2016 MCPL Reading Challenge

2016 MCPL Reading Challenge

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Do you set reading goals? Here at MCPL, we are excited to be holding our first-ever Reading Challenge in 2016! The Purpose of a Reading ChallengeHave you ever gotten into a reading rut? Have you realized that you read a lot of young adult fantasy and very little of anything else? (You can’t see me, but I’m raising my hand.) Maybe you’ve gone on a Civil War history kick and had a long string of…

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Here are two opportunities meet James Washburn, author of Touching Spirit: Letters from Minominike.

Here are two opportunities meet James Washburn, author of Touching Spirit: Letters from Minominike.

Here are two opportunities meet James Washburn, author of Touching Spirit: Letters from Minominike. What a great way to show folks you love them this February, the month of love! Bring them to the guest speaking and purchase a signed copy of his novel.

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February 22, 2016 – 4 PM Edgar Public Library, 224 S 3rd Ave, Edgar, WI 54426  (715) 352-3155…

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Meet the Author... at MCPL!

Meet the Author… at MCPL!

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Are you a collector of signed books? Do you enjoy following your favorite authors on Twitter or Instagram to get news about their latest books, insight into their past books, or their opinion on the news of the day? There is something fun about the insight into your favorite author that comes from hearing him or her speak in person. That’s part of why we are so excited when we have authors visit…

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Raina, a circulation assistant at our Fairmont location, recommends How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg (illustrated by Kevin O'Malley).

“It’s a fact - everyone dies!  Even the most famous people die.  We are not always told how or why - but we know they die.  This book tells us the "how and why” in a fun way that young adults can appreciate. The tales of these famous people from history are funny, cool, disgusting, and even sometimes stupid.  Between the pages of this book you will discover how Christopher Columbus died.  Continue reading and unwrap the mystery of how King Tut’s body was turned into a mummy.  Read How They Croaked and unlock the secrets behind the deaths of 19 famous people.“

Michelle, our Virtual Branch Librarian, suggests Zombie In Love by Kelly DiPucchio (illustrated by Scott Campbell).

“This is an adorable picture book about a lonely zombie named Mortimer who just wants to find the ghoul of his dreams. It’s an excellent read-a-loud and is packed with jokes that kids and adults will enjoy.”

Pick up Zombie in Love today from our Fairmont, Mannington, or Bookmobile branches!


Marion LiBearian participated Pierpont Community & Technical College’s Mascot Invitational last night. She warmed up with a little Gangnam Style.

Found an old staff shirt today!

In case the text is too small, here’s what it reads:

Top Ten Library Pickup Lines

10. What’s your call number, baby?

9. Hi, my name is MARC. We should INSPEC each other to see if we MeSH.

8. Meet me in the stacks!

7. My reference desk or yours?

6. Archivists do it with gloves on!

5. Do you have any overdue books, because you have FINE written all over you!

4. Can I get a library card, so I can check you out?

3. I’m the Director of Adult Services. How may I help you?

2. If I could rearrange the classification system, I would put U and I together.

1. It’s not the size of the collection; it’s how you use it.
Free Tax Assistance @ Mannington Public Library!

FSU VITA @ Mannington Public Library

Friday, February 22 10:00am-5:00pm & Saturday, March 23 9:00am-3:00pm

No appointment necessary.

The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $51,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers from FSU under the supervision of Teresa Engebretson will provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations.

For more information, please call 304 986-2803


The MCPLS director found this gem on an old disc while cleaning out some files. Note: This video is from 2007 - Bookmobile stops have changed. Please see the Bookmobile schedule for information on current stops.

Jane at Mannington Public Library recommends Benediction by Kent Haruf.

“ I have always been a fan of Kent Haruf’s and couldn’t wait to read Benediction.  As usual, the book wasn’t very large, and also as usual I there were more when I finished.  He is such an honest writer and he writes exactly the way people think and speak.  He doesn’t indulge in shock subject matter, but manages to retain a certain earthiness in spite of that.  The story is about the end of life.  I know that may sound bleak, but the author handles all that with honesty and grace.  I think this book is very, very readable and not at all what you would expect for a book about this subject matter. ”

You can find Benediction at our Mannington branch or download the ebook from WVDELI.