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Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

NY Times Best Sellers screenshot

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 owned by MCPL in at least...

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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 owned by MCPL in at least...

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Unavailable 9/27-9/30: BadgerLink Resources & Interlibrary Loan

BadgerLink homepage screenshot

September 20, 2019

Due to a system upgrade, patrons will be unable to access a number of the library's online resources on Friday, 9/27, 7pm, continuing through Monday, 9/30, 7am – specifically, BadgerLink resources and the interlibrary loan catalog (WISCAT). Popular BadgerLink resources affected by this outage include: U.S. Newsstream Newspapers.com: Library Edition Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers Auto Repair Source Popular Magazines in BadgerLink HeritageQuest EBSCO All Databases LearningExpress Library Consumer Reports Newspaper Source Plus NoveList K-8 If you have any questions or issues accessing these resources after the outage, please contact us. Thank you...

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Currently Unavailable: Online Resources & Interlibrary Loan (WISCAT)

computer lab

September 11, 2019

Update: Access to these resources has been restored. BadgerLink and WISCAT are temporarily offline, affecting access to some of our online resources and the interlibrary loan catalog. This is an unplanned outage. This article will be updated once these resources are accessible again. If you need immediate assistance, please contact us.

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Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

New York Times Best Sellers screenshot

September 8, 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 owned by MCPL in at least...

Reading Recommendations Books

Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

NY Times Best Sellers

August 7, 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 owned by MCPL in at least...

Reading Recommendations Books

Value Line is experiencing technical difficulties

Value Line screenshot

July 15, 2019

Update: As of 7/22/19, Value Line should be back online. If you experience any difficulties accessing this resource, please contact us. At some point during this last weekend, 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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Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

NY Times Best Sellers

July 3, 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 owned by MCPL in at least...

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Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

NY Times Best Sellers

May 24, 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 owned by MCPL in at least...

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Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

NY Times Best Sellers

April 28, 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 owned by MCPL in at least...

Reading Recommendations Books

Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

NY Times Best Sellers

March 28, 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 owned by MCPL in at least...

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Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

NY Times Best Sellers

February 27, 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! 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 owned by MCPL in at least one version; however, the Library Catalog (V-Cat) may show versions not owned by MCPL and therefore unavailable for request by MCPL...

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MCPL Stratford closed today due to weather

MCPL Stratford, exterior

February 12, 2019

Due to challenges created by the weather, the Marathon County Public Library - Stratford Branch is closed today, February 12, 2019. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at our Wausau headquarters. Thank you!

Library Branches Stratford Branch

Wisconsin's Digital Library needs your input!

Wisconsin's Digital Library needs your input to improve!

February 5, 2019

To those of our patrons who download e-books and audiobooks from Wisconsin's Digital Library (OverDrive / Libby): Please take a few minutes to complete the survey available at the following link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019patronsurvey. Your input will help the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) – the organization that maintains the digital library – as they continue to grow and develop this collection of e-books, audiobooks and other digital materials for Wisconsin library patrons. This survey is performed annually, will take an average of 10-15 minutes to complete, and is available through February 28, 2019. We thank you in advance for your time and feedback!

Wisconsin's Digital Library E-books Online Resources

MCPL Hatley closed until noon due to weather

MCPL Hatley

February 4, 2019

UPDATE:  MCPL Hatley is now open for the rest of the day (through 6pm). Thank you!  Posted earlier: Due to challenges created by the icy weather, the Marathon County Public Library - Hatley Branch is closed today, February 4, 2019. We may re-open this location later today as conditions allow; stay tuned for further updates. This closing only affects our Hatley branch; all other MCPL locations remain open according to our regular hours of operation, and it is anticipated that the Hatley branch will re-open tomorrow, February 5, as usual. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at our Wausau headquarters. Thank you!

Library Branches Hatley Branch

Winter Story Time Break

children playing in the snow

November 22, 2018

Due to the winter holidays, we'll be taking a break from our regularly-scheduled story times at most MCPL locations. Please note the "will not meet" dates in the schedule copied below.  For the most up-to-date story time information, please visit www.mcpl.us/story-times. For a listing of library's holiday hours and special closings, visit www.mcpl.us/holidays. Happy holidays, everyone! Family Story Time MCPL Wausau — Weekly on Saturdays, 10:30am (year-round) (will not meet 12/22, 12/29) MCPL Athens — Weekly on Tuesdays, 10:00am (year-round) (will not meet 12/25, 1/1) MCPL Edgar — Weekly on Thursdays, 9:30am (Sept.-May) (will not meet 11/22, 12/27...

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Gale Courses: Free online learning!

Gale Courses infographic

October 31, 2018

Hundreds of free, instructor-led courses on a variety of subjects are now available to patrons of the Marathon County Public Library! Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely online. Courses run for six weeks, and new sessions begin every month. A certificate of completion is offered upon the successful completion of most courses. Gain valuable knowledge that can be immediately applied at your job or in your personal life! These courses offer something for everyone: Career & Professional Development: Many courses are tied to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ fastest-growing occupations. Examples include: accounting, business and management,...

Technology Computer Classes Online Resources

Library Catalog (V-Cat) temporarily offline

V-Cat screenshot

June 20, 2018

Update: The library catalog is available again as of approximately 2:15 this afternoon. Shortly before 11 a.m. this morning, the Library Catalog (V-Cat) experienced an outage which is ongoing. This affects the online catalog from home as well as in the library, and also limits our ability to quickly check out items to patrons. More information forthcoming. Thank you for your patience!

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Mosinee Branch Reopens Tomorrow! (Wed., May 16)

MCPL Mosinee, exterior

May 15, 2018

The Marathon County Public Library's Mosinee Branch is scheduled to reopen Wednesday, May 16, following a brief closure due to a roofing construction project. The library has been closed to the public since last week. Once again, we'd like like to thank our patrons for their patience and understanding!

Mosinee Branch Library Facility Improvement

Library closed today (Sun., April 15) due to snow storm.

snowy road

April 15, 2018

Due to inclement weather and unsafe driving conditions, the Marathon County Public Library will be closed today, Sunday, April 15. This only affects the library's Wausau headquarters, as all other MCPL locations do not have hours on Sunday. MCPL Wausau is expected to reopen tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. as usual. 

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Outdoor book return at MCPL Rothschild closed temporarily

MCPL Rothschild, exterior

March 12, 2018

Due to a roof replacement project at Rothschild's village hall, the outdoor book return at our Rothschild Branch will be unavailable today -- and possibly a little longer than that. For the same reason, parking options in front of the library may be limited, and you may need to use the village hall's central or south entrance instead of the library entrance to the north.  To return your items, please use the indoor book return. Thank you!

Facility Improvement Library Branches

Today's library board meeting is canceled.

Library Catalog (V-Cat) Planned Maintenance 10/31

V-Cat screenshot

October 27, 2017

UPDATE: As of Tuesday, October 31, 7:30 a.m., the Library Catalog (V-Cat) and related services are back online. If you experience any difficulty accessing the catalog, your library account or online resources, please contact us. Thank you for your patience during this transition! The Library Catalog (V-Cat) and many Online Resources will be unavailable on Tuesday, October 31, approximately 12:30-8:00 a.m. During this time, the servers that support V-Cat will be migrated to a virtualized environment for greater efficiency. While we intend to have everything up and running before our libraries open for business, it is not impossible for related services to be affected later in the day....

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Story Time Changes / Breaks

mom reading to child

August 8, 2017

As our Summer Library Program draws to a close, a number of our "year-round" story times will be taking a short break toward the end of August. Of course, our "September - May" story times will kick into gear shortly thereafter -- in the second week of September unless otherwise specified. These changes and other relevant dates are described below in brief. For our complete story time schedule and related information, please visit www.mcpl.us/story-times. If you have any questions about story time during this transition period, please don't hesitate to contact us! Family Story Time MCPL Wausau — Weekly on Saturdays, 10:30am (year-round) (2017: will not meet 8/21-9/4) MCPL...

