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OverDrive app users should switch to the Libby app soon!

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August 18, 2021

If you use the OverDrive app to access Wisconsin's Digital Library for free e-books, e-magazines and audiobooks, please plan to switch to the Libby app by the end of 2022. The OverDrive app is being "sunsetted" by its creator — i.e. the app will no longer be updated or supported in the near future, and eventually will be discontinued. Additionally, the OverDrive app will not be available in the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Microsoft Store starting in February 2022. It's unclear when the OverDrive app will be removed from the Amazon Appstore.* Current OverDrive app users can continue to use the app until early 2023. All of the same e-books, e-magazines and audiobooks are available on...

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Free magazines online in Wisconsin's Digital Library!

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February 10, 2021

Magazines are now available for free online access in Wisconsin's Digital Library (WDL)! In addition to e-books, digital audiobooks and videos, WDL now includes more than 3,000 magazines.  These magazines are available for simultaneous use statewide (no waiting lists) and may be accessed using the Libby app, the OverDrive app or the WDL website. You just need your library card to log in. Each magazine can be borrowed for a maximum of 21 days, and you can even check out and read back issues! To view this collection: visit;  OR in the WDL main menu, select "Collections" and use the "Magazines" list;  OR in the...

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Marathon County to Boost Public Library Wi-Fi Signal With CARES Act Funding

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November 24, 2020

Marathon County officials and municipal officials within the county recently embarked on a plan to boost the strength of wireless internet available at all Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) locations. Currently, Wi-Fi is left on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at all 8 MCPL branches, and is available from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Wausau Headquarters, as well as from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Prior to a decision made by the MCPL Board in May 2019, the library turned off its Wi-Fi when the building was closed. The change was made in an attempt to provide residents — especially those in rural areas who have poor internet service —  with...

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New and Updated Resources Available from MCPL!

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October 22, 2020

Recently, BadgerLink added and updated some of their online resources that are available to library users across the state, including at MCPL. If you aren’t familiar with BadgerLink, it’s the free service for libraries offered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction that provides a variety of resources for school, home and work.  Updated resources include: Literary Reference Center Plus (upgraded from Literary Reference Center) - this resource offers a collection of literary criticism and reference works MAS Complete (upgraded from MAS Ultra-School Edition) - this resource is designed specifically for high schoolers and features a collection of popular magazines,...

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Library Learning Lab opening postponed at MCPL Wausau

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September 30, 2020

In recent weeks, the Marathon County Health Department has reported a record number of positive COVID-19 cases. With the number of positive cases continuing to rise locally, and out of an abundance of caution, the Marathon County Public Library has decided to postpone the opening of its Student Learning Lab until further notice. The lab was originally set to open October 5. Students in need of high-speed Internet access can still make an appointment to use a computer at any of the nine MCPL locations across the county. For more information on making a computer appointment, click here. Do you have a child that needs a quiet place to study? Or do you have an unpredictable internet connection...

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New at MCPL: Playaway Launchpads!

Playaway Launchpads and tablet

August 15, 2020

Found in a bright orange case, you may have checked out Playaways or Playaway Views in the past, which are similar to audiobooks. Or maybe a Playaway Book Pack, that allows children to listen to a book while following the worlds on the page. Now, MCPL is offering a fun new technology from Playaway: Playaway Launchpads! Similar to a tablet, Launchpads contain pre-loaded apps on a variety of subjects, including math, animals, puzzles and logic, learning foreign languages and more. These apps contain a mixture of learning-based games and activities, helping your child learn important concepts while having fun at the same time. Each Launchpad is geared for different age ranges and grade levels, which helps make...

