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APRIL 7, 2014
Potty Training Booklist
Are you trying to tackle the task of potty training your child? Check out the titles below to share with your child. The Family Resource Center is also available to answer questions and provide support while potty training. 

No More Diapers for Ducky 
On Your Potty, Little Rabbit
Caillou: No More Diapers
Calliou: Potty Time
Dinosaur vs. the Potty
Have You Seen My Potty?
Ian's New Potty
My Big Girl Potty
The Prince and the Potty
My Potty Book for Boys
Pete's Potty
Potty
Duck Goes Potty
A Potty for Me!
Tinkle, Tinkle, Little Tot: The Toilet Training Songbook
You Can Go to the Potty
Your New Potty
Once Upon a Potty: Boy
Once Upon a Potty: Girl

 

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APRIL 4, 2014
Four libraries increase summer hours
Responding to patron demand and other factors, the Marathon County Public Library Board of Trustees recently increased operating hours at four MCPL locations.
The Board in March approved additional weekend hours at the Wausau Headquarters and Hatley, Marathon and Rothschild branches. The changes mean the locations’ winter hours are now in effect year-round, and include:
 
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed Sunday at the three branches (previously closed all weekend).
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Wausau Headquarters (previously open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday).
  • An increase from four hours to 20 hours of operation at MCPL locations on weekends.
The additional hours stems, in part, from a 2013 survey and coincided with a desire by the Board of Trustees for a consistent, convenient schedule, rather than separate winter and summer hours.
“One very important theme that was consistently mentioned (in the survey) was that you wanted us to offer more weekend hours during the summer months,” Library Director Ralph Illick said. “We heard you! Thank you for letting us know how we could make your library experience better.”
Increasing operating hours is also a low-cost option to provide additional patron service; operational costs will increase slightly compared to past summer hours, but schedule adjustments will allow for no increase in staff costs.

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MARCH 25, 2014
Celebrate National Library Week!
National Library Week (NLW) is upon us, and it’s more than a chance to celebrate all that your library means to you (although we are grateful for your appreciation).

This year’s NLW theme is “Lives Change @ Your Library,” and we’ve scheduled a number of events through the week, which runs April 13 to April 19. From something as simple as obtaining a passport to hearing about environmentally friendly travel to Randy Peterson’s “Big Dreams Begin with Books,” we have programs that could change your life. We know that’s a bold statement, but part of our mission is to provide materials, programming and assistance that make a big difference in the lives of our patrons and in our communities.

Maybe we’ve already helped change your life in some positive way, and we can’t guarantee we’ll do so in the future. But National Library Week is a time for all of us to celebrate the importance of libraries across the country.

National Library Week events:
  • Big Dreams Begin with Books! / Sun., 4/13, 1:30pm @ MCPL Wausau -- A family event featuring children’s musician and storyteller Randy Peterson!
     
  • Passport Event / Mon., 4/14, 3pm @ MCPL Edgar -- Apply for your U.S. passport! Details: 715-261-7200.
     
  • A Guide To Green Travel / Tue., 4/15, 6:30pm @ MCPL Wausau -- Travel writer Mary Bergin will share some eco-tourism hotspots and tips.
     
  • Teen Literature Day / Thu., 4/17, 6pm @ MCPL Wausau -- Teens can discover great books that have been made into movies and watch one such movie on the library's third floor! (Rated PG-13 | 124 min.) We can't advertise the movie's title online, but it is based on a popular young adult novel by Kami Garcia. (film details) (request the DVD) (request the book)
     
  • No Yelling! / Thu., 4/17, 6:30pm @ MCPL Wausau -- Discover ways to communicate with and discipline your children without yelling.
     
  • Multicultural Story Time / Sat., 4/19, 10:30am @ MCPL Wausau -- Families are invited to experience stories, songs and crafts from other cultures!
www.mcpl.us/nlw

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MARCH 25, 2014
Beyond the printed page
Although 2014 is well underway, we’d like to not only take a brief look back at 2013, but also put the past in the context of our future here at the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL).

We’re happy to say that more than 3,000 new people became registered patrons of our libraries in 2013. We welcome all of you, and we want you to know that we’ll do whatever we can to make your library experience as positive and fulfilling as possible.

Nearly every day, we help patrons use Wisconsin’s Digital Library (aka OverDrive) for electronic books and audiobooks. We’ve fully embraced the electronic format of reading material, and more than 10,000 titles were added to this catalog in 2013. Supply has followed demand: MCPL patrons’ use of e-books and e-audiobooks more than doubled last year to about 50,000 checkouts.

