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OCTOBER 31, 2014
Winners of the Six Spooky Words Contest
This year, we asked you to create a scary story using just six words. We received a ton of creative and truly terrifying entries, which made judging difficult.
Here are the winning entries. Library staff will contact the winners to make arrangements for picking up their prize.

5. “I am watching you right now” – Ann Seliger
4. “Dismembered demon wanders through macabre masquerade” – Shereen Siewert
3. “Finally alone, then the floor creaked” – Amber Edwards
2. "It’s Here. Don’t look. Don’t scream" – Kali Kaiser

And the winner.....
1. "And Then the Lights Went Off" – Steve Weinkauf

Honorable mentions:
“Open shades, pale face staring in” – Miriam Gustafson
“Scary, spine-tingling, bloodletting screams enshroud me” – Karen Zumann
“I wept. We’re out of bacon” – Kyla Baeseman
“Car wheels screech; training wheels spin” Chelsea Bauman

Finally, here is a complete list of entries. Thank you to everyone who participated!
  • Janet Laska: ““Scary zombie escapes from the cemetery”
  • Steve Weinkauf: “And Then the Lights Went Off”
  • Juliana Palmcook: “Six Scary Spiders Slid Through Slime”
  • Jason Mechelke: “Listen honey, I think I’m pregnant”
  • Shereen Siewert: “Dismembered demon wanders through macabre masquerade”
  • Jennifer Sorenson: “The Devil’s Night brings no dawn.”
  • Elaine Iattoni: “Spooky Kooky Lucas Cookies Dead Now”
  • Marsha Young: “In Darkness All Fears Lay Waiting
  • Laney Pankratz: “Ghosts come. Ghouls come at night”
  • Ty Pankratz: “Trapped in corner, zombies smile hungrily”
  • Howard Lego:
    • “I’m Where You Think I’m Not”
    • “A Shadow Passes, or did it?”
    • “Chains Rattle, Then Silence echoes”
    • “An Open Window, That’s My Invite”
    • “Stop, Listen, Look! Bang! You’re Dead”
    • “Don’t Look Behind You; You’re Dead”
  • Miriam Gustafson
    • "Leaves crackles underfoot, what was that?"
    • "Hiss! Started cat, light flickers out!"
    • "Warm fireplace, apparition coldly standing near"
    • "Smiling, warming cold-bloodied hands near fireplace"
    • "Cats hiss! Growl! It’s behind you!"
    • "Headless Horseman coming! This! No Fun!"
    • "Blood moon, seen between darkened forest"
    • "Steps, ball bouncing, head stops, feet"
    • "Knocking, candy, smiling, fling door open"
    • "Darkness, leaves scratch pavement, alone walking"
    • "Something moves in the shadows, darkness moves…"
    • "Knocking, candy, door opening, ghost disappears!"
    • "Broomstick found, must’ve come down. Witches!"
    • "Gnarled hand shooting up, dead landscape"
    • "Shadow creeps, leaves scuttle, darkness screams!"
    • "Headless horseman coming for you, alone"
    • "Nosferatu 1920’s vampire actor or real?"
    • "Nosferatu vampire gives me the chills"
    • "Candy spilt path, laughing trick treaters"
    • "Sundown, darkness creeps, miles from home"
    • "Candy apples glisten, children’s anticipation awaiting"
    • "Shadowed hallways, running to your room"
    • "Headless horseman chasing Ichabod in circles"
    • "Ouija slides, startles, never go back!!!"
    • "Broomstick, witches fly, blood moon sky"
    • "Ding-dong, grab candy, no one’s there!"
    • "Knocking, grab candy, no one’s there!"
    • "Knocking, smiling, candy excitement, door opens…"
    • "Frozen lake, gnarled hand shooting up!:
    • "Shrieks, doors that creak near you!"
    • "Headless horseman comes, run! You’re done!"