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Tune In to Some Great Book Podcasts

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July 7, 2020

For many, summer weather plus quarantine means getting things done around the house. At my home, there’s always cleaning and gardening to be done, and one way I’ve found to entertain and engage my mind while tending to those tasks is listening to podcasts. This is a relatively new discovery for me, and I’ve learned that there are podcasts for nearly everything under the sun. But as a reader, the book podcasts hold the most interest for me. Content for book podcasts runs the gamut, from lively book discussions to author interviews to read-alouds. The following are some of my favorites. Try them out, or discover some of your own. If you have a favorite, let us know in the comments section. It’s a big...

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Need to use a library computer during the pandemic? Here's what you need to know...

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June 21, 2020

In keeping with the recommendations of the State of Wisconsin, the Marathon County Health Department and other public health authorities, the Marathon County Public Library and its eight branch libraries will be open by appointment on June 22, as previously announced. Our Wausau location will offer appointments for computer use only. Appointments can be made for up to one hour per person per day. Browsing for materials will not be permitted at this time. To make an appointment, call the MCPL Wausau reference desk at 715-261-7230. Patrons visiting one of the eight branch libraries can make an appointment of 30 minutes per week, which can be used either for computer use or for browsing for materials (since...

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Learn in isolation with Gale Courses!

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April 4, 2020

Hundreds of free, instructor-led courses on a variety of subjects are available to patrons of the Marathon County Public Library! New classes start April 15! If, as you read this, you are one of the many folks currently at home due to precautions over the COVID-19 pandemic, you're probably looking for options for keeping yourself occupied and keeping your brain active. Through the Wisconsin Valley Library Service consortium, MCPL patrons have access to hundreds of online courses with Gale Courses. These are instructor-led, six-week classes on subjects ranging from business and finance to computer programming and law to writing and photography. In 2019, I gave the screenwriting course a try because, why...

Education Learning Online Resources Technology Library Edition now accessible from home!

screenshot of Ancestry: Library Edition main page

March 26, 2020

Though the Marathon County Public Library is temporarily closed due to concerns over COVID-19, there is a bit of good news to share - Library Edition will be available to access from home now through the month of April (and possibly longer!) Library Edition can generally only be accessed from within one of the nine MCPL locations, but due to the current pandemic, our subscription has been extended to include home access as well! So, if you're interested in learning more about your family and your ancestors during your time at home, we have a couple of places to start.  First, contains a wealth of documents that will (hopefully) help fill in the...

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Auto Repair Source: Access Error

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March 9, 2020

Unfortunately, there is currently an issue when accessing Auto Repair Source. Upon accessing the resource, you may encounter a page asking for a username and password. This is an error, and BadgerLink staff are working to resolve the issue.  We will update when you are able to access Auto Repair Source again. Thank you for your patience! (Source:

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Wisconsin’s Digital Library offers “Lucky Day” collection!

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February 24, 2020

Wisconsin’s Digital Library (WDL) offers a huge collection of free e-books and mp3 audiobooks, but the most popular of these items are subject to waiting lists, just like physical library items. However, thanks to a new “lucky day” feature, you have a chance to “skip the line” and check out some of these high-demand items without waiting! To browse this new collection in the Libby app, select “Explore” and choose “Skip the Line,” or if you use the OverDrive app or the WDL website, choose “Available Now” in the main menu and look for the “Lucky Day” section. Visit for more information about Wisconsin’s Digital Library!  

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Value Line is experiencing technical difficulties

Value Line screenshot

December 3, 2019

Update: As of the evening of 12/4, access to Value Line has been restored. Thank you for your patience! At some point today, 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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Brainstorming Ideas for a New Makerspace with the Community in Mind

makerspace: recording studio

October 22, 2019

As libraries evolve in the 21st century to meet the changing needs of their communities and maintain relevance as community hubs, more and more are carving out spaces for their patrons to create through so-called “makerspaces.”  What are they making there? The answers are as varied as the books on the shelves… They’re making: Screenprinted posters and clothing Music, videos, and podcasts Codes for computer programs and apps 3-D figurines Laser-engraved woodblocks …and much more! Some libraries also incorporate sewing machines, basic circuitry gadgets for kids, and virtual or augmented reality equipment into their makerspaces. The Marathon County Public Library (MCPL)...

