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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 Wausau...

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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...

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Celebrate Children's Book Week!

Happy Children’s Book Week! While every week (and day) is technically a reason to celebrate the power and importance of children’s books at the library, we at the Marathon County Public Library wanted to share some of our favorite books and bring awareness to the importance of every child becoming a lifelong reader. How do you raise a reader? Here are five quick and easy tips:  Read books every day! If your child can’t read, then read together with them and ask questions throughout the book. If your child can read, let them read independently or share a picture book together – kids are never too old to enjoy picture books with an adult Read books your child enjoys. This could be a topic...

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Mending Mondays

Reasons for mending can be sentimental, economical or political. Repairing the items you have instead of buying new stuff is more sustainable and saves you money. Some cities even have a repair café where tools may be provided and a volunteer will show you how to fix broken items. (To find locations, visit www.repaircafe.org) I have noticed many new books about mending clothes have also been published in the past few years. Taking inspiration from these books, I decided this March would be the perfect time to start Mending Mondays! I had a few different mending projects in mind, but it was mostly the large pile of socks in my closet that was nagging at me. I love to knit and have knitted many pairs of socks...

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The Great Debate: Fiction vs. Nonfiction

It is known that reading in general has a positive impact on vocabulary size, spelling and mental agility, but is nonfiction more valuable than fiction? Reading fiction has been shown to increase empathy and moral reasoning in people, as well as greatly improve their social cognition. Some believe reading fiction is a waste of time; that instead of reading about a fictional character's adventures, you should go experience them yourself. In my opinoin, learning new skills and information is important and I think nonfiction has value, though not more than fiction. They both have importance, and research agrees. Research shows that reading nonfiction may negatively predict empathic abilities (or at least has a...

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100 Books Before Graduation program launches at MCPL!

Teen library patrons now have the opportunity to participate in a new challenge called 100 Books Before Graduation! This challenge encourages high school students to read a wide selection of books before they graduate and head on to further education. Progress is logged using the Beanstack app, which is free on the Apple App Store or in the Google Play Store. Rewards are earned for every 20, 50, 70, and 100 books that are read, and rewards include book bags, books, and a gift card upon completion of the program! Any book can count toward the total goal of 100 books! They can be fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, published this year or 200 years ago. They can be books that are read for...

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MCPL Staff Members Choose Favorite Books of 2021

As another year draws to a close, the staff at the Marathon County Public Libary is reflecting back on the last 12 months and all of the many books we have collectively read over that time. Working in a place where we are literally surrounded by books, most of us have very long reading lists, which can make it difficult to choose a favorite. However, we've done just that! Below, some of our staff members reveal what their favorite read of 2021 is. The books chosen didn’t have to be published in 2020, but rather read at some point in the last 12 months.What’s your favorite book that you read (or listened to) this year? Have you read any of our staff picks? Let us know in the comments. And if you like...

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Ready for read-aloud chapter books? Here are five great series to start!

Recently, my family has started to transition from reading solely picture books to a mix of picture books and chapter books, and my preschooler is loving it! If you have young children at home, here are some great early chapter book series to read either aloud as a family or for early readers to try on their own.All of these series include some illustrations and lots of humor, so they are great for keeping kids engaged and excited for just one more chapter!         

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