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MARCH 31, 2010
National Library Week, April 11-17

Set your clocks, mark your calendars!   National Library Week is almost here.  Join us in celebrating, “Libraries are the Heart of the Community”, a week of FREE, fun-filled activities for all members of the family.

April 11, Sunday

  •  MCPLMMMMMMMCMmmmmm    MCPL MCPL Wausau:  2:00pm,       National Library Week Opening Celebration     —“Why I Love My Library” art contest entries displayed and  winners announced, crafts for kids, and refreshments.

April 12, Monday

  • MCPL Wausau: 10:30am,  Ideas for your Garden :  program by Cathy Matel, Master Gardener.
  • MCPL Edgar: 7:00pm, Teen Game Night.
  • All MCPL Locations: Book Bucks Give Away, $1.00 coupons to use at the Library’s Book Sale. 
April 13, Tuesday
  • MCPL Hatley: 4:00pm, presentation by Brett Chapman, author of Rearview Sunset.
  • MCPL Wausau: 6:30pm,  Skype Chat with Author Carrie Ryan, author of Dead Tossed Waves (Teen Book Club)
  • All MCPL Locations: National Library Workers Day; staff will be dressed more casual than usual, but will still be eager to help you.
April 14, Wednesday
  • MCPL Wausau: 6:30pm,  El Dia de los Niños/El Dia de los Libros (Day of the Children/Day of the Book)—stories, music crafts for kids, piñatas, and  refreshments.
  • MCPL Stratford: 7:00pm,  Perennial Gardening program; Carol Bray, Master Gardener.
  • MCPL Wausau: National Bookmobile Day--Library’s bookmobile history: displayed throughout April.
April 15, Thursday 

 April 17, Saturday

All Week at All MCPL Locations
  • Customer Appreciation Coupons (50 cents to cover copies/fees)
  • Free Library Card Replacement (lost and damaged cards)
  • Free Candy & Snacks
Come and help celebrate National Library Week by participating in one or all of the free activities. Funding provided through the generosity of the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library.

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MARCH 27, 2010
El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros
As part of our NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK celebration at the Wausau HQ Library, we invite children, parents and grandparents to join us on Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 pm in the Children's Department to enjoy a taste of Mexican food, music, crafts and readings from our Spanish collection.  Plus, we'll be breaking a pinata!  El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day) recognizes the value of each child and the importance of early activities that encourage literacy.  Books will be given away to each child participant; this event is free and no registration is necessary!!     

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MARCH 27, 2010
Art Contest: Deadline 4/1
As part of the 2010 National Library Week celebration, the Marathon County Public Library is sponsoring a "Why I Love My Library" artwork event. The event is open to any child from Kindergarten through Grade Five.

To enter, simply pick up an entry form at any MCPL location (or print here), draw a  scene that shows why you love your library and return the form to any MCPL location.

The entry deadline is April 1st, 2010 !

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: K-Grade 1, Grades 2-3 and Grades 4-5.

Winners will be announced at the National Library Week Kick-off celebration at the Wausau Library on April 11th at 2:00pm.

So, pick up a form, grab your pencils, crayons or markers, and start drawing!

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MARCH 20, 2010
Bilingual fun at MCPL

Clare Norelle presented a wonderful program in both Spanish and English at the library in Wausau this morning.  Parents and children had fun singing, moving, and helping to tell the stories.  Clare will also be performing at the Woodson Art Museum this afternoon.

Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding this special program, presented in conjunction with the wonderful exhibition at the Woodson, "Las Artes de Mexico."  The exhibition will be on display until April 11.

Come and check out the nice Children's and Adult Spanish Language collections at the library in Wausau.  Many of the books are bilingual, while some are exclusively in Spanish.

We always welcome suggestions for titles to make our library collections better.  If you would like to recommend an item for purchase for our Spanish collections, please fill in our online purchase suggestion form.

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MARCH 19, 2010
Library Area Re-Designed
    Come in and see what paint and some original ideas by our in-house "designer", a.k.a. Kitty, have accomplished.  Enter the Wausau Library on the first floor, keep on walking past the check-out desk, past the computer lab, round the corner, and you're here.

Artwork documenting the history of the library is on the burgundy painted square in this photo.  To the left, in the white  "gutters", is artwork waiting for you to check-out.  Yes, you can check out artwork just like a DVD, CD, or book, and enjoy at home.

We're proud of this wonderful “new” area.  Please come and see, relax and enjoy the space, check out some artwork, glance at historical photos, or just get some ideas for how you can re-do a room in your house at home.  We're waiting for you! 

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MARCH 10, 2010
Passport Day in the USA
On Saturday, March 27, 9:00am-4:00pm, the Library at Wausau is participating with other passport acceptance facilities in the 2nd annual Passport Day in the USA.  This is a national passport acceptance and outreach event sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.   More than 2,000 facilities, including the Marathon County Public Library, participated last year.

U.S. citizens are required to present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air.  When entering or re-entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry, a Passport Book or Passport Card are required.  Unlike the Passport Book, the Passport Card can only be used for land and sea travel.

To apply for a U.S. Passport you will need the following:
  • Passport Application--available at the Event or online
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship--a certified, county or state issued birth certificate, or naturalization certificate,  or previous (expired) U.S. Passport
  • Proof of identity—current, valid driver’s license or state-issued ID card
  • 2 Passport Photos—may be taken at the Library’s Passport Event for $10 per set
  • Check or money order to pay Department of State fees.  Passport Book fees are $75.00 for an individual age 16 or over, or $60.00 for applicants under the age of 16.  Passport card fees are $20.00 (age 16 or over) and $10.00 (under the age of 16)
  • $25 execution fee for a Passport Book or Card (cash, check, credit or debit) payable to the Marathon County Public Library
The time to get your U.S. passport has never been better.  An increase in passport fees is being proposed, so you may wish to get your passport now.

For more information,  please contact the Library’s Reference Desk.

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MARCH 4, 2010
"Why I Love My Library!" Art Contest
To help celebrate National Library Week 2010, the Marathon County Public Library is sponsoring an art contest for children in Grades K-5. The theme of this year's contest is "Why I Love my Library!"

To participate:
* Simply pick up an entry form at any Marathon County Public Library branch or print off a copy from the Library's web-site (;
*Create a picture using pencil, pen, crayons, markers, colored pencils or paint that shows Why You Love the Library; 
*Submit your entry at any Library branch by the April 1st deadline.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
*Grades K-1;
*Grades 2-3;
*Grades 4-5.

Winners will be announced on Sunday April 11, the start of National Library Week.

Winning entries will be displayed at the Headquarters Library during the month of April.

For more information on other great events during National Library Week, April 11-17,  call (715) 261-7200 or visit our web-site (

Come help celebrate National Library Week!

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