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September is World Kid Lit Month!

Two girls reading books at library

September 10, 2022

September is World Kid Lit Month! What is that, exactly? It's an annual month-long initiative that promotes children's literature from around the world, with an emphasis on reading books from other countries, especially those that have been translated into English from other languages. By reading some of these stories, young readers can see the world from a global perspective, learn about other cultures or maybe even become interested in learning a foreign language! This month, use the library to find some great translated books! A few recommendations are listed below. Find even more on this list that we created. We also have many bilingual books available in Spanish and English, Hmong and English, and more...

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That Day in September: A Recap

The stage set for Chris Tucker's 9/11 talk

September 8, 2022

On August 29, MCPL’s Spencer Branch hosted a special event at the LuCille Tack Center for the Arts in Spencer with Chris Tucker, a Long Island, New York native who was working as an air traffic controller on the morning of September 11, 2001. This event had originally been planned to happen in 2020 but was delayed due to COVID. After more than two years, it was a delight to finally see it come to fruition. For those that weren’t able to attend, we’ve included a brief summary below. Tucker started his presentation by explaining what an air traffic controller’s job is, and what they watch for on their screen. He included visuals depicting exactly what an air traffic controller’s screen looks like on most days,...

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Wausau yearbooks added to Central Wisconsin Digitization Project

Central Wisconsin Digitization Project screenshot

September 6, 2022

Over the summer, we at the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) have been working on getting our collection of local high school yearbooks uploaded to the Central Wisconsin Digitization Project website. With help from Andi Coffin and WiLS, the first batch of yearbooks is now up on the website and available for viewing here. Our team began with our oldest yearbooks from Wausau High School, scanning and uploading almost all of the yearbooks from Wausau High School and Wausau East High School through the year 2000. When browsing, you may notice a few missing yearbooks - that's because we don't own a copy and no one has donated their copy to us to add to our collection. If you'd like to help us complete our...

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The Books of CWBF 2022!

Collage of 2022 books featured at CWBF

September 1, 2022

The following is a selection of books written by authors featured in the 2022 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. (Please note: Not all items are available from the library catalog at this time. Some won't be released until later this fall.)

Authors Books Catalogs and Collections Central Wisconsin Book Festival E-books Events Graphic Novels Poetry Reading Recommendations

Request for Proposal: Library Automated Materials Handling System

book sorter

September 1, 2022

Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) is requesting proposals for a new automated materials handling system (AMH). The device will need to reliably and efficiently receive, immediately check in, and sort returned library materials at one location within our building. Many of the items have RFID tags, but some do not. All items have barcodes. Currently, MCPL has a 5-bin setup with one staff induction station and one patron induction station. The projected annual number of items checked in and sorted through this device is greater than 300,000. All interested vendors are required to submit proposals within the following timeframe: Request for Proposals released: Thursday...

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival coming Sept. 21-25!

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August 2, 2022

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...

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UPDATE: Rothschild Branch to remain open during parking lot work

Road being repaved

July 10, 2022

UPDATE - 7/25/2022 The work being done on the parking lot at MCPL's Rothschild Branch is mostly complete and the lot is fully accessible to the public once again. We thank our patrons for their patience over the last two weeks and hope you stop in to see us soon! Beginning Monday, July 11, the parking lot outside of MCPL’s Rothschild Branch may be inaccessible at times as the Village of Rothschild's Department of Public Works completes work to repave the lot. Patrons visiting the branch are advised to plan accordingly. It is unclear when the project will be complete. During times that the lot is completely closed, it is recommended that patrons park their vehicle on Alexander Avenue, which runs...

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Harry Potter Read-Alikes!

Harry Potter Read-Alikes text image

July 5, 2022

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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Library’s Homebound Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary

library homebound delivery bags

July 1, 2022

Of the factors that define a successful public library, free, equal, and open access to information is one of the most essential. But what about the members of our communities who cannot easily travel to their local library due to age, illness, accident, disability, or other factors? That’s where library homebound (or "outreach") programs come in — providing home delivery options to patrons who couldn’t access library materials in any other way. As of 2022, the homebound program at the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) has been going strong for 50 years under the guidance of three successive coordinators — Beth Scott (1972–1976), Barb...

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MCPL Announces Youth Poetry Contest Winners

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June 13, 2022

This winter and spring, the Marathon County Public Library hosted a youth poetry contest. Students between the ages of 9 and 18 submitted their best work, and submissions were judged by Wausau Poet Laureate Dawn Anderson. Anderson said: “Thank you for this privilege to read these wonderful poems where young people pour out their hearts, joys, struggles and creativity. It confirms my resolve that poetry is a wonderful way to process thoughts and feelings, and share wonders.” MCPL is pleased to announce the winners in each of the two age groups. In first place, in the 9‒12 age group: “Spring is a Spring” by Macy Rentmeester. Second place went to “The Sea Emotions” by Paige Mathies, and in third place was “...

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