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Discover “Oceans of Possibilities” at the library this summer! 

Oceans of Possibilities summer poster showing scuba diver

May 18, 2022

While summer can be a busy season full of picnics, swimming, and other family activities, we hope you make Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) a part of your summer plans! Every year, we develop a Summer Program focused on learning, reading and fun for children and their families. The theme for this year’s program is “Oceans of Possibilities,” so we invite you to explore the library’s collections, join our summer reading club, and participate in any of our exciting upcoming events!   Reading is a great way for kids to keep their minds active and learning while out of school, and library staff can help your child find their next great read! Our staff is trained and well-...

Children Events Summer Library Program

MCPL Seeks Local Writers for New Video Project

MCPL author series image

May 7, 2022

Attention local writers! The Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) wants YOU to share your written work, and a bit about yourselves, through a new video series we're working on! We’re looking for writers in the central Wisconsin area—both published and unpublished—who are willing to stop by MCPL Wausau to read a couple of their poems, a few pages of their novel, a personal essay or some other piece of their writing. (Work that any reasonable person would consider obscene will be rejected.) We’ll film the sessions and post the videos on MCPL’s YouTube page for others in the community (and the world) to see! Interested writers can email us at writers@mcpl.us. Please include your name, where you're from, some...

Adults Community Writing

Celebrate Children's Book Week!

Children's Book Week 2022 logo

May 2, 2022

Happy Children’s Book Week! While every week (and day) is technically a reason to celebrate the power and importance of children’s books at the library, we at the Marathon County Public Library wanted to share some of our favorite books and bring awareness to the importance of every child becoming a lifelong reader. How do you raise a reader? Here are five quick and easy tips:  Read books every day! If your child can’t read, then read together with them and ask questions throughout the book. If your child can read, let them read independently or share a picture book together – kids are never too old to enjoy picture books with an adult Read books your child enjoys. This could be a topic...

Books Children Early Literacy Reading Recommendations

Outdoor Story Times Coming to an MCPL Near You!

baby outdoors on a blanket looking at a book

April 13, 2022

The Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) is delighted to share that our Wausau, Hatley, Marathon, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer and Stratford branches will be offering in-person family story times this spring, summer and fall! To keep participants and library staff safe, all story times will be conducted outdoors on green spaces outside each location. See our Story Time page for dates, times and locations. While the stories, faces and fun of an in-person story time will be familiar, participating in these outdoor events will be different than they were indoors. Please note the following items and plan accordingly so that you and your family can have the best story time experience possible! Seating...

Adults Children COVID-19 Events Story Times Summer Library Program

Mending Mondays

a painted rock and balls of yarn

April 10, 2022

Reasons for mending can be sentimental, economical or political. Repairing the items you have instead of buying new stuff is more sustainable and saves you money. Some cities even have a repair café where tools may be provided and a volunteer will show you how to fix broken items. (To find locations, visit www.repaircafe.org) I have noticed many new books about mending clothes have also been published in the past few years. Taking inspiration from these books, I decided this March would be the perfect time to start Mending Mondays! I had a few different mending projects in mind, but it was mostly the large pile of socks in my closet that was nagging at me. I love to knit and have knitted many pairs of socks...

Adults Books Learning Reading Recommendations

Poetry Writing Tips for Kids and Teens

list of poetry writing tips

April 4, 2022

Poetry is all around us. It’s in the shape of the spoon you used for breakfast, your brother's missing tooth, and that dingy mitten left behind when the snow melts. Inspiration for a poem can appear any place. But how do you catch it? Read on for simple ways that kids and teens can practice poetry every day and develop those poetry skills. Then, consider submitting your poetry to our Youth Poetry Contest. We have two age categories - ages 9-12 and ages 13-18 - and entrants can submit up to two original poems to the contest. Submissions will be accepted at poetry@mcpl.us or in person at any Marathon County Public Library location through May 27, 2022!  To help jumpstart your creativity, take a look at the...

Children Contests Learning Poetry Teens Tweens Writing

MCPL to unveil new library catalog

new library catalog screenshot

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 whether...

Adults Catalogs and Collections Libraries Websites

The Great Debate: Fiction vs. Nonfiction

Sparkly, glowing book

February 17, 2022

It is known that reading in general has a positive impact on vocabulary size, spelling and mental agility, but is nonfiction more valuable than fiction? Reading fiction has been shown to increase empathy and moral reasoning in people, as well as greatly improve their social cognition. Some believe reading fiction is a waste of time; that instead of reading about a fictional character's adventures, you should go experience them yourself. In my opinoin, learning new skills and information is important and I think nonfiction has value, though not more than fiction. They both have importance, and research agrees. Research shows that reading nonfiction may negatively predict empathic abilities (or at least has a...

Adults Books

Tax Forms Now Available at MCPL!

Federal 1040 tax form 2021

February 16, 2022

Tax season is upon us once again, and if you're looking for a place to pick up state and federal tax forms, look no further than your local Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) location!Each year, MCPL offers free state and federal tax forms and publications, provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Wisconsin Department of Revenue. The federal documents that we have available this year include:1040/1040-SR booklet1040/1040-SR instructionsThe Wisconsin state documents we have available are:Form 1Schedule H/H-EZ booklet (which includes a copy of the Rent Certificate)This year, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue didn't provide libraries with printed copies of the Form 1 instruction booklet, but a...

Adults Taxes

Famous Last Words

Candle burning

January 19, 2022

It’s interesting how regardless of how innocuous a person’s dying words may seem, the context of the situation adds weight and meaning to them. The circumstances have an effect on the words' meaning whether the death was unexpected, or if the words were said with the knowledge that they may be the person's last. Last words make us wonder - are we getting a glimpse into something more than life, who a person truly is? Or are the words random and meaningless, a direct result of illness or fear? Some find humor in their last moments, while others are reflective and heartfelt. Regardless, they are interesting to read and I’ve always been fascinated with the emotional impact of words. Here are some of the ones I...

Adults Writing

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