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SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
Big Library Read October 7-21
Marathon County Public Library is excited that we will be taking part in OverDrive’s Big Library Read program featuring two young adult e-books. Library card holders will be able to borrow and read "The Door in the Hedge" by Robin McKinley and/or "In the Shadow of Blackbirds" by Cat Winters starting midday Wednesday, October 7 and concluding at midnight on Monday, October 21 (U.S. EST) by visiting
"The Door in the Hedge" opens a door into an enchanted world in this collection of original and retold fairy tales. Four short stories, two original and two cherished classics, take you into a magical world of whimsy, wonder, princesses and talking frogs. "In the Shadow of Blackbirds" is a young adult historical fiction story of war, ghosts, friendship, mystery, love and perseverance. This coming-of-age tale takes you on a heroic journey through the eyes of Mary Shelley Black as she’s forced to face a world war, a deadly strain of flu and a troubled spirit who is desperate for help.
Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons unlimited and simultaneous access to the selected titles during the program dates, creating a virtual, global e-book club. Interested patrons will be able borrow "The Door in the Hedge" and "In the Shadow of Blackbirds" using a valid library card, and read on all major computers and devices, without worrying about wait lists or holds. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and best of all, there are no late fees!
The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between OverDrive, the leading supplier of e-books, audiobooks and more to libraries and schools, Open Road, publisher of Robin McKinley’s fairy tale short stories and Abrams Books, publisher of Cat Winters young adult historical fiction. To borrow the e-book version of "The Door in the Hedge" and "In the Shadow of Blackbirds" as part of Big Library Read, patrons can visit For more information, call 715-261-7230.


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AUGUST 24, 2015
Planning and Visioning
A letter to our friends and neighbors about our Planning and Visioning
 from the Library Director

Over the coming weeks we will be hosting listening sessions at the main library in downtown Wausau. These sessions will be conducted by Engberg Anderson, an architectural firm based out of Milwaukee that specializes in libraries. We want to learn how we may best serve the public during the next ten years to ensure that your library is relevant and useful to you. They will solicit your ideas about services, facilities, and resources that you want to see at your library. Please take a moment if you can, and attend a session or write down your thoughts so that we may collect them and then implement those ideas. We will have three sessions for listening, the first on August 26 at 6:00pm. The second sessions will be at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, and the final public listensing session will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23. There will be various ways to share your vision, and I invite you to help us shape the future of your library. Here are some ways to let us know your thoughts:
  • Visit the library’s main webpage for an overview of the campaign and links to feedback mechanisms and more information:
  • Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages and post ideas with #yourMCPL.
  • The online contact form at  will allow you to send us your thoughts and comments.
  • Comment cards can be found at the public desks.
  • Attend a public listening session with the architects. (Future dates and times to be posted)
We appreciate the support the library has in our community, and we very much want to see this process help to revitalize and invigorate your library experience. Please join us on this important journey. If you would like to talk with me personally about the project, I’m always happy to hear from you. My direct number is 715-261-7211.

Ralph Illick
Library Director
Marathon County Public Library

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AUGUST 17, 2015
Your Next Favorite Books: Personalized Reading Suggestions
Our staff at the Marathon County Public Library has launched a new service aimed at helping our patrons find their next favorite books.
The library recently set up a new page within our website called Personalized Reading Suggestions, through which we’ll rack our brains and a vast pool of online reading resources, to recommend three books based on just a few clues provided by you, the patron.
Our staff is surrounded by books all day and each of us has our own favorite genres that run the gamut, so chances are someone here shares your reading tastes. Plus, we love these kinds of challenges that usually starts a little something like this…
“I just finished The Hunger Games and Matched trilogies. Do have anything else like that?”
“I like Lee Child’s stuff, who are some other authors like him?”
Or even…
“I need something good to read, what can you recommend?”
Here’s how the Personalized Reading Suggestions works:
  • Go to the Personalized Reading Suggestions page at
  • Tell us your name and email address, whether you prefer fiction or non-fiction and the format you prefer to read it in (such as books, audiobooks, or e-books)
  • Give us the titles or authors of the last few books you read that you really liked, and why you liked them
  • If you want, write a few specifics that will help us find the right books to match your taste. For example, maybe you prefer suspense and mystery novels but don’t care for excessive sex or violence. Or perhaps you’d rather read stories straight from the source in autobiographies, rather than someone else’s take in a biography. The more details we have, the better chance we have of finding good matches.
  • Click submit and we promise to come back with three suggestions within four days, because (as we all know) sometimes you just don’t want to wait long before diving into a new book!
We can’t guarantee you’ll love each and every suggestion we send you, but whether you love or hate our recommendations, we always appreciate feedback; it helps us refine our efforts, and you might indirectly help another patron with similar tastes find their next great book!
So fill out that form any time of day or night, and let us help you keep reading!