Children Story Times

Books for Wausau chicken enthusiasts!

chicken flock

July 26, 2017

Now that Wausau's city council has voted to allow chickens within the city limits, local residents may be wondering just exactly how to make their dreams of backyard poultry a reality. Well, first things first, we recommend you read the actual ordinance (8.08.012, page 10) and make sure what you're planning aligns with what is permitted in your area. And for those of you in other Marathon County municipalities who are curious about owning chickens, we can point you to the ordinances that may affect you; just contact us at the Reference Desk. Then, when you're ready, check out some of the books offered by your local Marathon County Public Library on the topic of raising chickens, some of which...

Reading Recommendations Community

Libby: A new app to access library e-books and audiobooks.

Meet Libby

June 30, 2017

Borrowers of library e-books and audiobooks, please take note! In June of 2017, OverDrive announced a new mobile app for Wisconsin's Digital Library called Libby. This app is designed to simplify the OverDrive mobile user experience, especially for new users. Libby will be added to Wisconsin's Digital Library in August as the preferred app for new users. Currently, there is no definitive timeline for when the current OverDrive app will be discontinued. Libby is currently available for download in the app stores for iOS and Android (but not yet for Amazon's Kindle Fire devices.) If you have any questions about borrowing e-books and digital audiobooks from the library...

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Join our Summer Reading Club!

"Build a Better World" 2017 Summer Program

May 15, 2017

Join our Summer Reading Club to track your reading and other activities, and you’ll receive a reward at the end of summer!  Registration for all ages opens 5/30 at all MCPL locations and online at www.mcpl.us/slp. Children (Birth-Grade 5)  Calling all kids! We challenge you to read and perform acts of kindness this summer. Track your efforts on the reading log you’ll receive at registration. Show your log to library staff throughout the summer and turn it in by 8/12 to earn rewards! www.mcpl.us/kids Teens (Grades 6-12) Hey, teens! This summer, we’re challenging you to read, explore and improve your community. Upon registration, you’ll receive a BINGO-style reading and activity log...

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Library Catalog (V-Cat) access restored as of 9 a.m.

V-Cat screenshot

May 15, 2017

UPDATE: Library catalog access has been restored. If you continue to experience issues accessing the catalog, please contact us. Thank you for your patience! As of 7am: The library catalog has been offline for routine maintenance since 3am and will be restored very soon. Thanks for your patience!

Library Catalog (V-Cat) IT Updates

Library Working to Resolve Catalog Error

secure connection error

January 23, 2017

UPDATE 2/6/17: This issue has now been resolved. If you happen to experience any further problems accessing the library catalog, please feel free to contact us and let us know about the issue.   Original post: Beginning late last week, some library patrons began encountering sporadic errors when trying to access the library catalog, also known as V-Cat. So far, the error does not seem dependent upon the device, operating system or web browser patrons are using. The error is something we are aware of and is something the Wisconsin Valley Library Service (who maintains the catalog) is currently working to resolve. If you attempt to access the catalog and experience an...

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"Home Access" is restored for ReferenceUSA, Value Line and ProQuest!

computer lab

November 15, 2016

As of this afternoon, patrons may once again access ReferenceUSA, Value Line and Wausau Daily Herald Archive (ProQuest) from home using their library cards.  Access to these resources from home went offline due to technical difficulties that seem to have started on Monday, November 14. If you experience any futher difficulties using these resources, please contact us. Thanks for your patience!

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Wisconsin's Digital Library will be upgraded in early November!

Wisconsin's Digital Library logo

October 25, 2016

For those of our patrons who use Wisconsin's Digital Library (aka Overdrive) to access e-books and audiobooks, please be aware that the WDL website will be getting a substantial upgrade in early November 2016. This upgrade will improve the appearance and funtionality of the site, and some familiar options may appear different. A preview of the new Wisconsin's Digital Library is available at the following link: https://wplc.overdrive.com/preview. If you have difficulties using the new site, please don't hesitate to contact us or visit your local MCPL for hands-on assistance.

Wisconsin's Digital Library E-books Audiobooks

Keep cool at the library!

sunset

July 20, 2016

With temperatures expected to reach into the 90s this week, local officials are urging residents to protect themselves from heat-related illness. One way to do that is by coming to the library! All Marathon County Public Libraries have been designated as official cooling centers -- places where residents without air conditioning can get relief from the extreme heat. We also will have bottled water available. According to the Marathon County Health Department, most heat-related illnesses involve the elderly, individuals who have chronic illnesses, children, athletes and outdoor workers. To prevent risks from excessive heat, the health department suggests people do the following:...

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Summer Library Program starts May 31!

"On your mark, get set... READ!" Kids swimming in a pool.

April 21, 2016

This year’s summer theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set... Read!” and combines fitness and health with our usual focus on reading and discovery! Summer Reading Club is an important part of our summer program, and we have great activities planned for children of all ages, plus teens and adults! Register at your local MCPL or online starting May 31 to receive a log to track your summer reading, healthful activities and other challenges. Your completed log may be returned to the library by August 27 for a reward! We have a full slate of events scheduled, including performers like children’s musician Tom Pease, magician Jim Mitchell, clowns Miller & Mike, juggler Dan Kirk, instrumentalist Bill Kehl, the Soda...

Summer Library Program Newsletter Children

Staff Book Reviews

open book

March 21, 2016

As you might guess, many of the library's staff are avid readers! If you'd like to read our opinions of a variety of books – from children's picture books to adult nonfiction – check out our regularly-updated Staff Reviews webpage, follow us at Goodreads.com or subscribe to our Staff Reviews e-newsletter. Read Staff Reviews: www.mcpl.us/catalogs/books/reviews. (from the MCPL E-Newsletter)

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Planning & Visioning: Workshop Meeting Minutes

meeting room table

September 9, 2015

The following are notes compiled from the library's Planning & Visioning listening sessions so far: 2015-8-26 Workshop Meeting Minutes 2015-9-9 Workshop Meeting Minutes

Facility Improvement

Fizz! Boom! Read!

June 5, 2014

This year’s Summer Program has a science theme! We’ve planned a variety of fun and educational events for all ages — children, teens and adults — at MCPL locations throughout the county!  For complete details, visit www.mcpl.us/slp or pick up a Summer Program brochure at your local Marathon County Public Library. We look forward to seeing you at the library! (from the MCPL Newsletter, May-Jul., 2014)

Summer Library Program Reading Recommendations Events

Summer Story Time Changes

mother and daughter reading book

April 23, 2014

Summer is fast approaching, and as usual, there will be some changes to the regular story time schedules at most MCPL locations. Most branches will take a break from their story times to focus on Summer Library Program events. At MCPL Wausau, we'll be taking a break from story times in May to focus on school tours, and we've added a unique, summer-only story time ("Sweet Dreams"). Additionally, special children's events will supersede concurrent story times (particularly "Tales for Tots" at Wausau), but don't let that stop you from visiting the library -- there will be plenty of fun and learning for your child in either case. As always, the story time schedule is viewable at www.mcpl.us/storytimes,...

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2014 Early Literacy Calendar

January 24, 2014

Helping your child get ready to read is easy! Just do one fun activity from this calendar each day. Plus, sign up for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Ask your children's librarian for more tips and ideas to promote pre-reading skills in your child. http://wla.wisconsinlibraries.org/images/yss/2014_Early_Literacy_Calendar.pdf  

Children Early Literacy

'Tis the season for Consumer Reports!

December 12, 2013

This time of year, we see a lot of people coming to the library to browse Consumer Reports magazines and Buying Guides in order to make informed purchases for holiday gift giving. But did you know you can browse digital versions of Consumer Reports from home, for free, using your library card? Here's how: From the main menu at www.mcpl.us, select "Research" and choose"Online Resources." Or just go to www.mcpl.us/research/online.   Find "Consumer Reports" in the "Library Resources A-Z" list.   If prompted, log in using your 14-digit library card barcode number and your four-digit PIN.   You will see an EBSCOhost search form....

Online Resources

BadgerLink Resources: Public Feedback Requested!

