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JULY 31, 2007
A Pool Party Celebration!

The 100th birthday celebration continues at the Marathon County Public Library.  Join us Friday, August 10 for a party at the Memorial Park pool in Wausau.  The fun begins at 1:00 and will last until 5:00.  

Kids can get free admission to the pool for their whole family by reading books and turning in a reading club ticket.  Anyone can get in free by showing their library card.

So, bring your picnic lunch and come and enjoy a day of free swimming, birthday cake, and prize drawings, and make yourself a cool summer visor!

Our thanks to the Wausau/Marathon County Park Department for co-sponsoring this event. 

It's not too late to start the reading club!  We will be accepting reading club tickets at all Marathon County Public Library locations through Saturday, August 18.  The more books you read, the more tickets you can enter in the drawings for cool prizes!  Come and learn how to get started today!

Add a comment  (1 comment) posted by Diane@Children's

Categories: Summer Reading ProgramCentennialChildren

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JULY 16, 2007
Harry Potter

If you're like me, and millions of other fans, you are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, due out June 21, this Saturday.  To help me get through this rough time period, I went to see the new movie, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"  that was released this past weekend.

If you are looking for other fixes before, or after you get your hands on the new book, or get to the new movie, try these suggestions:

You get the idea.  There are lots of good reads around.  I know there's only one Harry Potter, but there are lots of good books and great characters that can capture your heart and your imagination.  Happy Reading!

Add a comment  (1 comment) posted by Sharyn Heili, Librarian

Categories: BooksHarry PotterFantasy

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JULY 11, 2007
Solve the Mystery!

Get a Clue!  There are two "crime scenes" set up at all the Marathon County Public Library locations.  Every week, a new clue appears at the crime scene, and a new question is posted on the wall.  Junior detectives must use their best sleuthing skills to examine the crime scene and solve the weekly question.  After six weeks, they will be able to solve the mystery!   With each correctly answered question, detectives will receive another piece of their detective kit--an ID badge, a magnifying glass, etc.
If you haven't started the crime solving-game yet, there is still time!  You can answer the previous week's questions and get caught up with the other super sleuths.

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Categories: Summer Reading ProgramChildren

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JULY 11, 2007
Fresh Peas
On Wednesdays during the summer I enjoy seeing the vendors at the farmer's market on River Drive.  I especially enjoy the signs for fresh peas.  They remind me of the peas I picked as a child from my father's garden and lead me to think of fresh summer foods grown locally and eaten at tables in our community.
In 2006, NPR's the Talk of the Nation discussed the topic of eating local, thinking global.  Experts concluded that "eating locally might make us healthier and safer...and it would be better for the environment, too." 
For those interesting in reading further on the topics of food and the ethics of food consumption, the following books may be requested from a Marathon County Public Library near you.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
Plenty:  One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally by Alisa Smith.
Enjoy the fresh produce!

Add a comment  (1 comment) posted by Linda Gau

Categories: Reading RecommendationsFoodEthics of food

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JULY 3, 2007
Libraries of the Future

Have you wondered what libraries might be like in the future?  You can now experience a virtual library and imagine what libraries will look like and be like in the future.  

How?  See the Libraries of the Future Display at the Wausau Library in the new customer area on the second floor, and let your imagination soar.

The Libraries of the Future display will be up  throughout the summer.  Have fun dreaming! 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Sharyn Heili, Librarian

Categories: FutureLibrariesSecondLife

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