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The Books of CWBF 2021!

The following is a selection of books written by authors featured in the 2021 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:

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival Children's Reading List

Next month is the Central Wisconsin Book Festival! This year, 11 fabulous children’s authors will be speaking at the festival. The majority of these events will be conducted virtually through Zoom, which means you can attend from anywhere! The following books are my recommended pre-festival reads for kids. The good news? They're all available for checkout from your local Marathon County Public Library! On Friday, September 17, via Zoom, Canadian artist Matthew Forsythe will read from his entertaining picture book Pokko and the Drum and also show participants how he created the illustrations. Forsythe’s artwork has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Japan, Italy, and Germany. A few of my...

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OverDrive app users should switch to the Libby app soon!

If you use the OverDrive app to access Wisconsin's Digital Library for free e-books, e-magazines and audiobooks, please plan to switch to the Libby app by the end of 2022.The OverDrive app is being "sunsetted" by its creator — i.e. the app will no longer be updated or supported in the near future, and eventually will be discontinued.Additionally, the OverDrive app will not be available in the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Microsoft Store starting in February 2022. It's unclear when the OverDrive app will be removed from the Amazon Appstore.*Current OverDrive app users can continue to use the app until further notice. All of the same e-books, e-magazines and audiobooks are available on...

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Who Was It? - Kids' Biography Book List

Do your children want to learn more about those who have made substantial contributions to history, and the world?  We've put together a reading list of biographies for kids, arranging them by length - short, longer, and longest. We've also included links to two podcasts that also may interest them - Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and The Past & the Curious.  For additional recommendations, call the children's desk at the Marathon County Public Library's Wausau Headquarters at 715-261-7220.  

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Library Resources for Herb Gardeners

Are you a gardener, watching your harvest grow this summer? I am, and since the start of the pandemic, I've really enjoyed digging (literally) into my backyard and doing more projects than I ever have before. Weekends off with my husband (for the first time in the decade we’ve known each other) provided the perfect opportunity to work outside creating quite the sanctuary in our backyard! Not only did we expand our garden (again) and build more planting areas around the yard (again), we’ve created a winding path up to a woodland area where I can sit and read. We’ve also created new areas for wildlife and pollinators, including a wildflower patch, bee hotels, and my favorite addition: a pond, complete with a...

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MCPL purchases new materials on East Asia thanks to grant funding

The Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) recently purchased over 60 new items for its collection, thanks to a $1,000 grant from the East Asia in Wisconsin Library Program.  The program was created in fall 2020 by the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Library Association, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The goal of the program is to provide public libraries with the funds to purchase East-Asia-related materials to their collections, or to plan programs and events related to East Asia.  MCPL was one of 38 public libraries around the state to be awarded a grant, and was the...

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The Power of a Book!

For those fortunate enough to learn the joy of reading at a young age, books can be impactful, perhaps even life-changing. Accompanying book characters through life challenges and experiences can set a course for young readers for whom they want to be and how they want to live their lives, or can simply begin a lifelong interest in reading. With this in mind, I asked some adult readers what book they read in their childhoods that had a significant impression on their lives. The qualities of courage and fortitude were lessons some readers learned through their book choices. One individual loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie series, particularly the early books, relating how...

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival is coming Sept. 17-26, 2021!

Even though summer is officially upon us, the committee behind the Central Wisconsin Book Festival — including this author — have their eyes on the fall as we plan for the 5th annual fest! The festival, an initiative of the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL), has grown in several exciting ways since its humble beginnings in 2017: The number of authors hosted, the number of people who attend, and the reach of the festival beyond Central Wisconsin to other states and even countries! The biggest way we’re growing this year is geographically: For the first time, MCPL is collaborating with the Portage County Public Library in Stevens Point and the McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids to host...

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Summer Horror

When I was a kid, summer was the time to read horror novels. I know it's months away from the traditional spooky season, but summer was the only chance I had to read and really enjoy a good scary story. As soon as it got hot—like July or August hot—l was at the library looking for the latest horror novel to keep me company on family trips or while camping. Hopefully one or two of these will keep you company throughout the short summer nights!

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ALSC Summer Reading Lists for Children!

Another summer brings a new selection of children's books compiled for your consideration by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to explore the following lists to find books that may match or spark their child's interest: Birth–Preschool Kindergarten–Grade 2 Grades 3–5 Grades 6–8 Alternatively, paper copies of these lists are available at MCPL locations for a limited time, and PDF versions of these lists are linked on the ALSC website. For assistance requesting these books, or for a stack children's books hand-picked by library staff, please contact your local MCPL. For even more reading ideas, visit the following webpages...

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