BadgerLink screen shot

December 3, 2013

BadgerLink is a state-funded collection of databases and online services offered to the public for free. Many of the resources on the Marathon County Public Library's Online Resources webpage are offered courtesy of BadgerLink. Now, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction would like your feedback on how you use BadgerLink (if you use it), what you like about it, ways you would like to see it improved, etc. Please consider completing the survey linked below. It will take about five minutes. Take the survey! The survey will close on December 20, 2013. Thank you for completing this assessment of content to be considered for inclusion in BadgerLink. The Department of Public...

BadgerLink Online Resources Technology

Technology skills for beginners!

November 18, 2013

There’s still time to register our free, basic computer classes. Space is limited, so call your local MCPL today! iPad Basics / Mon., 11/25/13, 10:30am – 12:00pm @ MCPL Hatley Facebook Basics / Mon., 12/2/13, 10:30am – 12:30pm @ MCPL Wausau Intermediate iPad / Wed., 12/4/13, 6:00pm – 7:00pm @ MCPL Edgar iPad Basics / Mon., 12/9/13, 10:00am – 12:00pm @ MCPL Wausau iPad Basics / Tue., 12/10/13, 1:00pm – 2:30pm @ MCPL Stratford Word Processing Basics / Wed., 12/18/13, 6:00pm – 7:00pm @ MCPL Edgar Email Basics /...

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Update: Affordable Care Act

October 1, 2013

As of Tue., October 1, 2013, Wisconsin residents can explore their health insurance options and apply for benefits using HealthCare.gov, portal to the health insurance marketplace established by the federal government to fulfill the mandates of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Marathon County Public Library patrons are welcome to use the library's computers to access HealthCare.gov, but please note: We are not trained or licensed to assist you in selecting a specific health plan. We are happy to direct you to information and public resources about the Affordable Care Act that will help you make your own choices. Free access to computers and the Internet is available at all nine MCPL locations: Wausau,...

Health Resources Government Information

Tablets, E-readers, E-books, Laptops…

assorted e-readers

July 22, 2013

...are available for checkout at your local MCPL!  Tablets and laptops are available for in-house use for up to two hours. Tablets are only available at the Wausau library and include iPad and Android-based devices. The laptops are all Windows 7 PCs. E-readers are available for 14-day checkout and  include NOOKs and Kindles. E-books are available via our partnership with Wisconsin’s Digital Library (aka OverDrive). More than 53,000 fiction and nonfiction titles are available. We also can provide you with checkout and download instructions for any device.  When it comes to helping you experience new technologies, MCPL has you covered! www.mcpl.us/catalogs (from the MCPL...

Wisconsin's Digital Library E-books Newsletter

Update: Story Times

July 22, 2013

Enjoy learning with your children through stories, songs and literature-based activities! Several story times were discontinued for the summer and will resume on the dates given below. Also, Wausau's "Sweet Dreams" story time and Rothschild's Friday story time will be discontinued soon. Recurring weekly: Family Story Time (all ages) MCPL Wausau — Sat., 10:30am [Resumes 9/21/13] MCPL Athens — Tue., 10am MCPL Edgar — Thu.,  9:30am [Resumes 9/19/13] MCPL Hatley — Tue., 10:30am MCPL Marathon City —Thu., 10:30am [Resumes 9/12/13] MCPL Mosinee — Wed., 10am [Resumes 9/11/13] MCPL Rothschild -- Tue., 10:30am MCPL Rothschild -- Fri., 10:30am [Ends 7/26/13]...

Children Story Times Newsletter

Rothschild Story Time Changes

February 7, 2013

Please note: Effective the week of February 18, 2013, Family Story Time at MCPL Rothschild will meet Tuesday and Friday mornings at 10:30am. (Previously, this story time met Wednesdays and Fridays at the same time.)  

Children Library Branches

Changes to Passport Services

February 1, 2013

Starting in 2013, the  Marathon County Public Library - Wausau Headquarters will offer U.S. Passport application acceptance services by appointment only.  Appointments are available each month on the second and fourth Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm, and on the first Tuesday and third Wednesday, 3:00-8:00pm. For more information, please contact us.  

Passports

Subscribe to the MCPL Newsletter!

January 23, 2013

Register your email address to receive the MCPL Newsletter every other month, plus the library’s monthly Upcoming Events newsletter! To subscribe, visit www.mcpl.us/about/newsletter or scan the QR code attached to this article with your tablet or smart phone. (from the MCPL Newsletter, January - March, 2013)

Newsletter

Aquarium now open in Wausau!

yellow fish

January 8, 2013

We have fish! The saltwater aquarium in the children's department at the MCPL Wausau Headquarters is now open to the public. Stop by and check it out, or visit our aquarium photo album on Facebook.

Children Facility Improvement

Changes to Passport Services

December 28, 2012

Starting in 2013, the Marathon County Public Library - Wausau Headquarters will offer U.S. Passport application acceptance services by appointment only.  Appointments are available each month on the second and fourth Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm, and on the first Tuesday and third Wednesday, 3:00-8:00pm.  (For the most current appointment schedule, please visit our passports webpage.) For more information, please contact us.  

Passports

Library Catalog Options Unavailable

V-Cat screenshot

December 11, 2012

We are making some exciting changes to our library catalog in order to serve you better, but during this transition, a few options will be unavailable from 12/31 through 1/9/2013: You will not be able to request items. You will not be able to renew items. You will not be able to make changes to your library account. We will be adjusting due dates during this period to prevent late fees. Beginning 1/10, you will be able to place holds, renew items and more! If you have any questions, please contact us.  

Technology

Holiday Story Time Breaks

November 19, 2012

To accommodate the upcoming holidays, there will be short breaks in our regular story time schedule over the next few months, as follows:  last meetsresumes Wausau12/151/2 Athens12/181/8 Edgar12/201/10 Hatley12/181/8 Marathon City12/201/10 Mosinee12/19 **1/9 Rothschild12/21 *1/4 Spencer12/191/16 Stratford12/191/9 * The Rothschild story time on 12/28 will still meet. ** Also, the Mosinee story time on 11/21 won’t meet (from the MCPL Newsletter, Nov. 2012-Jan. 2013) {{2013-01-01}}

Children Story Times Newsletter

Online Resources: Gifts That Keep on Giving!

girl using a computer

November 16, 2012

Did you know your library card gives you free access to Consumer Reports, a trusted source of ratings and reviews of appliances, electronics, cars and other products? When buying gifts for family and friends, why not consult Consumer Reports and check if your selections are likely to please?   Tuning up your car to endure another of Wisconsin’s winters? Your library card gives you free access to the Auto Repair Reference Center which contains maintenance and repair topics, schematics and service bulletins for most passenger vehicles from the 50s to the present.   From genealogy to hobbies & crafts, investments to computer tutorials, more great...

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Buying an E-reader or Tablet?

man reading e-reader

November 16, 2012

E-readers and tablets are among the most-wished-for gifts this holiday season. Don’t forget that your library card can connect these devices to thousands of free e-books and audio books thanks to Wisconsin’s Digital Library (a.k.a. “OverDrive”)! Choosing which device will best suit your needs can be challenging, and while we can’t tell you which is “the best,” we can describe the different borrowing experiences for most devices and refer you to product review sources to help you reach a decision. Just call 715-261-7230, email us or visit www.mcpl.us/overdrive, and we’ll help you get started. There also is an online device compatibility guide at www.overdrive.com/...

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NOOK makes borrowing library e-books even easier!

NOOK e-reader

October 31, 2012

Finally, owners of NOOK Color, NOOK HD and NOOK Tablet are able to download e-books and audio books directly onto their e-readers using the free OverDrive Media Console app! This app bypasses the need to first download these files onto a computer and upload them to an e-reader using a USB cord, making these e-readers an ideal stand-alone solutions for accessing library books on the go. This app may be found by searching for "OverDrive Media Console" in the NOOK Store from these devices. Once it is installed, open the app and choose the "Get Books" option. Next, choose your library ("Marathon County Public Library" or "Wisconsin Public Library Consortium") and input your 14-digit...

