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The Great American Read at MCPL!

The finale of PBS's Great American Read aired earlier this week, where the vote of the public was tallied and the most beloved book of America was revealed.  What topped the list, you ask? It may come as no surprise that Harper Lee's beloved novel To Kill a Mockingbird was crowned the most loved book. Read by young adults and adults for decades, Harper Lee's novel is cherished by many. To Kill a Mockingbird was followed up by two series in the second and third spots, Outlander and Harry Potter.  In what order did Americans rank the rest of the books on the list? See for yourself below! Plus, you can check out any of these books through MCPL's catalog, our interlibrary...

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Classic & Contemporary Books of Horror!

I love horror. I really do. I like a book that’s going to scare me, unsettle me or just make me think differently about the world. October is the perfect time for dipping your toe into the horrors that lie between the covers of books. To that end, I offer you a list of both contemporary and classic horror tales.  From the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft to the true story of murder in “In Cold Blood,” horror comes in a surprising number of flavors, both cosmic (Cthulhu, anyone?) and every day. Horror also has elements of its cousins, fantasy and science fiction, like the horror of discovering that the person you thought was your friend is actually that same person, but from...

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Literature Lovers Unite! Four Days of Literary Fun

Would you like to hear about Wisconsin politics from an author receiving national attention? Ask an award-winning mystery writer a question? Want to learn how to start your own blog or create your own podcast? Maybe you’d like to hear Wausau-area writers — teenagers to senior citizens — read their own, original work?
Over the course of 4 days, a person has a chance to do any of that — maybe ALL of that — and much more during the 2nd annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival, taking place around the Wausau area September 27–30, 2018. The festival began in 2017 as a way to connect authors of all stripes with fans of the written word around Central...

Save the Dates for the 2nd Annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival

Organizers behind the second annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival are hard at work setting up a wide variety of free community events, and this year’s festival is already shaping up to be bigger— and hopefully as good or better — than last year’s festival! What started as a two-day book festival in 2017 with about 10 events has grown to at least 15 events (with more still to be added) over the course of four days, featuring fiction and nonfiction authors, poets, and maybe even you! The festival begins Thursday, September 27, 2018, and continues through Sunday, September 30. Visit www.mcpl.us/cwbf for more information! One of the goals of the festival —...

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Spend the summer with these great books!

With plenty of holiday weekends and long, lazy days, summer is the perfect time to lose yourself in a good book. But what should you pick up first? We’ve got a few suggestions that will keep you engrossed and entertained all the way through August, including a true crime thriller that’s made the news, a coming-of-age story about a girl dealing with the after effects of Vietnam, and a contemporary tale of marriage and incarceration. 

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Get Ready for Chalkfest!

Next weekend finds us smack dab in the middle of summer and time for Wausau’s annual “Big Weekend,” consisting of Wausau Events’ Balloon & Rib Fest and Chalkfest. This event has been held every year for the past 15 years and has become a staple of summertime in Wausau. Hundreds of artists will work tirelessly in the heat (and sometimes in some rain showers) to work on their creations, adorning downtown Wausau’s 400 Block with cartoon characters, celebrity portraits, inspiring messages and more. Registration for this year’s Chalkfest has already sold out, as it often does. But if you want to work on your skills for next year’s event (or just see what you can do on your own driveway or sidewalk), check out...

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Superman Turns 80!

If you traveled back in time to June of 1938 you could buy yourself a copy of Action Comics #1 (the first comic book to feature Superman) for 10 cents. Today, the same copy would cost you a few million dollars! Superman was created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel in the late 1930s and has since become the most recognized superhero. The character is often credited with giving rise to the entire superhero/comic book genre. In the decades since, Superman has grown into a multi-media enterprise. His heroic tales have been portrayed through radio, TV, film, and more, not to mention the countless collectables items and merchandise he’s inspired. Marathon County Public Library is celebrating this milestone for the...

Get All Your AP Study Books at MCPL!

Spring is here and, in spite of the great weather, the season also brings with it the time for AP testing. Sudents have spent their entire school year focused on improving their skills and learning content, trying to get a 4 or a 5, which equals college credits for them. But sometimes you need a little boost to get that elusive high score, and the library is here to help! Our collection development specialist and young adult librarian have gotten together and created a list of all the AP study materials available at the Marathon County Public Library's Wausau Headquarters. Students can visit the library here in Wausau to pick up materials or can request them to be sent to another one of our branch libraries...

ALA's Most Challenged Books of 2017

It's National Library Week (April 8-14), and the American Library Association (ALA) just released the 10 most challenged books of 2017. These are titles are ones that folks have most frequently attempted to remove from different schools and libraries across the United States for various reasons. Since the ALA (and most libraries) strive to provide a wide range of materials that appeal to all different kinds of people, removing materials from a library collection and other forms of censorship are not ideal. Below is the ALA's most challenged books of last year. Take a gander at the list below and tell us what you think. Are there any titles on the list that you've read? Any titles that you're surprised to see...

2018 Youth Media Award Winners

Last month, the American Library Association announced its 2018 Youth Media Award Winners! These titles are considered to be the best current books for children, tweens and teens in literature. Take a look at this year's winners (and some of the runners-up) and see which ones appeal to you most. The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature was awarded to Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: Crown, and Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson. The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book...

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