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Director’s Report

Director’s Report

As we reflect on the past year, we have so much to be thankful for and even more to look forward to here at MCPL. During the past several months, we have had the architectural firm Engberg Anderson working with us on planning and visioning the future of your library. This has been an exciting ...




Milwaukee Bucks Reading Challenge

Mon., 1/18/16 Fri., 2/19/16 @ All MCPL Locations
The Milwaukee Bucks is challenging Wisconsin students in first through eighth grade to read during the winter months! With each page read, students score points. When a predetermined number of ... (read more)
Book Club Sports All Locations Children Teens Tweens | Add to your calendar.
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Create a Valentine!

Children of all ages are invited to visit the library the week before Valentine's Day to create their own unique cards to give to their friends and family members. This ... (read more)
Crafts Holiday Valentines Day Rothschild Children | Add to your calendar.
LEGO blocks

Family LEGO® Club

Children of all ages and their families are invited to build creative projects using LEGO® blocks! Blocks will be provided.
More events in this series (30). » Hands-on Learning Athens Children | Add to your calendar.
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Tween STEAM: Experiment with Scratch Programming

Tue., 2/16/16, 4:00pm 5:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens in grades 4-6 are invited to experiment with Scratch programming. Scratch uses blocks to help kids learn the fundamentals of computer programming. Participants will get an overview of Scratch and then have time to work with the program.
Technology Hands-on Learning Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.

The Science of Ghost Hunting

Thu., 2/18/16, 6:00pm 8:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join Shawn Blaschka from Wausau Paranormal Research Society as he discusses the science behind ghost hunting and paranormal research. Shawn will share information on scientific aspects of paranormal research, describe ... (read more)
Paranormal Technology Wausau Adults Children Teens Tweens | Add to your calendar.
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The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Building

Thu., 2/18/16, 6:30pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
School-aged children (grades K-5) are invited to the library to listen to the tale and variations of "The Three Little Pigs" and then build structures out of a variety of ... (read more)
Hands-on Learning Science Story Time Wausau Children Early Elementary | Add to your calendar.
Dr. Seuss

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Children and their families are invited to celebrate the birthday of beloved children's author, Theodor Seuss Geisel – aka "Dr. Seuss" – at this special Family Story Time! The ... (read more)
Crafts Story Time Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
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Building Adventures

Children and their families are invited to build and create together with multiple types of building materials: Tinkertoys, Gears, LEGO and DUPLO blocks, wood blocks and other materials. This family-friendly ... (read more)
More events in this series (2). » Hands-on Learning Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
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Polar Bear Craft Day!

Tue., 2/23/16, 10:30am 11:30am @ MCPL Hatley
Have some fun with us as we celebrate International Polar Bear Day! Children of all ages are invited to a special Family Story Time where we will learn ... (read more)
Animals Crafts Story Time Hatley Children Early Elementary Preschool | Add to your calendar.
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Messy Mondays

Once a month on the last Monday, join us after Book Babies story time for fun and slightly messy hands-on activities for children less than two years old! Activities ... (read more)
More events in this series (2). » Activities Hands-on Learning Wausau Adults Children Parents | Add to your calendar.
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Art Cluster Reception

Sat., 3/5/16, 11:30am 1:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Come to the library to view beautiful artwork and celebrate our local student artists from the Art Cluster program at Wausau School District. Student artwork will be on display all ... (read more)
Art Wausau Adults Children Parents Teens | Add to your calendar.
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Outside / Inside the Lines: Family Coloring Party

Bring the whole family and join us for this relaxing Saturday afternoon of coloring in the Children's activity room. Coloring sheets and patterns will be available for all ages, or ... (read more)
More events in this series (2). » Crafts Wausau Children Adults Parents | Add to your calendar.
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Attracting Birds and Butterflies

Thu., 3/10/16, 6:30pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Learn how to attract birds, butterflies, bees and other winged creatures to your backyard with help of the Rothschild Bluestar Garden Club. They will share some of the different plants ... (read more)
Gardening Animals Nature Hands-on Learning Rothschild Adults Children | Add to your calendar.
LEGO blocks

LEGO® Building Night

Children and their families are invited to imagine, build and create together with LEGO and DUPLO blocks. This is a drop-in program so come any time during this time period. All blocks will be provided.
More events in this series (1). » Hands-on Learning Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
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Tween STEAM: Attack the Fort!

