The MCPL Blog

News and updates from the Marathon County Public Library. Subscribe to receive blog updates by email.

Category: e-books

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.


Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Kathleen Kosiec / Library Services

Categories: e-booksOverDrivetechnology


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.

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Chad Dally / Library Services

Categories: Newslettere-booksElectronic Databases


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!

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

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Ben Krombholz / MCPL Library Services

Categories: OverDrivee-booksNewsletter


JUNE 3, 2013
Get to Know "The Prince"
MCPL's Digital Classics Book Club in June is taking on a classic work of politics, Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Prince." This year marks the 500th anniversary of The Prince. The book also is one of the competitors in our Literary Smackdown event, and is scheduled to go up against In Cold Blood the week of June 17-23.
MCPL has an unlimited supply of digital copies available, and anyone can join the discussion about The Prince on our Goodreads page.
Please feel free to call 715 261-7230 or email us if you have questions. 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Chad Dally / Library Services

Categories: Book Clubse-booksBooks


APRIL 5, 2013
MCPL launching Digital Classics Book Club

See classic literature in a new light by getting some Tolkien on your tablet, some digital Dickens or a little Kafka on your Kindle, with the Marathon County Public Library’s new Digital Classics Book Club.

Each month, the group picks a new classic available free and without wait through the library’s Overdrive system here and here. Instead of a monthly gathering, members post their thoughts on MCPL’s Goodreads page (also free) as the pages turn. Need a hand getting started? Call or stop by the Wausau Headquarters' reference desk any time.

The club begins in May with "Babbitt," Sinclair Lewis' scathing critique of the American Dream, told through the eyes of his disillusioned protagonist, George F. Babbitt.

(Still prefer books in print? You're still welcome in the classics club, and we have other clubs at each MCPL location. Or, talk to us about starting your own!)

For more information, call 715-261-7234 or email bookclub @


Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Chad Dally / Library Services

Categories: e-booksOverDriveBook Clubs


NOVEMBER 16, 2012
Buying an E-reader or Tablet?

E-readers and tablets are among the most-wished-for gifts this holiday season. Don’t forget that your library card can connect these devices to thousands of free e-books and audio books thanks to Wisconsin’s Digital Library (a.k.a. “OverDrive”)!

Choosing which device will best suit your needs can be challenging, and while we can’t tell you which is “the best,” we can describe the different borrowing experiences for most devices and refer you to product review sources to help you reach a decision.

Just call 715-261-7230, email us or visit, and we’ll help you get started.

There also is an online device compatibility guide at

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Nov. 2012-Jan. 2013)


Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Ben Krombholz / MCPL Customer Services

Categories: Newslettere-bookstechnology


OCTOBER 31, 2012
NOOK makes borrowing library e-books even easier!
Finally, owners of NOOK Color, NOOK HD and NOOK Tablet are able to download e-books and audio books directly onto their e-readers using the free OverDrive Media Console app!

This app bypasses the need to first download these files onto a computer and upload them to an e-reader using a USB cord, making these e-readers an ideal stand-alone solutions for accessing library books on the go.

This app may be found by searching for "OverDrive Media Console" in the NOOK Store from these devices.
Once it is installed, open the app and choose the "Get Books" option. Next, choose your library ("Marathon County Public Library" or "Wisconsin Public Library Consortium") and input your 14-digit library barcode number. When appropirate, the app will ask for your Adobe ID. (If you don't have one yet, you will be given the option to create one.) After that, you will be free to browse and download e-books and audiobooks as you please!

The OverDrive app also is available for accessing library materials on many Android and Apple iOS-based smart phones and tablets. For a complete list of compatible devices, visit

To read more about using your library card to access e-books and audio books, visit

For the official press release announcing this improvement, visit {{2013-01-20}}

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Ben Krombholz / MCPL Customer Services

Categories: e-bookstechnologyOverDrive


JULY 9, 2012
Tablets, E-readers, Laptops...
...are available for checkout at your local MCPL!

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

E-readers are available for 14-day checkout and  include NOOK from Barnes & Noble and Kindle from

For details, visit

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

(from the MCPL Newsletter, July-Sept. 2012) 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Ben Krombholz / MCPL Customer Services

Categories: Newslettere-books


JANUARY 11, 2012
Change is Good...

Change is good. We hear this mantra often, but is it really good? The late Carl Sagan would likely remind us that change is the only constant in the universe, so we might do well to accept change if we hope to keep our personal world balanced. On that note, we will be making some very healthy changes at the Marathon County Public Library this year, and we believe that those changes are going to help us to help you get the very best use from your libraries.

