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Reading Aloud to Your Child

August 29, 2013

Mem Fox's book Reading Magic inspired the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  When reading aloud to your child, try Mem Fox’s Ten Read Aloud Commandments: 1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud. 2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read. 3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don’t be dull, or flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot. 4. Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners. 5. Read the stories that the kids love, over and over and over again,...

Children Reading Recommendations

SMART board

August 15, 2013

Parents and kids! Become SMARTer about the SMART board and learn about all the many ways you can learn on it! A SMART board is available in the children’s activity room @ MCPL headquarters. The SMART board combines the simplicity of a white board with the power of a computer ( Kids naturally gravitate to the ease of the touch screen. Children’s excitement in ‘operating’ the SMART board boosts their self-esteem and builds confidence in science and technology and aids them to work independently at a later time (Teaching Science magazine, June ‘08). Are you interested in learning what else you can do besides “draw and doodle” on the interactive white board? The...

Children Technology

Wausau Story Time Changes for Summer

May 7, 2013

Summer is coming, and with it the Summer Library Program at MCPL! The next couple of weeks the Wausau Headquarters children's department will be busy with school tours, so there will be no story times May 12th through June 9th at the Wausau Headquarters library.  Book Babies, Tales for Tots and Preschool Story Times will continue through summer with an adjusted schedule. Beginning June 10th, join us for Sweet Dreams Story Time. This story time will be offered every Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. throughout the summer. Come join the summer fun!  

Children Summer Library Program Story Times

February is Love Your Library Month!

February 6, 2013

Kids! Get into the festive book spirit and check out a "Mystery Book" found in the children's area at the Wausau Headquarters Library. The "mystery" is that you don't know what book it is until you check it out! If you like, write a review or draw a picture about your "Mystery Book". A review sheet/drawing sheet is included. Return your book review or drawing to the children's desk at MCPL Headquarters and receive a nifty bookmark to save your place in the next book you read. Happy Reading!  

Children Books

Wausau Story Time Changes

December 28, 2012

Change in the scheduled time for Book Babies Story Time! To provide a quality story time that specifically addresses the developmental needs of children from birth to 23 months, we are offering one story time session at 10:00 a.m. on Monday mornings.  Change in Tuesday's Story Time! Story time for two-year-olds will now include three-year-olds and is renamed, "Tales for Tots". Most two-year-olds and three-year-olds share the same developmental milestones. According to, developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. In our efforts to provide quality story time and foster the language skills and learning skills of two-year-olds and three-year-olds,...

Children Story Times

Banned Books Week 2012

October 1, 2012

This week is Banned Books Week! Sunday, September 30th through Saturday, October 6th. Time to celebrate the freedom to read! This annual event highlights the value of free and open access to information. ( Take a look at the list of books that were challenged in 2011. Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books in 2011: (Out of 326 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association) ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r(series), by Lauren Myracle Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group The Color of Earth(series), by Kim Dong Hwa Reasons: nudity; sex education;...

Challenged Books Top 10

National Poetry Month

April 18, 2012

Celebrate National Poetry Month with these fun-filled and kid-friendly poetry books! Behind the Museum Door : Poems to Celebrate the Wonders of Museums by Lee Bennet Hopkins         A Book of Nonsense by Edward Lear         Be Glad Your Nose is On Your Face and Other Poems : Some of the Best of Jack Prelutsky by Jack Prelutsky           A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk : a Forest of Poems by Deborah Ruddell           Better Together by Sheryl Shapiro         Runny Babbit : A...

Children National Poetry Month

MCPL-Wausau Staff Picks for Favorite Children's Books

April 5, 2012

From picture books to easy readers to older children's fiction, the staff at MCPL-Wausau list their favorite children's books! Uno's Garden by Graeme Base The Witches by Roald Dahl Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman Olivia by Ian Falconer Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Children Reading Recommendations Top 10