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APRIL 28, 2009
More New Colors and New Books

If you saw our earlier blog post titled   "Your Library is Showing Its Colors”, here is a photo of the other side of the room. This is the view from the top of the stairs on the second floor at Wausau.

This area is where the new-nonfiction books live until you take them home. The picture shows the new wood display shelves that were recently purchased.  By using these small units instead of one long shelf like we had previously,  several cozy browsing areas have been created. 
There are lots of new books changing places on these shelves every day. Stop in and see the changes at your Library, and while you are here check-out something good to read, watch, or listen to. See you here!

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Category: Libraries


APRIL 23, 2009
Job Help at the Library!

With Wausau's jobless rate topping 12%, the Public Library can help local job seekers.

The Library is offering Job Seeking Skills workshops this Monday April 27th and Thursday April 30th at the Wausau Library. The sessions offer up-to-date, valuable information on interviewing, job applications, resumes and cover letters.

The instructor is from the NTC Learning Center. The sessions are free. No pre-registration is needed.

So, stop into the Headquarters Library this Monday at 6:30 for one-on-one help in finding a job.

For more details, call 261-7234.

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Category: Jobs


APRIL 22, 2009
Mosinee Business & Community Expo

Mosinee Branch Library (pictured here) will be part of  the Mosinee Business & Community Expo on April 29th from 3:30-6:30pm. This event will be held at the Mosinee Recreational Center on 11th Street which will showcase Mosinee businesses and community groups. This event is free to the public.

Stop by and see us.

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APRIL 21, 2009
Tornado Drill

As part of Tornado Awareness Week, the Marathon County Public Library will be holding a Tornado Drill Thursday April 23rd.

At 1:10 a mock tornado warning will be issued for Marathon County. At that time, library customers will need to go to the Library's lower level or leave the Library.  Library staff will assist  customers.

The drill will last approximately 15 minutes at which time staff and customers can return to the upper floors. We ask for everyone's cooperation in the drill.

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Category: Weather


APRIL 21, 2009
Your Library Is Showing Its Colors

See the new colors of your library.  Library staff members Kitty, Deb, and Paula  have been busy with their paint cans and rollers again.  Here is a small sample of their work. This is the computer area on the 2nd floor of the Wausau location which they recently completed painting. 

Computers are free for anyone to use.  And don't forget that  there are many relaxing places in the library where you can use your laptop with free wireless Internet access.  Wireless Internet access is available for free at all 9 locations.

See you here.

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APRIL 20, 2009
Karen Land and Borage at MCPL

Karen Land, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race veteran and her Alaskan Husky dog, Borage, (in the photo above)  fascinated and enthralled a crowd of about 125 people at  MCPL Wausau during National Library Week. 

Karen Land  mentioned several books in her talk that you, and those who attended her presentation may want more information about.
  • Winterdance: the Find Madness of Running the Iditarod, by Gary Paulsen. Karen said that this book inspired her to try sled dog racing and enter the Iditarod
  • Adventures of the Iditarod Air Force: true stories about the pilots who fly for Alaska’s famous sled dog race; Ted Mattson. This book is out of print but may be able to be obtained on interlibrary loan.
  • Balto—there are several books with varying titles about this sled dog who brought much needed antitoxin serum to Nome, Alaska through a blizzard to combat an outbreak of diptheria in 1925. 
  • Togo—a lesser know sled dog who was part of the sled dog team with Balto—also many versions of books about him.
  • Cruelest Miles: the Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic; by Gary Salisbury and Laney Salisbury—also a story about sled dogs bringing antitoxin to Nome, Alaska. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race commemorates this early event.
More books and other information about Karen Land and sled dog racing are on Karen Land’s website,   The Library also has many books about the Iditarod, sled dogs, and mushing for your enjoyment. 

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Category: National Library Week


APRIL 20, 2009
Writers of Wausau: National Library Week Essays

Click here to read some wonderful essays written by the Writers of Wausau for National Library Week 2009!

The Writers of Wausau (WOW) meets regularly at the Marathon County Public Library - Wausau Headquarters every Wednesday, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., usually in the First Floor Conference Room.

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APRIL 18, 2009
March to a Million

National Library Week is coming to an end.  Marathon County Public Library has a year long promotion that you, the customer can help us achieve.

In 2008, customers checked out a total of 943,787 items at our nine locations.  This was an increase of about 7% over 2007. 

In 2009, we are marching to a million items checked out.  Currently, we are up about 7% over 2008.  With your help, an average monthly increase of 6% will help us reach our goal of one million items circulated to our customers.

The Library has many items for the entire family;  books, DVDs, music CDs, video games, books on CD, playaways, book discussion kits, VHS tapes, magazines, artwork, and much more and most important they are all free for you to check out.

Help us reach our goal of 1,000,000 items checked out in 2009 by bringing an extra item home every time you come to the Library.  Please remember to tell your friends about all the great materials that the Library has to offer!

Please visit one or our nine locations;  Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon City, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer, Stratford, and Wausau to take advantage of the wonderful library resources that are available. 

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APRIL 17, 2009
National Library Week!

