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The MCPL Blog: Articles by Chad Dally

The library hours, they are a-changin'...

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November 21, 2019

In an effort to provide more consistency and uniformity across its 9 locations, the Marathon County Public Library will change its hours of operation starting January 12, 2020, to include a balance of morning, afternoon and evening hours. The library’s Board of Trustees in October 2019 unanimously approved the changes, which were based on factors such as hourly circulation and door counts, staffing and safety issues, public and staff surveys, and comparisons with other libraries in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the United States. See below for a full breakdown of the hours by location, but here are a few key things to keep in mind if you’re wondering about your next trip to the library after January 12...

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Brainstorming Ideas for a New Makerspace with the Community in Mind

makerspace: recording studio

October 22, 2019

As libraries evolve in the 21st century to meet the changing needs of their communities and maintain relevance as community hubs, more and more are carving out spaces for their patrons to create through so-called “makerspaces.”  What are they making there? The answers are as varied as the books on the shelves… They’re making: Screenprinted posters and clothing Music, videos, and podcasts Codes for computer programs and apps 3-D figurines Laser-engraved woodblocks …and much more! Some libraries also incorporate sewing machines, basic circuitry gadgets for kids, and virtual or augmented reality equipment into their makerspaces. The Marathon County Public Library (MCPL)...

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Book lovers unite! Attend the Central Wisconsin Book Festival Sept. 23-29

Central Wisconsin Book Festival

September 24, 2019

An award-winning graphic novelist, a highly acclaimed poet and essayist whose career is skyrocketing, and one of Wisconsin’s most popular authors are but a few of the guests who will take part in the Central Wisconsin Book Festival (CWBF) this weekend throughout the Wausau area! Started in 2017, the festival aims to bring in writers from across the country — with some extra attention on Wisconsin authors — for a series of events celebrating the written word in its various forms and genres: poetry,  fiction,  nonfiction (and local writers who dabble in all of the above forms),  comics & graphic novels. The motivation behind the festival is to celebrate the literary arts in...

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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 resources to libraries across...

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Lead Librarian Closes a Chapter at Marathon County Public Library

Sharyn Heili

January 29, 2019

Even after more than 40 years of public service as a Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) employee, Sharyn Heili still feels as though she has more to give: “I have to have a purpose and to feel like I’m making a difference. People, especially kids, need someone to believe in them, and I feel like that’s part of my purpose on this Earth.” Heili recently retired after working for the library in Wausau for 44 years. In the 8 years prior to her retirement, she was the lead children’s librarian. She also worked in reference and started her career with the library driving its bookmobile throughout Marathon County. Growing up in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, the library was always a place where Heili felt at...

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Literature Lovers Unite! Four Days of Literary Fun

Central Wisconsin Book Festival 2018 poster

September 25, 2018

Would you like to hear about Wisconsin politics from an author receiving national attention? Ask an award-winning mystery writer a question? Want to learn how to start your own blog or create your own podcast? Maybe you’d like to hear Wausau-area writers — teenagers to senior citizens — read their own, original work? Over the course of 4 days, a person has a chance to do any of that — maybe ALL of that — and much more during the 2nd annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival, taking place around the Wausau area September 27–30, 2018. The festival began in 2017 as a way to connect authors of all stripes with fans of the written word around Central Wisconsin. At the same time, it was meant to...

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Library Gears Up for August Book Sale

new book sale room

July 27, 2018

From recently published books to vintage classics, puzzles, DVDs, children’s books, and so much more, the Friends of the Marathon County book sale is back once again! Our dedicated group of Friends, who volunteer their time to sift through hundreds if not thousands of items for each new sale, has been working pretty close to feverishly to be ready for their next quarterly sale, which begins on Thursday, August 2, 2018, and continues through Sunday, August 5. If you haven’t stopped by the library’s Wausau Headquarters to check out our sale, what are you waiting for? The August sale marks the third in their newer space in the basement area of the building, which is accessible either through the...

