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BadgerLink is a state-funded collection of databases and online services offered to the public for free. Many of the resources on the Marathon County Public Library's Online Resources webpage are offered courtesy of BadgerLink.
Now, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction would like your feedback on how you use BadgerLink (if you use it), what you like about it, ways you would like to see it improved, etc. Please consider completing the survey linked below. It will take about five minutes.
The survey will close on December 20, 2013. Thank you for completing this assessment of content to be considered for inclusion in BadgerLink.
The Department of Public Instruction is proud to assist Wisconsin libraries and schools by providing the BadgerLink collection of online resources (www.badgerlink.net). BadgerLink currently offers general reference materials including encyclopedias (in English and Spanish); current and historic newspapers from Wisconsin and other states; collections of magazines on subjects of general interest, business, health, education, science, history, and more; collections of materials related to subjects studied in K-12 education, including history, science, literature, health, and the environment; historic documents including census records used by genealogists; auto repair resources; test preparation materials for high school and college entrance examinations and civil service examinations; job search and business skill-building resources and computer skill building tools.
Categories: BadgerLink, electronic databases, technology
Through photos and text, the exhibit tells the story of how the students and one of their professors quietly produced a series of leaflets that urged others in Germany to rise up against the tyranny of the regime. The White Rose group risked certain arrest – and possible death – to produce the anti-Nazi propaganda that was covertly distributed throughout Munich, Hamburg and beyond.
In 1943, several members of the group – including siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl, who helped form the group – were caught. After a quick trial, six members of the group and the professor who helped them were executed. Other students sympathetic to the White Rose also were executed or sent to concentration camps.
The library will hold an opening reception for the exhibit on Saturday, Jan. 4, and we also will show films about the White Rose, including a documentary about Wisconsin’s own Mildred Fish-Harnack, the only American woman executed by direct order of Adolph Hitler for her role in the Nazi resistance. The library will host a panel discussion about the legacy of White Rose in German culture, and teachers and other educators should contact MCPL Wausau about arranging student tours.
This exhibit, presented by White Rose Foundation e . V. of Munich, Germany, and the related events are a new venture in MCPL’s spectrum of programming, and one we hope sheds light on an important slice of WWII history. Funding for this program was provided by the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library.
Categories: Programs, Newsletter
The aquarium officially opened on Dec. 5, and was funded through a generous donation from the estate of Phyllis Donner. Las Vegas-based aquarium company Acrylic Tank Manufacturing built the aquarium, which is home to dozens of fish, crustaceans, coral and other aquatic life typically seen solely through the lens of a scuba mask.
Over the past year, some fish have more than doubled in size, and several species of coral have taken hold and started to create reefs. Darren Letner of Wausau maintains the aquarium and said he’s happy to see so many fish flourishing because they come from all over the world – and sometimes don’t survive the journey to the United States. Letner also said the aquarium’s popularity is obvious, especially among the library’s youngest patrons.
“When the kids see it, they just get lost in it,” he said.
Categories: Children, Newsletter
- iPad Basics / Mon., 11/25/13, 10:30am – 12:00pm @ MCPL Hatley
- Facebook Basics / Mon., 12/2/13, 10:30am – 12:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
- Intermediate iPad / Wed., 12/4/13, 6:00pm – 7:00pm @ MCPL Edgar
- iPad Basics / Mon., 12/9/13, 10:00am – 12:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
- iPad Basics / Tue., 12/10/13, 1:00pm – 2:30pm @ MCPL Stratford
- Word Processing Basics / Wed., 12/18/13, 6:00pm – 7:00pm @ MCPL Edgar
- Email Basics / Mon., 12/23/13, 10:30am – 12:00pm @ MCPL Hatley
- Computer Basics / Wed., 1/8/14, 1:30pm – 3:30pm @ MCPL Mosinee
- Facebook Basics / Mon., 1/27/14, 10:30am – 12:00pm @ MCPL Hatley
Categories: Newsletter, technology, Computer Classes
Laura helps select books and materials for homebound patrons. Laura volunteers at least once a week and always has a positive, upbeat attitude.
Thank you, Laura, for your dedication to Marathon County Public Library.
The topic of this week's program will be It Takes a Village. Local drug experts will discussing the drug abuse problem in Wausau and how the community can play a role in tackling this growing, dangerous threat.
Remember: drug abuse can strike any neighborhood, any household. It can happen to you and yours! Plan on attending It Takes a Village to learn about what you can do to Push back against drug abuse.
The program will be held in the 3rd Floor Wausau Room. All are welcome.
Categories: Health Resources, Government Information, Programs
Each week local drug experts have shared valuable information on AOD issues and what role individuals can play in fighting the local drug problem.
