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Antiques Reference Database Available

May 12, 2007

If Spring cleaning has left you with far more "treasures" than you want, and you don't know if they are valuable or not, the Library has just the tool to help you. The p4A Antiques Reference database, available for use at the Marathon County Public Library, will easily help you discover the current market value of these and many other items. Every record has a picture, description, condition, dimensions, pre-sale estimates, price when sold, date of sale and auction house information which helps you determine if you have a similar item. Use this database at any one of the 9 library locations in Wausau, Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer, and Stratford.



May 11, 2007

We are now able to answer your questions online, in live chat! Check out the cool new feature, located on our Ask a Librarian page. Simply click on "Services" and then "Ask A Librarian" - and there you will find our Meebo widget. All you have to do is type a question into the screen, and a staff member will respond to you. This service is available whenever we are open - our widget will note "librarian online" when we are here! Now there are more ways to ask questions!


Book Connections: Ghost Stories

May 9, 2007

The promise of a ghost draws me to read a story. Even the suggestion of ghosts, as in White Ghost Girls holds the promise of things unexplained, of mystery and intrigue. Alice Greenway’s book is a lyric telling of the coming of age of two girls named Frankie and Kate who live in Hong Kong during the Vietnamese Conflict. The ghosts in it are the whole spirit world within Chinese traditions. For ghosts of another kind, read The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. calls it “a rousing good ghost story” stating that “Setterfield has rejuvenated the genre with this closely plotted, clever foray into a world of secrets, confused identities, lies, and...

Reading Recommendations

Poetry Lives at MCPL!

May 8, 2007

Bruce Lansky, the author of many hilarious poetry books for children, came to Wausau for a whirlwind week of classroom visits to thousands of school children. He also stopped at the Wausau library, where he coached 78 children in the joys of creating poetry. Our thanks to Aspirus and Wausau Dance Theatre for sponsoring Bruce's visit to Wausau and the Marathon County Public Library.


Book Club in a Tote Bag

May 2, 2007

Is your book club looking for books to read and discuss? Do you take part in a book discussion group in your neighborhood, workplace, church, or with friends or family? Consider checking out a book discussion kit from the Wausau Library. A book discussion kit includes at least five copies a book, group discussion questions, and author information all in a handy tote bag. All book copies are checked out to one person for eight weeks. At the end of the check-out period, kits should be returned inside the library, during open hours, as the tote bags will not fit into outside book drops. Book discussion groups are encouraged to donate additional copies of book titles and are welcome to add comments and discussion...

Book Clubs

Students Tell Us Why They Love Our Library!

April 25, 2007

As part of the Library's 100th Birthday Celebration, we sponsored a "Why I Love My Library" competition. Curious about what the 127 students wrote? Here are some of their answers. Totally cool books...Variety of books and CDs and DVDs...Internet computers...Comfy chairs..Quiet place to study...Good place to hang out with my friends...Lots of programs...Awesome and friendly staff...Online book finder...Teen Section...It's where all the fun is! Great essays, great comments!


Book Connections

Silence of the Grave

April 25, 2007

Journals are an excellent way to keep track of your reading, especially for those who read extensively. At a minimum, keep track of the author, title, and then record some impressions about your reading. Did you enjoy the book? Was it dreadful? Give the book a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down”, or use or a similar system that makes sense to you. Finally, when a book reminds you of another title, take note of that. For example, I enjoy Henning Mankell’s series about a Swedish detective named Kurt Wallander. Wallander is a morose, but intelligent detective, a character in the truest sense of the word. The stories are sometimes dark, but always involve the reader. Recently a review of Arnaldur Indridason’s ...

Reading Recommendations

Booker is here!

April 24, 2007

We have a new Booker T. Woofington in the Children's Library! Booker was donated by Therapy Dogs of Central WI, Chapter 184, in memory of Sue Wilde-Harn. Sue visited the library many times with her wonderful dog, Smokey, as part of our Reading to the Dogs program. Booker is adored by many children, who stop to give him a pet or a hug when they visit the library. Booker and the children visiting the library will soon have a new and colorful rug to play on--also given by the Therapy Dogs of Central WI in memory of Sue. Thank you to the members of Therapy Dogs of Central Wisconsin for their meaningful tribute to Sue's memory.


Free Computer Classes


April 19, 2007

The new schedule for Spring/Summmer computer Classes is available. Classes are free and open to the public. Classes are taught by library staff and cover most of the Microsoft Office programs, the Internet, and Email. Classes are geared toward people with little or no knowledge of computers but with an eagerness and committment to learn. Registration for classes is on a first come basis; no waiting lists are maintained. To sign-up for classes contact the Library Reference Desk (click here). See the calendar of classes and descriptions here.


For Book Clubs!

April 18, 2007

Those who love book club discussions will be pleased to find these new books at our library. The Book Club Companion is a comprehensive guide to the reading group experience by Diana Loevy. Highlights of the book include: Reading lists from Classics to Literary Respites; Tips on creating your group—and keeping meetings lively; Can’t miss discussion starters; Recipes!; Theme parties, take-home mementos, club trips, and more Running Book Discussion Groups: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Libraries by Lauren Zina John is not only useful for librarians but also for community book club leaders. Learn how to launch and run a successful book discussion group. Or, select...

Book Clubs Reading Recommendations