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Save the Dates for the 2nd Annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival

Central Wisconsin Book Festival 2019 logo

July 24, 2018

Organizers behind the second annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival are hard at work setting up a wide variety of free community events, and this year’s festival is already shaping up to be bigger— and hopefully as good or better — than last year’s festival! What started as a two-day book festival in 2017 with about 10 events has grown to at least 15 events (with more still to be added) over the course of four days, featuring fiction and nonfiction authors, poets, and maybe even you! The festival begins Thursday, September 27, 2018, and continues through Sunday, September 30. Visit www.mcpl.us/cwbf for more info! One of the goals of the festival — besides bringing in well-known,...

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Library Friends Ready to Show Off New Space with February Sale

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January 24, 2018

The end is in sight for an effort that’s been months in the making — and years in planning — to move the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library into a new space. More than a dozen volunteers who work with the Friends of the Library spent the last several months moving thousands of books, audiobooks, movies, and other materials from the 3rd floor of the Wausau location to its new home on the ground level, located on the west side of the building and facing the river. While moving all of the existing materials, the Friends also still sift through items recently donated to the library to add to the collection. They will celebrate the move and welcome the public into the new space with their first...

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Curiosity, Camaraderie Keeps Library Friends Coming Back

Friends of the Library

November 16, 2017

After spending 1 or 2 days a week with each other for the past 20 years, the dedicated volunteers behind the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library acknowledge they’re more like family than friends. It’s a bond forged as pages flipped and the creative output of generations of writers — fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s and young adult picture books and literature — passed through their hands. Their curiosity led them to become shepherds on a mountain of words — likely billions of words, all within an arm’s reach — as they’ve methodically worked their hands around covers to keep their charge organized, sifting, weighing each book, and deciding whether someone might want to take an item home...

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Authors, others coming to Book Fest September 29-30

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August 10, 2017

The Marathon County Public Library is working with other community partners to present the first-ever Central Wisconsin Book Festival, starting Friday, September 29, and continuing through September 30 with a diverse lineup of events. The festival begins Friday night with “Fact or Fiction,” a live and interactive storytelling event at the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) in Wausau. Other events include, but aren’t limited to, a presentation on early childhood literacy from Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a conversation with comic writer and artist Tim Seeley and a discussion about Alzheimer’s disease with former Wisconsin governor Martin Schreiber, who recently co-authored a book on Alzheimer’s care and whose wife is...

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Aquarium Repair Completed

yellow fish in the Phyllis Donner Aquarium

February 27, 2017

It’s a situation no aquarium owner wants to happen: a complete removal of all aquarium contents to make a repair. Yet that’s exactly what happened recently with the Phyllis Donner Aquarium at MCPL Wausau, though we’re happy to say the repairs were completed without the loss of any aquatic life. The aquarium was constructed in 2012 by Las Vegas-based Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM), famous for their Animal Planet television show “Tanked.” In December, Darren Letner, owner of Tank Mates LLC in Wausau and the aquarium’s caretaker, noticed a few spots at the bottom of the aquarium where the seal holding in 650 gallons of saltwater was starting to deteriorate.  A plan was devised that required Letner to...

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Video: Foraging for Wild Edibles

September 26, 2016

Marathon County UW-Extension master gardener Eileen Riehle led a big crowd at MCPL Wausau through a number of different wild plants that can be safely foraged and eaten during this presentation from September 2016!

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Video: MCPL UW-Extension Canning Series: Tomatoes and Salsa

September 2, 2016

Jackie Carattini, family living agent with Marathon County UW-Extension, discusses tips and techniques for canning tomatoes, creating tasty salsas and more as part of our summer canning series.

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Music for summer road trips!

June 12, 2016

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose. Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune, Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms, Strong and content I travel the open road… — Walt Whitman, "Song of the Open Road" Whitman had it right: Few experiences in human existence match the freedom, joy and unencumbered madness that a road trip offers. Regardless of a destination (if you have one), the journey from home to wherever “there” is can be fun, enlightening, maybe frustrating too, but it should never be...

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Join the National Library Week celebration!

Libraries Transform

March 2, 2016

Have you experienced first-hand the transformative power of a library? It’s a big question, and one we hope many of you can answer with an emphatic “yes.” In April, library staff across the country – and the patrons we serve – will celebrate National Library Week. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Libraries Transform,” and our staff has been busy planning a wide range of programs and other activities, some related to that theme and others just for the fun of it. Sure, National Library Week is a chance for our library staff to pat ourselves on the back, and to accept more pats from our patrons (we love to hear how we’ve helped transform your lives for the better!) But it’s also a chance for us to...

