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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!
www.mcpl.us/nlw

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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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JANUARY 20, 2014
Parenting series

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.

www.mcpl.us/events

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jan. - Mar., 2014)

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JANUARY 20, 2014
Is this your lucky day?

Patrons of the Marathon County Public Library's Wausau Headquarters — and soon patrons at other MCPL locations — 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.

www.mcpl.us/lucky-day

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jan. - Mar., 2014)

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JANUARY 20, 2014
Director’s notes

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.

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jan. - Mar., 2014)

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NOVEMBER 18, 2013
White Rose Exhibition coming to MCPL Wausau
In January, The Marathon County Public Library Wausau Headquarters will host a traveling historical exhibit about the White Rose, a student resistance group in Germany who rebelled against the Nazis.

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.

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NOVEMBER 18, 2013
December marks one year for the Phyllis Donner Aquarium!
In December, MCPL Wausau celebrates the first anniversary of its 650-gallon, saltwater aquarium filled with tropical fish and other sea creatures.

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.

www.mcpl.us/childrens
 
 

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NOVEMBER 18, 2013
Technology skills for beginners!
There’s still time to register our free, basic computer classes. Space is limited, so call your local MCPL today! www.mcpl.us/classes
 
 

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
Write the Great American Novel
Has a life of reading inspired you to write? Do have family or life experiences you always thought would make for an interesting book?

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.

www.mcpl.us/write-on
 

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
"Pushback" against drug abuse in Marathon County
Over the past three years, drug abuse has become a major problem in Marathon County. The library has partnered with the Marathon County Alcohol & Other Drug (AOD) Partnership to host an educational series to raise awareness of the scope of the problem and how each us can play a part in the solution.

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.
www.mcpl.us/pushback
 

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
"Exploration Station" offers hands-on learning!
The library wants to help preschoolers get a jump on learning with its monthly Exploration Station classes. Preschool-age children and their caregivers can work together on interactive activities designed to build skills in reading, math, science and writing on the second Wednesday of each month, 10:30–11:30 a.m., at the library’s Wausau Headquarters.

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
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SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
Get comfortable with computers!
This fall, many MCPL locations will be offering free basic computer, Internet and software classes taught by University of Wisconsin-Marathon County technology tutors. Contact your local library to register: www.mcpl.us/about/locations.  
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Sept.-Nov., 2013)

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JULY 22, 2013
Update: Story Times
Enjoy learning with your children through stories, songs and literature-based activities! Several story times were discontinued for the summer and will resume on the dates given below. Also, Wausau's "Sweet Dreams" story time and Rothschild's Friday story time will be discontinued soon.

Recurring weekly:

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]
Preschool Story Time (4-5 years old)

  • MCPL Wausau — Wed. & Thu., 10:30am
Tales for Tots (2-3 years old)

  • MCPL Wausau — Tue., 9:45am & 10:30am 
Book Babies (0-23 months old)

  • MCPL Wausau — Mon., 10:00am
“Play & Learn” Story Time

  • MCPL Wausau — Fri., 9:30am
“Sweet Dreams” Story Time 

  • MCPL Wausau — Mon., 6:30pm [Ends 8/12/13]

www.mcpl.us/childrens

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul-Sep., 2013)
 

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JULY 22, 2013
Recent Books and Older Gems

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 "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

 

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)

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JULY 22, 2013
Update: Summer Library Program
There’s still time to participate!

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!

www.mcpl.us/slp

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul-Sep., 2013)

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JULY 22, 2013
Tablets, E-readers, E-books, Laptops…
...are available for checkout at your local MCPL! 

Tablets and laptops are available for in-house use for up to two hours. Tablets are only available at the Wausau library and include iPad and Android-based devices. The laptops are all Windows 7 PCs.

E-readers are available for 14-day checkout and  include NOOKs and Kindles.

E-books are available via our partnership with Wisconsin’s Digital Library (aka OverDrive). More than 53,000 fiction and nonfiction titles are available. We also can provide you with checkout and download instructions for any device. 

When it comes to helping you experience new technologies, MCPL has you covered!

www.mcpl.us/catalogs

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul-Sep., 2013)

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JULY 22, 2013
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
The Marathon County Public Library is challenging parents to read more books aloud with their children! The "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" initiative is meant to introduce children to a wide range of literature, encourage families to spend quality time together and promote pre-literacy and learning so children enter school ready to read, listen and learn.

