Our Mission: Is to help area adults enhance their quality of life with English literacy skills. • Our definition of literacy includes the following: • The ability to comprehend and generate written symbols of a language and culture • Our priority as an organization is to focus on adults who enter our program at the lowest levels. • Services will be allocated/directed to those students demonstrating the greatest need • All of our services are offered at no charge to the public • Our materials reflect best practices • A listing of our approved instructional materials, is located at our site in the Marathon County Library • McLit works directly with all people. It indirectly supports and promotes family literacy for all ages.
The founders of the Marathon County Literacy Council began meeting in October of 1997. They represented a cross section of literacy providers, educators, and interested community members throughout Marathon County. After many meetings and hard work, Marathon County Literacy Council (MCLC) was created with bylaws approved and a Board of Directors established in July 1998.
In August of 2002 The MCLC had established a new, more centrally-located office in the downtown library of Wausau. This helped the Council expand its tutor base, update its tracking of student outcomes, and become more available to the public.
Since, the Council combined with Wood County Literacy Council to form the Central Wisconsin Literacy Council (CWLC) in 2011. The two Councils having worked together have found the area of coverage too large for one Council and decided to split away, back into their own counties in 2017. Thus, The Marathon County has re-established it’s self as the new non-profit McLit, Marathon County Literacy program.
Primarily Marathon County but look forward to helping in surrounding areas as well - such as - Merrill, Antigo, Abbotsford, and Rinelander Wisconsin