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The MCPL Blog: Articles by Linda Gau

Coming Soon: More Movie Nights!

October 21, 2010

Is your wallet too pinched to take the whole family to the cinema?  Has cable exhausted your interest?  Is Netflix too slow?  Do you just want a cheap night out with friends?  If you answered "yes" to any of these, then our newest library service is for you - FREE IN-HOUSE MOVIES on a big screen! At least twice a month we'll show newly-released DVD's or other movie genres in the Wausau HQ library in downtown Wausau.  Mark your calendars for these up-coming showings. Our license prohibits marketing outside the library  with titles so watch the BOLD PRINT below for clues: Friday November 5 (2:00 matinee) - welcome Woody, Buzz and the whole gang back to the big...

Movies

Challenging Kids, Challenged Teachers

August 27, 2010

September means back to school with both new challenges and exciting opportunities for students, their teachers and families. However, according to mothers and authors  Leslie E. Packer, Ph.D. and Sheryl K. Pruitt, M.Ed., ET/P, who wrote Challenging Kids, Challenged Teachers (now in our collection),  for those children diagnosed with multiple neurological disorders,  school-related problems increase exponentially. If your child or student has been diagnosed with overlapping disorders such as Asperger's Syndrome, Sleep Deprivation, Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder and Anxiety Disorder, for example, this book will help you...

Children

El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros

March 27, 2010

As part of our NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK celebration at the Wausau HQ Library, we invite children, parents and grandparents to join us on Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 pm in the Children's Department to enjoy a taste of Mexican food, music, crafts and readings from our Spanish collection.  Plus, we'll be breaking a pinata!  El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day) recognizes the value of each child and the importance of early activities that encourage literacy.  Books will be given away to each child participant; this event is free and no registration is necessary!!     

National Library Week Books Children

Join MCPL for Post-Holiday Parade Fun!

December 1, 2009

Friday, December 4 is the night of the annual Wausau holiday parade, where Wausau really shows its stuff!  The parade starts at 6:30 pm and treks from Marathon Park east to the downtown City Square where Mayor Tipple will light the official Christmas Tree.  The gaiety then moves inside to the warm Great Hall where hot chocolate and cookies will be served while the hopeful  kiddies visit with Santa.  MCPL will provide some fun Christmas craft activities - make Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with googley eyes, or a set of jingle bells to ring in the new year!  Don't miss it and dress warm!

Children

The Romanovs

August 24, 2007

Recent news reports suggest that the missing remains of Alexei, the last heir to the Russian throne, may have been found along with remains believed to be Maria, one of his sisters. Those interested in a fictional account of the final days of Russia's last czar and his family will be fascinated by The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander, or Rasputin's Daughter another novel by Alexander. Robert Massie's book Nicholas and Alexandra presents a true, yet sympathetic portrait of the life and times of the royal couple. 

Books Reading Recommendations

Fresh Peas

July 11, 2007

On Wednesdays during the summer I enjoy seeing the vendors at the farmer's market on River Drive.  I especially enjoy the signs for fresh peas.  They remind me of the peas I picked as a child from my father's garden and lead me to think of fresh summer foods grown locally and eaten at tables in our community. In 2006, NPR's the Talk of the Nation discussed the topic of eating local, thinking global.  Experts concluded that "eating locally might make us healthier and safer...and it would be better for the environment, too."  For those interesting in reading further on the topics of food and the ethics of food consumption, the following books may be...

Reading Recommendations Food

Hands-Free Books

June 13, 2007

This summer try one of the audiobooks in our collection.  The Library has titles for all ages.  Children will especially enjoy listening to books and it's a great way to expand their reading to more challenging titles. You'll find time passes quickly whether you're in your car or truck or simply walking your neighborhood as you listen to a great story.   To locate titles, check our online catalog.  Use the Audio/Video tab for a list of selections on CD or cassette. Another option is to download audio books to your computer, burn them to a CD, transfer them to a digital audio player, PDA, or other portable device through OverDrive. Happy...

Online Resources Audiobooks

Purchase Suggestions

May 23, 2007

Is there something you'd like us to purchase? Let us know through our Suggest a Purchase link! http://www.mcpl.us/account/suggest/index.html There is no limit to the number of suggestions you can make, or the type of items you can request. From children’s books, to DVDs, to light fiction, to more serious reading; we’ll give careful consideration your suggestions and let you know if items will be purchased.  We hope to hear from you soon!

Books Reading Recommendations

Wausau Daily Herald

May 16, 2007

Many people are aware that the Wausau Daily Herald has a presence on the Internet. However, did you know that the library offers a more comprehensive database of Wausau Daily Herald articles that has great searching features?   All it requires is having a library card! The Wausau Daily Herald Newsbank contains information on hot news topics and the complete full-text content of the Wausau Daily Herald starting in 2000.  To access the Wausau Daily Herald, click on the Research Resources at the top of the MCPL homepage. The Wausau Daily Herald Newspaper Index (Newsbank) appears at the bottom of the page.  If you are accessing the system...

Online Resources Magazines and Newspapers

Book Connections: Ghost Stories

May 9, 2007

The promise of a ghost draws me to read a story. Even the suggestion of ghosts, as in White Ghost Girls holds the promise of things unexplained, of mystery and intrigue. Alice Greenway’s book is a lyric telling of the coming of age of two girls named Frankie and Kate who live in Hong Kong during the Vietnamese Conflict. The ghosts in it are the whole spirit world within Chinese traditions. For ghosts of another kind, read The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Amazon.com calls it “a rousing good ghost story” stating that “Setterfield has rejuvenated the genre with this closely plotted, clever foray into a world of secrets, confused identities, lies, and half-truths. She never cheats by pulling a rabbit out...

Reading Recommendations

Book Club in a Tote Bag

May 2, 2007

Is your book club looking for books to read and discuss? Do you take part in a book discussion group in your neighborhood, workplace, church, or with friends or family? Consider checking out a book discussion kit from the Wausau Library. A book discussion kit includes at least five copies a book, group discussion questions, and author information all in a handy tote bag. All book copies are checked out to one person for eight weeks. At the end of the check-out period, kits should be returned inside the library, during open hours, as the tote bags will not fit into outside book drops. Book discussion groups are encouraged to donate additional copies of book titles and are welcome to add comments and discussion...

Book Clubs

Book Connections

Silence of the Grave

April 25, 2007

Journals are an excellent way to keep track of your reading, especially for those who read extensively. At a minimum, keep track of the author, title, and then record some impressions about your reading. Did you enjoy the book? Was it dreadful? Give the book a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down”, or use or a similar system that makes sense to you. Finally, when a book reminds you of another title, take note of that. For example, I enjoy Henning Mankell’s series about a Swedish detective named Kurt Wallander. Wallander is a morose, but intelligent detective, a character in the truest sense of the word. The stories are sometimes dark, but always involve the reader. Recently a review of Arnaldur Indridason’s...

Reading Recommendations

For Book Clubs!

April 18, 2007

Those who love book club discussions will be pleased to find these new books at our library. The Book Club Companion is a comprehensive guide to the reading group experience by Diana Loevy. Highlights of the book include: Reading lists from Classics to Literary Respites; Tips on creating your group—and keeping meetings lively; Can’t miss discussion starters; Recipes!; Theme parties, take-home mementos, club trips, and more Running Book Discussion Groups: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Libraries by Lauren Zina John is not only useful for librarians but also for community book club leaders. Learn how to launch and run a successful book discussion group. Or, select titles from a list of ten guaranteed...

Book Clubs Reading Recommendations