March 16, 2020
THIS ARTICLE WAS LAST UPDATED ON 3/25/20
Due to the continued threat of COVID-19 (commonly known as coronavirus), and in compliance with Governor Tony Evers' statewide "Safer at Home" order that was announced on March 24, all nine Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) locations will remain closed through April 26, 2020. This includes locations in Wausau, Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon City, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer, and Stratford. All locations are tentatively set to reopen on Monday, April 27, 2020. However, the library’s reopening date is subject to change as developments occur.
Due to the closure, all in-person library programs and events that were scheduled to occur between now and April 27 have been canceled. However, library staff members have been busy planning a variety of virtual events that will continue to educate, engage, and connect the community, including Virtual Story Time and Pandemic Writing Project, with more events to be added soon.
Some library services will continue to be offered throughout the closure. Patrons may still contact the MCPL Wausau reference desk for questions and assistance via phone (715-261-7230), email (email@example.com) or online chat between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The WI-FI at each of the eight branch libraries will remain on 24/7, providing patrons outside of the library (within range) with access to high-speed Internet. The WI-FI at MCPL Wausau will remain on during the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The drive-thru services at MCPL Wausau and at the Marathon City Branch are temporarily suspended while we assess contamination risk from the virus. Patrons can still place holds on items by calling the circulation desk at 715-261-7200, though those holds will not be fulfilled until the library reopens.
No items will be due and no overdue fines will accrue during the closure. Items that were originally due to be returned during the closure will now have a due date of May 4, 2020, and any library cards that were set to expire within the next several weeks have been renewed. Library materials that are currently checked out may be returned during the closure to one of the library’s many book drops, if the patron so chooses.
Patrons may also access thousands of free e-books and audiobooks during the closure via the Overdrive and Libby apps. These free apps work on most PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets and e-readers, and all you need is a current Marathon County Public Library card to get started. For more information on Wisconsin’s Digital Library, click here. Patrons who currently don't have a library card, but who would like to sign up for one during the closure (which will allow them to access the Wisconsin's Digital Library catalog, as well as our online resources) can apply for a card online here. After the online card application is submitted, a member of our circulation team will call the person to get some additional details and to issue the person their card number over the phone. The card will be good for the duration of our closure, and will have to be renewed in-person shortly after we reopen.
We wish everyone health and safety during this trying time and will continue to update our website and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) with further updates and developments as they occur.
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