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Launch into outer space in the Early Literacy Center!

Photo of astronaut helmet on the "mission control" station in the ELC

June 8, 2019

This summer, blast off with your child in the Marathon County Public Library's Early Literacy Center (ELC)! Throughout the summer months, you can help your child build his or her pre-reading skills in a fun, interactive outer spaced-themed environment!  Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before learning how to read and write. Early literacy skills include background knowledge (how the world works), vocabulary, phonological awareness (knowing the smaller sounds in words), letter knowledge, narrative skills (telling a story), and print awareness (knowing that print has meaning and how a book works). In the months of June, July, and August, visit MCPL Wausau for a space-themed...

Children Library Early Literacy Learning

Try a true crime book!

prison cell bars

June 4, 2019

Even for the most reluctant reader, true crime always seems to be a big hit. Let’s face it; nearly everyone suffers from some curiosity when it comes to crime. How could a person cut a body completely in half and pose it in a vacant lot without anyone noticing?  What happened to this person to make him into someone who seems to enjoy abducting and killing people?  Personally, I like true crime for the mystery aspect as well as the details into the investigation.  The following books highlight cases that inspired authors, such as “The Real Lolita,” where we learn that Nabokov was fascinated with the abduction of Sally Horner and that led directly to his famous novel, “Lolita.”  Gabriel Garcia...

Reading Recommendations Books

Two database subscriptions discontinued

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May 30, 2019

If you've recently checked out the Marathon County Public Library’s online resources page, you may have noticed a few changes. We no longer have the Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center or the Home Improvement Reference Center available. Working with libraries from around our area, it was decided to discontinue our subscription to these two databases. With the rise of such popular websites like Etsy and Ravelry, and the increased use of YouTube for learning how to do basic (and not so basic) home repairs and improvements, we have seen a decrease in the use of these two databases. In addition, this will free up funds for Wisconsin Valley Library Service to add new databases...

Online Resources Technology

Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

NY Times Best Sellers

May 24, 2019

Curious about what your friends and neighbors might be reading? Or which books are trending nationally? Check out the following books from the New York Times Best Sellers list! Have you read any of these books already? Let us know what you thought in the "Comments" section below! Happy reading! Please note: These are popular items that may not be immediately available. It is likely you will need to use the "Request" option in the Library Catalog (V-Cat) to add yourself to the waiting list. Do not be discouraged by long waiting lists for books; MCPL usually has enough copies in circulation to keep wait times reasonable.  Also: All of the following books are...

Reading Recommendations Books

A Summer Full of Library Events

books and e-readers flying in space

May 21, 2019

Space may be “the final frontier,” but staff at the Marathon County Public Library are preparing to share a universe of events throughout the 2019 summer (or at least a really small part of the universe)! Although libraries across the country organize programming throughout the entire year, many of them (including MCPL) put a little extra effort into their summer programs. The kids are out of school . . . The days are longer . . . Libraries have air conditioning, so many people visit us as a relaxing way to beat the summer heat. Each year, the Collaborative Summer Library Program — a grassroots group made up of a consortium of states — chooses a theme and provide...

Summer Library Program Children Events

Plan a group visit to the library!

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April 29, 2019

If your school, organization or daycare wants to bring students or members to see what the library is all about, you can plan a group visit! Groups of 10 or more can schedule a guided tour of any MCPL location and learn about the various materials and services we have to offer. Groups can also get an aquarium lesson, learn how to use the library catalog or attend a special story time just for them! Group visit applications can be found and filled out at www.mcpl.us/group-visits. For more information, call 715-261-7200.  

Children Summer Library Program Community

Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

NY Times Best Sellers

April 28, 2019

Curious about what your friends and neighbors might be reading? Or which books are trending nationally? Check out the following books from the New York Times Best Sellers list! Have you read any of these books already? Let us know what you thought in the "Comments" section below! Happy reading! Please note: These are popular items that may not be immediately available. It is likely you will need to use the "Request" option in the Library Catalog (V-Cat) to add yourself to the waiting list. Do not be discouraged by long waiting lists for books; MCPL usually has enough copies in circulation to keep wait times reasonable.  Also: All of the following books are...

Reading Recommendations Books

Story Time Break

children running through a field in spring

April 28, 2019

In preparation for the Summer Library Program, we will be taking a break from our regular story time schedule at the Marathon County Public Library - Wausau Headquarters! There will be no story times May 6 through June 7, 2019. Story times will resume on Saturday, June 8, 2019.  Please note: Play & Learn will continue to meet during this time period.

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Uniform Addressing project set to resume!

2018-12-12 Uniform Addressing Status Map

April 27, 2019

Summer in Wisconsin is also known as “road construction season,” but this year, it also brings the return of Marathon County’s Uniform Addressing project! The Uniform Addressing project began its implementation phase in 2018 and will resume in May 2019. From spring through fall, the municipalities of Berlin, Bern, Brighton, Halsey, Hamburg, Holton, Hull, Johnson, Rib Falls, Rietbrock, the Town of Spencer and Stettin will receive new Uniform Addresses, and MCPL is here to help! If you or someone you know lives in one of these municipalities and has questions, visit any MCPL location to pick up a free Quick Reference Guide, call the Reference Desk at 715-261-7230 or visit www....

Community Uniform Addressing

Let our Summer Program take you to outer space!

books and e-readers flying in space

April 26, 2019

This year, MCPL will transport kids into the cosmos with its Summer Library Program! This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories,” and we’ve planned three months of fun, entertaining and educational events for kids, tweens and teens!  May 28 through August 30, kids, tweens and teens can read books and submit reviews containing their thoughts about what they read. (Adults can do this, too!) Participants will receive a reward for each review they turn in. Younger children (pre-K) can instead complete a reading and activity sheet with their parent/caregiver and receive a prize once their sheet is complete! We also have a ton of great events scheduled at all nine MCPL locations, including...

Summer Library Program Events Children Teens Books

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