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FEBRUARY 25, 2016
Staff Profile: Heather Bain
Meet Heather Bain, Branch Assistant at MCPL Rothschild!

Q:    What is the best part of your job?
A:    The interactions I have with patrons of all ages. I love kids, so being able to lead story time and do some of the program planning has been great!

Q:    What is your favorite movie quote?
A:    If I had to choose: “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.” Rafiki from “The Lion King.”

Q:    What has been your favorite project at MCPL?
A:    The programming and decorations at the Rothschild Branch. I love seeing patrons’ reactions when they see a new passive program or see the selection of books that have been put on display for the month. As for programming, being able to connect the library with various organizations since I’ve started has been great! It’s great to get feedback and reactions, whether good or bad, to help improve what is happening at the library!

Q:    If you could witness any historical event, what would you 
    want to see?
A:    If I could take my husband with me, I would love to go back to when The Beatles did their Abbey Road photo shoot.

Q:    What’s playing in your car right now?
A:    The audio book for “Game of Thrones: A Dance with Dragons” by George R. R. Martin.

Q:    What is one thing you want patrons to know about MCPL?
A:    MCPL is open to everybody and tries to have multiple events and activities going on each month at all MCPL locations. MCPL is a great place to just relax and unwind by exploring everything that we have to offer; from books to movies to programs to computers, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Q:    What is your favorite place to eat?
A:    Matsu-Ya Sushi Bar and Grill in Stevens Point or 
Panda Express.

Q:    What is one thing you’d like to do before you die?
A:    I would love to be able to travel the world and visit some of more well-known or obscure libraries!

(from the MCPL Newsletter)



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FEBRUARY 14, 2016
Love in Six Words 2016 Contest Entries
Love is in the air! (or at least on our blog)
Below, listed in the order they were received, are all of the entries we received in our 2016 Love in Six Words story contest. In all, 55 people submitted 76 entries! Thank you to all who sent us stories and stay tuned for future six-word story contests!

Our top five entries, in no particular order, are:
- "Love is like a sparkly sticker!" - Serenity Schweitzer
- "She's OK. I'll go. You sleep" - Jennifer Thomas
- "Love is hello grown into forever" - Randy Clinton
- "Caressing lips. Shuddering breaths. Swoon. Repeat" - Collin Csuy
- "Empathy flowing over time and circumstance" - Tim Boyle

And below we have all entries to the contest, in the order they were received.
  1. “Your unconditional love completed my heart” – Linda Spindler
  2. “You’re the love of my life” – Susan Woller
  3. “Christ humbly coming to save me.” – Brad and Nyoka Schumacher
  4. “You gained wings, my love continues” – Chad Schweitzer
  5. “Tomorrow isn’t promised; my love is” – Tonya Gorges
  6. “Rare disappointment, family, togetherness, peaceful, endless” – Shelly Jensen
  7. “Love is like a sparkly sticker” – Serenity Schweitzer
  8. “It’s like you’re part of me” – Chrys Anklam
  9. “We answer each other’s unspoken questions” – Chrys Anklam
  10. “Open mouth kisses from my baby” – Sarah Londerville
  11. “Remembering, sharing, giving, smiling, helping, forgiving” – Sue Henning
  12. “Springtime love blooms. Endures winter's darkness.” – Yolanda DeLoach
  13. “Empathy flowing over time and circumstance” – Tim Boyle
  14. “From my heart to your soul” – Tim Boyle
  15. “Other man, only man, last man” – Kia L.
  16. “Love, hate, confused, breakup, makeup, marriage” – Kia L.
  17. “He’s the smoke to my high” – Kia L.
  18. “Everything I have is yours” – Mike Simmons
  19. “Wrapped up together, kissing” – Mike Simmons
  20. “You, me, together forever, none else!” – Mike Simmons
  21. “Caressing lips. Shuddering breaths. Swoon. Repeat” – Collin Csuy
  22. “Love is serving others above self” – Cynthia Abrego
  23. “Love is my wife and kids” – Jason Doepke
  24. “Love is patient, kind, doesn’t envy” – Jason Doepke
  25. “Love is waiving my library fines!” – Jason Doepke
  26. “Best friend plus lover equals happiness” – Wilson F. Fowle III
  27. “Being here when desires want elsewhere” – Joan Harris
  28. “Hugs and compassion during rainy days” – Joan Harris
  29. “My life, his life, our life” – Joan Harris
  30. “She’s okay. I’ll go. You sleep.” – Jennifer Thomas
  31. “Breathe me in, exhale you out.” – Jodie Schillinger
  32. “Humbled together by mind, body, soul” – Jodie Schillinger
  33. “Love: Every step of the way” – Krista Polomis
  34. “Love is communication with compromise, understanding” – Shannon Malone
  35. “Willingness to share all of self – Lorenzo Jones
  36. “Love yesterday, love today, love tomorrow” – Bob Moser
  37. “Champagne bubbles, chocolate chuckles, disco shuffles” – Juliana Palmcook
  38. “Puppy dog stares, French Poodle struts” – Juliana Palmcook
  39. “Pigs in mud on a hot day” – Juliana Palmcook
  40. “You can’t describe love in words” – Julie Mayrose
  41. “Holes in his socks. I’m needed!” – Julie Mayrose
  42. “Sweet puppy breath, sweet puppy paws” – Julie Mayrose
  43. “Library employees are the bee’s knees!” – Diane Lamich
  44. “Faithful, enduring, patient, kind, forgiving, trusting” – Linda Bessette
  45. “Being there for each other first!” – Vicki Stone
  46. “For God so loved the world” – B.B. (no full name given)
  47. “Kind, thoughtful, caring, generous, tender, forgiving” – Marsha Young
  48. “Remission is how we spell love” – Cindy Erickson
  49. “Together we fought cancer and won!” – Cindy Erickson
  50. “Love is hello grown into forever” – Randy Clinton
  51. “Love is growing old with me” – Red and Mary Cheney
  52. “Love is my family and I” – Mary Schneider Cheney
  53. “Love is my angel in fur” – Cirille Connor
  54. “Six words! How true is this!” – Thomas Gabriel
  55. “Love is fighting breast cancer battle” – Donna Feirer
  56. “Love my partner with much affection” – Donna Feirer
  57. “Having retired hubby is quite lovely” – Donna Feirer
  58. “Love is finding your comfortable counterpart” – Tami Bloch
  59. “The person that makes me whole” – Mike Lopina
  60. “Eighth grade, sophomore, married with kids” – Jacki Gburek
  61. “Love is an endless fairy tale” – Heather Nowak
  62. “Being his one and only love” – Charlene Gremler
  63. “He makes me a better person!!!” – Charlene Gremler
  64. “My grandchildren are my life’s blessings” – Charlene Gremler
  65. “Love means family is most important” – Kathy Fritsch
  66. “Praying, hoping. Elated, despair. Finally, baby” – No name given
  67. “Being open-minded and always caring” – Jennifer Carey
  68. “Love is holding my grandchild closely” – Cindy Klessig
  69. “Love is feeling all mushy inside” – Cindy Klessig
  70. “Love is my husband, kids, chocolate” – Cindy Klessig
  71. “My grandkids saying love you nana” – Wendy Laczkowski
  72. “Honesty, devotion, friendship, friendship, beautiful” – Andy Panzer
  73. “Brilliant, glorious fireworks, cuddly warm cocoon” – Kathy Kinney
  74. “Licking warm lotus nectar, loves lubricity” – Susan Ninnemann
  75. “I love you, Dad – from Corbin” – Corbin Nikolay
  76. “Family, Glynn, Tina, Jordan, Aaron, Allyssa” – Tina Hollis

