The Marinette County Public Library buildings are closed to the public, but the libraries continue to serve the community through Curbside Pick-Up by appointment, virtual programs, and online content.
Curbside pick-up by appointment is available at all seven Marinette County branch libraries. Patrons interested in taking home materials from their hometown library may contact their local branch library to request items. Please note that no library materials are being transported among libraries in the InfoSoup consortium, and libraries will only be able to check out books that are currently inside the library’s building. Library staff will schedule times for patrons to pick up materials outside the library.
Due dates for items that were checked out in March have been extended into June. When returning books, patrons are requested to put them into the book returns. For safety, library staff may not take book returns from patrons directly.
The public is invited to attend programs online through our Facebook pages. Programs are live on the Crivitz Public Library and Stephenson Public Library Facebook pages. Tune in for specified dates and times to participate “live”, or view the recorded programs at a later date. The public may also look on Facebook to find out more about the 2020 Reading Challenge for adults and the Paper Chain Reading Challenge for families and children.
While the buildings are closed, the library is always open online. Reference Librarian Mariel Carter says, “With your library card, you can borrow E-books, downloadable audiobooks, magazines, and movies. You can research family genealogy and view a collection of historic and current newspapers. You can even take online music and art courses and practice taking career- and college-prep tests.”
Even without a library card, Carter states that “Other resources in our library’s online collection are open to absolutely everyone, whenever it’s convenient for you.” For example, children may find picture books, early readers, and chapter books on TumbleBooks; children get to see the pictures and words, while listening to a narrator read the story. Educators and students will also find help for research projects using an online encyclopedia and databases of journal and magazine articles.
Persons who live in Wisconsin may register for a library card by going to www.InfoSoup.org and clicking on “Apply for a Library Card Online!”. Library staff will send applicants a library card account number and PIN. Patrons may contact the Marinette Library at 715-732-7570 to ask questions about renewing a library card or resetting a PIN.
For updates on programs and the latest library news, please visit our website www.marinettecountylibraries.org or find us on Facebook.
It’s never too late to learn something new. With the Learning Express Library, individuals have free access to instructional tests, tutorials, eBooks, articles, and flashcards to help prepare students for academic success and adults for workplace advancement, career changes, and vocational exams.
To access this free tutorial website, interested persons may visit the Marinette County Public Library Services catalog at www.infosoup.org. Under the “Research and Learning” tab, click on “Learning Express Library.” Powered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, anyone who lives inside the State of Wisconsin has free access to register for an account.
The Learning Express Library intends to provide free help to school students who want to practice math, writing, and homework skills. It also offers exam preparation for adults and high school students preparing to take the GED, ACT, and SAT exams.
For adults hoping to start their first career or change careers, the Learning Express Library offers free practice tests and tutorials to build common workplace skills. It also allows individuals to prepare to take exams relevant a host of careers including: CDL driver, Cosmetologist, Electrician, Plumber, Emergency Medical Services Technician, Firefighter, Law Enforcement Agent, Nurse, or Real Estate Agent. In addition, this program will assist individuals in writing updated resumes and cover letters essential to most applicants.
Marinette County Librarian Mariel Carter states, “This site offers access to building lifelong learning skills from the comfort of your home, when it’s convenient for you—all at your own pace.” Carter encourages anyone who is interested in earning a GED, investigating career options, or thinking about taking college entrance exams to start now.
While the library buildings are closed to the public, the Marinette County Libraries are open online and offering curbside pick-up. Due dates for materials checked out before the libraries closed have been extended. For updates on programs and the latest library news and virtual events, please visit our website www.marinettecountylibraries.org or find us on Facebook.
It’s finally spring and many of us want guidance and advice about gardening and lawn care. Scott Reuss, the Horticulture Agent for UW-Madison, Division of Extension, will present a series of online informational sessions to help answer your horticulture questions. All three sessions will have a 30 minute discussion period, followed by questions from participants and answers from Scott. Whether you’re new to gardening or need an answer to a specific horticulture issue—all are welcome to join these sessions.
The first session focuses on Home Vegetable Gardens; it will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 9 A.M. A home vegetable garden can be small, large, or containerized. Whatever the space, choosing the right vegetables and managing them correctly provides the most enjoyment and highest quality nutrition and flavor. We will review selection and timing concepts, then focus on soil and nutrient management and finish off with a few key pest management concerns. To register, click here.
The second session focuses on the Care & Management of Healthy Lawns; it will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 7:30 P.M. Lawns in far Northeast Wisconsin require proper management to look their best, but they don't need your undivided attention, either. This discussion will focus on optimum timing of the key management tactics you can do to provide for a healthy lawn, without having to spend too much time and money on inputs. Concepts we'll discuss will include mowing, fertilizing, weed control, and other pests to watch for this year. To register, click here.
The final session will focus on Excess Water's Effects on our Plants (Subtitle: Dealing with Soggy Bottoms!); it will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 2 P.M. Our area has experienced two very wet growing seasons and our perennial plants are paying the price. Plants in the entire region have had more water and humidity than usual, causing excess disease pressure and higher stress levels. Plants in some spots are literally fighting for their lives as they have saturated root systems or are completely under water. We'll review what we can do to assist our plants as best we can, and what plants will show that let you know they are stressed. To register, click here.
To be part of any of these sessions, please register using the links in the description for each event. Registrants will be sent a link to attend the free webinars. For more information about the Marinette County Public Libraries, curbside pick-up, virtual programs, and digital resources, please visit our website: www.marinettecountylibraries.org.
In these months of social distancing and staying safer at home, do you find yourself overwhelmed by the news and bored with what’s on TV? Do you crave the calm of settling in with a good book or a movie of your own choosing without having to leave home to get them? Yes and yes! Well, here’s some good news: the Marinette County Libraries are offering Hoopla, a new digital service that you can get from the comfort of home for free with your library card.
Hoopla has over 12,000 movies, 46,000 music titles, 46,000 audiobooks, 13,000 comics and graphic novels, 151,000 e-books, and 2,000 TV shows for library patrons to download or stream. It works on your desktop computer, tablet, smart phone, or laptop. All you need is your library card and a device to connect to the Internet.
To sign up for a new Hoopla account, go to hoopladigital.com or download the Hoopla Digital app. Once you’re there, you simply sign up with your email address and create a password. Then you’ll choose your library. For Marinette County library users, select: Marinette County Libraries. Complete your registration by entering your library card number.
When you’re looking through the Hoopla website, there are a few things to keep in mind:
According to Rebeca Livick, Branch Librarian for the Niagara and Goodman-Dunbar libraries and Hoopla user: “One very fun feature is the ‘Recommendations.’ If you choose your favorite genres for each category, Hoopla can offer recommendations for materials that you may not have heard of. It’s a great option for those who just want something, but don’t know what.”
If you don’t have a library card or need to update an older library card, please visit our library catalog at www.infosoup.org or contact your local branch library. Stay safe and explore all the digital and online resources your library has to offer!