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APRIL 25, 2011
Hmong Story is Every American's Story
How did the Hmong become embroiled in a war not of their own making?  What role did they serve during the Vietnam War?  What forces propelled them from their homeland to the refugee camps of Thailand and ultimately here to the United States? 

Dr. Paul Hillmer, author of A People’s History of the Hmong, will discuss these and other topics during a free presentation this Thursday, April 28, 6:30pm  @MCPL Wausau.   Hillmer is a professor of American History at Concordia University in St Paul, MN and Director of the Hmong Oral History Project.  He and his students interviewed and recorded stories from over 200 Hmong individuals.  These interviews form the foundation of his book which was published in December 2009.  His book won a 2010 American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) Award of Merit, and 2010 WOW Award by the Leadership in History Awards Committee.  Watch a YouTube video about his book using this link

Paul Hillmer will also be keynote speaker at the Hmong Heritage Month luncheon on Friday, April 29, 11:00am at the Rose Garden in Wausau.   At the luncheon he will discuss how he, a Midwestern German Lutheran, got involved in Hmong history.  He  will also discuss what he has he learned along the way, why he wrote a book, and what does he hope to pass on to the next generation of Hmong in the United States.  The luncheon is open to everyone.  Cost for the luncheon is $20.00/person and $10.00/studentsor seniors.  Tickets for the luncheon are still available, and can be purchased by calling the Wausau Area Hmong Mutual Association, 715-842-8390. 
The story of the Hmong people is every American's story.  Don’t miss it.   Paul Hillmer’s  presentation @MCPL Wausau  is FREE on Thursday April 28, 6:30pm.  Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing after his program.  See you there.


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Categories: ProgramsReadingHmong Heritage Month


APRIL 21, 2011
John Dillinger Rumored to be Hiding Out at Marathon County Public Library!
During the 1930s, nationally-known criminals like John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Al Capone were out-and-about in Wisconsin. Sometimes they came to rob banks. Sometimes they only wanted to hide away from the forces of the law in isolated northwoods resorts. Want to learn more?

This Saturday at the Wausau Library, noted author Chad Lewis will present a travelogue program on "Wisconsin Gangster Hot Spots."  Lewis will take the audience on a guided tour of Wisconsin locales associated with Dillinger and other infamous criminals. The program starts at 1:00 in the Wausau Room. Everyone is welcome.

Lewis will have copies of his new book WISCONSIN ROAD GUIDE TO GANGSTER HOT SPOTS available for sale and signing.

So, mark your calendar for Saturday April 23rd at 1:00 and come learn about famous gangsters in Wisconsin!


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Category: Wisconsin


APRIL 16, 2011
Draw a Picture from a Favorite Book
As National Library Week draws to a close for this year,  the “Create Your Own Story @ Your Library” drawing sheets from Culver's will continue throughout the month of April. 

Pictured is a drawing by  Mya P.,  11 years old,.  from the book Arthur's Nose  by Marc T. Brown.  This drawing is part of the Culver’s National Library Week  drawing contest .

There’s still time for kids to draw their picture and submit it to the Library.  Kids can pick up a Culver’s sheet @ any MCPL location,  draw a picture from  a book ( character, event, or scene), return the sheet to the Library  for a coupon for free single scoop of vanilla ice cream at Culvers,  and be eligible for a random drawing at the end of April for prizes.  Pictures will be hung in the Children's area at Wausau headquarters and at branch library locations.

Come in to any MCPL location,  and pick one up today!


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Categories: ChildrenNational Library Week


APRIL 13, 2011
Tornado Drill Thursday!
The week of April 10-16 is National Tornado Awareness Week. The Marathon County Public Library will be taking part in a Tornado Drill this Thursday at the Headquarters Library. 

At 1:00 Thursday afternoon, staff will announce  that the Library is taking part in a county-wide Mock Tornado Drill and that a Tornado Watch is in effect.

At 1:10, a second announcement will be made stating that a Tornado Warning is in effect. At that time, all public and staff in the Headquarters Building will be directed to the basement level. Public who do not wish to take part in the Tornado Drill must leave the Library at this time.

At 1:20, an all-clear will be announced and public and staff can go back to what they were doing.

Given the recent Merrill tornado, it is vital that public agencies such as the Library be well-versed in handling dangerous situations such as tornadoes.


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Category: Weather


APRIL 8, 2011
My Library Story
We want to hear your library story.   Is the Marathon County Public Library an important part of your life?  Has your library helped improve your life, "saved your life" by helping you complete a term paper, helped you get a job, learn a new skill, helped your child learn to read, changed your life, whatever.  If you have stories about your library,  we would love to hear them.   

We have made it easy for you to create your library story now, during National Library Week, by providing a place online and in-house for you to do it.  Share your story, choose a picture if you like, and click on submit.   You can share your story here:

After submitting your story, you can also let us know if you want to Speak Up For Your Library

As an important member of our library community, we want to hear from you.  Tell us your library story today.


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Categories: LibrariesNational Library Week


APRIL 5, 2011
Computer Classes: Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint!
We have immediate openings for our Tuesday night computer classes this April !

Classes include Microsoft 2007 programs Publisher, Excel, and PowerPoint, and are intended for users who have rarely (if ever) used these programs before.

To reserve your seat (and check current availability), please call the Reference Desk at (715) 261-7230, or email us using our "Contact Us" webpage:
  • Intro. to Excel meets Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-8pm
  • Intro. to Publisher meets Tuesday, April 19, 6:30-8pm
  • Intro. to PowerPoint meets Tuesday, April 26, 6:30-8pm

To view the complete schedule, visit

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Categories: Computer Classestechnology


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