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Director's Report

Ralph Illick with US flag

August 15, 2017

I hope that all of our readers have enjoyed this pleasant, temperate summer season. We have seen a lot of changes at MCPL, and I would like to share some news about more changes you will see in the near future. 

To begin, we have been using the new Wausau Community Room on the second floor of our Wausau Headquarters, and the public loves it! There is easy access via stairs or elevator, and the reviews have been very positive. If you have the need for a meeting of your nonprofit group or club, please consider using this meeting room for your next gathering of twenty or more people. Remember that all meetings at the library must be open to the public.

Next, I am deeply saddened to announce that our longtime Friend of the Library, Ken Srozinski, passed away last month. Ken was the smiling face of the book sale for many years, and he is sorely missed by us all. We will all remember Ken and his easy laugh, and his overalls, as we honor his legacy of selfless volunteering to make the library better. I would remind everyone that the Friends of the Library will soon move to their new book sale room in the library’s basement during August. There will be no sale in August. Look for more details on our website during the coming weeks.

Lastly, we have been asked by the Village of Weston to develop a plan to add a library branch at the proposed new municipal building for the village. The hope would be to open a new facility during the 2019-2020 time frame, depending upon many variables that could affect the building process. In order to understand the needs of the communities we serve, and to best understand how to develop our branch services during the coming years, we hired the consulting firm Library Strategies for an assessment. Look for the digital report to be released to the public after the August library board meeting, when the board will discuss the report. You will have an opportunity to review the report and the suggestions for Weston at that time. I encourage all library users to read the report, offer your input, and help us move forward and continue to improve library service in Marathon County.

As always, I thank you for your support. 

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image credit: Image by Marathon County Public Library staff.