The MCPL Blog
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!
Categories: OverDrive, e-books
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!
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.
Categories: Books, Writing, Wisconsin
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.
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.
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul.-Sept., 2014)
Categories: Newsletter, Genealogy, electronic databases
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.
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul.-Sept., 2014)
Categories: Newsletter, Children, Early Literacy
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
The Best of The Laurie Berkner Band
Toddler Favorites Too!
Baby Beluga by Raffi
Songs for Wiggleworms
Categories: Children, Early Literacy, Parents
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.
Categories: Early Literacy, Children, Wausau Daily Herald
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.
Categories: Summer Library Program, Programs
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 Wisconsin, Torch 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.
Categories: Genealogy, Wausau Daily Herald
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)
Categories: Newsletter, Summer Library Program, Programs
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!
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.
Categories: e-books, OverDrive, technology
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:
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
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
Categories: Children, Parents , Books
The files are in MP3 format and each pair is available for one week only, but the files are yours to keep. You can even sign up for email notifications or text alerts when new files become available. The list has a lot of great reading (listening?) opportunities. Some of the title pairings coming up include “Confessions of a Murder Suspect” by James Patterson with Agatha Christie’s “Murder at the Vicarage,” (May 29-June 4) “Code Name Verity,” a Printz honor book about a British spy shot down over occupied France paired with “The Hiding Place,” a novel about a Dutch family sent to a concentration camp for hiding Jews (June 12-June 18), and “Forgive Me Leonard Peacock,” about a young man planning a school shooting with “October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard”(June 26-July 2). Need to read “The Odyssey” this summer? Check out the audio book of “Torn from Troy,” (July 3-9) about Odysseus’s Trojan slave. Find yourself missing Anne and Prince Edward Island? “Anne of Green Gables” is available June 19-25. Both Sherlock Holmes and Dr Jekyll (or is that Mr. Hyde?) are available at the end of July. If you miss one, you can still listen to it via Soundcloud, but you won’t be able to download it, and, sadly, you can’t get files from previous summers. Check it out the schedule and good luck with your assigned summer reading!
For more information about the Sync YA audiobook program, visit their website.
Categories: Audiobooks, OverDrive, Teen Zone
How to stream videos:
--From the Wisconsin Digital Library Catalog (Overdrive) home page, select “New Streaming Video” under the featured collections list at the top of the page.
-If you are using a web browser, once you have located a title that is available for streaming, simply click "Play" to start watching the video.
-If you are using the Overdrive app, tap the "Add to app' button to add streaming video to your in-app bookshelf.
-Streaming video works on most devices as long as you are using a browser with HTML5 support, like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer.
You can also download movies from the Overdrive catalog. The current digital collection features a diverse assortment of titles. You can borrow titles for 3, 5, and 7 days. Here are just some of the eclectic assortment of titles we found in the digital collection:
Synopsis from Overdrive: "One of our favorite natural history subjects, the dinosaur, gets a makeover and then some in this fantastically ambitious and groundbreaking documentary that presents a series of vignettes about dinosaurs."
Angel and the Badman (starring John Wayne)
Synopsis: "Proving that good things can happen to bad people, Quaker girl Penelope Worth nurses the disreputable Quirt Evans back to health. Now he must choose between two worlds, the one he has always lived in and the kinder gentler place that Penelope calls home."
Dragon Age: Redemption (starring Felicia Day)
Synopsis: "Elvish assassin, gets a last chance at redemption when she is sent to capture a rogue Qunari mage who is intent on wreaking havoc in the world.”
Synopsis: "Want to learn how to make your own delicious sushi at home? Easy Sushi can show you how! Step-by-step video demonstrations by a professional sushi chef will take you through the entire sushi-making process, from preparation to serving. You'll quickly discover why sushi is so tasty...and healthy, too. From traditional Japanese classics to exciting modern favorites, these recipes are sure to please the whole family.”
How to browse for movies in the catalog:
-From the Wisconsin Digital Library Catalog (Overdrive) home page, select “all collections” under the featured collections list at the top of the page.
-In the drop down menu, select "music and video highlights."
