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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



  • 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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Categories: e-booksOverDriveAudiobooks


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

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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SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
Wisconsin Science Festival: Curiosity Unleashed
The Wisconsin Science Festival is a statewide celebration of science focused on curiosity, creativity and community. Based in Madison, but spread out across the state, a variety of interactive science programs will be offered October 16-19, 2014. Visit their website for a full listing of state-wide events.

Here at Marathon County Public Library, we will be hosting two events at MCPL-Wausau in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival. Children in grades K-5 can join us for Grossology on October 16 from 6:30-7:30pm. School-aged children will learn about all of the gross things the human body does with demonstrations and experiments. Then, on Saturday October 18, Colossal Fossils, a Wisconsin non-profit, will bring fossils for children of all ages to explore. Unleash your curiosity this October and join us at Marathon County Public Library, or any of the statewide events put on in celebration of science.

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
September 18th is Read an eBook Day!
Join OverDrive’s national celebration by checking out an eBook from the library, sharing your reading stories, or simply reading your favorite eBook. Read an eBook Day is a celebration of modern storytelling.

Want to win a tablet? Share your eReading experience in the comments on OverDrive's Read an eBook Day page, or share on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #eBookDay to enter the contest.

New to OverDrive and the world of eBooks? Overdrive has some great getting started guides and information for those new to OverDrive.

Visit our Wausau location, call us (715-261-7230), or email with your OverDrive questions. We're here to help you!

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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month
This September, libraries all across the country are reminding parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply, whether you are a child or an adult returning to school after a long absence.

Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee is the face of the 2014-2015 national campaign, which includes a social media giveaway of a comic book prize package. Share why you value your library card by using the hashtag #LibraryCardSignUp on Facebook or Twitter, or add a picture to the “My Library Card” Flickr group. The contest ends on September 23.

Did you know that if you are over the age of 18, you can apply for a MCPL library card online? We also have paper applications available at all MCPL locations.

Tell us why you value your library card by commenting below. 

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AUGUST 1, 2014
Pick the next Overdrive Big Read book!
Help select the next book for October's Big Library Read! In June, Overdrive's global e-book club read "A Pedigree to Die For" by Laurien Berenson. During the Big Library Read, Overdrive offers simultaneous use for a title during the program timeframe, 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.

October's genre is Young Adult, and there are several selections that you can vote for through Friday, August 8. There is no limit on how many times you can vote.

Submit your pick here, and get ready for the next Big Read!


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JULY 30, 2014
Antiques Appraisal Program...Coming Soon!
On Sunday September 28th, the Marathon County Public Library will be once again hosting WHAT IT'S WORTH; THE ANTIQUES APPRAISAL PROGRAM!

Antiques expert Mark Moran will be on hand to evaluate and appraise such items as toys, clocks, costume jewelry, artwork, vintage photographs and glassware.

Mark will be available from 1:30 to 4:00 pm. The cost is $10.00 per item. That fee entitles the person to a four-minute consultation. Each additional item is $10.00 and, in turn, another four-minute consult.

Registration is REQUIRED. Call (715) 261-7230 to register or for further information.

If you don't have an item, please come and and sit in on the fun. Spectators are always welcome. See you there!

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JULY 28, 2014
Curious about writing or self-publishing?
Do you have a few chapters of your first attempt at a novel on your flashdrive or buried in a shoebox in your closet? With the demands of work, family, or school, it might seem impossible to start writing, not to mention finish writing a novel. However, authors Kourtney Heintz and B.C. Kowalski proved that it can be done, and they will share their experiences with you during these special events at the Marathon County Public Library.

This Thursday, Kourtney Heintz will host a productive part-time writer workshop at MCPL Wausau at 6:30 p.m. Heintz wrote two novels while working full-time, and she will share her tips for setting deadlines and managing the distractions of real life.

You may have heard of authors self-publishing their work, but might wonder exactly what that process entails and if it is right for you. Stevens Point-based author B.C. Kowalski will share his self-publishing experiences and read excerpts from his first science fiction novel,“Robot Awareness," at MCPL Wausau on August 9th at 2:00 p.m. 

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

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JULY 24, 2014
Reference services
As summer winds down and your thoughts turn to more studious matters (whether you’re going back to school or starting a new project), don’t forget the library offers these useful resources!

Online databases

Your library card gives you online access to product reviews and comparisons from Consumer Reports, stock reports from Value Line, foreign language learning tools from Mango Languages, repair manuals from the Auto Repair Reference Center, and many other helpful research databases. Visit any of our locations and use one of our public computers or connect to our free Wi-Fi to access these databases at You can also access most of these databases from home.

Genealogy resources

Research your family history using Ancestry: Library Edition and our microfilm collection. Accessible only while you are in the library, Ancestry: Library Edition is a special version of, a popular subscription-based site which offers access to a large collection of resources about family histories. The Wausau headquarters also offers access to the microfilm records of The Wausau Daily Herald (and the four papers that preceded the Herald) for those looking for obituaries or other articles about their ancestors.

Study rooms and internet access

The library’s Wausau headquarters and Marathon City branch have study rooms available for nonprofit or educational purposes free of charge. Visit the library or call us with questions about study room availability. All of our locations offer free Wi-Fi and public computer access.

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul.-Sept., 2014)

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JULY 24, 2014
Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead!
Beginning this fall, together with our usual literacy offerings, we are incorporating more S.T.E.A.M. into our children’s programs!

What’s S.T.E.A.M.?  It is an approach to education that focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics by providing kids with lots of hands-on activities and experiments. Each program will be designed to engage the imagination and stimulate the curiosity of our future computer programmers, scientists, mathematicians, artists and engineers.

S.T.E.A.M. Exploration Stations are planned for preschool children (ages 3-5) at 10:30am on the second Wednesday and the following Saturday of each month at our Wausau headquarters. Occasionally, other Preschool Story Times will feature S.T.E.A.M experiments and activities, too.

Additionally, monthly S.T.E.A.M. programs are being planned for school-age children (grades K-5), including events for tweens (grades 3-5) specifically.

We are following national recommendations by expanding our educational opportunities for children and providing additional activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.  These free programs are intended to be fun, engaging and beneficial for your children as they grow into successful teens and adults.

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul.-Sept., 2014)

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JULY 23, 2014
Make music with your child
Music has many benefits to children of all ages; it gives children an outlet for expression, it breaks down language so children hear the smaller sounds in words (also known as phonological awareness), and music stimulates brain development in specific areas including language and reasoning. So, what can you do so your child gets the most out of music? Encourage your child to make his or her own music with household items. Play music in your home and encourage your child to sing and dance. And, even if you have a terrible singing voice, sing to your child! Your child will not care what your voice sounds like, just be enthusiastic and expressive. Sing nursery rhymes, make up songs that rhyme together, and even sing books. Check out the booklists below for books that can be sung to children and a list of highly recommended children’s music CDS.

Books to Sing
The Seals on the Bus-Lenny Hort
Old McDonald Had a Farm-Jane Cabrera
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed-Eileen Christelow
My Very First Mother Goose-Iona Opie
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star-Jane Cabrera
The Itsy Bitsy Spider-Iza Trapani
Recommended CDs
The Best of The Laurie Berkner Band
Toddler Favorites Too!
Baby Beluga by Raffi
Precious Baby
Songs for Wiggleworms

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