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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 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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Category: Volunteering


MAY 2, 2014
ALA’s Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7)

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?

Heartbleed Bug

Internet Explorer Flaw (including information on the update to address the flaw)

Privacy Week

Marathon County Public Library’s privacy policies


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Categories: LibrariestechnologyWebsites


APRIL 28, 2014
Interact With Your Child With Wordless Picture Books

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:

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

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Categories: ChildrenParents Early Literacy


APRIL 23, 2014
Summer Story Time Changes
Summer is fast approaching, and as usual, there will be some changes to the regular story time schedules at most MCPL locations. Most branches will take a break from their story times to focus on Summer Library Program events. At MCPL Wausau, we'll be taking a break from story times in May to focus on school tours, and we've added a unique, summer-only story time ("Sweet Dreams").

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, 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)
"Sweet Dreams" Story Time

  • MCPL Wausau — Mondays, 6:30pm (Jun.-Aug.) (starts 6/16/14; ends 8/18/14)
"Play & Learn" Story Time

  • MCPL Wausau — Fridays, 9:30am (year-round)
  • MCPL Hatley — Thursdays, 10:00am (year-round)
  • MCPL Mosinee — Wednesdays, 10:30am (year-round)
Preschool Story Time
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."

Book Babies
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.

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Categories: ChildrenProgramsStorytimes


APRIL 23, 2014
Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week
Despite the snow we've seen this April, spring has arrived in Marathon County, and so has severe weather season! This week is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week, and the library has some helpful tips and suggestions to keep you and your family safe.

Remember to Listen, Act, and Live!

Listen: When severe weather is in your area, listen to a credible source (such as an emergency weather radio) for updates. Continue to monitor until the storm system leaves your area.

Act: When a tornado warning is issued, seek shelter immediately! If you are in your home, head to your basement if you have one, or look for a room without windows, ideally on the lowest floor and in the center of the building. For most homes without a basement, usually a closet or a bathroom is the safest area. If you are at work, out shopping, or in a public building, follow staff instructions and remain in the designated area of the building until instructed to leave.

Live: Your chances for survival greatly increase when you listen and act immediately. Do not waste time seeking shelter!

Marathon County Public Library will participate in a county-wide tornado drill on Thursday, April 24th, at 1:45 pm. Patrons in the library during this time will be asked to follow staff to the basement for shelter, or patrons may choose to leave the library until the drill is finished. No patrons will be allowed on the first and second levels of the library during the drill. Thank you to the Marathon County Emergency Management team for the helpful tips!

For more information about tornado and severe weather safety:

Marathon County Emergency Management
Tornado information from's Severe Weather


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Categories: WeatherGovernment Information


APRIL 7, 2014
Potty Training Booklist
Are you trying to tackle the task of potty training your child? Check out the titles below to share with your child. The Family Resource Center is also available to answer questions and provide support while potty training. 

No More Diapers for Ducky 
On Your Potty, Little Rabbit
Caillou: No More Diapers
Calliou: Potty Time
Dinosaur vs. the Potty
Have You Seen My Potty?
Ian's New Potty
My Big Girl Potty
The Prince and the Potty
My Potty Book for Boys
Pete's Potty
Duck Goes Potty
A Potty for Me!
Tinkle, Tinkle, Little Tot: The Toilet Training Songbook
You Can Go to the Potty
Your New Potty
Once Upon a Potty: Boy
Once Upon a Potty: Girl


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Categories: ChildrenBooksParents


APRIL 4, 2014
Four libraries increase summer hours
Responding to patron demand and other factors, the Marathon County Public Library Board of Trustees recently increased operating hours at four MCPL locations.
The Board in March approved additional weekend hours at the Wausau Headquarters and Hatley, Marathon and Rothschild branches. The changes mean the locations’ winter hours are now in effect year-round, and include:
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed Sunday at the three branches (previously closed all weekend).
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Wausau Headquarters (previously open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday).
  • An increase from four hours to 20 hours of operation at MCPL locations on weekends.
The additional hours stems, in part, from a 2013 survey and coincided with a desire by the Board of Trustees for a consistent, convenient schedule, rather than separate winter and summer hours.