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Categories: BooksReading RecommendationsStaff Picks


JULY 27, 2015
Food Drive continues through end of August
Residents throughout central Wisconsin still have until the end of August to help individuals and families in need of food, through the MCPL food drive. The library is working with the Marathon County Hunger Coalition on the food drive, which ends Aug. 22, to benefit food pantries across our area.

Anyone from across the central Wisconsin area or beyond is welcome and encouraged to drop off non-perishable items during regular business hours at any MCPL location:
Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer, Stratford and Wausau.

If you would like to donate, please consider some of these suggested items: canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, peanut butter, packaged or canned meals, pasta, soup, canned tuna and other canned meats, juice (100 percent fruit, please) and spaghetti sauce.

Food items not accepted include dented or bulged cans, open packages, home-canned foods and infant formula beyond its expiration date.

Call 715-261-7200 or stop by any library branch for more information, and thank you for your help!


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Categories: FoodLibrariesSummer Library Program


JUNE 29, 2015
Video: Raising chickens with UW-Extension

We were very happy to collaborate recently with Marathon County UW-Extension on a program at MCPL Wausau about chickens!

Heather Schlesser, dairy and livestock agent with Extension, provided our audience with a primer on all that's involved with raising a clutch of chickens - the variety of breeds, diet, shelter, diseases to keep an eye out for and more!

If you missed the June 9 program, you can watch the whole program below. Or, if you'd like to catch the program in person, Heather will present similar programs Sept. 3 at the MCPL Athens branch and Sept. 23 in Marathon City.

A very special thanks to Heather for sharing her knowledge of chickens with those who came to the program. And one fun fact that may entice you into watching the video: Chickens are the closest living relative on Earth to the late, great T. Rex dinosaur!

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JUNE 28, 2015
Summer food drive at MCPL
Throughout the summer of 2015 the Marathon County Public Library is working with the Marathon County Hunger Coalition and hosting a food drive to benefit food pantries across our area.

The food drive began in early June and continues through the end of August. Anyone from across the central Wisconsin area or beyond is welcome and encouraged to drop off non-perishable items during regular business hours at any MCPL location: Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer, Stratford and Wausau.
It may seem obvious, but unlike some other aspects of the library usage, no library card is needed to help others in need!
What may not be obvious to some is the extent of hunger, food insecurity and the need for food assistance in Marathon County.

According to the most recent LIFE Report from the United Way of Marathon County, nearly 24,000 people received assistance through Marathon County’s FoodShare program in 2012 – an increase of more than 10,000 people since 2008. Also, 5,800 people received food assistance through the Women, Infants and Children (W.I.C.) program in 2012, which is 1,500 more individuals served than in 2008.
If you would like to donate, please consider some of these suggested items: canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, peanut butter, packaged or canned meals, pasta, soup, canned tuna and other canned meats, juice (100 percent fruit, please) and spaghetti sauce.

Food items not accepted include dented or bulged cans, open packages, home-canned foods and infant formula beyond its expiration date.

Call 715-261-7200 or stop by any library branch for more information, and thank you for your help!

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Categories: Summer Library ProgramFoodHealth Resources


JUNE 11, 2015
Juan Felipe Herrera named U.S. Poet Laureate

The United States has a new champion for poetry.

On June 10, the Library of Congress announced it appointed Juan Felipe Herrera as the nation’s Poet Laureate, a position that dates back to 1937 and is aimed at raising awareness of the reading and writing of poetry. Perhaps most significant in the announcement is the fact that Herrera, 66, is the first Latino poet to be named to the post.

You can read or listen to an NPR story here, but the short version is he’s the son of migrant farm workers and spent much of his earlier life on the west coast. He studied at both UCLA and Stanford, as well as the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He has since written more than two dozen books.

If you’re curious to read some of Herrera’s work, libraries within the Wisconsin Valley Library Service have some copies you can request here. Also, if you’re willing to wait a little longer to receive his books, you can find hundreds of copies through our Interlibrary Loan system. (In both catalogs, search by the poet’s name.) The Marathon County Public Library also has a couple of sites – LitFinder and Literary Reference Center - within our online resources where you can find information about Herrera and past poets laureate, or other authors. (You'll need your library card number and PIN to log into LitFinder and LRC.)

