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Resources to Help Cure Your Spring Fever

view of a stream at a Wisconsin park

March 25, 2021

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic led many of us to discover (or re-discover!) our love of the outdoors. According to the Wisconsin Policy Forum report Take It Outside: Pandemic Spurs Outdoor Pursuits, sales of state park vehicle stickers rose by more than 42% last year. The number of fishing licenses sold increased, and Wisconsin residents bought more sporting goods and outdoor gear. Personally, my family spent time visiting state parks that we hadn't been to before, hiking portions of the Ice Age Trail, and I even went backpacking for the first time!  I am eager to continue exploring as the weather gets nicer and I am always looking for new places in Wisconsin to visit.Here are some great reads to get you...

Adults Books COVID-19 Nature

DIY @ Home Craft: Bottle Planter

example of a plastic bottle planter

March 19, 2021

Get some things planted indoors by making this quick and easy decorative bottle planter! Please note that this craft is designed for adults, as plastic bottles can have very sharp edges after you cut them.  To get started, you'll first need to gather a few common supplies: Supplies needed: Plastic bottle (preferably 2-liter - the larger, the easier to work with) Marker Scissors Acrylic paint and brushes Sand paper Sealant Cotton string (optional) Decorative supplies (optional)   Steps: 1. Wash and dry your bottle, then lightly sand the surface to prep it for paint (paint will flake off if not prepped). 2. Using a marker, trace your desired bottle design onto the plastic (the...

Adults Learning

Tween Book Talks

Elizabeth L. discusses

March 17, 2021

Everyone needs something new to read from time to time, even tweens!  Occasionally, we'll post tween book talks right here on www.mcpl.us. The talks will cover a wide range of novels aimed at late elementary and middle school-age kids. The talks can be experienced in two different ways. Tweens can either watch the YouTube video discussion associated with each book below, or can download an MP3 file of the talk to their computer, tablet or smartphone and listen to it podcast-style! Grasping Mysteries  by Joseph Elliott Available from the library as a book  (see link below)   The Good Hawk  by Jeannine Atkins Available from the library as a book or...

Books Reading Recommendations Tweens

DIY @ Home Craft: Spring Umbrella

example of umbrella craft

March 10, 2021

Spring is on the way, and you can add some brightness on a rainy day by making this simple (yet fun!) craft, no matter your age. To get started, you'll first need to gather a few common supplies: Umbrella Craft Supplies needed: Construction paper, in various colors (one must be blue) Scissors 1 pipe cleaner Glue Yarn or string   Steps: Cut out 10 circles in the colors of your choice. Fold each circle in half, then fold in half once more, so it’s folded into fourths. Once all of the circles have been folded, open each circle and glue the middle together, as shown in the example pictures. Do this with all of the folded circles. Now, connect all the folded...

Adults Children Tweens

More Fun For the Family!

Jen T. reading a children's book

March 4, 2021

Our MCPL staff is back with another fun mix of stories, play and crafts! For this occasional series, staff from nearly all of our nine locations contributed a mix of fun videos that we've pieced together for you to enjoy! We have stories, a couple of interactive segments to get you up and moving around a bit, and you can follow along as we make a fun polar bear craft! You'll also find on this page a link to directions to make an equally fun penguin craft using egg cartons! We hope you enjoy it, and feel free to watch as many times as you'd like!​  

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Tax Forms Available for Pickup at all MCPL Locations

1040 booklets for 2021

February 27, 2021

Like it or not, it's that time of year again - tax season! If you still have to prepare and file your taxes, the Marathon County Public Library is the place to go for tax forms. Each year, we offer a variety of free state and federal tax forms and publications, and this year is no exception. The federal documents that we have available this year include: 1040/1040-SR booklet 1040/1040-SR instructions The Wisconsin state documents we have available are: Form 1 Form 1 instruction booklet Schedule H booklet (which includes a copy of the Rent Certificate) These forms can be picked up at the MCPL Wausau drive thru any time it's open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at any of the eight...

Adults Taxes

Classic Movies, With Some Modern Context

wireless earbuds and a smartphone

February 25, 2021

The pandemic, coupled with winter temps, has made for a lot of inside time at my house, which generally translates into a lot of TV time. If you’ve been experiencing the same thing and are looking for something a bit different to watch, might I suggest watching a classic movie? In 1998, the American Film Institute (AFI) unveiled their 100 Years…100 Movies list as a national celebration of the cinema centennial, calling it “a definitive selection of the greatest 100 films of all time.” Updated in 2007, this list includes genres ranging from comedy to horror, animated to westerns. What I love about classic movies is that they are so much more than a good story, but encompass all the many elements that...

Adults COVID-19 Movies

Compelling Quotes That Stick With You

journal, iPhone and laptop

February 15, 2021

Have you ever passed up a book because the cover or synopsis seemed superficial or unrelatable? Or have you decided against reading a book because the genre isn’t your favorite? Sometimes bits and pieces of the story can compel you to read the entire book, which is great, because you can find bits of wisdom inside stories you wouldn’t expect. Below are some of my favorite compelling quotes that I've gleaned from books over the years that have left a lasting impression. Do you have any that you write down and keep in a journal? If so, tell us some of your favorites. 

“Each person seems to have separate memories that make them think they have continuous separate selves. But what if you lost your...

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Free magazines online in Wisconsin's Digital Library!

Wisconsin's Digital Library magazines screenshot

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 https://wplc.overdrive.com/collections/featured/4;  OR in the WDL main menu, select "Collections" and use the "Magazines" list;  OR...

Magazines and Newspapers Technology Wisconsin's Digital Library

Psychological Thrillers to Get You Through Winter

woman reading a book on a tablet

February 2, 2021

Recently, I wrote an article on my favorite cozy mysteries to coincide with winter in Wisconsin. Although I’m a fan of cozy mysteries, my all-time favorite type of novel to read is an intriguing psychological thriller. I find them really engaging, atmospheric, and I love when I can never guess the twists and turns that pop up. I love to go back and forth between cozy mysteries and psychological thrillers (with a plethora of cookbooks sprinkled in), and below are a list of my all-time favorite novels and authors: Author: Clare Mackintosh Recommended Reads: I Let You Go, I See You, Let Me Lie  Clare Mackintosh is the author who really made me realize I love a good thriller and...

Adults Books Reading Recommendations

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