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MAY 28, 2007
Authors of Books Men I Know Like, and You Might Too

Here are a few authors of adventure stories, historical fiction, fantasy, and thrillers that men I know love and discuss with gusto.  You may like them too.  Enjoy!

  • Dan Brown--The DaVinci Code, others
  • Tom Clancy—any
  • Stephen Coonts--any
  • Bernard Cornwell—any
  • Harold Coyle—White Star, 10000 Spartans
  • Vince Flynn--any
  • C.S. Forrester—any
  • Frederick Forsyth—any
  • George McDonald Fraser—Flashman series
  • Daniel V. Gallery-submarines, WWII
  • WEB GriffinAviators
  • Louis L’Amour-- any
  • Patrick O’Brien--Master and Commander
  • Edward Rutherfurd—Princes of Ireland, Rebels of Ireland, Russka (Russia) Sarum (England)
  • J.K.Rowling—Harry Potter books, (eagerly awaiting the July release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows)
  • Jeff Shaara--Gone for Soldiers (Mexican War),  Rising Tide (WWII)
  • Barrett Tillman—Hellcat
  • J.R.R. Tolkien—Lord of the Rings trilogy

Find these and others in the Library's catalog here

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Categories: Reading RecommendationsBooksReading


MAY 23, 2007
Purchase Suggestions
Is there something you'd like us to purchase?
Let us know through our Suggest a Purchase link!
There is no limit to the number of suggestions you can make, or the type of items you can request. From children’s books, to DVDs, to light fiction, to more serious reading; we’ll give careful consideration your suggestions and let you know if items will be purchased. 
We hope to hear from you soon!

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Categories: BooksSuggest a Purchase


MAY 16, 2007
Wausau Daily Herald
Many people are aware that the Wausau Daily Herald has a presence on the Internet.  However, did you know that the library offers a more comprehensive database of Wausau Daily Herald articles that has great searching features?   All it requires is having a library card!
The Wausau Daily Herald Newsbank contains information on hot news topics and the complete full-text content of the Wausau Daily Herald starting in 2000. 
To access the Wausau Daily Herald, click on the Research Resources at the top of the MCPL homepage. The Wausau Daily Herald Newspaper Index (Newsbank) appears at the bottom of the page.  If you are accessing the system remotely, you will need to enter your library barcode number.  Then, click on the link to the Wausau Daily Herald/Central Wisconsin Sunday. Once open, enter search keywords and limit the search as needed. 
The easy searching features and comprehensive coverage make this a helpful tool for those interested in the greater Wausau community. 

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Categories: Electronic DatabasesWausau Daily Herald


MAY 14, 2007 Wish List

Check out our Wish List.  If you have been wanting to make a donation to Marathon County Public Library, but  thought "I wonder what they  need"  - now you know! 

The books we have selected are titles that we would like to add to our collection.  The list will be updated at least once a month with new titles.

When you purchase the title - it will be shipped directly to us!  If you would like the book to be a memorial purchase, you can specify this in the "notes" section of the order. 

And no worries about buying something someone else purchased... each time an item is bought, it is automatically taken off our list!

Every donation helps!

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MAY 12, 2007
Antiques Reference Database Available
If Spring cleaning has left you with far more "treasures" than you want, and you don't know if they are valuable or not, the Library has just the tool to help you. The p4A Antiques Reference database, available for use at the Marathon County Public Library, will easily help you discover the current market value of these and many other items. Every record has a picture, description, condition, dimensions, pre-sale estimates, price when sold, date of sale and auction house information which helps you determine if you have a similar item. Use this database at any one of the 9 library locations in Wausau, Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer, and Stratford.

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Category: Antiques


MAY 11, 2007
We are now able to answer your questions online, in live chat! Check out the cool new feature, located on our Ask a Librarian page. Simply click on "Services" and then "Ask A Librarian" - and there you will find our Meebo widget.

All you have to do is type a question into the screen, and a staff member will respond to you.

This service is available whenever we are open - our widget will note "librarian online" when we are here!

Now there are more ways to ask questions!

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Category: technology


MAY 9, 2007
Book Connections: Ghost Stories
The promise of a ghost draws me to read a story. Even the suggestion of ghosts, as in White Ghost Girls holds the promise of things unexplained, of mystery and intrigue. Alice Greenway’s book is a lyric telling of the coming of age of two girls named Frankie and Kate who live in Hong Kong during the Vietnamese Conflict. The ghosts in it are the whole spirit world within Chinese traditions.

For ghosts of another kind, read The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. calls it “a rousing good ghost story” stating that “Setterfield has rejuvenated the genre with this closely plotted, clever foray into a world of secrets, confused identities, lies, and half-truths. She never cheats by pulling a rabbit out of a hat; this atmospheric story hangs together perfectly.”

There are real ghosts, aren’t there? Read it and see!

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Categories: Reading RecommendationsBooks


MAY 8, 2007
Poetry Lives at MCPL!
Bruce Lansky, the author of many hilarious poetry books for children, came to Wausau for a whirlwind week of classroom visits to thousands of school children. He also stopped at the Wausau library, where he coached 78 children in the joys of creating poetry. Our thanks to Aspirus and Wausau Dance Theatre for sponsoring Bruce's visit to Wausau and the Marathon County Public Library.

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Category: Children


MAY 2, 2007
Book Club in a Tote Bag
Is your book club looking for books to read and discuss? Do you take part in a book discussion group in your neighborhood, workplace, church, or with friends or family? Consider checking out a book discussion kit from the Wausau Library. A book discussion kit includes at least five copies a book, group discussion questions, and author information all in a handy tote bag. All book copies are checked out to one person for eight weeks. At the end of the check-out period, kits should be returned inside the library, during open hours, as the tote bags will not fit into outside book drops.

Book discussion groups are encouraged to donate additional copies of book titles and are welcome to add comments and discussion questions for others to use.

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Category: Book Clubs


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