Herrera will serve as Poet Laureate for the next two years, and joins past Poets Laureate such as Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams and Robert Penn Warren. In describing Herrera and his work, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said: “I see in Herrera’s poems the work of an American original—work that takes the sublimity and largesse of “Leaves of Grass” and expands upon it. His poems engage in a serious sense of play - in language and in image - that I feel gives them enduring power. I see how they champion voices and traditions and histories, as well as a cultural perspective, which is a vital part of our larger American identity."

Here is one of Herrera’s poems, excerpted from his 2008 book “Half a World in Light: New and Selected Poems.”

Let Me Tell You What a Poem Brings

for Charles Fishman

Before you go further,
let me tell you what a poem brings,
first, you must know the secret, there is no poem
to speak of, it is a way to attain a life without boundaries,
yes, it is that easy, a poem, imagine me telling you this,
instead of going day by day against the razors, well,
the judgments, all the tick-tock bronze, a leather jacket
sizing you up, the fashion mall, for example, from
the outside you think you are being entertained,
when you enter, things change, you get caught by surprise,
your mouth goes sour, you get thirsty, your legs grow cold
standing still in the middle of a storm, a poem, of course,
is always open for business too, except, as you can see,
it isn't exactly business that pulls your spirit into
the alarming waters, there you can bathe, you can play,
you can even join in on the gossip—the mist, that is,
the mist becomes central to your existence.

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Categories: AwardsPoetryWriting


MAY 29, 2015
OverDrive's Big Summer Read
Marathon County Public Library, Wisconsin’s Digital Library and OverDrive all hope you’ll join us and other patrons in the Big Summer Read, an online shared reading program for all ages, through most of June.

Each year, OverDrive selects a title with an author and publisher willing to allow an unlimited number ebooks and e-audiobooks available to download anytime from June 9 to June 23. This year adult patrons can read or listen to Kate White’s fast-paced suspense novel “Eyes on You” – Robin Trainer learns that being a media star comes with its costs; including potentially her own life. Can you guess her perpetrator before the big reveal?

For the first time, OverDrive also is inviting children and teens to share in the reading experience with the OverDrive Summer Read. From June 9 to July 9, kids will be able to download unlimited copies of “Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky” from Sandra Dallas, who shines a light on a dark period of American history in this story of a young Japanese American girl caught up in prejudices and World War II.

Teens can sign into OverDrive anytime between June 9-July 9 and download a copy of “The Fat Boy Chronicles.” Inspired by a true story and told in first-person journal entries, Diane Lang’s novel brings to life the pain and isolation felt by many overweight teenagers as they try to find their way in a world obsessed with outward beauty.

This is a great chance to try a new book recommended by the fine folks at OverDrive, without the wait that occasionally accompanies newer releases! Our library staff can show you where to go within the Digital Library to download your copy of one (or more!) of these three books.

The Big Summer Read is also a great excuse to try OverDrive if you haven’t already. Any device will do – smartphone, tablet, e-reader, laptop – and you can find instructions to set up your device here under the “First-time users” tab: Of course, if you’re a hands-on learner, you are always welcome to bring your device to the library and we’ll help you get started with OverDrive.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently released its report on public libraries as of 2012, and Wisconsin has the distinction of the highest number of library e-books available per capita in the country: As of 2012, our state had more than 3,500 ebooks per 1,000 people. Of course we still love our print books, but our selection of ebooks and e-audiobooks is growing almost daily, as is the selection of streaming videos available through OverDrive. And as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection, you can browse and download titles from anywhere and keep your bookshelf full no matter where you may roam this summer. Once downloaded, you can read them anywhere, no wireless needed.

The Big Summer Read is not only a kickoff to vacation reading, it’s also a chance to share a literary experience with thousands of other patrons across the state, some of whom might just be a few towels down the beach from you, reading the same novel.

Chad Dally is a library specialist with the Marathon County Public Library


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MAY 7, 2015
Learn More About Penokee Hills Wetlands

On Thursday, May 14, residents in our community have the opportunity to learn about and discuss an area of the state many have heard about in the last few years, and an area that is near and dear to me personally: the Penokee Hills region of northern Wisconsin.

Tracy Hames, executive director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, will be at MCPL Wausau to talk specifically about wetlands scattered through the roughly 25-mile Penokee-Gogebic range that stretches through Ashland and Iron counties. Hames will show photos, maps and other graphics and discuss the important ecological role these wetlands play in an area brimming with forests, lakes and streams. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m.

