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Free Access to Books for Teens

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May 31, 2022

Summer will be here soon! As a teen, you may not be any less busy when school is out. Maybe you’re working more hours at your job, visiting family or spending time with friends. Whatever you're up to, make sure to include reading great books in your summer plans! In addition to visiting your local Marathon County Public Library location or participating in our Summer Reading Club, here are three other ways to access free digital materials for teens this summer: With Sync, patrons can use a Sora account to read two different audiobooks per week. The program runs from April 28 until August 17. If you don’t have a Sora account through school, you can sign up for a free account. Please note, these books...

Audiobooks Books E-books Libraries Online Resources Summer Library Program Teens Websites

MCPL to unveil new library catalog

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March 9, 2022

Starting March 14, all Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) patrons will see a new searchable library catalog on our website! With an updated interface, searching will now be easier than before. The front page of the catalog will also feature lists of all the latest items we've added to our collection (including New Adult Fiction, New Movies/TV series, New Children's Books, etc.), so you can find and request new materials more easily. Harnessing the power of web browsers like Google Chrome and Firefox, the new catalog offers generous spelling corrections and autofill options that will assist you when finding the materials and authors you're looking for. Every search shows where an item is located and...

Adults Catalogs and Collections Libraries Websites

Tasty resources for vegan and plant-based diets!

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May 21, 2020

As many are during this time, I am cooking more homemade food than ever! I’ve always loved cooking and baking, but now that I have a bit more time at home and am trying to keep my immune system in tip-top shape, I’ve been focusing even more on healthy, homemade meals (but still as tasty as ever!) As someone born with food intolerances to soy, dairy, and egg, (who outgrew them, only to have them reappear after a semester abroad back in college), I’ve always had to be conscious of what I eat and learned early on how to cook most of my meals at home due to safety concerns at restaurants. A few years ago, I was researching nutrition while going through a severe case of mononucleosis and went plant-based to try...

Adults Books Catalogs and Collections Food Health Resources Websites

Raise Great Kids Parent Survey

April 2, 2015

If you are a parent, guardian, grandparent, or child caregiver, we would like your input! is a local website put out by a collaborative effort of community partners under the Early Years Coalition. Marathon County Public Library is a member of this coalition, and we need your help completing a survey. As part of our efforts to make a better site for our users, we need your help. We would like to get both your thoughts and feedback on Raise Great Kids as well as gather more information about how you use the internet to search for information you find valuable about children. Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey. Your feedback will be invaluable in helping...

Children Early Literacy Websites

The Wisconsin Digital Archive: Get Connected to State Government

December 16, 2014

Many of us are breathing a sigh of relief now that election ads and coverage are over for this election cycle.  If you are like me, maybe you wondered how accurate those statistics you saw in the ads were.  How can one politician claim jobs were added when another claims the exact opposite?  Maybe you were curious where the news anchors get their information on the economy, job growth or government agency spending.  I have the perfect link for you news junkies:  The Wisconsin Digital Archives.    The Wisconsin Digital Archive provides one stop shopping for all those reports you hear about on the news.  Curious about job growth, school achievement scores, roadway safety...

Government Information Wisconsin Websites

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...

Libraries Technology Websites

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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Be prepared to vote!

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October 11, 2012

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Are you ready to vote? The following resources will help you answer some common voter questions and concerns. Where should I vote? -- Visit My Vote Wisconsin (, a new website created by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB). Pick the option that best describes you -- most likely, "Regular Voter" -- and select "Address Search" on the following screen. Type in your current address to determine where you should vote. I've never voted before. How do I register? -- In general, you may be able to register by mail, with a municipal clerk, or in person on Election Day. The GAB offers a quick-reference...

Government Information Websites

Consumer Reports: Online Access

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November 21, 2011

Many of you use the Library to research products before you buy, using resources such as Consumer Reports and the N.A.D.A. vehicle price guides. These and other resources are available at the Reference Desk, but did you know you can access Consumer Reports from home via our website? Here's how: Go to the MCPL website (, click on "Research," and choose"Online Resources." (...or, the direct link:   Click on "Consumer Reports" in the "Library Resources A-Z" list.   Login using your 14-digit Library Card barcode and PIN.   Do one of the following: View individual issues using the "All Issues" menu. Click...

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LinkWISCONSIN: Broadband Survey

September 1, 2010

In order to better understand specific broadband availability, needs, uses and barriers to adoption, the LinkWISCONSIN team will conduct consumer surveys beginning July 12 and continuing throughout the summer. Households will be selected randomly to participate in the 10-12 minute telephone survey. If you have not been contacted and would like to participate in the consumer survey, please submit your contact information or take our secure online survey. All individual responses, whether obtained through telephone or online survey, will remain confidential. Collectively, responses will provide important feedback as we move forward with the planning phase of this statewide project. If called to...

Websites Government Information

Understanding Biomass Energy

biomass heating power plant

August 2, 2010

In early 2010, WE Energies applied to build a Biomass facility in Rothschild, which had a lot of our community-members wondering "What is biomass?" — and more importantly, "How will this affect us?" Fortunately, the Library has a number of resources that can help you make sense of it all, plus a few links that will allow you to communicate your opinions. MCPL books about biomass: — for help understanding the science and history of biomass. WE Energies: Biomass Energy Project: — from the WE Energies website, this page includes fact summaries and all application...

Government Information Websites

Browse & Request Our Newest Books!

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July 22, 2010

There's more to our collections than what you'll find on the shelves! Popular books are often in demand (and therefore, unlikely to be found just sitting on the shelf), but you can preview and request most of our new books by using our "New & Forthcoming Books" webpage!  (also accessible from our website's main menu under "Catalogs") These books represent our most recently-ordered Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Teen Books, Children's Books, and New York Times Best-Sellers. Many of them haven't even arrived at the Library yet, so it is an excellent opportunity for you to get on the request list ahead of time. Once you're on the request list, we will contact...

Books Websites Reading Recommendations

Happy Anniversary, Mrs. P!

November 10, 2009

You may know Stevens Point native Kathy Kinney best for her role as the flamboyant Mimi on the Drew Carey Show.  Kinney’s latest venture is a storytelling website,, which is celebrating its first anniversary today.  In her role as Mrs. P, Kinney sits in an armchair in a cozy room, filled with items to click on for interactive fun. Clicking on the bookcase causes the bookcase to roll out into the room. Each shelf contains a different category of classic stories—bedtime stories, stories about girls, scary stories, “knee huggers,” and more. Children can click on a shelf to see the titles, and pull out individual books to see a description and a rating system to help children...

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Introducing the New MCPL Website!

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February 14, 2008

We've changed our website to make our online resources and library information more accessible and easier to find. We hope you like the new design! We'll be working to add new features and further improve the site over the next few months. As always, we appreciate your feedback. Just use our online feedback form, or leave your comments below.