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MAY 3, 2016
Are You Up for a Challenge?

The great thing about libraries is that they offer countless materials for a wide variety of people to experience, regardless of age, race, size, background, sexual orientation, religion or economic status. Since each person has their own opinions and expectations of what constitutes a "good book," patrons across the world sometimes challenge books in an effort to have them removed from the library's collection.

Each year, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles reports from libraries, schools and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country. Below is the ALA's list of the top 10 most-challenged books of 2015. If you're interested in seeing what all the fuss is about, click the link next to each book title to check them out and read them for yourself!
 

Book Cover: 'Looking for Alaska' by John Green"Looking for Alaska" by John Green – Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash. According to the ALA, this book is often challenged due to offensive language, for being sexually explicit and unsuited for its young adult audience.






 

Book Cover: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' by E.L. James"Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James – When Anastasia Steele goes to interview young enterpreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beatuiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to relize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. The ALA states that this book is commonly challenged due to its sexually explicit content.






 

Book Cover: 'I Am Jazz' by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings"I Am Jazz" by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings – This book presents the story of a transgender child who traces her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy and the acceptance she finds through a wise doctor who explains her natural transgender status. It is commonly challenged as being unsuited for its age group due to containing themes of homosexuality, sex education and gender identity.


 

Book Cover: 'Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out' by Susan Kuklin"Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out" by Susan Kuklin – Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them and their true selves. ALA finds this book most-often challenged due to its themes of homosexuality, gender identity, offensive language and religious/political viewpoint.




 

Book Cover: 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' by Mark Haddon"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon – Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother. The book's language and religious viewpoint is often why it is challenged.






 

Book Cover: 'The Holy Bible' by "The Holy Bible" – The Holy Bible, containing both the Old and New Testaments. This book is often challenged due to its religious viewpoint.









 

Book Cover: 'Fun Home' by Alison Bechdel"Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel – A memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father--a funeral home director, high school English teacher, and closeted homosexual. This book is often challenged due to the violence it contains.







 

Book Cover: 'Habibi ' by Craig Thompson"Habibi " by Craig Thompson – Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in the world. The book is often challenged for nudity and being sexually explicit.






 

Book Cover: 'Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan' by Jeanette Winter"Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan" by Jeanette Winter – Based on a true story from Afghanistan, Young Nasreen has not spoken a word to anyone since her parents disappeared. In despair, her grandmother risks everything to enroll Nasreen in a secret school for girls. Will a devoted teacher, a new friend, and the worlds she discovers in books be enough to draw Nasreen out of her shell of sadness? The ALA states violence, religious viewpoint are often cited as reasons it is challenged.




 

Book Cover: 'Two Boys Kissing' by David Levithan"Two Boys Kissing" by David Levithan – A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways. This book is often challenged for containing homosexuality.

 




 

For more information on the ALA's Top 10 most challenged books of 2015, visit www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks.

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APRIL 29, 2016
NLW Staff Profile: Sarah M.
Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!

Name: Sarah M.
Job title: Library Coordinator
MCPL Location: Mosinee Branch
Time Worked at MCPL: 3 years

What are some of your main job responsibilities?
I just became the library coordinator at the Mosinee Branch. Previously, I worked the circulation desk at both the Rothschild and Marathon City Branches and I also lead the Rothschild book club.

What book transformed you, your way of thinking or of viewing the world? How did it change you?
The Harry Potter series was what first really encouraged my love of reading. Not only did I fall in love with the magical world and characters J.K. Rowling created, but I loved the setting. It sparked my desire to travel and my love for the U.K. I still am always drawn to books with a setting anywhere other than the United States, especially England in particular. It inspired me to major in International Studies in college and study abroad in England, which I now think of as my true home. Eventually, my love of reading and travel led to the Marathon County Public Library, where I’m surrounded daily by books.

What is your ideal vacation? Where would you go and what would you do there?
After studying abroad in London and traveling to six other countries during my semester abroad in college, the first place I would go is back to London and then Wales to get my ‘fix of home’ before venturing on to the countries I ran out of time to see, such as Scotland and Iceland, to soak in the wonderful sights and culture they offer. I would also love to venture to Naples, Italy (among other cities) to meet the relatives I’ve never gotten a chance to meet yet. A return to Venice would definitely be on my list as well.

What motto or philosophy do you live by?
When both my grandmother and I were going through some difficult health problems at the same time, she always reminded me that everything happens for a reason, and that, in truth, it could always be worse. She taught me to look for the silver lining and be thankful for what I found.

