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Transportation theme comes to Early Literacy Center at MCPL Wausau! 

Book cover of The Little Engine That Could

March 2, 2019

Parents and care givers, join your children in exploring the world of transportation in the Early Literacy Center (ELC) at the Marathon County Public Library's Wausau Headquarters! Throughout March, April and May, the theme for the ELC will be "Transportation." During these months, parents and children can: ·     Play on the magnetic board! Put together magnetic puzzles of trains, cars, and trucks; play a car color matching game; sort transportation pictures and words by type, and much more! ·     Re-create "The Wheels on the Bus" on the felt story board – and sing along! ·     Create patterned pictures of cars, trains, boats, airplanes, rockets, and more with the colorful Tangram blocks ·     Read the...

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Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

NY Times Best Sellers

February 27, 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! 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 owned by MCPL in at least one version; however, the Library Catalog (V-Cat) may show versions not owned by MCPL and therefore unavailable for request by...

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MCPL locations close due to snowstorm

snow flurries flying about

February 12, 2019

Due to the winter storm hitting central Wisconsin today, February 12, the Marathon County Public Library will close its Wausau Headquarters and all of its branch libraries at 5 p.m. As previously announced, the Stratford Branch will be closed the entire day today. This means that today's Facebook Fundamentals - Part 2 class and the meeting of the Hatley Book Club will also be canceled. Weather permitting, MCPL will resume its normal hours and reopen tomorrow, February 13.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at our Wausau headquarters. Thank you!

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MCPL Stratford closed today due to weather

MCPL Stratford, exterior

February 12, 2019

Due to challenges created by the weather, the Marathon County Public Library - Stratford Branch is closed today, February 12, 2019. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at our Wausau headquarters. Thank you!

Library Branches Stratford Branch

Winter Storm Causes MCPL Locations to Close Early

person walking through a blizzard

February 7, 2019

Due to the winter storm hitting central Wisconsin today, February 7, the Marathon County Public Library will close its Wausau Headquarters and all seven of its branch libraries at 5 p.m. The Hatley Branch will close one hour earlier, at 4 p.m. The Friends of the Marathon County Public Library Book Sale, originally scheduled for tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., has also been canceled. The sale will continue as planned on February 8, 9 and 10. In addition to the book sale, tonight's monthly meeting of Pokémon Club at MCPL Wausau, the Needle Arts event at MCPL Wausau, and the DIY Decoupage Jar event scheduled at our Hatley Branch have also been canceled.   Weather permitting, MCPL will resume its normal business...


Local High School Yearbooks Needed!

A photo of local yearbooks taken by Dan R.

February 6, 2019

Are you a local high school graduate who wouldn't mind parting with your high school yearbook? Or are you helping a family member de-clutter and have some yearbooks to get rid of? The Marathon County Public Library might want them! MCPL’s Wausau Headquarters houses a large collection of local high school yearbooks, including the Wausau East (formerly Wausau High School) Wahiscan, Wausau West Aurora, Newman High School Cardinal (formerly The Red Hat), the D.C. Everest Everette, and Faith Christian Academy annual. In addition, our Marathon City Branch has a limited collection of the Marathon High School Fleetfoot, and our Mosinee Branch also recently acquired a small collection of the Mosinee High School Chief...

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Wisconsin's Digital Library needs your input!

Wisconsin's Digital Library needs your input to improve!

February 5, 2019

To those of our patrons who download e-books and audiobooks from Wisconsin's Digital Library (OverDrive / Libby): Please take a few minutes to complete the survey available at the following link: Your input will help the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) – the organization that maintains the digital library – as they continue to grow and develop this collection of e-books, audiobooks and other digital materials for Wisconsin library patrons. This survey is performed annually, will take an average of 10-15 minutes to complete, and is available through February 28, 2019.We thank you in advance for your time and feedback!

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MCPL Hatley closed until noon due to weather

February 4, 2019

UPDATE:  MCPL Hatley is now open for the rest of the day (through 6pm). Thank you!  Posted earlier: Due to challenges created by the icy weather, the Marathon County Public Library - Hatley Branch is closed today, February 4, 2019. We may re-open this location later today as conditions allow; stay tuned for further updates. This closing only affects our Hatley branch; all other MCPL locations remain open according to our regular hours of operation, and it is anticipated that the Hatley branch will re-open tomorrow, February 5, as usual. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at our Wausau headquarters. Thank you!

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2019 Youth Media Award Winners

a collage of book covers featuring the winners of the 2019 Youth Media Award winners

January 31, 2019

The American Library Association has announced its 2019 youth media award winners earlier this week! These awards celebrate the most outstanding and high quality materials for children and teens. They are selected by committees of librarians and other literature or media experts and are meant to guide parents, librarians and educators towards quality works for children. Check out the latest winners from MCPL. For a full list of all award winners, visit the ALA website. The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature was awarded to Merci Suárez...

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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,...

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