    • "Bubbling black murkiness, drinking Earl Grey"
    • "Distant caw, flutter, raven takes flight"
    • "Open shades, pale face staring in"
    • "Play with me, whispers the darkness"
    • "Dark path illuminated by ghostly sigh"
    • "Darkened house, lighted window, shadow passes"
    • "Blood-eyed moon, watching murder below"
    • "Candle blown out, stillness, darkness growling"
    • "Howling witches, coven, hidden black cave"
    • "Gnarled hand reaching, blood moon above"
    • "Ouija curse, better not touch board"
  • Steven Grim: “Dead Eyes in the Deep Dark”
  • Allan Johnson: ““I return a book that's overdue!”
  • Cara Bahlow: “Delicious Blood Dripped from his fangs”
  • Sharon Stachnik: “A murder of crows portended death”
  • Carol Maes: “The Dark Cemetery Screamed with Horror!”
  • Amber Edwards: ““Finally alone, then the floor creaked”
  • Ann Seliger: “I am watching you right now”
  • Karen Zumann: “Scary, spinetingling, bloodletting screams enshroud me”
  • Brett Erikson: “Last Man on Earth, phone rings”
  • Xavier Hackel: “Ghostly figures, blood curdling screams, overly gory”
  • Asha Kavajecz: “Empty stomach, empty fridge, dead inside”
  • Katie Hiebl: “The frantic shriek rung throughout all”
  • Joshua Gumz: “Bloody body, shallow grave, dirty shovel"
  • David Koeppl: "Step inside, the devil is I"
  • Tianna Borchardt: "Daddy’s girl, unearthly screams, bloodstained walls"
  • Maverick Mueller: "Deafening silence, don’t look behind you"
  • Dana Heidmann: "Bone grinding, finger shattering, disintegrating corpse"
  • Tianna Weatherby: "Macabre town, ungodly screams, gruesome deaths"
  • Kassie Goodwin: “Our little secret” whispers my daddy
  • Samantha Bruner: "Murdering cries, repulsive screams, gory face"
  • Ben Lepak: "Help! Shots fired, nothing heard again"
  • Travis Guralski: "Threatening skies, creepy clamor, sinister silhouettes"
  • Caleb Michalewicz: "Decadent, cadaverous faces, scathing, heinous voices"
  • Kali Kaiser: "It’s Here. Don’t look. Don’t scream"
  • Jenna Heindl: "Cries from below, silence from above"
  • Taylor Martyn: "Lurid pictures, occult discussions, horrifying night"
  • Richard Butalla: "Dark room, rotting stench, ghastly moon"
  • Ally Krueger: "Awakened by hammering, my coffin top"
  • Matthew Urmanski: "Fresh white snow sprinkled with red"
  • Taylor Kirsch: "Behemoth spider piercing elephant, fangs protruding"
  • Sabrina Woller: "Gloomy park, overcast, walking, bushes, yelp!"
  • Andrea Bargender: "Dismal forest, insanely quiet, twigs snap"
  • James Smazal: "Creepy footsteps, creaky door, sudden screams"
  • Katelyn Krause: "Masculine silhouette, woman shrieking, blood spattered"
  • Chelsea Bauman: "Car wheels screech; training wheels spin"
  • Kyla Baeseman: "I wept. We’re out of bacon"
  • Travis Witt: "Buried in a steel casket, unconscious"
  • Hunter Ellenbecker: "Eerie music, water running, door opening"
  • Charles Niemann: "Monstrous night, rickety shack, blood-curdling scream stops"

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OCTOBER 22, 2014
Wisconsin Romance Writers Visit MCPL Wausau

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OCTOBER 20, 2014
Create Your Own Urban Legend: The Mill
Earlier this month, teens had an opportunity to create their own urban legends using materials found in the library. This terrifying story was inspired by a picture of the Island Mill in Wausau (c. 1900-1919) from the Marathon County Historical Society, found in the Central Wisconsin Digitization Project.

