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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
Find "Traveling Tales" in the Library Catalog (V-Cat): www.mcpl.us?k=traveling+tales+kit.
Categories: Children, Books, Reading
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
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
Become SMARTer about the SMART board and learn about all the many ways you can learn on it!
A SMART board is available in the children’s activity room @ MCPL headquarters.
The SMART board combines the simplicity of a white board with the power of a computer (http://smarttech.com/smartboard).
Kids naturally gravitate to the ease of the touch screen. Children’s excitement in ‘operating’ the SMART board boosts their self-esteem and builds confidence in science and technology and aids them to work independently at a later time (Teaching Science magazine, June ‘08).
Are you interested in learning what else you can do besides “draw and doodle” on the interactive white board? The children’s dept. staff is happy to offer impromptu tutorials on the wonders of the SMART board. You can stop by to get a quick overview or schedule a session with our friendly children’s dept. staff.
Not only can you draw but there are also fun and educational activities and games that you can play. These are offered through the SMART exchange website. Teachers and other educators have designed and shared their educational activities through the SMART exchange website (exchange.smarttech.com).
Staff members searched through these resources and made it easy for you to access some of these age-appropriate games and teacher recommended activities suitable for kids of all ages.
Stop by the MCPL Wausau children’s desk to learn about the wonders of the SMART board!
Categories: Children, technology
Each class begins with a discussion and stories about the theme and then breaks into smaller groups that rotate to lab stations to complete activities at each of the 5 stations. Children spend 5-6 minutes at each station. Caregivers are given the tools that they need to create a dialogue with the child about what is being learned and experienced. A craft related to theme is included in each session. At the end of class groups discuss what they have learned.
Classes are listed below. Register both you and your child (715-261-7220) for one class or all. Class size is limited to 25 teams of parent/caregiver and child.
Exploration Station Classes-- Fall/Winter 2013
- September 11 Writing
- October 9 Math
- November 13 Science
- December 11 Reading
- January 8 Writing
- February 12 Math
- March 12 Science
- April 9 Reading
Categories: Children, Programs
Family Story Time (all ages)
- MCPL Wausau — Sat., 10:30am [Resumes 9/21/13]
- MCPL Athens — Tue., 10am
- MCPL Edgar — Thu., 9:30am [Resumes 9/19/13]
- MCPL Hatley — Tue., 10:30am
- MCPL Marathon City —Thu., 10:30am [Resumes 9/12/13]
- MCPL Mosinee — Wed., 10am [Resumes 9/11/13]
- MCPL Rothschild -- Tue., 10:30am
- MCPL Rothschild -- Fri., 10:30am [Ends 7/26/13]
- MCPL Spencer — Wed., 10am [Resumes 9/11/13]
- MCPL Stratford — Wed., 10:15am [Resumes 9/11/13]
- MCPL Wausau — Wed. & Thu., 10:30am
- MCPL Wausau — Tue., 9:45am & 10:30am
- MCPL Wausau — Mon., 10:00am
- MCPL Wausau — Fri., 9:30am
- MCPL Wausau — Mon., 6:30pm [Ends 8/12/13]
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul-Sep., 2013)
Categories: Children, Storytimes, Newsletter
Summer events continue throughout August, featuring engaging, informative presentations and activities for all ages. Upcoming events include movie nights, workshops, crafts and a pool party!
Also, adults and teens still have time to vote in our Literary Smackdown competition to pick the most influential book in Marathon County: www.mcpl.us/smackdown.
Reading logs for children and teens will be accepted through Aug. 24. Prizes are available throughout the summer for completing each excavation dig!
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul-Sep., 2013)
Categories: Summer Library Program, Children, Newsletter
Although 1,000 books sounds like a huge number, consider this: If you read one book a day, you could finish in less than three years. Ten books per week? Less than two years. We’ll give you more tips and suggestions, too.
Families who register will receive a folder with a sheet to record each 100 books, a garden sheet, and instructions. Incentives include stickers, books and book bags, and a “graduation party” for those who complete 1,000 books.
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul-Sep., 2013)
Categories: Children, Reading, Newsletter
Common Sense Media, an independent, non-partisan nonprofit provides trustworthy reviews about media and technology for kids and families. Their website, commonsensemedia.org. rates media for children on quality and learning potential.
Common Sense Media's reviews allow busy parents to gather lots of info about a game in a few seconds. A snapshot look at the game’s content gives parents the opportunity to get a feel for the game at a glance. Each review provides an age range, learning rating and a content meter which rates positive messages, ease of play, violence and more. For parents who have time for more research, each of the snapshot-style reviews are expandable to show more details.
Common Sense Media also offers reviews of books, television shows, movies, and music. For more information the Common Sense Media about us page.
Categories: Children, technology, Parents
It’s time to get ready to “Dig Into Reading” @MCPL this summer. The Summer Library Program starts June 8 and ends August 24. We have lots of fun activities, programs, therapy dogs to listen to kids read, and a summer reading club all ready to go for children and families at all MCPL locations.
