History Chats

Marathon County Historical Society & Public Library Team Up for Virtual Events

The Marathon County Historical Society and Marathon County Public Library are partnering on a series of virtual programs this fall. 

Tune in via Zoom or Facebook for a look at local, state, and national history on topics like: Marathon County Schools, the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Death & Dying, and more. BONUS: Programs are archived on YouTube if you can’t attend the live events. (Click the title for details…)

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Supervisor William Harris :: Giving to His Community Through Law & Public Office

Working in Judicare’s Civil Unit, Harris represents victims of domestic and child abuse, low-income clients facing homelessness, and clients facing employment discrimination. 

Elected to the Marathon County Board of Supervisors in April 2020, Harris now represents the Downtown Wausau area and plans to advocate for measures that address poverty and homelessness, as well as transportation.

Learn about Supervisor Harris’s recent bold move to ensure local fair elections, his push for a pilot program to restart bus service from Wausau to Rib Mountain, and more. (Click the title for details…)

2020 Central Wisconsin (Virtual) Book Festival :: Featuring Events for Literature Lovers of All Stripes

The 4th annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival takes place September 21–27, with events spanning over the course of 6 days. The coronavirus pandemic spurred an all-virtual festival for 2020. Fans of the written word can watch the full lineup of guests (via Zoom) from the comforts of home this year.

Check out this year’s lineup, which includes: a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist, a U.S. Poet Laureate, a New York Times bestselling author, a panel discussion on homelessness, and much more. (Click the title for details…)

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Libraries Were Created for Times Like These

With such monumental changes happening in our society right now, libraries are an important resource to provide historical context to recent events to help you process what’s taking place in the news. MCPL Library Specialist Chad Dally highlights resources and reading lists for adults and children regarding the topics of race and inequality in our history and society and informs you of the library’s latest reopening plans. (Click the title for details…)

Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) Buildings Remain Closed Until at Least June 15, 2020, But Check Out Their Modified Services & Expanded Online Offerings

All 9 Marathon County Public Library locations will remain closed through at least June 15, 2020, as staff members work to prepare a plan to re-open in the safest way possible for communities and staff.

The libraries continue to offer revamped services (such as curbside pickup, virtual storytimes on Facebook, craft projects on MCPL’s YouTube channel, and other great online programming) to assist patrons during these uncertain times. See videos of these new services — and learn about other new offerings MCPL will have after they re-open — in the full article. (Click the title for details…)

Celebrate National Library Week April 19-25 2020

A National Library Week Like No Other :: 9 Local Libraries Are Transforming to Meet the Needs of Today — & Tomorrow — Under COVID-19 Restrictions

While 9 area libraries’ doors are closed to the public through May 26, 2020, staff continue to provide relevant programs and services to library patrons. Learn how to use Wisconsin’s Digital Library — a statewide catalog of FREE e-books, audiobooks, and videos. Or visit MCPL’s Facebook page for daily virtual story times. The MCPL blog features recipes to help you with your extra meal-prep demands under the Safer at Home order, and points you to hundreds of FREE online educational classes and resources such as Gale Courses.
 
Library staff are also making plans to offer curbside pickup and to continue providing programming in alternative ways, such as virtual book club discussions and craft kits that the public can pick up and take home — both options to avoid having large groups gather in one place. (Click the title for details…)

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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…)