If the area sounds familiar, it’s because mining company Gogebic Taconite (G-Tac) several years ago announced its intent to mine taconite (low-grade iron) from a swath of land 4.5 miles long, 1,000 feet wide and nearly 1,000 feet deep, which would’ve made it the world’s largest open-pit taconite mine. A report funded by G-Tac estimated some 700 permanent and 1,000 temporary jobs would be created from mining operations – significant numbers in a region mired in some of the highest unemployment rates in the state.

From the start, the plan was saddled with controversy and opposition – including intense opposition from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, which claimed the mine would cause irreparable damage to the Bad River Watershed and was an assault on Tribal sovereignty over air and water quality control in its own reservation. The headwaters of the Bad River begin in the Penokee Hills and meander north through the Tribe’s reservation before reaching Lake Superior, the largest freshwater body of water in the world.

All of the controversy came to a halt in late March, when G-Tac announced it would withdraw its pre-application notice and cease all plans to mine the area. It was not opposition that spurred the company to drop (for now) its mining plans. The company’s own environmental analysis “revealed wetland issues that make major continued investment unfeasible at this time,” G-Tac President Bill Williams said. It is those same wetlands that Hames will discuss on May 14.

So, why is this area important to me personally? I spent four years (2006-2010) as a reporter with The Daily Press in Ashland, and covered a wide range of environmental stories for the paper, including some centered in the Penokees: research on the endangered pine marten that makes its home in the area, tourists drawn to the natural resources and water quality in the region’s many lakes and rivers. I’ve hiked portions of the North Country Trail just north of the proposed mine and waded through rivers and creeks in feeble attempts at fly-fishing. I stood in the Bad River and held a 4-foot sturgeon making its way upstream from Lake Superior to spawn (for a reporting assignment, not for sport). To me and many others, it is a place of incomparable beauty that Wisconsinites and everyone else should see and appreciate for themselves.

If you haven’t guessed by now, I personally was happy to hear G-Tac had abandoned its mining plans. Yes, the region would’ve benefitted from economic activity and job creation, but at what cost? I never believed claims the mine could be developed in an environmentally safe way. Not something of the magnitude proposed by G-Tac, and not in this area. Worse yet, this mining project would be active for 50 years or so and would have permanently altered a region that took tens of thousands of years or longer to develop.

Hames and the Wisconsin Wetlands Association never took an official stance against the mine. In fact, we planned this program before mining plans were abandoned and as we organized it, I made sure this would not be full of anti-mining sentiment, but a science-based discussion about the wetlands, of the potential impacts to wetlands if mining operations came to fruition and an ecological/biological understanding of the aesthetic beauty visible to the naked eye.

I’m glad he’s willing to share more information about a region we’ve all heard so much about, and I hope this talk will motivate others to see the Penokee region with their own eyes.

Chad Dally is a library specialist at MCPL Wausau. His views do not necessarily represent those of the Marathon County Public Library.
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APRIL 29, 2015
Story Time Break
Many of our locations will be participating in a story time break before our Summer Library Program begins to accommodate school visits and prepare for our summer programs.

Athens, Hatley and Rothschild will continue to have regularly scheduled story times. Marathon City will continue to have regulary scheduled story times but will not meet on May 28th.

Wausau will have no story times in the month of May, except for the Family Resource Center’s Play & Learn story time on Fridays. Story times will resume in June, along with Sweet Dreams Story Time Monday nights at 6:30. Some story times may be cancelled due to scheduled Summer Library Program events. See our brochure for these events.

Edgar, Mosinee, Spencer, and Stratford will break at various times in May and resume in September. Regularly scheduled Family Resource Center Play & Learns will still occur. Please visit our story times page for more specific details and times.

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APRIL 8, 2015
National Poetry Month: LEGO Poetry
There are plenty of things to celebrate in April, but one of my favorite is poetry. Here at MCPL in Wausau, we’ve got two activities to encourage you to experience poetry every day. 

Come and build a poem with LEGO poetry in the TeenZone. Each LEGO has a word on it and you are invited to create a poem by using the words on the LEGOS.  It’s like magnetic poetry, but in three dimensions.  When you are done, take a picture with your phone, name the picture with the title of the poem (and your name if you want) and send it to us at We’ll post the poems to our Facebook page, so remember to like MCPL on Facebook to see your poem. Don’t have time to build a poem here?  Take one of our word pages and have fun creating whenever. You can email your poems to us and we’ll post those on our Facebook page, too.

