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The MCPL Blog: Articles by Linda Lawrence

It's Oscar Time!

January 25, 2012

For those of us who love the silver screen, yesterday's  announcement of this year's Oscar nominees was exciting!   Your public library already has nine titles from the nominees available for check-out.  They are:  The Help, Beginners, Moneyball, Midnight in Paris, Puss in Boots, Bridesmaids, Rango, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and (kawabunga!) Kung Fu Panda 2.  Our goal is to acquire at least one copy of each of the nominees as DVD versions are released.  Check our  video catalog as we add new titles, and don't forget to keep on hand a monthly schedule of movies we show in-house.  Many of these are Oscar nominees and winners - you...

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Special Exhibit - Religions of America

American Religions book cover

November 17, 2011

Religious practices have been important since humans first pondered the mysteries of the cosmos. The unique architecture of American cathedrals, chapels, synagogues and  mosques now  represent many faiths.  Changing seasons bring a host of religious celebrations with beautiful artwork,  music, tasty food and artifacts.   As a community center providing access to ideas, the library shall present a series of lobby displays about the major religions practiced in America.   A special  exhibit to instruct about Islam was assembled by international students from the Northcentral Technical College.  We will  follow up with...

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Law Forms for Personal Use Available!

October 28, 2011

How many times have you moaned, "We should have put it in writing!"  If you use one of our library reference resources, 101 Law Forms for Personal Use (7th ed., 2009),  by Attorneys  Ralph Warner & Robin Leonard, you may never say this again. This book isn't meant to replace lawyers or legal advice.  It does provide over 100 commonly-used contracts for everyday purposes such as a child or elder care agreement,  sale of a dog, personal property rental agreement and  home repair contractor agreement, to name only a few. Putting your agreements in  ink can save you money, time and frustration. According to the authors, a well-drafted...

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Black History Month Display

February 7, 2011

The 1860 Census was the last time the federal government took a count of the South's vast slave population.  Several months later the government issued  maps of slavery that drew on Census data, one being Southern States as a whole. These  maps captured the complexity of the institution and struck a chord with a public hungry for information about the "rebellion".     Visit the Wausau HQ library's second floor for a special display, "Visualizing Slavery" based on Opinionator, The New York Times. Also featured is biographical information about Casper Fenhaus, Berlin Township and Wausau resident and veteran of the Grand Old Army who ...


Tackle Excess

December 21, 2010

Digging Out, (Tomkins/Hartl) is for family members of those who hoard. Gloria and Kathy were desperate; their elderly mother lived surrounded by tons of paper, books and debris. She had scabies and respiratory problems from living in a trash-filled home and refused to let her daughters clear and clean. She stumbled over the clutter and broke her wrist .  If this describes a situation in your family, you'll benefit from the many approaches they offer, such as when to intervene or not;  whether or not dementia is an issue; how to manage when multiple hoarders live together and how to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your loved ones over their protestations.   Is your dining room table...

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Holiday Reads

December 10, 2010

Wile away the winter weather with a cheery fire, hot mug of cider and a holiday book, music or movie  from your local library.  Still hot gluing and stitching  home made presents?  Tidings & Trimmings by Cathy Pendleton contains traceable patterns for adorable angels, bunnies and skaters. If it's a new decorating theme you're after, you're sure to find one in O Christmas Tree (A Leisure Arts Publication) using your old family photos (A Holiday Heritage), patriotic angels or a tree based on your childhood memories. Undecided about your holiday menus? Tired of the same old baked ham? Holiday Cooking with America's Top Chefs will inspire you with new ways to prepare...

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January Movies at Your Library!

people watching movie in a theater

December 5, 2010

More free library movies are headed your way to  temper the January chill!  Bring your own tub of popcorn, cheesy nachos and a thermos of hot apple cider - sit back and watch these coming attractions! Tuesday, January 4 (6:30 p.m.) we'll feature a foreign film with English subtitles rated PG-13 about two young Palestinian men who are hours away from becoming suicide bombers in Tel Aviv. On Saturday, January 8 we'll offer a kids' 10:30 a.m. matinee with your favorite green ogre who lands in an alternate version of  Far Far Away.  He must undo mischief and evil in the hopes of restoring his world and saving his friends. Wednesday, January 12th's showing (6:30...

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Verne is Thankful

November 19, 2010

Come and visit Verne at the Wausau HQ library lobby. But don't let his Hawaiian shirt fool you. For underneath that hat he's an All-American Pilgrim Pig who can't let go of his island origins.  Here's the story. Around 300 AD Verne set out from points west with the first Polynesian explorers. With skill, luck and pig-navigation they landed safely in Hawai'i. Lacking metal knives (for carving pigs), pottery (in which to boil them) and a written language (for writing cute little stories such as, "The Three Little Makahiki Pigs") Verne was lonely but safe in ancient Hawai'i. Modern Hawai'i came in 1778 with the unexpected, unwanted arrival of British Captain James Cook.  Warfare was forbidden...


Movie Nights (& Days) @ MCPL!

movie film and popcorn

November 17, 2010

Movies have captivated us since the 1894 presentation of Dickson Greeting using Edison’s modern Kinetoscope! Movies entertain, evoke tears of laughter and sorrow, shock and disgust us. Scrolling forward, high-tech theatre seats now pitch, shake and roll viewers for high resolution action thrillers such as Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Movie venues have also changed. Where we once queued-up to buy tickets for mass viewing in drafty theatres, technology now enables the privacy to enjoy your favorite flicks via video rental, cable, satellite, Netflix, YouTube and iPod. To this list of viewing venues you may now add… your public library! Through the recent purchase of a movie license, the Marathon County...

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