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Services / Resources: Reading Advice

On-site Services

A variety of helpful equipment, archives and services are available at your local Marathon County Public Library! Some resources are only available at certain MCPL locations, as noted below.

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New Books / Book Lists

Use these lists to browse some of the library's latest acquisitions and current favorites for adults, teens and children! 

MCPL Catalog Collection Reading Advice On-site

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Suggest a Purchase

If you can't find an item in the Library Catalog (V-Cat), and you think we should have it, let us know! You may use the online form below, or paper Purchase Suggestion forms are available at all MCPL locations. We can't promise that we will acquire the item, but we will investigate its suitability for our collections... (read more)

MCPL Online On-site Reading Advice Collection Catalog

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Marathon County Public Library is challenging parents to read more books with their children! The "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" initiative is meant to introduce children to a wide range of literature, encourage families to spend quality time together and promote pre-literacy and learning so children enter school ready to read, listen and learn.... (read more)

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Homebound Services

For Marathon County residents unable to visit the library due to age, illness, accident or disability, our Homebound program offers a way to receive library materials at home by mail or special delivery. Homebound services are free of charge, but a current library account is required. Call 715-261-7248 to register or for more... (read more)

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Early Literacy Center

Early Literacy Center

The Early Literacy Center at MCPL Wausau is an enclosed area of the children's department specially designed for young children and their caregivers. "Early literacy" is a term for what children know about language before learning how to read.  This includes what letters... (read more)

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Online Resources

The following are databases to which the library has subscribed and websites that are affiliated with the library or host library-owned content. For an A-Z listing of all online resources, click here.

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Staff Reviews

Check out these book and movie reviews written by the staff of the Marathon County Public Library, featuring works of fiction and nonfiction for adults, children and teens! Our book reviews also are published at Goodreads.com; follow us for the latest updates. (The reviews on this website represent the personal opinions of the individuals who created... (read more)

Reading Advice MCPL Online

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Suggest a Purchase

If you can't find an item in the Library Catalog (V-Cat), and you think we should have it, let us know! You may use the online form below, or paper Purchase Suggestion forms are available at all MCPL locations. We can't promise that we will acquire the item, but we will investigate its suitability for our collections. We... (read more)

MCPL Online On-site Reading Advice Collection Catalog

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NoveList Plus

A reader's advisory service designed to help you find information about authors, specific books, series information, "read-a-likes" (books similar to ones you enjoy), book and author reviews, book lists, teaching guides and more! NoveList reading recommendations are also featured in the Library Catalog (V-Cat) when you view the detailed record for an... (read more)

BadgerLink Reading Advice WVLS Online

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NoveList K-8

A reader's advisory service for children, designed to help you find information about authors, specific books, series information, "read-a-likes" (books similar to ones you enjoy), book and author reviews, book lists, teaching guides, and more! 

BadgerLink For Children Reading Advice Online

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Personalized Reading Suggestions

Let us help you discover new books you'll love! Library staff are eager to use their expertise and online resources to find great reading recommendations just for you. Complete the form below, and we'll send you three personalized reading recommendations via email. Alternatively, contact us via live chat or call 715-261-7230.

MCPL Online Reading Advice

100 Books Before Graduation

100 Books Before Graduation

Teens are invited to participate in our "100 Books Before Graduation" challenge using the free Beanstack app!This challenge encourages high school students to read widely before college.Rewards are earned at the 20, 50, 70 and 100 book milestones and include book bags, books and a gift card upon completion.Any book can count toward the total goal... (read more)

MCPL BadgerLink Online For Teens Reading Advice

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Booklist Reader

Booklist Reader is a digital magazine that features diverse reading recommendations for readers of all ages.  Monthly issues are filled with high-interest, themed lists that showcase books patrons can read and check out now. 

MCPL Online Reading Advice

BookPage

Book reviews, reading lists, book club resources, book-finding tools and more.This is the online version of the free BookPage newspaper that is available monthly at all MCPL locations. 

MCPL Online Reading Advice

Websites

The following are third-party websites suggested by library staff for your consideration according to our Materials Selection Procedure. Use these websites at your own risk; they are not controlled or monitored by the library.

Audiofile Magazine

This resource provides reviews and recommendations for audiobooks, including an annual "best audiobooks" list and the Audie Awards.

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Center For the Book at the Library of Congress

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places and events that await you whenever you read. 

Web E-books Reading Advice

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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media rates and reviews movies, TV shows, books and more so parents and educators can feel good about the entertainment choices they make for their kids. Common Sense Media is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization.

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Kirkus Reviews

Book reviews and recommendations from a trusted voice in book discovery.

Web Reading Advice

National Public Radio: Books

National Public Radio brings you news about books and authors, inlcuding reviews, interviews, picks for great reads, and much more.

Web Reading Advice

New York Times: Book Review

Reviews, essays, best sellers and children's books coverage from The New York Times Book Review.

Web Reading Advice

Reading Group Guides

A resource for book discussion groups, including reading guides, discussion questions, plot summaries, and book lists.

Web Reading Advice

YALSA's Teen Book Finder

This is a free smartphone/tablet app created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to help teens, parents, library staff, educators and anyone who loves young adult literature access YALSA's growing database of book awards and book lists.

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