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Your local library is an emergency cooling center!

July 3, 2012

Due to the extreme heat and heat indexes forecasted to be above the 105 degree mark on July 5, 2012, Marathon County is taking a proactive approach and making the area libraries available for cooling centers for persons needing that service. Cooling centers are locations which allow residents without air conditioning to get relief from the extreme heat.

"Staff at each of our locations are prepared to help people without air conditioning weather the heat," said library director Ralph Illick. "We also will have (bottled) water available at each location."

City and county officials are working with the libraries to make sure vulnerable populations can find relieve from potentially dangerous heat.

"We are especially trying to target the elderly population. They are the quickest affected by extreme heat," said Steve Hagman, emergency management director for Marathon County. "Hopefully we can reach out the community and try to do something to help."
Following are hours of operation for each of our libraries on Thursday, July 5:

  • Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau – 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Athens, 211 Caroline St., Athens – 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Edgar, 224 S. Third Ave., Edgar – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Hatley, 435 Curtis Ave., Hatley – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Marathon City, 515 Washington St., Marathon – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Mosinee, 123 Main St., Mosinee – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Rothschild, 224 Grand Ave., Rothschild – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Spencer, 105 Park St., Spencer – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Stratford, 400 N. Fourth St., Stratford – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Read about heat-related illness in this press release from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services: 

For more information, call 715-261-7200 or contact us online.