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DECEMBER 31, 2012
New library catalog coming soon!
On January 9, 2013, the Marathon County Public Library system will begin using new library catalog software as part of an upgrade coordinated by the Wisconsin Valley Library Service. The new software will look different than what patrons are used to, but will have many more features that will help patrons more easily find the materials they need.

The new software, known as “Sierra,” will offer simplified searching options that will allow patrons to search for an author, subject or title from the same search box, much like how Google works. Patrons also will not need to know exact spellings of author names or titles to find books; Sierra will offer search suggestions that will help patrons find exactly what they’re looking for. Sierra also offers keyword searching, meaning you don’t need to know the exact library classification to find materials in the library.

With Sierra, patrons can save the books they’ve checked out to a reading list, so with the click of a mouse they can see if they’ve already read a book or which book they last read in a series.

Although WVLS libraries currently use phone messages and email messages to let people know when their materials are ready to be picked up or if they have overdue items, Sierra gives patrons the option of getting text alerts for materials.

This is a big change and more than likely there will be some bumps in the road, but the end result will mean a better library experience for everyone.

If you have any questions during the transition, please call us at 715-261-7200.

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Categories: Librariestechnology


DECEMBER 28, 2012
Changes to Passport Services
Starting in 2013, the Marathon County Public Library - Wausau Headquarters will offer U.S. Passport application acceptance services by appointment only

Appointments are available each month on the second and fourth Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm, and on the first Tuesday and third Wednesday, 3:00-8:00pm.

For more information, please contact us.


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Category: Passports


DECEMBER 28, 2012
Wausau Story Time Changes
Change in the scheduled time for Book Babies Story Time!

To provide a quality story time that specifically addresses the developmental needs of children from birth to 23 months, we are offering one story time session at 10:00 a.m. on Monday mornings. 

Change in Tuesday's Story Time!

Story time for two-year-olds will now include three-year-olds and is renamed, "Tales for Tots". Most two-year-olds and three-year-olds share the same developmental milestones. According to, developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. ( In our efforts to provide quality story time and foster the language skills and learning skills of two-year-olds and three-year-olds, we are combining these ages into a story time called "Tales for Tots"! The scheduled time for the newly named "Tales for Tots" will remain the same on Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Other Story Times

Preschool Story Time schedule remains the same. It is offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Family Story Time schedule remains the same on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

"Play and Learn" Story Time will continue to be offered on Fridays at 9:30 a.m.

"Sweet Dreams" Story Time on Monday evenings has ended for the season. It will resume in the summer. Watch for it then!


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Categories: ChildrenStorytimes


DECEMBER 11, 2012
Library Catalog Options Unavailable
We are making some exciting changes to our library catalog in order to serve you better, but during this transition, a few options will be unavailable from 12/31 through 1/9/2013:
  • You will not be able to request items.
  • You will not be able to renew items.
  • You will not be able to make changes to your library account.
We will be adjusting due dates during this period to prevent late fees.

Beginning 1/10, you will be able to place holds, renew items and more!

If you have any questions, please contact us.


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Category: technology


DECEMBER 10, 2012
December Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to Sharon Stachnik, Marathon County Public Library’s December Volunteer of the Month!  Sharon volunteers at Marathon County Public Library’s Hatley branch where she shelves books, cleans and does anything else staff asks. 

Sharon volunteers at Hatley because her #1 hobby is reading.  “I think our libraries are a treasure,” says Sharon.  “Our community is very proud of our local library--it really makes our town special!” 

Besides reading, Sharon also enjoys quilting and is a member of a local quilting club.  She is dependable, hardworking, and a great asset to the Hatley branch.  Thank you, Sharon, for your commitment and great service to Marathon County Public Library. {{2012-12-30}}

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Category: Volunteering


DECEMBER 6, 2012
Merry Christmas from the IRS and Wisconsin Department of Revenue!
In the midst of the joys of the Christmas season and anticipation of the New Year comes a very unwelcome gift from the federal and state governments: tax forms.

This year, as in the past, all branches of the Marathon County Public Library will be providing paper copies of all basic federal and state tax forms and instructional booklets. Federal forms will be displayed starting December 26th. State forms will be in stock beginning in January.

On hand will be 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms along with Schedules A, B, C, C-EZ, D, E, EIC, L, M, R and SE. Also available will be publications such as #596 Earned Income Credit, #4562 Depreciation and Amoritization and #4868 Automatic Extension to File Income Taxes, easily the most popular tax form ever published.

The corresponding Wisconsin state forms such as 1, 1A, WI-Z and 1NPR will be in stock. The Wisconsin Rent Certificate, Schedule WD and Schedule H/H-EZ will also be on hand.

These and other federal and state forms will also be available for download from the IRS website ( and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue site ( beginning in late December.

Free tax preparation help will be offered by various organizations and agencies in Marathon County. We will provide details at a later date.

Any questions, please call the Reference Desk at 261-7230.

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DECEMBER 5, 2012
Book Bundles
Due to the holiday season, Marathon County Public Library will have a break in story times.  No need to worry though, Book Bundles are here!  By checking out a Book Bundle, you can put on an educational story time for your children at home. 

Each Book Bundle has a set of three themed books and an accessory sheet.  The accessory sheets have suggested songs, fingerplays, and early literacy activities that match the theme of the books.  Some themes we have include “Bears and Hibernation,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Under the Sea,” and many more. 

Book Bundles are currently located near the picture books and “favorite characters” shelf in the Wausau Children's Department.  Simply pick out a theme and check it out at the Children's Desk.  We ask that you return the three books and accessory sheet to the Children's Desk as well.

Storytimes will resume in January, but until then keep your children excited about reading and learning with Book Bundles!


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Categories: ChildrenBooks


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