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2020 U.S. Census Count Coming April 1 :: Make Your Presence Count!

Chad Dally of the Marathon County Public Library walks you through what the census is, how it will work in Marathon County, and how you can make sure you get counted since census information will have critical and wide-ranging impacts for the next 10 years, affecting the federal government down to local offices — and much more.

Learn how you can participate in the 2020 census, or even get paid to be a census worker! (Click the title for details…)

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The Library Hours, They Are A-Changin’…

Starting January 12, 2020, Marathon County Public Library Headquarters in Wausau and its 8 area branches will operate under a new set of hours.

During the workweek, some locations will be open a few hours less, some will be open a few hours more — and on weekends, all 9 locations will now be open on Saturdays and closed on Sundays. (Click the title for details…)

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Wausau Library Is Brainstorming Ideas for a New Makerspace with the Community in Mind

Thanks to a generous gift from its Foundation, the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) Wausau Headquarters plans to create a makerspace that could incorporate everything from cutting-edge technology and software to basic sewing supplies — and many things in between.

There’s no date set for a grand unveiling, which means there’s still time for community members to share their ideas! What would YOU like to see at MCPL’s makerspace? (Click the title for details…)

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Book Lovers Unite! Attend the 2019 Central WI Book Festival Sept. 23–29

Literature fans, get ready . . . The 3rd annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival takes place throughout Wausau with author readings, panel discussions, and workshops covering fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic novels.

Thanks to generous community support, all of the nearly 20 events are FREE! See what’s on the docket in the full article . . . (Click the title for details…)

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The Many Ways That Marathon County Works to Keep YOU Safe & Secure

County Administrator Brad Karger reflects on the back-to-back August shootings and how local staff and officials are working to ensure public safety in Marathon County.

Learn about suicide prevention measures, veteran supports, active shooter training for government employees, cybersecurity updates, a specially trained crisis response team, onsite school-based trauma therapists, and more in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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Re-vote Solidifies Declaration of June as “Pride Month” in Marathon County :: Learn Its Impact, Implications, & Next Steps

County Administrator Brad Karger explains the June Pride resolution, as well as the July reconsideration vote.

The most significant takeaway? The majority of Supervisors still voted to declare June as Pride Month in Marathon County, thus educational sessions and assessments with regard to the County’s fair treatment of all residents and employees will go on as directed in the resolution that passed in June, and June will remain “Pride Month” in Marathon County. (Click the title for details…)

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See You in September :: 2019 Central WI Book Festival Happens Sept. 27–29

Calling all readers and writers: The 3rd annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival is right around the corner… and YOU can be a part of all the fun! At the end of September, the Wausau area will be putting on a FREE event for linguaphiles of all sorts. You’ll have to read the full story to see how the festival’s lineup of events & speakers is taking shape! (Click the title for details…)

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More Access to Justice :: Volunteer-Based Civil Court Mediation Program Expands

Wisconsin Judicare’s program works with the Marathon County court system to provide FREE mediation services (by trained volunteers) to citizens in a variety of civil cases, helping to free up our already overloaded courts.  

Marathon County’s mediation program has already had national recognition in a Harvard Law & Policy Review article, and the success of the program in its first year has led to a planned expansion to mediate over 400 cases in its second year.

Learn more about the financial, emotional, and other benefits of this community program — and how to register for an upcoming volunteer mediator training session — in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

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Guiding Our Economic Future by Enhancing High-Speed, Broadband Internet Access in Rural Marathon County

Our existing broadband access is bad for business in Marathon County. Not all businesses and residents in Marathon County have access to reliable, high-speed internet — and that puts us at a disadvantage attracting businesses and recruiting talented people to live and work here. 

Area farmers and rural teachers find it especially hard to do their jobs without reliable wireless internet. Marathon County Government was tasked with hiring a consulting firm that specializes in assisting communities with broadband expansion to help us create an action plan. Read on to learn more about this project and what’s being done to help area farmers and teachers in the meantime. (Click the title for details…)

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A Summer Full of Library Events

The Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) staff works for months to organize dozens of exciting summer programs packed into just a few months. 

With this year’s theme “A Universe of Stories” in mind, see what’s “out there” for you this summer across MCPL’s 9 Marathon County locations. (Click the title for details…)