Staff of the Marathon County Public Library celebrated the opening of their newly-completed Wausau Community Room on April 5. Located on the second floor of the library's Wausau Headquarters, the community room was built to allow for easier patron access and to replace the library's third floor meeting room.
Library Director Ralph Illick cut the ceremonius ribbon at the unveiling, which was organized by the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce and was attended by library staff, Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger, employees of the Wisconsin Valley Library Service, members of the Marathon County Board and library board, members of the MCPL Foundation, volunteers from the Friends of Marathon County Public Library, ambassadors from the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce and the public.
The room, which was partially funded by the MCPL Foundation, is located in the space previously occupied by the library's Teen Zone. The room features glass walls that can open up to accomodate large crowds, as well as A/V equipment, a large projection screen, a flat screen TV, sink and food storage area and moveable conference furniture.
The Wausau Community Room will primarily be used to host larger library events such as author visits, speakers, film screenings and children's musicians and performers, especially those that attract crowds into the hundreds.Public groups can also reserve the room for groups of 21 to 99 people by filling out a meeting room application and submitting it for review at least two weeks in advance.
image credit: Image by MCPL staff.