What’s one food item you absolutely cannot resist?
Chocolate is tied neck-and-neck with ice cream, both of which I no longer can have unless I buy dairy and soy-free versions. One drawback of living abroad was that I suddenly developed food allergies while overseas, so I now always have a stack of cookbooks checked out.

How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future?
MCPL staff are all extremely dedicated to serving our community, so we are always researching ways to continue to do so in the best way possible. I believe we will always be offering programs that evolve with the future and what the community is interested in at the time.

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APRIL 29, 2016
NLW Staff Profile: Kitty R.
Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!

Name: Kitty R.
Job title: Circulation Team Lead/Library Specialist
MCPL Location: Wausau Headquarters
Time Worked at MCPL: 24 years

What are some of your main job responsibilities?
I work the main circulation desk, sort mail, receive daily newspapers and magazines and put them out for public use, lead the circulation team and help with customer problems.

What nicknames, if any, do you go by?
Kitty (my real name is Kathleen).

Describe yourself in three words.
Happy, giving, busy.

What book(s) are you currently reading?
The Introvert Entrepreneur: Amplify Your Strengths and Create Success on Your Own Terms by Beth Buelow and The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
The diversity of my work. I do so many different jobs in one.

What is your ideal vacation? Where would you go and what would you do there?
I’d travel to national parks because I love unspoiled nature. My husband and I are planning to go to Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Bryce Canyon and Zion.

What motto or philosophy do you live by?
Live well, laugh often, love much!

What are some of your pet peeves?
Nail tapping, knuckle cracking and people answering phones when we’re in the middle of a transaction.

What’s the best advice anyone has given you?
As my mama said, "If you’re going to do something, do it good."

What food item(s) you absolutely cannot resist?
Anything made with brown sugar and butter.

How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future?
I believe the library will become more hands-on, whether it is for technological or educational experiences.


 

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APRIL 28, 2016
NLW Staff Profile: Audrey K.
Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!

Name: Audrey K.
Job title: Branch Coordinator
MCPL Location: Spencer Branch
Time Worked at MCPL: Nearly 22 years
 
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
I perform normal day-to-day library business, staff scheduling and event planning.
 
Describe yourself in three words. 
Organized, friendly, easily-distracted.
 
What’s your favorite part of your job?   
Meeting people.
 
What motto or philosophy do you live by? 
Why sleep when you are alive, once you die you’ll get plenty of rest!
 
What are some of your pet peeves?
Lazy people.
 
In what way(s) have you seen MCPL positively impact or transform either a patron’s life or the community at large?  
I love helping a certain elderly lady who is nearly blind. When she first came in with her husband, she told me that she loved to read, but is unable to any more. I asked her if she ever tried the audiobooks.  She never knew that there was such a thing. She now comes in on a regular basis for me to help her pick out her audiobooks and thanks me over and over for introducing her to them.
 
What’s the best advice anyone has given you? 
99% o the things you worry about never happen.
 
What food item(s) can you absolutely not resist?
Pizza.

How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future
I think MCPL will keep transforming and revolve more around technology.  

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APRIL 28, 2016
Marathon County Public Library: In Pictures and Video
Here's a little video we here at MCPL put together to share a closer look at some of the things we do, both behind the scenes and in our public areas as well as clips and photos of programming that we provide in all our communities. We hope you enjoy it and we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!
 

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APRIL 28, 2016
NLW Staff Profile: Dan R.
Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!

Name: Dan R.
Job title: Library Specialist
MCPL Location: Wausau Headquarters
Time Worked at MCPL: 6 months
 
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
Writing and sending press releases, updating social media, organizing promotional campaigns, working the second-floor reference desk.
 
Describe yourself in three words.
Fun-loving, adventurous, creative.
 
What is your ideal vacation? Where would you go and what would you do there?
I haven’t done much traveling in my life (yet) so I would pretty much visit any place I could. Top priorities would be Hawaii, New York City, Australia, London and a complete tour of Europe. I would try to do as much sightseeing and cultural immersion as I could while in each destination.
 
In what way(s) have you seen MCPL positively impact or transform either a patron’s life or the community at large?
I’ve seen kids and their families make some great memories at the various children’s events we offer at the Wausau Headquarters and branches, especially during the Summer Library Program. You can tell that the time these kids and their family/caretakers spend together is valuable.
 
