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 programming is geared toward children (pre-K–grade 5) and tweens (grades 3–5). Teen programming (grades 6-12) is offered via our Teen Services / TeenZone program.

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Show Your Child Affection, Especially While Reading

Show Your Child Affection, Especially While Reading

Make an extra effort to show affection to your child, especially while reading. Kids need a nurturing, healthy relationship to prosper academically. When your child feels loved, he or she is more willing to learn, listen, and grow and will therefore do better in school! Visit ...



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baby animals

Family Fun Night: Animal Babies!

Mon., 4/21/14, 6:00pm 7:00pm @ MCPL Edgar
It's time for Family Fun Night! This month, children and their families can hear stories, do crafts and learn about baby animals of all shapes, sizes and colors!
Story Time Crafts Nature Family Fun Night Edgar Children | Add to your calendar.
the earth

Celebrate Earth Day!

Tue., 4/22/14, 10:30am 11:30am @ MCPL Rothschild
Help us celebrate and learn about Earth Day! We will read books, sing songs and create crafts – all while learning about the earth and how we can keep it a safe and wonderful place. Children of all ages are welcome!
Nature Story Time 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. » Hands-on Learning Crafts Rothschild Children | Add to your calendar.
Angry Birds

Earth Day Demolition!

Tue., 4/22/14, 6:00pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
School-age children (grades K-5) are invited to learn about recycling on Earth Day, followed by an Angry Birds-style structure demolition. Children will work in teams to build structures out of recycled materials and then work as a team to demolish it!
Hands-on Learning Crafts Nature Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
NetSmartz logo

NetSmartz For Tweens

Thu., 4/24/14, 6:30pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for NetSmartz, a nationally-recognized program on Internet safety, including cyberbullying, identity theft, proper and safe use of email and instant messaging, cyber predators, social networking, and more. It includes real-life stories, activities and games for tweens (grades 3-5) and their parents/guardians. ... (read more)
Community Social Issues Technology Parenting Series Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.
stepping stone

Memories, Rituals & Stepping Stones

Mon., 4/28/14, 6:00pm 7:00pm @ MCPL Mosinee
Share your family traditions and memorable experiences while working together as a family to create a beautiful keepsake stepping stone! Bring special or meaningful items to put in your stone. All other supplies will be provided. Registration required: 715-693-2144. ... (read more)
Crafts Mosinee Children | Add to your calendar.
books by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan Celebration

Thu., 5/1/14, 6:00pm 7:00pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Help us celebrate the books of Rick Riordan! Tweens (grades 3-5) can design camp flags and test their knowledge of Riordan's books and ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology.
Hands-on Learning Rothschild Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.
stepping stone

Memories, Rituals and Stepping-Stones

Mon., 5/5/14, 6:00pm 7:00pm @ MCPL Edgar
Share your family traditions and memorable experiences while working together as a family to create a beautiful keepsake stepping stone! Bring special or meaningful items to put in your stone. All other supplies will be provided. Registration required: 715-352-3155. ... (read more)
Crafts Edgar Children | Add to your calendar.
David LaRochelle

Author/Illustrator David LaRochelle

Sat., 5/10/14, 10:30am 12:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Award-winning children's author and illustrator David LaRochelle will read from several of his books and discuss his book creation process. Afterward, kids can create their own "Wanted" poster for a mean vegetable of their choice. Supplies will be provided. ... (read more)
Crafts Story Time Author Visit Childrens Book Week Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
bicyclists

Bicycle Wausau Rodeo & Safety Day

Sat., 5/10/14, 1:00pm 3:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Patrons of all ages are invited to library to learn about bicycle safety! Stations will offer free bicycle inspections and maintenance tips, free bicycle helmets for children (and reduced-price helmets for adults), bike safety tours of the downtown Wausau area, and more.
Hands-on Learning Community Wausau Children Teens Adults | Add to your calendar.

Bicycle and Road Safety

Tue., 5/13/14, 10:30am 11:30am @ MCPL Rothschild
May is National Bike Safety Month! During this special Story Time, children will hear stories and sing songs about bicycling. Plus, an officer from the Rothschild Police Department will give a short presentation about bike safety and be available to answer questions.
Story Time Rothschild Children | Add to your calendar.
rainbow loom

Rainbow Loom® Fun!

Tue., 5/13/14, 6:30pm 8:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens (grades 3-5) can make colorful, woven rubber band artwork and jewelry using Rainbow Loom! Library staff will demonstrate basic weaving techniques and ideas, and kids can choose make their own projects to take home. All supplies provided.
Crafts Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.
picnic

Story Time in the Park

Wed., 5/14/14, 10:15am 11:00am @ MCPL Stratford
Join us for a special Family Story Time in Klemme Park! There will be picnic-themed stories followed by an activity or craft. ... (read more)
Story Time Crafts Off-site Stratford Children | Add to your calendar.
child reading to a dog

Read to a Therapy Dog!

Children can practice their reading skills by reading stories out loud to some well-behaved dogs from Therapy Dogs of Central Wisconsin!
More events in this series. » Slp Rothschild Children | Add to your calendar.
book bag

Design Your Book Bag!

