The Marathon County Literacy Council (McLit) opened its new location at 515 North Third Street in Wausau.

McLit has promoted literacy across Marathon County for more than 20 years. When COVID-19 hit in early 2020, McLit was unable to operate and provide in-person services to the community due to the closure of the Marathon County Public Library and the Salvation Army in Wausau, where McLit had offices.

Its executive director, Connie Heidemann, decided that it was time for McLit to have its own place. A site was needed that would allow the community to receive help during the pandemic. In the summer of 2020, Heidemann found a place in the heart of downtown Wausau, and the move began.

“We were able to expand the size and capabilities of our computer lab, condense our supplies from all of our satellite offices into one space and set our own hours,” Heidemann said. “This move and new space has helped us expand and reach out to many more students.” The new location also offers a new children’s room and accompanying program, ‘Share a Story: Plant a Seed to Read.’ This program will help parents and caregivers share stories and engage in literacy-building activities with young children through dialogic reading techniques.