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Auto Repair Source: Access Error

Auto Repair Source error screenshot

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: https://badgerlink.dpi.wi.gov/bulletin/2020/03/error-when-accessing-auto-repair-source.)

Online Resources Technology IT Updates

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 www.mcpl.us/ebooks for more information about Wisconsin’s Digital Library!  

E-books Reading Recommendations Audiobooks Wisconsin's Digital Library Technology

Be counted during the 2020 census!

2020 Census

February 21, 2020

This spring, the U.S. Census Bureau will attempt to count every person living within the United States, and the Marathon County Public Library is here to help! In mid-March, U.S. households will receive a paper questionnaire from the Census Bureau by mail. Starting April 1, individuals can take the census by one of three ways: by filling out and sending back the paper questionnaire; taking the questionnaire by phone; or responding to the questionnaire online at www.2020census.gov. In addition, census takers may visit your residence door-to-door to administer the questionnaire as well. Participation in the census is required by law, and individuals can respond to the census any time between April 1 and July 31...

Government Information Community

Tax documents available at all MCPL locations!

tax forms

February 21, 2020

If doing your taxes is still on your to-do list, MCPL can help! Each year, we offer a variety of free state and federal tax forms and publications.  The federal documents we have ordered this year include the 1040/1040-SR forms and their instructions, while the state documents consist of Form 1 and its instructions, Form WD, Rent Certificate, and Schedule H and its instructions. Need a tax form that we don’t have available for free? Additional forms from the IRS and Wisconsin Department of Revenue websites can be printed at a cost of 10¢ per page.  Please be aware that library staff cannot answer specific tax questions or advise you on which forms you may need. For more tax resources, visit...

Government Information Taxes

Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

NY Times Best Sellers screenshot

February 9, 2020

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

2020 Youth Media Award winners announced!

collage of 2020 Youth Media Award winners, with pics from V-Cat

January 28, 2020

On Monday, January 27, 2020, the American Library Association announced the winners of the Youth Media Awards. These outstanding materials are selected by committees of librarians and other literature or media experts. They are meant to guide parents, librarians and educators towards quality works for children. Some of the Youth Media Awards you may recognize: the John Newbery Medal, which recognizes the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children; the Caldecott Award, which is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children; and the Printz Award, which is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American...

Books Children Awards Youth Media Awards Reading Recommendations

2020 U.S. Census Count Coming April 1!

U.S. Census

January 27, 2020

Our U.S. Constitution requires that every 10 years, we complete a basic outline of who we are as a country: How many people live here The number of men and women and seniors and toddlers The nationalities and racial backgrounds of our residents …and more. Since we’re starting a new decade, a new census count will be conducted in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and 5 U.S. territories: Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (You’re not alone if you’re not familiar with the Northern Mariana Islands… I had to look them up, too — they’re just north of Guam in the Pacific Ocean and they look lovely.) The 2020 census...

Government Information Community

Over 400 caps collected by MCPL in 2019

purple CLICK for Babies caps collected in 2019

January 15, 2020

If you stopped by the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) last summer, you may have seen someone dropping off purple knit or crocheted hats and wondered what it was all about. For the past few years, MCPL has partnered with CLICK for Babies, an organization for the prevention of child abuse, with the purple hats used to highlight the dangers of Shaken Baby Syndrome. In the first few months of life, all babies go through a period of increased crying, usually starting around two weeks of age, peaking in the second month and waning during the third and fourth months. CLICK for Babies uses the color purple to help parents remember that this crying lasts for a limited period of time and that it can come and go....

Community

New options for parking at MCPL Wausau!

parking lot

January 15, 2020

Thanks to recent parking changes in downtown Wausau, visitors to the library's Wausau headquarters have more options for free parking! The main Library Parking Lot (north of the building, by the front doors) will continue to offer free three-hour parking for library patrons – no parking meters, permits or pay stations. Other nearby lots and ramps are controlled by the City of Wausau and offer paid parking Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm; however, the first two hours of parking are free if you register at a pay station located in the lot / ramp.  These lots / ramps include: Lower Library Lot (Lot 7  |  Zone 5720) -- west of the library (behind it) by the river,...

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MCPL awaiting arrival of tax forms

tax forms and tax preparation materials

January 11, 2020

With the new year comes tax time! We’ve already had many requests for tax forms at our library locations but the forms have still not arrived. In general, most tax forms arrive between the third week of January and the first week of February. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) notifies the library of shipping dates; this year our tax forms will be shipped beginning on January 21. It may take several weeks to receive all the forms we have requested however, in the past, our forms have arrived together. In the meantime, there some important things to remember: January 27 is the first day that the IRS will accept tax returns. This is also the first day that online fillable forms will be available. All employers...

Taxes On-Site Services

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