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Video: James P. Leary: Folksongs of the Upper Midwest

March 1, 2016

James P. Leary, retired folklore professor from UW-Madison, spoke Feb. 25 at MCPL Wausau about his book "Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946" published by University of Wisconsin Press.

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MCPL Live! James P. Leary: "Folksongs of the Upper Midwest" (video)

March 1, 2016

On Feb. 25, MCPL Wausau hosted author and folklorist James P. Leary for an entertaining musical lecture on folksongs recorded in the Midwest in the 1930s and 1940s. Leary spoke about his book "Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946," published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Leary was even nominated for a 2016 Grammy in the Best Album Notes category, though he lost out to none other than Joni Mitchell! Below is the video of the entire program, and we're thankful to James for sharing his musical knowledge (and a few tunes from the book) with us!    

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The History of Sherlock Holmes (video)

March 1, 2016

We were very fortunate to host Jeff Wood, senior lecturer of English at UW-Marshfield/Wood County, in January for a program on the history of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Enjoy!    

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Love in Six Words 2016 Contest Entries

February 14, 2016

Love is in the air! (or at least on our blog) Below, listed in the order they were received, are all of the entries we received in our 2016 Love in Six Words story contest. In all, 55 people submitted 76 entries! Thank you to all who sent us stories and stay tuned for future six-word story contests! Our top five entries, in no particular order, are: - "Love is like a sparkly sticker!" - Serenity Schweitzer - "She's OK. I'll go. You sleep" - Jennifer Thomas - "Love is hello grown into forever" - Randy Clinton - "Caressing lips. Shuddering breaths. Swoon. Repeat" - Collin Csuy - "Empathy flowing over time and circumstance" - Tim Boyle And below we have all entries to the contest, in the order they...

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Video: Lunch & Learn: Hunger in Marathon County

January 20, 2016

June was National Hunger Awareness Month, and members of the Marathon County Hunger Coalition were at the library to share information about hunger and food insecurity in our communities.

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Creative events for adults!

December 15, 2015

Each month, library staff make efforts to provide hands-on craft activities for children at all nine MCPL locations. But in 2016, we’re planning to give adults more opportunities to get creative as well! In Wausau, this includes our monthly “Knit Night” and “Inside the Lines” coloring parties, as well as other, one-time craft activities. Many of our branches are offering craft events for adults as well, such as Hatley’s “Needle Arts Night,” Stratford’s  “Quilting in the Afternoon,” Spencer’s “Crocheting 101” and additional “Inside the Lines” events at Mosinee and Stratford. We will, of course, continue to offer craft events for kids, and we don’t expect anything at these adult craft events to be...

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Staff Profile: Chad Dally

December 15, 2015

Meet Chad Dally, Library Specialist, event coordinator and adult event planner at MCPL Wausau! Q: What is the best part of your job? A: The variety of information sought by our patrons and connecting them with that info, and the freedom to try a wide range of adult programs. Q: What is your favorite movie quote? A: “Everyone knows Custer died at Little Bighorn. What this book presupposes is ... maybe he didn’t?” - Eli Cash (Owen Wilson), “The Royal Tenenbaums” Q: What is your favorite place to eat? A: At home with my wife, and The Delta Diner in Delta, WI. Q: What has been your favorite project at MCPL? A: The 2014 double-feature screening of “The Lumberjack,” a 1914 silent film shot in Wausau...

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Cheap Chirps: Library resources for birders!

birder eating at a feeder

December 10, 2015

This year is the National Audubon Society’s 116th annual Christmas Bird Count, one of the largest (if not the largest) citizen science initiatives in the nation. Volunteers from across the country will count and identify the birds that visit their home feeders sometime between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, and the Audubon Society compiles all that information to track trends in bird populations, migrations and other data. If you are participating (or thinking about participating) in the bird count, the library is a great place to start. We have dozens of different field guides – covering all of North America down to birds of Wisconsin – to help identify the birds you see in the backyard and beyond! You...

