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Two database subscriptions discontinued

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center screenshot
Home Improvement 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.

Don’t despair, however! We encourage you to visit your local MCPL. We have extensive collections of crafting, knitting, crocheting and needlework books. Likewise, we have large collections of home improvement books. In addition, staff members may have personal experience with crafting, hobbies or home improvement and be able to guide you to just what you are looking for.

See you at the library!

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