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AUGUST 29, 2009
New Online Resource--Learning Express Library

If you want to brush up your skills or take a practice test for a new or current job or school, improve your basic math, reading and writing skills, or just continue your life-long learning, check out the Learning Express Library, the new online resource that is available to you for free through a Wisconsin Valley Library Services LSTA “Bridge to Job Hunting Success” grant.  

You will discover many review tests and exercises to improve basic skills to help you with your daily life and help you get a better job. There are over 800 online courses, tests, and e-books to assist you.

Some of the practice tests available at Learning Express Library are:
  • Basic math, reading, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and writing skills improvement for all levels and ages, elementary school through adult
  • GED practice exams and skills improvement, including a Spanish language GED preparation
  • U.S. Citizenship practice exams
  • College preparation tests such as the SAT, ACT,CLEP, AP
  • Graduate School entrance exams; GRE, GMAT, MCAT,LSAT
  • Licensing, certification, job, and aptitude practice tests for all kinds of careers—real estate, plumbing, military (ASVAB), nursing, EMT, electrician, police officer, postal worker, firefighter tests and more
  • Job search and workplace skills such as business writing, creating resumes and cover letters, and interview tips   
 Access this resource from the library’s homepage;  go to Resources, Online Resources and select Learning Express Library from the alphabetical list.   New users will need to register and set up a free account. When you set up your account, use your library card number as your user name so that you will be able to access it again outside of the library building. When registering, when it asks for which library you belong to, select Wisconsin Valley Library Service (the library system that the Marathon County Public Library is a member of). You will then have the option to print and save your registration confirmation information to refer to later if needed.  If you have any questions, please contact the Library’s Reference Desk.    

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Category: electronic databases


AUGUST 26, 2009
County Job Listings!

One of the websites available on the Library's Career Connection computers is CW JOBS. Any job seekers looking for employment in Marathon County will want to check out this online resource.

CW JOBS is a free service offered by the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. It is free to job seekers and members of the Chamber.

CW JOBS aims at linking job seekers with employers. Job seekers can create their own personal profile, upload a resume and then search/apply for a position. Employers can likewise create a profile, post jobs and view uploaded resumes.

CW JOBS is one of the many job-seeking materials the Headquarters Library has available to help Marathon County jobseekers. Stop in and check out our Career Connection on the 2nd Floor! 

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Category: Jobs


AUGUST 19, 2009
Our Library Talent Show Featured Some Creative Kids!

We had a wonderful talent show to conclude our "Be Creative" programs at the library this summer.  David (pictured here) had feet tapping and heads bobbing all over the library as he performed his drum solo.  Who says the library has to be quiet all the time?

Our Talent Extravaganza also featured karate, keyboards, singing and dancing.  You can see other pictures of our creative performers on the library's Facebook photo album..

Thanks to all the performers for a great show--and thanks to our enthusiastic audience who cheered them on!

Saturday, August 22 is the last day to turn in your reading tickets--it's not too late to get that first ticket in and have a chance to win some fun prizes. 

So--what was your favorite part of the summer program?  The reading club? The "Who Am I" game?  The performers?  Which summer program performers did you like the best? 

Next summer's theme will be "Make a Splash @ Your Library!"  What would you like to see for performers, etc. next year?

I would love to see your comments and suggestions.

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Categories: ChildrenSummer Reading ProgramPrograms


AUGUST 10, 2009
Language Learning

New in 2010! The Library has subscribed to:

Mango: Languages
-- A language learning program that teaches practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world's most popular languages: Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dari, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese. For access, visit our Online Resource webpage:

Looking for some free Internet sites to help you learn another  language?  Here are a few resources that may help you get started.*
  • Annenberg Media Programs—Language Learning -- Free video language courses for learning English, Spanish, French, and German
  •  BBC Languages -- Audio and video courses for French, German, Spanish, and Italian languages. Some resources for Welsh, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese and other languages.
  • FSI Language Courses  -- Free online language learning courses for more than 25 languages. Developed by the Foreign Service Institute.
  • La Mansión del Inglés -- Curso de inglés multimedia online gratis. Free English courses for Spanish speakers.
  • Visual Link Languages -- Hundreds of free lessons, games and activities to learn 8 languages; Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
  • Learn American English Online -- Four levels of English lessons with videos and printable practice exercises
  • Livemocha -- Free social online language learning tool that uses audio-visual lessons for ten languages. Connect with a foreign language learning partner worldwide.
*Please Note:  These sites are not maintained or sponsored by MCPL. They are offered here without guarantee, and you may choose to use them at your own discretion.

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Category: Languages


AUGUST 8, 2009
Mosinee Branch Library at Little Bull Falls Log Jam Festival

Next weekend you will have the opportunity to journey back in time to the time period 1850-1920 during the Little Bull Falls Log Jam Festival in Mosinee.  The festival starts on Friday August 14 and continues through Sunday August 16 from 10-4pm each day at River Park in Mosinee.   

The Mosinee Branch Library will have a display featuring the history of Little Bull Falls and surrounding area at the Log Jam Festival .  Come and see the pictures, tools, Indian artifacts and many other items that have been donated to the Mosinee Library from the Marathon County Historical Museum and people in the community.

There will be lots of great entertainment, music, food, and activities for children and adults.  Admission is free to the public. See more information about the Little Bull Falls Log Jam Festival here.  

Please join us, August 14--16 at the 4th annual Little Bull Falls Log Jam Festival in Mosinee.

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Category: Mosinee Branch


AUGUST 5, 2009
Auralog's Tell Me More Subscription Ending

The Marathon County Public Library's subscription to  the Auralog "Tell Me More" online language learning product expires this Saturday August 8, so it will no longer be available to library card holders after this date.  We apologize for the short notice and for any inconvenience that this may cause to our users.

The library is currently looking at other online language products that will be helpful and user friendly for the language learners in our community.  

Add a comment  (1 comment) posted by Sharyn Heili, Librarian

Categories: Electronic DatabasesLanguages


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