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JULY 29, 2009
"Mom I'm Bored"

Are your kids and teens looking for something to do? Join us for these upcoming events in Wausau!

Read to a Dog! for Young Readers. Thurdsay, July 30th from 1-3 pm at the Wausau Library.  Practice your reading with the most adorable friends. Certified Therapy Dogs from Therapy Dogs International will be on hand to listen to young readers.
 
Hip-Hop and Modern Dance for Teens with professional choreographer and dancer Brenton Wildman. Tuesday, August 4th from 6-8 pm at the Wausau Library. Join us to learn some new moves. Afterwards, challenge your friends on DDR.
 
Read to a Dog! for Young Readers. Thurdsay, August 6th from 1-3 pm at the Wausau Library.  Practice your reading with the most adorable friends. Certified Therapy Dogs from Therapy Dogs International will be on hand to listen to young readers.
 
Join MCPL at the Wisconsin Valley Fair’s Family Fun Day! Saturday, August 8th  Join us for crafts, games and activities for everyone. The fun starts at 10am and goes until 2pm. We’ll have a special craft for you! Come find us near the Garfield Ave. entrance, between the Field House and the Youth Building. Admission to the fair is free for kids 12 and under. On Saturday, adults can get $1 off admission when they bring two non-perishable food items.
 
Pool Party! At Memorial Park in Wausau. Tuesday August 11th from 1-5pm Admission is free with a library card or a ticket from your Summer Library Program Goodie Bag. Enjoy some water fun and crafts too!
 
Wire and Junk Sculpture for Teens with Joel Pataconi, art teacher from Wausau East. Tuesday, August 11th from 6-8pm at the Wausau Library. Turn wire and junk into something cool! Bring a sketch or picture that inspires you.
 
Read to a Dog! for Young Readers. Thurdsay, August 13th from 1-3 pm at the Wausau Library.  Practice your reading with the most adorable friends. Certified Therapy Dogs from Therapy Dogs International will be on hand to listen to young readers.
 
Game Night for Teens with Johnny Cee Cards Tuesday, August 18th from 6-8 pm at the Wausau Library. Join us for Magic: The Gathering™, board games, videogames and snacks!
 
Teen Book Club Tuesday, August 25th at 8 pm at the Wausau Library.  Join us to talk about a romance book with zombies: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. Get recommendations of other books you may enjoy, and be the first to get your hands on some of our newest teen books.

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JULY 22, 2009
Randy Peterson at MCPL

Randy Peterson brought smiles to kids and adults alike as he performed at  the free program at the library.  His program is part of the many activities planned for the Summer Library Program.

He sang many funny songs.  "Don't squash that bug' was my favorite, and everyone participated by singing and moving along with him.  The songs were infectious; I left the performance singing to anyone and everyone "I'm Gonna Read a Book Today" and "whatcha gonna do today?---READ"!

There are still lots more programs and lots more summer to participate in the Summer Library Program.  Participation is free and open to everyone.  Express Yourself is the summer library program for teens with special events for teens on Tuesday nights.

We would love to see your face and your smile at any of our 9 locations. Come and "Be Creative" at your library.  Check out the other free happenings  here.

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Category: Summer Reading Program

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JULY 21, 2009
Watch for Road Construction in Mosinee

If you are planning a future trip to the Mosinee Branch Library, and of course we hope that you are, we want you to be aware of bridge maintenance and road construction that may affect your journey. 

The Wisconsin River Bridge, which is the main bridge in Mosinee, will be closed Friday July 31 through Tuesday August 4 weather and construction progress permitting. During this time traffic will be detoured via Interstate-39, Wisconsin State Highway 34, Marathon County C and Marathon County O.  

Water Street to Pine Street will also be closed for repairs to the pavement.  This road runs in front of the Mosinee Branch Library. 

Before you go to Mosinee be sure to check for current road conditions and possible bridge closings at the  the city of Mosinee’s site here.  

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Category: Mosinee Branch

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JULY 15, 2009
Job Connections at the Library!

The Headquarters Library's Career Connection features links to a dozen websites of interest to job seekers. This series will highlight each of those websites in the coming weeks.

The Job Center of Wisconsin is the premier website for Wisconsin jobseekers. Created in 2008, it currently features details on over 14,000 job openings statewise; employer listings; information for laid-off workers including unemployment insurance; upcoming job fairs;  job seeker tips; and related  material.

Stop into the Headquarters Library and check out the Job Center of Wisconsin website. You can also access the website at www.wisconsinjobcenter.org or by calling 1-888-258-9966.

