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SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
Register now for antiques appraisal roadshow with Mark Moran!
Antiques expert Mark Moran, guest expert on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow, will  visit MCPL Wausau on September 28 to evaluate and appraise antique toys, clocks, costume jewelry, artwork, vintage photographs and glassware.

Just like on the PBS show, spectators are welcome! If you would like to have an item appraised, Mark will be available from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $10.00 per item, which entitles the person to a four-minute consultation. Registration is REQUIRED. Call (715) 261-7230 to register or for further information.


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Category: Antiques


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 with your OverDrive questions. We're here to help you!

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Categories: OverDrivee-books


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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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


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


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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Categories: BooksWritingWisconsin


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 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, 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)

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Categories: NewsletterGenealogyelectronic databases


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.

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

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Categories: NewsletterChildrenEarly Literacy


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


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 for the latest videos.

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Categories: Early LiteracyChildrenWausau Daily Herald


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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Categories: Summer Library ProgramPrograms


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


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 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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Categories: NewsletterSummer Library ProgramPrograms


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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Categories: e-booksOverDrivetechnology


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

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


MAY 27, 2014
Sync offers free YA audiobook downloads this summer
Dreading assigned summer reading?  Have to spend hours in the car with your annoying younger siblings?  Mowing thousands of lawns this summer?  I may have a solution as close as your headphones and smartphone.  As I was scrolling around the internet this week, I discovered that Sync, sponsored by AudioFile Magazine is giving away free young adult audio books paired with either a classic or required reading book.  Sync is powered by Overdrive, so you will need to make sure that you have Overdrive downloaded to your computer, tablet or device. (Get Overdrive from your preferred app store or here.

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.

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Categories: AudiobooksOverDriveTeen Zone


MAY 21, 2014
Now Available: Streaming Videos in Overdrive
Did you know that you can now stream videos from the Wisconsin Digital Library Catalog (Overdrive)? New this week, stream a video from our current collection of 220 titles, and look for more to be added in the future.

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.”
Easy Sushi
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."

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Categories: OverDrivetechnologyMovies


MAY 19, 2014
NYT-bestselling author Michael Perry visits the Wausau headquarters
On May 15, author, humorist, and singer/songwriter Michael Perry visited the MCPL Wausau headquarters and discussed his latest book, answered some audience questions, and signed books. Perry is the author of best-selling titles such as "Population 485, "Truck: A Love Story, and "Visiting Tom." The library has many of Perry's titles available for check-out. The library also live-tweeted the event, and some memorable tweets from Twitter are curated via Storify below.

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Categories: WritingWisconsinBooks


MAY 5, 2014
Screen-Free Week (May 5-11)

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


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Categories: ReadingFoodPrograms


MAY 3, 2014
May Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to Stacey Stencil, Marathon County Public Library’s May Volunteer of the Month! Stacey volunteers at the Wausau Headquarters where she helps staff with a variety of activities. She helps with the Homebound program, Summer Library Program, children’s programs, and any other tasks staff needs assistance with.

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.

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