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Video: Harlan Grinde: Politics and Economics in Modern China

December 3, 2015

China has become one of the world's superpowers and plays a major role in global politics and economics. This lecture and discussion on current political and economic issues in China was led by Harlan Grinde, retired emeritus history professor from UW-Marathon County.

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Things I learned from the WLA Conference

November 27, 2015

On Nov. 4, 2015, I was fortunate to attend one day of the annual Wisconsin Library Association conference, held this year in Middleton. These conferences are a great chance to network, but more importantly, librarians and library staff from across the state come together to discuss different aspects of library operations – including sessions this year on programming, library design, collection development and engaging teens through technology, among other topics. Since MCPL covered the cost of attending the conference, I thought I would share with you, the public, some of the things I saw and learned during this beneficial excursion.   The morning keynote address was from Mita Williams, a librarian at...

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Working to combat hunger and homelessness

NATIONAL HUNGER & HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS WEEK logo

November 24, 2015

Rep. Sean Duffy recently organized his third-annual Hunger and Homelessness Summit on Nov. 9 in Rothschild to bring together people from throughout central Wisconsin – government, business, individuals and non-profit folks – to discuss hunger and homelessness. More than 100 people participated, and I attended the summit to participate in discussions and learn about other community efforts that may help some of the patrons we serve at the library. As we gather with our families and friends in our homes to share holiday meals, I thought this would be a good time to share information not only from the summit, but also about available library resources. The need for overnight shelter and food assistance has...

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Terror! in Six Words story contest winners

October 31, 2015

We'd like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in our 2015 Terror! in Six Words story contest. We were thrilled to receive more than 80 entries from 78 participants! We had a blast reading through all the entries, and we hope you enjoy reading them, too. The top five entries are listed below, along with all of the entries. A quick note for curious minds wondering how we picked the winners. First, it wasn't easy and you may disagree with our picks (let us know in the comments if you do!) Second, entries were shared with 10 MCPL staff members, and each picked their own top five. Entries that made the top five were picked based on appearances on the judges' lists. For example, our winner from...

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Video: Gary Beyer: Hope in the Face of Illness

October 29, 2015

A moving, inspirational evening with Gary Beyer, who was diagnosed in 2008 with a rare, untreatable muscle disease called Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM). He's since written two books and speaks with groups all over Wisconsin and beyond about staying positive and living a fulfilling life in the face of illness - an illness shared by just 11 other people in Wisconsin.

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Video: David B. Whitehurst: Tree Stand Murders

October 29, 2015

Wisconsin author David B. Whitehurst leads a discussion of a 2004 incident in which a Hmong individual, Chai Soua Vang, killed six deer hunters and wounded eight others. Whitehurst, author of "Tree Stand Murders" about the incident, argues the shootings were more than racially motivated.

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Video: Raising Chickens: An Introduction

October 29, 2015

Heather Schlesser, dairy and livestock agent with Marathon County UW-Extension, presented a program on the many aspects of raising chickens at home.

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Video: Gary Beyer: "Hope in the Face of Illness"

October 28, 2015

If you missed our Oct. 8, 2015 inspirational program with author and motivational speaker Gary Beyer, you can watch the video below. We enjoyed hosting Gary and his wife, Julie, as both of them exude positivity in light of difficult life circumstances.    

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Your Next Favorite Books: Personalized Reading Suggestions

August 17, 2015

Our staff at the Marathon County Public Library has launched a new service aimed at helping our patrons find their next favorite books. The library recently set up a new page within our website called Personalized Reading Suggestions, through which we’ll rack our brains and a vast pool of online reading resources, to recommend three books based on just a few clues provided by you, the patron. Our staff is surrounded by books all day and each of us has our own favorite genres that run the gamut, so chances are someone here shares your reading tastes. Plus, we love these kinds of challenges that usually starts a little something like this… “I just finished The Hunger Games and Matched trilogies. Do have...