On April 30, it’s poem in your pocket day.  On that day, you have a poem in your pocket that you share with everyone you meet.  Hopefully, they will have a poem to share back! We have three poem possibilities, already photocopied for you to pick up and put in your pocket available in the TeenZone.

Also, our Athens branch will be have materials for teens to create found poems with materials provided by the library all month long.  So stop by and create a poem or share poem. Remember, April is National Poetry Month! 

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Categories: PoetryNational Poetry MonthTeen Zone


APRIL 6, 2015
Never Counted Out
Teens, have you ever felt like your voice wasn’t heard?  Or were there times when you spoke out about your truth?  Now you have the opportunity to share these by submitting an essay, poem, graphic novel or photograph about these times to Never Counted Out, a website created to connect teens with artists and writers. 

Never Counted Out is the brain child of novelist, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, the author of Fat Angie.  e.E created the website after connecting with a depressed teen writer, after his teacher shared is creative writing sample with her.  When e.E. talked with young writer, she felt like she had made a special connection with him and wanted to create opportunities for other writers, photographers and artists to connect with teens, especially at-risk teens.  e.E. traveled around the country and worked with other writers and artists and with the teens in their communities, building a mentorship program for young writers and artists to express their concerns, hopes, successes and fears in a positive way.

Inspired by the suicide note from a bullied transgendered teen, teens are invited to submit a work of art that completes the sentence, “If someone only knew…” This art work can be anything from an essay to a poem to a photograph to a graphic novel, as long as it communicates your truth.  The art will be displayed on the blog on the website for Never Counted Out.  In addition, a selection of the essays and art work will be published in an anthology. Go to the website for admission guidelines and due dates.   

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APRIL 2, 2015
Raise Great Kids Parent Survey
If you are a parent, guardian, grandparent, or child caregiver, we would like your input! is a local website put out by a collaborative effort of community partners under the Early Years Coalition. Marathon County Public Library is a member of this coalition, and we need your help completing a survey.

As part of our efforts to make a better site for our users, we need your help. We would like to get both your thoughts and feedback on Raise Great Kids as well as gather more information about how you use the internet to search for information you find valuable about children. Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey. Your feedback will be invaluable in helping us shape the site moving forward.

If you haven’t checked out, please visit the website.

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MARCH 13, 2015
OverDrive's Big Library Read (March 17-31, 2015)
Check out OverDrive’s Big Library Read, which offers community-wide access to a title during March 17-31, 2015. During this special event, all card holders can simply download “Shakespeare Saved My Life" by Laura Bates from OverDrive. Since OverDrive is offering simultaneous use for this title, 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: “Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before — supermax solitary confinement. In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars.
Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships, one bonded by Shakespeare and lasting years—a friendship that, in the end, would save more than one life.”

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

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


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FEBRUARY 16, 2015
"Love in Six Words" story contest winners
We're happy to share with the public all of the entries submitted for our recent "Love in Six Words" contest. We received an amazing 141 entries from 91 writers! (Each participant could submit up to three entries.) Below are our top 5, as judged by a half-dozen library staff, and below that are all 141 entries.
Thank you so much to all who submitted and start thinking for next year when we host this contest again!

1. "I Love You - For All Time" - Dave Anderson (Mr. Anderson included this explanation with his submission: “My wife has recently passed away and this is the phrase I mention when I'm thinking of her. When I saw your contest poster, that's the first words to come to mind - and then I counted…six words.”)
2. “Sixty-three years sharing spoons” – Jeff Kocha
3. “My heart beats…because of you!” – Lynette Clark
(Miss Clark included this explanation with her submission: “My retired registered nurse sister navigated the medical system, and made sure I received emergency heart surgery, which saved my life.”)
4. “Love is playing together, and snuggling” – Dayton Genrich (age 4)
5. “1952 classmates, 2013 wedding – love forever” – Harold Matis

All Entries (in the order they were received):