The Week 3 program is entitled The"A" Word. In this case, "A" stands for Addiction. Marathon Coutny drug experts will be discussing drug and alcohol addiction, the various local treatment options available to abusers and what role individuals can play in recovery.
The "A" Word program will be given Tuesday Oct. 22nd at 5:30 and repeated Wednesday Oct. 23 at 12:00 in the 3rd Floor Wausau Room.
Please plan on attending one of the sessions. Drug abuse is a growing threat to Marathon County.
Categories: Health Resources, Government Information, Programs
Wausau Police Department Officer Melinda Pauls' presentation dealt with current drug trends in the Wausau/Marathon County area, especially those impacting young adults.
The next program in the four-week series is entitled I Think We Have a Problem? Participants will learn how to identify if someone is using - or dealing - drugs and your options if you suspect someone is involved with drugs.
I Think We Have a Problem? will be presented Tuesday October 15th at 5:30 and Wednesday October 16th at 12:00 in the Wausau Room of the Headquarters Library.
No registration is required and everyone is welcome.
Stopping the growing drug abuse problem in Marathon County needs everyone's involvement. Set aside time for these important programs. See you there!
Categories: Health Resources, Programs, Government Information
As of Tue., October 1, 2013, Wisconsin residents can explore their health insurance options and apply for benefits using HealthCare.gov, portal to the health insurance marketplace established by the federal government to fulfill the mandates of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
Marathon County Public Library patrons are welcome to use the library's computers to access HealthCare.gov, but please note: We are not trained or licensed to assist you in selecting a specific health plan. We are happy to direct you to information and public resources about the Affordable Care Act that will help you make your own choices.
Free access to computers and the Internet is available at all nine MCPL locations: Wausau, Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon City, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer and Stratford. Please be prepared to present your library card or government-issued ID for access.
Visit www.mcpl.us/aca for a collection of related links and resources.
Categories: Health Resources, Government Information, Affordable Care Act
Beginning the week of October 7th, the Marathon County Public Library and the Marathon County AOD Partnership will be presenting a series of programs detailing drug use in Marathon County and the county-wide response to that abuse.
Tuesday October 8th from 5:30-7:00pm a program will be given on What's Hot Now? which will cover current drug trends impacting area young adults.
The What's Hot Now? program will be repeated on Wednesday October 9th from 12:00-1:30pm.
The programs are free to the public and will be held in the 3rd Floor Wausau Room. Free refreshments will be provided at all sessions.
Given the seriousness of the drug problem in Marathon County, you owe it to yourself to attend one of these sessions. So mark your calendar for October 8th or 9th and be prepared for an eye-opening program.
Besides volunteering, Krystyna works at Polito’s Pizza and goes to school at North Central Technical College. “I first started volunteering because I wanted to get experience in the work field,” says Krystyna about why she volunteers. “I wanted to spend my time helping others.”
Thank you Krystyna, for all your help and efforts at Marathon County Public Library.
Find "Traveling Tales" in the Library Catalog (V-Cat): www.mcpl.us?k=traveling+tales+kit.
Categories: Children, Books, Reading
In October, the library will offer a series of events and activities to help aspiring writers make the leap from reader to writer. Nationally-known writing coach Judy Bridges, author of “Shut Up & Write,” will be in Wausau with tips to get started on works of fiction or nonfiction. We’ll also bring in local and regional authors to discuss their writing methods and their paths to getting published.
In November, it’s time to write! Various MCPL locations will set aside study rooms and other space as part of National Novel Writing Month, an initiative that encourages authors to write 50,000 words during the month. We’ll have character and plot worksheets and other information to help you — or keep you — writing, and participants can meet at the libraries to bounce ideas off of each other.
The next step is publishing, and in December you’ll have a chance to ask questions of publishing representatives on what it takes — from an industry perspective — to get work published.
Categories: Newsletter, Writing
Sessions will be offered at the Marathon County Public Library’s Wausau Headquarters in the Wausau Room (third floor). Interested parties can attend either the daytime sessions, Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., or evening sessions, Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- What’s Hot Now? / Oct. 8 & 9 — Learn about current drug trends that are affecting young adults in Marathon County.
- I Think We Have a Problem / Oct. 15 & 16 – Learn how to identify if someone is using or dealing drugs, and how to safely intervene.
- The "A" Word / Oct. 22 & 23 — Learn about the power of addiction, the risk of relapse and local treatment options.
- It Takes a Village / Oct. 29 & 30 — Learn how all levels of the community can play a part in drug use prevention, treatment and recovery.
Categories: Newsletter, Health Resources, Programs
There is no cost to participate, but class sizes are limited. To register or for more information, call 715-261-7220.
