Children's Summer Program

Every Hero Has a Story!

Every Hero Has a Story!

Children of all ages are invited to celebrate heroism and discover the joy of reading through a variety of summer activities! (See below.)

Reading is its own reward! Register your children for Summer Reading Club at any MCPL location or online. You will receive a log to track their summer reading, and in August, they can report their accomplishments to receive a free book and a book bag!

Registration is now open at all MCPL locations and online.

Need some ideas for what to read this summer? Check out our Staff Reviews and Staff Picks for grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8!


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Visit our booth at the fair!

Sun., 8/2/15 Sun., 8/9/15 @ Wisconsin Valley Fair
MCPL Staff will be at the Wisconsin Valley Fair! Visit us in the Exhibition Building starting at 12 on Tuesday. We will be offering daily crafts for our visitors.
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Craft Day!

Children of all ages are invited to make themselves into superheroes by making their own capes, masks, cuffs, and shields as well as book marks and bracelets.
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Read to a Therapy Dog!

Children can practice their reading skills by reading aloud to the well-behaved dogs from Therapy Dogs of Central Wisconsin. Preschool children who are not yet reading can tell stories ... (read more)
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Lots of Dots!

Sat., 8/8/15, 10:30am 11:30am @ MCPL Wausau
Families and children are invited to hear stories and create art together using all kinds of dots and other circular materials. All materials will be provided; free and open to the public.
Art Slp Wausau 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. Free and open to the public. No registration required.
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"Sweet Dreams" Story Time

Mon., 8/10/15, 6:30pm 7:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Families, please join us for an evening family story time this summer. Children can wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed toy. No registration required.
Story Time Slp Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.

Pool Party!

Tue., 8/11/15, 1:00pm 7:50pm @ Wausau Outdoor Pools
Family members are invited to swim at Wausau's outdoor pools for free with a library card, thanks to a partnership with Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department. One card is good for the entire family.
Outdoor Recreation Slp Wausau Outdoor Pools Children | Add to your calendar.
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Children's Matinee: "Big Hero 6"

Wed., 8/12/15, 1:00pm 2:45pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children and families are invited to watch "Big Hero 6 " in the children's aquarium room. Rated PG. 102 min. Note: This event takes the place of the quot;Monsters vs Aliens " showing originally scheduled for the same date and time.
Movie Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
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Washi Tape-Palooza

Wed., 8/12/15, 6:00pm 7:00pm @ MCPL Stratford
School-aged children are invited to make a variety of washi tape crafts! Children can use this decorative masking tape to decorate magnets, pencils, bookmarks and other materials. All supplies and materials will be provided.
Crafts Slp Stratford Children | Add to your calendar.
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Design a Gratitude Journal or Book Bag

Thu., 8/13/15, 6:30pm 8:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens! Design a book bag or a journal, and learn what being grateful really means. Get inspired by some positive quotes, and think about the things for which you are ... (read more)
Crafts Slp Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.
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Every Reader a Hero Party

Sat., 8/15/15, 10:30am 12:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Celebrate the everyday hero within you at this congratulatory party for our summer readers. We'll have stories, art and craft projects, games, building materials, and other projects for you. We ... (read more)
Activities Crafts Games Slp Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.

Family LEGO® Club

Thu., 9/3/15, 3:30pm 5:00pm @ MCPL Athens
Children of all ages and their families are invited to build creative projects using LEGO® blocks! Blocks will be provided.
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Bilingual Spanish Storytime

Wed., 9/9/15, 10:00am 10:30am @ MCPL Wausau
This interactive story time will introduce children and families to literature, reading and the Spanish language and culture through finger plays, music, dance, and games in Spanish and English. ... (read more)
Story Time Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.

Family LEGO® Club

Sat., 9/12/15, 11:30am 1:30pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Children of all ages and their families are invited to build creative projects using LEGO® blocks! Blocks will be provided.
Hands-on Learning Rothschild Children | Add to your calendar.

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Thu., 9/17/15, 6:30pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, school-aged children (grades K-5) are invited for a night of pirate activities. Learn what your pirate name is, learn how to talk ... (read more)
Activities Crafts Hands-on Learning Holiday Wausau Children Early Elementary Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Elephant and Piggie Party

Sat., 9/19/15, 10:30am 12:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Wear your favorite party hat, bring your best friend, get your giggles on and dance on in. Gerald, the pessimistic elephant created by author Mo Willems, doesn't think that it ... (read more)
Activities Crafts Games Hands-on Learning Social Security Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.

