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.
Benefits of becoming a Friend of Marathon County Public Library:
  • Receive an invitation to a special "pre-sale" for the Wausau book sale.
  • Receive a printed version of the library's bi-monthly newsletter by mail.

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

Friends Board Members / Meetings:

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:

  • Ed Cohen (President)
  • Gail Cain (Vice President)
  • Joan Cohen (Secretary)
  • Dick Wachtl (Treasurer)
  • Sharon Harder (Communications; Publicity Chair)
  • Jeanette Goede (Communications)
  • Kate Srozinski (Book Sale Chair)
  • Ken Srozinski (Book Sale)
  • Jack Kivi (Human Resources Chair)
  • Mary Landwehr (Membership)

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, e.g. "Subject — c/o John Smith, Friends of MCPL."


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