Have we abandoned the printed page? Absolutely not. At nearly quarter of a million, the number of print books in the MCPL system is still far larger than our online collections – and does not include the hundreds of thousands more print books available from other libraries in our V-Cat lending network.

To meet the myriad needs of our patrons, we provide access to online resources that not only incorporate books, but also research material, foreign language lessons, job training and even home and vehicle repair. Many people are surprised at the extent of our online resources, and if you are not familiar, we’ll give you a virtual tour.

At our Wausau headquarters, we celebrate our communities and state with a large collection of Wisconsin-specific material, and recognize our diversity with collections dedicated to Hmong and Spanish language – the extent of which also surprises some people.

All of this comes down to our efforts to meet your needs, whether they be educational or entertainment. As always, please share your thoughts with us if we can better serve you.

www.mcpl.us/about

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MARCH 3, 2014
March Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to Jessica Timler, Marathon County Public Library’s March Volunteer of the Month! Jessica volunteers at the Hatley branch where she enjoys working with kids during the Summer Library Program and helps staff with other duties such as straightening shelves. Jessica has been volunteering for about a year and always has an upbeat attitude and is willing to accept any task that needs to be completed.

Thank you, Jessica, for all of your hard work and commitment to Marathon County Public Library!

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FEBRUARY 24, 2014
Sign Up for an Affordable Care Act Healthcare Plan!
March 31st is the deadline for signing up for an A.C.A. healthcare plan. Bridge Clinic staff will be offering sign-up assistance at the Marathon County Public Library, 300 N. 1st Street, next week March 3-7 from 9:00 to 5:00. Call 715-261-2141 to schedule an appointment. {{2014-03-07}}

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FEBRUARY 19, 2014
LIFE in Marathon County Report Available!
All Marathon County Public Library locations now have copies available of the latest LOCAL INDICATORS FOR EXCELLENCE (LIFE) IN MARATHON COUNTY Report. As with previous editions, this 9th edition provides information and statistics on community strengths as well as identifying challenges and opportunities facing the community. The goal of the LIFE Report is community improvement.  The LIFE Report serves as a call to action for everyone in Marathon County.

Request a copy of the LIFE Report via the Library Catalog (V-Cat).
View a summary of the report here.

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FEBRUARY 17, 2014
Show Your Child Affection, Especially While Reading
Make an extra effort to show affection to your child, especially while reading. Kids need a nurturing, healthy relationship to prosper academically. When your child feels loved, he or she is more willing to learn, listen, and grow and will therefore do better in school! Visit http://www.raisegreatkids.org/physical-affection-tips-every-parent-and-caregiver-needs-know for more information.

Reading is a great way to show your child affection. Have your child sit on your lap while you read, read and snuggle before bedtime together or, if your child is a baby or toddler, attend a lap-sit story time. All of these activities promote parent-child bonding and early literacy.

Check out these picture books about affection that you can share with your child:
1, 2, I Love You by Alice Schertle
Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug by JD Lester
Do You Love Me? by Joost Elffers
Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug by Susan Musgrave
I Love You, Little One by Nancy Tafuri
Count My Kisses, Little One by Ruthie May and Tamsin Ainslie
I’ll Always Love You by Peaony Lewis
I Love You All Year Long by Steve Metzger
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Hug by Jez Alborough
 

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FEBRUARY 10, 2014
Get Out Your Fishing Gear and Waders for Saturday's Flyfishing Program!
Wading through a Wisconsin stream in springtime, fly-fishing for trout is one of the most challenging yet blissful of all outdoor activities. The air is fresh and clean, the water cold to the touch and the graceful trout elusive and wily. The all-encompassing quiet is broken only by the burbling brook and occasional birdcall.

Join us on Saturday February 15th as author Kevin Searock presents a fascinating, insightful guided tour "celebrating the art of fly-fishing and the sublime beauty of a day in a trout stream." Searock will also be autographing copies of his TROUTSMITH book. Time: 1:00; Location: 3rd Floor Wausau Room.

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FEBRUARY 3, 2014
February Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to Janice Berry, Marathon County Public Library’s February Volunteer of the Month!

Janice volunteers at the Mosinee branch where she is a great help to staff. She is a retired professor of nursing and has three children and six grandchildren. Besides volunteering, Janice enjoys gardening, reading, and sewing.