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

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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 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)

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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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Find your next read with Novelist K-8!

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August 27, 2019

When you and your child finish reading a book or series, it can be difficult to decide what to read next. After all, new books are released every week and the vast amount of choices can be overwhelming. But one of our handy online resources can help give you some direction! Among MCPL’s many online resources is Novelist K-8, which is a reader’s advisory resource that will recommend books to read based on ones you’d read in the past, similar to how Netflix and other streaming services recommend content based on your viewing habits. Just like the Novelist resource for adults, Novelist K-8 allows users to search for a book by title, author or keyword search, and then recommends a handful of books that are...

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Two database subscriptions discontinued

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center screenshot

May 30, 2019

If you've recently checked out the Marathon County Public Library’s online resources page, you may have noticed a few changes. We no longer have the Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center or the Home Improvement Reference Center available. Working with libraries from around our area, it was decided to discontinue our subscription to these two databases. With the rise of such popular websites like Etsy and Ravelry, and the increased use of YouTube for learning how to do basic (and not so basic) home repairs and improvements, we have seen a decrease in the use of these two databases. In addition, this will free up funds for Wisconsin Valley Library Service to add new databases and provide additional services...

Online Resources Technology now available with your library card! Library Edition screenshot

December 21, 2018

Starting last October, the Marathon County Public Library began offering access to to its patrons. Owned by, bills itself as the largest newspaper archive site on the Internet, providing its users with access to over 11,000 newspapers ranging from the 1700s through the 2000s, with new issues being added on a monthly basis. The decision to offer to library patrons was made earlier this year by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The site will be used as a replacement for Access NewspaperARCHIVE, a similar resources that the DPI discontinued using earlier this year. is an online resource that many patrons have requested...

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New technology classes in 2019!

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December 19, 2018

Are you looking to become more savvy with your personal computer, iPhone or iPad? Is there something you want to sell on Craigslist, but you don’t know where to start? Beginning in January, MCPL Wausau will begin hosting a series of technology-related classes on an almost-weekly basis. Included in the lineup of classes are returning favorites, including Intro to Microsoft Excel, Intro to Libby & E-books, and Facebook Fundamentals. But new classes with a different focus will also be offered, including Intro to Microsoft Word and Resume Building, Basics of the iPhone and iPad, The Wide World of Google Resources and the Basics of Craigslist. Whether you want to get more comfortable with Google, buy and...

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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,...

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Get Your Uniform Addressing Questions Answered at MCPL!

Uniform Addressing postcard

January 23, 2018

If you happen to receive a postcard in the mail like the one pictured here, you're one of the more than 20,000 Marathon County residents who will receive a new address as part of Marathon County's new Uniform Addressing System. This means that later this year (between April and November 2018), residents, business owners and landowners in 41 different Marathon County municipalities will receive a new six-digit uniform address, with a goal of helping emergency services provide the right service to the right place at the right time.  Some residents may feel overwhelmed by the fact they will be receiving a new address, but Marathon County is committed to helping people through this change....

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

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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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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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Introducing Tech Time!

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March 4, 2017

Is one of the technological devices in your life causing you grief? Or did you recently get a new device and aren’t sure how to use it? Join us for the new Tech Time service at our Wausau Headquarters! Library staff will be available by appointment every week to help folks set up email accounts, save files digitally, learn Internet basics, get acquainted with their new tablet or laptop, learn how to set up and use certain social media accounts and more! (Staff cannot, however, install software unrelated to library services, run diagnostics, remove viruses or perform other technical support services.) Interested patrons can book Tech Time appointments every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. Walk-ins are also...