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Food Drive continues through end of August

July 27, 2015

Residents throughout central Wisconsin still have until the end of August to help individuals and families in need of food, through the MCPL food drive. The library is working with the Marathon County Hunger Coalition on the food drive, which ends Aug. 22, to benefit food pantries across our area. Anyone from across the central Wisconsin area or beyond is welcome and encouraged to drop off non-perishable items during regular business hours at any MCPL location: Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer, Stratford and Wausau. If you would like to donate, please consider some of these suggested items: canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, peanut butter, packaged or...

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Video: Raising chickens with UW-Extension

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June 29, 2015

We were very happy to collaborate recently with Marathon County UW-Extension on a program at MCPL Wausau about chickens! Heather Schlesser, dairy and livestock agent with Extension, provided our audience with a primer on all that's involved with raising a clutch of chickens - the variety of breeds, diet, shelter, diseases to keep an eye out for and more! If you missed the June 9 program, you can watch the whole program below. Or, if you'd like to catch the program in person, Heather will present similar programs Sept. 3 at the MCPL Athens branch and Sept. 23 in Marathon City. A very special thanks to Heather for sharing her knowledge of chickens with those who came to the program. And one fun fact...

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Summer food drive at MCPL

June 28, 2015

Throughout the summer of 2015 the Marathon County Public Library is working with the Marathon County Hunger Coalition and hosting a food drive to benefit food pantries across our area. The food drive began in early June and continues through the end of August. Anyone from across the central Wisconsin area or beyond is welcome and encouraged to drop off non-perishable items during regular business hours at any MCPL location: Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer, Stratford and Wausau. It may seem obvious, but unlike some other aspects of the library usage, no library card is needed to help others in need! What may not be obvious to some is the extent of hunger, food insecurity and...

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Juan Felipe Herrera named U.S. Poet Laureate

June 11, 2015

The United States has a new champion for poetry. On June 10, the Library of Congress announced it appointed Juan Felipe Herrera as the nation’s Poet Laureate, a position that dates back to 1937 and is aimed at raising awareness of the reading and writing of poetry. Perhaps most significant in the announcement is the fact that Herrera, 66, is the first Latino poet to be named to the post. You can read or listen to an NPR story here, but the short version is he’s the son of migrant farm workers and spent much of his earlier life on the west coast. He studied at both UCLA and Stanford, as well as the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He has since written more than two dozen books. If you’re curious to read some of...

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OverDrive's Big Summer Read

Overdrive Summer Read (June 9 - July 9)

May 29, 2015

Marathon County Public Library, Wisconsin’s Digital Library and OverDrive all hope you’ll join us and other patrons in the Big Summer Read, an online shared reading program for all ages, through most of June. Each year, OverDrive selects a title with an author and publisher willing to allow an unlimited number ebooks and e-audiobooks available to download anytime from June 9 to June 23. This year adult patrons can read or listen to Kate White’s fast-paced suspense novel “Eyes on You” – Robin Trainer learns that being a media star comes with its costs; including potentially her own life. Can you guess her perpetrator before the big reveal? For the first time, OverDrive also is inviting children and teens...

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Learn More About Penokee Hills Wetlands

May 7, 2015

On Thursday, May 14, residents in our community have the opportunity to learn about and discuss an area of the state many have heard about in the last few years, and an area that is near and dear to me personally: the Penokee Hills region of northern Wisconsin. Tracy Hames, executive director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, will be at MCPL Wausau to talk specifically about wetlands scattered through the roughly 25-mile Penokee-Gogebic range that stretches through Ashland and Iron counties. Hames will show photos, maps and other graphics and discuss the important ecological role these wetlands play in an area brimming with forests, lakes and streams. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. If the area sounds...

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"Love in Six Words" story contest winners

February 16, 2015

We're happy to share with the public all of the entries submitted for our recent "Love in Six Words" contest. We received an amazing 141 entries from 91 writers! (Each participant could submit up to three entries.) Below are our top 5, as judged by a half-dozen library staff, and below that are all 141 entries. Thank you so much to all who submitted and start thinking for next year when we host this contest again! Winners: 1. "I Love You - For All Time" - Dave Anderson (Mr. Anderson included this explanation with his submission: “My wife has recently passed away and this is the phrase I mention when I'm thinking of her. When I saw your contest poster, that's the first words to come to mind - and then I...

