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The Friends of the Library

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The Friends of the Marathon County Public Library is a nonprofit volunteer organization with the goal of promoting and improving library services in Marathon County, Wisconsin. These goals are funded via donations, membership fees, book sales and special fundraising events.

The Friends carry out their mission through:

  • Grants — Annually, the Friends solicit and award grants to fund projects for library branches and divisions.
  • Material & equipment purchases — Friends purchase and donate equipment and materials needed throughout the library system.
  • Art purchases — During the annual Festival of the Arts, Friends take advantage of Festival of the Arts matching grants to purchase artworks for patrons to check out.
  • Sponsoring special programs, such as the Summer Library Program, Older Americans Day and family programs.

To join the Friends, complete a Friends Membership Application. Memberships last fall through spring.

Friends board meetings are on the fourth Monday of every month, 11:00am, at MCPL Wausau. Occasional deviations from this schedule are possible; contact us for the latest information.

Friends board members:

  • Gail Cain, President
  • Sharon Harder, Vice President
  • Joanne Ash, Secretary
  • John Ash, Treasurer
  • LeeAnn Venne
  • Michael Blick 
  • Dick Wachtl
  • Joan Cohen
  • Don Haney

To contact any Friends board member, use our contact us webpage; please include the name of the board member in your subject to ensure proper routing. You also may send mail to "Friends of MCPL, 300 N. First St., Wausau, WI 54403."

Events Sponsored by the Friends:

World Oceans Day

Children Visit the library for a morning of stories, crafts and sea creatures during our story time celebrating World Oceans Day!

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Outer Space Craft Week

Children Drop-in Stop by the library any time during the week to make aliens and planets!

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DIY Fairy Houses

Adults Drop-in Adults can decorate a wooden fairy house during this two-day event!

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Outer Space Sand Art

Kids & Teens Drop-in Use colored sand to color outer space-themed pictures, create decorative bottles or make colorful keychains!

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