- Math / Oct. 9 & Feb. 12
- Science / Nov. 13 & Mar. 12
- Reading / Dec. 11 & April 9
- Writing / Jan. 8
Categories: Newsletter, Children, Parents
- Computer Basics / Thu., 10/3, 1-2:30pm @ MCPL Stratford
- Computer Basics / Mon., 10/7, 10am @ MCPL Wausau
- iPad Basics / Thu., 10/10, 1-2:30pm @ MCPL Stratford
- Internet Basics / Mon., 10/14, 10am @ MCPL Wausau
- Computer Basics / Mon., 10/14, 4:30pm @ MCPL Athens
- Intermediate iPad / Thu., 10/17, 1pm @ MCPL Stratford
- Email Basics / Mon., 10/21, 10am-12pm @ MCPL Wausau
- iPad Basics / Mon., 10/21, 4:30-6:30pm @ MCPL Athens
- Digital Photo Basics / Mon., 10/28, 10am-12pm @ MCPL Wausau
- Word Processing Basics / Mon., 11/4, 10am-12pm @ MCPL Wausau
- Facebook Basics / Wed., 11/6, 1:30-3:30pm @ MCPL Mosinee
- Access Basics / Mon., 11/11, 10am-12pm @ MCPL Wausau
- Excel Basics / Mon., 11/18, 10am – 12pm @ MCPL Wausau
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Sept.-Nov., 2013)
Categories: Newsletter, Computer Classes, technology
Anyone interested in bringing in an item or items to be appraised by antiques expecrt Mark Moran should call 261-7234 to register. Cost is $10.00 per item which buys you a four-minute consultation. Registration is required.
If interested, call or stop into the Headquarters Library and sign up. Mark's schedule on the 22nd is filling up but there still are some openings left.
See you there on the 22nd!
Bernadette volunteers at Marathon County Public Library’s Rothschild Branch where she helps shelve books. Bernadette has been volunteering for about five months and volunteers because she loves to read books. Besides reading, Bernadette also enjoys sewing.
Thank you, Bernadette, for all your help and dedication to Marathon County Public Library.
Mem Fox's book Reading Magic inspired the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.
When reading aloud to your child, try Mem Fox’s Ten Read Aloud Commandments:
1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.
2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.
3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don’t be dull, or flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.
4. Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners.
5. Read the stories that the kids love, over and over and over again, and always read in the same ‘tune’ for each book: i.e. with the same intonations on each page, each time.
6. Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly about the pictures, or anything else connected to the book; or sing any old song that you can remember; or say nursery rhymes in a bouncy way; or be noisy together doing clapping games.
7. Look for rhyme, rhythm or repetition in books for young children, and make sure the books are really short.
8. Play games with the things that you and the child can see on the page, such as letting kids finish rhymes, and finding the letters that start the child’s name and yours, remembering that it’s never work, it’s always a fabulous game.
9. Never ever teach reading, or get tense around books.
10. Please read aloud every day, mums and dads, because you just love being with your child, not because it’s the right thing to do.
Check out Mem Fox's read-aloud techniques available on the website, Reading Is Fundamental @ www.rif.org.
Categories: Children, Reading
The following sessions will be offered at the Marathon County Public Library in the 3rd Floor Wausau Room. Interested parties can attend either the daytime (Wednesdays 12-1:30pm) or evening (Tuesdays 5:30-7pm) sessions on a given week.
Session 1 – What’s Hot Now? – Current drug trends that are impacting Marathon County. Offered Tuesday October 8th at 5:30pm & Wednesday October 9th at 12:00pm.
Session 2 – I Think We Have a Problem! – How to identify if someone is using or dealing drugs, and how to safely intervene. Offered Tuesday October 15th at 5:30pm & Wednesday October 16th at 12:00pm.
Session 3 – The ‘A’ Word, Now What? – The power of addiction, relapse, and local treatment options. Offered Tuesday October 22nd at 5:30pm & Wednesday October 23rd at 12:00pm.
Session 4- It Takes a Village! – All levels of the community play a role in prevention, treatment, enforcement and recovery to address this growing epidemic. Offered Tuesday October 29th at 5:30pm & Wednesday October 30th at 12:00pm.
Snacks and refreshments will be provided at all sessions.
For more information about the programs, call 715-261-7234.
Portions of this article originally appeared in the Wausau Daily Herald.
Leonard was known for his ferocious work ethic that produced such best-sellers as Get Shorty, Freaky Deaky and Be Cool. His distinct mix of crime and comedy led to adaptations of many of his novels and stories into films, including Get Shorty, 3:10 to Yuma, Hombre and Rum Punch, the latter adapted by director Quentin Tarantino for his film Jackie Brown.
In its rememberence the Detroit News wrote "In Leonard’s colorful world of dumb but entertaining crooks and bemused cops, there was always more than a whiff of postwar seediness and amorality."
Leonard also is known for his ten rules of writing, which he adapted into a 2007 book.
Categories: Writing, Staff Picks, blogs