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Escape isolation with these Harry Potter read-alikes!

Stuck at home without books? Looking for something to listen to while you do other things? Then consider the following Harry Potter-like fantasy titles, which will help you escape home quarantining and take you to a far away land! All of these titles are available for checkout on the free Overdrive and Libby apps, which can be found in most app stores on your tablet, smartphone or computer. All you need is your Marathon County Public Library card and PIN number (usually set as the last four digits of your phone number) to log in.  Check back throughout our closure for new book lists and recommendations for different genres that are available via Overdrive and Libby. And if you have any recommendations of...

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Changes to hold options in Wisconsin's Digital Library

Wisconsin's Digital Library (WDL) is always working to improve your digital library experience, and this occasionally includes adding or changing features. Starting in March, when a digital library hold becomes available for you, you can borrow it immediately (within three days) or have it delivered later.  The "deliver later" option keeps you at the front of the wait list but passes that copy of the title to the next person in line. This feature gives you more control over your holds, so you can borrow and read titles when it's most convenient for you.  Also, to make the "deliver later" option possible, the "auto-checkout" option for holds has been removed.  If you need...

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Wisconsin’s Digital Library offers “Lucky Day” collection!

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!  

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2020 Youth Media Award winners announced!

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...

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MCPL Staff Members Name Their Favorite Books of 2019!

With only a few hours remaining in 2019, another year is about to come to a close. Before we are thrust into a new year and a new decade, staff members at the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) are taking a look back on the books they read over the past 12 months and selecting their favorites. This year’s list features 26 books that MCPL employees say were their favorite of the year (along with a few runners-up). This diverse list includes adult fiction and nonfiction, youth nonfiction, best-sellers, and titles by both well-known and up-and-coming authors. In addition to our own picks, we’d also like to know – what was your favorite book that you read this year? Let us know in the comments. Of...

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Book lovers unite! Attend the 2019 Central Wisconsin Book Festival!

An award-winning graphic novelist, a highly acclaimed poet and essayist whose career is skyrocketing, and one of Wisconsin’s most popular authors are but a few of the guests who will take part in the Central Wisconsin Book Festival (CWBF) this weekend throughout the Wausau area! Started in 2017, the festival aims to bring in writers from across the country — with some extra attention on Wisconsin authors — for a series of events celebrating the written word in its various forms and genres: poetry,  fiction,  nonfiction (and local writers who dabble in all of the above forms),  comics & graphic novels. The motivation behind the...

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Find your next read with Novelist K-8!

When you and your child finish reading a book or series, it can be difficult to decide what to read next. After all, new books are released every week and the vast amount of choices can be overwhelming. But one of our handy online resources can help give you some direction! Among MCPL’s many online resources is Novelist K-8, which is a reader’s advisory resource that will recommend books to read based on ones you’d read in the past, similar to how Netflix and other streaming services recommend content based on your viewing habits. Just like the Novelist resource for adults, Novelist K-8 allows users to search for a book by title, author or keyword search, and then recommends a handful of books that are...

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Join our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program!

By now, you’ve probably heard that a child’s brain grows to 80% of its adult size by the age of 3. Did you also know that young children who hear at least 1,000 books are more ready to read once they enter kindergarten?  If you want a fun and easy way to keep track of your child’s reading, help grow their brain, and earn incentives (like picture books and a book bag), join our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program! 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is aimed at children from birth through preschool, and parents/caregivers can register their child for the program at any time. Upon registration, you will receive a book bag and a folder that contains a sticker sheet, a parent letter and a reading log for the...

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Try a true crime book!

Even for the most reluctant reader, true crime always seems to be a big hit. Let’s face it; nearly everyone suffers from some curiosity when it comes to crime. How could a person cut a body completely in half and pose it in a vacant lot without anyone noticing?  What happened to this person to make him into someone who seems to enjoy abducting and killing people?  Personally, I like true crime for the mystery aspect as well as the details into the investigation.  The following books highlight cases that inspired authors, such as “The Real Lolita,” where we learn that Nabokov was fascinated with the abduction of Sally Horner and that led directly to his famous novel, “Lolita.”  Gabriel Garcia...

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Let our Summer Program take you to outer space!

This year, MCPL will transport kids into the cosmos with its Summer Library Program! This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories,” and we’ve planned three months of fun, entertaining and educational events for kids, tweens and teens!  May 28 through August 30, kids, tweens and teens can read books and submit reviews containing their thoughts about what they read. (Adults can do this, too!) Participants will receive a reward for each review they turn in. Younger children (pre-K) can instead complete a reading and activity sheet with their parent/caregiver and receive a prize once their sheet is complete! We also have a ton of great events scheduled at all nine MCPL locations, including...

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