The MCPL Blog
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
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
Categories: Children, Books, Parents
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.
“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.
Categories: Government Information, Libraries
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!
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Mar. - May., 2014)
Categories: Newsletter, National Library Week, Programs
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.
Categories: Newsletter, e-books, Electronic Databases
Thank you, Jessica, for all of your hard work and commitment to Marathon County Public Library!
Categories: Affordable Care Act, Programs, Programs
Request a copy of the LIFE Report via the Library Catalog (V-Cat).
View a summary of the report here.
Categories: Government Information, Wisconsin
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
Categories: Children, Reading, Storytimes
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.
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.
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.
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.
Categories: Children, Early Literacy
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!
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.
Categories: Children, Newsletter, Programs
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.
Categories: Books, Newsletter, Reading Recommendations
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.
Categories: Newsletter, Director's Report
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.
- From the main menu at www.mcpl.us, select "Research" and choose"Online Resources." Or just go to www.mcpl.us/research/online.
- Find "Consumer Reports" in the "Library Resources A-Z" list.
- If prompted, log in using your 14-digit library card barcode number and your four-digit PIN.
- 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."
- 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.
If you have any questions or would like assistance with this sort of research, just contact us!
Category: electronic databases
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!
Categories: Children, Storytimes
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.
Categories: , Antiques
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 email@example.com, 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:
- Go to the Marathon County Public Library Website: www.mcpl.us
- Find “Research “ in the menu bar across the top of the page.
- 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.
- 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:
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.
Multiple databases of magazines, journals, newspapers, images and reference resources.
Provides you with a connection for tracing family history and American culture. Images of original documents are provided.
Look for “digital collection” “research” “online archives” as a starting place for your search.
Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/index.html
Yale Avalon Project http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp
Internet Archive http://archive.org/index.php
Wisconsin Historical Society http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/
Categories: Teen Zone, National History Day , Homework Help