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When do you use the library? Let us know!

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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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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!

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

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 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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