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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, Central Wisconsin Book Festival and other events.

To join the Friends, complete a Friends Membership Application. Membership is on a calendar basis, with dues payable annually by the first day of each calendar year. Membership renewals will be accepted at the fall book sale.

Friends board meetings are every other month on the fourth Monday, 4:30pm, at MCPL Wausau; the 2020 meeting dates are 3/23, 5/25, 7/27, 9/28 and 11/23. The 2020 annual meeting is 1/25, 2pm, at MCPL WausauContact us for the latest information.

Friends board members are as follows:

  • 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."

Donations to the Friends may be sent to "Friends of MCPL, 300 N. First St., Wausau, WI 54403."

Events Sponsored by the Friends:

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CANCELED: Friends of MCPL Saturday Sale

All-Ages Drop-in This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELED: Sat., 4/18/20, 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • Sat., 5/16/20, 9:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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May Day Baskets

Children Drop-in Kids are invited bring back the tradition of May Day by crafting their own decorative basket!

  • Thu., 4/30/20, 10 a.m.4 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Create Your Own BB-8

Children Make a paper BB-8 during this Star Wars-themed event!

  • Mon., 5/4/20, 33:45 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee
  • Thu., 5/7/20, 3:304:30 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee
  • Fri., 5/8/20, 10 a.m.4 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Make Your Own Mini Piñatas

Children Drop-in Create your own mini piñatas!

  • Tue., 5/5/20, 10 a.m.4 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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book sale room

CANCELED: Friends of MCPL Book Sale

All-Ages Drop-in This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELED: 5/6–5/9/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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Escape Room Family Adventure

Children Registration Test your problem-solving and teamwork skills as a family as you try to get out of our escape room!

  • Fri., 7/17/20, 12:304:30 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
  • Sat., 7/18/20, 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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Ollivander's Wand Shop

Kids & Teens Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday by making your own magic wand at the library!

  • Thu., 7/23/20, 3:304:30 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee

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Friends of MCPL Book Sale

All-Ages Drop-in It's time for the next Friends of the Marathon County Public Library book sale, where thousands of items will be for sale at low, low prices!

  • 8/58/8/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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