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APRIL 30, 2010
Teen Book Club | "Life as We Knew It"
For Tuesday, May 11th, the Teen Book Club at MCPL Wausau will be reading Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer!

"When a meteor hits the Moon, Miranda must learn to survive the unimaginable. Told in journal entries, this heart-pounding story chronicles Miranda's struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world."

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For future Teen Book Clubs, plus other teen events, watch www.mcpl.us/teenzone

For adult book clubs, visit www.mcpl.us/events/bookclubs

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Categories: Teen ZoneReading RecommendationsBooks

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APRIL 30, 2010
It was a Honey of a Program!
Ninety-nine people gathered in the Children's Library last Saturday to meet author Craig Pierce and his Greyhound, Honey.  Honey lounged during the program (Greyhounds sleep about 18 hours per day!) while Craig talked about dogs and the many jobs that dogs have in our world.  We learned about rescue dogs, therapy dogs, police dogs--and racing dogs.  Honey was a racing Greyhound until she was three years old, when she was adopted by Craig and his family. 
 
Craig read from The Greyhound's Tale, a story about Gator, his first Greyhound.  At the end of the program, Honey made the rounds, greeting people and receiving lots of love.  Many people commented on how soft her fur was--"Just like a kitten's!"
 
Craig and Honey also presented a program at the Woodson Art Museum, in collaboration with the two exhibitions of dog photographs currently on display at the Museum. 
 
Another exhibition at the Museum displays the original illustration artwork from children's book creator William Steig.  We'll have story times featuring William Steig at the library in Wausau April 28 & 29 at 10:30, and Saturday, May 1 at 10:30.  Come and check out some Steig books, then visit the Woodson to see the original art!

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Category: Children

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APRIL 19, 2010
New Stephen King Novella!
Blockade Billy is a baseball-themed novella by Stephen King, due to be released later this week!

This book wasn't widely advertised until just a few weeks ago, so its release has taken a lot of reviewers (and libraries!) a little by surprise! Never fear, though; you can place a request for Blockade Billy here: http://mcpl.us?isbn=1587672286

Read more about Blockade Billy here: http://www.stephenking.com/promo/blockade_billy/

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Categories: Reading RecommendationsBooks

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APRIL 19, 2010
The Taxman is Waiting!
If you put off filing your income taxes, don't despair! The Headquarters Library has a supply of Form 4868: Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U. S. Individual Income Tax Return on hand.

You can request an automatic extension in one of three ways:

You can file Form 4868 electronically using IRS e-file;
you can file a paper copy of Form 4868; or
you can pay all or some of your estimated income tax due using a credit or debit card.

So, hurry on down to the Marathon County Public Libray, pick up a copy of Form 4868..and breathe easy! 

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APRIL 15, 2010
Kao Kalia Yang: When the Story Is Told



"What happens in the telling of a story?  What happens after it?  Come meet writer Kao Kalia Yang talk to the Hmong story”. 

Kao Kalia Yang tells the powerful story of her family's journey from Laos after the Vietnam War, a time when Hmong families were no longer welcome.  She relates her parents treacherous journey across the Mekong River on foot, to Ban Vinai Refugee Camp in Thailand where she was born, and finally to Minnesota, a place that they could call home.

Please join us in welcoming award-winning author Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer: a Hmong Family Memoir, to Wausau.  You will  not want to miss her presentation this Saturday, April 17 at 1:00 at the John Muir Middle School Auditorium.

This is a National Library Week/Hmong History Month program.  We are able to bring Kao Kalia Yang to you through generous funding from the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library.

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Category: National Library Week

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APRIL 15, 2010
A Horse at the Library?


Look who joined us last night at MCPL Wausau for El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros celebration as a part of National Library Week.  He/she didn't eat much food or candy though.  Many thanks to El Mezcal who donated the delicious food and to all who came to the Library and had fun. 

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Categories: National Library WeekChildren

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APRIL 14, 2010
El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros
  Just a reminder to join us tonight, April 14 at 6:30, at MCPL Wausau for El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day) and continue celebrating National Library Week with us. We invite children, parents and grandparents to join us on Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 pm in the Children's Department to enjoy a taste of Mexican food, music, crafts, and readings from our Spanish collection.      

We'll also be breaking a pinata!  El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day) recognizes the value of each child and the importance of early activities that encourage literacy.  Books will be given away to each child participant.

This program is is FREE and no registration is necessary!! 
   

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Categories: National Library WeekChildren

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APRIL 14, 2010
It's National Bookmobile Day!






Today, Wednesday April 14 is the first ever National Bookmobile Day during National Library Week.  To coincide with this, Marathon County Bookmobile history is on display at MCPL Wausau throughout April.

The first bookmobile arrived in Marathon County in December 1949, as a result of much petitioning and urging by rural school teachers and Kay Biwer, the head of Marathon County Library, located in the courthouse, serving the rural areas of Marathon County.  Marathon County’s bookmobile became the 4thbookmobile in Wisconsin.