Many of you are migrating to smaller information devices such as notepads, Nooks, Kindles, and similar handheld units. Remember to make use of our Overdrive digital download service that allows one to download e-books, audio books, videos, and music to your device. (

For those who have not yet tried this technology, we now have several different types of tablets available for in-house checkout at our Wausau Headquarters, as well as e-readers you can take home from all nine MCPL locations. Call, email, or stop by, and let us show you! (

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jan.-Mar. 2012)


Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Ralph Illick / Library Director

Categories: e-bookstechnology


DECEMBER 22, 2011
Getting Started with Library E-Books
Did you receive a new E-Reader this holiday season?
Don't forget about the thousands of free e-books available from the Library!

Not sure how to get started? Visit for step-by-step instructions, or make an appointment for a free help session with a Library staff member! Walk-ins are especially encouraged at our Wausau Headquarters, Reference Desk (2nd floor), Monday-Thursday, 1:00-4:00 PM, and Monday-Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 PM. For other times and locations, please contact us ahead of time. (See below for what to bring.)

We can also provide limited assistance via phone or email.

more information:

Coming to the Library for E-Reader Assistance?
  • Kindle -- Bring your Kindle and its included charging cord. Establishing an account with beforehand is helpful, but not required.
  • Nook (...and most other e-readers) -- Bring your Nook (or other e-reader), its included charging cord, and your laptop (if you have one.) We cannot fully demonstrate the process using your device with library computers, but we can show you approximately what you will need to do at home.
  • Smartphones / Mobile Devices -- Bring your device. Downloading and installing the OverDrive Media Console from your device's App Store is helpful, but not required.

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Ben Krombholz / MCPL Customer Services

Categories: e-bookstechnologyOverDrive


SEPTEMBER 23, 2011
Library E-Books Available for Kindle!
Kindle-users, your wait is finally over!
Now, you can check out Library e-books and view them on your Kindle, thanks to a partnership between Amazon (maker of the Kindle) and OverDrive (provider of e-books for libraries).

Previously, library e-books were available to most other e-readers and mobile devices, but not the Kindle. For a list of OverDrive-compatible devices, click here.

To get started, visit our OverDrive launch page at, but first, you may want to watch the video attached to this message for a brief overview of the process.


Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Ben Krombholz / MCPL Customer Services

Categories: e-bookstechnology


DECEMBER 15, 2010
E-Readers: Holiday Shopping Guide
Thinking of buying an E-Reader for yourself or a loved one?

Consider getting a device that is compatible with the 1,000  free e-books available at the Library via OverDrive! Click here for a compatibility guide.

For more information and to browse the collection, visit


Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Ben Krombholz / MCPL Customer Services

Categories: e-booksOverDrive


DECEMBER 9, 2010
Check out Library E-Books on your Apple and Android portable devices!
MCPL is proud to announce: OverDrive's app for iPhone® & Android™ now supports eBooks.

With the free OverDrive Media Console app, you can download both EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks directly to your device.

Get the app today and download library books on the go!

E-books from the library are available for a variety of portable devices, and e-readers. Click here to see if your device is compatible.

Go to MCPL's OverDrive Catalog to access e-books, audiobooks, and more!

If you have questions, or would like help, call 715-261-7200 or email

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Katie Zimmermann / MCPL Customer Services

Categories: e-booksTeen ZoneAudiobooks


NOVEMBER 17, 2010
Recently Expanded: OverDrive Ebook & Audiobook Collection
In early October, nearly four-hundred new items were added to the Overdrive collection, including many new and popular titles in ebook and audiobook formats, perfect for your e-reader, mp3 player, or other mobile devices!

To check device compatibility and browse the OverDrive collection, visit:

Plus! Over 15,000 “Public Domain” Ebooks—classic or older works no longer copyrighted—are now available, thanks to Project Gutenberg! Visit the link above and click “Public Domain Ebooks.” For these ebooks, no login is required, and there are no borrowing limits!

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Autumn 2010)

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Ben Krombholz / MCPL Customer Services

Categories: NewsletterAudiobookse-books


JANUARY 5, 2010
Free Electronic Books

Looking for free electronic books but unsure of what library online resource you can use?

NetLibrary is a collection of e-books that you can read on your computer after you have established an account. Set up your NetLibrary account on one of the computers at the headquarters library in Wausau or at any of the 8 branch libraries.   Then you will be able to login and read NetLibrary ebooks from any computer with Internet access. E-books from NetLibrary can only be viewed on your computer. These electronic books cannot be downloaded to an e-book reader or any other portable device. 
OverDrive is a collection of e-books, music, audiobooks, and videos that you can download for free to your computer or portable device. The electronic books available from this online resources are available as Adobe PDF files that you can download and read on your computer or as EPUB format files that you can download to your Sony e-book reader. Materials check out for two weeks. You do not need to set up a separate account to use OverDrive.   Your valid library card is all you need to “check-out” and download items from OverDrive.
Both of these resources are funded by public libraries and library systems who are members of the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium. They are free for you to enjoy. 
Start using them today. Access them both here
Questions? Please contact us.    


Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Sharyn Heili, Librarian

Categories: electronic databasese-books


Subscribe via RSS



Powered by  Powered by