Tue., 3/15/16, 4:00pm 5:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens in grades 4-6 are invited to help attack the fort! After hearing the story of the Trojan War, tweens will have the opportunity to construct mini catapults and attack a model fort.
Hands-on Learning Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.
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March Magnet Madness

Thu., 3/17/16, 6:30pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
School-aged children (grades K-5) are invited to the library for a night of magnet exploration and activities. Create magnetic slime, use magnets to create a unique painting, and participate in other magnet madness activities.
Hands-on Learning Science Wausau Children Early Elementary | Add to your calendar.
Hawaiian paraphernalia

Hawaiian Luau!

Sat., 3/19/16, 10:30am 12:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children and their families are invited to join us for a fun Hawaiian luau! Hear Hawaiian music and stories, dance, try a twirl with a hula hoop, make a lei, get your Hawaiian name and more. Free and open to the public.
Activities Crafts Story Time Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
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Passport Event

Mon., 3/21/16, 3:00pm 7:00pm @ MCPL Edgar
Apply for your U.S. passport in Edgar during this special, one-day-only passport application event! Appointments will be taken but are not required. Please visit www.mcpl.us/passports to determine what ... (read more)
Passports Edgar Adults Children Teens | Add to your calendar.
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Exploring Digital Stories for Children

Thu., 3/24/16, 2:00pm 3:00pm @ MCPL Athens
Join us for a digital story time to watch and listen to animated talking picture books. We will be using the library's online resources for children to help tell ... (read more)
Story Time Technology Athens Children | Add to your calendar.
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Story Time with the Humane Society!

Tue., 3/29/16, 10:30am 11:30am @ MCPL Rothschild
Children of all ages are invited to discover what the Humane Society of Marathon County is all about! Meet a member of their staff and one of their friendly animals. We also will share stories and songs about pets.
Animals Story Time Rothschild Children | Add to your calendar.
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Read to a Therapy Dog

Read to a therapy dog during Spring Break! Children of all ages are invited to practice their reading skills by reading aloud to one of these well-trained, friendly dogs.
Activities Animals Wausau Children Early Elementary | Add to your calendar.
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Boat Science

Tue., 3/29/16, 6:00pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Children in grades K-5 are invited to learn the science behind how boats float and carry heavy cargo! We will construct model boats and test their strength by seeing how much cargo (pennies) they can hold while floating in water.
Crafts Hands-on Learning Science Rothschild Children | Add to your calendar.
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Spring Crafts DIY

Wed., 3/30/16, 12:00pm 3:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us on this no school day during Spring Break to create a variety of spring crafts! Children can create a sun catcher, decorate a flower pot and create other fun, spring-themed crafts. All supplies provided.
Activities Crafts Wausau Children Early Elementary Tweens | Add to your calendar.
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Children's Matinee: "The Good Dinosaur"

Children and families are invited to watch "The Good Dinosaur" during Spring Break on the library's third floor! In this Disney / Pixar film, dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, ... (read more)
Movie Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.

