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Book Clubs

Share great books with your friends and neighbors! Book clubs meet monthly at most MCPL locations. There are no fees or membership requirements. Simply read the book ahead of time and come to the discussion. Check our book club schedule for the latest information.

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Book Discussion Kits

Start your own book club! Book discussion kits include multiple copies of popular books, discussion questions and author information, all in a handy tote bag! View available book discussion kits in the Library Catalog (V-Cat).

Library Resources

Book News

Subscribe to any of these email newsletters and receive regular updates of new and suggested books in a variety of genres! (Please note: Not all of these books are part of the library's collection. If you select a book we don't own, you will be taken to a pre-filled purchase suggestion form.) tags: reading advice »


Contains a wealth of primary literature content, including citations and full text of hundreds of thousands of poems, short stories, essays, speeches and plays. tags: badgerlink reading advice login required »

Literary Reference Center

Information on thousands of authors and their works, including summaries, literary criticism, biographies, reviews, interviews, classic and contemporary poems and short stories, full-text access to classic works of literature, and much more. tags: badgerlink reading advice login required »


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! tags: badgerlink reading advice login required »

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! tags: badgerlink reading advice login required children »

Online Book Clubs

Sign up to receive excerpts of popular books via email! Simply select your favorite genre, and you'll get a the first few chapters of a book every week. (You won't get the whole book, but just enough to determine whether you would like to borrow the full version from the library.) tags: reading advice »


Provides audio excerpts of book readings, movies of authors and illustrators, and guides to thousands of titles and multimedia resources on children's and young adult literature. tags: badgerlink reading advice login required children »

The Teen Review

Book reviews written by Marathon County teens! Also includes reviews for games, movies, graphic novels, and magazines. Feel free to add comments and contribute your own reviews! tags: reading advice teen »

Internet Resources

BookPage — Book reviews, reading lists, book club resources, book-finding tools, and more. This is the online version of the Book News newspaper, available monthly at the Library. — A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy. Author interviews, book reviews and lively book commentary are found here. Content includes books from bestselling, midlist and debut authors.

Read On Wisconsin! — Promotes high-quality books for children and teens throughout Wisconsin. Allows parents and educators to discuss relevant titles and teaching strategies. Also, children and teens are encouraged to create and share "book trailer" videos for sharing on this site.

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

Teen Reads — Lots of information about young adult books, including lists, reviews, author bios, and more.

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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Staff Reviews

From the MCPL Blog

Is this your lucky day?

Is this your lucky day?

Patrons of the Marathon County Public Library's Wausau Headquarters ? and soon patrons at other MCPL locations ? have a chance to get lucky and check out hotly anticipated new releases of books, music and movies ? with no waiting list! MCPL Wausau recently started a "Lucky Day" shelf on ...