The Friends of the Library

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 ProgramCentral Wisconsin Book Festival and other events.
  • Advocacy — The Friends attend community meetings and other events to show support for the library.

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.

2023 Friends board meetings are as follows:

2023 Friends board members are as follows:

  • Ruth Tress, President
  • Darla Witz, Vice President
  • Kathy Olson, Secretary
  • Marc Carlson, Treasurer
  • Joanne Ash
  • Sharon Behle
  • Michael Blick
  • Theresa Graveen
  • Don Haney
  • Randy Jesse
  • Kate Srozinski

To contact the Friends, use the library’s contact us webpage. 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.”

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Marathon County Public Library

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