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Library Working to Resolve Catalog Error

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January 23, 2017

UPDATE 2/6/17: This issue has been resolved. If you experience any further problems accessing the library catalog, please contact us and let us know. Original post: Beginning late last week, some library patrons began encountering sporadic errors when trying to access the Library Catalog (V-Cat). So far, the error does not seem dependent upon the device, operating system or web browser patrons are using. We are aware of the error, and the Wisconsin Valley Library Service is currently working to resolve it. If you attempt to access the catalog and experience an error, please try again later. You can also contact us any time to report an error with the catalog or our website. Please include as much...

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

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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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Meet our new manager!

May 25, 2016

Hello! My name is Matthew Derpinghaus, and I’m the new Library Support Services Manager for the Marathon County Public Library. I oversee the areas of Circulation, Shelving, Support (new books, ILL, cataloging, etc.) and technology. Speaking of technology, did you know that the library commissioned me to purchase and install 138 new Dell computers? The computers were purchased because of the increasing need for patrons and staff alike to have speedier, more reliable machines. Along with purchasing the new hardware, I also acquired some new software to help with timing and printing. The new software, called CASSIE, simplifies the login and printing process. Although the initial session time has changed...

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OverDrive's Big Library Read (March 17-31, 2015)

2015 Big Library Read: OverDrive

March 13, 2015

Check out OverDrive’s Big Library Read, which offers community-wide access to a title during March 17-31, 2015. During this special event, all card holders can simply download “Shakespeare Saved My Life" by Laura Bates from OverDrive. Since OverDrive is offering simultaneous use for this title, the title is available right away, with no waiting on hold for the next copy. The title expires at the end of the lending period for each user, not the end of the program. Synopsis: “Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before — supermax solitary confinement. In this unwelcoming place,...

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Download e-Books? Please Take a Short Survey

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February 3, 2015

Do you download e-books or digital audiobooks? If so, please consider taking a short survey from the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) about the digital collections. The WPLC was formed in 2001, and its main service is the Wisconsin Digital Library. This digital catalog is utilized by Marathon County Public Library and other Wisconsin public libraries to offer e-books and digital audio books to patrons. This short survey will help WPLC develop its digital collections so it is as relevant as possible to library patrons. Access the survey here. Curious about borrowing e-books or any other digital materials from the library? Visit our Wisconsin Digital Library page...

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Overdrive's Big Library Read: June 3-18

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June 2, 2014

Looking for a new book to read on your Kindle or Nook for June? Check out Overdrive’s Big Library Read, which offers community-wide access to a new mystery during June 3-18, 2014. During this special event, all card holders can simply download  "A Pedigree to Die For, Melanie Travis Mystery Series, Book 1 " by Laurien Berenson from Overdrive. Since Overdrive is offering simultaneous use for this title during June 3-18, the title is available right away, with no waiting on hold for the next copy. The title expires at the end of the lending period for each user, not the end of the program. Publisher’s description of "A Pedigree to Die For": "The apparent heart attack that killed kennel owner Max...

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Now Available: Streaming Videos in Overdrive

May 21, 2014

Did you know that you can now stream videos from the Wisconsin Digital Library Catalog (Overdrive)? New this week, stream a video from our current collection of 220 titles, and look for more to be added in the future. How to stream videos: --From the Wisconsin Digital Library Catalog (Overdrive) home page, select “New Streaming Video” under the featured collections list at the top of the page. -If you are using a web browser, once you have located a title that is available for streaming, simply click "Play" to start watching the video. -If you are using the Overdrive app, tap the "Add to app' button to add streaming video to your in-app bookshelf. -Streaming video works on most devices as long as you...

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ALA’s Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7)

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May 2, 2014

The Heartbleed bug, the Internet Explorer security flaw, changes to Facebook’s privacy settings, credit card breaches at major retail stores; all are examples of privacy and security breaches headlining local and nationals news. Since our lives are so connected to the Internet, it sometimes can feel like we don’t have a lot of control over our digital lives, and especially our privacy. Choose Privacy Week is an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that focuses on digital privacy rights. It’s an invitation for libraries and library users to have a conversation about individual privacy rights in a digital age. While privacy has always been an important part of library services, the Choose Privacy...