What food item(s) can you absolutely not resist?
ICEEs, cheeseburgers and doughnuts (you know, all of the important food groups).

How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future
I think MCPL will continue to diversify the materials it offers, including DVDs, CDs and video games. I also think it will continue to accommodate the public’s ever-growing reliance on technology and help patrons access the information they need both in print and online.

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APRIL 27, 2016
NLW Staff Profile: Heather B.
Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!

Name: Heather B.
Job title: Branch Assistant
MCPL Location: Rothschild Branch
Time Worked at MCPL: 2 ½ years
 
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
Leading story time, planning programs and putting together displays.
 
What book(s) are you currently reading?
I’m currently listening to the audiobook of A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin and reading Outrage by John Sandford.
 
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I like the interactions with our patrons, both children and adults.
 
What food item(s) can you absolutely not resist?
I can’t resist any food that comes with ranch or is ranch flavored. I also love any candy that is apple-flavored.
 
How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future
I feel like we will transform in any way possible to keep up to date with technology and the needs of the community members and patrons.
 

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APRIL 27, 2016
NLW Staff Profile: Taylor W.
Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!

Name: Taylor W.
Job title: Library Specialist
MCPL Location: Wausau Headquarters
Time Worked at MCPL: 3 ½ years
 
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
I work at the desk in the children’s area, lead story times, and create programs for school-aged kids.
 
What nicknames, if any, do you go by?
My family and friends call me Tay most of the time.
 
Describe yourself in three words.
Kind, friendly, caring
 
What’s your favorite part of your job?
The favorite part of my job is story time. I love working with children and their parents and creating a love of reading that will hopefully become a favorite family activity.
 
What is your ideal vacation? Where would you go and what would you do there?
My ideal vacation would be a Mediterranean cruise. I would love to travel around the Greek islands and swim on as many beaches as possible.
 
How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future?
I think MCPL will continue to transform in the future by keeping the needs of our patrons our priority. Specifically in the children’s department, we will help kids transform and evolve into lifelong learners and readers.
 

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APRIL 26, 2016
NLW Staff Profile: Ashley D.
Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!

Name: Ashley D.
Job title: Branch Coordinator
MCPL Location: Athens Branch
Time Worked at MCPL: 4 years
 
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
Some of my responsibilities include planning programs, hosting the monthly book club and scheduling staff at the Athens Branch.  
 
What book(s) are you currently reading?
The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth.
 
What motto or philosophy do you live by?
I try to treat customers the way I would want my grandparents to be treated, with kindness and patience.
 
What are some of your pet peeves?
Being interrupted and leaving wet clothes in the dryer.
 
What food item(s) can you absolutely not resist?
Pecan Pie.
 
How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future? 
In addition to being a place for individuals from local communities to gather, I think MCPL will continue to provide programs for the public and connect communities to new technologies. 
 

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APRIL 26, 2016
"Game of Thrones" Read-Alikes!

The popular HBO television series "Game of Thrones" is back for its sixth season! Based on the popular fantasy book series by author George R.R. Martin, "Game of Thrones" seems to appeal to both adult and teen readers alike. If you can’t get enough of the dragons, schemes and drama that fill Westeros in the HBO hit, check out these young adult read-a-likes recommended by the Young Adult Library Services Association!
 

Book Cover: 'An Ember in the Ashes series ' by Sabaa Tahir"An Ember in the Ashes series " by Sabaa Tahir – Laia is a Scholar, the lowest of the low, and her brother has been taken by The Masks. He is her only living family member and she will risk her life to find him. Elias is a Mask but he doesn’t want to be. Laia and Elias’ paths cross when Laia goes undercover as a slave at Elias’ military school to get information on her brother.





 

Book Cover: 'Falling Kingdoms series ' by Morgan Rhodes"Falling Kingdoms series " by Morgan Rhodes – King Gaius has a plan to take over Mytica at the expense of everyone including his son, Magus.








 

Book Cover: 'Throne of Glass series' by Sarah J. Maas "Throne of Glass series" by Sarah J. Maas – Celaena Sardothian is plucked from the salt mines prisons as The Crowned Prince’s Champion to compete to be the king’s personal assassin. Calaena must fight men three times her size, magical queens, and her own demons to become champion.