Children can register for the reading club and pick up the Excavation Site Map @ any MCPL location. For every 15 minutes children read, visit the library, attend a library program and complete a suggested activity, they cross off or color a rock. When all 7 rocks are colored, the site map can be brought to the library and children can claim their treasure. Children will need their maps to get their treasure. Children can complete as many digs as they want and claim treasure for completion of each one.
Along with the reading club, we have many great performers lined-up who will be sure to delight the whole family and sneak in some learning as well.
· Musician/storyteller, Stuart Stotts will be presenting “Dig in and Dig It: Songs and Stories to Celebrate Reading” with songs about a magical cavern, the Underground Railroad and more.
· The Truly Remarkable Loon will amaze us as he “Read(s) Books and Juggles Everything Else” including juggling spinning plates.
· Jack Zolkowski and his amazing Soda Pups Dogs will steal your heart and keep you smiling all day. His dogs are named after soft drinks—Ginger Ale, Sierra Mist, Squirt, Dr. Pepper, and RB (Root Beer). Sierra Mist even rides in a remote-controlled Hummer and you won’t want to miss the Green Bay Packer trick!
· Magician Rob Halbrook is back as Professor Marvel, but this year he will be taking us on an amazing Archeological Adventure involving Merlin and the Goblet of Fire and lots more book-related magical adventures.
· With Professor Oops we will be “Dig(ging) Into the Underground World” and exploring creatures underneath the ground as only he can present it, with lots of humor and fun.
· David Stokes and his “Creatures Under the Earth Surface” program will help us discover creatures that hug the earth.
Discover, imagine and create @your library this summer and "Dig Into Reading". Special Summer Library Programs are also available for teens (Beneath the Surface) and adults (Groundbreaking Reads). For more information and schedules: http://www.mcpl.us/events/slp/
Categories: Children, Summer Reading Program
The next couple of weeks the Wausau Headquarters children's department will be busy with school tours, so there will be no story times May 12th through June 9th at the Wausau Headquarters library.
Book Babies, Tales for Tots and Preschool Story Times will continue through summer with an adjusted schedule.
Beginning June 10th, join us for Sweet Dreams Story Time.
This story time will be offered every Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. throughout the summer. Come join the summer fun!
Categories: Children, Summer Reading Program, Storytimes
Categories: Children, Awards, Books
Categories: Children, Rothschild Branch
If you like, write a review or draw a picture about your "Mystery Book". A review sheet/drawing sheet is included. Return your book review or drawing to the children's desk at MCPL Headquarters and receive a nifty bookmark to save your place in the next book you read. Happy Reading!
Categories: Children, Books
RED- beginning reader: simple short stories, with easy text, only a few words on each page and many pictures to help tell the story.
BLUE- emergent reader: books have one or two lines of text on each page with simple sentences and pictures to help tell the story.
GREEN- semi-fluent reader, these books have more complex story structures with a plot, more sentences to a page and more difficult vocabulary.
YELLOW- fluent reader: books with short chapters, more complex vocabulary and sentence structure, with few pictures.
These colors will appear on the spine of all easy reader books. Ask MCPL children’s staff for more details.
Categories: Children, Books, Storytimes
The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books for children and young adults this week. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the awards encourage original and creative work. Please note this is a partial listing. Use the link at the bottom of this post for a complete list.
Creepy Carrots by Illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds -- Honor Book: Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children.
Extra Yarn by Illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by MarcBarnett -- Honor Book: Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children.
One Cool Friend by Illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo -- Honor Book: Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children.
Sleep Like a Tiger by Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue -- Honor Book: Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children.
Bomb: The Race to Build - And Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin -- Honor Book: Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz -- Honor Book: Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.
Categories: Awards, Teen Zone, Children
Attention kids! Join the MCPL Rainbow Fish and Tween Reading Clubs any time, now thru April. Pick up a club card at the Children's Desk in the Wausau Library. Each time you check-out library materials get your card punched at the Wausau children's desk. When you have 5 punches you will be able choose a prize from our Treasure Chest. In addition, children 2nd grade and under, will be able to put their name on a scale to add to the fish mural in the children's department and 3rd thru 5th graders will be able to add their name to the ocean map in the Tween Scene. Cards can be punched thru April 26th,
so join now!!!
Categories: Children, Book Clubs, Storytimes
To provide a quality story time that specifically addresses the developmental needs of children from birth to 23 months, we are offering one story time session at 10:00 a.m. on Monday mornings.
Change in Tuesday's Story Time!
Story time for two-year-olds will now include three-year-olds and is renamed, "Tales for Tots". Most two-year-olds and three-year-olds share the same developmental milestones. According to www.usa.gov, developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. (http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/positiveparenting/toddlers2.html) In our efforts to provide quality story time and foster the language skills and learning skills of two-year-olds and three-year-olds, we are combining these ages into a story time called "Tales for Tots"! The scheduled time for the newly named "Tales for Tots" will remain the same on Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Other Story Times
Preschool Story Time schedule remains the same. It is offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Family Story Time schedule remains the same on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
"Play and Learn" Story Time will continue to be offered on Fridays at 9:30 a.m.
"Sweet Dreams" Story Time on Monday evenings has ended for the season. It will resume in the summer. Watch for it then!
Categories: Children, Storytimes