Thank you, Janice, for all of your hard work and dedication to Marathon County Public Library.
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JANUARY 28, 2014
Tax Forms Update!
To all those taxpayers wondering if the IRS stagecoach bearing the 1040/1040A/1040EZ booklets has arrived at the Marathon County Public Library, the answer, unfortunately, is: NO.

The IRS has informed MCPL that the three booklets will not be shipped until mid-February. The IRS originally promised the booklets would be available in mid-January. They gave no explanation for the delay.

However, the booklets can be ordered from the IRS or downloaded on home computers at the irs.gov website.

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JANUARY 24, 2014
2014 Early Literacy Calendar

Helping your child get ready to read is easy! Just do one fun activity from this calendar each day. Plus, sign up for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Ask your children's librarian for more tips and ideas to promote pre-reading skills in your child.

http://wla.wisconsinlibraries.org/images/yss/2014_Early_Literacy_Calendar.pdf

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JANUARY 23, 2014
50 years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play!
Fifty years ago, four cheeky, talented, mop-topped English musicians landed in New York City and the world changed forever. In short order, the Beatles conquered the hearts and minds of many young Americans and Beatlemania swept the country and the world.

On Tuesday February 4, Marathon County Public Library will be celebrating Beatlemania as Lawrence University music instructor Carl Rath presents BEATLES INVASION, a program that charts the early days of the Beatles and their historic journey to America. The program starts at 6:30 and will be held in the Wausau Room (3rd floor) of the library's Wausau Headquarters.

All are welcome. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

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JANUARY 20, 2014
Parenting series

Starting in February, several Marathon County Public Library locations will host programs aimed at promoting positive parenting skills, Internet safety and encouraging quality family time.

Our MCPL Parenting Series begins with a presentation by Aaron Ruff of the Marathon County Health Department about The Real Happy Hour, a multi-agency effort to share resources and ideas that promote and encourage families to spend quality time together.

Other programs cover safety, both online and at home. The “Raising Safe Kids” program, held at both the Rothschild and Wausau MCPL locations and presented by staff from Marathon County Social Services, covers personal and traffic safety, and tips on how to stay safe when home alone. Angela Diener of the Boys & Girls Club of Wausau will present “NetSmartz for Tweens” at our Wausau and Stratford locations, which covers cyberbullying, safe use of emails and instant messaging, identity theft and other online security topics.

Becky Mroczenski of the Marathon County Health Department will lead a presentation on childhood vaccines in March, and in April, Linda Salzman from the Family Resource Center will share ways to communicate with and discipline children without yelling.

Call 715-261-7220 for more information, or watch www.mcpl.us/events for updates.

www.mcpl.us/events

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jan. - Mar., 2014)

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JANUARY 20, 2014
Is this your lucky day?

Patrons of the Marathon County Public Library's Wausau Headquarters — and soon patrons at other MCPL locations — have a chance to get lucky and check out hotly anticipated new releases of books, music and movies — with no waiting list!

MCPL Wausau recently started a "Lucky Day" shelf on which we put one or more copies of popular new releases. These are items that can't be reserved; once they are on the shelf, they are up for grabs.

Are you one of the hundreds who request James Patterson’s or Janet Evanovich’s newest novels? Keep an eye on the first-come, first-served Lucky Day shelf, and you may not have to wait. And, with some patrons finding that lucky copy, the wait for other patrons on a book or DVD request list should be reduced.

Call 715-261-7200 for more information.

www.mcpl.us/lucky-day

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jan. - Mar., 2014)

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JANUARY 20, 2014
Director’s notes

We’ve had a very busy year here at the library, and it has been a pleasure for all of us at MCPL to serve the community. As we move into 2014, I want to wish everyone a happy and safe winter season with friends and family. I would like to personally thank all of those who work here, as well as the countless volunteers, members of the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library, and the MCPL Foundation for their tireless efforts to make this library such a wonderful asset to Marathon County.

This fall we asked you to help us to better serve you by answering a survey about the services we provide. Those responses have given us great input for furthering our mission to connect people with information, ideas, and one another. In the coming months I want to encourage all of our library patrons to talk with the staff members who serve you about what you hope to see from your library in the future. We have the opportunity to make improvements to each facility, and we are committed to making this library one that we can all cherish and enjoy for years to come. Please stop by one of our branches or the main library in Wausau soon to let us know what’s on your mind. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jan. - Mar., 2014)

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JANUARY 6, 2014
January Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to Tyler Schluender, Marathon County Public Library's January Volunteer of the Month!