 

Book Cover: 'Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles series)' by Mary E. Pearson "Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles series)" by Mary E. Pearson – Lia, a First Daughter, is betrothed to a prince she has never met to bring peace to the kingdoms. Lia believes in love and doesn’t want to be used as a pawn so she runs. In her new life, Lia meets two charming men; however, one is the prince determined win her love and bring her back and one is an assassin who is hired to kill her.





 

Book Cover: 'Queen of the Tearling series ' by Erika Johansen"Queen of the Tearling series " by Erika Johansen – Kelsea, the daughter of dead Queen Elyssa, reemerges to claim the throne. Her uncle, the Red Queen, of the neighboring kingdom, and others will stop at nothing to kill Kelsea.







 

Book Cover: 'His Fair Assassin series' by Robin LaFavers"His Fair Assassin series" by Robin LaFavers – Ismae, Sybella, and Annith have escaped horrible circumstances to join a convent of assassin nuns to fight for St. Mortain, the God of Death.






 

Book Cover: 'Truthwitch (Witchlands series)' by Susan Dennard"Truthwitch (Witchlands series)" by Susan Dennard – Safi, a Truthwitch, and Iseult, a Threadwitch, just want to escape their lives as they know it to be free and live in peace but Safi made a big mistake and now they are on the run.







 

Book Cover: 'Seraphina series ' by Rachel Hartman"Seraphina series " by Rachel Hartman – Seraphina has a secret; she’s half draconian. When a member of the royal family is murdered by a dragon, Seraphina must keep her secret while finding the murderer even if it’s her family.







 

Book Cover: 'The Novice (Summoner series)' by Taran Mathieu"The Novice (Summoner series)" by Taran Mathieu – Fletcher, an orphan, learns he has the unique ability to summon demons. After a near attack from neighborhood teens, Fletcher goes to an elite school to train but he soon finds out that he must compete with noble’s kids who will stop at nothing to be the best.








 

Book Cover: 'The Mark of the Thief series' by Jennifer Neilsen"The Mark of the Thief series" by Jennifer Neilsen – Nic is a slave in Ancient Rome and on a mission to raid Julius Caesar’s tomb, he finds Caeser’s bulla. After he puts the bulla around his neck, he gains world ending powers that are coveted by the good and the bad.








 

Book Cover: 'Midnight Thief series' by Livia Blackburne"Midnight Thief series" by Livia Blackburne – Kyra is an orphan and a fast climber and she survives by her whits. Once day, she is summed by the Assassin’s Guild to become an assassin but she realizes that this might be a mistake.







 

Book Cover: 'A Court of Thorns and Roses ' by Sarah J. Maas"A Court of Thorns and Roses " by Sarah J. Maas – After killing a wolf, Feyra’s punishment is to live in a giant mansion. She soon discovers that her captor isn’t an animal but an honorable fey.







 

Book Cover: 'Winner’s Curse (Winner's Trilogy)' by Marie Rutkoski"Winner’s Curse (Winner's Trilogy)" by Marie Rutkoski – Kestral is a Valorian and the General’s daughter. Arin is a Herrani slave who is purchased by Kestral. Kestral has the gift of seeing lies but can she see Arin’s lies?







 

Book Cover: 'The Red Queen series' by Victoria Aveyard "The Red Queen series" by Victoria Aveyard – Mare Barrow is a Red-a lowly, uneducated, slave with disgusting red blood. The Silvers are like gods because they have powers and their veins run with silver blood. Mare doesn’t want to be drafted but she has no choice until a stranger changes her life. She soon finds herself betrothed to a Silver prince and forced to maintain the oppression of the Reds.






 

Book Cover: 'Snow Like Ashes series' by Sara Raasch"Snow Like Ashes series" by Sara Raasch – The Kingdom of Winter has been overturned and stripped of their magic. The eight survivors go on a quest to retake their kingdom and their magic.







 

Book Cover: 'The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy)' by Jennifer Neilsen "The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy)" by Jennifer Neilsen – The royal family has been murdered and their confidant, Connor, goes on a mission to find their missing eldest son to take the throne. The crowned prince, however, is lost and Connor finds orphans to train to impersonate the prince.






 

Book Cover: 'Assassin's Heart' by Sarah Ahiers"Assassin's Heart" by Sarah Ahiers – Lea is a hired assassin and a devout follower of Safraella, the goddess of death and resurrection. Lea’s relationship with a member of a feuding family causes strife and Lea finds herself fighting to survive.