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BadgerLink Resources: Public Feedback Requested!

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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...

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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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Get comfortable with computers!

September 23, 2013

This fall, many MCPL locations will be offering free basic computer, Internet and software classes taught by University of Wisconsin-Marathon County technology tutors. Contact your local library to register: Computer Basics / Thu., 10/3, 1-2:30pm @ MCPL Stratford Computer Basics / Mon., 10/7, 10am @ MCPL Wausau iPad Basics / Thu., 10/10, 1-2:30pm @ MCPL Stratford Internet Basics / Mon., 10/14, 10am @ MCPL Wausau Computer Basics / Mon., 10/14, 4:30pm @ MCPL Athens Intermediate iPad / Thu., 10/17, 1pm @ MCPL Stratford Email Basics / Mon., 10/21, 10am-12pm @ MCPL Wausau iPad Basics / Mon., 10/21, 4:30-6:30pm @ MCPL Athens Digital Photo Basics / Mon., 10/28, 10am-...

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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...

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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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New websites worth considering

May 29, 2013

The Marathon County Public Library is pleased to include two new, free historical websites to our collection of online resources aimed at connecting our patrons with a wide range of information. The Digital Public Library of America pulls together millions of items – photographs, manuscripts, books, sound recordings and more – from libraries, archives and museums across the country. Visitors can search by terms, category or year. Looking for a 1880s map of the Upper Peninsula, or a photograph of Billie Holliday? You can find both and much, much more on the DPLA site, We also added the Oyez Project, a public, multimedia database of Supreme Court proceedings. The creators of the project...

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Sierra: Our New Library Catalog!

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January 23, 2013

On January 9, 2013, the Marathon County Public Library transitioned to new library catalog software as part of an upgrade coordinated by the Wisconsin Valley Library Service. The new software looks different from what patrons are used to, but has many more features that will help patrons more easily find the materials they need. The new software, known as “Sierra,” offers simplified searching options that allow patrons to search for an author, subject or title from the same search box, much like how Google works. Patrons also do not need to know exact spellings of author names or titles to find books; Sierra offers search suggestions that will help patrons find exactly what they’re looking for. Sierra also...

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New library catalog coming soon!

Sierra logo

December 31, 2012

On January 9, 2013, the Marathon County Public Library system will begin using new library catalog software as part of an upgrade coordinated by the Wisconsin Valley Library Service. The new software will look different than what patrons are used to, but will have many more features that will help patrons more easily find the materials they need. The new software, known as “Sierra,” will offer simplified searching options that will allow patrons to search for an author, subject or title from the same search box, much like how Google works. Patrons also will not need to know exact spellings of author names or titles to find books; Sierra will offer search suggestions that will help patrons find exactly what...

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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.  


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, and we’ll help you get started. There also is an online device compatibility guide at

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Nintendo Wii @ the Library!

Nintendo Wii

November 3, 2012

Nintendo Wii is now available for students 8-12 years old in the Tween Scene at the Wausau Library!  The new gaming system offers tweens a new way to learn and experience gaming.   "Why do libraries celebrate gaming? Library gaming programs encourage interaction between patrons of all ages and cultures. As games have evolved over the years to become more dynamic – requiring more interaction and socialization amongst players – so have libraries, by re-energizing themselves as community learning centers. Libraries still provide traditional services, but continue to change by offering new formats like video games and programs like family gaming nights...." states the American Library...

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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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Check out MCPL's new app!

September 18, 2012

Access the catalog and resources from your mobile device.   Smart phone and tablet users can finally download a free mobile application and browse the library’s collection on the go!   Search for books, ebooks, DVDs, CDs and video games; request and renew items; browse our newest titles; locate our branch libraries and check out current events. You also can follow our blogs, Facebook and Twitter streams or contact us.   Compatible devices include: Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Google Android-based smart phones and tablets Kindle Fire tablets Once you download the app, enter your library card number and PIN for...