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Be prepared to vote!

October 11, 2012

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Are you ready to vote? The following resources will help you answer some common voter questions and concerns. Where should I vote? -- Visit My Vote Wisconsin (myvote.wi.gov), a new website created by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB). Pick the option that best describes you -- most likely, "Regular Voter" -- and select "Address Search" on the following screen. Type in your current address to determine where you should vote. I've never voted before. How do I register? -- In general, you may be able to register by mail, with a municipal clerk, or in person on Election Day. The GAB offers a quick-reference...

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Enter our Scary Story Contest!

September 18, 2012

A creative writing contest and workshop for grades 6-12. Teens throughout Marathon County are invited to submit their best original spine-chilling tales to be featured on the MCPL website! Winning entries will be featured in the 2013 edition of "Pixels & Pages," the library's annual magazine of teen creative writing and art, and excerpts two entries will be published in the October 18th issue of the City Pages!   Stories may be submitted online at www.mcpl.us/scarystory. (Stories should be at most 1,500 words, original and not published elsewhere.)   Plus, teens can attend our Scary Story Writing Workshop (Sat., 10/13, 2:00pm @ MCPL...

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Check out the Tween Scene!

Tween Scene at MCPL Wausau

September 18, 2012

A special area with books, computers and resources for kids in grades 3-5.   With the ongoing success of TeenZone and further improvements in the Children’s Department, the Wausau library is developing an area and programming for members of an age group who often feel left out: tweens.   Tweens are in that awkward time of life when they are no longer just children, but not quite teenagers. We’ve defined them as ‘children in third, fourth or fifth grade.’   The Tween Scene features colorful artwork, a carefully selected collection of books, computers, funky furniture and a gaming station. Our goal is to provide a safe and engaging place for...

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September 2012 Movie Schedule

August 11, 2012

The following free movies will be shown at the MCPL Wausau Headquarters in September! Due to licensing restrictions, we cannot advertise the movies' titles online, but if you call 715-261-7200 or email us, we'll tell you. Otherwise, sign up for our monthly "Featured Events" email newsletter! Please note: Future movie events will be listed at the following link: www.mcpl.us/events?event_tag=movie (or browse events at www.mcpl.us/events). They no longer will be posted in the blog on a month-by-month basis. MOVIE NIGHT / Tue., 9/11/12, 6:00pm | Rated PG-13 (2012) 132 min (film details) (request this DVD) (request the book) MOVIE NIGHT / Tue., 9/25/12, 6:00pm...

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July 2012 Movie Schedule

July 19, 2012

The following free movies will be shown at the MCPL Wausau Headquarters in July! Due to licensing restrictions, we cannot advertise the movies' titles online, but if you call 715-261-7200 or email us, we'll tell you. Otherwise, sign up for our monthly "Featured Events" email newsletter!  TEEN MOVIE NIGHT / Tue., 7/3, 6:00pm | Rated PG-13 (2012) 132 min  (film details) (request this DVD) (request the book) TEEN MOVIE NIGHT  / Tue., 7/31, 6:00pm  | Rated PG-13 (2012) 99 min (film details) (request this DVD)  

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Summer Program Update

July 9, 2012

There’s still time to participate! Reading tickets will be accepted through August 18th. Tickets are entered in drawings for prizes throughout the summer, a greatway to encourage your child’s reading habits! Summer events continue throughout August, featuring great performers, informative presentations and activities for all ages. Visit www.mcpl.us/slp for details! (from the MCPL Newsletter, July-Sept. 2012) {{2012-08-18}}  

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Update: Story Times

July 9, 2012

Several locations ended their story times in May. The dates these story times will resume are noted below. Ongoing story times are also included. For the most up-to-date information throughout the year, visit www.mcpl.us/childrens/storytimes Family Story Time (all ages) · MCPL Wausau - Sat., 10:30am (starts 9/22) · MCPL Athens - Tue., 10:00am (starts 9/18) · MCPL Edgar - Thu., 9:30am (starts 9/13) · MCPL Hatley - Tue., 10:30am (ongoing) · MCPL Marathon City - Thu., 10:00am (starts 9/13) · MCPL Mosinee - Wed., 10:00am (starts 9/12) · MCPL Rothschild - Wed., 10:30am (ongoing) · MCPL Spencer - Wed., 10:00am (starts 9/5/12) · MCPL Stratford - Wed., 10:...

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Volunteer at the Library!

July 9, 2012

There are many ways to volunteer at the library, such as shelving books, helping at events, creating displays, selecting and delivering books for homebound patrons, and more! Our volunteer positions are flexible enough to fit your schedule and preferences. No long-term commitment is required, but you must fill out an interest survey and an application. These forms are available at any MCPL location or online. For more information, please call 715-261-7200 or visit www.mcpl.us/about/volunteer. (from the MCPL Newsletter, July-Sept. 2012)

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Learn a New Language!

Mango Languages logo

July 9, 2012

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system available to you for free with your MCPL library card! Dozens of the world’s most  common languages are included. For access, visit www.mcpl.us/research/languages (from the MCPL Newsletter, July-Sept. 2012)

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Tablets, E-readers, Laptops...

man using tablet

July 9, 2012

...are available for checkout at your local MCPL! Tablets and laptops are available for in-house checkout for up to two hours. Tablets are only available at the Wausau library and include Apple’s iPad and Android-based devices. Laptops are all Windows 7 PCs. E-readers are available for 14-day checkout and  include NOOK from Barnes & Noble and Kindle from Amazon.com. For details, visit www.mcpl.us/devices When it comes to helping you experience new technologies, MCPL has you covered! (from the MCPL Newsletter, July-Sept. 2012)   

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Help Us Discover New Books!

lady reading a book

May 22, 2012

As part of our efforts to keep our collections up-to-date and complete, we invite you to submit a Purchase Suggestion form whenever you discover we don’t own a specific item or items of a particular topic or genre. Purchase suggestions may be made in person or online at www.mcpl.us/account/suggest Your input is always appreciated, and if we buy the item you’ve suggested, we will set it aside and contact you when it’s ready to pick up at the MCPL location of your choice! (from the MCPL Newsletter, May-July 2012)

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June 2012 Movie Schedule

May 21, 2012

The following free movies will be shown at the MCPL Wausau Headquarters in June! Due to licensing restrictions, we cannot advertise the movies' titles online, but if you call 715-261-7200 or email us, we'll tell you. Otherwise, sign up for our monthly "Featured Events" email newsletter!  MOVIE NIGHT / Tue., 6/5, 6:00pm | Rated PG-13 (2012) 91 min  (film details) (request this DVD) (request the book) MOVIE NIGHT / Tue., 6/12, 6:00pm  | Rated PG-13 (2012) 118 min (film details) (request this DVD)

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May 2012 Movie Schedule

April 26, 2012

The following free movies will be shown at the MCPL Wausau Headquarters in May! Due to licensing restrictions, we cannot advertise the movies' titles online, but if you call 715-261-7200 or email us, we'll tell you. Otherwise, sign up for our monthly "Featured Events" email newsletter!  MOVIE NIGHT, TUE, 5/8, 5:45 PM Rated PG-13 (2011) 146 min (film details) (request this DVD) (request the book) MOVIE NIGHT, TUE, 5/15, 6:00 PM Rated PG-13 (2012) 104 min (film details) (request this DVD) (request the book)     MOVIE NIGHT, TUE, 5/22, 6:00 PM Rated PG-13 (2011) 118 min (film details) (request this DVD)

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New Technology Classes

man using tablet

April 13, 2012

Thanks to the UW Extension and the Office of Broadband Sustainability, a new series of technology-related classes will be offered at MCPL locations this fall! To reserve your seat, please contact the location hosting the class. Classes include: A First Look at Facebook Thu., 5/24, 10:30am-12:00pm @ MCPL Hatley Tue., 6/5, 1:00-2:30pm @ MCPL Mosinee (presentation only; no "hands on") Intro. to iPad Wed., 5/23, 1:30-3:00pm @ MCPL Stratford Using Digital Pictures w/ Word Processing Wed., 6/7, 10:30am-12:30pm @ MCPL Rothschild Using Word Processing & Basic Spreadsheets Mon...