 

Book Cover: 'The Witch Hunter series' by Virginia Boecker"The Witch Hunter series" by Virginia Boecker – Elizabeth is a witch hunter and when she is accused of witchcraft; she becomes the hunted.








 

Book Cover: 'Graceling (Graceling Realm)' by Kristin Cashmore "Graceling (Graceling Realm)" by Kristin Cashmore – Katsa is a graceling-someone who can kill with one touch. She’s the king, her uncle’s, personal assassin but when she meets Po she discovers new things about herself.







 

Book Cover: 'The Orphan Queen series' by Jodi Meadows"The Orphan Queen series" by Jodi Meadows – Wilhelmina was a princess until her parents and her country was destroyed by the King. Now orphaned, Wil and has been tasked to spy on the royal family and if their cover is blown, it could mean death.








 

Book Cover: 'Darker Shade of Magic ' by VE Schwab"Darker Shade of Magic " by VE Schwab – Kel can walk through worlds and he uses this special ability to smuggle and trade antiques. When his smuggling almost kills him, Delilah comes to his rescue.

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APRIL 26, 2016
NLW Staff Profile: Rachel H.
Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!

Name: Rachel H.
Job title: Adult Services Librarian
MCPL Location: Wausau Headquarters
Time Worked at MCPL: 1 ½ years
 
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
I work at the reference desk, serve as the coordinator for print and digital subscriptions, teach computer classes, plan programs (on occasion) and proctor exams.
 
What book(s) are you currently reading?
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs, Stars Above by Marissa Meyer and Baltimore Noir by Laura Lippman.
 
What book transformed you, your way of thinking or of viewing the world? How did it change you?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I think we all could do a better job of considering the points of view of others, just as Atticus advised Scout to try, and inhabit the body of another person and walk around in it.
 
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Connecting a patron to a book that may become a new favorite.
 
What food item(s) you absolutely cannot resist?
While I can exercise self-control, I am very fond of all things chocolate.

How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future?
I think MCPL will adapt to technological changes in order to provide the community with the information they need.
 

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APRIL 25, 2016
NLW Staff Profile: Deb G.
Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!

Name: Deb G.
Job title: Branch Coordinator
MCPL Location: Edgar Branch
Time Worked at MCPL: 30 years
 
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
Planning programs, leading the Edgar Book Club, doing story time and other daily tasks.

Describe yourself in three words.
Friendly, informative, helpful.
 
What book(s) are you currently reading?
Room by Emma Donoghue.
 
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Helping patrons find what they need.
 
What is your ideal vacation? Where would you go and what would you do there?
I’d visit England with someone who knows the country and go to all of the out-of-the-way places.

How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future
I think that MCPL will continue to be a community-enriching place for young and old alike, offering programs, information and books in various formats.
 

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APRIL 25, 2016
NLW Staff Profile: Jeff P.
Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!

Name: Jeff P.
Job title: Library Specialist
MCPL Location: Wausau Headquarters
Time Worked at MCPL: 9 years
 
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
I work mainly as a passport agent and doing main circulation desk support.
 
Describe yourself in three words.
Charismatic, resilient, insouciant.
 
What is your ideal vacation? Where would you go and what would you do there?
Chapwani Island, Tanzania. I would do absolutely nothing but sit on the beach.
 
What are some of your pet peeves?
When someone calls to ask for a phone number and I start to give them the number and they say “Hold on, I need to find a pencil to write it down.” Also, slow drivers and people who are never on-time.

What food item(s) can you absolutely not resist?
Gyros.

How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future?
Libraries will always be a place to get your favorite books or gather information, but I think the future of the library will focus on digital literacy and ever-changing technology such as 3D printers, computer programming and DIY projects.
 

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APRIL 22, 2016
NLW Staff Profile: Wendy D.
Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!

Name: Wendy D.
Job title: Branch Assistant
MCPL Location: Spencer Branch
Time Worked at MCPL: 1 year

What are some of your main job responsibilities?
Performing regular day-to-day library duties, shelving books and leading story time
 
Describe yourself in three words.                   
Friendly, time, dedicated.
 
What book(s) are you currently reading?                   
Blood Magick by Nora Roberts.
 
What’s your favorite part of your job?                  
Working with children. 
 
What is your ideal vacation? Where would you go and what would you do there?          
I’d like to go fishing in Alaska.
 
How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future?
We will continue to incorporate and cater to more technology.

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APRIL 22, 2016
NLW Staff Profile: Johanna N.
Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!

