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MCPL adds events for Passport Awareness Month

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September 14, 2019

September is often a time when many people are getting back to their normal routine after summer has come to an end. But September is also Passport Awareness Month, a time when the federal government tries to educate the public on what kind of travel a passport is needed for, how to apply and where. It’s never too early to start thinking about your next vacation, and if you need a passport to get to where you’ll be going. Passport services are available at MCPL Wausau every Thursday and every other Saturday. During your visit, you can get assistance filling out your passport application or renewal application, get your passport photo taken, and get the application submitted for processing. Walk-ins are...

Passports

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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Fall harvest in full swing in MCPL's Early Literacy Center!

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September 11, 2019

Autumn has arrived at the Early Literacy Center (ELC) in the children’s area of MCPL Wausau, complete with crisp apples, colorful leaves and plump pumpkins! Visit us and enjoy fun, interactive autumn harvest learning with the young child(ren) in your life. Together at the felt board you can put apples, leaves, and acorns on the tree; compare the shapes and colors of leaves and make a pattern. Recognizing patterns and creating patterns help your child pay attention to details.The ability to notice simple patterns in colors or shapes prepares children to find patterns in letters and words when they’re learning to read. Try on an apron and pretend to sell fruits and veggies in the harvest market area. Or carry...

Children Early Literacy Learning Books

Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

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September 8, 2019

Curious about what your friends and neighbors might be reading? Or which books are trending nationally? Check out the following books from the New York Times Best Sellers list! Have you read any of these books already? Let us know what you thought in the "Comments" section below! Happy reading! Please note: These are popular items that may not be immediately available. It is likely you will need to use the "Request" option in the Library Catalog (V-Cat) to add yourself to the waiting list. Do not be discouraged by long waiting lists for books; MCPL usually has enough copies in circulation to keep wait times reasonable.  Also: All of the following books are...

Reading Recommendations Books

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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Director’s Report

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August 23, 2019

We are making good progress at MCPL with several important matters of interest.  The library’s new interior public furnishings are being designed by Engberg Anderson Architects, and we will add more information online for you once they complete those designs. The library’s foundation has agreed to grant substantial funding for the addition of new technology that will be used to enhance our STEM programming as part of this redesign, and we will be customizing our programs to best serve our communities.  We are hopeful that the ongoing roof repairs at MCPL Wausau will be completed during the coming months, but we may need to proceed with caution in order to limit any complications that might arise from the...

Director's Report Facility Improvement Friends Of The Library Newsletter

Become a friend of the library!

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August 21, 2019

The Friends of the Marathon County Public Library is a dedicated group of volunteers that helps MCPL in numerous ways, including organizing quarterly book sales, purchasing artwork that is made available for checkout and donating money to the library for programming, equipment and more. Any member of the public is welcome to join the Friends and volunteer their time with these endeavors (and more). Or, if you don’t have time to volunteer, you can become a “silent” member by paying the $10 membership fee, which allows you access to the quarterly book sales a full day before the general public! Friends memberships last one full year.  The next Friends of MCPL Book Sale will be November 7-10. For more...

Friends Of The Library Volunteering Book Sale Newsletter

Join our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program!

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August 20, 2019

By now, you’ve probably heard that a child’s brain grows to 80% of its adult size by the age of 3. Did you also know that young children who hear at least 1,000 books are more ready to read once they enter kindergarten?  If you want a fun and easy way to keep track of your child’s reading, help grow their brain, and earn incentives (like picture books and a book bag), join our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program! 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is aimed at children from birth through preschool, and parents/caregivers can register their child for the program at any time. Upon registration, you will receive a book bag and a folder that contains a sticker sheet, a parent letter and a reading log for the...

Children Reading Recommendations Newsletter

Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

NY Times Best Sellers

August 7, 2019

Curious about what your friends and neighbors might be reading? Or which books are trending nationally? Check out the following books from the New York Times Best Sellers list! Have you read any of these books already? Let us know what you thought in the "Comments" section below! Happy reading! Please note: These are popular items that may not be immediately available. It is likely you will need to use the "Request" option in the Library Catalog (V-Cat) to add yourself to the waiting list. Do not be discouraged by long waiting lists for books; MCPL usually has enough copies in circulation to keep wait times reasonable.  Also: All of the following books are...

Reading Recommendations Books

Dig up some fun at MCPL Wausau’s Early Literacy Center

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August 1, 2019

Along with summer comes road construction, so our youth services staff at MCPL Wausau has designed a fun, interactive space in our Early Literacy Center for young children to learn all about construction! Throughout the month of August, children can dress up like a construction worker using goggles, a hardhat and more at our dramatic play center; build with wooden blocks; and drive model diggers and cars around the carpeted town. You can read the story Tip Tip Dig Dig (one of my personal favorites) and then re-tell the story using flannel pieces. There are plenty of construction puzzles, magnets, sorting activities and, of course, a vast array of construction books to enjoy together. The construction...

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