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Free Computer Classes!

March 27, 2012

Classes include Computers, Internet, and Microsoft programs Word, Publisher, Excel, and PowerPoint, and are intended for those who have rarely (if ever) used these technologies before. To reserve your seat (and check availability), call (715) 261-7230, or email us using our Contact Us form. These are free, single-session introductions held at MCPL Wausau. You may sign up for a single class, or any combination of classes. We also invite group registrations for 4-9 participants; contact us to schedule a class according to your group's needs and availability. Monday Morning Classes | 10:00-11:30am May.07 -- Intro. to Internet...

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April 2012 Movie Schedule

March 27, 2012

The following free movies will be shown at the MCPL Wausau Headquarters in April! Due to licensing restrictions, we cannot advertise the movies' titles online, but if you call 715-261-7200 or email us, we'll tell you. Otherwise, sign up for our monthly "Featured Events" email newsletter!  MOVIE NIGHT, TUE, 4/10, 6:00 PM Rated PG-13 (2011) 129 min (film details) (request this DVD) CHILDREN'S MATINEE, SAT, 4/14, 1:00 PM Rated PG (2011) 95 min (film details) (request this DVD)   MOVIE NIGHT, TUE, 4/24, 6:00 PM Rated PG-13 (2011) 129 min (film details) (request this DVD) (request the book)    

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Free Technology Classes

February 15, 2012

Thanks to the UW Extension and the Office of Broadband Sustainability, a new series of technology-related classes are being offered at MCPL locations this winter-spring! To reserve your seat, please contact the location hosting the class. (This schedule is continually updated, so check back often!)   Feb.20 -- Basic Word Processing / 1:00-3:30pm @ MCPL Hatley Feb.21 -- Virtual Job Searching / 1:00-3:00pm @ MCPL Mosinee Feb.22 -- Computer Basics / 1:00-3:30pm @ MCPL Spencer Feb.23 -- Computer Basics / 4:30-6:30pm @ MCPL Athens Mar.05 -- Computer Basics / 10:30am-12:30pm @ MCPL Hatley Mar.05 -- Adv. Word Processing / 1:00-3:...

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March 2012 Movie Schedule

February 7, 2012

The following free movies will be shown at the MCPL Wausau Headquarters in March! Due to licensing restrictions, we cannot advertise the movies' titles online, but if you call 715-261-7200 or email us, we'll tell you. Otherwise, sign up for our monthly "Featured Events" email newsletter!  MOVIE NIGHT, TUE, 3/6, 6:00 PM Rated R (2011) 137 min (film details) (request this DVD) MOVIE NIGHT, TUE, 3/13, 6:00 PM Rated PG (2011) 127 min (film details) (request this DVD)   CHILDREN'S MATINEE, FRI, 3/16, 1:00 PM Rated PG (2011) 90 min (film details) (request this DVD)   MOVIE NIGHT, TUE, 3/27, 6:00 PM Rated R (2011) 127 min (film details) (...

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February 2012 Movie Schedule

February 6, 2012

The following free movies will be shown at the MCPL Wausau Headquarters in February! Due to licensing restrictions, we cannot advertise the movies' titles online, but if you call 715-261-7200 or email us, we'll tell you. Otherwise, sign up for our monthly "Featured Events" email newsletter! MOVIE NIGHT, TUE, 2/7, 6:00 pm Rated PG-13 (2011) 105 min (film details) (request this DVD)   CHILDREN'S MATINEE, SAT, 2/11, 1:00 pm Rated G (2008) 87 min (film details) (request this DVD)   CHILDREN'S MATINEE, SAT, 2/11, 1:00 pm Rated PG (2006) 120 min (film details) (request this DVD)   MOVIE NIGHT, TUE, 2/14, 6:00 pm Rated PG-13 (2011)  99 min (film details...

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Films Based on Books: Academy Award Nominees

Academy Award being given

January 24, 2012

The nominations are in for the 2012 Academy Awards, and it's worth noting that several of the nominated films were based on books! We've listed these books below for your consideration. While you wait for the Oscar winners to be chosen and announced on February 26, you may want to check out and read your favorite film's literary counterpart!   Moneyball by Michael Lewis -- Billy Beane, the Oakland A's general manager, is leading a revolution. Reinventing his team on a budget, he needs to outsmart the richer teams. He signs undervalued players whom the scouts consider flawed but who have a knack for getting on base, scoring runs, and winning games. Moneyball is a quest for the secret...

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The Best Books of 2011

book with pages curled into the shape of a heart

January 10, 2012

In case you missed them, here are 20 of the most highly-reviewed and popular books of 2011! We’ve compiled the “Best Books” lists of the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, NPR, Barnes & Noble, Kirkus Reviews, and Amazon.com, and listed the top books here for your consideration. Use the links below or contact us to request any of these books today!   The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach -- A baseball star at a small college near Lake Michigan launches a routine throw that goes disastrously off course and inadvertently changes the lives of five people, including the college president, a gay teammate, and the president's daughter.            ...

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Free Computer Classes!

January 6, 2012

Classes include Computers, Internet, and Microsoft 2007 programs Word, Publisher, Excel, and PowerPoint, and are intended for those who have rarely (if ever) used these technologies before. To reserve your seat (and check availability), call (715) 261-7230, or email us using our Contact Us form. These are free, single-session introductions held at MCPL Wausau. You may sign up for a single class, or any combination of classes. We also invite group registrations for 4-9 participants; contact us to schedule a class according to your group's needs and availability. Monday Morning Classes | 10:00-11:30am Jan.16 -- Intro. to Computers Jan.23 -- Intro. to Internet Jan.30 -- Internet...

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Getting Started with Library E-Books

e-reader on a stack of books

December 22, 2011

Did you receive a new E-Reader this holiday season? Don't forget about the thousands of free e-books available from the Library! Not sure how to get started? Visit www.mcpl.us/overdrive for step-by-step instructions, or make an appointment for a free help session with a Library staff member! Walk-ins are especially encouraged at our Wausau Headquarters, Reference Desk (2nd floor), Monday-Thursday, 1:00-4:00 PM, and Monday-Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 PM. For other times and locations, please contact us ahead of time. (See below for what to bring.) We can also provide limited assistance via phone or email. More information: www.mcpl.us/overdrive Coming to the library for e-reader assistance...

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Consumer Reports: Online Access

November 21, 2011

Many of you use the Library to research products before you buy, using resources such as Consumer Reports and the N.A.D.A. vehicle price guides. These and other resources are available at the Reference Desk, but did you know you can access Consumer Reports from home via our website? Here's how: Go to the MCPL website (www.mcpl.us), click on "Research," and choose"Online Resources." (...or, the direct link: www.mcpl.us/research/online)   Click on "Consumer Reports" in the "Library Resources A-Z" list.   Login using your 14-digit Library Card barcode and PIN.   Do one of the following: View individual issues using the "All Issues" menu. Click...

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Library E-Books Available for Kindle!

September 23, 2011

Kindle-users, your wait is finally over! Now, you can check out Library e-books and view them on your Kindle, thanks to a partnership between Amazon (maker of the Kindle) and OverDrive (provider of e-books for libraries). Previously, library e-books were available to most other e-readers and mobile devices, but not the Kindle. For a list of OverDrive-compatible devices, click here. To get started, visit our OverDrive launch page at www.mcpl.us/catalogs/overdrive, but first, you may want to watch the video attached to this message for a brief overview of the process.  

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Computer Classes (Updated!)

September 7, 2011

By popular demand, we have scheduled additional fall computer classes at MCPL Wausau! Classes include Intro. to Computers, Internet, and Microsoft 2007 programs Word, Publisher, Excel, and PowerPoint.  To reserve your seat (and check availability), call (715) 261-7230, or email us using our Contact Us form (www.mcpl.us/about/contact). These are single-session introductions intended for beginning users. You may sign up for a single class, or any combination of classes. We also invite group registrations for 4-9 participants; contact us to schedule a class according to your group's needs and availability. Monday Morning...

