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!


Despicable Me DVD cover

Children's Matinee: "Despicable Me"

Children and families are invited to watch "Despicable Me" and "Despicable Me 2" in the children's aquarium room for a special superhero matinee! "Despicable Me" will be shown at 1pm ... (read more)
Movie Slp Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.
teddy bear

"Sweet Dreams" Story Time

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.
More events in this series (5). » Story Time Slp Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
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Heroes in our Community

Tue., 7/7/15, 10:30am 11:15am @ MCPL Rothschild
Come join this special Story Time and learn about the different heroes in our community through books and songs. A special guest will be making an appearance to speak about what job he has in the community! All ages are welcome!
Community Story Time Slp Rothschild Children | Add to your calendar.
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Hero Day!

Tue., 7/7/15, 10:30am 11:30am @ MCPL Hatley
Children can become the superhero they always wanted to become. Whether a famous favorite, local hero or their own personal version of a superhero, children (with the help of parents ... (read more)
Crafts Slp Hatley Children Early Elementary | Add to your calendar.

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 (13). » Slp Rothschild Children | Add to your calendar.
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Local Heroes: The Mosinee Police Department

Wed., 7/8/15, 1:00pm 2:00pm @ MCPL Mosinee
Children are invited to meet members of Mosinee's police department. The police will teach everyone about how they protect their community and how you can help them out by staying safe.
Community Slp Mosinee Children | Add to your calendar.
cartoon hero

Superhero Training Camp

Wed., 7/8/15, 1:00pm 2:00pm @ MCPL Athens
Children of all ages are invited to a superhero training camp where they will create their own superhero identity and practice their hero skills at different stations. This event is free and open to the public.
Activities Crafts Slp Athens Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Stamp and Sticker Party

Fri., 7/10/15, 1:30pm 3:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
School-aged children (grades K-5) are invited to the library to create cards and decorate other projects with a variety of stamps and stickers. All materials and supplies will be provided.
Activities Art Crafts Hands-on Learning Slp Wausau Children Early Elementary Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Paws Enforcing Laws

Sat., 7/11/15, 10:30am 11:30am @ MCPL Wausau
Children and families are invited to meet our local heroes: Deputy Cory S. Gladden and his dog Radar from the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, K-9 Unit. With Radar's help, ... (read more)
Animals 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.
More events in this series (16). » Hands-on Learning Slp Rothschild Children | Add to your calendar.

Professor Marvel's Superhero Magic Show

Lynn and Rob Halbrook (aka Professor Marvel) present a fun, fast-paced magical show focusing on superheroes in books and the hero in each one of us. Children of all ages will not want to miss this exciting, interactive show.
Slp Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
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Bracelets for a Cause

Tue., 7/14/15, 6:30pm 8:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Teens and Tweens: Would you like to make a difference in a young child's life? Please join us to create some really cool bracelets that we can donate ... (read more)
Charity Crafts Slp Wausau Children Teens Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Read books and juggle everything else!

The Truly Remarkable Loon will amaze you as he juggles balls, clubs, bean bag chairs, books, and performs his plate-spinning routine. All ages are welcome to attend this free performance.
Juggling Slp Hatley Children | Add to your calendar.

Craft Day!

Children of all ages are invited to join us to create art and craft projects with a hero theme. This is a drop-in activity. All supplies are provided. Free and open to the public.
Art Crafts Slp Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
firefighter

Local Heroes: The Mosinee Firefighters

Wed., 7/22/15, 1:00pm 2:00pm @ MCPL Mosinee
Come to the library to meet the Mosinee firefighters and learn how to stay safe in a fire!
Fire Safety Slp Mosinee Children | Add to your calendar.

Mr. Steve, Master Facilitator of Fun

Meet Mr. Steve, aka "The Master Facilitator of Fun"! There will be plenty of audience participation in this fast-paced musical comedy show as Steve Lundquist performs silly magic and creates wacky balloon creatures for children. Free fun for the whole family.
Music Slp Rothschild Children | Add to your calendar.
washi tape

Washi Tape-Palooza

School-aged children (grades K-5) 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 Wausau Children Early Elementary Tweens | Add to your calendar.
Hercules DVD cover

Children's Matinee: "Hercules"

Fri., 7/24/15, 1:00pm 2:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children and families are invited to watch "Hercules" in the children's aquarium room for a special hero matinee! "Hercules" is 93 minutes long and rated G. The movie is about ... (read more)
Movie Slp Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Building Adventures

Sat., 7/25/15, 10:30am 12:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children and their families are invited to build and create together with blocks, tinker toys and other materials. This family-friendly program involves hands-on, open-ended exploration. All materials will be provided. It is free and open to the public.
Activities Hands-on Learning Slp Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.

Tom Pease

Children and their families are invited to receive a great big "musical hug" from Tom Pease. Tom is a regionally-renowned musician, storyteller and humorist. This family-friendly program is free and open to the public.
Music Slp Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.

Spaghetti Buildings

Tue., 7/28/15, 1:30pm 2:30pm @ MCPL Stratford
"Unlimited possibilities @ your library" "" school-age children are invited to construct buildings out of spaghetti and marshmallows. Use your creativity, imagination, and engineering skills to build the tallest, widest, or weirdest building!
Activities Crafts Slp Stratford Children | Add to your calendar.
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Local Heroes: Humane Society of Marathon County

Wed., 7/29/15, 1:00pm 2:00pm @ MCPL Mosinee
Ever wonder how you can help animals in need? Come to the Mosinee Branch to learn about the Humane Society of Marathon County. Find out how the organization promotes the welfare of local animals and how you can get involved.
Animals Community Volunteer Slp Mosinee Children | Add to your calendar.
firefighter

Hometown Heroes

Wed., 7/29/15, 2:00pm 3:00pm @ MCPL Edgar
Children of all ages are invited to create some craft projects and meet various "Heroes of Edgar" including a police officer, a firefighter, a teacher and others.
Crafts Slp Edgar Children | Add to your calendar.

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.

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.
Monsters vs Aliens DVD cover

Children's Matinee: "Monsters vs. Aliens"

Wed., 8/12/15, 1:00pm 2:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children and families are invited to watch "Monsters vs. Aliens" in the children's aquarium room for a special superhero matinee! "Monsters vs. Aliens" is 94 minutes long and rated PG. ... (read more)
Movie Slp Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.
book bag

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.
child reading

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.

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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