Holiday hours: All MCPL locations will be closed Sat.–Mon., 8/31–9/2.

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. 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 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 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."

Events Sponsored by the Friends:

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Create a Card for Grandparents Day!

Children Drop-in Kids can prepare for Grandparents Day by making a handmade card for their grandma or grandpa!

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The 2019 Central Wisconsin Book Festival

All-Ages The Central Wisconsin Book Festival returns for its third year to bring a wide variety of authors and artists to the Wausau area for readings, workshops and much more!

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Charles Hughes: Hidden Histories of Race in Pop Culture

Adults & Teens We're excited to welcome back to the Wausau area historian and author Charles Hughes to discuss the intersection of pop culture with issues of race!

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Hanif Abdurraqib: Readings From "A Fortune for Your Disaster"

Adults & Teens The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is thrilled that poet, essayist and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib will join us for one of our festival's headline events to read from his newest poetry collection.

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Family Memoir Workshop With Jen Rubin

Adults If you've ever thought about writing a family memoir, join us for a workshop during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival to learn some tips and techniques!

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We Are Staying: A Family Memoir Reading With Jen Rubin

Adults & Teens Hear a fascinating, true tale with author Jen Rubin of a family, a business and a neighborhood during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival.

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CWBF Authors Panel: How (and Why) I Write

Adults & Teens Hear from three acclaimed authors about their writing methods and techniques, and why they do what they do, during this Central Wisconsin Book Festival panel discussion!

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Madison: 1969 With Stuart Levitan

Adults & Teens Whether you lived through the 1960s, or you're a history buff yearning to learn, join us for a talk about the scene in Wisconsin's capital city in the Sixties!

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A Conversation With Graphic Novelist Craig Thompson

Adults & Teens The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes writer and artist Craig Thompson back to his native Wisconsin to talk about his work - including a new series partly set in his native Marathon County!

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Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail With Melanie McManus

Adults What's it like to hike more than 1,000 miles across Wisconsin? Find out from someone with first-hand knowledge during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival!

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Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Reading & Reception

Adults & Teens Join us during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival to hear poets from around the state read their work, including featured guest Bruce Dethlefsen!

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Dead Big Dawg: A Reading With Victoria Houston

Adults One of Wisconsin's most popular authors, Victoria Houston, is coming back to join us during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival to read from and talk about her newest book in the Loon Lake mystery series!

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