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Repeat of Apple iPad Class!

July 23, 2012

This Thursday July  26th, the Marathon County Public Library will again be offering a free, informational class on owning and operating Apple iPads. Classes will be held at the Headquarters in the 3rd Floor Wausau Meeting Room. Classes start at 6:30 and run to 8:00. NO registration is necessary. If you own an Apple iPad, please bring it to the class. A very limited number of Apple iPads will be available for classroom use courtesy of Mike Theiss, the class instructor. So, whether you presently own an Apple iPad or are thinking of purchasing one, mark your calendar. For further information, call 261-7230.  

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Learn a New Language!

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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 (from the MCPL Newsletter, July-Sept. 2012)

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Intro to the Apple IPad Class!

man using tablet

July 2, 2012

All Apple iPad users, take note: Marathon County Public Library will soon be offering a free, informational  class on owning and operating Apple iPads.   Classes will be held at the Wausau Headquarters in the 3rd Floor Wausau Meeting Room. Two classes will be offered: Thursday July 19th and Thursday July 26th. Classes start at 6:30 and run to 8:00. No registration is necesssary. If you own an Apple iPad, please bring it to the class. A very limited number of iPads will be available for classroom use courtesy of Mike Theiss, the class instructor. So, whether you presently own an Apple iPad or are thinking of purchasing one, mark your calendar. For further...


Information at Your Fingertips: The Learning Express Library Database!

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May 29, 2012

The Marathon County Public Library offers a world of information through various electronic databases the Library subscribes to. The Library offers over 40 databases on a wide variety of subjects ranging from genealogy to consumer health, hobbies to languages and free eBooks to small engine repair.  One of the most helpful databases is the Learning Express Library. This is an interactive, educational database offering access to over 800 practice tests, tutorials, eBooks and other information. *Among the tests found in Learning Express are the ACT, ASVAB,  GED, GRE, CDL, CLEP, TOEFL and U.S. Citizenship test along with tests to help 4th and 5th graders improve their math and reading skills...

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Investment Info at Your Fingertips!

Value Line screenshot

May 24, 2012

One of the best investment tools available to Marathon County Public Library customers is the VALUE LINE electronic database. The VALUE LINE database provides instant access to authoritative, up-to-date information on companies, stocks, mutual funds, options and convertibles. The VALUE LINE database is located on the Marathon County Public Library website ( under Research and then Online Resources. And not only is it available at the Library, customers can access it from home using a library card at When you log on to VALUE LINE, the database gives you several search options. *You can type in a company name or its stock trading symbol in...

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Need Some Help Repairing an Engine?

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May 18, 2012

In our daily lives, we use different machines constantly -  trimmers, chain saws, motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs, blowers, boat engines, and what-not. However, where do you turn when one of those machines like your trusty old lawnmower, for example,  gives up the ghost? A good first choice for help would be the SMALL ENGINE REPAIR REFERENCE CENTER database available through the Marathon County Public Library's website. SMALL ENGINE REPAIR  REFERENCE CENTER includes detailed repair and maintenance information on hundreds of different engines. And it's easy to search. When you log on, the database offers you the choice of browsing by category (i.e.  ...

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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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Second Opportunity to Sign Up for Facebook Class!

April 3, 2012

The "First Look at Facebook" class scheduled for April 11 at 6:30 is completely filled. Due to popular demand, a second class will be offered Thursday, April 26 at 6:30. If you're curious about Facebook but haven't yet given it a try, this free class will help you get started. Registration is required. Call (715) 261-7230 to register. Mike Theiss from the UW Extension will teach this second class.  

