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OCTOBER 30, 2010
Teen Gaming Day!
Sat., 11/13, 1-4pm @ MCPL Wausau (Grades 6-12) -- Visit the Library for an afternoon of board games and video games! Plus, Johnny Cee Cards will be on-hand for awesome gaming demonstrations!


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Category: Teen Zone


OCTOBER 28, 2010
Children's Matinee
Friday, 11/5, 2:00pm @ MCPL Wausau -- Join us for a free movie on the Library's 3rd floor! (rated G) We can't advertise the movie's title online, but if you call 261-7200, or send us your email using the form below, we'll tell you:


© Disney / Pixar 2010 {{2010-10-27}}

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Categories: ChildrenMovies


OCTOBER 26, 2010
Our "New" Tub

We've been keeping it under wraps, but soon all will be revealed.  Our reading bathtub has been gone for a long time, but it is back now, with new carpet from Olson Carpet One, and a spiffy new paint job!  We will be unveiling the tub right after storytime this Thursday, October 28, at 11:00.

Come and give it a test drive with your favorite book!

Thank you to Christine Bremer-Zoromski for funding our tub's new look.


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Category: Children


OCTOBER 21, 2010
Coming Soon: More Movie Nights!
Is your wallet too pinched to take the whole family to the cinema?  Has cable exhausted your interest?  Is Netflix too slow?  Do you just want a cheap night out with friends?  If you answered "yes" to any of these, then our newest library service is for you - FREE IN-HOUSE MOVIES on a big screen!

At least twice a month we'll show newly-released DVD's or other movie genres in the Wausau HQ library in downtown Wausau.  Mark your calendars for these up-coming showings. Our license prohibits marketing outside the library  with titles so watch the BOLD PRINT below for clues:

Friday November 5 (2:00 matinee) - welcome Woody, Buzz and the whole gang back to the big screen  for this 3rd story as Andy prepares to depart for college and his loyal toys are sent to daycare! (Rated G, 86 min).

Wednesday, November 10 (6:30 pm) - in Japanese language with English sub-titles - experience a slice of early 20th Century American History; Asian brides are marketed via their pictures to marry immigrant plantation workers in Hawai'i. (Rated PG-13, 98 min).

Wednesday, December 8 (6:30 pm) - Jim Carrey plays four separate roles in this 2009 version of Charles Dickens' Christmas classic.  You'll be inspired to sing carols!

Wednesday, December 22 (6:30 pm) - Journalist Elizabeth Lane is one of America's most famous food writers; alas, her reputation is built on lies because she can't boil an egg.  Her boss decides that a sailor will spend an old-fashioned Christmas on her fiance's farm in Connecticut.  Let the antics begin! (NR).

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Category: Movies


OCTOBER 14, 2010
Apply for Your U.S. Passport
The world awaits your discovery.  Apply for your U.S. Passport at the Marathon County Public Library and take the first step toward your journey.  It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s convenient.   The Library has certified Passport Acceptance Agents ready to help you all hours that the Wausau location is open.

To apply for a U.S. Passport you will need to bring the following:
  • Passport Application—available at the Library or online
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship--a certified, county or state issued birth certificate, naturalization papers,  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 for $10 per set
  • Check or money order to pay the Department of State Fees.  Passport Book fees: $110.00 for an individual age 16 or over, or $80.00 for applicants under the age of 16.  Passport Card fees are $30.00 (16 or over) and $15.00 (under the age of 16)
  • $25 execution/processing fee for a Passport Book or Card (cash, check, credit or debit) payable to the Marathon County Public Library
All applicants need to apply in person.  Children under the age of 16 need to appear in person with both parents  to apply for a passport.  Individuals aged 16 and 17 need to apply with one parent.    

Questions?  Please contact the Library’s Reference Desk or see the Library's passport page.   We are here to help you.

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Category: Passports


OCTOBER 8, 2010
Upcoming READS Programs
The 2010 Marathon County READS celebration continues this next week with a variety of events at the Headquarters and branch libraries.

Saturday October 9th, children's book illustrator Vong Lao will give a program on his artwork in the new picture book KA'S GARDEN. The program will be held in the Wausau Room starting at 1:00. A book-signing will follow with copies available for purchase from Janke's Bookstore.

Monday October 11th, the Wausau Headquarters will host a book discussion on this year's READS selection, Paul Fleischman's SEEDFOLKS. The program begins at 6:30 in the Wausau Room.

On Tuesday October 12th, Tom Rau will discuss Wausau's Community Garden, its history and how you can get involved. That program will begin at 6:30 on the 2nd Floor of the Headquarters Library.

Thursday October 14th, Darla Zastrow will offer a fascinating introduction to the wonders of the newly-created Robert W. Monk Botanical Gardens, central Wisconsin's first public botanical gardens. The program will start at 6:30 in the Wausau Room.

Wherever you live in Marathon County, there are many wonderful programs, concerts and other events being presented as part of this year's READS celebration. Check with your local branch for information on their offerings and join in the fun!

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Category: Marathon County Reads


OCTOBER 7, 2010
A Pearson Foundation survey found that 95% of Americans felt that the development of early childhood literacy skills is an important issue receiving too little priority in our society.  Yet one in three children enter kindergarten without the skills they need to learn to read, which can lead to life-long consequences for their future success.  Today we are participating in Read for the Record, an event to increase awareness of the importance of reading aloud to young children, the best way to develop pre-reading skills. Children everywhere will be gathering today to listen to a reading of THE SNOWY DAY.

Come and join us at these MCPL locations today for our readings of THE SNOWY DAY:
  • Wausau Headquarters Library: 10:55 am & 3:30 pm
  • Athens Branch Library: 3:30 pm
  • Edgar Branch Library: 9:30 & 10:30 am
  • Mosinee Branch Library: Spontaneous readings throughout the day!
  • Stratford Branch Library: 1:30 pm & spontaneous readings throughout the day!

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Categories: ChildrenPrograms


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