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)
 

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MAY 29, 2013
Summer packed with programs!
Marathon County Public Library locations across the county will be full of "underground"-themed activities for children, teens and adults during our 2013 Summer Library Program!

Children can "Dig Into Reading" and do their choices of suggested activities to complete an archeological-themed reading log. Reading books is part of it, but kids also are encouraged to attend library events and work on reading-based activities.

In addition to art parties, a scavenger hunt, movie nights and a teen night at the aquarium, teenagers can take part in our "Beneath the Surface" summer-long program. It may take a little work – read 15 books and complete five activities to receive a reward – but you get to choose the books (even graphic novels) and the activities.

As part of the "Groundbreaking Reads" adult program, patrons around the county will decide the most influential book in Marathon County in our Literary Smackdown competition. A March Madness-style bracket pits well-known works of fiction and non-fiction against each other in a battle for supremacy. For adults, and some young adults, we also have programs on the weird and mysterious creatures allegedly roaming Wisconsin and the impact of prohibition on Marathon County, among other programs in the works.

So dig in! Check www.mcpl.us/slp throughout the summer for program schedules, updates and new programs not listed in our SLP calendar.

(from the MCPL Newsletter, May-July, 2013)

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MAY 29, 2013
New meeting room and study rooms
MCPL Wausau is opening two new study rooms with room for six and 10 people, as well as a meeting room for 20 to 22 people. The study rooms are available for two hours at a time. The meeting room schedule is more flexible. We hope college students, non-profit groups and others will use these spaces for educational purposes – office hours or use of the room for entertainment is not allowed – and Wi-Fi and teleconferencing is available.

Our eight branch locations also have study or meeting spaces available, either within their walls or within the municipal buildings in which the libraries are housed. These rooms, varying in size, offer our communities a secluded space when a coffee shop is a little too busy or you need a central location for your group to gather.

For room policies and reservation request forms, call any MCPL location or go online to www.mcpl.us/services/meetingrooms.

(from the MCPL Newsletter, May-July, 2013)

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MAY 29, 2013
New websites worth considering
The Marathon County Public Library is pleased to include two new, free historical websites to our collection of online resources aimed at connecting our patrons with a wide range of information.

The Digital Public Library of America pulls together millions of items – photographs, manuscripts, books, sound recordings and more – from libraries, archives and museums across the country. Visitors can search by terms, category or year. Looking for a 1880s map of the Upper Peninsula, or a photograph of Billie Holliday? You can find both and much, much more on the DPLA site, www.dp.la.

We also added the Oyez Project, a public, multimedia database of Supreme Court proceedings. The creators of the project assembled an open, searchable archive of court recordings – both arguments and decisions – dating back to 1955. From the landmark 1972 Roe v. Wade case to the 2000 Bush/Gore arguments to the 2009 Citizens United case that reshaped campaign finance and more, the public can access more than 7,000 hours of Supreme Court audio at www.oyez.org.

MCPL is not involved in the creation or funding of these sites, but we include them in our online resources because of the substantial amount of historical information offered. We also include them to complement our expansive list of online resources covering topics from genealogy to auto repair and foreign language – all free and accessible online.

We know not all of our patrons have computers or Internet access at home, which is why you’re always welcome to use our computers. We can help you learn more about them and the Internet, and our staff can get you started on searches. Patrons also can plug in headphones to listen to audio and video; print material to take home; or just stay and read.

Navigating technology and the web may seem daunting, but we’ll help you get past that because no one should be without access to the wealth of history, literature, science and other knowledge waiting to be discovered on the World Wide Web.

(from the MCPL Newsletter, May-July, 2013)

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MARCH 9, 2013
Times are a’changing on the second floor!
Library patrons may have noticed some changes on the second floor of the Wausau Headquarters. These changes reflect the library’s drive to present the most up-to-date collection possible and also offer an inviting atmosphere to library users.

The library recently began a system-wide project to reduce the number of outdated, worn-out or otherwise unneeded books. Some of those titles were sold during the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library’s book sales, while others were recycled or resold.
We’re sad to lose some items that were with us for so long, but we also want to be realistic about the current and future wants and needs of library patrons. That means offering not only the most current information in print, but also directing patrons to helpful online resources.

We also want to provide patrons with more room to read or use their own computer or tablet. Along with weeding out the older books, we’re removing empty shelves to free up space for lounge and study areas. Expect to see new tables and chairs in the near future, as well as laptop desks.

As always, we welcome your comments on these or any other changes.

(from the MCPL Newsletter, March - May, 2013)

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