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APRIL 29, 2015
Story Time Break
Many of our locations will be participating in a story time break before our Summer Library Program begins to accommodate school visits and prepare for our summer programs.

Athens, Hatley and Rothschild will continue to have regularly scheduled story times. Marathon City will continue to have regulary scheduled story times but will not meet on May 28th.

Wausau will have no story times in the month of May, except for the Family Resource Center’s Play & Learn story time on Fridays. Story times will resume in June, along with Sweet Dreams Story Time Monday nights at 6:30. Some story times may be cancelled due to scheduled Summer Library Program events. See our brochure for these events.

Edgar, Mosinee, Spencer, and Stratford will break at various times in May and resume in September. Regularly scheduled Family Resource Center Play & Learns will still occur. Please visit our story times page for more specific details and times.
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APRIL 8, 2015
National Poetry Month: LEGO Poetry
There are plenty of things to celebrate in April, but one of my favorite is poetry. Here at MCPL in Wausau, we’ve got two activities to encourage you to experience poetry every day. 

Come and build a poem with LEGO poetry in the TeenZone. Each LEGO has a word on it and you are invited to create a poem by using the words on the LEGOS.  It’s like magnetic poetry, but in three dimensions.  When you are done, take a picture with your phone, name the picture with the title of the poem (and your name if you want) and send it to us at teenzone@mcpl.us. We’ll post the poems to our Facebook page, so remember to like MCPL on Facebook to see your poem. Don’t have time to build a poem here?  Take one of our word pages and have fun creating whenever. You can email your poems to us and we’ll post those on our Facebook page, too.

On April 30, it’s poem in your pocket day.  On that day, you have a poem in your pocket that you share with everyone you meet.  Hopefully, they will have a poem to share back! We have three poem possibilities, already photocopied for you to pick up and put in your pocket available in the TeenZone.

Also, our Athens branch will be have materials for teens to create found poems with materials provided by the library all month long.  So stop by and create a poem or share poem. Remember, April is National Poetry Month! 
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APRIL 6, 2015
Never Counted Out
Teens, have you ever felt like your voice wasn’t heard?  Or were there times when you spoke out about your truth?  Now you have the opportunity to share these by submitting an essay, poem, graphic novel or photograph about these times to Never Counted Out, a website created to connect teens with artists and writers. 

Never Counted Out is the brain child of novelist, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, the author of Fat Angie.  e.E created the website after connecting with a depressed teen writer, after his teacher shared is creative writing sample with her.  When e.E. talked with young writer, she felt like she had made a special connection with him and wanted to create opportunities for other writers, photographers and artists to connect with teens, especially at-risk teens.  e.E. traveled around the country and worked with other writers and artists and with the teens in their communities, building a mentorship program for young writers and artists to express their concerns, hopes, successes and fears in a positive way.

Inspired by the suicide note from a bullied transgendered teen, teens are invited to submit a work of art that completes the sentence, “If someone only knew…” This art work can be anything from an essay to a poem to a photograph to a graphic novel, as long as it communicates your truth.  The art will be displayed on the blog on the website for Never Counted Out.  In addition, a selection of the essays and art work will be published in an anthology. Go to the website for admission guidelines and due dates.   
 

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APRIL 2, 2015
Raise Great Kids Parent Survey
If you are a parent, guardian, grandparent, or child caregiver, we would like your input! Raisgreatkids.org is a local website put out by a collaborative effort of community partners under the Early Years Coalition. Marathon County Public Library is a member of this coalition, and we need your help completing a survey.

As part of our efforts to make RaiseGreatKids.org a better site for our users, we need your help. We would like to get both your thoughts and feedback on Raise Great Kids as well as gather more information about how you use the internet to search for information you find valuable about children. Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey. Your feedback will be invaluable in helping us shape the site moving forward.

If you haven’t checked out RaiseGreatKids.org, please visit the website.
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