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New Technology Classes

September 2, 2011

  Thanks to the UW Extension and the Office of Broadband Sustainability, a new series of technology-related classes will be offered at MCPL locations this fall! To reserve your seat, please contact the location hosting the class. Classes include: Intro. to Digital Cameras Tue., 10/25, 1-3:30pm @ MCPL Athens Thu., 10/27, 1-3:30pm @ MCPL Stratford Intro. to iPad Tue., 10/4, 2-4pm @ MCPL Mosinee Wed., 10/12, 1-3pm @ MCPL Marathon City  Wed., 10/26, 5-7pm @ MCPL Stratford Wed., 11/2, 5-7pm @ MCPL Marathon City  Fri., 11/4, 2:30-4:30pm @ MCPL Rothschild...

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Writing Workshop & Author Visit!

June 14, 2011

Improve your creative writing! Join us on Tuesday, 6/28, 6-8pm @ MCPL Wausau for a fun and helpful video chat session with Sarah Beth Durst, author of Ice, Enchanted Ivy, Drink, Slay, Love, and other books for young adults. We will also have a few writing activities to help kick-start your inner creativity. Both adults and teens are invited to this event. Bring your writing questions! ------------------------------------------------ View Sarah's website: www.SarahBethDurst.com Find Sarah's books in the Library Catalog: www.mcpl.us?author=Sarah Beth Durst Find books about "Creative Writing": www.mcpl.us?subject=Creative Writing  

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Summer Library Program 2011

May 25, 2011

There’s a little something for everyone during our Summer Library Program (SLP), including music, arts and crafts, storytimes, our Summer Reading Club, and other great events and activities for the whole family!   Summer Reading Club (5/5-8/20) — Participants of any age may submit Reading Tickets for books read during the summer, or for attending library events. Children under 12 receive a free gift bag when they turn in their first ticket! At the end of the summer, all tickets will be entered in drawings for prizes donated by local organizations! Teen Reading Rewards (5/5-8/20) — Teens who have completed grades 6-12 may participate in their own Reading Club for cool prizes, monthly...

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New Book Discussion Kits

book discussion kit

May 9, 2011

Thanks to the Friends of the Library and your donations, we've put together over a dozen new book discussion kits! These kits contain several copies of the same title, plus discussion questions, so you can easily host your own book club. For these latest additions, see the list below. For the complete list, visit www.mcpl.us/reading-advice and look for the "view book discussion kits" link. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Antonia Saw the Oryx First by Maria Thomas The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky Truck...

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Last Call for Computer Classes!

May 2, 2011

...until this Fall, that is. Classes include Intro. to Computers, Intro. to the Internet, and Microsoft Office programs Word, Publisher, and Excel. They are intended for users who have rarely (if ever) used these programs before. To reserve your seat (and check current availability), please call the Reference Desk at (715) 261-7230, or email us using our "Contact Us" webpage: www.mcpl.us/about/contact Sign up for one class, or take them all! Intro. to Computers meets Thu., 5/5, 2:00-3:30pm Intro. to Word --  Mon., 5/9, 10:00-11:30am OR Thu., 5/12,  2:00-3:30pm Word 2 --  Mon., 5/16, 10:00-11:30am OR Thu., 5/19,  2:00-3:30pm Intro. to Internet --  Mon...

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Computer Classes: Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint!

April 5, 2011

We have immediate openings for our Tuesday night computer classes this April ! Classes include Microsoft 2007 programs Publisher, Excel, and PowerPoint, and are intended for users who have rarely (if ever) used these programs before. To reserve your seat (and check current availability), please call the Reference Desk at (715) 261-7230, or email us using our "Contact Us" webpage: www.mcpl.us/about/contact Intro. to Excel meets Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-8pm Intro. to Publisher meets Tuesday, April 19, 6:30-8pm Intro. to PowerPoint meets Tuesday, April 26, 6:30-8pm To view the complete schedule, visit www.mcpl.us/services/computers/classes

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2010 Annual Report

March 8, 2011

Just released! The 2010 Annual Report of the Marathon County Public Library contains a wide range of statistics and a broad overview of the Library's activities throughout the previous year. If you're curious about the Library's impact on our communities, especially the vital resources and services we offer, this report will truly open your eyes: www.mcpl.us/about/2010_MCPL_Annual_Report.pdf Would you like to see the Library try something new in 2011? Or do you have feedback to offer on the 2010 report? If so, please do not hesitate to contact us! (www.mcpl.us/about/contact) Thank-you for your continued support of the Marathon County Public Library!

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Library Fundraiser: Perkins Restaurant

February 23, 2011

Throughout the month of March, you can help raise funds for the Library by dining at the Perkins Restaurant on Grand Ave. in Schofield! Pick up a voucher at any MCPL location, show it to the folks at Perkins, and the Library will receive 10% of the value of your order! Alternately, you may print the voucher using the following link: www.mcpl.us/PerkinsFundraiser2011.pdf Thank-you to the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library for coordinating this fundraiser. If you'd like to learn more about the Friends, visit www.mcpl.us/about/friends For other ways you can help support the Library, visit www.mcpl.us/about/donate and www.mcpl.us/about/volunteer  

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Computer Classes: E-Books, Excel, Publisher!

February 21, 2011

We have immediate openings for our Tuesday night computer classes this March! Classes include Microsoft 2007 programs Publisher and  Excel, plus E-Books & E-Readers.  These classes are geared towards beginning users who have rarely (if ever) used these programs and technologies before. To reserve your seat (and check current availability), please call the Reference Desk at (715) 261-7230, or email us using our "Contact Us" webpage: www.mcpl.us/about/contact E-Books & E-Readers meets Tuesday, March 8, 6:30-8pm If you own an e-reader, please bring it. Click here or contact us to confirm compatibility. Intro. to Excel meets Tuesday, March 15, 6:30-8pm Intro...

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400 Block, City Square, Freedom Square, or...?

February 9, 2011

February 9-25, area residents can vote to name the park in downtown Wausau! Click here to vote! Paper ballots are also available at MCPL Wausau. Commonly referred to as "The 400 Block," the space is currently being developed and will be given a new, "official" name when the City Council meets on March 22. Voting results will be presented at a meeting on March 9. The "Top Ten" names on the ballot are (in no particular order):  Alexander Square, Bull Falls Square, City Square, Court House Square, 400 Block, Freedom Square, Founder's Square, Grand Plaza, Metro Square, McIndoe Square A more detailed article about this topic may be viewed on the...

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The Best Books of 2010

book heart

February 7, 2011

In case you missed them, here are just a few of the most popular books of 2010! We’ve compiled the “Best Books” lists of the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, NPR, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com, and listed the top books here for your consideration. Use the links below or contact us to request any of these books today!   FICTION:      NONFICTION:     

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Marathon County Tax Prep. Assistance

January 24, 2011

Several sites throughout the County are offering free tax help for qualifying individuals, as follows: Earned Income Tax Credit Day / Sat., 2/12, 8am-2pm -- AARP volunteers will prepare EITC forms free of charge for qualifying individuals at 212 River Drive in Wausau. To schedule an appointment, call (715) 848-2255 (or "211") any time between 8am and 5pm, Mon.-Fri.   AARP Volunteer Tax-Aide Program -- Free tax preparation assistance for federal and state tax returns, Homestead Credit and Earned Income Credit. Program is intended for middle and low income, with special consideration to those ages 60 and older. Refer to the chart below for locations and times. 2011 Dates:Location:Time...

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Computer Classes: Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint!