 

 

 

  

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JULY 9, 2009
Our Pig on Parade

Yes, the Marathon County Public Library has its very own pig.  We are participating with other Wausau downtown businesses and Wausau Area Events in celebration of the Big Bull Falls BBQ Ribfest "Pigs on Parade",  in conjuction with all the other activities this weekend.  It promises to be a fun-filled weekend with the hot air balloon rally, Chalk Fest, kayak races, RibFest,  and of course the Pig Parade.

Our very talented staff painted our pig and outfitted him with his very own hot air ballon so that he is ready and waiting for the hot air balloon rally.  See our pig here at the library thru Saturday.  On Saturday afternoon he will take his place with the other "Pigs on Parade" at the Wausau Airport.

You can make our pig  (and us) squeal with delight by voting for him so that he can win  "Best of Show".  Vote for him (or another pig if you must)  at the Wausau Area Events website here.

Your Library is your "Destination for Exploration".  See you at the fun activities this weekend and at the Library!   

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JULY 8, 2009
Our Art Extravaganza was tons of fun!

Our Summer Library Program theme is "Be Creative," and over 250 people had lots of opportunities to explore their creativity at our Art Extravaganza yesterday.

Special thanks to Mort McBain who helped kids collaborate to create Scooby Doo and Shrek chalk paintings on the library's patio.  Scooby is pictured here.  The kids did a great job!  Remember that you can see Mort in action on the 400 block at  Chalkfest this weekend.

Thanks also to Jayna Hintz and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, who helped kids make fabulous sculptures out of pipe cleaners and foam--this project gave kids a chance to create some really awesome sculptures.

Also--thanks to the volunteers who helped all those kids make projects like fantasy flower pots, photo frames, shakers, drama masks, and dance ribbons.  The kids had a terrific time and we could not have done it without your help.

If you like to get up on stage and help tell the story, we have a great program for you next Tuesday, July 14, at 10:30 and 2:00.   Favorite storytellers Jean Greenwood & Joni Hahn will be presenting an interactive story program, and they will need your help to tell the stories!

Remember--another "Extravaganza" is coming soon to Wausau--our Talent Extravaganza will be held Tuesday, July 28 at 2:00.  Some of our acts will be singers, karate demos and dancers.  There are a few spots yet to fill--so sign up as a solo act, or form a group with your friends!  Please call the Children's Library at 261-7220 or stop in to sign up and be part of the show.  Our performers will need an audience, too, so come and cheer on your friends.

 

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Categories: Summer Reading ProgramChildrenPrograms

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JULY 6, 2009
Sidewalk Chalk, Art and Talent Extravaganzas!

Lots of kids are finding cool, free entertainment at the library this summer. 

Our Art Extravaganza will be held at the Wausau library tomorrow--Tuesday, July 7.  This is an open house-style craft and art program, so come anytime between 1:00 and 3:30 in the afternoon. 

We will have special guests participating in this year's art program!  Mort McBain, well-known artist from the Downtown Sidewalk Chalkfest,  will be helping kids create a cartoon mural with chalk on the sidewalk.  Mort will be here rain or shine--but keep your fingers crossed for shine!  If the weather is nice, he will be out on the raised patio by the library's front entrance.  If the weather is not so nice, he will be in the library's garage.

Jayna Hintz from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, will also be here to help kids explore their creative talents with three-dimensional sculptures.

In addition to Mort and Jayna, we will have craft tables set up throughout the Children's Library to make lots of fun crafts, like decorated photo frames and summer journals.  Come and join us! 

Our Talent Extravaganza will be held Tuesday, July 28 at 2:00 in Wausau and will star the many talented children of our community--including you!  Some of our acts will be singers, pianists and dancers.  There are a few spots yet to fill--so sign up as a solo act, or form a group with your friends!  Please call the Children's Library at 261-7221 or stop in to sign up and be part of the show.  Our performers will need an audience, too, so come and cheer on your friends.

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Categories: ChildrenSummer Reading ProgramPrograms

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JULY 1, 2009
Getting Your Foot in the (Job) Door!

When it comes to finding a job, first impressions count! Submitting poorly-done cover letters or resumes won't help your job prospects. If you're unsure of how to write a cover letter or what to include on a resume, don't despair! The Marathon County Public Library's Career Connection Area can help.

All three Career Connection computers located on the Second Floor offer the WinWay Resume program. The program  provide sample cover letters which you can then modify to include your own information.

Likewise WinWay has sample resumes for various careers. Once you pick the career/job you're interested in, WinWay displays sample resumes for that job along with fill-in-the-blank templates that allow you to create your own resume.

WinWay also features videos that walk you through the interview process. And it also has links to various Internet job/career websites.

Stop into the Wausau Headquarters Library and check out the WinWay Resume program. It's easy to use and may be the key to helping you get that job!

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Category: Jobs

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