select the next book for October's Big Library Read! In June, Overdrive's global e-book club read "A Pedigree to Die For" by Laurien Berenson. During the Big Library Read, Overdrive offers simultaneous use for a title during the program timeframe, with no waiting on hold for the next copy. The title expires at the end of the lending period for each user, not the end of the program.

October's genre is Young Adult, and there are several selections that you can vote for through Friday, August 8. There is no limit on how many times you can vote.

Submit your pick here, and get ready for the next Big Read!

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Categories: OverDrivee-books

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JULY 30, 2014
Antiques Appraisal Program...Coming Soon!
On Sunday September 28th, the Marathon County Public Library will be once again hosting WHAT IT'S WORTH; THE ANTIQUES APPRAISAL PROGRAM!

Antiques expert Mark Moran will be on hand to evaluate and appraise such items as toys, clocks, costume jewelry, artwork, vintage photographs and glassware.

Mark will be available from 1:30 to 4:00 pm. The cost is $10.00 per item. That fee entitles the person to a four-minute consultation. Each additional item is $10.00 and, in turn, another four-minute consult.

Registration is REQUIRED. Call (715) 261-7230 to register or for further information.

If you don't have an item, please come and and sit in on the fun. Spectators are always welcome. See you there!

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Category: Antiques

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JULY 28, 2014
Curious about writing or self-publishing?
Do you have a few chapters of your first attempt at a novel on your flashdrive or buried in a shoebox in your closet? With the demands of work, family, or school, it might seem impossible to start writing, not to mention finish writing a novel. However, authors Kourtney Heintz and B.C. Kowalski proved that it can be done, and they will share their experiences with you during these special events at the Marathon County Public Library.

This Thursday, Kourtney Heintz will host a productive part-time writer workshop at MCPL Wausau at 6:30 p.m. Heintz wrote two novels while working full-time, and she will share her tips for setting deadlines and managing the distractions of real life.

You may have heard of authors self-publishing their work, but might wonder exactly what that process entails and if it is right for you. Stevens Point-based author B.C. Kowalski will share his self-publishing experiences and read excerpts from his first science fiction novel,“Robot Awareness," at MCPL Wausau on August 9th at 2:00 p.m. 

Both events do not require advance registration, and are free and open to the public.
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JULY 24, 2014
Reference services
As summer winds down and your thoughts turn to more studious matters (whether you’re going back to school or starting a new project), don’t forget the library offers these useful resources!

Online databases

Your library card gives you online access to product reviews and comparisons from Consumer Reports, stock reports from Value Line, foreign language learning tools from Mango Languages, repair manuals from the Auto Repair Reference Center, and many other helpful research databases. Visit any of our locations and use one of our public computers or connect to our free Wi-Fi to access these databases at www.mcpl.us/research. You can also access most of these databases from home.

Genealogy resources

Research your family history using Ancestry: Library Edition and our microfilm collection. Accessible only while you are in the library, Ancestry: Library Edition is a special version of Ancestry.com, a popular subscription-based site which offers access to a large collection of resources about family histories. The Wausau headquarters also offers access to the microfilm records of The Wausau Daily Herald (and the four papers that preceded the Herald) for those looking for obituaries or other articles about their ancestors.

Study rooms and internet access

The library’s Wausau headquarters and Marathon City branch have study rooms available for nonprofit or educational purposes free of charge. Visit the library or call us with questions about study room availability. All of our locations offer free Wi-Fi and public computer access.

www.mcpl.us/research

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul.-Sept., 2014)

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JULY 24, 2014
Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead!
Beginning this fall, together with our usual literacy offerings, we are incorporating more S.T.E.A.M. into our children’s programs!

What’s S.T.E.A.M.?  It is an approach to education that focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics by providing kids with lots of hands-on activities and experiments. Each program will be designed to engage the imagination and stimulate the curiosity of our future computer programmers, scientists, mathematicians, artists and engineers.

S.T.E.A.M. Exploration Stations are planned for preschool children (ages 3-5) at 10:30am on the second Wednesday and the following Saturday of each month at our Wausau headquarters. Occasionally, other Preschool Story Times will feature S.T.E.A.M experiments and activities, too.

Additionally, monthly S.T.E.A.M. programs are being planned for school-age children (grades K-5), including events for tweens (grades 3-5) specifically.

