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APRIL 25, 2007
Students Tell Us Why They Love Our Library!
As part of the Library's 100th Birthday Celebration, we sponsored a "Why I Love My Library" competition. Curious about what the 127 students wrote? Here are some of their answers.

Totally cool books...Variety of books and CDs and DVDs...Internet computers...Comfy chairs..Quiet place to study...Good place to hang out with my friends...Lots of programs...Awesome and friendly staff...Online book finder...Teen Section...It's where all the fun is!

Great essays, great comments!

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Category: Centennial

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APRIL 25, 2007
Book Connections
Journals are an excellent way to keep track of your reading, especially for those who read extensively.

At a minimum, keep track of the author, title, and then record some impressions about your reading. Did you enjoy the book? Was it dreadful? Give the book a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down”, or use or a similar system that makes sense to you.

Finally, when a book reminds you of another title, take note of that. For example, I enjoy Henning Mankell’s series about a Swedish detective named Kurt Wallander. Wallander is a morose, but intelligent detective, a character in the truest sense of the word. The stories are sometimes dark, but always involve the reader. Recently a review of Arnaldur Indridason’s Silence of the Grave compared Indridason’s series set in Iceland to Mankell Henning’s works and I was pleased to find an author who writes in a similar vein. Both authors write superb fiction. I hope you enjoy them. Happy reading!

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Category: Reading

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APRIL 24, 2007
Booker Is Here!

We have a new Booker T. Woofington in the Children's Library! Booker was donated by Therapy Dogs of Central WI, Chapter 184, in memory of Sue Wilde-Harn. Sue visited the library many times with her wonderful dog, Smokey, as part of our Reading to the Dogs program. Booker is adored by many children, who stop to give him a pet or a hug when they visit the library. Booker and the children visiting the library will soon have a new and colorful rug to play on--also given by the Therapy Dogs of Central WI in memory of Sue. Thank you to the members of Therapy Dogs of Central Wisconsin for their meaningful tribute to Sue's memory.

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Category: Children

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APRIL 19, 2007
Free Computer Classes
The new schedule for Spring/Summmer computer Classes is available. Classes are free and open to the public. Classes are taught by library staff and cover most of the Microsoft Office programs, the Internet, and Email. Classes are geared toward people with little or no knowledge of computers but with an eagerness and committment to learn. Registration for classes is on a first come basis; no waiting lists are maintained. To sign-up for classes contact the Library Reference Desk (click here). See the calendar of classes and descriptions here.

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Category: technology

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APRIL 18, 2007
For Book Clubs!
Those who love book club discussions will be pleased to find these new books at our library. The Book Club Companion is a comprehensive guide to the reading group experience by Diana Loevy. Highlights of the book include: • Reading lists from Classics to Literary Respites • Tips on creating your group—and keeping meetings lively • Can’t miss discussion starters • Recipes! • Theme parties, take-home mementos, club trips, and more Running Book Discussion Groups: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Libraries by Lauren Zina John is not only useful for librarians but also for community book club leaders. Learn how to launch and run a successful book discussion group. Or, select titles from a list of ten guaranteed crowd-pleasing book discussions. As a book club leader, I heartily recommend Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, as reviewed on page 203 of this book. Try it and let us know what you think. Happy reading! For a list of book clubs meeting at library branches, check out this link to the calendar of library events. www.mcpl.us/events.

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APRIL 17, 2007
Fun with Genealogy!

Did you know that the library is a great place to do work on your family tree? The library offers TWO online databases that can help you get started on that family tree project, or help you fill in the blanks on a tree you've already created! Ancestry is only available for use in the library. Heritage Quest, on the other hand, is available for home use. All you'll need is your library card, and you're on your way! Both sites are easy to navigate, and provide access to thousands of death, birth, census, and marriage records. Try it out for yourself! It is fun, easy, and FREE! Both sites are great for beginning or professional genealogists!

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Category: electronic databases

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APRIL 16, 2007
It Was a Party!

The library rocked yesterday as we celebrated our 100th birthday. There was definitely no shussing as almost 2800 people came to dance to Andy Z and the Spankin Monkees, be serenaded by the Golden Glow Quartet Barbershoppers, listen to the storytellers, eat cake, ride the trolley, and have a good time. It was fun watching parents dancing with their children and elderly couples dancing together. It was inspiring to hear comments like "I never thought you could do 'that' in a library. This is fun." The 'that' usually referred to the band that had the second floor rocking. Customers of all ages had fun, and staff had a good time. Lots of us are saying we shouldn't wait another 100 years for the next party. We might not be around that long, and we wouldn't want to miss the fun.

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Category: Centennial

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APRIL 10, 2007
Income Tax Filing Deadline is April 17

The income tax filing deadline is fast approaching, but this year you have two extra days to file. Taxes are not due until April 17. Why? April 15 falls on a Sunday so an extra day is given for Sunday. Monday, April 16 is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia, so another day was added. So, Wednesday April 17 is the the tax filing date this year. The Library has tax forms but our supply is running low. We also have reproducible forms for filing Federal and State individual income taxes that can be photocopied. The Library's 100 Year Birthday Party is on Sunday April 15 at the Wausau Library and we anticipate that it will be busy, so Sunday may not be the best day to pick up your tax forms. Where can you print or file tax forms online? Internal Revenue Service or Wisconsin Department of Revenue Questions? Please contact the Wausau Library's Reference Desk, by telephone at 715-261-7230, in person, or online.

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Category: Taxes

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APRIL 10, 2007
What is a blog?

Everyone is talking about blogging, but what is it? A blog is a web log, or blog created by an individual or organization. They can be written by teams, or by individuals. They are used to communicate, and share ideas and concepts. They are a quick and easy tool to use as well! If you would like to blog, check out: BLOGGER
WORDPRESS
Once you get started blogging, you may want some additional information. Check our catalog by searching for blogs as a subject term! Good luck & happy blogging!

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Category: blogs

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APRIL 5, 2007
Self Check-out

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Category: technology

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APRIL 4, 2007
Library is 100 Years Old, April 3, 1907--April 3, 2007

Library staff donned birthday hats, many of them hand-made creations, on April 3 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the dedication of the first library building in Wausau on April 3, 1907. Dancing, food, and frivolity was had by all. See more photographs here. And don't forget to come and help us celebrate the 100th Birthday of the Library on April 15 with live music, birthday stories and storybook characters, trolley rides, and of course birthday cake, punch and fun, fun, fun for the whole family. Activities start at 1:30 on April 15. Come join us!

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Category: Centennial

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