  • “I Love Her, She Loves Me” – Ken & Priscilla Barker
  • “ Heartbeats synchronize echoes in timeless halls” – Ashley Spencer
  • “Endless books, Spring’s warmth and free coffee” – Ashley Spencer
  • “Hard. Soft. Rough. Silk. Serene. Ascend.” – Ashley Spencer
  • “Meet. Greet. Treat. Repeat. Entreat. ‘SWEET’” – Susan J. Keene
  • “Love one another, compassion, respect, trust” – Deanna Rotar
  • “36 years later we’re getting married” – Barb Becher
  • “Chapstick: closest lips will touch NOT!” – Deb Lewitzke
  • “Hesitation Infatuation Attraction Reaction Commitment Fulfillment” – Deb Lewitzke
  • “Sharing caring loving Romantic fantastic enthusiastic” – Deb Lewitzke
  • “First Hottie neighbor, now husband FOREVER!” – No name given
  • “Neighbor. Friends. Dating. Marriage. Children. PERFECT!” No name given
  • “Loved at first sight, together forever.” Jan C. Stroik
  • “We met, We love, We're family” Jan C. Stroik
  • “Drawn to him like a magnet” Joan Adamscheck
  • “Eyes to eyes, soul to soul” Joan Adamscheck
  • “Radiates warmth, burning eyes, total heat” Joan Adamscheck
  • “Sixty-three years sharing spoons” Jeff Kocha
  • “To GIVE love is life’s TRUE meaning” Pam (no last name given)
  • “Loves true meaning: GIVING and RECEIVING” Pam (No last name given)
  • “Passion that will melt your heart!” Bob Eberhardy
  • “Crush.  Love.  Marriage.  Kids.  Grandkids.  Bliss.” - Christopher Swearingen
  • “She sees past all my flaws” - Christopher Swearingen
  • “My heart beats … because of you!” - Lynette Clark
  • "Divorced. Introduced. Learned Forgiveness. Happily Ever-after” - Amy Ostrem
  • “Thirty years later, true love reigns” – Shereen Siewert
  • “He is my ‘Happily Ever After’” – Barb Becher
  • “Strangers, Friends, Lovers, Passion, Companion, Comfort” – Kathy Bird
  • “Warm, soft kisses pressed on lips” – Karl Marquardt
  • “She’s my umbrella when it’s raining” – Laurie Bauer
  • “Not always roses, but always flowers” – Laurie Bauer
  • “She made my dreams a reality” – Laurie Bauer
  • “Two hearts together, lifetimes too short” – No name given
  • “Love paints your life with rainbows” – No name given
  • “We’ll never have to be alone” – Theresa Schulta
  • “The best is yet to come” – Noreen Schreiber
  • “Loving, truthful, respects, patient, best friend” – Helen Wisz
  • “Each day you light my world” – Harold Matis
  • “1952 classmates, 2013 wedding, love forever” – Harold Matis
  • “Innocent teens, Christmas Eve = Forever Love” – Linda Landowski
  • “My bride, my love, my heart” – Rick Reyer
  • “Hearts sing. Bought ring. Lasting thing.” – Amanda Herdt
  • “Me. You. Said “I do.” Yahoo!” – Amanda Herdt
  • “With you, always true, life through” – Amanda Herdt
  • “They got married. Happily ever after” – Catherine Herdt (age 10)
  • “Here there then now us always” – Pat Harrison
  • “Listen talk listen talk listen embrace” – Pat Harrison
  • “Live together. Criticize. Apologize. Forgive…Again” – Pat Harrison
  • “Love cannot be described in words” – Kieran Grogan
  • “One truly amazing beautiful blonde woman” – Gary Landowski
  • "My world, My heart, My soul” – Karl Bauman
  • "Everything I want, Everything I need.” – Karl Bauman
  • “Family fun faith water air shelter” – Jan Atkinson
  • “Love, always having each other’s backs” – Sue Martell
  • “Family, husband and three healthy boys” – Rachel Parks
  • “Hearing your baby’s first healthy cry” – Sarah Londerville
  • “SIX (love in) WORDS!!!” – Rena Dums
  • “Love is playing together, and snuggling” – Dayton Genrich (age 4)
  • “Love is all that is life” – Megan Johnson
  • “Hard work that never gives up” – Heidi Fairley
  • “The thing worth living for” – Heidi Fairley
  • “A choice we must make everyday” – Heidi Fairley
  • “Love: Transfigurative light, unconditional calming peace” – Bethany Krombholz
  • “My awesome wife; my wonderful children” – Jason Doepke
  • “Love is patient, love is kind” – Jason Doepke
  • “Love does not delight in evil” – Jason Doepke
  • “Soldier boy, school girl, 43 years” – Debra Lind
