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Library to remain closed through June 15, 2020

Ralph Illick with US flag

May 19, 2020

In order to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its impact on members of the community and our staff, the Marathon County Public Library’s headquarters in Wausau and its branches throughout the county will remain closed to the public through June 15, 2020. We will continue to provide important library services such as contact-free curbside pickup, free Wi-Fi outside of our buildings, online programming and reference phone calls and emails. In addition, due dates and fines are suspended during this time. We are working with county officials, statewide library leadership, and our library system on developing a multi-phase reopening plan that prioritizes public health. We will be...

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Wisconsin Supreme Court overturns 'Safer at Home'

Ralph Illick

May 14, 2020

In light of the recent news that the Wisconsin State Supreme Court has overturned Governor Evers' "Safer at Home" order, the library is gathering information and resources to determine our next steps.  As a county agency, we will be guided by our County Administration and County Health Officer. Keep watching the library's website and social media channels for updates. UPDATE (5/15): Marathon County has published "MARATHON COUNTY COVID-19 ORDER #1." Thank you for your support during these unusual times!   In the meantime, we are still happy to provide a variety of services during our COVID-19 (coronavirus) closure, including the following: Patrons may...

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The library hours, they are a-changin'...

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November 21, 2019

In an effort to provide more consistency and uniformity across its 9 locations, the Marathon County Public Library will change its hours of operation starting January 12, 2020, to include a balance of morning, afternoon and evening hours. The library’s Board of Trustees in October 2019 unanimously approved the changes, which were based on factors such as hourly circulation and door counts, staffing and safety issues, public and staff surveys, and comparisons with other libraries in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the United States. See below for a full breakdown of the hours by location, but here are a few key things to keep in mind if you’re wondering about your next trip to the library after January 12...

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Library hours set to change January 12

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October 29, 2019

One of the Marathon County Public Library’s main goals is to give the best service possible to our patrons. To help better serve you, the hours of operation at each MCPL location will change starting in mid-January. A balance of morning, afternoon and evening hours will be offered at each of our nine locations. In addition, Saturday hours will be offered at each location in order to provide patrons with weekend access to their local library in every part of the county! Take note of the new service hours listed below, which will go into effect starting January 12, 2020. A few recurring events, such as story times and book clubs, will be affected by the change in hours and will meet at new times. Please...

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When do you use the library? Let us know!

Photo of branch hours survey paper copies

April 24, 2019

Patrons are the lifeblood of the Marathon County Public Library, and we want to know how you use the library and how we may better serve you! MCPL is reevaluating the hours at its nine library locations and we need input from you, our wonderful patrons! Over the next several weeks and months, we will be soliciting input from the public in the form of a survey to help gauge what would serve you best while also taking the service and safety of our staff into consideration. Any changes that may result from this survey will be used to maximize our operational hours to make them as consistent as possible among locations.  The survey can be taken online here, and paper copies are...

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Hatley Branch to close early due to weather

hailstones/sleet on a window pane

April 11, 2019

Due to the weather, the Marathon County Public Library's Hatley Branch will close today, April 11, at 5 p.m. Weather permitting, the branch will resume its normal hours and reopen tomorrow, April 12.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at our Wausau headquarters. Thank you! 

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MCPL locations close due to snowstorm

snow flurries flying about

February 12, 2019

Due to the winter storm hitting central Wisconsin today, February 12, the Marathon County Public Library will close its Wausau Headquarters and all of its branch libraries at 5 p.m. As previously announced, the Stratford Branch will be closed the entire day today. This means that today's Facebook Fundamentals - Part 2 class and the meeting of the Hatley Book Club will also be canceled. Weather permitting, MCPL will resume its normal hours and reopen tomorrow, February 13.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at our Wausau headquarters. Thank you!

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MCPL Stratford closed today due to weather

MCPL Stratford, exterior

February 12, 2019

Due to challenges created by the weather, the Marathon County Public Library - Stratford Branch is closed today, February 12, 2019. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at our Wausau headquarters. Thank you!