National Library Week is almost over for 2009, but so many great things are available from your local MCPL library year-round.

You can also use our website 24-hours a day to do so many things. This is just a partial list of what’s available:

  • Place holds on items you’d like to borrow.
  • Check to see what items you have checked out and their due dates
  • Renew your own items
  •  Reserve a library computer
  •  Learn a foreign language
  • Place your own Interlibrary Loan requests
  • Find access to newspapers, magazines, and specialized resources not available through regular internet search engines using Badgerlink, Proquest, and Ebscohost.
  • Download audiobooks and music to your computer, burn them to a CD or transfer them to a digital audio player or other portable device using OverDrive.
  • Access online, full-text versions of books, journals, and database content using NetLibrary.
  • Get Homework Help at
  • Suggest a purchase of materials that the library doesn’t currently own
 So, enjoy Marathon County Public Library 24-hours a day, from the comfort of your own home, or on the road using your mobile device.  If you don’t already have one, get your own library card today and take advantage of all that Marathon County Public Library offers—you’ll be glad you did!

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Categories: National Library Week


APRIL 16, 2009
Coming soon: Teen Book Club!

Are you between the ages of 12 and 19 years old? Come and join the Wausau Library's Teen Book Club! We'll be meeting the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm in the Teenzone.

Our first meeting is May 26th and we’ll be discussing Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies tells the story of Tally Youngblood. When she turns 16 she is getting an extreme makeover. Eyes, Hair, Skin, Nose, the works- she’ll be drop-dead gorgeous. Everyone in Tally’s world gets the operation when they turn 16. They are given a full body work-over and have access to New Pretty Town, where everything is all parties and fun. Tally can’t wait to be pretty, and meet up with her friends.  
But for now, Tally is stuck in Uglyville. She is one of the youngest in her class, and the waiting is killing her- and then she meets Shay. Tally and Shay share a sense of adventure and they have the same birthday. Tally is looking forward to the day when they will be pretty together. But on the day before the operation, Shay disappears. Tally is called in by the authorities and questioned. They give her an ultimatum: find Shay or stay ugly.
Before she disappeared, Shay talked about a mysterious person named David and his colony of people who shun the operation and live outside the city– in the wild. Are these people for real? Or was Shay just telling stories? Tally has a choice, betray her friend, or stay ugly forever. The choice she makes will change everything.  
We LOVE this book. And we’d love to know what you think of it. Copies of Uglies are ready to be checked out at the Wausau Library’s check-out desk. Just ask for the Teen Book Club book to check out your copy!
For more information call 261.7200 and ask for Katie or Rachel, or email Keep checking our webpage ( for more information and future titles!


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Categories: BooksBook ClubsReading Recommendations


APRIL 15, 2009
Celebrating Library’s Effort to Stretch Tax Dollars

A 2008 report produced by NorthStar Economics Inc. showed that Wisconsin public libraries contribute more than $4 for every dollar taxpayers invest. One of the ways in which libraries are able to economize and share resources is through membership in a regional library system. MCPL belongs to Wisconsin Valley Library Service (WVLS), a federation of libraries in Clark, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, and Taylor Counties. 

WVLS services include:

  • Ensuring that area residents have access to all public libraries within the system area. In 2008, residents made 1,579,958 visits to WVLS public libraries and checked out 2,514,202 items.  
  •  Maintaining V-Cat, the online library catalog, which allows library customers to browse and request titles from more than one million items in the combined holdings of 22 area public libraries.  
  • Supporting a courier delivery service which transports materials requested by area residents to and from libraries across the state. Last year, courier vans made more than 5,800 stops and delivered almost 1,000,000 items among WVLS libraries.
  • Providing specialized collections of audiobooks in CD and MP3 formats, large print titles, and electronic resources to supplement local library collections. WVLS purchases subscriptions to the online genealogy databases Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest, to Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center for social issues and homework help, and to NoveList for assisting readers with book discussion guides, award-winners, reviews and recommended reading. With the exception of Ancestry Library Edition which must be used in the library, these databases are available 24/7 from home, school, or office .   Just login with your 14 digit library card number.
  • Offering continuing education to local library staff to help them provide the best possible customer service.
In short, Wisconsin Valley Library Services helps to make your library a fantastic bargain for all Marathon County residents!

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Categories: Librarieselectronic databases


APRIL 14, 2009
National Library Week Proclaimed

National Library Week is proclaimed in Marathon County by  (right to left) James Tipple, Mayor of Wausau, Brad Karger, Marathon County Administrator, and Phyllis Christensen, Director of the Marathon County Public Library, on Monday, April 13, 2009.