January 17, 2011

We have immediate openings for our Tuesday night computer classes this February ! Classes include Microsoft 2007 programs : Publisher, Excel, and PowerPoint, and are geared towards beginning users who have rarely (if ever) used these programs before. To reserve your seat (and check current availability), please call the Reference Desk at (715) 261-7230, or email us using our "Contact Us" webpage: www.mcpl.us/about/contact Intro. to Publisher meets Tuesday, February 1, 6:30-8pm Intro. to Excel meets Tuesday, February 8, 6:30-8pm Intro. to PowerPoint meets Tuesday, February 15, 6:30-8pm

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NY Times 10 Best Books of 2010

January 10, 2011

Check out these great books, available at your Library! Request one today! FICTION: NON-FICTION: {{2011-01-01}}

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E-Readers: Holiday Shopping Guide

December 15, 2010

Thinking of buying an E-Reader for yourself or a loved one? Consider getting a device that is compatible with the 1,000  free e-books available at the Library via OverDrive! Click here for a compatibility guide. For more information and to browse the collection, visit www.mcpl.us/catalogs/overdrive.

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E-Readers: Holiday Shopping Guide

December 15, 2010

Thinking of buying an E-Reader for yourself or a loved one? Consider getting a device that is compatible with the 1,000  free e-books available at the Library via OverDrive! Click here for a compatibility guide. For more information and to browse the collection, visit www.mcpl.us/catalogs/overdrive.  

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Recently Expanded: OverDrive Ebook & Audiobook Collection

woman reading e-reader

November 17, 2010

In early October, nearly four-hundred new items were added to the Overdrive collection, including many new and popular titles in ebook and audiobook formats, perfect for your e-reader, mp3 player, or other mobile devices! To check device compatibility and browse the OverDrive collection, visit: www.mcpl.us/catalogs/overdrive Plus! Over 15,000 “Public Domain” Ebooks—classic or older works no longer copyrighted—are now available, thanks to Project Gutenberg! Visit the link above and click “Public Domain Ebooks.” For these ebooks, no login is required, and there are no borrowing limits! (from the MCPL Newsletter, Autumn 2010)

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New York Times Best Sellers!

November 17, 2010

Do you follow the New York Times best seller lists? So do we! What’s more, we’d like to make it easier for you to find and borrow these hot new books from the library! Visit www.mcpl.us/catalogs/books and click on the “NY Times” tab for direct links to our Library Catalog (V-Cat) for the top five best-selling books in multiple categories! (from the MCPL Newsletter, Autumn 2010)

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Teen Publishing Project | Deadline: 12/31/2010

teen writing

November 17, 2010

Teens are invited to submit their poetry, stories, essays, and artwork for publication on our website and the chance to be included in our second annual magazine! We’ve received dozens of entries to date, but we want more! General Guidelines: (complete rules: www.mcpl.us/teenzone/publishing) Include your full name (only first name, last initial will be published), grade, school, address, phone, title of your entry, and category (poem, story, visual) Entrants must be in 6-12th grade at time of entry. Entrants must be residents of Marathon County, WI. Entries must be newly-created original work of the entrant, must not infringe upon copyright laws. Entries must not have been previously...

Teens Writing Newsletter

2011 Wausau Book Sales

November 17, 2010

Mark your calendars! Visit the Friends of the Library book sales for new and gently used books, paperbacks, puzzles, software, videos, CD's, audio books and record albums! Most items are only 50¢! FEBRUARY 2011 Thu.,    2/3, 5-8pm | Members-Only Sale * Fri.,    2/4, 9:30am-4:30pm Sat.,    2/5, 9:30am-4:30pm Sun.,    2/6, 1-4pm | Bag Sale! / $5 per bag APRIL 2011 Thu,    4/28, 5-8pm | Members-Only Sale * Fri.,     4/29, 9:30am-4:30pm Sat.,     4/30, 9:30am-4:30pm Sun.,    5/01, 1-4pm | Bag Sale! / $5 per bag AUGUST 2011 (TBA... watch future newsletters or...

Newsletter Book Sale

Teen Gaming Day!

October 30, 2010

Sat., 11/13, 1-4pm @ MCPL Wausau (Grades 6-12) -- Visit the Library for an afternoon of board games and video games! Plus, Johnny Cee Cards will be on-hand for awesome gaming demonstrations!  

Teens

Children's Matinee

October 28, 2010

Friday, 11/5, 2:00pm @ MCPL Wausau -- Join us for a free movie on the Library's 3rd floor! (rated G) We can't advertise the movie's title online, but if you call 261-7200, or send us your email using the form below, we'll tell you: © Disney / Pixar 2010

Children Movies

LinkWISCONSIN: Broadband Survey

September 1, 2010

In order to better understand specific broadband availability, needs, uses and barriers to adoption, the LinkWISCONSIN team will conduct consumer surveys beginning July 12 and continuing throughout the summer. Households will be selected randomly to participate in the 10-12 minute telephone survey. If you have not been contacted and would like to participate in the consumer survey, please submit your contact information or take our secure online survey. All individual responses, whether obtained through telephone or online survey, will remain confidential. Collectively, responses will provide important feedback as we move forward with the planning phase of this statewide project. If called to...

Websites Government Information

Understanding Biomass Energy

August 2, 2010

In early 2010, WE Energies applied to build a Biomass facility in Rothschild, which had a lot of our community-members wondering "What the heck is Biomass?" ... and perhaps more importantly "How will this affect us?" Fortunately, the Library has a number of resources that can help you make sense of it all, plus a few links that will allow you to communicate your opinions to the powers that be. MCPL | Books about Biomass: http://bit.ly/drybUv (for help understanding the science and history of biomass)   WE Energies | Biomass Energy Project: http://bit.ly/1B8pjF (from the WE Energies website; includes fact summaries and all application materials pertaining to the...

Government Information Websites

Browse & Request Our Newest Books!

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July 22, 2010

There's more to our collections than what you'll find on the shelves! Popular books are often in demand (and therefore, unlikely to be found just sitting on the shelf), but you can preview and request most of our new books by using our "New & Forthcoming Books" webpage! www.mcpl.us/catalogs/books  (also accessible from our website's main menu under "Catalogs") These books represent our most recently-ordered Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Teen Books, Children's Books, and New York Times Best-Sellers. Many of them haven't even arrived at the Library yet, so it is an excellent opportunity for you to get on the request list ahead of time. Once you're on the request list, we will contact...

Books Websites Reading Recommendations

Check Out Our Video Game Collection!

June 24, 2010

Did you know the Library offers video games for checkout? This collection is only a few years old, but it's been growing rapidly in size and popularity. We offer video games for Nintendo Wii, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, X-Box, X-Box 360, Nintendo DS, PSP, and PC. We've just added a large number of video games for all platforms and age levels, so even if you've browsed this collection before, you'll want to look again today! The main collection is held at the MCPL Wausau Headquarters, but you can request these games for pick-up at any of our nine convenient locations throughout Marathon County! Video games may be kept for up to 14 days, with the ability to renew once for an additional 14 days (unless...

Teens

Quick Tip | Suspending Requests

June 4, 2010

Going out of town this summer? Make sure to suspend your item requests so they don't arrive while you're away! Here's how to accomplish this: (1) Go to www.mcpl.us/account and choose "Holds / Requests." You will need to log in using your 14-digit Library Card number and your four-digit PIN. (2) Check the boxes next to your requested items. (3) Change the "Suspend Until" date at the top of the list and click the "Change Status" button. OR... contact us at (715) 261-7200 or info@mcpl.us, and we'll take care of this for you! Please be aware that you will need to provide your 14-digit Library Card number for all account-related transactions.

Libraries

Teen Book Club | "Life as We Knew It"

April 30, 2010

For Tuesday, May 11th, the Teen Book Club at MCPL Wausau will be reading Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer! "When a meteor hits the Moon, Miranda must learn to survive the unimaginable. Told in journal entries, this heart-pounding story chronicles Miranda's struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world." Click here to request Life as We Knew It. Click here to view other books by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Click here to read a more in-depth book review at BookPage.com --- For future Teen Book Clubs, plus other teen events, watch www.mcpl.us/teenzone For adult book clubs, visit www.mcpl.us/events/bookclubs

Teens Reading Recommendations Books

New Stephen King Novella!

