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Fall harvest in full swing in MCPL's Early Literacy Center!

fall harvest veggies

September 11, 2019

Autumn has arrived at the Early Literacy Center (ELC) in the children’s area of MCPL Wausau, complete with crisp apples, colorful leaves and plump pumpkins! Visit us and enjoy fun, interactive autumn harvest learning with the young child(ren) in your life. Together at the felt board you can put apples, leaves, and acorns on the tree; compare the shapes and colors of leaves and make a pattern. Recognizing patterns and creating patterns help your child pay attention to details.The ability to notice simple patterns in colors or shapes prepares children to find patterns in letters and words when they’re learning to read. Try on an apron and pretend to sell fruits and veggies in the harvest market area....

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Find History Day help at MCPL

December 11, 2013

Need help finding resources for your National History Day project?  The Marathon County Public Library Reference Desk staff at MCPL Wausau are always ready to help you with your research. Contact the MCPL Wausau Reference Desk at 715-261-7230 to make an appointment with one of our reference desk staff for personalized help and recommended resources for your topic. Appointments are recommended, but not necessary. If you can't make it to the library, you may email, chat with us online or take a look at some of our recommended online resources. How to access MCPL’s Online Resources for your research: Go to the Marathon County Public Library Website: Find “...

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Pixels and Pages Teen Magazine

July 16, 2013

The long wait is over! The 2013 edition of Pixels & Pages features works of art and creative writing from teens all across Marathon County. Print copies are available at your local library. Click the image to the left to access the new issue online. After you’ve finished reading this year’s magazine, don’t forget to submit your work for next year.  During the past year, teens from Marathon County submitted more than 100 pieces of creative writing and visual art. Teen and staff judges selected a variety of pieces to be published in this magazine. Students from Wausau East High School's Graphic Communications III class prepared the material for publication. The magazine,...

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Looking for educational games and apps for your kids this summer?

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June 26, 2013

Common Sense Media has just unveiled a new website that makes searching for the best educational games and apps easier. The site,, is designed for teachers, but parents will enjoy its streamlined site as well. The site provides an easy search for educational games, apps and websites based on subject area and grade level. Common Sense Media, an independent, non-partisan nonprofit provides trustworthy reviews about media and technology for kids and families. Their website, rates media for children on quality and learning potential. Common Sense Media's reviews allow busy parents to gather lots of info about a game in a few seconds. A snapshot look at the game’s...

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2013 Award Winners: Newbery, Caldecott, Seuss, and Printz

January 29, 2013

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books for children and young adults this week. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the awards encourage original and creative work. Please note this is a partial listing. Use the link at the bottom of this post for a complete list.   This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen -- Winner: Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children.       Creepy Carrots by Illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds -- Honor Book: Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children.        ...

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Find books at your child's reading level

boy in library with book

June 5, 2012

Finding books at the right level is key to reading enjoyment and enrichment. Here are a few tips:   Use the five-finger rule. Have your child open the book to any page and start reading. Hold up one finger for every word your child does not know or has trouble pronouncing.  When you have finished the page, look at the number of fingers you have up. Zero to one finger means that the book may be too easy for your child. Two to three fingers means that the book is at your child’s level. Four fingers means the book may be challenging for your child. Five fingers mean that the book may be too frustrating for your child at this time. If you would like a list of books at your child’s individual level...

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Hungry for More?

March 23, 2012

If you liked The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, try one of these dystopian young adult novels.   Variant by Wells, Robison E.           Blood Red Road by Young, Moira           The House of the Scorpion by Farmer, Nancy           Hole in the Sky by Hautman, Pete   Exodus by Bertagna, Julie             Dark Life by Falls, Kat             The Supernaturalist by Colfer, Eoin  ...

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2012 Award Winners: Newbery, Caldecott, Printz and more...

January 26, 2012

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books for children and young adults this week. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the awards encourage original and creative work. Please note this is a partial listing. Please use the link at the bottom of this post for a complete list.   Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos -- Winner: John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature. In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax,...

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Check out Library E-Books on your Apple and Android portable devices!

OverDrive Media Console

December 9, 2010

MCPL is proud to announce: OverDrive's app for iPhone® & Android™ now supports eBooks. With the free OverDrive Media Console app, you can download both EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks directly to your device. Get the app today and download library books on the go! E-books from the library are available for a variety of portable devices, and e-readers. Click here to see if your device is compatible. Go to MCPL's OverDrive Catalog to access e-books, audiobooks, and more! If you have questions, or would like help, call 715-261-7200 or email

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Wanted: Teen Artists and Writers!

December 6, 2010

Give us your best work for Marathon County Public Library's Teen Publishing Project! Submit artwork, poetry, stories, and essays for publication on our website and the chance to be featured in our second annual magazine. (Click here to see last year's magazine).   Hurry! Time is running out! Entries must be in by December 31, 2010. Click here to submit your work online, or if you'd rather submit a paper copy, click here for a printable submission form. You can check out the entries we've already published online, and see the complete rules at Call (715) 261-7200 or email for more info.

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Need help with your History Day project?

November 17, 2010

Our friendly staff are happy to help during our regular hours of operation. If you can't make it to the Library in person, call the Reference Desk in Wausau at (715) 261-7230. You can also email us at or use the "Ask a Librarian" window to communicate "live" with our Reference Staff. Be sure to check out our National History Day Help page with lots of great online resources and links to help with your project!

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"Mom, I'm Bored"

July 29, 2009

Are your kids and teens looking for something to do? Join us for these upcoming events in Wausau! Read to a Dog! for Young Readers. Thurdsay, July 30th from 1-3 pm at the Wausau Library.  Practice your reading with the most adorable friends. Certified Therapy Dogs from Therapy Dogs International will be on hand to listen to young readers. Hip-Hop and Modern Dance for Teens with professional choreographer and dancer Brenton Wildman. Tuesday, August 4th from 6-8 pm at the Wausau Library. Join us to learn some new moves. Afterwards, challenge your friends on DDR. Read to a Dog! for Young Readers. Thurdsay, August 6th from 1-3 pm at the Wausau Library.  Practice your reading with the...

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Encourage Your Teens to Read This Summer!

May 29, 2009

How your children spend their summer matters. Research shows that how students spend their summer has an impact on their academic achievement during the school year. Reading this summer will help your teen succeed next fall. So how do you get them to read? Our recommendation: help them find something they want to read. Our staff at every location are are always happy to help you or your teen find a great book or graphic novel - stop in, call, email, or meebo!  You can also visit our teen page to find new books for teens available at MCPL. This summer MCPL is offering an added incentive for teens who read: a chance to win awesome prizes! Here’s how it works: Read books and/or graphic novels....

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Coming Soon: Teen Book Club!

April 16, 2009

Are you between the ages of 12 and 19 years old? Come and join the Wausau library's Teen Book Club! We'll be meeting the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm in the TeenZone. Our first meeting is May 26th and we’ll be discussing "Uglies" by Scott Westerfeld. "Uglies" tells the story of Tally Youngblood. When she turns 16 she is getting an extreme makeover. Eyes, Hair, Skin, Nose, the works- she’ll be drop-dead gorgeous. Everyone in Tally’s world gets the operation when they turn 16. They are given a full body work-over and have access to New Pretty Town, where everything is all parties and fun. Tally can’t wait to be pretty, and meet up with her friends. But for now, Tally is stuck in Uglyville. She...

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