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Value Line is experiencing technical difficulties

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December 3, 2019

Update: As of the evening of 12/4, access to Value Line has been restored. Thank you for your patience! At some point today, Value Line -- our online resource for researching stocks, mutual funds, etc. -- started experiencing some technical difficulties and is currently unavailable. Value Line staff have been notified of the situation and are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. We will update this post once access has been restored.

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New options for parking at MCPL Wausau!

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November 25, 2019

Thanks to recent parking changes in downtown Wausau, visitors to the library's Wausau headquarters have more options for free parking! The main Library Parking Lot (north of the building, by the front doors) will continue to offer free three-hour parking for library patrons – no parking meters, permits or pay stations. Other nearby lots and ramps are controlled by the City of Wausau and offer paid parking Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm; however, the first two hours of parking are free if you register at a pay station located in the lot / ramp.  These lots / ramps include: Lower Library Lot (Lot 7  |  Zone 5720) -- west of the library (behind it) by the river,...

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In-house board game checkout now available at MCPL Wausau

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November 21, 2019

Do you and your family or friends enjoy playing board games? You’re not alone! More than 5,000 new board games were introduced into the U.S. market in 2017, thus proving that the board game boom is real! Weekly game nights are a great way to unplug and connect with friends and family. If you’re looking to “try-before-you-buy” a game that you don’t already own – or if you just want to play something at the library – we can help! At MCPL Wausau, we have a variety of board games available for in-house checkout. Come see us at the Children’s Desk and pick from our collection of games (a full list of them is available below). Just leave your library card at the desk to borrow the game for in-...

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The library hours, they are a-changin'...

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November 21, 2019

In an effort to provide more consistency and uniformity across its 9 locations, the Marathon County Public Library will change its hours of operation starting January 12, 2020, to include a balance of morning, afternoon and evening hours. The library’s Board of Trustees in October 2019 unanimously approved the changes, which were based on factors such as hourly circulation and door counts, staffing and safety issues, public and staff surveys, and comparisons with other libraries in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the United States. See below for a full breakdown of the hours by location, but here are a few key things to keep in mind if you’re wondering about your next trip to the library after...

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Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

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November 9, 2019

Curious about what your friends and neighbors might be reading? Or which books are trending nationally? Check out the following books from the New York Times Best Sellers list! Have you read any of these books already? Let us know what you thought in the "Comments" section below! Happy reading! Please note: These are popular items that may not be immediately available. It is likely you will need to use the "Request" option in the Library Catalog (V-Cat) to add yourself to the waiting list. Do not be discouraged by long waiting lists for books; MCPL usually has enough copies in circulation to keep wait times reasonable.  Also: All of the following books are...

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Dinosaurs in the Early Literacy Center!

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November 6, 2019

Dinosaurs have taken over the Early Literacy Center (ELC) at MCPL Wausau! Follow the T-Rex footprints in the children's area and begin to explore the magnet wall, flannel board, volcano, activity play mat, puppet stand, and more. Pretending to play is an important part of your child’s development. Let your child’s imagination run wild as they explore the dinosaur world play mat with the realistic dinosaur action figures. Your child can also put on a show with dino puppets and create their own story from beginning to end! Imagine how the world looked back when dinosaurs roamed the earth by arranging the dinosaurs within the volcanic scene on the felt board! Playing with felt characters builds hands-on learning...

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Library hours set to change January 12

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October 29, 2019

One of the Marathon County Public Library’s main goals is to give the best service possible to our patrons. To help better serve you, the hours of operation at each MCPL location will change starting in mid-January. A balance of morning, afternoon and evening hours will be offered at each of our nine locations. In addition, Saturday hours will be offered at each location in order to provide patrons with weekend access to their local library in every part of the county! Take note of the new service hours listed below, which will go into effect starting January 12, 2020. A few recurring events, such as story times and book clubs, will be affected by the change in hours and will meet at new...

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Brainstorming Ideas for a New Makerspace with the Community in Mind

makerspace: recording studio

October 22, 2019

As libraries evolve in the 21st century to meet the changing needs of their communities and maintain relevance as community hubs, more and more are carving out spaces for their patrons to create through so-called “makerspaces.”  What are they making there? The answers are as varied as the books on the shelves… They’re making: Screenprinted posters and clothing Music, videos, and podcasts Codes for computer programs and apps 3-D figurines Laser-engraved woodblocks …and much more! Some libraries also incorporate sewing machines, basic circuitry gadgets for kids, and virtual or augmented reality equipment into their makerspaces. The Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) recently embarked on a quest to...

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Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

NY Times Best Sellers

October 9, 2019

Curious about what your friends and neighbors might be reading? Or which books are trending nationally? Check out the following books from the New York Times Best Sellers list! Have you read any of these books already? Let us know what you thought in the "Comments" section below! Happy reading! Please note: These are popular items that may not be immediately available. It is likely you will need to use the "Request" option in the Library Catalog (V-Cat) to add yourself to the waiting list. Do not be discouraged by long waiting lists for books; MCPL usually has enough copies in circulation to keep wait times reasonable.  Also: All of the following books are...

Reading Recommendations Books

Book lovers unite! Attend the Central Wisconsin Book Festival Sept. 23-29

Central Wisconsin Book Festival

September 24, 2019

An award-winning graphic novelist, a highly acclaimed poet and essayist whose career is skyrocketing, and one of Wisconsin’s most popular authors are but a few of the guests who will take part in the Central Wisconsin Book Festival (CWBF) this weekend throughout the Wausau area! Started in 2017, the festival aims to bring in writers from across the country — with some extra attention on Wisconsin authors — for a series of events celebrating the written word in its various forms and genres: poetry,  fiction,  nonfiction (and local writers who dabble in all of the above forms),  comics & graphic novels. The motivation behind the...

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