Family Fun Night: Let's Go Exploring

Mon., 9/21/15, 6:00pm 7:00pm @ MCPL Edgar
Children and their families are invited to come explore and learn about animals that live in the wild. We will be reading related stories and doing craft projects.
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CommUNITY Fest

Sat., 9/26/15, 9:00am 2:00pm @ CommUNITY Fest
Come and visit us at United Way's Community Fest at Marathon Park. We will have crafts and activities for children and information about the library. We will be looking for ... (read more)
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LEGO Club

Mon., 9/28/15, 6:00pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Spencer
Children of all ages and their families are invited to build creative projects using LEGO blocks. Blocks will be provided. For more information please call the Spencer Branch Library at 715-659-3996
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Library Tips & tricks

Tue., 9/29/15, 2:00pm 3:00pm @ MCPL Mosinee
Join us for an informative presentation on how to use your local library to its fullest potential. Topics will include how to find books in the library, use the online catalog, access e-books, navigate online reference resources, and more!
E-books Mosinee Adults Children Parents | Add to your calendar.

Star Wars Reads Day

Sat., 10/10/15, 10:30am 2:00pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Children and their families are invited to the library to celebrate Star Wars with a variety of thematically-related crafts and activities. Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite Star Wars characters!
Activities Crafts Rothschild Children | Add to your calendar.

Create with Rainbow Loom®!

Tue., 10/13/15, 6:00pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Rothschild
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 make their own projects to take home. All supplies provided.
None 0 Rothschild Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Family Fun Night: Pirates Treasures

Mon., 10/19/15, 6:00pm 7:00pm @ MCPL Edgar
Children and their families are invited to learn about pirates and buried treasure. We will be reading related stories and doing craft projects.
Activities Crafts Story Time Edgar Adults Children Parents | Add to your calendar.
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Monster Bookmarks

School-aged children (grades K-5) are invited to create a monster bookmark on this no-school day! Create a scary, friendly or goofy monster that looks like it is eating your book! ... (read more)
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Create a Constellation Guide Book (Wisconsin Science Festival)

Thu., 10/22/15, 6:30pm 8:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Teens and Tweens are invited to create a constellation guide book. Participants will learn about the location and mythology behind some of the 88 Modern Constellations visible in the Northern sky at night.
Crafts Science Wausau Children Teens Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Bubble Science

Thu., 10/22/15, 6:30pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
School-aged children (grades K-5) are invited to create a variety of bubble experiments. Create your own unique bubble wand, reusable bubble goo, and other fun and wacky bubble experiments. This event is a part of the Wisconsin Science Festival (http://www.wisconsinsciencefest.org).
Activities Hands-on Learning Science Wausau Children Early Elementary Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Saturday Building Adventures

Sat., 10/24/15, 1:30pm 3:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
NEW! 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)
Activities Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.

Haunted Yoga

Sun., 10/25/15, 2:00pm 2:45pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children ages 3 and up can come to the library and enjoy a spooky yoga program that highlights traditional and halloween-themed yoga, along with learning about a few of the benefits yoga can provide! Taught by a certified kids yoga instructor.
Activities Animals Art Games Hands-on Learning Health Music Sports Wausau Children Early Elementary | Add to your calendar.

Digital Story Time

Mon., 10/26/15, 6:30pm 7:00pm @ 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 to help tell the stories and will show parents how to access the sites we use.
E-books Story Time Technology Athens Children | Add to your calendar.

Fairy Fun

Thu., 11/12/15, 6:30pm 8:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
School-aged children (grades K-5) are invited to the library for a night of Rainbow Magic Fairy activities and fun! Rainbow Magic stories and excerpts from the series will be read. Children will also create their own fairy wand and wooden fairy house.
Activities Art Crafts Wausau Children Early Elementary Tweens | Add to your calendar.

International Games Day

Sat., 11/21/15, 10:00am 2:00pm @ MCPL Rothschild
NEW! Celebrate International Games Day at your library! MCPL Rothschild will have a variety of board games for the entire family to enjoy.
Games Rothschild Adults Children | Add to your calendar.

International Games Day

Sat., 11/21/15, 10:00am 2:00pm @ MCPL Marathon City
NEW! Celebrate International Games Day at your library! We will have a variety of board games and card games available, or you can game online using one of our public computers. ... (read more)
Activities Community Games Hands-on Learning Technology Marathon City Adults Children | Add to your calendar.

International Games Day

Sat., 11/21/15, 12:00pm 4:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
The Marathon County Public Library and the DC Everest Gaming Club invite everyone to get their game on at the library! The second floor will have a variety of ... (read more)
Games Wausau Adults Children Parents Teens Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Children's Matinee

Fri., 11/27/15, 11:00am 3:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children and families are invited to watch the 2015 remake of the classic tale "Cinderella" on the library's third floor. When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself ... (read more)
Movie Wausau Adults Children Early Elementary Parents | Add to your calendar.

Family Holiday Craft Fair

Thu., 12/10/15, 3:30pm 7:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Want to give your mom or grandma something special this holiday season, but don't know what? How about creating something yourself to give as a gift? Come to ... (read more)
Art Crafts Wausau Children Teens 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.

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Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead!

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Beginning this fall, together with our usual literacy offerings, we are incorporating more S.T.E.A.M. into our children’s programs! What’s S.T.E.A.M.?  It is an approach to education that focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics by providing kids with ...

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