We are following national recommendations by expanding our educational opportunities for children and providing additional activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.  These free programs are intended to be fun, engaging and beneficial for your children as they grow into successful teens and adults.

www.mcpl.us/kids

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul.-Sept., 2014)

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JULY 23, 2014
Make music with your child
Music has many benefits to children of all ages; it gives children an outlet for expression, it breaks down language so children hear the smaller sounds in words (also known as phonological awareness), and music stimulates brain development in specific areas including language and reasoning. So, what can you do so your child gets the most out of music? Encourage your child to make his or her own music with household items. Play music in your home and encourage your child to sing and dance. And, even if you have a terrible singing voice, sing to your child! Your child will not care what your voice sounds like, just be enthusiastic and expressive. Sing nursery rhymes, make up songs that rhyme together, and even sing books. Check out the booklists below for books that can be sung to children and a list of highly recommended children’s music CDS.

Books to Sing
The Seals on the Bus-Lenny Hort
Old McDonald Had a Farm-Jane Cabrera
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed-Eileen Christelow
My Very First Mother Goose-Iona Opie
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star-Jane Cabrera
The Itsy Bitsy Spider-Iza Trapani
 
Recommended CDs
The Best of The Laurie Berkner Band
Toddler Favorites Too!
Baby Beluga by Raffi
Precious Baby
Songs for Wiggleworms
 

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Categories: ChildrenEarly LiteracyParents

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JULY 11, 2014
Building Blocks Series

The first 1000 days of a child's life will influence his or her future academic achievement greatly. A child's brain is only about 25% developed at birth and develops to about 85% at age 3, or about 1000 days old. Marathon County's Early Years Coalition is taking proactive steps to ensuring parents have information and support for those first 1000 days so they raise great kids. The Wausau Daily Herald interviewed members of the coalition in the hopes of spreading the word about what parents can do to ensure their child is healthy, safe, ready for school, and great! Check out the links to other episodes and information to see how you can raise a great child in Marathon County.

New episodes will air Fridays until August 15. Visit http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/opinion/ for the latest videos.

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Categories: Early LiteracyChildrenWausau Daily Herald

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JUNE 18, 2014
June 24th is Something for Everyone Night at the Wausau Headquarters
Next Tuesday night, the Wausau headquarters is offering something for everyone at the library. All of these great events start at 6:30 p.m. and are free! 

Tween Science: Kids grades 3-5 are invited to watch and try some science experiments during out Tween Science program.

Art with Heat: Teens can experiment with heat to create melted crayon art and ice candles. Teens also have a chance to try Flame Painter, a free computer program!

Canning  and Preservation: Adults will learn the science behind canning and preservation of various fruits and vegetables in this presentation by Jackie Carattini from the UW-Extension. 

7 Days of Harryhausen Film Festival: In celebration of the late special-effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen, we will show seven films over seven days featuring Harryhausen's legendary stop-motion animation techniques! Tuesday’s selection is “First Men in the Moon," a 1964 adaptation of the H.G. Wells science fiction novel.

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JUNE 9, 2014
Reference Round-Up!
The Marathon County Public Library offers many services along with a world of information in various forms. One of the most in-demand resources the library offers is our collection of Wausau Daily Herald newspapers at MCPL Wausau.

The newspaper is available in two forms. The library retains paper copies of current issues until we receive a microfilm copy. Normally one microfilm reel contains one month's worth of issues. The library has microfilm of the Wausau Daily Herald back to its origins in 1907.

The library also has microfilm copies of the four newspapers that preceded the Wausau Daily Herald, namely The Central WisconsinTorch of Liberty, Wausau Pilot and Wausau Sun.

Microfilm can be viewed, copied or emailed using the two microfilm machines found on the 2nd Floor. Copies are ten cents a page.

The microfilm contains a world of information on Wausau and Marathon County. Many customers use them to obtain obituaries of loved ones. Others are interested in major events, sports, crime and finding out "what happened on the day I was born."  

For further information, call 715-261-7230 or stop at the Reference Desk on the 2nd Floor.

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Categories: GenealogyWausau Daily Herald

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JUNE 5, 2014
Fizz! Boom! Read!
This year’s Summer Program has a science theme! We’ve planned a variety of fun and educational events for all ages — children, teens and adults — at MCPL locations throughout the county! 