Children's Festival

Sat., 4/9/16, 9:00am 3:00pm @ Marathon Park
Stop and see us at the 43rd annual Children's Festival at East Gate Hall, Marathon Park, Wausau. We will be in our usual spot in the entryway corner with information ... (read more)
Crafts Off-site Marathon Park Children | Add to your calendar.
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National Library Week

Sun., 4/10/16 Fri., 4/15/16 @ MCPL Stratford
Visit the library to help us celebrate National Library Week! Stop by to say "hello," look around, check out our materials or get a new library card. Children can drop ... (read more)
Crafts National Library Week Stratford Adults Children Teens | Add to your calendar.
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Memories, Traditions and Stepping Stones

Tue., 4/12/16, 10:30am 12:00pm @ MCPL Hatley
Linda Salzman of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin will help present this special Family Story Time! We will hear stories and songs, and enjoy a family-centered activity celebrating traditions and ... (read more)
Crafts Story Time National Library Week Hatley Children | Add to your calendar.
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Pigeon Party

Tue., 4/12/16, 3:30pm 4:30pm @ MCPL Mosinee
Children of all ages are invited to join us for crafts and stories celebrating the ever-popular Pigeon books by Mo Willems.
Story Time Crafts National Library Week Mosinee Children Early Elementary | Add to your calendar.
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Spaghetti Art

Thu., 4/14/16, 6:00pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Spencer
Children of all ages are invited to transform spaghetti and marshmallows into creative pieces of art! Use your creativity, imagination and engineering skills to build your masterpiece. All necessary supplies will be provided.
Crafts National Library Week Spencer Children | Add to your calendar.
butterfly

Butterfly Science

Thu., 4/14/16, 6:30pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children in grades K-5 are invited to explore the lives of butterflies with Paul Whitaker, Professor of Biological Sciences at UW-Marathon County! There will be butterfly-themed stories, live caterpillars and mounted butterflies for viewing under a microscope. ... (read more)
Nature Hands-on Learning Science National Library Week Wausau Children Early Elementary Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Library Stories and Fun

Sat., 4/16/16, 10:30am 12:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for this special National Library Week family story time. We'll be celebrating libraries with lots of great children's stories about libraries, books and reading. Children and ... (read more)
Crafts Story Time National Library Week Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
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Get Money Smart!

Families are invited to this special Family Story Time focused on money management and coin recognition for children as we partner with United Way and the Get $mart Wausau Coalition ... (read more)
Money Management Story Time Hands-on Learning Edgar Children | Add to your calendar.
nebula

Tween STEAM: Create a Nebula (In a Bottle)

Tue., 4/19/16, 4:00pm 5:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens in grades 4-6 can explore astronomy at this special crafting event! Using common household materials, we will explore star formation and the science behind nebulae. When we're done, participants ... (read more)
Crafts Science Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.
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Meet Wisconsin's Amphibians

Thu., 4/21/16, 3:30pm 5:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Celebrate Earth Day by learning about native amphibian species of Wisconsin with the Herpetology Society from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Additionally, there will be amphibian-themed stories and crafts for children of all ages.
Animals Hands-on Learning Nature Science Story Time Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Celebrate Hmong Culture

Sat., 4/23/16, 10:30am 12:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children and families are invited to join us as we partner with the Hmong American Center to celebrate Hmong Heritage Month. Hear stories and folktales, and learn about Hmong clothing, ... (read more)
Activities Art Crafts Story Time Wausau Adults Children Early Elementary Parents | Add to your calendar.
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Celebrate Earth Day!

Tue., 4/26/16, 10:30am 11:30am @ MCPL Rothschild
Help us celebrate and learn about our planet in honor of Earth Day! We will read books, sing songs and create crafts – all while learning about the earth ... (read more)
Crafts Story Time Rothschild Children | Add to your calendar.
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Fairy Fun!

Tue., 4/26/16, 6:00pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Rothschild
School-aged children (grades K-5) are invited to the library for a night of Fairy activities and fun! Rainbow Magic excerpts and other fairy stories will be read. Children will also create their own fairy wand and wooden fairy house.
Crafts Rothschild Children Early Elementary Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Visit the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) for access to thousands of children's books, magazines, videos, audio books, music and more! Plus, MCPL offers a variety of children's events including story times, arts and crafts, sing-alongs, summer reading program, hands-on learning, musical performances, puppet shows and more! MCPL children's activities are intended for children (pre-K–grade 5) and tweens (grades 3–5). Teen programming (grades 6-12) is offered via our TeenZone / Teen Services program.