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Nominees Announced for 2014 National Book Award

October 15, 2014

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 Fiction Anthony Doerr: “All the Light We Cannot See” - Rabih Alameddine: “An Unnecessary...

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Four libraries increase summer hours

April 4, 2014

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...

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Beyond the printed page

March 25, 2014

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...

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Celebrate National Library Week!

March 25, 2014

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...

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Is this your lucky day?

January 20, 2014

Patrons of the Marathon County Public Library 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...

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Parenting series

January 20, 2014

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...

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World Book Night 2014: Sign up today!

December 9, 2013

Sometimes after you read a really good book, you want to share it with as many people as possible. On April 23, 2014, you might have a chance with the World Book Night giveaway. Each year, a WBN committee selects 30-35 titles (it's 35 in 2014) made up of adult and young adult fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The books' authors agree to waive royalties and publishers print special World Book Night editions free-of-charge – all with the goal of encouraging reading among non-readers. If your favorite book is on the list, you can apply to be a WBN volunteer for the chance to pass out 20 copies of the book at a location of your choice to people who seldom read books or never read books. All Marathon County...

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December marks one year for the Phyllis Donner Aquarium!

Blue tang

November 18, 2013

In December, MCPL Wausau celebrates the first anniversary of its 650-gallon, saltwater aquarium filled with tropical fish and other sea creatures. The aquarium officially opened on Dec. 5, and was funded through a generous donation from the estate of Phyllis Donner. Las Vegas-based aquarium company Acrylic Tank Manufacturing built the aquarium, which is home to dozens of fish, crustaceans, coral and other aquatic life typically seen solely through the lens of a scuba mask. Over the past year, some fish have more than doubled in size, and several species of coral have taken hold and started to create reefs. Darren Letner of Wausau maintains the aquarium and said he’s happy to see so many fish flourishing...

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White Rose Exhibition coming to MCPL Wausau

White Rose members

November 18, 2013

In January, The Marathon County Public Library Wausau Headquarters will host a traveling historical exhibit about the White Rose, a student resistance group in Germany who rebelled against the Nazis. Through photos and text, the exhibit tells the story of how the students and one of their professors quietly produced a series of leaflets that urged others in Germany to rise up against the tyranny of the regime. The White Rose group risked certain arrest – and possible death – to produce the anti-Nazi propaganda that was covertly distributed throughout Munich, Hamburg and beyond. In 1943, several members of the group – including siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl, who helped form the group – were caught. After...

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Get comfortable with computers!

September 23, 2013

This fall, many MCPL locations will be offering free basic computer, Internet and software classes taught by University of Wisconsin-Marathon County technology tutors. Contact your local library to register: www.mcpl.us/about/locations. Computer Basics / Thu., 10/3, 1-2:30pm @ MCPL Stratford Computer Basics / Mon., 10/7, 10am @ MCPL Wausau iPad Basics / Thu., 10/10, 1-2:30pm @ MCPL Stratford Internet Basics / Mon., 10/14, 10am @ MCPL Wausau Computer Basics / Mon., 10/14, 4:30pm @ MCPL Athens Intermediate iPad / Thu., 10/17, 1pm @ MCPL Stratford Email Basics / Mon., 10/21, 10am-12pm @ MCPL Wausau iPad Basics / Mon., 10/21, 4:30-6:30pm @ MCPL Athens Digital Photo Basics / Mon., 10/28, 10am-...

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"Exploration Station" offers hands-on learning!

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September 23, 2013

The library wants to help preschoolers get a jump on learning with its monthly Exploration Station classes. Preschool-age children and their caregivers can work together on interactive activities designed to build skills in reading, math, science and writing on the second Wednesday of each month, 10:30–11:30 a.m., at the library’s Wausau Headquarters. There is no cost to participate, but class sizes are limited. To register or for more information, call 715-261-7220. Math / Oct. 9 & Feb. 12 Science / Nov. 13 & Mar. 12 Reading / Dec. 11 & April 9 Writing / Jan. 8 www.mcpl.us/childrens   (from the MCPL Newsletter, Sept.-Nov., 2013)

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"Pushback" against drug abuse in Marathon County

September 23, 2013

Over the past three years, drug abuse has become a major problem in Marathon County. The library has partnered with the Marathon County Alcohol & Other Drug (AOD) Partnership to host an educational series to raise awareness of the scope of the problem and how each us can play a part in the solution. Sessions will be offered at the Marathon County Public Library’s Wausau Headquarters in the Wausau Room (third floor). Interested parties can attend either the daytime sessions, Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., or evening sessions, Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. What’s Hot Now? / Oct. 8 & 9 — Learn about current drug trends that are affecting young adults in Marathon County. I Think We...