Categories: OverDrive, technology, Movies
Categories: Writing, Wisconsin, Books
How many times have you picked up your smart phone, tablet, laptop, or another electronic device today? Perhaps you feel like you are always online because of work or school, plus all of the time you spend online at home. Can you imagine spending a week without using your devices for entertainment? This May, consider participating in Screen-Free Week. Screen-Free Week is an annual event where participants pledge to spend seven days without using screens for entertainment. You do not need to stop using your computer or device for work or school, but the point of the pledge is to find other sources of entertainment for you and your family. Take the pledge, and see what activities you can discover, or perhaps rediscover, when you take a break from your devices. Listed below are some ideas for off-screen entertainment.
Children's author event: Visit MCPL Wausau on Saturday, May 10th at 10:30 a.m. for an appearance by children’s author and illustrator David LaRochelle. Mr. LaRochelle will read from several of his books, and an activity for kids will be provided.
Family meal: Plan a family meal from scratch that your whole family will help prepare. Sit down at your table and enjoy your home-cooked meal together. Not sure what to cook, or know a few picky eaters? Come to the library and browse our cookbook section for ideas..
Game night: Played any board games recently? This is a fun activity for families and also for groups of friends to try a new board game or revisit an old favorite. Need some suggestions? Check out Board Game Geek for suggestions for all ages and skill levels.
Exercise: Take an exercise class, or go for a walk at a park. Make exercise a social event and bring a friend.
Write letters: When was the last time you sent a handwritten letter? Send a friend or family member a letter or a card this week. .
And last, but certainly not least…...
READ! Come to the library and pick out a new book to enjoy. Not sure what to choose? Ask our staff to make a recommendation for you.
For more information on Screen-Free Week and even more activities, visit Screenfree.org.
Categories: Reading, Food, Programs
Stacey started volunteering because her mom works at the library. “My mom inspires me. Seeing how she helps people makes me want to do the same,” says Stacey. Besides volunteering, Stacey enjoys cooking, baking, photography, and reading. Thank you, Stacey, for all your hard work and dedication to Marathon County Public Library.
The Heartbleed bug, the Internet Explorer security flaw, changes to Facebook’s privacy settings, credit card breaches at major retail stores; all are examples of privacy and security breaches headlining local and nationals news. Since our lives are so connected to the Internet, it sometimes can feel like we don’t have a lot of control over our digital lives, and especially our privacy.
Choose Privacy Week is an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that focuses on digital privacy rights. It’s an invitation for libraries and library users to have a conversation about individual privacy rights in a digital age. While privacy has always been an important part of library services, the Choose Privacy Week is a relatively new endeavor for ALA. 2014 is the fifth year of the campaign.
Choose Privacy Week is also a good time for a refresher on ways you can help keep your information safe, especially if you are using a public computer. It’s good practice to make sure you are completely signed out of your email, social network accounts, or any other services where you enter a password before you log off completely from a public computer. Additionally, when you are selecting a password, make sure you are selecting a complex enough password that is still memorable. One way to do this is to select characters and numbers that will form a memorable statement. For example, "ILmcpl@14" would stand for "I love Marathon County Public Library," using the number 14 as a memorable number and a variation of upper and lower class letters.
Many of us are active on social networks, and while we share our birthdays on Facebook, photos of vacations on Instagram, and check-in to a favorite restaurant on Foursquare, it’s important to remember that we also need to protect our privacy.
Here are some of ALA’s tips for protecting your privacy on social media:
Do you want to set your profile to public or private? You probably want potential employers to see your LinkedIn profile and generate hits on search engines, so a public profile is a good option. You might not want the rest of the world to see your Facebook updates, and generally many users make these profiles accessible only to friends and family.
Review privacy settings on social media. Review your favorite social networks for changes to privacy policies and procedures. Usuall,y these setting are links or tabs labeled Settings, Profile, or Privacy.
Remember, once you put something on the internet, it will remain on the internet. Some sites will archive photos or status updates you delete, so keep that in mind. Often celebrities will delete photos or tweets from Twitter they posted only to see them resurface as a screenshot on a blog.
Want some more information about the Heartbeed bug, the Internet Explorer security flaw, Privacy Week, or Marathon County Public Library’s privacy policies?
