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MARCH 31, 2012
National Library Week Activities

Don’t miss these fun events scheduled for National Library Week  2012, “You Belong @ Your Library. Help us celebrate libraries with some free, fun, educational programs for you @MCPL Wausau.

Monday April 9

  • 11:00am-3:00pm- National Library Week kicks off with a reception and refreshments for customers.
  • 6:30 pm--A Light-hearted Look at Wausau/Marathon County History--Gary Gisselman, historian with the Marathon County Historical Society will take us on an interesting tour of some of the stranger parts of our hometown history.  

Tuesday April 10
6:00pm—Movie Night—“Courageous”—When tragedy strikes four policemen struggle with faith and their roles as husbands and fathers. 

Wednesday April 11
6:30-7:30pm   “A First Look at Facebook”—If want some help getting started using Facebook, this is your chance.  This free class will be taught by Mike Theiss from the UW-Extension.   Register by calling 715-261-7230.

Thursday April 12
6:30 pm  Drop Everything and Read” (National DEAR Day).  Special people in our community will begin by sharing favorite stories and themed reading areas will be available for families to read together.   If families wish, they can also read to a therapy dog.  Prizes awarded and snacks for sharing.

Saturday April 14

  • 10:30am Family Storytime
  • 1:00pm--Children’s Matinee—“Hop”—E.B., the Easter Bunny ‘s teenage son,  heads to Hollywood determined to be a drummer in a rock ‘n’ roll band.

Saturday April 21
10:30 am—Skippy Dreams Big Dreams—Join us for music and merriment as we welcome Skippy and Dave.  Dave Parker is a musician and ventriloquist and his friend Skippy is a very vocal puppet.  Free family fun!

Month of April—Culver’s National Library Week coloring contest—kids can pick up a coloring sheet @ all locations of MCPL,  color it, return it to the library for display, and  receive a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream.   Drawings will be held at the end of the month for coupons for free kids meals @Culver’s.

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Categories: National Library WeekChildrenChildren


MARCH 27, 2012
Free Computer Classes!

Classes include Computers, Internet, and Microsoft programs WordPublisherExcel, and PowerPoint, and are intended for those who have rarely (if ever) used these technologies before.

To reserve your seat (and check availability), call (715) 261-7230, or email us using our Contact Us form. These are free, single-session introductions held at MCPL Wausau. You may sign up for a single class, or any combination of classes.

We also invite group registrations for 4-9 participants; contact us to schedule a class according to your group's needs and availability.

Monday Morning Classes | 10:00-11:30am

  • May.07 -- Intro. to Internet
  • May.14 -- Internet: Beyond Basics
  • May.21 -- Intro. to Microsoft Word
  • May.28 -- Microsoft Word: Beyond Basics (rescheduled: Jun.04)
  • Jun.04 -- Microsoft Word: Beyond Basics

Tuesday Evening Classes | 6:30-8:00pm

  • May.01 -- Intro. to Internet
  • May.08 -- Intro. to Microsoft Word
  • May.15 -- Intro. to Microsoft Excel
  • May.22 -- Intro. to Microsoft Publisher
  • May.29 -- Intro. to Microsoft PowerPoint

Wednesday Evening Classes | 6:30-8:00pm

  • May.23 -- Intro. to Microsoft Excel

Thursday Afternoon Classes | 2:00-3:30pm

  • May.03 -- Intro. to Computers
  • May.10 -- Intro. to Internet
  • May.17 -- Internet: Beyond Basics
  • May.24 -- Intro. to Microsoft Word
  • May.31 -- Microsoft Word: Beyond Basics

(Last updated 4/28/2012)


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Categories: Computer Classestechnology


MARCH 27, 2012
April 2012 Movie Schedule
The following free movies will be shown at the MCPL Wausau Headquarters in April!

Due to licensing restrictions, we cannot advertise the movies' titles online, but if you call 715-261-7200 or email us, we'll tell you. Otherwise, sign up for our monthly "Featured Events" email newsletter! 


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Categories: MoviesNational Library Week


MARCH 23, 2012
Hungry for more?

If you liked The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, try one of these dystopian young adult novels.

Book Cover: 'Variant' by Wells, Robison E.Variant by Wells, Robison E.

Book Cover: 'Blood Red Road' by Young, MoiraBlood Red Road by Young, Moira

Book Cover: 'The House of the Scorpion' by Farmer, NancyThe House of the Scorpion by Farmer, Nancy

Book Cover: 'Hole in the Sky' by Hautman, PeteHole in the Sky by Hautman, Pete

Book Cover: 'Exodus' by Bertagna, JulieExodus by Bertagna, Julie

Book Cover: 'Dark Life' by Falls, KatDark Life by Falls, Kat

Book Cover: 'The Supernaturalist' by Colfer, EoinThe Supernaturalist by Colfer, Eoin

Book Cover: 'Epic' by Kostick, ConorEpic by Kostick, Conor

Book Cover: 'Uglies' by Westerfeld, ScottUglies by Westerfeld, Scott

Book Cover: 'Unwind' by Shusterman, NealUnwind by Shusterman, Neal

Book Cover: 'Life as we Knew it' by Pfeffer, Susan BethLife as we Knew it by Pfeffer, Susan Beth

