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100 Books Before Graduation program launches at MCPL!

Teen library patrons now have the opportunity to participate in a new challenge called 100 Books Before Graduation! This challenge encourages high school students to read a wide selection of books before they graduate and head on to further education. Progress is logged using the Beanstack app, which is free on the Apple App Store or in the Google Play Store. Rewards are earned for every 20, 50, 70, and 100 books that are read, and rewards include book bags, books, and a gift card upon completion of the program!Any book can count toward the total goal of 100 books! They can be fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, published this year or 200 years ago. They can be books that are read for fun and personal...

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MCPL Staff Members Choose Favorite Books of 2021

As another year draws to a close, the staff at the Marathon County Public Libary is reflecting back on the last 12 months and all of the many books we have collectively read over that time. Working in a place where we are literally surrounded by books, most of us have very long reading lists, which can make it difficult to choose a favorite. However, we've done just that! Below, some of our staff members reveal what their favorite read of 2021 is. The books chosen didn’t have to be published in 2020, but rather read at some point in the last 12 months.What’s your favorite book that you read (or listened to) this year? Have you read any of our staff picks? Let us know in the comments. And if you like...

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Ready for read-aloud chapter books? Here are five great series to start!

Recently, my family has started to transition from reading solely picture books to a mix of picture books and chapter books, and my preschooler is loving it! If you have young children at home, here are some great early chapter book series to read either aloud as a family or for early readers to try on their own.All of these series include some illustrations and lots of humor, so they are great for keeping kids engaged and excited for just one more chapter!         


Moral Ambiguity in Literature and Film

Moral Ambiguity: a lack of certainty about whether something is right or wrongImmoral: not conforming to accepted standards of morality. Knowing the difference between right and wrong, and doing ‘wrong’ anyway.                       In general, I find a morally ambiguous villain compelling, and far more interesting than an immoral one.            In recent years, there has been an increase in morally ambiguous characters in literature and film. Some believe this will cause a blurring of morals in younger generations while others believe it provides a more realistic view of real life, villainy and immorality. There’s the idea that a sympathetic villain will encourage immoral behavior. However...

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Celebrate literacy with MCPL programs and resources

It may seem obvious that libraries—public and academic alike—support literacy. They have books, magazines and other materials people can read, and provide programming like family story times, so that’s all there is to it, right?Yes and no: Yes, the simple act of reading helps keep the brain sharp and literate; and no, there’s more to it than that, at least as far as the Marathon County Public Library is concerned.November marks National Family Literacy Month, which began in 1994 through the efforts of the non-profit National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and “offers an opportunity for practitioners to emphasize the important role that families play in the education of...

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The Books of CWBF 2021!

The following is a selection of books written by authors featured in the 2021 Central Wisconsin Book Festival (CWBF)From fiction to nonfiction to poetry, this year's CWBF will be a great opportunity for members of the community to hear from notable writers with diverse backgrounds. Check out the following items before or after the festival to explore their creations:

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival Children's Reading List

Next month is the Central Wisconsin Book Festival! This year, 11 fabulous children’s authors will be speaking at the festival. The majority of these events will be conducted virtually through Zoom, which means you can attend from anywhere! The following books are my recommended pre-festival reads for kids. The good news? They're all available for checkout from your local Marathon County Public Library! On Friday, September 17, via Zoom, Canadian artist Matthew Forsythe will read from his entertaining picture book Pokko and the Drum and also show participants how he created the illustrations. Forsythe’s artwork has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Japan, Italy, and Germany. A few of my...

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OverDrive app users should switch to the Libby app soon!

If you use the OverDrive app to access Wisconsin's Digital Library for free e-books, e-magazines and audiobooks, please plan to switch to the Libby app by the end of 2022.The OverDrive app is being "sunsetted" by its creator — i.e. the app will no longer be updated or supported in the near future, and eventually will be discontinued.Additionally, the OverDrive app will not be available in the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Microsoft Store starting in February 2022. It's unclear when the OverDrive app will be removed from the Amazon Appstore.*Current OverDrive app users can continue to use the app until further notice. All of the same e-books, e-magazines and audiobooks are available on...

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Who Was It? - Kids' Biography Book List

Do your children want to learn more about those who have made substantial contributions to history, and the world? We've put together a reading list of biographies for kids, arranging them by length - short, longer, and longest. We've also included links to two podcasts that also may interest them - Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and The Past & the Curious. For additional recommendations, call the children's desk at the Marathon County Public Library's Wausau Headquarters at 715-261-7220. 

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Library Resources for Herb Gardeners

Are you a gardener, watching your harvest grow this summer? I am, and since the start of the pandemic, I've really enjoyed digging (literally) into my backyard and doing more projects than I ever have before. Weekends off with my husband (for the first time in the decade we’ve known each other) provided the perfect opportunity to work outside creating quite the sanctuary in our backyard! Not only did we expand our garden (again) and build more planting areas around the yard (again), we’ve created a winding path up to a woodland area where I can sit and read. We’ve also created new areas for wildlife and pollinators, including a wildflower patch, bee hotels, and my favorite addition: a pond, complete with a...