Marathon County Public Library

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Holiday hours: All MCPL locations will be closed Thu., 7/4.

The Friends of the Library

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The Friends of the Marathon County Public Library is a nonprofit volunteer organization with the goal of promoting and improving library services in Marathon County, Wisconsin. These goals are funded via donations, membership fees, book sales and special fundraising events.

The Friends carry out their mission through:

  • Grants — Annually, the Friends solicit and award grants to fund projects for library branches and divisions.
  • Material & equipment purchases — Friends purchase and donate equipment and materials needed throughout the library system.
  • Art purchases — During the annual Festival of the Arts, Friends take advantage of Festival of the Arts matching grants to purchase artworks for patrons to check out.
  • Sponsoring special programs, such as the Summer Library Program, Older Americans Day and family programs.

To join the Friends, complete a Friends Membership Application. Memberships last fall through spring.

Friends board meetings are on the fourth Monday of every month, 11:00am, at MCPL Wausau. Occasional deviations from this schedule are possible; contact us for the latest information.

Friends board members:

  • Gail Cain, President
  • Sharon Harder, Vice President
  • Joanne Ash, Secretary
  • John Ash, Treasurer
  • LeeAnn Venne
  • Michael Blick 
  • Dick Wachtl
  • Joan Cohen
  • Don Haney

To contact any Friends board member, use our contact us webpage; please include the name of the board member in your subject to ensure proper routing. You also may send mail to "Friends of MCPL, 300 N. First St., Wausau, WI 54403."

Events Sponsored by the Friends:

Firework Paintings!

Children Make paintings resembling fireworks with this Fourth of July-inspired craft event!

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Celebrate the USA Story Time

Children Celebrate the 4th of July with this patriotic story time and craft event!

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Chalk Art

Children Drop-in Kids can make their own chalk art creations at the library in advance of Wausau's annual ChalkFest!

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Slime Lab

Children Kids in grades K-5 can make their own slime during our scientific slime lab!

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Outer Space Craft Week

Children Drop-in Stop by the library any time during the week to make flying saucers and paper rocket ships!

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Ollivander's Wand Shop

All-Ages Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday by making your own magic wand at the library!

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Friends of MCPL Book Sale

All-Ages Drop-in Browse through thousands of items for sale at low prices during this quarterly book sale!

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