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FEBRUARY 23, 2011
Library Fundraiser: Perkins Restaurant
Throughout the month of March, you can help raise funds for the Library by dining at the Perkins Restaurant on Grand Ave. in Schofield!

Pick up a voucher at any MCPL location, show it to the folks at Perkins, and the Library will receive 10% of the value of your order! Alternately, you may print the voucher using the following link: www.mcpl.us/PerkinsFundraiser2011.pdf

Thank-you to the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library for coordinating this fundraiser. If you'd like to learn more about the Friends, visit www.mcpl.us/about/friends

For other ways you can help support the Library, visit www.mcpl.us/about/donate and www.mcpl.us/about/volunteer

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Category: Food

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FEBRUARY 21, 2011
Computer Classes: E-Books, Excel, Publisher!
We have immediate openings for our Tuesday night computer classes this March!

Classes include Microsoft 2007 programs Publisher and  Excel, plus E-Books & E-Readers.  These classes are geared towards beginning users who have rarely (if ever) used these programs and technologies before.

To reserve your seat (and check current availability), please call the Reference Desk at (715) 261-7230, or email us using our "Contact Us" webpage: www.mcpl.us/about/contact
  • E-Books & E-Readers meets Tuesday, March 8, 6:30-8pm
    If you own an e-reader, please bring it. Click here or contact us to confirm compatibility.
  • Intro. to Excel meets Tuesday, March 15, 6:30-8pm
  • Intro. to Publisher meets Tuesday, March 22, 6:30-8pm

To view April classes (or to watch for future schedules), visit http://www.mcpl.us/services/computers/classes.
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FEBRUARY 16, 2011
Dr. Seuss Birthday Party

Mr. Pig is all decked out in his “Cat in the Hat” party hat and is ready to party. Spread the word, because everyone is invited to come to the early birthday party for Dr. Seuss. The party begins at MCPL Wausau on Saturday, February 26 with a sharing of Dr. Seuss stories at 10:30, followed by “Seussical” crafts, and of course a birthday cake. At 1:00 join us for the classic Dr. Seuss movie about a mischievous cat, wearing a red and white striped hat and bowtie, who visits the home of two bored children on a cold, wet day.

Dr. Seuss was named Theodor Seuss Geisel at birth, and was born was born on March 2, 1904 in Massachusetts. His first children’s book, “And To Think That I Saw it On Mulberry Street “ was rejected by all 27 publishers that he presented it to in 1937. A friend of his who worked at Vanguard Press offered to show it to his employers who finally decided to publish it. He wrote 44 books which have been translated into many languages, and is beloved by many generations of readers.

Come and celebrate his legacy, the enjoyment of reading, and have a fun, Seussical Day @ your library on Saturday, February 26. {{2011-02-26}}

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Category: Children

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FEBRUARY 9, 2011
400 Block, City Square, Freedom Square, or...?
February 9-25, area residents can vote to name the park in downtown Wausau!

Click here to vote!

Paper ballots are also available at MCPL Wausau.

Commonly referred to as "The 400 Block," the space is currently being developed and will be given a new, "official" name when the City Council meets on March 22. Voting results will be presented at a meeting on March 9.

The "Top Ten" names on the ballot are (in no particular order):  Alexander Square, Bull Falls Square, City Square, Court House Square, 400 Block, Freedom Square, Founder's Square, Grand Plaza, Metro Square, McIndoe Square

A more detailed article about this topic may be viewed on the Wausau Daily Herald website: www.wausaudailyherald.com/article/20110208/WDH0101/102080589/City-panel-sets-top-10-names-list-for-downtown-square

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FEBRUARY 7, 2011
The Best Books of 2010

In case you missed them, here are just a few of the most popular books of 2010! We’ve compiled the “Best Books” lists of the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, NPR, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com, and listed the top books here for your consideration. Use the links below or contact us to request any of these books today!

 Freedom by Jonathan Franzen — (FICTION) When Patty and Walter Berglund's teenage son moves in with their conservative neighbors and their perfect life in St. Paul begins to unravel, out spill family secrets-clandestine loves, lies, compromises, failures.

 The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson — (NON-FICTION) An epic and intimate scholarly portrait of the Great Migration of southern African Americans to the North, 1915-1970, via oral histories, newspaper articles, and other historical sources.

 A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan — (FICTION) Interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the troubled young woman he employs.

 Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand — (NON-FICTION) The inspiring true story of a man who lived through a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed: Louie Zamperini--a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic runner-turned-World War II POW and war hero.

 The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis — (NON-FICTION) An excavation of the financial crisis of 2007-’08, scrutinizing the personal histories of several Wall Street outsiders who were betting against the grain, to shed light on the macrocosmic tale of greed and fear.

 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot — (NON-FICTION) She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells — taken without her knowledge — became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today.

 Just Kids by Patti Smith — (NON-FICTION) Smith's evocative, honest, and moving coming-of-age story reveals her extraordinary relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Part romance, part elegy, "Just Kids" is about friendship in the truest sense, and the artist's calling.

 The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee — (FICTION) Lee's masterful fourth novel bursts with drama and human anguish as it documents the ravages and indelible effects of war. It's a harrowing tale: bleak, haunting, often heartbreaking—and not to be missed.

 Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes — (FICTION) An epic, dense, vivid narrative spanning many months in the lives of American troops in Vietnam as they trudge across enemy lines, encountering danger from opposing forces as well as on their home turf.

 Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff — (NON-FICTION) The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt.

 The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee — (NON-FICTION) A sweeping epic of obsession, brilliant researchers, dramatic new treatments, euphoric success and tragic failure, and the relentless battle by scientists and patients alike against an equally relentless, wily, and elusive enemy.

 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson — (FICTION) The final volume of the best-selling "Millennium" trilogy by the late Swedish author, Stieg Larsson. Read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire before tackling this mystery-thriller.

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FEBRUARY 7, 2011
Black History Month Display
The 1860 Census was the last time the federal government took a count of the South's vast slave population.  Several months later the government issued  maps of slavery that drew on Census data, one being Southern States as a whole. These  maps captured the complexity of the institution and struck a chord with a public hungry for information about the "rebellion".     Visit the Wausau HQ library's second floor for a special display, "Visualizing Slavery" based on Opinionator, The New York Times. Also featured is biographical information about Casper Fenhaus, Berlin Township and Wausau resident and veteran of the Grand Old Army who served under General William Tecumseh Sherman. Central Wisconsin has many ties to the Civil War.  Visit this display and the Wisconsin Collection for more Civil War discovery!  Pictured is Dred Scott from the book, The Dred Scott Decision, Cornerstones of Freedom by Brendan January, available in the collection. 
http://mcpl.us/?bib=661354

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