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suggestions as our board prioritizes their findings.
I am also especially pleased to report the partnership we are building with the Children’s Museum of Marathon County, a well-organized non-profit organization that has expressed its desire to occupy the library’s third floor in downtown Wausau. Their goal is to develop a high-tech experiential venue for children emphasizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that will serve children and families throughout the entire county. The library would then provide facilities at all nine of our locations for traveling exhibits that will inspire children and help spur their interest in meaningful learning that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
As you might imagine, we will need all of the help available from our supporters in the community. Our foundation and friends groups will be helping us greatly in the process of developing our plan and in seeking the funds needed for these much-needed improvements. As we move forward, I respectfully ask that you help us reach our goals by talking with your county board supervisor about the importance of having a library that is able to meet the 21st Century needs of our beautiful community. Tell your friends and neighbors that we need their support as well. Together, we can do something very special at your library.
Thank you in advance for your support!
(from the MCPL Newsletter)
Categories: Newsletter, Director's Report, Children
In Wausau, this includes our monthly “Knit Night” and “Inside the Lines” coloring parties, as well as other, one-time craft activities. Many of our branches are offering craft events for adults as well, such as Hatley’s “Needle Arts Night,” Stratford’s “Quilting in the Afternoon,” Spencer’s “Crocheting 101” and additional “Inside the Lines” events at Mosinee and Stratford.
We will, of course, continue to offer craft events for kids, and we don’t expect anything at these adult craft events to be inappropriate for young ones. But sometimes it’s nice to leave the kids with a spouse or a sitter and enjoy some adults-only time.
Finally, if you have an idea for an interesting craft event, please share it with your local library staff!
(from the MCPL Newsletter)
Categories: Newsletter, Art, Programs
Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: The variety of information sought by our patrons and connecting them with that info, and the freedom to try a wide range of adult programs.
Q: What is your favorite movie quote?
A: “Everyone knows Custer died at Little Bighorn. What this book presupposes is ... maybe he didn’t?” - Eli Cash (Owen Wilson), “The Royal Tenenbaums”
Q: What is your favorite place to eat?
A: At home with my wife, and The Delta Diner in Delta, WI.
Q: What has been your favorite project at MCPL?
A: The 2014 double-feature screening of “The Lumberjack,” a 1914 silent film shot in Wausau, and the 1983 documentary “When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose” about the discovery of The Lumberjack.
Q: If you could witness any historical event, what would you go see?
A: I should probably say the Moon landing, the signing of the Declaration of Independence or something like that. But I think I’d use my time machine to go to old rock, soul and jazz concerts.
Q: What’s playing in your car right now?
A: Thin Lizzy - “Live and Dangerous.”
Q: What is one thing you want patrons to know about MCPL?
A: It’s not just about books on the shelves. We have a staggering amount of information, tutorials and other resources available online, free and accessible from anywhere with a library card.
Q: Finish this sentence: “Before I die, I would like to ______________.”
A: Travel through Spain.
(from the MCPL Newsletter)
Categories: Newsletter, Staff Profile
Your library card gives you online access to product reviews and comparisons from Consumer Reports, stock reports from Value Line, foreign language learning tools from Mango Languages, repair manuals from the Auto Repair Reference Center, and many other helpful research databases. Visit any of our locations and use one of our public computers or connect to our free Wi-Fi to access these databases at www.mcpl.us/research. You can also access most of these databases from home.
Research your family history using Ancestry: Library Edition and our microfilm collection. Accessible only while you are in the library, Ancestry: Library Edition is a special version of Ancestry.com, a popular subscription-based site which offers access to a large collection of resources about family histories. The Wausau headquarters also offers access to the microfilm records of The Wausau Daily Herald (and the four papers that preceded the Herald) for those looking for obituaries or other articles about their ancestors.
Study rooms and internet access
The library’s Wausau headquarters and Marathon City branch have study rooms available for nonprofit or educational purposes free of charge. Visit the library or call us with questions about study room availability. All of our locations offer free Wi-Fi and public computer access.
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul.-Sept., 2014)
Categories: Newsletter, Genealogy, electronic databases
What’s S.T.E.A.M.? It is an approach to education that focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics by providing kids with lots of hands-on activities and experiments. Each program will be designed to engage the imagination and stimulate the curiosity of our future computer programmers, scientists, mathematicians, artists and engineers.
S.T.E.A.M. Exploration Stations are planned for preschool children (ages 3-5) at 10:30am on the second Wednesday and the following Saturday of each month at our Wausau headquarters. Occasionally, other Preschool Story Times will feature S.T.E.A.M experiments and activities, too.
