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New Dyslexia-Friendly Children's Books Now Available at MCPL!

Recently, the Marathon County Public Library added a few new books to its children's collection that may look a little different to the average reader. These books use the Open Dyslexic typeface, which was specially-developed for dyslexic readers! In Open Dyslexic typeface, letters are bottom-heavy to indicate direction. In addition, letters and words are spaced differently than most typical fonts and the text is printed on paper that reduces glare. These books can be found under the call number 371.9144 in children’s non-fiction at MCPL. Although the books are fiction, they are shelved in non-fiction, much like the collections in Braille (411) and folklore and fairy tales (398). You can also request a book...

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Celebrate Picture Book Month with These Recommended Books!

November is a great time to celebrate picture books; days are shorter and more time is spent indoors, which means more time for reading! Not only that, but the Children's Book Council (CBC) officially designated November as Picture Book month! If you're looking for some new books to read with your kids (maybe you want to reach your next 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten goal?, here are three picture books that I personally think are amazing!      

Wisconsin's Digital Library needs your input to improve

Wisconsin's Digital Library needs your input!

Do you check out e-books or audiobooks from Wisconsin's Digital Library (OverDrive / Libby)? If so, please take a few minutes to complete the survey available at the following link: Your input will help the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) improve this online 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 November 4, 2022. Thank you for your feedback!

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It's National Friends of Libraries Week!

The week of Oct. 16-22, 2022 is marked by the American Library Association as “National Friends of Libraries Week,” and our staff would like to express our gratitude to our own Friends of Marathon County Public Library group for all the work they do! You might know our Friends from their monthly book sales for members, or quarterly sales for the general public. That work alone is a big undertaking, as they spend hours each week sifting through stacks and stacks of donations and items removed from our library collection. All of those items are then reorganized by type and genres on the shelves in the Friends' sale room at MCPL Wausau. It’s a tall order, made taller by the fact that they also volunteer during...

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September is World Kid Lit Month!

September is World Kid Lit Month! What is that, exactly? It's an annual month-long initiative that promotes children's literature from around the world, with an emphasis on reading books from other countries, especially those that have been translated into English from other languages. By reading some of these stories, young readers can see the world from a global perspective, learn about other cultures or maybe even become interested in learning a foreign language! This month, use the library to find some great translated books! A few recommendations are listed below. Find even more on this list that we created. We also have many bilingual books available in Spanish and English, Hmong and English, and more...

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The Books of CWBF 2022!

The following is a selection of books written by authors featured in the 2022 Central Wisconsin Book Festival (CWBF)!   From fiction to nonfiction to poetry, this year's CWBF will be a great opportunity for members of the community to hear from notable writers with diverse backgrounds.  Check out the following items before or after the festival to explore their creations. (Please note: Not all items are available from the library catalog at this time. Some won't be released until later this fall.)

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival coming Sept. 21-25!

The sixth annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival (CWBF) will be held next month, and there's a lot to look forward to! This year's festival will feature approximately 25 events over the course of five days, from September 21 through September 25. Like last year, festival events will be held throughout the region - in Wausau, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids - as well as online!  Writers and experts from all different areas of literature will be part of this year's festival. Below, you can feast your eyes on a few of the events we're particularly excited for, with many more to be announced soon! A Poetry Walk in partnership with the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and the City of...

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Harry Potter Read-Alikes!

Did you know July is Harry Potter's birth month? You can celebrate by immersing yourself in other magical stories that are simliar! If you enjoyed the fantastical world of J K Rowling's Harry Potter series, you might just enjoy the novels listed below. They're a lot like the Harry Potter series, except...  

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Free Access to Books for Teens

Summer will be here soon! As a teen, you may not be any less busy when school is out. Maybe you’re working more hours at your job, visiting family or spending time with friends. Whatever you're up to, make sure to include reading great books in your summer plans! In addition to visiting your local Marathon County Public Library location or participating in our Summer Reading Club, here are three other ways to access free digital materials for teens this summer: With Sync, patrons can use a Sora account to read two different audiobooks per week. The program runs from April 28 until August 17. If you don’t have a Sora account through school, you can sign up for a free account. Please note, these books are not...

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MCPL to Offer New Book Club for Tweens This Summer

Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them is a new book club for tweens between the ages of 8-14. It will meet twice a month at MCPL Wausau starting in June and during each meeting, we'll talk about books and do fun, book-related activities! This is a great way to gather with friends during long summer days and to meet new kids who are also interested in reading. Unlike traditional book clubs where everyone reads and discusses the same book, we will instead be reading books around a similar genre or theme for each meeting. For example, at our first meeting on June 15, everyone should read a graphic novel - but it doesn’t need to be the same one! Make sure to register for the book club in advance on our...