National Library Week 2009
Worlds Connect @ Your Library
WHEREAS, our nation’s school, academic, public, and special libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans, today more than ever;
WHEREAS, librarians and library workers help people of all ages and backgrounds find and interpret the information that they need to live, learn, and work in a challenging economy;
WHEREAS, libraries are part of the American Dream – places for opportunity, education, self-help, and lifelong learning;
WHEREAS, library use is up nationwide among all types of library users, continuing a decade-long trend;
WHEREAS, libraries play a vital role in supporting the quality of life in their communities;
WHEREAS, libraries can help you discover a world of knowledge, both in person and online, as well as personal service and assistance in finding what you need, when you need it;
WHEREAS, libraries are a key player in the national discourse on intellectual freedom, equity of access, and narrowing of the “digital divide;”
WHEREAS, libraries, librarians, library workers and supporters across America are celebrating National Library Week with The Campaign for America’s Libraries.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that we, James E.Tipple, Mayor of Wausau, and Brad Karger, Marathon County Administrator, proclaim National Library Week, April 12-18, 2009. We encourage all residents to visit their library at Wausau, Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon City, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer, and Stratford to take advantage of the wonderful library resources available, and thank their librarians and library workers for making information accessible to all.   Worlds Connect @ Your Library.

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Categories: National Library Week


APRIL 14, 2009
A Salute to Our Friends!

Today (April 14) is National Library Workers Day, but instead of patting myself on the back, I would like to thank those other library workers—the Friends of the Library.

Several times a year, the Friends hold a book sale at the library. There is a lot of preparation required for these sales; in fact, it is an ongoing, year-long project for some of our very dedicated Friends members. Many of the books that are included in the sale are items that are donated to the library. Books that have been removed from the library’s circulating collection are also available for sale. All of these books need to be sorted and displayed on tables in the book sale room on the library’s third floor. On book sale days, Friends man the cash boxes and assist people in getting their new-found treasures to their cars.
All of this work is done for the benefit of the library. The money that is raised from the book sales is used to fund special projects that go beyond the limits of the library’s budget. 
In fact, the Summer Library Program would not happen every year without the Friends. Most of the summer performers that present programs at library locations across Marathon County are funded by the Friends, as are craft materials, decorations, and many of the prizes for the Summer Reading Club.
Other Friends projects for this year include this week’s program featuring dogsled musher Karen Land, Older Americans Day events, programs in the works for teens and adults, and additional funding to supplement our collection budget.
You can support the efforts of the Friends by attending a book sale (the next one will be held April 24-26), buying a Summer Library Program T-Shirt, or becoming a member of the Friends.
Thank you, Friends!

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Categories: LibrariesNational Library Week


APRIL 12, 2009
National Library Week Begins

Today is Easter and also the start of  National Library Week.  National Libary Week begins today, April 12  and runs through Saturday, April 18. 

We are giving you lots of good reasons to visit your library this week with free 50 cent coupons, treats, free library card replacement this week, a scavenger hunt for kids 3-8 .  Stop in tomorrow, Monday at  Wausau at 1:00pm, and hear Brad Karger, Marathon County Administrator, and Jim Tipple, Mayor of Wausau, officially proclaim National Library Week. 

And don't miss the programs this week, in particular, Karen Land, this Thursday, April 16 at 6:00 pm.  She will be relating her experiences, pitting woman and dogs against the brutal forces of nature in the Iditarod Dog Sled Race, something most of can hardly imagine. 

So if you haven't stopped in to see us in a while, we are giving you lots of good reasons to do so.  As our community grows and changes, the library grows and changes too.  You will be pleasantly surprised at all that is available to you free of charge.

I, and all of our friendly, knowledgeable staff look forward to seeing you at any one, or all  of our nine locations.  See you there. 

Happy Sping and Happy National Library Week.

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Categories: LibrariesNational Library Week


APRIL 9, 2009
World of CDs and DVDs @Library

Looking for a relaxing evening at home? Want to kick back and enjoy your favorite movie or listen to some great music? Well, the Marathon County Public Library has a world of CDs and DVDs available for check-out.

 The Headquarters Library and eight branches stock over 10,000 DVDs appealing to all ages from one to 100. That includes children’s favorites, adult dramas, comedies, musicals, documentaries, movies in the Spanish language and Hmong videos.
Over 11,000 music CDs are also available. They range from nursery rhymes for tots to country western, rap, opera, bluegrass, Christian, folk, classics and rock ‘n roll. 
Best of all, the CDs and DVDs are FREE. All you need is your library card. So stop in and check out our media collection. You’re guaranteed to find something you’ll like!

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APRIL 7, 2009
Celebrate National Library Week!

National Library Week celebrates the importance of libraries across the country.  Join us as we celebrate libraries in Marathon County.

Kicking off the celebration, on Monday, April 13 at 1:00pm, Brad Karger, Marathon County Administrator, and James Tipple, Mayor of Wausau, will officially proclaim National Library Week at the Wausau location.
Two programs will highlight the weekly celebration.
  • April 14 at 7:30pm at Stratford Branch—Carol Brey will  present a program on Container Gardening
  • April 16 at 6:00pm at the Wausau location Karen Land will share her experiences in the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race
 During National Library Week, April 12-18, at all 9 of the Marathon County Public Library locations: 
  • Lost or damaged library cards will be replaced at no charge. Bring your ID to any MCPL library and we will gladly replace your library card for free.
  •  50 cent coupons will be given to customers to be used to pay for small fines or prints from computers.

Join us for these and other activities. And don't forget to connect with  the world @ your library every day of the week. 

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Categories: National Library Week


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