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MCPL Hatley closed until noon due to weather

MCPL Hatley

February 4, 2019

UPDATE:  MCPL Hatley is now open for the rest of the day (through 6pm). Thank you!  Posted earlier: Due to challenges created by the icy weather, the Marathon County Public Library - Hatley Branch is closed today, February 4, 2019. We may re-open this location later today as conditions allow; stay tuned for further updates. This closing only affects our Hatley branch; all other MCPL locations remain open according to our regular hours of operation, and it is anticipated that the Hatley branch will re-open tomorrow, February 5, as usual. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at our Wausau headquarters. Thank you!

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Handbell choir spreads holiday cheer at our Spencer Branch!

A photo of the Spencer High School Handbell Choir performing, Dec. 2018

December 6, 2018

It’s the holidays once again, and that means an annual visit from the Spencer High School Handbell Choir! This talented group of teens visited our Spencer Branch on the morning of December 4 to spread holiday cheer to a large group of community members who attended. The choir performed for nearly an hour, and performed a wide variety of holiday music, free of charge. A visit from the handbell choir has become an annual tradition, with the group visiting the Spencer Branch every December for the last few years. If you missed the concert, you can get a feel for what it was like by watching the video below, in which the group performs “We Three Kings,” for a delighted audience!

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Mosinee Branch Reopens Tomorrow! (Wed., May 16)

MCPL Mosinee, exterior

May 15, 2018

The Marathon County Public Library's Mosinee Branch is scheduled to reopen Wednesday, May 16, following a brief closure due to a roofing construction project. The library has been closed to the public since last week. Once again, we'd like like to thank our patrons for their patience and understanding!

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Mosinee Branch Closed for Roofing Project

MCPL Mosinee, exterior

May 7, 2018

The Marathon County Public Library's Mosinee Branch will be closed starting today due to a roofing construction project. The branch will remain closed throughout the coming days until the project is complete.We will follow-up with updates as we receive them and notify the public when the branch is set to reopen. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have the branch open again as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding!

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MCPL Mosinee Branch Sidewalk Entrance Closed

MCPL Mosinee, exterior

April 25, 2018

Beginning May 26, the front entrance of our Mosinee Branch (along Main St.) will be temporarily closed while the City of Mosinee completes work on the sidewalk in front of the library building. For the time being, patrons are asked to use the side entrance of the library (along 2nd St.), which is located next to the branch's overnight book drop. This entrance is also wheelchair accessible. The sidewalk project is expected to last approximately one week and theMosinee Branch will continue to fully operate during this project, with no library hours or events affected. For more information, contact the Marathon County Public Library's Mosinee Branch at 715-693-2144.

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MCPL Hatley Branch Closed April 14

MCPL Hatley, exterior

April 14, 2018

Due to the weather, the Marathon County Public Library's Hatley Branch will be closed today, April 14. The branch will reopen on Monday, April 16, with its normal hours. We apologize for any inconvenience and wish everyone a safe and happy weekend!

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Outdoor book return at MCPL Rothschild closed temporarily

MCPL Rothschild, exterior

March 12, 2018

Due to a roof replacement project at Rothschild's village hall, the outdoor book return at our Rothschild Branch will be unavailable today -- and possibly a little longer than that. For the same reason, parking options in front of the library may be limited, and you may need to use the village hall's central or south entrance instead of the library entrance to the north.  To return your items, please use the indoor book return. Thank you!

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MCPL Edgar closed until further notice

MCPL Edgar Branch

January 26, 2018

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our Edgar Branch will be closed until further notice. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have the branch open again as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding!

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MCPL Spencer Branch Filled with Sounds of the Season

handbell choir

December 6, 2017

It's December, the rain has turned to snow and the holiday season is in full-swing! Our Spencer Branch got residents of all ages into the holiday spirit yesterday with a visit from the popular Spencer High School Handbell Ensemble. This group (who last year helped set the Guinness World Record for the largest handbell ensemble), performed a variety of holiday music for a packed audience of attendees. In case you weren't able to attend this event, we've included a sample of two of their performances below - "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Welcome Christmas" from Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. And be warned - these tunes will put you in a holly, jolly mood!   Spencer High School...

