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AUGUST 29, 2013
Reading Aloud to Your Child

Mem Fox's book Reading Magic inspired the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. 

When reading aloud to your child, try Mem Fox’s Ten Read Aloud Commandments:

1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.
2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.
3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don’t be dull, or flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.
4. Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners.
5. Read the stories that the kids love, over and over and over again, and always read in the same ‘tune’ for each book: i.e. with the same intonations on each page, each time.
6. Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly about the pictures, or anything else connected to the book; or sing any old song that you can remember; or say nursery rhymes in a bouncy way; or be noisy together doing clapping games.
7. Look for rhyme, rhythm or repetition in books for young children, and make sure the books are really short.
8. Play games with the things that you and the child can see on the page, such as letting kids finish rhymes, and finding the letters that start the child’s name and yours, remembering that it’s never work, it’s always a fabulous game.
9. Never ever teach reading, or get tense around books.
10. Please read aloud every day, mums and dads, because you just love being with your child, not because it’s the right thing to do. 

Check out Mem Fox's read-aloud techniques available on the website, Reading Is Fundamental @ 


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Categories: ChildrenReading


AUGUST 29, 2013
Pushback Against Drug Abuse Programs!
Over the past three years, drug abuse has become a major problem in Marathon County.  Accordingly, the Marathon County Public Library has partnered with the Marathon County Alcohol & Other Drug (AOD) Partnership and the Pushback Against Drug Abuse campaign to host an educational series of programs in October to raise awareness of the scope of the problem and detail how each us can play a part in the solution.

The following sessions will be offered at the Marathon County Public Library in the 3rd Floor Wausau Room. Interested parties can attend either the daytime (Wednesdays 12-1:30pm) or evening (Tuesdays 5:30-7pm) sessions on a given week.

Session 1 – What’s Hot Now? – Current drug trends that are impacting Marathon County. Offered Tuesday October 8th at 5:30pm & Wednesday October 9th at 12:00pm.

Session 2 – I Think We Have a Problem! – How to identify if someone is using or dealing drugs, and how to safely intervene. Offered Tuesday October 15th at 5:30pm & Wednesday October 16th at 12:00pm.

Session 3 – The ‘A’ Word, Now What? – The power of addiction, relapse, and local treatment options. Offered Tuesday October 22nd at 5:30pm & Wednesday October 23rd at 12:00pm.

Session 4- It Takes a Village! – All levels of the community play a role in prevention, treatment, enforcement and recovery to address this growing epidemic. Offered Tuesday October 29th at 5:30pm & Wednesday October 30th at 12:00pm.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided at all sessions.

For more information about the programs, call 715-261-7234.

Portions of this article originally appeared in the Wausau Daily Herald.

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AUGUST 20, 2013
Elmore Leonard, 1925-2013
Crime and western novelist Elmore Leonard, dubbed the "Dickens of Detroit," died Aug. 20 at his suburban Detroit home from complications due to a stroke. He was 87.
Leonard was known for his ferocious work ethic that produced such best-sellers as Get Shorty, Freaky Deaky and Be Cool. His distinct mix of crime and comedy led to adaptations of many of his novels and stories into films, including Get Shorty, 3:10 to Yuma, Hombre and Rum Punch, the latter adapted by director Quentin Tarantino for his film Jackie Brown.
In its rememberence the Detroit News wrote "In Leonard’s colorful world of dumb but entertaining crooks and bemused cops, there was always more than a whiff of postwar seediness and amorality."
Leonard also is known for his ten rules of writing, which he adapted into a 2007 book.

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Categories: WritingStaff Picksblogs


AUGUST 19, 2013
"To Kill a Mockingbird" wins Literary Smackdown
In the final Literary Smackdown of the summer, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee beat "The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank to be named the most influential book in Marathon County.

More than 100 people voted for Lee's classic novel of a young girl embroiled in a bitter war of race in violence in 1930s Alabama, compared to more than 50 people who voted for Anne Frank's diary of her time in hiding from the Nazis in World War II.

The MCPL Literary Smackdown began in June and pitted eight fiction books against eight nonfiction books in a March madness-style competition with library patrons voting for their favorite books in weekly pairings. Other books in the Smackdown include "Jane Eyre," "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," "1984," "The Prince," "Fahrenheit 451" and "Silent Spring."


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Category: Summer Library Program


AUGUST 15, 2013
SMART board
Parents and kids!
Become SMARTer about the SMART board and learn about all the many ways you can learn on it!
A SMART board is available in the children’s activity room @ MCPL headquarters.
The SMART board combines the simplicity of a white board with the power of a computer (

Kids naturally gravitate to the ease of the touch screen. Children’s excitement in ‘operating’ the SMART board boosts their self-esteem and builds confidence in science and technology and aids them to work independently at a later time (Teaching Science magazine, June ‘08).

Are you interested in learning what else you can do besides “draw and doodle” on the interactive white board? The children’s dept. staff is happy to offer impromptu tutorials on the wonders of the SMART board. You can stop by to get a quick overview or schedule a session with our friendly children’s dept. staff.

Not only can you draw but there are also fun and educational activities and games that you can play. These are offered through the SMART exchange website. Teachers and other educators have designed and shared their educational activities through the SMART exchange website (
Staff members searched through these resources and made it easy for you to access some of these age-appropriate games and teacher recommended activities suitable for kids of all ages. 
Stop by the MCPL Wausau children’s desk to learn about the wonders of the SMART board!


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Categories: Childrentechnology


AUGUST 12, 2013
Antiques Roadshow...Coming Soon!
The Antiques Roadshow program has proven to be wildly popular with Marathon County Public Library customers. The program hosted by the Headquarters Library earlier this year was so successful that MCPL is bringing antiques expert Mark Moran back for one last round of appraisals in 2013.

On Sunday September 22 from 1:30-4:00pm, Mark Moran will be available to evaluate items brought in by the public. The fee for appraisal is $10.00 per item which entitles the person to a four-minute consultation. Registration, as always, is required. Call 261-7234 to save your spots or for more information. 


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Category: Antiques


AUGUST 5, 2013
"Mockingbird" Top Fiction Book
In a sweeping victory, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee beat "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte to take the fiction title in Marathon County Public Library's Literary Smackdown. 

Lee's classic novel of racism and violence in the South beat Bronte's story of an impoverished orphan turned governess by almost 80 votes.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" will next face the winner of the final nonfiction smackdown, with Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" going up against Maya Angelou's memoir, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."


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Category: Summer Reading Program


AUGUST 1, 2013
August Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to Kitty Geringer, Marathon County Public Library's August Volunteer of the Month! Kitty volunteers at Rothschild where she helps shelve books. She has been volunteering for almost a year and also enjoys gardening, biking, and walking her dog.

Kitty is retired from the Ashland School District and volunteers "because I finally have time to give back and I enjoy shelving books. It is amazing the amount of books and people that go through the Rothschild branch."

Thank you, Kitty, for all of your hard work and dedication to Marathon County Public Library. {{2013-7-31}}

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Category: Volunteering


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