The Friends of the Library

Helping Hands 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 January through December. Memberships purchased at the November book sale last through the following calendar year.

Friends Board Members / Meetings

2014 Friends board meetings: 1/28, 2/25, 3/25, 4/22, 5/27, 6/24, (no July metting), 8/26, 9/23, 10/28, 11/25, (no December meeting)

Friends board meetings are held at MCPL Wausau in the Wausau Room (3rd floor). Meetings start at 4:00pm, preceded by a social period 3:30-4:00pm.

2014 Friends board members:
  • President: Ed Cohen
  • Vice President: Gail Cain
  • Secretary: Joan Cohen
  • Treasurer: Dick Wachtl
  • Communications / Publicity Chair: Sharon Harder
  • Communications: Jeanette Goede
  • Special Fundraising Chair: Joe Filak
  • Book Sale Chair: Kenneth Srozinski
  • Human Resources Chair: Jack Kivi
  • Human Resources: Meredith Kivi
  • Membership: Mary Landwehr
  • Membership: Barbara Newton
  • Archivist / Historian: (open position)
  • Advocacy: Audrey Ascher
  • Library director: Ralph Illick

2014 off-board committee members:
  • Membership / Communication: Don Haney
  • Membership / Communication: Linda Haney
  • Member at Large: Bill Dovenbarger
  • Treasurer: Michael Brunt

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."

Creating Tiny Treasures

Sat., 8/23/14, 2:00pm 4:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Members of the Wisconsin Valley Art Association will share their techniques for creating Tiny Treasures – original artwork created on 2.5" x 3.5" surfaces. Then, participants will have the opportunity to create their own tiny treasure using a variety of art supplies. All materials will be provided. ... (read more)
Art Crafts Wausau Adults | Add to your calendar.

Back to School Bracelet Making

Thu., 8/28/14, 2:30pm 4:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Teens are invited to visit the library and create the perfect back to school accessory: the bracelet! There will be plenty of opportunities to experiment with a wide variety of bracelet-making supplies.
Crafts Wausau Teens | Add to your calendar.
LEGO blocks

Family LEGO® Club

Children of all ages and their families are invited to build creative projects using LEGO® blocks! Blocks will be provided.
More events in this series. » Hands-on Learning Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
children learning

S.T.E.A.M. Exploration Station

Hands-on learning activities for children ages 3-5! S.T.E.A.M. programs are specially focused on the core areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. ... (read more)
More events in this series. » Hands-on Learning Science Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
CommUNITY Fest logo

Visit us at CommUNITY Fest!

Sat., 9/20/14, 9:30am 3:00pm @ Marathon Park
Library staff and volunteers will be at United Way's annual community festival offering information about the library and providing arts & crafts and other hands-on activities for children!
Off-site Crafts Marathon Park Children | Add to your calendar.
LEGO projects


Tue., 9/23/14, 5:30pm 8:10pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children in grades K-5 are invited for an evening full of LEGO® activities! Kids can create LEGO art using stamp pads and LEGO blocks, build and race LEGO balloon cars, and create a mask of their favorite LEGO character. Then at 6:30pm, we'll show The LEGO Movie in the story room. (Rated PG | 100 min.)
Hands-on Learning Movie Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.

Moo, Who?

Sat., 9/27/14, 10:30am 12:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for a special Family Story Time as we take a whimsical look at cows through stories, rhymes, riddles, information and activities. We'll laugh, learn and fall in love (all over again) with our state's official domestic animal!
Story Time Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.

Displaying events through 42 days from now. To view more events, click here.