  • “A kind, patient understanding of another” – Diane Guy
  • “Two souls…coming together…staying forever!” Monica Bogen
  • “Giving the last cookie to someone” – Kayla Brown
  • “It is hugs, kisses, and security” – Cindy Hurkes
  • “Unpredictable journey in happiness and sadness” – No name given
  • “Most wonderful feeling in the world!!!” – Cara Palmer
  • “Complex, necessary, contagious, encompassing, eternal, solid” – Michelle Raddatz
  • “Family, friends and warmth they give” – Tanya R. Moore
  • “Love means waking up happy” – Lorraine Petersen
  • “The strongest thing in the universe” – Rebecca Preu
  • “Embracing my mom in my arms” – David Luck
  • “Caring about or for someone” – No name given
  • “What you’ve been through with somebody” – James Thurber
  • “Putting someone else before you, always” – Holly Busse
  • “Love is caring for my grandsons” – Carlyn LeBeau
  • “…And then I saw your eyes” – Steve Weinkauf
  • “Two souls, lost no more” – Amy Hampton
  • “For God so loved the world” – Judy Mansavage
  • “Three babies, two souls, one life” – Katie Verstegen
  • “He is my dream, but real” – Heather Koeppel
  • “He is my dream, only real” – Heather Koeppel
  • “You’re the buns to my hamburger” – Darcy Miller
  • “Don’t ever stop loving your valentine” – Darcy Miller
  • “Love makes my heart sing loud” – Darcy Miller
  • “I love growing older with you” – Lynette Wolosek
  • “Caring and making each other happy” – Kathleen Wilson
  • “First best friends, now soul mates” – Angie Johnson
  • “Forever safe in your loving arms” – Angie Johnson
  • “Eighteen years of pure, true love” – Angie Johnson
  • “Lost love found, and begun anew” – Laurie Stoltz Kloth
  • “You are today, yesterday and tomorrow” – Steven Kruse
  • “Farmer plus city girl equals love” – Rachel Cornelius
  • “From locking eyes to sharing lives” Kelli Surendonk
  • “You’re my provider, protector, lover forever!” – Kelli Surendonk
  • “Two souls intertwined, yours and mine” – Kelli Surendonk
  • “My husband, he is my everything” – Anne (no last name given)
  • “Books, so you are never alone” – Anne (no last name given)
  • “Love is patience, understanding and humor” – Anne (no last name given)
  • “Open hand, surprise smile, sharing all” – Paul Hasman
  • “Forgiven tears, open window, eyes kiss” – Paul Hasman
  • “For all the times we never…” – Ryan Scherer
  • “Fifty-seven years and still holding hands!” – Lynn Lensmire
  • “Love is laughing and crying together” – Lynn Lensmire
  • “Putting the one you love, first” – Lynn Lensmire
  • “I’d marry you again, you know” – Michelle de Leon
  • “Neither borders nor language divided us” – Michelle de Leon
  • “Made for each other, love God” – Michelle de Leon
  • “Childhood love reconnected after thirty years” – Darlene Cusick
  • “Shy boy looking at pretty girl” – Darlene Cusick
  • “Love’s calibration: perilous for mere humans” – Mary Hogue
  • “Your splendid effulgence blinds me forever!” – Dorothy Bain
  • “Love defies death and astounds me” – Dorothy Bain
  • “I want something, anything, with you” – Dorothy Bain
  • “I am faithfully, lovingly his forever” – Betty L. Dotseth
  • “I love you – for all time” – Dave Anderson
  • “My love, my hero, my wife” – Dave Anderson
  • “Love at first sight, my wife” – Dave Anderson
  • “Valentine baby, selfless decision, family created” – Molly Novitzke
  • “My honey makes my heart throb” – Jeanette Tesch
  • “My husband’s true love is unspeakable” – Jeanette Tesch
  • “I can’t live without your” – Jeanette Tesch
  • “My heart is empty without you” – Terrance Tesch
  • “Married 45 years, the romantic adventure” – Terrance Tesch
  • “Wife who’s always there for me” – Terrance Tesch
  • “A feverish excitement to embrace forever!” Renee Stokka
  • “Losing her heart to him forever!” – Renee Stokka
  • “Far in distance, close in heart” – Renee Stokka
  • “You have always been my sunshine” – Marie Swita
  • “Love starts with a beautiful smile!” – Stan Szymanski
  • “Twenty years difference – still in love!” – Lynette Pupp