For complete details, visit www.mcpl.us/slp or pick up a Summer Program brochure at your local Marathon County Public Library.

We look forward to seeing you at the library!

(from the MCPL Newsletter, May-Jul., 2014)

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JUNE 4, 2014
June Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to Nathanael and Elizabeth Acker, Marathon County Public Library’s June Volunteers of the Month! Nathanael and Elizabeth are a mother-son team who volunteer together at the Wausau Headquarters. They specifically help in the Teen Zone, shifting books and helping change 14 day books to 28 day books. They are always on time, pleasant, and work hard at what they are doing.

Outside of volunteering, Nathanael enjoys reading, drawing, building with Legos, and videogames. Elizabeth enjoys reading and spending time with family. They decided to volunteer at the library because they both enjoy reading and books.

Thank you, Nathanael and Elizabeth, for all your hard work at Marathon County Public Library!
 

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JUNE 2, 2014
Overdrive's Big Library Read: June 3-18

Looking for a new book to read on your Kindle or Nook for June? Check out Overdrive’s Big Library Read, which offers community-wide access to a new mystery during June 3-18, 2014. During this special event, all card holders can simply download  "A Pedigree to Die For, Melanie Travis Mystery Series, Book 1 " by Laurien Berenson from Overdrive. Since Overdrive is offering simultaneous use for this title during June 3-18, the title is available right away, with no waiting on hold for the next copy. The title expires at the end of the lending period for each user, not the end of the program.

Publisher’s description of "A Pedigree to Die For": "The apparent heart attack that killed kennel owner Max Turnbull has left seven pups in mourning, and his wife Peg suspecting foul play. But the only evidence is their missing prize pooch—a pedigreed poodle named Beau.

Enter Melanie Travis. With her young son happily ensconced in day damp, the thirty-something teacher and single mother is talked into investigating her uncle's death—unofficially, of course. Posing as a poodle breeder in search of the perfect stud, Melanie hounds Connecticut's elite canine competitions, and finds an ally in fellow breeder Sam Driver. But her affection cools when she's put on the scent of Sam's questionable past...and hot on the trail of a poodle-hating neighbor and one elusive murderer who isn't ready to come to heel.  For, as Melanie soon discovers, in a championship dog-eat-dog world, the instinct for survival, and winning, can prove fatal."

For more information on Overdrive’s Big Library Read, visit the Overdrive website.

For more information on Laurien Benson, visit her website.

Need help downloading Overdrive to your new device? Check out detailed instructions here.


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MAY 30, 2014
Develop your child's self-esteem through reading
Developing self-esteem is important to children because confidence will help them in school and life in general. You start developing your child’s self-esteem at birth by being responsive--talking, singing, reading, and being playful. These are also practices that will set foundations for your child’s reading readiness! By being responsive, your child will start to understand who they are and what they do matters to "the world"-- a.k.a. you, the caregiver! By interacting and responding to your child, he or she responds, and you respond back.  As your interactions continue, the child’s self-esteem and trust in you as a caregiver grows and gains strength. For more information about childhood self-esteem and its importance, visit raisegreatkids.org

Here are some books to share with your child about self-esteem and some parenting titles on how to raise children with positive self-esteem: 

Children’s Books
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
Little Blue Truck Leads the Way by Alice Schertle
Hooray for You!: A Celebration on “You-ness” by Marianne Richmond
I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont
Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
I’m Gonna Like Me by Jamie Lee Curtis
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
My Brave Year of Firsts by Jamie Lee Curtis
Learning How to Feel Good About Yourself by Susan Kent

Parent Books
200 Ways to Raise a Girl’s Self-Esteem by Will Glennon
501 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem by Robert Ramsey
Keys to Developing Your Child’s Self-Esteem by Carl Pickhardt
Parent Talk: Words that Empower, Words That Wound: How to Talk to Your Children in Language that Builds Self-Esteem and Encourages Responsibility by Chick Moorman
You Are Special: Words of Wisdom from America’s Most Beloved Neighbor by Fred Rogers
Help Your Kids Get it Done Right at Home and at School!: Building Responsibility and Self-Esteem in Children by Donna Genett
 

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Categories: ChildrenParents Books

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