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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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Change is Good...

woman reading e-reader

January 11, 2012

Change is good. We hear this mantra often, but is it really good? The late Carl Sagan would likely remind us that change is the only constant in the universe, so we might do well to accept change if we hope to keep our personal world balanced. On that note, we will be making some very healthy changes at the Marathon County Public Library this year, and we believe that those changes are going to help us to help you get the very best use from your libraries. Many of you are migrating to smaller information devices such as notepads, Nooks, Kindles, and similar handheld units. Remember to make use of our Overdrive digital download service that allows one to download e-books, audio books, videos, and music to...

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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 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: Coming to the library for e-reader assistance...

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New Computer Books

September 29, 2011

Marathon County Public Library customers have widely varying computer needs and various levels of computer expertise. The Library offers a variety of titles to meet those needs. If you’re new to computers, you might check out: COMPUTER BASICS IN EASY STEPS by Michael Price HOW TO DO (JUST ABOUT) ANYTHING ON A COMPUTER by Reader's Digest TEACH YOURSELF VISUALLY PCs by Elaine Marmel EASY PC CARE by Anthony Price If you’re wondering about iPads or iPhones, the following books may be useful: TEACH YOURSELF VISUALLY, iPAD 2 by Lonzell Watson iPHONE AND iPAD APPS FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS by Rory Lewis MY iPAD 2 by Gary...


Library E-Books Available for Kindle!

Kindle e-reader

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, 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 ( 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

UW Extension logo

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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Computer Classes

computer lab

August 18, 2011

Our fall computer class offerings have been updated, and may be viewed at the following link:

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New Return and Sorter @ Wausau

self-checkout machine

June 17, 2011

Returning your books @ the Wausau Headquarters location just became easier, more efficient, and lots more fun.  Instead of dropping them into a return bin, you can use the new 3M Intelligent Return and Sorter system,  or self-check-in machine and sorter.   What is the advantage of using this machine to you?   You can print a receipt and immediately see that your library materials are checked in and off your library card.   Because library materials are checked in more quickly and sorted into shelving areas, books can be shelved faster and your reserves can get filled more quickly.  Come in and see this new technology.  We will be happy to...


Technology Evolution at the Library

3M digital book sorter

May 25, 2011

Since 2006, the Marathon County Public Library has experienced a 32.6% increase in materials being checked out, while simultaneously absorbing a 17.3% dcrease in staffing. With the increased amount of check out, we needed to quickly become more efficient in order to provide the same quality of service. Subsequently, we purchased 6 self-checkout machines in 2006 and began gently nudging our customers to use them. In August of 2006, only 3% o materials were checked out using these machines. Today, 70% o library materials are checked out at the Wausau Headquarters using self-checkout. We could not have moved forward without the great support of our customers and their willingness to accept this change. With...

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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: 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

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Attention "Library ELF" Users

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January 28, 2009

If you have been using ELF ( 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. 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 via...


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...



May 11, 2007

We are now able to answer your questions online, in live chat! Check out the cool new feature, located on our Ask a Librarian page. Simply click on "Services" and then "Ask A Librarian" - and there you will find our Meebo widget. All you have to do is type a question into the screen, and a staff member will respond to you. This service is available whenever we are open - our widget will note "librarian online" when we are here! Now there are more ways to ask questions!


Free Computer Classes


April 19, 2007

The new schedule for Spring/Summmer computer Classes is available. Classes are free and open to the public. Classes are taught by library staff and cover most of the Microsoft Office programs, the Internet, and Email. Classes are geared toward people with little or no knowledge of computers but with an eagerness and committment to learn. Registration for classes is on a first come basis; no waiting lists are maintained. To sign-up for classes contact the Library Reference Desk (click here). See the calendar of classes and descriptions here.


What is a blog?

April 5, 2007

Everyone is talking about blogging, but what is it? A blog is a web log, or blog created by an individual or organization. They can be written by teams, or by individuals. They are used to communicate, and share ideas and concepts. They are a quick and easy tool to use as well! If you would like to blog, check out: BLOGGER WORDPRESS Once you get started blogging, you may want some additional information. Check our catalog by searching for blogs as a subject term! Good luck & happy blogging!