Name: Johanna N.
Job title: Library Specialist
MCPL Location: Wausau Headquarters
Time Worked at MCPL: 2 ½ years
 
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
Working in the children’s department, which entails keeping displays current, answering questions posed by parents and kiddos, weeding, helping out with special projects/events, and ensuring everyone has a great experience while visiting MCPL.
 
What nicknames, if any, do you go by?
Jo, Jojo Bean, Beaners and Jo Birdie.
 
Describe yourself in three words.
Cats, birds, hiking.
 
What book(s) are you currently reading?
I am currently reading text books, as I am in grad school. I also am rereading A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. It’s one of my favorite books.
 
What book transformed you, your way of thinking or of viewing the world? How did it change you? The book that transformed me was The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. It brought up the issue of reality versus memory and how as time passes, we start to forget things, our memory fills in the gaps and creates an entirely different version of what might have happened. Also, Lao Tzu and Taoism. What a wonderful philosopher who, even in this day and age, can help us put a perspective on life/stress/conflict.
 
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Whenever I am able to help a kiddo hunt down a book or help them discover new books, it is priceless. The look on their face makes my job worth doing!
 
What is your ideal vacation? Where would you go and what would you do there?
I would go back to Ireland. I studied abroad in London and was able to visit several additional countries. When I visited Ireland I enjoyed Cork (I even kissed the Blarney Stone!) but was not able to visit Dublin or the Cliffs of Moher. Iceland is another country topping my list of places to visit.
 
What’s the best advice anyone has given you?
Stay true to yourself and never take for granted those that love you and stand by you.
 
What food item(s) you absolutely cannot resist?
Saltine crackers, peanuts, provolone cheese and any parmesan cheese produced by Sartori. Cheese is my weakness!

How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future?
I think that we will continue to embrace the digital era through updating our computers, technology, and expertise. We are here to serve our patrons, so I also feel we will listen to patron feedback in terms of what they expect from us and act accordingly.
 

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APRIL 21, 2016
Summer Library Program starts May 31!
This year’s summer theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set... Read!” and combines fitness and health with our usual focus on reading and discovery!

Summer Reading Club is an important part of our summer program, and we have great activities planned for children of all ages, plus teens and adults! Register at your local MCPL or online starting May 31 to receive a log to track your summer reading, healthful activities and other challenges. Your completed log may be returned to the library by August 27 for a reward!

We have a full slate of events scheduled, including performers like children’s musician Tom Pease, magician Jim Mitchell, clowns Miller & Mike, juggler Dan Kirk, instrumentalist Bill Kehl, the Soda Pups and others! We also have a variety of craft projects, building activities, science experiments and informational presentations planned for all ages. For a complete schedule of summer events, visit www.mcpl.us/slp.

(from the MCPL Newsletter)

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APRIL 21, 2016
NLW Staff Profile: Michelle K.
Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!

Name: Michelle K.
Job title: Library Assistant
MCPL Location: Wausau Headquarters
Time Worked at MCPL: Over 20 years
 
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
I pack and unpack materials to and from other locations, work the desk at the drive-thru and pull materials for requests from other libraries
 
What book transformed you, your way of thinking or of viewing the world? How did it change you? The Bible. I strive to live a Christ-centered life.
 
What’s your favorite part of your job? 
Working for the public.
 
What is your ideal vacation? Where would you go and what would you do there?  
I’d like to go on a Disney cruise sailing to Australia
 
What’s the best advice anyone has given you?
Find a job that you love. That’s why I work at the library!
 
What’s one food item you absolutely cannot resist?
Nutty Persian roll – that was my birthday cake this year!

How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future?
We will continue to keep up with technology as long as we can keep it free for the public.

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APRIL 21, 2016
NLW Staff Profile: David G.
Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!

Name: David G.
Job title: Branch Assistant
MCPL Location: Rothschild and Mosinee Branches
Time Worked at MCPL: Almost 3 years
 
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
Providing customer service to patrons, doing story time at the Mosinee Branch, checking books in and out, shelving, preparing and receiving books in transit and anything else that needs to be done!
 
What book(s) are you currently reading? 
The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts.
 
What book transformed you, your way of thinking or of viewing the world? How did it change you?
A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. It helped me recognize the path to peace through mindfulness, and a goal to achieve awareness.
 
What’s your favorite part of your job? 
Doing story time! We have a fun time at Mosinee reading, singing and moving together! Having Play and Learn after story time makes for a fun experience for all.
 