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Director's Report

Ralph Illick with US flag

August 15, 2017

I hope that all of our readers have enjoyed this pleasant, temperate summer season. We have seen a lot of changes at MCPL, and I would like to share some news about more changes you will see in the near future.  To begin, we have been using the new Wausau Community Room on the second floor of our Wausau Headquarters, and the public loves it! There is easy access via stairs or elevator, and the reviews have been very positive. If you have the need for a meeting of your nonprofit group or club, please consider using this meeting room for your next gathering of twenty or more people. Remember that all meetings at the library must be open to the public. Next, I am deeply saddened to announce that our...

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Pamper Yourself with Homemade Relaxation Products!

January 26, 2017

Last week, we held a program for teens and adults at our Mosinee Branch focused on making two homemade relaxation products: a coconut oil salt scrub and a stress-relieving foot soak. If you missed that program, you can now make the items yourself using the provided instructions below!  Both items seemed to go over well to those who came to the event. The process of making both the salt scrub and the foot soak were a bit messy, and scented our library for a while (in a good way!) Everyone had a great time and appreciated the safe, homemade items they got to take home with them.  Homemade Coconut Oil Salt Scrub Ingredients: 2 cups coconut oil 1 cup Epsom salt 20 drops of...

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Holiday Hits at our Spencer Branch!

handbells

December 7, 2016

On December 6, the award-winning Spencer High School Handbell Choir performed an hour-long concert of holiday music for folks at our Spencer Branch Library. The concert was attended by more than 30 individuals from the Spencer area and included a mixture of traditional holiday songs! The handbell choir also recently competed in a record-breaking performance at the Mall of America on November 19, which broke the Guinness World Record for the largest handbell choir performance with over 650 people participating. Take a look below as the Spencer High School Handbell Choir performs the traditional French Christmas carol “Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant” at our Spencer Branch!    

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Rothschild Story Time Changes

mom reading to child

February 7, 2013

Please note: Effective the week of February 18, 2013, Family Story Time at MCPL Rothschild will meet Tuesday and Friday mornings at 10:30am. (Previously, this story time met Wednesdays and Fridays at the same time.)  

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Mosinee Branch Library at Little Bull Falls Log Jam Festival

little bull falls logjam festival logo

August 8, 2009

Next weekend you will have the opportunity to journey back in time to the time period 1850-1920 during the Little Bull Falls Log Jam Festival in Mosinee.  The festival starts on Friday August 14 and continues through Sunday August 16 from 10-4pm each day at River Park in Mosinee.    The Mosinee Branch Library will have a display featuring the history of Little Bull Falls and surrounding area at the Log Jam Festival .  Come and see the pictures, tools, Indian artifacts and many other items that have been donated to the Mosinee Library from the Marathon County Historical Museum and people in the community. There will be lots of great entertainment,...

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Watch for Road Construction in Mosinee

July 21, 2009

If you are planning a future trip to the Mosinee Branch Library, and of course we hope that you are, we want you to be aware of bridge maintenance and road construction that may affect your journey.  The Wisconsin River Bridge, which is the main bridge in Mosinee, will be closed Friday July 31 through Tuesday August 4 weather and construction progress permitting. During this time traffic will be detoured via Interstate-39, Wisconsin State Highway 34, Marathon County C and Marathon County O.   Water Street to Pine Street will also be closed for repairs to the pavement.  This road runs in front of the Mosinee Branch Library.  Before you go to...

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Mosinee Business & Community Expo

April 22, 2009

Mosinee Branch Library (pictured here) will be part of  the Mosinee Business & Community Expo on April 29th from 3:30-6:30pm. This event will be held at the Mosinee Recreational Center on 11th Street which will showcase Mosinee businesses and community groups. This event is free to the public. Stop by and see us.

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