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Frog and Toad celebrate 50 years!

Frog and Toad image from 50th anniversary media kit

May 5, 2020

Arnold Lobel first introduced the world to Frog and Toad in 1970 and the pair have been delighting young readers (and their caregivers) for years. Two friends, a frog and a toad, go on everyday adventures in this series of early reader chapter books. They fly a kite, bake cookies, rake leaves, and more, all while enjoying each other’s company in this four book series. Celebrate Lobel’s stories about friendship by not only reading a favorite Frog and Toad book, but by sending a letter to a friend! During these socially distant times, friendship and connection is more important than ever. Harper Collins Publishers put out an activity kit that includes a letter template for kids to use to write...

Books Children

DIY @ Home Craft: Make Your Own BB-8!

example of bb-8 craft

May 4, 2020

Do you love BB-8? You know, the round, adventurous droid from the latest trilogy of Star Wars films? Now you can make one at home - and he even rolls, just like the real one! Just follow the steps below and you'll soon have your own little companion to travel the galaxy with! Supplies: •  1 paper plate •  1 printable template •  1 paper fastener •  1 long piece of cardboard •  Masking tape •  Crayons, markers or colored pencils •  Hole punch   Steps: 1. Print out and color your template for the top of your BB-8. Make sure to print out a template that matches the size of the paper plates you have at home.  2. Decorate your paper plate however you’d like. This...

Arts and Crafts

DIY @ Home Craft: Chromatography Butterflies

chromatography butterflies

May 2, 2020

Let the kids bring a little color into your home with chromatography butterflies!  This easy craft (and science experiment) can be done at home using items you probably already have!  Just take a look at the list of supplies below and get started! Supplies: •  Coffee filters •  Water-based markers (such as Crayola) •  A small cup •  Water •  Pipe cleaners •  Clothes pins First, a little science!  Experiment Steps:   1. Color a coffee filter with different blocks of color. The more color you use the more vibrant your filter will be. 2. Fold your colored filter in half, and then in half again creating a pie shape.  3. Put your pie-shaped filter in a small cup that has a...

Arts and Crafts Children

Curbside service set to begin at all MCPL locations

example of a curbside pickup bag

May 1, 2020

Beginning Monday, May 4, all nine MCPL locations will begin offering curbside pickup for the duration of the library’s COVID-19-related closure. To participate in this service, please thoroughly read and follow the steps below:   1. CALL YOUR LOCAL MCPL LOCATION TO PLACE YOUR HOLDS To place a hold on an item, patrons should call their preferred MCPL location. Holds will only be taken by phone at this time. No online requests can currently be placed via the V-Cat catalog. However, it is highly recommended that patrons check the V-Cat catalog to check item...

Libraries Books COVID-19

Love 'Dog Man'? Check out these graphic novels!

Dog Man cover

April 30, 2020

One of the most popular questions at the Youth Services reference desk is, “where are the Dog Man books?!” These graphic novels are wildly popular with kids and tweens due to their quick-witted humor, fast-paced plots, hilarious illustrations and pun-ny titles. Kids devour these books - sometimes in one sitting! If your young one has already read all of the titles in the Dog Man series and are wanting more, listed below are some other graphic novels that Dog Man lovers will gobble up!

Children Books Graphic Novels Reading Recommendations

DIY @ Home Craft: Paper Bag Kites

brown paper bag kite

April 28, 2020

Blustery spring days are here! When the wind starts to blow, why not take advantage of it and go fly a kite? If you don't have one on-hand, that's okay - you can easily make one using some common household supplies and craft supplies! Just follow the simple steps below to create your own paper bag kite. Then, get outside and test it out! Supplies: •  Brown paper lunch bags •  Yarn, ribbon or streamers •  Popsicle sticks or wooden tongue depressors •  Scissors •  Scotch tape •  Crayons, markers, stamps, stickers, paints or other supplies to decorate your kite   Steps: 1. Using crayons, markers stamps, stickers paints or other crafts supplies, decorate the outside of a...

Arts and Crafts

DIY @ Home Craft: Tissue Paper Flowers

three tissue paper flowers

April 27, 2020

It's said that April showers bring May flowers, but you don't have to wait for May to bring some floral color into your home! Our Rothschild Branch originally had planned to offer a DIY craft event for adults on May 5 that would show them how to make paper flowers in a variety of crafting styles. Since that event has been canceled due to our current closure, we're going to show you how to do it at home instead! Just follow the steps below, and you'll soon have a handful of bright, colorful flowers to enjoy (and best of all, they won't wilt or need to be watered!) Supplies: •  Tissue paper (use a variety of colors for best results) •  Scissors •  Staples or string (your choice) Steps...

Arts and Crafts

MCPL planning to offer curbside service

Ralph Illick, Library Director

April 24, 2020

As you know, the offerings provided by MCPL for the communities we serve have been limited by the Governor’s "Safer At Home" orders[1][2] over the last several weeks. Fortunately, we are now authorized to begin the reintroduction of some services on a limited basis in the coming days. Our staff are looking forward to the opportunity to do so with limitations designed to protect everyone – staff and public alike. Our intention is to develop a schedule and a process at each MCPL location that will allow for curbside pickup of materials with a start date of Monday, May 4, 2020. Currently, we are awaiting finalization of the expected capacity for our...

Director's Report Community COVID-19

Celebrate National Poetry Month with your own magnetic poetry set!

ransom note magnetic poetry set

April 22, 2020

April is National Poetry Month, and we have a fun and creative poetry-related project that you can make at home (and it might even help you write your next poem!) In this blog post, we'll walk readers through how they can make their own magnetic poetry set - with a twist. This magnetic poetry set is done in the style of a ransom note, made from cut out words from a variety of magazines or catalogs. Once completed, the set can be placed on any magnetic surface, such as a refrigerator, and you can then move the words around to create poems! Supplies:  -Glossy magazines and catalogs (having a variety will work best) -Scissors (use a smaller scissors, which will help when cutting out smaller...

Arts and Crafts National Poetry Month Poetry

A National Library Week Like No Other

2020 National Library Week logo

April 22, 2020

The week of April 19–25, 2020, is National Library Week — a time when libraries across the country typically celebrate their myriad offerings and show appreciation for the patrons they serve.  However, that celebration is drastically different this year due to precautions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The Marathon County Public Library’s (MCPL) Board of Trustees voted to close all 9 MCPL locations to the public beginning March 17, 2020. A "Safer at Home" order from Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers went into effect on March 25 stating, “Libraries shall close for all in-person services, but may continue to provide on-line services and programming.” The...

COVID-19 E-books Events Facility Improvement National Library Week Wisconsin's Digital Library

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