What is your ideal vacation? Where would you go and what would you do there?
I’d like to go to Italy or Greece, find a small village and rent a house that overlooks the ocean. Then go touring from there.
 
What motto or philosophy do you live by?
Probably the most consistent is “Moderation in all things is the key to good health.” In addition, “suffering is created by arguing with what is, so accept the moment.”
 
What’s the best advice anyone has given you?
“CAN’T” means “I Can with Another Try!”

How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future
As technology increases and is more available to the general public, MCPL will assist in the public’s ability to utilize and enjoy both older materials (ie. books) as well as embrace newer forms of entertainment and learning.
 

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APRIL 20, 2016
NLW Staff Profile: Marsha Y.
Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!

Name: Marsha Y.
Job title: Branch Coordinator
MCPL Location: Hatley
Time Worked at MCPL: 3 years
 
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
I am responsible for the overall administration of the Hatley Branch Library in accordance with MCPL policies, procedures and mission. I and the staff assistants perform any and all tasks that may be necessary for the branch to provide quality resources and services for patrons. I act as liaison for patrons, MCPL and the wider community. 
 
Describe yourself in three words.
Curious, helpful and empathetic.
 
What book(s) are you currently reading?
After studying literature as an undergrad, I am now mostly a reader of non-fiction. I just finished linguist Deborah Tannen’s book on communication You Just Don’t Understand, which explores how differing communication styles often results in conflict. Also, I’m reading M. Levine’s Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America, which explores the philosophy and philosophers of utopian societies and the way they differ with the values and ideals of America. 
 
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love the “atmosphere” of the library and always have. I love books, information and learning. I also enjoy the interaction with and helping meet patron needs. In this position, you are able to get to know your customers in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 
 
What is your ideal vacation? Where would you go and what would you do there?
I love to travel learning about the history, art, culture and people of different places. My first international trip was a semester studying at the University of London. I identify Great Britain (besides the USA) as my soul land, a place that is comfortable, exiting and interesting each time I visit.
 
What are some of your pet peeves?
When tools break or don’t work, since I am “repair challenged” and this interferes with my plans. Losing, more specifically misplacing things, is also aggravating until I locate the object.
 
In what way(s) have you seen MCPL positively impact or transform either a patron’s life or the community at large?
Knowledge, education and learning are powerful and enjoyable all at the same time. MCPL provides open access to the world and free to anyone who wants to explore. 
 
What’s one food item you absolutely cannot resist?
A great burger with everything on it!
 
How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future?
I believe that MCPL will continue to grow and develop in all areas which will be necessary to provide quality resources, assistance, and service to our patrons. MCPL works diligently to be a responsive and relevant resource for all those it serves.

 

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APRIL 20, 2016
NLW Staff Profile: Karen S.
Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!

Name: Karen S.
Job title: Page Team Leader
MCPL Location: Wausau Headquarters
Time Worked at MCPL: 6 years
 
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
Checking-in books from branch libraries, V-Cat libraries and here at Wausau Headquarters, as well as scheduling assignments for the page team, who pull and re-shelve books. I also pull books from MCPL’s collection to fill hold requests for patrons.
 
Describe yourself in three words.
Responsible, hardworking, respectful.
 
What book(s) are you currently reading?
Spark Joy and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, both by Marie Kondo.
 
What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my work is ensuring that the residents of Marathon County have the most reliable access to the library resources, which add value to their lives and the community.
 
What’s the best advice anyone has given you? 
Through a quote by Maya Angelou, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
 
How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future?
I think MCPL will continue to be proactive in assessing and in meeting the needs of the community.
 

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APRIL 19, 2016
NLW Staff Profile: Deb F.
Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!

Name: Deb F.
Job title: Library Assistant
MCPL Location: Wausau Headquarters
Time Worked at MCPL: 31 years
 
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
Working the main circulation desk, putting together displays and doing reports.
 
What book(s) are you currently reading?                   
Little Big Lies by Liane Moriarty.
 
What’s your favorite part of your job?  
Interacting with the people I work with and with the people that come into the library. 
 
What motto or philosophy do you live by?
“Go with the flow until you have to lead the way.”
 
What food item(s) can you absolutely not resist?
Ice cream.

How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future
I think we will provide the people of Marathon County every opportunity to advance in the technical aspect as well as the reading aspect, with the newest of the new.
 

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