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Local High School Yearbooks Needed!

A photo of local yearbooks taken by Dan R.

February 6, 2019

Are you a local high school graduate who wouldn't mind parting with your high school yearbook? Or are you helping a family member de-clutter and have some yearbooks to get rid of? The Marathon County Public Library might want them! MCPL’s Wausau Headquarters houses a large collection of local high school yearbooks, including the Wausau East (formerly Wausau High School) Wahiscan, Wausau West Aurora, Newman High School Cardinal (formerly The Red Hat), the D.C. Everest Everette, and Faith Christian Academy annual. In addition, our Marathon City Branch has a limited collection of the Marathon High School Fleetfoot, and our Mosinee Branch also recently acquired a small collection of the Mosinee High School...

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MCPL's Highlights of 2018!

Collage of 2018 photos made by Dan R.

January 5, 2019

Earlier this week, the world celebrated the end of 2018 and the start of a new year, and we’re already nearly a full week into January! While everyone here at the Marathon County Public Library is excited to see what 2019 will bring, we can’t help but reflect back on the past year and all of the events, milestones and innovations that we experienced over the past 12 months. While the following isn’t a complete list of all of our accomplishments from 2018, we’ve compiled some of the highlights. Now, we can’t wait to see all that 2019 brings! First LENA Start sessions in Wisconsin held Beginning in February, MCPL Wausau hosted the first two LENA Start sessions in the state of Wisconsin. The program...

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Let MCPL Help with History Day!

tween girl reading

November 25, 2017

Each fall, eighth grade students from the D.C. Everest School District take part in National History Day. Held annually, students around the country will conduct their own research into topics related to an overarching National History Day theme. After months of research, the students write a paper and present their final projects to school staff and the public. Winning projects are then recognized at the school's History Day Award Ceremony.  This year's National History Day theme is "Taking a Stand in History." Inevitably, many students participating in National History Day visit their location Marathon County Public Library location to conduct their research and to acquire various published written...

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The Last Call: Prohibition in Marathon County!

July 1, 2013

From 1920 to 1933, the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcohol were forbidden by law in the United States. Despite this, the public’s thirst for ‘demon rum’ continued and organized crime stepped in to meet the demand. Thanks to Illegal distilleries, smuggled shipments of alcohol and local moonshiners, alcohol continued to flow despite the best efforts of law enforcement. And what was the Marathon County experience during Prohibition? On Tuesday, July 16th, Gary Gisselman, librarian at the Marathon County Historical Society, will present THE LAST CALL, PROHIBITION IN MARATHON COUNTY, a program detailing how Marathon County residents weathered Prohibition. Did Marathon County obey the law of the land...

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It's National Bookmobile Day!

April 14, 2010

Today, Wednesday April 14 is the first ever National Bookmobile Day during National Library Week.  To coincide with this, Marathon County Bookmobile history is on display at MCPL Wausau throughout April. The first bookmobile arrived in Marathon County in December 1949, as a result of much petitioning and urging by rural school teachers and Kay Biwer, the head of Marathon County Library, located in the courthouse, serving the rural areas of Marathon County.  Marathon County’s bookmobile became the 4thbookmobile in Wisconsin. Bookmobile service began in Marathon County as way to provide additional books to children in the rural schools, later branching out to stops in communities and...

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Wisconsin Holocaust Survivors

January 21, 2010

Interviews with 22 survivors of the Nazi Holocaust who settled in Wisconsin have just been published online by the Wisconsin Historical Society.  Thirty years ago, Society staff interviewed 22 survivors and two American eyewitnesses, yielding 160 hours of tape recordings and more than 3,000 pages of transcripts. These have now been published in their entirety at www.wisconsinhistory.org/holocaustsurvivors Users can stream the recordings while reading along or download the audio (mp3) and text (pdf) for later use. A search engine leads to anecdotes about specific topics, places, people, and events. Nearly 200 photographs are included.  Dozens of short excerpts are organized under headings...

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Marathon County Public Library Celebrates 100 Years

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February 9, 2007

The Marathon County Public Library will be 100 Years old on April 3. Come and help us celebrate on April 15, 1:30-4:00 at the Wausau location. Listen to the music of Andy Z. and the Spankin' Monkeys Band,the Golden Glow Barbershop Quartet and storybook characters telling stories to families. Hop aboard the trolley for a fun ride and view of the city, have some birthday cake and treats, and join in the other fun activities for the whole family.

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