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Write the Great American Novel

September 23, 2013

Has a life of reading inspired you to write? Do have family or life experiences you always thought would make for an interesting book? In October, the library will offer a series of events and activities to help aspiring writers make the leap from reader to writer. Nationally-known writing coach Judy Bridges, author of “Shut Up & Write,” will be in Wausau with tips to get started on works of fiction or nonfiction. We’ll also bring in local and regional authors to discuss their writing methods and their paths to getting published. In November, it’s time to write! Various MCPL locations will set aside study rooms and other space as part of National Novel Writing Month, an initiative that encourages...

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Elmore Leonard, 1925-2013

August 20, 2013

Crime and western novelist Elmore Leonard, dubbed the "Dickens of Detroit," died Aug. 20 at his suburban Detroit home from complications due to a stroke. He was 87. Leonard was known for his ferocious work ethic that produced such best-sellers as Get Shorty, Freaky Deaky and Be Cool. His distinct mix of crime and comedy led to adaptations of many of his novels and stories into films, including Get Shorty, 3:10 to Yuma, Hombre and Rum Punch, the latter adapted by director Quentin Tarantino for his film Jackie Brown. In its rememberence the Detroit News wrote "In Leonard’s colorful world of dumb but entertaining crooks and bemused cops, there was always more than a whiff of postwar seediness and amorality...

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Update: Summer Library Program

July 22, 2013

There’s still time to participate! Summer events continue throughout August, featuring engaging, informative presentations and activities for all ages. Upcoming events include movie nights, workshops, crafts and a pool party!  Also, adults and teens still have time to vote in our Literary Smackdown competition to pick the most influential book in Marathon County: www.mcpl.us/smackdown. Reading logs for children and teens will be accepted through Aug. 24. Prizes are available throughout the summer for completing each excavation dig! www.mcpl.us/slp (from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul-Sep., 2013)

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Recent Books and Older Gems

July 22, 2013

MCPL is starting a new feature comparing older books with recent releases. Look for these reviews in our newsletter and at mcpl.us/blog. For this installment, staffer Amy Ryan looks to the garden for recommendations. "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver For one year, Kingsolver and her family vowed to eat only the food they grew on their family farm in Virginia or could buy from local sources. This humorous and inspirational memoir tells the story of that year -- month by month, vegetable by vegetable, animal by animal. It’s a book I try to read every spring as I plan my own vegetable gardens. — Check it out: www.mcpl.us?t=animal vegetable miracle   "Growing a Farmer...

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Get to Know "The Prince"

June 3, 2013

MCPL's Digital Classics Book Club in June is taking on a classic work of politics, Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Prince." This year marks the 500th anniversary of The Prince. The book also is one of the competitors in our Literary Smackdown event, and is scheduled to go up against In Cold Blood the week of June 17-23. MCPL has an unlimited supply of digital copies available, and anyone can join the discussion about The Prince on our Goodreads page. Please feel free to call 715 261-7230 or email us if you have questions.   

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New websites worth considering

May 29, 2013

The Marathon County Public Library is pleased to include two new, free historical websites to our collection of online resources aimed at connecting our patrons with a wide range of information. The Digital Public Library of America pulls together millions of items – photographs, manuscripts, books, sound recordings and more – from libraries, archives and museums across the country. Visitors can search by terms, category or year. Looking for a 1880s map of the Upper Peninsula, or a photograph of Billie Holliday? You can find both and much, much more on the DPLA site, www.dp.la. We also added the Oyez Project, a public, multimedia database of Supreme Court proceedings. The creators of the project...