“One very important theme that was consistently mentioned (in the survey) was that you wanted us to offer more weekend hours during the summer months,” Library Director Ralph Illick said. “We heard you! Thank you for letting us know how we could make your library experience better.”

Increasing operating hours is also a low-cost option to provide additional patron service; operational costs will increase slightly compared to past summer hours, but schedule adjustments will allow for no increase in staff costs.

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

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MARCH 25, 2014
Celebrate National Library Week!
National Library Week (NLW) is upon us, and it’s more than a chance to celebrate all that your library means to you (although we are grateful for your appreciation).

This year’s NLW theme is “Lives Change @ Your Library,” and we’ve scheduled a number of events through the week, which runs April 13 to April 19. From something as simple as obtaining a passport to hearing about environmentally friendly travel to Randy Peterson’s “Big Dreams Begin with Books,” we have programs that could change your life. We know that’s a bold statement, but part of our mission is to provide materials, programming and assistance that make a big difference in the lives of our patrons and in our communities.

Maybe we’ve already helped change your life in some positive way, and we can’t guarantee we’ll do so in the future. But National Library Week is a time for all of us to celebrate the importance of libraries across the country.

National Library Week events:
  • Big Dreams Begin with Books! / Sun., 4/13, 1:30pm @ MCPL Wausau -- A family event featuring children’s musician and storyteller Randy Peterson!
  • Passport Event / Mon., 4/14, 3pm @ MCPL Edgar -- Apply for your U.S. passport! Details: 715-261-7200.
  • A Guide To Green Travel / Tue., 4/15, 6:30pm @ MCPL Wausau -- Travel writer Mary Bergin will share some eco-tourism hotspots and tips.
  • Teen Literature Day / Thu., 4/17, 6pm @ MCPL Wausau -- Teens can discover great books that have been made into movies and watch one such movie on the library's third floor! (Rated PG-13 | 124 min.) We can't advertise the movie's title online, but it is based on a popular young adult novel by Kami Garcia. (film details) (request the DVD) (request the book)
  • No Yelling! / Thu., 4/17, 6:30pm @ MCPL Wausau -- Discover ways to communicate with and discipline your children without yelling.
  • Multicultural Story Time / Sat., 4/19, 10:30am @ MCPL Wausau -- Families are invited to experience stories, songs and crafts from other cultures!

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Categories: NewsletterNational Library WeekPrograms


MARCH 25, 2014
Beyond the printed page
Although 2014 is well underway, we’d like to not only take a brief look back at 2013, but also put the past in the context of our future here at the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL).

We’re happy to say that more than 3,000 new people became registered patrons of our libraries in 2013. We welcome all of you, and we want you to know that we’ll do whatever we can to make your library experience as positive and fulfilling as possible.

Nearly every day, we help patrons use Wisconsin’s Digital Library (aka OverDrive) for electronic books and audiobooks. We’ve fully embraced the electronic format of reading material, and more than 10,000 titles were added to this catalog in 2013. Supply has followed demand: MCPL patrons’ use of e-books and e-audiobooks more than doubled last year to about 50,000 checkouts.

Have we abandoned the printed page? Absolutely not. At nearly quarter of a million, the number of print books in the MCPL system is still far larger than our online collections – and does not include the hundreds of thousands more print books available from other libraries in our V-Cat lending network.

To meet the myriad needs of our patrons, we provide access to online resources that not only incorporate books, but also research material, foreign language lessons, job training and even home and vehicle repair. Many people are surprised at the extent of our online resources, and if you are not familiar, we’ll give you a virtual tour.

At our Wausau headquarters, we celebrate our communities and state with a large collection of Wisconsin-specific material, and recognize our diversity with collections dedicated to Hmong and Spanish language – the extent of which also surprises some people.

All of this comes down to our efforts to meet your needs, whether they be educational or entertainment. As always, please share your thoughts with us if we can better serve you.

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MARCH 3, 2014
March Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to Jessica Timler, Marathon County Public Library’s March Volunteer of the Month! Jessica volunteers at the Hatley branch where she enjoys working with kids during the Summer Library Program and helps staff with other duties such as straightening shelves. Jessica has been volunteering for about a year and always has an upbeat attitude and is willing to accept any task that needs to be completed.

Thank you, Jessica, for all of your hard work and commitment to Marathon County Public Library!


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