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MCPL Announces Youth Poetry Contest Winners

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June 13, 2022

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

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Poetry Writing Tips for Kids and Teens

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April 4, 2022

Poetry is all around us. It’s in the shape of the spoon you used for breakfast, your brother's missing tooth, and that dingy mitten left behind when the snow melts. Inspiration for a poem can appear any place. But how do you catch it? Read on for simple ways that kids and teens can practice poetry every day and develop those poetry skills. Then, consider submitting your poetry to our Youth Poetry Contest. We have two age categories - ages 9-12 and ages 13-18 - and entrants can submit up to two original poems to the contest. Submissions will be accepted at or in person at any Marathon County Public Library location through May 27, 2022!  To help jumpstart your creativity...

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Six Spooky Words Story Contest Results!

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October 31, 2020

Earlier this month, the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) invited people of all ages to send us scary stories ahead of Halloween. The catch? The spooky submissions were limited to just six words! We received 11 spooktacular submissions, and we want to share them with you! Our staff voted for their top three favorites, but we thought they're all fun and creative so we're including all of this year's entries! The top three picks: “Flame out. Alone. Breath on neck” – Kelly Henderson​ “We’ve time-traveled … It’s January 2020 again!” – Laura Lawler “An ear-piercing scream. Then Silence.” – Amanda Powers (Editor's note, and full disclosure: Laura Lawler is an employee of MCPL, but...

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Teen Short Story Writing Contest Winners!

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August 28, 2020

This summer, teens from throughout Marathon County participated in "Write Your Story," the 2020 Teen Short Story Writing Contest. We received some extraordinary pieces and have been impressed with the talent and creativity we've seen!   After careful reading, evaluation and discussion, the judges have made their final decisions, and it's time to announce the winners! For the 12-14-year-old age group, the winners are: 3rd place: (tie)     "The Day I Lost Everything" by Whitley Johnson     "The One-Horned Buck" by Jackson Nechuta 2nd place:     "The House on Maple Street" by Avery Kessen 1st place:  ...

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"Love in Six Words" story contest winners

February 16, 2015

We're happy to share with the public all of the entries submitted for our recent "Love in Six Words" contest. We received an amazing 141 entries from 91 writers! (Each participant could submit up to three entries.) Below are our top 5, as judged by a half-dozen library staff, and below that are all 141 entries. Thank you so much to all who submitted and start thinking for next year when we host this contest again! Winners: 1. "I Love You - For All Time" - Dave Anderson (Mr. Anderson included this explanation with his submission: “My wife has recently passed away and this is the phrase I mention when I'm thinking of her. When I saw your contest poster, that's the first words to come to mind - and then I...

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"March to a Million" Prize Winners

December 22, 2009

 We've met and exceeded our goal to lend 1,000,000 items in 2009! As part of our "March to a Million" celebration, we gave away many great prizes. Congratultions to the prize winners below! Thanks again to all of our customers for making our "March to a Million" a reality!  We could not have done it without you.. Prize #1 – GRAND PRIZE :  $50 Riiser gas card; $25 gift card to City Grill, One Night stay at the Jefferson Street Inn (Anita Koss) Prize #2 - $25 City Grill (Lorraine Mroczewski) Prize #3 - $25 Great Dane (Khue Y.) Prize #4 - $25 Riiser Gas Card (Melissa Omelian) Prize #5 - $25 Riiser Gas Card (Dana Ketchum) Prize #6 – daily Nine Mile ski...


Announcing the $100 Gas Card Winner!

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July 31, 2008

We’d like to thank everyone who used MCPL Wausau's drive thru July 21-25 for making its grand opening a huge success! Over the course of the celebration, a record-setting 516 people made use of the drive thru during regular business hours. It is an excellent option if you’re in a hurry and 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 Riiser Energy. We’re pleased to announce that the winner of this grand prize is Cindy Dahlke....