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Resources to Help Cure Your Spring Fever

view of a stream at a Wisconsin park

March 25, 2021

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic led many of us to discover (or re-discover!) our love of the outdoors. According to the Wisconsin Policy Forum report Take It Outside: Pandemic Spurs Outdoor Pursuits, sales of state park vehicle stickers rose by more than 42% last year. The number of fishing licenses sold increased, and Wisconsin residents bought more sporting goods and outdoor gear. Personally, my family spent time visiting state parks that we hadn't been to before, hiking portions of the Ice Age Trail, and I even went backpacking for the first time!  I am eager to continue exploring as the weather gets nicer and I am always looking for new places in Wisconsin to visit.Here are some great...

Adults Books COVID-19 Nature

Spring Break at the Library

March 20, 2013

Spring Break at the Library!   Family LEGO Club   11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 26th  Families can create creative LEGO structures. LEGOs and DUPLO blocks will be provided.   Movie Matinee   2 p.m. March 27th Free children's movie matinee in our story time room.   DIY Crafts    11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28th Stop in and make your own creations. Supplies will be provided.  


Updates: Friends of the Library

January 23, 2013

The location of the book sale room is still in limbo and will depend on Library planning for the future. As part of that planning, several board members and the library director toured libraries in Janesville and Madison to see their facilities for book sales. Our November book sale netted more than $9,000. In regards to financial support for Library programs, we continue to fund the Summer Library Program, book discussion kits, free copies of Book Pages and activities. We recently agreed to fund a portion of the Wausau aquarium maintenance costs and an annual volunteer recognition program. Lately, we have completed taking over administrative duties previously performed by library staff. To accomplish...


Friends of the Library: Updates

September 18, 2012

Keeping you informed about the activities of the Friends:   A book sale will be held November 1-4 on the third floor of the library’s Wausau Headquarters. The first day of the sale is for Friends members only, but you can join at the door. The Friends will be funding various Library activities in the coming months, including teen projects, a volunteer recognition program and a portion of the maintenance for the saltwater aquarium soon to be constructed in the Children’s Department in Wausau. We always need help on committees and people to serve on the Friends Board. Please contact the library if you are willing. We welcome you. (from the...


Join the Friends of the Library!

painting artwork

November 17, 2010

Festival of the Arts in Wausau is an exciting time. Just a few months ago, the downtown area was brimming with potters, painters, paper-makers and more. Rich colors and textures filled booths lining the sides of 3rd Street and the Square. Now some of those very works of art are hanging on the walls of the Marathon County Public Library for you to take home and enjoy. How did that happen? Because the Friends of Marathon County Public Library provided funding. The Friends of MCPL is a volunteer organization. Our purpose is to support the library by promoting and improving library services in Marathon County. To the Friends, supporting the library means providing circulating artwork. And much more. Friends...

Libraries Arts and Crafts Newsletter

Join Our Teen Advisory Group!

September 10, 2010

The MCPL Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a great opportunity for teens to make a difference at the Library! As part of TAG, teens recommend new materials for the library’s collection, assist with events, write reviews, create book displays, and help with other projects as needed. Members are asked to attend monthly meetings at the Marathon County Public Library in Wausau and volunteer for one hour each month. If you would like to join TAG, please complete and submit an Interest Sheet, Letter of Recommendation, and a Marathon County Volunteer Application. Please submit your applications by Friday, October 29th. Our next TAG meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 16th from 6:30-8:00 at MCPL...


El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros

April 14, 2010

Just a reminder to join us tonight, April 14 at 6:30, at MCPL Wausau for El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day) and continue celebrating National Library Week with us. We invite children, parents and grandparents to join us on Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 pm in the Children's Department to enjoy a taste of Mexican food, music, crafts, and readings from our Spanish collection.       We'll also be breaking a pinata!  El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day) recognizes the value of each child and the importance of early activities that encourage literacy.  Books...

National Library Week Children

Wisconsin Holocaust Survivors

January 21, 2010

Interviews with 22 survivors of the Nazi Holocaust who settled in Wisconsin have just been published online by the Wisconsin Historical Society.  Thirty years ago, Society staff interviewed 22 survivors and two American eyewitnesses, yielding 160 hours of tape recordings and more than 3,000 pages of transcripts. These have now been published in their entirety at Users can stream the recordings while reading along or download the audio (mp3) and text (pdf) for later use. A search engine leads to anecdotes about specific topics, places, people, and events. Nearly 200 photographs are included.  Dozens of short excerpts are organized under headings...


"March to a Million" Prize Winners

December 22, 2009

 We've met and exceeded our goal to lend 1,000,000 items in 2009! As part of our "March to a Million" celebration, we gave away many great prizes. Congratultions to the prize winners below! Thanks again to all of our customers for making our "March to a Million" a reality!  We could not have done it without you.. Prize #1 – GRAND PRIZE :  $50 Riiser gas card; $25 gift card to City Grill, One Night stay at the Jefferson Street Inn (Anita Koss) Prize #2 - $25 City Grill (Lorraine Mroczewski) Prize #3 - $25 Great Dane (Khue Y.) Prize #4 - $25 Riiser Gas Card (Melissa Omelian) Prize #5 - $25 Riiser Gas Card (Dana Ketchum) Prize #6 – daily Nine Mile ski...


Writers of Wausau: National Library Week Essays

April 20, 2009

Click here to read some wonderful essays written by the Writers of Wausau for National Library Week 2009! The Writers of Wausau (WOW) meets regularly at the Marathon County Public Library - Wausau Headquarters every Wednesday, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., usually in the First Floor Conference Room.


Share Your Memories

Wausau Public Library c. 1916

March 26, 2007

The Marathon County Public Library in Wausau Wisconsin is 100 Years old on April 3rd, 2007.  Come to the birthday party and celebrate with us on April 15, 1:30–4:00 at 300 N. First Street in Wausau. We have heard childhood memories of people dancing up the stairs to the 1916 building (pictured above).  Others have told us how much they enjoyed the fish pond that graced the library’s grounds. We want to hear your memories of the Wausau location or any of of the branch libraries or bookmobiles that are an important part of the history and future of the Marathon County Public Library.  Please share your memories by clicking on Comments below.  Thank you.

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