Marathon County Public Library

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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."

Friends-Sponsored Events

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Earth Day Documentary & Discussion

Tue., 4/22/14, 6:00pm 8:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us on Earth Day for a documentary about how important oceans are to the planet and how ocean ecosystems are facing massive threats from human activity and other sources. (94 min. | 2012) The film will be followed by a short discussion. We can't advertise the movie's title online, but if you contact us, we'll tell you. (film details) (request the DVD)
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Book Sale

Thu., 5/1/14 Sun., 5/4/14 @ MCPL Wausau
Hundreds of gently-used books are available for low prices! Your purchases help support the library. The book sale will be open: Thu., 5/1, 5:00-8:00pm (Friends only); Fri., 5/2, 9:30am-4:30pm; Sat., 5/3, 9:30am-4:30pm; Sun., 1-4pm – Bag Sale: $6 per bag (provided).
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Mosinee Book Sale

Wed., 5/14/14 Fri., 5/16/14 @ MCPL Mosinee
Hundreds of gently-used books are available for low prices! Your purchases help support the library. The book sale will be open: Wed., 5/14, 10am-4pm; Thu., 5/15, 12-5pm; Fri., 5/16, 12-3pm.
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Banning DDT

Banning DDT: Readings & Discussion

Thu., 5/15/14, 6:30pm 8:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Journalist Bill Berry will discuss and share readings from his new book, "Banning DDT: How Citizen Activists in Wisconsin Led the Way," including stories and details from citizens, scientists, reporters and traditional conservationists who drew attention to the harmful effects of DDT, "the miracle pesticide," in the 1960s and '70s.
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