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FEBRUARY 10, 2016
Get Ready for the Oscars with MCPL!
Come February 28, many of Hollywood’s finest will gather to hand out golden statuette after golden statuette at the 88th Academy Awards. It's not uncommon for Oscar-nominated films to be based on or inspired by books and this year’s nominees are no different. Eight films based on novels are nominated for this year's ceremony with a total of 43 nominations among them, including several Best Picture nods.

If you haven’t seen all (or any) of these nominated films you can still get a taste of what they’re like by reading the books they’re based on (it’s always best to read the book BEFORE you see the movie, right?). The Marathon County Public Library and its branches have copies of each of the nominated titles listed below. To reserve a copy, simply click on the title.

Book Cover: 'The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine' by Michael Lewis"The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine" by Michael Lewis – Author Lewis examines the causes of the U.S. stock market crash of 2008 and its relation to overpriced real estate, bad mortgages, shareholder demand for excessive profits, and the growth of toxic derivatives in this non-fiction book. The film version is nominated for such awards as Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Christian Bale.


Book Cover: 'Brooklyn: A Novel' by Colm T?ib?n"Brooklyn: A Novel" by Colm Tóibín – Set in both Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, a young Irish woman, Eilis, crosses the Atlantic to make a new life for herself and becomes torn between love in America and her family back in Ireland. Brooklyn’s film adaptation is nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress in a Leading Role for star Saoirse Ronan.


Book Cover: 'The Danish Girl: A Novel' by David Ebershoff"The Danish Girl: A Novel" by David Ebershoff – Written in 2000, “The Danish Girl” tells the tale of Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo sexual reassignment surgery after realizing she is transgender. Actor Eddie Redmayne and actress Alicia Vikander, who star as Elbe and her wife Gerda, are nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role, respectively.


Book Cover: 'The Martian: A Novel' by Andy Weir"The Martian: A Novel" by Andy Weir – Andy Weir’s book focuses on astronaut Mark Watney, who is accidentally left stranded on the surface of Mars after a dust storm forces his team to vacate the planet. Watney must use his science and engineering skills to survive on the planet until another space mission can return to rescue him. In addition to Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay nods, star Matt Damon is up for Best Actor in a Leading Role.


Book Cover: 'The Price of Salt, or Carol' by Patricia Highsmith"The Price of Salt" or "Carol" by Patricia Highsmith – Originally published in the 1950s, “The Price of Salt” (also known as “Carol”) follows two lonely women who meet and develop a passionate romance in a time when such a relationship was taboo. The film is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress in a Leading role for Cate Blanchett (who plays the titular character) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Rooney Mara.


Book Cover: 'The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge' by Michael Punke"The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge" by Michael Punke – In this story of survival, Hugh Glass is an expert trapper and frontiersman. After being viciously mauled by a massive grizzly bear and abandoned and left for dead by his fellow trappers, Hugh is pushed to survive by one thing --revenge. “The Revenant” has 12 nominations – more than any other film this year – including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Leonardo DiCaprio (who plays Glass) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Tom Hardy.


Book Cover: 'Room' by Emma Donoghue"Room" by Emma Donoghue – In Donaghue’s 2010 novel, five year-old Jack lives in a small 11x11 room with his mother, Ma, and has never been outside the room’s walls. As he grows older, Jack learns Ma has been held prisoner there for the past several years and that there is a whole world beyond the room. Star Brie Larson is nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, while “Room” is also up for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.


Book Cover: 'Steve Jobs' by Walter Isaacson"Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson – Isaacson’s biography of Apple CEO and visionary Steve Jobs is the basis for the biopic of the same name, starring Michael Fassbender, who is up for Best Actor in a Leading Role for portraying Jobs. Kate Winslet is also nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

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