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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: www.mcpl.us/catalogs/overdrive. 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 teenzone@mcpl.us. 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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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! Raisgreatkids.org 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 RaiseGreatKids.org 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 RaiseGreatKids.org, 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!

Winners:
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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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

Fiction  
Nonfiction

 
Poetry

  • 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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SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
Banned Books Week: Most Challenged Titles of 2013
Is your favorite book a banned book? Every year, the Office of Intellectual Freedom receives hundreds of reports from libraries and schools about challenged books. In September, libraries celebrate the freedom to read and open access to information during Banned Books Week.

Here are the most challenged titles of 2013, from BannedBooksWeek.org.

The 10 most challenged titles of 2013:
  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison  Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

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