After the success of last year's first-ever Martin Luther King Jr. "Day On," all Marathon County Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In addition, most other county agencies and offices will also be closed.
Like last year, this MLK Day won’t be a day off for library staff and other county employees. Instead, the county has put together a “day on” inservice so that county employees can attend various different educational programs based around the ideals promoted by Dr. King.
These many seminars, workshops and talks revolve around Dr. King’s teachings of diversity, non-violence and poverty. Highlights of this year's event include Yengyee Lor of Faithful Consulting, speaking about "The Raw Truth of Association by Color;" Mennonite Bishop Enos Martin, who will talk about the Mennonite population in central Wisconsin; Andrea Huggenvik from the Wausau YWCA, who will discuss implicit bias; Steve Bench from Generational Consulting, who will talk about overcoming generational differences; and Jane Riley-Smith from the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin, speaking about the differences in people's abilities.
In addition to the aforementioned speakers, a blood drive through the American Red Cross, a theater piece about mental illness and a seminar on Secondary Traumatic Stress are also planned, as well as several other programs and workshops.
All MCPL locations (and other county agencies and offices) will reopen on Tuesday, January 22, with their normal hours. For more information on this worthwhile and important "Day On," call 715-261-7230.
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