Tue., 6/10/14, 6:30pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens (grades 3-5) can design their very own book bag using cloth paint, markers, stickers and more! All necessary supplies will be provided. Additionally, a variety of popular new books for tweens will be presented for consideration.
Slp Crafts Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.
Tom Pease

Tom Pease

Children and their families are invited to receive "a big musical hug" from Tom Pease, a regionally-renowned musician, storyteller and humorist whose performances are entirely participatory!
Slp Music Athens Children | Add to your calendar.
animals

Nature's Niche

Children of all ages will discover how different creatures have been important to new scientific discoveries. Many creatures have unique adaptations, some of which are stranger than science fiction!
Slp Nature Off-site Edgar Elementary Children | Add to your calendar.
child spy

Spy School

Do you dream of being a spy or detective? School-age children (grades K-5) can engage their undercover curiosity with fun activities and science experiments including secret messages, fingerprinting and more!
Slp Hands-on Learning Mosinee Children | Add to your calendar.
Pomeranian

Soda Pups

Meet the Soda Pups, trained Pomeranian dogs that will perform amazing tricks and obedience skills, including riding in a toy truck!
Slp Rothschild Children | Add to your calendar.
computer code

Hour of Code

Teens and tweens can learn the basics of computer programming by working together on a variety of fun and intuitive projects! This program is based on the national Hour of Code initiative.
More events in this series. » Slp Hands-on Learning Technology Wausau Children Tweens Teens | Add to your calendar.
rocket

Balloon Rockets

Thu., 6/19/14, 6:30pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children in grades K-5 are invited to learn how rockets work, construct their own rockets made of straws and balloons, and launch them to see how far they travel.
Slp Crafts Hands-on Learning Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
robot

Robot Rampage

Tweens (grades 3-5) can create their own "robots" using recyclable materials! All necessary supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring recyclable materials of your own (cans, jars, wire, cardboard tubes, etc.).
Slp Crafts Athens Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.
craft supplies

Craft Day!

Children and their families or caregivers are invited to the library for science-themed arts and crafts! All supplies will be provided.
More events in this series. » Slp Crafts Marathon City Children | Add to your calendar.
Doc Ron

Weird Science Show

Children of all ages are invited to meet Doc Ron, a time-traveling student of Doc Brown from Back to the Future! He will perform several fun and interactive science experiments for all to enjoy.
Slp Science Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
scientific paraphernalia

Science Exploration

Tue., 6/24/14, 1:00pm 2:00pm @ MCPL Hatley
Children and their families are invited to explore science with a variety of hands-on activities!
Slp Hands-on Learning Science Hatley Children | Add to your calendar.
chemical reaction

Tween Science

Tue., 6/24/14, 6:30pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens (grades 3-5) are invited to the library to learn about chemical reactions while watching some crazy and awesome science experiments, including a few they can try on their own!
Slp Hands-on Learning Science Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.
volcano

Volcano Science

Tue., 7/1/14, 2:00pm 3:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children in grades K-5 are invited to learn how volcanoes work and work as teams to construct volcanos using clay. Each team will then get the chance to make their volcano "erupt"!
Slp Science Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
Benjamin Franklin

Industrious Mr. Franklin

Meet the intrepid inventor, quipping author, productive scientist, and founding father: Mr. Benjamin Franklin! Children of all ages will enjoy this fascinating and humorous performance by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company.
Slp History Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
fossils

Colossal Fossils

Colossal Fossils, a Wisconsin non-profit, will share its large collection of fossils and fossil replicas during this hands-on presentation for children of all ages! The program also will share local prehistory and locations throughout Wisconsin where fossils may be found.
Slp Hands-on Learning Nature Edgar Children | Add to your calendar.
severe weather

Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, and You

Tue., 7/22/14, 9:30am 10:15am @ MCPL Mosinee
Mike Breunling, chief meteorologist for WSAW TV, will present a program on weather safety and the science used to predict severe weather. This is a children's event; join us at 10:30am for the adult version.
Slp Science Nature Mosinee Children | Add to your calendar.
Dan Kirk

The Juggler with the Yellow Shoes

Lively juggling fun for all ages, plus comedy and balloon tricks, all while promoting the joy of books and reading! ... (read more)
Slp Juggling Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
scientific paraphernalia

Tween Science

Thu., 7/24/14, 6:00pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Tweens (grades 3-5) are invited to the library for some wacky science experiments!
Slp Science Rothschild Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.
puppy made of poms

Pom Pom Pups

Tue., 7/29/14, 6:30pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens (grades 3-5) can design their very own puppy made of large poms! Choose a color and pet accessories, and name your pup! All supplies provided.
Slp Crafts Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.
children swimming

Pool Party

Tue., 8/5/14, 1:00pm 7:50pm @ Wausau Outdoor Pools
Bring your library card for free admission to any Wausau-area outdoor public swimming pool. One card is good for the whole family! ... (read more)
Slp Off-site Wausau Outdoor Pools Children Teens | Add to your calendar.