Bookmobile service began in Marathon County as way to provide additional books to children in the rural schools, later branching out to stops in communities and rural areas, wherever people gathered: stores, farm yards, churches, taverns, town garages, mobile home parks, and county crossroads.  The bookmobile “stopped” in the communities of Little Chicago, Glandon, Halder, Milan, Bevent, Dancy, Fenwood, Halder, Harrison, Norrie, Poniatowski, Hewitt Texas, Holton, Easton, Ringle, and many others.  The bookmobile was a hit with young and old alike, in particular the children, who often asked staff where, and if, they slept on “the bus”.
 
On May 31, 2005, the Marathon County Public Library bookmobile made its last stop in Hatley when the new branch library opened there in 2005, ending 55 years of bookmobile library service to residents in Marathon County.    

See other photos in the State of Wisconsin Digital Collections; Libraries and Schools in Marathon and Lincoln Counties.   

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APRIL 13, 2010
NLW Art Contest Winners!

As part of the 2010 National Library Week (NLW) celebration, the Marathon County Public Library sponsored a "Why I Love My Library" event. Children throughout the county up through Grade 5 were invited to draw/color a picture showing why they loved their local library.

Hundreds of entries were received. It was very difficult to choose the top entries. Each entry was special; each one was from the heart. Over 30 entries were awarded prizes.

The winning entries were announced during Sunday's National Library Week Kick-off Celebration at the Headquarters Library.

Here are the winning entries for the Wausau Library:

PrK-Grade 1:
Isaiah Bourgard
Elizabeth Schumann
Krista Zelenka

Grade 2-3:
Bronte Gassner
Morgan Her
Mercedes Preu

Grade 4-5:
Noah Briquelet-Miller
Natalie Lucht
Lillian Pineda
 
The staff of the Marathon County Public Library would like to thank each and every boy and girl who took part in the Why I Love My Library event! 
  

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Category: National Library Week

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APRIL 13, 2010
How Do Libraries Stack Up?

How important are libraries to the communities that they serve? 

As we celebrate National Library Week, Libraries are the Heart of the Community, a report , " How Libraries Stack Up: 2010" was recently issued from OCLC illustrating some answers to these questions:

  • Every day 300,000 Americans get job-seeking help at their public library.
  • Nearly 12,000 libraries offer wireless Internet access.
  • 2.8 million business owners and employees use public library resources to support their business.
  • Library cards are almost as prevalent as credit cards--two-thirds of Americans have library cards.
  • 5,400 libraries over technical training classes.
  • 2.1 million DVD's are borrowed from libraries for free every day.
  • 1.4 billion Americans visit their libraries, more often than they go to movies or sporting events.
  • Every day 225,000 people use library meeting rooms.
  • Public libraries circulate 7.9 million materials every day; as many materials as FedEx ships worldwide.

You can see the report here.

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Category: Libraries

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APRIL 11, 2010
National Library Week Opens & Continues




The picture above show Librarian Mike O’ Connor awarding prizes at the opening celebration of National  Library Week at MCPL Wausau, Sunday April 11.

Day 2 of National Library Week, Monday April 12 you won’t want to miss master gardener,  Cathy Matel’s free program, “Ideas for your Garden. at 10:30am.

Also on Monday,  free  Book Bucks ($1.00 coupons)  for the Friends of the Library Book Sales will be given out at all locations.  Supplies are limited so you will want to come early to get yours.

MCPL Edgar has a Teen Game night Scheduled for Monday, at 7:00pm which I am sure teens won’t want to miss.

Come and participate in one or all of the National Library Week Programs.  They are all free of charge.   A full schedule here. 

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Category: National Library Week

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APRIL 8, 2010
Celebrate National Library Week



Help us celebrate the opening of National Library Week at MCPL Wausau. Here is another picture from the National Library Week art contest. Our featured artist is Miranda in Edgar. In case you can't read the print on the drawing, she says, "I get books to read from the Library;because I love to read".

Opening celebration is this Sunday, April 11 at 2:00. Art contest winners will be announced. Come and see some of the artwork from Marathon County children, see the winners, and bring your kids along to do some fun crafts. Refreshments will be available.

If you can't make the opening ceremony, there are lots of other events during the week.

More information here. 

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Category: National Library Week

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APRIL 6, 2010
National Library Week Opens, April 11



Join us this Sunday, April 11, as we celebrate the opening of National Library Week at MCPL Wausau.  "Why I Love My Library" art contest winners, like Bronte's picture above, will be announced, displayed, and prizes awarded.  Fun crafts for kids and refreshments for all.
  Free customer appreciation coupons and library card replacement for lost and damaged cards will be given. 

And this is just the beginning.  Don't miss the week long celebration culminating in award-winning author, Kao Kalia' Yang's  free presentation on Saturday, April 17 at  the John Muir Middle School Auditorium, Wausau.

More details about all of the National Library Week events here.

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Category: National Library Week

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APRIL 6, 2010
Children's Festival: Saturday (4/10)
Families with children ages 3-12 will want to be sure to check out all the free, fun activities happening at Marathon Park's East Gate Building this Saturday, April 10, 9:00-3:00.  A variety of agencies that provide services for children will present crafts, demonstrations and other activities.  Stop by the library's fishpond and try a little fishing for small prizes, and learn about our "Make a Splash!" summer reading program!

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