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NOVEMBER 19, 2012
Holiday Story Time Breaks

To accommodate the upcoming holidays, there will be short breaks in our regular story time schedule over the next few months, as follows:

  last meets resumes
Wausau 12/15 1/2
Athens 12/18 1/8
Edgar 12/20 1/10
Hatley 12/18 1/8
Marathon City 12/20 1/10
Mosinee 12/19 ** 1/9
Rothschild 12/21 * 1/4
Spencer 12/19 1/16
Stratford 12/19 1/9

* The Rothschild story time on 12/28 will still meet.
** Also, the Mosinee story time on 11/21 won’t meet

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Nov. 2012-Jan. 2013) {{2013-01-01}}

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NOVEMBER 16, 2012
Books for a Homemade Holiday!
Looking for a simple idea for a homemade gift? A new cookie recipe? A creative way to decorate your home? We have books for that. Check out some of these titles from our collection.

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Nov. 2012-Jan. 2013)


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NOVEMBER 16, 2012
Buying an E-reader or Tablet?

E-readers and tablets are among the most-wished-for gifts this holiday season. Don’t forget that your library card can connect these devices to thousands of free e-books and audio books thanks to Wisconsin’s Digital Library (a.k.a. “OverDrive”)!

Choosing which device will best suit your needs can be challenging, and while we can’t tell you which is “the best,” we can describe the different borrowing experiences for most devices and refer you to product review sources to help you reach a decision.

Just call 715-261-7230, email us or visit, and we’ll help you get started.

There also is an online device compatibility guide at

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Nov. 2012-Jan. 2013)


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NOVEMBER 16, 2012
Online Resources: Gifts That Keep on Giving!
Did you know your library card gives you free access to Consumer Reports, a trusted source of ratings and reviews of appliances, electronics, cars and other products? When buying gifts for family and friends, why not consult Consumer Reports and check if your selections are likely to please?
Tuning up your car to endure another of Wisconsin’s winters? Your library card gives you free access to the Auto Repair Reference Center which contains maintenance and repair topics, schematics and service bulletins for most passenger vehicles from the 50s to the present.
From genealogy to hobbies & crafts, investments to computer tutorials, more great, free resources are available at Do yourself a favor and—from the library or at home—go check them out!

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Nov. 2012-Jan. 2013)

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NOVEMBER 16, 2012
Director's Report
So ends another beautiful Central Wisconsin summer.

We at the Marathon County Public Library want to wish everyone a safe, warm winter and holiday season. We will continue to offer a wide range of programming for all ages at all of our locations, so be sure to regularly check our website for updates as you continue your journey of lifelong learning.

We are in the process of modernizing our branch locations and updating the collection throughout the organization. If you are looking for items that you do not see available, please let a staff member know so that we can get you what you need. Remember that we have various resources located throughout the county, so usually we can find your materials within few days. You will also see a new electronic catalog being rolled out in January. We hope that everyone will notice that the new system will simplify your use of the catalog.
Lastly, we are in the final stages of installing a large saltwater aquarium with a living reef in the downtown children’s story time room. This beautiful living natural science exhibit will be used to augment programming for children with the goal of inspiring young minds to learn more about the natural world around them. Be sure to check out this amazing display, entirely funded by donations, after its completion early in December.
Enjoy your winter!



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NOVEMBER 6, 2012
Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to Judy Cypher, Marathon County Public Library’s November Volunteer of the Month!  Judy volunteers at the Wausau Headquarters location and has been a great help with weeding materials.  Judy is a committed volunteer who comes in four days a week.  She is willing to undertake any task and has a great relationship with the Wausau library staff.  Thank you Judy for all of your hard work and dedication!   {{2012-11-30}}

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NOVEMBER 3, 2012
Nintendo Wii @ the Library!

Nintendo Wii is now available for students 8-12 years old in the Tween Scene at the Wausau Library!  The new gaming system offers tweens a new way to learn and experience gaming.  

"Why do libraries celebrate gaming? Library gaming programs encourage interaction between patrons of all ages and cultures. As games have evolved over the years to become more dynamic – requiring more interaction and socialization amongst players – so have libraries, by re-energizing themselves as community learning centers. Libraries still provide traditional services, but continue to change by offering new formats like video games and programs like family gaming nights...." states the American Library Association at

So, you're ready to play the Wii--it's easy!

  • Tweens must give their library card to staff at the children's desk. 
  • Staff will provide tweens with the equipment needed to play.
  • Play is limited to 1/2 hour sessions.
  • Tweens return the Wii equipment to the children's desk when they are finished.

Stop by the Tween Scene at the Wausau Library to play and learn on the Nintendo Wii.

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