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DECEMBER 12, 2013
'Tis the season for Consumer Reports!
This time of year, we see a lot of people coming to the library to browse Consumer Reports magazines and Buying Guides in order to make informed purchases for holiday gift giving. But did you know you can browse digital versions of Consumer Reports from home, for free, using your library card?

Here's how:
  1. From the main menu at, select "Research" and choose"Online Resources." Or just go to
  2. Find "Consumer Reports" in the "Library Resources A-Z" list.
  3. If prompted, log in using your 14-digit library card barcode number and your four-digit PIN.
  4. You will see an EBSCOhost search form. Add a few words to describe what you are looking for (e.g. "televisions," "vacuums," etc.) and select "Search."
  5. You will get a list of article summaries. Select the "PDF full text" to view a complete digital version of the Consumer Reports article in question.
(Optional.) You can filter your search by date, subject and publication using the options on the left of the search results screen. You can also download, print or email the articles from the toolbar that displays after you select "PDF full text."

If you have any questions or would like assistance with this sort of research, just contact us


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Category: electronic databases


DECEMBER 11, 2013
Holiday Story Time Break
Due to the holiday season, all MCPL locations will be taking a break from all regularly scheduled story times. The Edgar branch will start this break the week of December 16, and all other MCPL locations will break December 22, 2013-January 4, 2014. All regularly scheduled story times will resume the week of January 6, 2014.

Even though there are no story times, there are still plenty of things to do at the library! You can do puzzles, play games, read books, and check out book bundles to put on your own story time at home. Book bundles come with a set of themed books and an early literacy sheet with suggested songs, fingerplays, and activities to get your child ready to read.

Happy holidays and we will see you story timers in 2014!


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Categories: ChildrenStorytimes


DECEMBER 11, 2013
Antiques Appraisal Program is Coming to Town!
The Antiques Appraisal program has proven to be wildly popular with Marathon County Public Library customers. The program hosted by the Headquarters Library in the fall of 2013 was so successful that MCPL is bringing antiques expert Mark Moran back for another round of appraisals in the new year.

On Saturday January 11th from 10:00am-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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Categories: Antiques


DECEMBER 11, 2013
Find History Day help at MCPL
Need help finding resources for your National History Day project? 

The Marathon County Public Library Reference Desk staff at MCPL Wausau are always ready to help you with your research. Contact the MCPL Wausau Reference Desk at 715-261-7230 to make an appointment with one of our reference desk staff for personalized help and recommended resources for your topic. Appointments are recommended, but not necessary.

If you can't make it to the library, you may email, chat with us online or take a look at some of our recommended online resources.

How to access MCPL’s Online Resources for your research:
  1. Go to the Marathon County Public Library Website:
  2. Find “Research “ in the menu bar across the top of the page.
  3. On the drop-down menu, click on Online Resources. Here you will see a listing of all of MCPL’s online resource pages, with links.
  4. Choose the database you wish to use. From home you will need to provide your library card number and pin number. For history research, try the following:

Access Newspaper Archive
Millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s, presented in a PDF format that preserves the original context and format of content.
 Multiple databases of magazines, journals, newspapers, images and reference resources.
Provides you with a connection for tracing family history and American culture. Images of original documents are provided.

More Valuable Websites for History Research
Look for “digital collection” “research” “online archives” as a starting place for your search.
Library of Congress

Library of Congress Digital Collections

National Archives

National Archives Digital Vaults

Yale Avalon Project
Internet Archive
Wisconsin Historical Society


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Categories: Teen ZoneNational History Day Homework Help


DECEMBER 10, 2013
December Volunteer of the Month
Congratualtions to Jed Zarnke, Marathon County Public Library's December Volunteer of the Month!

Jed volunteers in the support services area at the Wausau Headquarters. Jed cleans CDs and DVDs that are worn down or scratched, greatly helping the AV collection. Jed is in three mornings a week and is a great help to staff.

Thank you, Jed, for your time and commitment to Marathon County Public Library!

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Category: Volunteering


DECEMBER 9, 2013
World Book Night 2014: Sign up today!

Sometimes after you read a really good book, you want to share it with as many people as possible. On April 23, 2014, you might have a chance with the World Book Night giveaway.

Each year, a WBN committee selects 30-35 titles (it's 35 in 2014) made up of adult and young adult fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The books' authors agree to waive royalties and publishers print special World Book Night editions free-of-charge – all with the goal of encouraging reading among non-readers. If your favorite book is on the list, you can apply to be a WBN volunteer for the chance to pass out 20 copies of the book at a location of your choice to people who seldom read books or never read books.

All Marathon County Public Library locations are encouraging their community members to apply, and the deadline is Jan. 5. Answer a few questions – why you want to participate, to whom you want to give the books, etc. – and choose the MCPL location where you plan to pick up the books. If you're chosen, WBN will ship your books to that library and we'll host receptions for volunteers about one week before the April 23 giveaway. Books cannot be distributed before April 23, and they cannot be sold.

Applications can only be filled out online at If you don't have a computer and the Internet at home, stop by any MCPL location and we'll help you get started. Applicants will be notified in February. (About 95 percent of applicants are accepted, so you have a pretty good shot at being chosen.)

Here is the list of 2014 World Book Night titles:

Is one of your favorites on the list? Stop by any MCPL location or contact us for more information. We'll help you help others by sharing your love of reading!


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Categories: BooksReading RecommendationsBook Clubs


DECEMBER 3, 2013
BadgerLink Resources: Public Feedback Requested!

BadgerLink is a state-funded collection of databases and online services offered to the public for free. Many of the resources on the Marathon County Public Library's Online Resources webpage are offered courtesy of BadgerLink.

Now, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction would like your feedback on how you use BadgerLink (if you use it), what you like about it, ways you would like to see it improved, etc. Please consider completing the survey linked below. It will take about five minutes.

Take the survey!

The survey will close on December 20, 2013. Thank you for completing this assessment of content to be considered for inclusion in BadgerLink.

The Department of Public Instruction is proud to assist Wisconsin libraries and schools by providing the BadgerLink collection of online resources ( BadgerLink currently offers general reference materials including encyclopedias (in English and Spanish); current and historic newspapers from Wisconsin and other states; collections of magazines on subjects of general interest, business, health, education, science, history, and more; collections of materials related to subjects studied in K-12 education, including history, science, literature, health, and the environment; historic documents including census records used by genealogists; auto repair resources; test preparation materials for high school and college entrance examinations and civil service examinations; job search and business skill-building resources and computer skill building tools.



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Categories: BadgerLinkelectronic databasestechnology


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