Additionally, monthly S.T.E.A.M. programs are being planned for school-age children (grades K-5), including events for tweens (grades 3-5) specifically.
We are following national recommendations by expanding our educational opportunities for children and providing additional activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. These free programs are intended to be fun, engaging and beneficial for your children as they grow into successful teens and adults.
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul.-Sept., 2014)
Categories: Newsletter, Children, Early Literacy
For complete details, visit www.mcpl.us/slp or pick up a Summer Program brochure at your local Marathon County Public Library.
We look forward to seeing you at the library!
(from the MCPL Newsletter, May-Jul., 2014)
Categories: Newsletter, Summer Library Program, Programs
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.
“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)
Categories: Government Information, Libraries, Newsletter
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!
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Mar. - May., 2014)
Categories: Newsletter, National Library Week, Programs
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.
Categories: Newsletter, e-books, Electronic Databases
Starting in February, several Marathon County Public Library locations will host programs aimed at promoting positive parenting skills, Internet safety and encouraging quality family time.
Our MCPL Parenting Series begins with a presentation by Aaron Ruff of the Marathon County Health Department about The Real Happy Hour, a multi-agency effort to share resources and ideas that promote and encourage families to spend quality time together.
Other programs cover safety, both online and at home. The “Raising Safe Kids” program, held at both the Rothschild and Wausau MCPL locations and presented by staff from Marathon County Social Services, covers personal and traffic safety, and tips on how to stay safe when home alone. Angela Diener of the Boys & Girls Club of Wausau will present “NetSmartz for Tweens” at our Wausau and Stratford locations, which covers cyberbullying, safe use of emails and instant messaging, identity theft and other online security topics.
Becky Mroczenski of the Marathon County Health Department will lead a presentation on childhood vaccines in March, and in April, Linda Salzman from the Family Resource Center will share ways to communicate with and discipline children without yelling.
Call 715-261-7220 for more information, or watch www.mcpl.us/events for updates.
Categories: Children, Newsletter, Programs
Patrons of the Marathon County Public Library have a chance to get lucky and check out hotly anticipated new releases of books, music and movies with no waiting list!
MCPL Wausau recently started a "Lucky Day" shelf on which we put one or more copies of popular new releases. These are items that can't be reserved; once they are on the shelf, they are up for grabs.
Are you one of the hundreds who request James Patterson's or Janet Evanovich's newest novels? Keep an eye on the first-come, first-served Lucky Day shelf, and you may not have to wait. And, with some patrons finding that lucky copy, the wait for other patrons on a book or DVD request list should be reduced.
Call 715-261-7200 for more information.
Categories: Books, Newsletter, Reading Recommendations
We’ve had a very busy year here at the library, and it has been a pleasure for all of us at MCPL to serve the community. As we move into 2014, I want to wish everyone a happy and safe winter season with friends and family. I would like to personally thank all of those who work here, as well as the countless volunteers, members of the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library, and the MCPL Foundation for their tireless efforts to make this library such a wonderful asset to Marathon County.
This fall we asked you to help us to better serve you by answering a survey about the services we provide. Those responses have given us great input for furthering our mission to connect people with information, ideas, and one another. In the coming months I want to encourage all of our library patrons to talk with the staff members who serve you about what you hope to see from your library in the future. We have the opportunity to make improvements to each facility, and we are committed to making this library one that we can all cherish and enjoy for years to come. Please stop by one of our branches or the main library in Wausau soon to let us know what’s on your mind. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
Categories: Newsletter, Director's Report
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
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
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
MCPL is starting a new feature comparing older books with recent releases. Look for these reviews in our newsletter and at mcpl.us/blog. For this installment, staffer Amy Ryan looks to the garden for recommendations.
"Animal, Vegetable, Miracle"
by Barbara Kingsolver
For one year, Kingsolver and her family vowed to eat only the food they grew on their family farm in Virginia or could buy from local sources. This humorous and inspirational memoir tells the story of that year -- month by month, vegetable by vegetable, animal by animal. It’s a book I try to read every spring as I plan my own vegetable gardens.
— Check it out: www.mcpl.us?t=animal vegetable miracle
"Growing a Farmer"
by Kurt Timmermeister
When Seattle restaurateur Timmermeister decided to move out of downtown, he ended up on a four-acre parcel of farmland on Vason Island. “Growing a Farmer” is his journey from cook to cultivator, organized by subject. This a great reference for the person who wants to start growing their own food and raising their own meat.
— Check it out: www.mcpl.us?t=growing a farmer
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul-Sep., 2013)
Categories: Newsletter, Reading Recommendations, Books