Tyler volunteers at the Rothschild branch where he helps staff with various projects. He is in three times a week for three to four hours and always has a positive attitude. According to staff, Tyler is a vital help at Rothschild.

Thank you, Tyler, for all your hard work and dedication to Marathon County Public Library.
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DECEMBER 12, 2013
'Tis the season for Consumer Reports!
This time of year, we see a lot of people coming to the library to browse Consumer Reports magazines and Buying Guides in order to make informed purchases for holiday gift giving. But did you know you can browse digital versions of Consumer Reports from home, for free, using your library card?

Here's how:
  1. From the main menu at www.mcpl.us, select "Research" and choose"Online Resources." Or just go to www.mcpl.us/research/online.
     
  2. Find "Consumer Reports" in the "Library Resources A-Z" list.
     
  3. If prompted, log in using your 14-digit library card barcode number and your four-digit PIN.
     
  4. You will see an EBSCOhost search form. Add a few words to describe what you are looking for (e.g. "televisions," "vacuums," etc.) and select "Search."
     
  5. You will get a list of article summaries. Select the "PDF full text" to view a complete digital version of the Consumer Reports article in question.
(Optional.) You can filter your search by date, subject and publication using the options on the left of the search results screen. You can also download, print or email the articles from the toolbar that displays after you select "PDF full text."

If you have any questions or would like assistance with this sort of research, just contact us

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DECEMBER 11, 2013
Holiday Story Time Break
Due to the holiday season, all MCPL locations will be taking a break from all regularly scheduled story times. The Edgar branch will start this break the week of December 16, and all other MCPL locations will break December 22, 2013-January 4, 2014. All regularly scheduled story times will resume the week of January 6, 2014.

Even though there are no story times, there are still plenty of things to do at the library! You can do puzzles, play games, read books, and check out book bundles to put on your own story time at home. Book bundles come with a set of themed books and an early literacy sheet with suggested songs, fingerplays, and activities to get your child ready to read.

Happy holidays and we will see you story timers in 2014!

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DECEMBER 11, 2013
Antiques Appraisal Program is Coming to Town!
The Antiques Appraisal program has proven to be wildly popular with Marathon County Public Library customers. The program hosted by the Headquarters Library in the fall of 2013 was so successful that MCPL is bringing antiques expert Mark Moran back for another round of appraisals in the new year.

On Saturday January 11th from 10:00am-4:00pm, Mark Moran will be available to evaluate items brought in by the public. The fee for appraisal is $10.00 per item which entitles the person to a four-minute consultation.

Registration, as always, is required.

Call 261-7234 to save your spots or for more information. 
 
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DECEMBER 11, 2013
Find History Day help at MCPL
Need help finding resources for your National History Day project? 

The Marathon County Public Library Reference Desk staff at MCPL Wausau are always ready to help you with your research. Contact the MCPL Wausau Reference Desk at 715-261-7230 to make an appointment with one of our reference desk staff for personalized help and recommended resources for your topic. Appointments are recommended, but not necessary.

If you can't make it to the library, you may email ref@mcpl.us, chat with us online or take a look at some of our recommended online resources.

How to access MCPL’s Online Resources for your research:
  1. Go to the Marathon County Public Library Website: www.mcpl.us
  2. Find “Research “ in the menu bar across the top of the page.
  3. On the drop-down menu, click on Online Resources. Here you will see a listing of all of MCPL’s online resource pages, with links.
  4. Choose the database you wish to use. From home you will need to provide your library card number and pin number. For history research, try the following:

Access Newspaper Archive
Millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s, presented in a PDF format that preserves the original context and format of content.
EBSCOhost
 Multiple databases of magazines, journals, newspapers, images and reference resources.
HeritageQuest
Provides you with a connection for tracing family history and American culture. Images of original documents are provided.
 

More Valuable Websites for History Research
Look for “digital collection” “research” “online archives” as a starting place for your search.
 
Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/index.html

Library of Congress Digital Collections http://www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html

National Archives http://www.archives.gov/

National Archives Digital Vaults http://www.digitalvaults.org/

Smithsonian http://www.si.edu/
Yale Avalon Project http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp
Internet Archive http://archive.org/index.php
Wisconsin Historical Society http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/


 

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