Book Cover: 'Graceling' by Cashore, KristinGraceling by Cashore, Kristin

Book Cover: 'Candor' by Bachorz, PamCandor by Bachorz, Pam

Book Cover: 'Ship Breaker' by Bacigalupi, PauloShip Breaker by Bacigalupi, Paulo

Book Cover: 'Matched' by Condie, AllysonMatched by Condie, Allyson

Book Cover: 'The Maze Runner' by Dashner, JamesThe Maze Runner by Dashner, James

Book Cover: 'Incarceron' by Fisher, CatherineIncarceron by Fisher, Catherine

Book Cover: 'The Line' by Hall, TeriThe Line by Hall, Teri

Book Cover: 'Legend' by Lu, MarieLegend by Lu, Marie

Book Cover: 'Rot and Ruin' by Maberry, JonathanRot and Ruin by Maberry, Jonathan

Book Cover: 'The Unidentified' by Mariz, RaeThe Unidentified by Mariz, Rae

Book Cover: 'Cinder' by Meyer, MarissaCinder by Meyer, Marissa

Book Cover: 'Ashfall' by Mullin, MikeAshfall by Mullin, Mike

Book Cover: 'Across the Universe' by Revis, BethAcross the Universe by Revis, Beth

Book Cover: 'Divergent' by Roth, VeronicaDivergent by Roth, Veronica

Book Cover: 'Birthmarked' by O'Brien, Caragh M.Birthmarked by O'Brien, Caragh M.

Book Cover: 'The Knife of Never Letting Go' by Ness, PatrickThe Knife of Never Letting Go by Ness, Patrick

Book Cover: 'Under the Never Sky' by Rossi, VeronicaUnder the Never Sky by Rossi, Veronica

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Categories: Teen ZoneBooks


MARCH 15, 2012
Fun, Absorbing Reads

These books are on my e-reader and in my book bag. I heartily recommend all of them. If you can suspend reality for a while you will enjoy these fun, absorbing adventures. Happy reading!

Book Cover: 'Dragonswood ' by Janet Lee Carey Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey -- In 1192 A.D. on Wilde Island, Tess, the daughter of a cruel blacksmith, is accused of witchcraft and must flee, but when she meets a handsome and enigmatic warden of Dragonswood who offers her shelter, she does not realize that he too harbors a secret that may finally bring about peace among the races of dragon, human, and fairy. Janet Lee Carey definitely knows how to tell a story; you won’t be disappointed.

Book Cover: 'Dragon's Keep' by Janet Lee Carey Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey -- In 1145 A.D., as foretold by Merlin, fourteen-year-old Rosalind, who will be the twenty-first Pendragon Queen of Wilde Island, has much to accomplish to fulfill her destiny, while hiding from her people the dragon's claw she was born with that reflects only one of her mother's dark secrets. This companion novel to Dragonswood, was named the best book of the year by the American Library Association and School Library Journal. This enthralling story of a girl searching for her identity will keep you turning pages and perhaps rooting for the dragons. This is a wonderful story for teens and adults.

Book Cover: 'Earwig and the Witch' by Diana Wynne Jones Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones -- Although an orphan, Earwig has always enjoyed living at St. Morwald's, where she manages to make everyone do her bidding, but when she is taken in by foster parents who are actually a witch and a demon, she has a hard time trying to turn the situation to her advantage. This plucky heroine’s story is a fun read.

Book Cover: 'Fateful' by Claudia Gray Fateful by Claudia Gray -- When seventeen-year-old Tess Davies, a ladies' maid, meets handsome Alec Marlow aboard the RMS Titanic, she quickly becomes entangled in the dark secrets of his past, but her growing love puts her in mortal peril even before fate steps in. This timely read will appeal to fans of the Downton Abbey series and those interested in stories about the RMS Titanic.

Book Cover: 'The One and Only Ivan' by Katherine Applegate The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate -- When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life. This tender story will capture your heart and perhaps leave you thinking more about our relationship to other living creatures; a story for all ages.

Book Cover: 'The Other Felix' by Keir Graff The Other Felix by Keir Graff -- Worrying about his father losing his job and the bully at school, fourth-grader Felix has terrifying dreams of the same monster-filled place every night until he meets someone there who looks and sounds strangely familiar. This story may help children facing similar challenges.

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Categories: ChildrenTeen ZoneReading Recommendations


MARCH 14, 2012
If You Missed It...the MCPL Antiques Roadshow Will Be Back!!
If you couldn't make the What's it Worth? antiques appraisal program held at the Marathon County Public Library Saturday March 10, don't despair. It was such a success that MCPL is planning on making it an annual event!

Almost 100 people took part in the program on March 10th. Marathon County residents brought 67 items in for examination and appraisal by antiques expert Mark Moran. Items included paintings, lamps, tapestries, toys, jewelry, bicycles, place settings, photographs and assorted other treasures. Some participants were pleasantly pleased with suggested values going as high as $1,800.00. Other items - alas! - had 'decorative value' only. All in all, it was a most interesting and educational experience for participants and spectators alike.

In all likelihood, March 2013 will see the Second Annual What's it Worth? program here at Marathon County Public Library. So, mark your calendars now and start rummaging through your attic and closets for potential treasures for Mark to peruse. Come join in the fun!


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MARCH 1, 2012
Art Cluster 2012
Beautiful, colorful student artwork from Wausau School District’s Art Cluster 2012 is transforming the Children’s area @MCPL Wausau.  The students this year were challenged to create self portraits.  The fourth graders did acrylic paintings on canvas and fifth graders made life masks using plaster tape.   The life masks were painted after formation and many students incorporated many found objects in their sculptures.   Several of the self portraits include mixed media and are wonderful to see.  The reception is Saturday, March 3 beginning at 11:30. 

This artwork will be displayed during the month of March.   You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see artwork created by our community’s budding, young artists.


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Categories: ArtChildren


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