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New meeting room and study rooms

May 29, 2013

MCPL Wausau is opening two new study rooms with room for six and 10 people, as well as a meeting room for 20 to 22 people. The study rooms are available for two hours at a time. The meeting room schedule is more flexible. We hope college students, non-profit groups and others will use these spaces for educational purposes – office hours or use of the room for entertainment is not allowed – and Wi-Fi and teleconferencing is available. Our eight branch locations also have study or meeting spaces available, either within their walls or within the municipal buildings in which the libraries are housed. These rooms, varying in size, offer our communities a secluded space when a coffee shop is a little too busy or...

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Summer packed with programs!

"Dig Into Reading" poster

May 29, 2013

Marathon County Public Library locations across the county will be full of "underground"-themed activities for children, teens and adults during our 2013 Summer Library Program! Children can "Dig Into Reading" and do their choices of suggested activities to complete an archeological-themed reading log. Reading books is part of it, but kids also are encouraged to attend library events and work on reading-based activities. In addition to art parties, a scavenger hunt, movie nights and a teen night at the aquarium, teenagers can take part in our "Beneath the Surface" summer-long program. It may take a little work – read 15 books and complete five activities to receive a reward – but you get to choose the...

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MCPL launches environmental book club

May 28, 2013

The Marathon County Public Library is starting the Steep Trails Book Club, a literary discussion group focused on fiction and non-fiction about nature, conservation, science and outdoor adventures; pioneers like Leopold and Rachel Carson, possibly alongside writers including Edward Abbey, Bill McKibben, Gary Snyder and Mary Roach. Anything is fair game, even children’s books. Steep Trails – the name comes from a John Muir book – will hold its first meeting at 7:00 p.m. June 20 at MCPL Wausau, and meet the second Tuesday of each month after that. After the first month's selection, “A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson, club members will decide which book, poems or stories...

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Check out a Pulitzer Prize winner at MCPL

April 22, 2013

The 2013 Pulitzer Prize winners, honoring journalism and the arts, were recently announced and include many authors whose work is available in MCPL's V-Cat system. This year's top prize in fiction was awarded to Adam Johnson for his novel "The Orchard Master's Son," an adventurous and moving tale of a journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea. Finalists in the fiction category include Nathan Englander for his novel, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank" and Eowyn Ivey for her novel "The Snow Child." Fredrik Logevall's historical account of the Vietnam War, "Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam" took the top prize in history, while Bernard...

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MCPL launching Digital Classics Book Club

April 5, 2013

See classic literature in a new light by getting some Tolkien on your tablet, some digital Dickens or a little Kafka on your Kindle, with the Marathon County Public Library’s new Digital Classics Book Club. Each month, the group picks a new classic available free and without wait through the library’s Overdrive system here and here. Instead of a monthly gathering, members post their thoughts on MCPL’s Goodreads page (also free) as the pages turn. Need a hand getting started? Call or stop by the Wausau Headquarters' reference desk any time. The club begins in May with "Babbitt," Sinclair Lewis' scathing critique of the American Dream, told through the eyes of his disillusioned...

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MCPL’s current, future efforts

March 9, 2013

A recent survey from the Pew Research Center found adults still love to hold a library book, but also want libraries to keep up with technology and provide a comfortable environment – all priorities for Marathon County Public Library staff as well. The Pew study, released in January, found the overwhelming highest use of libraries – 73 percent – is borrowing print books. With more than 250,000 print books in our system, we gladly facilitate that unique feeling of cracking open a good book. Yet we also know – and the Pew survey backs it up – that our patrons expect greater access than ever before to electronic books and audio books. In 2012, we tripled the number of e-books available to about 54,000...

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Celebrate National Library Week April 13-20

March 9, 2013

The American Library Association this year wants to celebrate libraries’ community efforts with their National Library Week theme, "Communities Matter @ Your Library." Throughout the week, we’ll host special events at all branches, including food drives, Internet safety tips for teens, scavenger hunts and: Monday, April 15: The United Way will present a program entitled “Heart Smart” at 6:30pm at the Wausau Headquarters Tuesday, April 16: Take a tour of the Hatley Community Garden located behind the library, plant a few seeds and taste veggies you could grow at home, from 10:30-11:30am at MCPL Hatley Wednesday, April 17: Marathon County Historical Society librarian Gary Gisselman will...

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