April 19, 2010

Blockade Billy is a baseball-themed novella by Stephen King, due to be released later this week! This book wasn't widely advertised until just a few weeks ago, so its release has taken a lot of reviewers (and libraries!) a little by surprise! Never fear, though; you can place a request for Blockade Billy here: http://mcpl.us?isbn=1587672286 Read more about Blockade Billy here: http://www.stephenking.com/promo/blockade_billy/

Reading Recommendations Books

Auto Repair Reference Center

Auto Repair Reference Center

September 22, 2009

Getting the information that you need to help you repair your vehicle just became a whole lot easier.    The Auto Repair Reference Center is a new online resource that is now available to you to use free of charge. This resource gives you ready access to auto repair information in the comfort of your home, school, workshop or garage.   Repair information is currently available for foreign and domestic cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs,  1950-2009. Enter the model, make, and year of your vehicle and get care and repair tips and troubleshooting information. Repair topics include repair procedures, wiring diagrams, service bulletins and recalls, maintenance intervals and...

Online Resources

$50 Gas-Card Winners Announced

May 1, 2009

Congratulations to Al Olson and Carol Stengl, who each won $50 in free gas as part of our Library Drive Thru Anniversary Celebration! Thank you to all of our customers for making this promotion such a success!

National Library Week

Attention "Library ELF" Users

January 28, 2009

If you have been using ELF (www.libraryelf.com) to keep track of your Library items via email, please note that they are changing their terms of service. Part of this change includes a subscription fee for "premium" features that were formerly offered for free. Click here to read the announcement on the ELF website. It is important to note that ELF is a third-party service that is not in any way affiliated with or sponsored by the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL). You may elect to utilize ELF, but MCPL cannot provide technical support or be held responsible for any errors or inconveniences encountered while using this service. MCPL does, however, offer "Pre-Overdue," "Overdue," and "Hold" notices...

Technology

Free wireless internet, now at all MCPL locations!

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October 29, 2008

As of October 2008, all nine Marathon County Public Library locations are equipped with wireless internet – aka "Wi-Fi"! This service is accessible all throughout each library building and does not require a special login or password – just connect and go! To use Wi-Fi the library, you will need the following:  A laptop or other device with a wireless Internet network interface card rated 802.11b/g standard – commonly called "Wi-Fi. " The ability to properly configure your laptop, if necessary. Library staff can only provide suggestions and tips in this regard. A fully charged battery and/or an AC adaptor. A limited number of electrical outlets are available throughout the...

Technology

Improved Lot Open for Public Use!

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October 29, 2008

Improvements to the parking lot at MCPL Wausau are nearly complete, and the lot itself is currently open for customers to use! Please note that the temporary parking areas established for this project will no longer be available as "free library parking," but they are still public parking areas, available as metered parking or with a City parking permit. Thank you to all of our customers for their patience and understanding throughout this project. We hope you enjoy the new lot and the extra parking spaces!

Facility Improvement

Voting Information

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September 17, 2008

With Election Day fast-approaching (Tuesday, November 4, 2008, to be exact), many of you may be wondering how you can participate in the democratic process this year. If so, you may find the following links useful: How to Register to Vote (prior to Election Day) How to Register & Vote on Election Day Polling Locations/Hours for Marathon County How to Appy for an Absentee Ballot What Documents Can Be Used for "Proof of Residence"? Non-English Voter Information Voting Guide for Citizens w/ Disabilities Additional resources and answers to other Voting FAQ's are available on the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board website: http://elections.state.wi.us

Voting Elections

Parking Lot Expansion: Update

September 11, 2008

(MCPL Wausau) -- Construction to expand the upper-level library parking lot is set to begin the week of Sept. 22. During this time, library customers may use south end of the library's lower-level lot (just off Washington Street) or the First Street level of the Jefferson Street ramp for 2-hour free parking. Additionally, the lot by the Federal Building and the Wausau Center Mall parking ramp also offer free parking. Click here to view these options on a map. Please Note: These parking arrangements are only temporary to assuage parking difficulties during the construction project, which should be complete approximately by the end of November. Handicap parking will remain available in front...

Facility Improvement

Introducing: Tell Me More

Tell Me More

September 2, 2008

Tell Me More (Auralog) Online Language Learning is now available to all MCPL card-holders! Tell Me More is accessible entirely online, and is a self-paced language-learning tool for anyone interested in learning Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, or English (ESL). Click here for access. New users: Read the Quick-Start Guide first. Other "Help" Documentation: Technical (Setup) FAQs (.doc) Program (Usage) FAQs (.doc) Technical Support Manual (.pdf) Program Feature Guides (.doc)

Languages

Parking Lot / Stairway Update

August 25, 2008

(MCPL Wausau) -- As the outside stairway nears completion, construction to expand the upper-level library parking lot is set to begin Sept. 8. During this time, library customers may use southern end of the lower-level lot or the First Street level of the Jefferson Street ramp for 2-hr. free library parking. This arrangement is only temporary to assuage parking difficulties during the construction project. Library customers making quick trips to MCPL may also find the Library Drive Thru particularly valuable during this period.

Facility Improvement

Attention: Rosetta Stone Online Users

August 8, 2008

The Marathon County Public Library's online subscription to Rosetta Stone expires on August 31, 2008. This program will no longer be available to MCPL customers after this date, so users should plan to complete their online coursework over the next few weeks. Unfortunately, Rosetta Stone no longer makes its online language learning program available to libraries. In its place, we will provide "Tell Me More," an online language learning program created by a company called Auralog. MCPL is currently working with Auralog to bring this service online, and we expect that it will be available to MCPL customers by the first week in September. Tell Me More offers lessons in Spanish, English as a Second...

Rosetta Stone

Announcing the $100 Gas Card Winner!

July 31, 2008

We’d like to thank everyone who used the Library Drive-Thru from July 21-25 for making our Grand Opening such a huge success! Over the course of the celebration, a record-setting 516 people made use of the Drive-Thru during regular business hours. The Library Drive-Thru is a service unique to MCPL and is unparalleled in our area. It is an excellent “express” option if you’re in a hurry, and is ideal for avoiding inclement weather or a busy parking lot. The Drive-Thru is especially convenient for our customers who are either elderly or disabled, as well as parents with small children. As part of our Grand Opening, Drive-Thru customers were invited to register to win a $100 gas card donated courtesy of...

Contests

Stairway Under Construction @ Wausau HQ

July 25, 2008

On July 27th, construction will begin on the much-anticipated stairway to connect the upper and lower-level parking lots at the MCPL - Wausau Headquarters! The lower lot offers metered and permit parking until 6:00pm on weekdays, with free parking evenings and weekends. Once the stairway complete, the City will work to expand the upper lot. Click here to view the stairway design concept.

Facility Improvement

New! Pre-Overdue Email Alerts!

May 9, 2008

Great news for those of us who have a hard time remembering when our library items are due! All V-Cat member libraries (including MCPL) are now able to register customers for "Pre-Overdue" email reminders! If you have provided the Library with your email address, you will automatically start receiving these reminders three days before your library items are due. If you have an email address and are not receiving these notices, please call us to ensure we have the correct information in your library account. This service is entirely optional and is available only to library customers with valid email accounts. It is a different service than "ELF," a third-party email notification...

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Library Drive Thru Now Open!

April 22, 2008

The drive-thru at the MCPL-Wausau Headquarters is finally open and ready for business! Express services include picking up items on hold, fine & fee payments, call-ahead item holds, and a 24/7 book-drop!  The drive-thru is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30am to 6:30pm, and Friday, 7:30am to 5:00pm. That's a full hour and a half before the rest of the building opens -- perfect for dropping off or picking up items in the morning before work or school!   The drive-thru is accessible via the lower-level parking lot on the west side of the building, just off Washington street. Call the Circulation Desk at (715) 261-7200 for more information or to request items to be made available for pick-...

Wausau Headquarters Facility Improvement

Introducing the New MCPL Website!

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February 14, 2008

We've changed our website to make our online resources and library information more accessible and easier to find. We hope you like the new design! We'll be working to add new features and further improve the site over the next few months. As always, we appreciate your feedback. Just use our online feedback form, or leave your comments below.

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