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MARCH 20, 2013
Spring Break at the Library
Spring Break at the Library!

Family LEGO Club

11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 26th 

Families can create creative LEGO structures.

LEGOs and DUPLO blocks will be provided.

Movie Matinee

2 p.m. March 27th

Free children's movie matinee in our story time room.

DIY Crafts 

11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28th

Stop in and make your own creations. Supplies will be provided.

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MARCH 19, 2013
Antiques Appraisal Recap!
The Antiques Appraisal Roadshow held at the Headquarters Library on March 9th was a resounding success! Over 90 library customers brought in jewelry, paintings, dinnerware, furniture, toys and assorted nick-nacks for expert appraisals from antiques expert Mark Moran.

The program was so successful and demand so great that Marathon County Public Library is bringing Moran back for a special, one-time fall program. This will be held Sunday September 22nd from 1:30 to 4:30. So, here's another opportunity to bring in that family heirloom and find out its true value.

As always, registration is required. The cost will be ten dollars per item. That cost allows for a four-minute consultation.

Publicity on the fall Antiques Appraisal program will be going out in August. So, mark your September calendar and watch this site for further details.

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MARCH 9, 2013
Times are a’changing on the second floor!
Library patrons may have noticed some changes on the second floor of the Wausau Headquarters. These changes reflect the library’s drive to present the most up-to-date collection possible and also offer an inviting atmosphere to library users.

The library recently began a system-wide project to reduce the number of outdated, worn-out or otherwise unneeded books. Some of those titles were sold during the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library’s book sales, while others were recycled or resold.
We’re sad to lose some items that were with us for so long, but we also want to be realistic about the current and future wants and needs of library patrons. That means offering not only the most current information in print, but also directing patrons to helpful online resources.

We also want to provide patrons with more room to read or use their own computer or tablet. Along with weeding out the older books, we’re removing empty shelves to free up space for lounge and study areas. Expect to see new tables and chairs in the near future, as well as laptop desks.

As always, we welcome your comments on these or any other changes.

(from the MCPL Newsletter, March - May, 2013)

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MARCH 9, 2013
Celebrate National Library Week April 13-20
The American Library Association this year wants to celebrate libraries’ community efforts with their National Library Week theme, "Communities Matter @ Your Library." Throughout the week, we’ll host special events at all branches, including food drives, Internet safety tips for teens, scavenger hunts and:

  • Monday, April 15: The United Way will present a program entitled “Heart Smart” at 6:30pm at the Wausau Headquarters
  • Tuesday, April 16: Take a tour of the Hatley Community Garden located behind the library, plant a few seeds and taste veggies you could grow at home, from 10:30-11:30am at MCPL Hatley
  • Wednesday, April 17: Marathon County Historical Society librarian Gary Gisselman will present "Lost History of Marathon County" at 6:30pm at the Wausau Headquarters
  • Wednesday, April 17: Master Gardener Eileen Riehle presents "Magical Miniature Gardens," featuring tips on planting and landscaping, from 6:30pm - 7:30pm at the MCPL Stratford branch
  • Thursday, April 18: Learn about the history of Athens with historian Jerome Sjostrom from 6pm to 7pm at the MCPL Athens branch. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.
Visit for more National Library Week events and updates.

(from the 
MCPL Newsletter, March - May, 2013)

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MARCH 9, 2013
MCPL’s current, future efforts
A recent survey from the Pew Research Center found adults still love to hold a library book, but also want libraries to keep up with technology and provide a comfortable environment – all priorities for Marathon County Public Library staff as well.

The Pew study, released in January, found the overwhelming highest use of libraries – 73 percent – is borrowing print books. With more than 250,000 print books in our system, we gladly facilitate that unique feeling of cracking open a good book.

Yet we also know – and the Pew survey backs it up – that our patrons expect greater access than ever before to electronic books and audio books. In 2012, we tripled the number of e-books available to about 54,000 titles. We also provide e-readers and tablets – and help with how to use them – and last year we created an MCPL app that, among other features, allows you to scan a barcode in a bookstore and check for that item in our catalog.

A few 2012 MCPL stats:
· Number of print books: 250,000
· Number of E-books: 54,000
· Audio items: 16,000
· Video items: 17,000
· Total circulation: 1.1 million items
· Registered patrons: 75,000
More than 60 percent of those surveyed also believe free library programs and events for all ages are very important. As you’ll see in the coming months, MCPL staff plan to increase the number of programs and events offered and expand the range of programmingto strengthen our role as a community resource.

Overall, 91 percent of respondents in the survey said their public library is important to their community. We hope you agree and we welcome your feedback on ways we can improve your time with us.

(from the MCPL Newsletter, March - May, 2013)

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