The Mill
By Damian Wendorf
My best friend, Devon, was talking to me about a story his dad told him. The story concerns three boy who were murdered in the 1960’s. The murder occurred on the Wisconsin River by the old saw mill.  First, the police found a bloody saw blade and a pool of blood on the floor of the mill. In the pool of blood lay a body of a fourteen year old boy, cut in half. The other two boys were found in many pieces around the old saw mill. 
The funerals were closed casket and the crime was never solved. People believed that many years earlier, a young worker died at the mill. He died when his foot got stuck between two large logs. He helplessly fell and was pulled into the saw, meeting a grisly death. This boy was never buried. Folks said that the mill owner tossed his cut up remains into the river. Young boys exploring the old mill told tales of a cut man, still bleeding,  coming out of the water.  He would chase and try to grab them and pull them to their death.  The three boys met such a fate. The parents demanded the mill be torn down . 
Beware if you are walking near the river and see wet footprints.  Run!  He still lurks there…


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OCTOBER 15, 2014
Nominees Announced for 2014 National Book Award

Finalists for the National Book Award were announced today, bringing recognition to 20 authors in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young people’s literature.

The winners in each category will be announced Nov. 19, but if you’d like to sample the work of some of the nominees before or after the winners are selected, click any of the links below to find titles available in our catalog.

In other award-winning book news, The Man Booker Prize was just awarded yesterday to Richard Flanagan for "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" Find it in our catalog here.

National Book Award Nominees



  • Claudia Rankine: “Citizen: An American Lyric”
  • Louise Gluck: “Faithful and Virtuous Night Poems”
  • Fred Moten: “The Feel Trio”
  • Fanny Howe: “Second Childhood”
  • Maureen N. McLane: “This Blue”
Young People’s Literature

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OCTOBER 6, 2014
OverDrive's Big Library Read: October 13-28, 2014
Check out OverDrive’s Big Library Read, which offers community-wide access to a YA title during October 13-28, 2014. During this special event, all card holders can simply download “Anatomy of A Misfit" by Andrea Portes from OverDrive. Since OverDrive is offering simultaneous use for this title during October 13-28, the title is available right away, with no waiting on hold for the next copy. The title expires at the end of the lending period for each user, not the end of the program.

Synopsis: “Anika is the third most popular girl in her high school–despite feeling she doesn’t fit in with the popular crowd in her small Nebraskan town. To maintain her social status, Anika does whatever Becky Vilhauser (first most popular girl in school) tells her to do. But when loner Logan McDonough returns from summer vacation hotter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika has a hard time staying away–even when Becky forbids her to date him. Anika’s glimpse into Logan’s troubled home life only draws her closer, but despite her blossoming feelings, Anika breaks up with him. In an emotionally devastating ending, Anika is left in the wake of tragedy, which leaves her with the revelation that we have only one chance to be true to ourselves, and nothing is more important than listening to your own heart.”

For more information on OverDrive’s Big Library Read, visit their website.

For more information on Andrea Portes, visit her website.

Need help downloading OverDrive to your new device? Check out detailed instructions here.


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OCTOBER 3, 2014
Upcoming Author Visits: Ilsa J. Bick & Wisconsin Romance Writers of America
Mark your calendars for these two exciting opportunities to meet several Wisconsin authors!

On October 7, author Ilsa J. Bick will visit MCPL Wausau at 7:00 p.m. Ilsa J. Bick is an award winning author of YA titles like “Draw The Dark” and her latest, “White Space,” which received accolades from VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) magazine. Bick will read from her latest books, sign copies, and discuss how she became a writer. This event is for teens, but adults are also welcome to this event.

For more information on Ilsa Bick, please visit her website.

Fans of romance novels and aspiring authors are encouraged to attend our romance writers roundtable on October 16 at 6:00 p.m. Members of the Wisconsin chapter of Romance Writers of America will discuss writing romance novels, answer questions, and sign copies of their books. Featured authors include Jenna Greenland, Jevenna Willow, Helen Johannes, Renee Wildes, Lyn Cote, Amy Sandas, Kat de Falla, and S.C. Mitchell.

For more information about the Romance Writers of America, visit their website.

Both events do not require advance registration, and are free and open to the public.

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