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FEBRUARY 3, 2015
Download e-Books? Please Take a Short Survey
Do you download e-books or digital audiobooks? If so, please consider taking a short survey from the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) about the digital collections.

The WPLC was formed in 2001, and its main service is the Wisconsin Digital Library. This digital catalog is utilized by Marathon County Public Library and other Wisconsin public libraries to offer e-books and digital audio books to patrons.

This short survey will help WPLC develop its digital collections so it is as relevant as possible to library patrons.

Access the survey here.

Curious about borrowing e-books or any other digital materials from the library? Visit our Wisconsin Digital Library page for information on borrowing materials, frequently asked questions, and more.


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JANUARY 22, 2015
Introducing Thursday Walk-In Passport Application Services
Good news for anyone who needs to apply for a passport! At our MCPL Wausau location, we now offer walk-in passport application services on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To ensure that we have enough time to assist you, please arrive by 3:30 p.m.

Review some common questions and learn how to avoid application mistakes and delays here.

We will still offer appointments every other Saturday, (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and on the first Tuesday and third Wednesday (3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) of each month. Call 715-261-7200 to make an appointment, or if you have any passport-related questions.

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JANUARY 4, 2015
Book Babies Story Time...Revamped!
Beginning Monday, January 5, 2015, MCPL is taking a new approach to Book Babies Story time. Story time will begin at 10 a.m., and just like usual, provide 15 minutes of books, songs, and rhymes. But then, parents and babies are encouraged to hang out after and give babies a chance to do some more hands-on exploring, with age-appropriate toys, music, and activities.  

This special time afterwards will also give parents and babies time to socialize and connect with each other. We are trying to make story time not just a place to listen to books and songs, but a resource for families to get information and ideas. We hope to make Book Babies story time just as beneficial for the parents as it is for the children.

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JANUARY 4, 2015
Downton Abbey Reading List
Season 5 of Downton Abbey is here, and so is our 2015 Downton Abbey reading list! All of these titles are available in the V-cat catalogContact us with any questions, or for help locating these titles.

“I want to read more about Highclere castle, the real castle where they film Downton Abbey.” Try:

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle 
by Fiona Carnarvon

“Anna and Bates are my two favorite characters! I want to read about life downstairs!” Try:

Upstairs & Downstairs: An Illustrated Guide to the Real World of Downton Abbey by Sarah Warwick
“Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir That Inspired “Upstairs, Downstairs” and Downton Abbey” by Margaret Powell

“I want to read something romantic that reminds me of Downton.” Try:

The House at Riverton: A Novel by Kate Morton

Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

Summerset Abbey by T. J. Brown
“Sybil was my favorite character!” Try:

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

“I’d like to read about American heiresses.” Try:

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
“I heard that Julian Fellowes (Downton’s creator) wrote a book.”  Yes, he did!

Snobs by Julian Fellowes

“My friend recommended a book that has Downton in the title, but I think it is set in more modern times.”  We've got it!

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

“Masterpiece Theatre is amazing. I want to read more about these PBS shows.” Try:

Making Masterpiece: 25 years behind the scenes at Masterpiece and Mystery on PBS by Rebecca Eaton


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DECEMBER 16, 2014
The Wisconsin Digital Archive: Get Connected to State Government
Many of us are breathing a sigh of relief now that election ads and coverage are over for this election cycle.  If you are like me, maybe you wondered how accurate those statistics you saw in the ads were.  How can one politician claim jobs were added when another claims the exact opposite?  Maybe you were curious where the news anchors get their information on the economy, job growth or government agency spending.  I have the perfect link for you news junkies:  The Wisconsin Digital Archives
The Wisconsin Digital Archive provides one stop shopping for all those reports you hear about on the news.  Curious about job growth, school achievement scores, roadway safety or anything else that pertains to Wisconsin government?  Use the search box at the top of the screen to find reports and other documents that provide background, research and figures to help clarify news reports.  The front page also provides links to reports that have been covered by newspapers.  In addition, there are links to the newest material added to the archive. 
Overall, the archive contains great resources for everyone from the new hound to the high school student looking for statistics.  Stop by the website and check it out.

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NOVEMBER 21, 2014
Holiday Story Time Changes
Many of our locations are taking a break from regular story times over the winter holidays. Here is a list of story time breaks for all MCPL locations. For further questions, feel free to contact us.

MCPL Wausau: No weekly story time from December 21, 2014-January 4, 2015. Play and Learn story time, which is organized by the Family Resource Center, will still occur on Fridays except on November 28 & December 26, 2014.

MCPL Rothschild: Thursday story times will start at 2:30 p.m. effective December 4, 2014.

MCPL Marathon: No weekly story time from December 19, 2014-January 7, 2015.

MCPL Mosinee: No changes.

MCPL Edgar: No weekly story time from December 19, 2014-January 7, 2015.

MCPL Hatley: No weekly story time from December 17, 2014- January 5, 2015.

MCPL Athens: No weekly story time from December 17, 2014-January 5, 2015.

MCPL Spencer: No weekly story time from December 18, 2014-January 6, 2015.

MCPL Stratford: No weekly story time from December 18, 2014-January 6, 2015
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