Marathon County Public Library

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Director’s Report

August 20, 2018

Ralph Illick with US flag

As children head back to school and the summer days begin to wane, the Marathon County Public Library will be undergoing some much-needed changes!

We will be replacing the carpeting in our main library Children’s Department after having endured a sudden break in a water supply line in the dark of night. This unfortunate event was managed and mitigated admirably by the Marathon County Facilities and Capital Management Department, and they have our gratitude for helping to make a potentially bad situation little more than an inconvenience. 

We also will be replacing many of the library’s 22+ years old public furnishings. Our intention is to better use our available space, as well as improve your access to technology when you visit the library. During the past decade, library furnishings have evolved to better accommodate the use of devices like iPads and Android tablets, so we want make your experience here more technology friendly. Look for new and better shelving, seating and collaborative areas in the near future.

Lastly, I am delighted to report that LENA Start Marathon County is taking off in the community! We have worked hard to build local partnerships that will help parents, children and families in the pursuit of lifelong learning. We implemented the LENA Start program to help parents and caregivers of very young children (birth to age 3) to reach their maximum potential during these critical years of brain development. The results have been measurable, and the interest in this program has been growing every day. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about this cutting-edge program, please call the library, or visit our website. 

In closing, I am reminded of how fortunate we are here in Marathon County to have such beautiful geography and natural resources to enjoy in so many ways. We at the Marathon County Public Library appreciate the community support that you give to us, and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve the community.

Thank you, and enjoy the rest of your summer!


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