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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, Central Wisconsin Book Festival and other events.

To join the Friends, complete a Friends Membership Application. Membership is on a calendar basis, with dues payable annually by the first day of each calendar year. Membership renewals will be accepted at the fall book sale.

Friends board meetings are every other month on the fourth Monday, 4:30pm, at MCPL Wausau; the 2020 meeting dates are 3/23, 5/25, 7/27, 9/28 and 11/23. The 2020 annual meeting is 1/25, 2pm, at MCPL WausauContact us for the latest information.

Friends board members are as follows:

  • 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."

Donations to the Friends may be sent to "Friends of MCPL, 300 N. First St., Wausau, WI 54403."

Events Sponsored by the Friends:

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Timothy Egan: "A Pilgrimage to Eternity" Reading & Q&A

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes award-winning, NYT bestselling journalist Timothy Egan for a virtual talk about his newest book, "A Pilgrimage to Eternity."

  • Attend Fri., 9/25/20, 78:30 p.m. @ Zoom (Online)

adults author visit history off-site social issues travel writing cwbf »

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
A "Dairylandia" State of Mind With Steve Hannah

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes award-winning author and columnist Steve Hannah to discuss his Wisconsin-based book "Dairylandia."

  • Attend Sat., 9/26/20, 1010:45 a.m. @ Zoom (Online)

adults author visit off-site writing cwbf »

Chris Fink

Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Short Stories With Chris Fink

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes Wisconsin author Chris Fink to share his short fiction and answer your questions!

  • Attend Sat., 9/26/20, 1111:45 a.m. @ Zoom (Online)

adults author visit writing cwbf »

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
"Bad Axe" Mysteries With John Galligan

Adults Join us during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival as we hear from, and speak with, Wisconsin author John Galligan about his new mystery novel "Dead Man Dancing!"

  • Attend Sat., 9/26/20, 11:45 p.m. @ Zoom (Online)

adults author visit writing cwbf »

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Wisconsin Women in the KKK With Author John Kinville

Adults Join us for an interesting, virtual multimedia presentation about a little-known (and a little troubling) piece of Wisconsin history with author John Kinville!

  • Attend Sat., 9/26/20, 23 p.m. @ Zoom (Online)

adults author visit history writing cwbf »

Kathie Giorgio

Central Wisconsin Book Festival
"When the Going Gets Tough" Fiction Workshop With Kathie Giorgio

Adults & Teens The Central Wisconsin Book Festival isn't just for listening to authors! Join us for a fiction workshop with Kathie Giorgio, author and director of the AllWriters' Workshop in Waukesha, WI.

  • Attend Sat., 9/26/20, 45:30 p.m. @ Zoom (Online)

adults teens author visit writing writing workshop »

Joy Harjo

Central Wisconsin Book Festival
An Evening With U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is thrilled to welcome U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo for a virtual reading of her work! Trust us, if you love literature you won't want to miss this event!

  • Attend Sat., 9/26/20, 78:30 p.m. @ Zoom (Online)

adults author visit off-site poetry writing cwbf »

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Birdwatching in Wisconsin With Charles Hagner

All-Ages Join us for a fun multimedia presentation on spotting birds in Wisconsin and why the Badger State is great for birds, by one of our state's foremost avian experts, Charles Hagner!

  • Attend Sun., 9/27/20, 1011 a.m. @ Zoom (Online)

adults teens children animals author visit nature outdoor recreation travel cwbf »

Kathie Giorgio

Central Wisconsin Book Festival
"No Matter Which Way You Look..." Poetry Reading With Kathie Giorgio

Adults Tune in for some Sunday morning poetry with acclaimed writer Kathie Giorgio, who will read from her newest collection, "No Matter Where You Look, There is More to See."

  • Attend Sun., 9/27/20, 1111:45 a.m. @ Zoom (Online)

adults author visit poetry writing »

Jerry Apps

Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Wisconsin's Logging Heyday With Jerry Apps

Adults & Teens We're excited to welcome one author Jerry Apps to the Central Wisconsin Book Festival to discuss his new book about our state's storied logging history!

  • Attend Sun., 9/27/20, 12:30 p.m. @ Zoom (Online)

adults teens author visit history writing cwbf »

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Tiffany Midge: Stories, Poems & a Q&A!

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is excited to welcome author and poet Tiffany Midge for a reading of her work!

  • Attend Sun., 9/27/20, 34 p.m. @ Zoom (Online)

adults author visit social issues writing cwbf »