Internet Explorer Flaw (including information on the update to address the flaw)
Categories: Libraries, technology, Websites
Your child needs positive human interaction to fully develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. Human interaction includes simple tasks such as talking, singing, playing, writing and reading; the five suggested practices to get your child ready to read! Through human interaction, your child’s brain will develop to its fullest potential and he or she will feel loved and be more willing to learn, listen and grow.
How can you interact with your child? Below are a few ideas:
- Play with your child outside, or play make believe inside
- Talk with your child about his or her day, favorite color, or anything you can think of!
- Sing favorite songs, sing sentences in books, or make up silly songs that rhyme together
- Write your child's name, allow him or her to scribble with chalk, or draw pictures together
- Read books together, point out the letters in different signs you see outside, and read even more!
Wordless picture books are a great way to promote parent-child interaction. Books without words may seem intimidating and strange, but have your child tell the story based on the illustrations and ask different questions as you move through the story. Using wordless picture books will encourage your child to talk, interpret pictures, and use his or her imagination. Below is a list of wordless picture books (or books that contain very few words) that will encourage interaction through talking:
- "Banana!" by Ed Vere
- "Hug" by Jez Alborough
- "Where’s Walrus?" by Stephen Savage
- "Good Night, Gorilla" by Peggy Rathmann
- "Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug!" by Mark Newgarden
- "Chalk" by Bill Thomson
- "Journey" by Aaron Becker
- "Pancakes for Breakfast" by Tomie de Paola
- "Mr. Wuffles" by David Wiesner
- "My Friend Rabbit" by Eric Rohmann
Categories: Children, Parents , Early Literacy
Additionally, special children's events will supersede concurrent story times (particularly "Tales for Tots" at Wausau), but don't let that stop you from visiting the library -- there will be plenty of fun and learning for your child in either case.
As always, the story time schedule is viewable at www.mcpl.us/storytimes, but we've also copied it below with the forthcoming changes underlined and colored red.
Family Story Time
- MCPL Wausau — Saturdays, 10:30am (year-round) (no meetings 5/4 - 6/7)
- MCPL Athens — Tuesdays, 10:00am (year-round)
- MCPL Edgar — Thursdays, 9:30am (Sep.-May) (ends 5/8/14; resumes 9/?/14)
- MCPL Hatley — Tuesdays, 10:30am (year-round)
- MCPL Marathon City — Thursdays, 10:30am (Sep.-May) (ends 5/15/14; resumes 9/11/14)
- MCPL Mosinee — Wednesdays, 10:00am (Sep.-May) (ends 5/7/14; resumes 9/10/14)
- MCPL Rothschild — Tuesdays, 10:30am (year-round)
- MCPL Spencer — Wednesdays, 10:00am (Sep.-May) (ends 5/21/14; resumes 9/10/14)
- MCPL Stratford — Wednesdays, 10:15am (Sep.-May) (ends 5/14/14; resumes 9/10/14)
- MCPL Wausau — Mondays, 6:30pm (Jun.-Aug.) (starts 6/16/14; ends 8/18/14)
- MCPL Wausau — Fridays, 9:30am (year-round)
- MCPL Hatley — Thursdays, 10:00am (year-round)
- MCPL Mosinee — Wednesdays, 10:30am (year-round)
MCPL Wausau — Wednesdays AND Thursdays, 10:30am (year-round) (no meetings 5/4 - 6/7) -- Note: During the summer (Jun.-Aug.), we welcome children of all ages to this story time, effectively making this a "Family Story Time."
Tales for Tots
MCPL Wausau — Tuesdays, 9:45am AND 10:30am (year-round) (no meetings 5/4 - 6/7; due to concurrent children's programs, this story time will only meet 6/10, 7/1, 7/29, 8/5 and 8/12.) -- Note: During the summer (Jun.-Aug.), we welcome children of all ages to this story time, effectively making this a "Family Story Time."
MCPL Wausau — Mondays, 10:00am (year-round) (no meetings 5/4 - 6/7) -- Note: During the summer (Jun.-Aug.), we welcome children of all ages to this story time, effectively making this a "Family Story Time."
Daycare Story Time
No meetings will be scheduled June-August.
Categories: Children, Programs, Storytimes