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Director’s Report

Ralph Illick with US flag

December 20, 2018

Good news! The much anticipated interior renovations are now only months away. Soon, we will review proposals from library design firms to refurbish our headquarters and branches. We want to give all of our locations a makeover, while also looking at potential technology upgrades to ensure the very best possible public service to our communities. The Planning and Visioning Project that was completed in 2016 will be used by the design firm as a guide to ensure that the upgrades are comprehensive and relevant. We are very fortunate that our Marathon County Public Library Foundation has agreed to help with this project, and we are all thrilled to see this new chapter at MCPL come to fruition.

Also, soon you may see a new survey for all of our branch library users. We are asking the public for input about the hours of service provided at each of our branch locations. Our intention is to identify ways to distribute staffing and operational hours so that we can best serve each community. As is true with all public service organizations, we have limitations to our staffing and budget that make this necessary. Please feel free to offer your own thoughts on the matter so that we may better serve you. 

Lastly, we have been closely following the progress of the Public Library System Redesign Project ( during the past few years. This analysis project has been reviewing the ways that library systems in Wisconsin serve their constituents, their member libraries. MCPL is excited to announce that we are going to look very closely at how our system membership options might be better suited by joining a larger system. The benefits could include more comprehensive technology support, having access to up to millions more volumes of library materials within 24-48 hours for our patrons, and improved educational and professional opportunities that are focused on libraries of our own size. Look for more exciting news on this front during the coming year.

As always, we thank you for your continued support, and wish you and yours a warm and healthy winter season.

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