Children's Summer Program

Fizz! Boom! Read!

Fizz! Boom! Read!

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

Reading is its own reward! Upon registration, children will receive a book bag and a reading log to help them track their summer reading. In August, children may select book to keep or share with a friend.

Registration is now open at all MCPL locations and online.

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Visit our booth at the fair!

Tue., 7/29/14 Sun., 8/3/14 @ Wisconsin Valley Fair
Library staff and volunteers will be at the Wisconsin Valley Fair throughout the week at a display booth filled with information about the library and activities for all fairgoers of all ages! The booth will be staffed noon through 8pm throughout the week.
Off-site Slp Wisconsin Valley Fair Children Adults | Add to your calendar.
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Sci-Fi Saturday: "The Dark Crystal"

Sat., 8/2/14, 2:00pm 3:45pm @ MCPL Wausau
Watch a free sci-fi movie on the library's third floor! (Rated PG | 93 min.) (film details) (request the DVD) ... (read more)
Slp Movie Sci-fi Saturday Wausau Adults Children | Add to your calendar.
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"Sweet Dreams" Story Time

Children of all ages are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animals and wear pajamas to this special evening story time! (This story time only meets during the summer.)
More events in this series. » Story Time Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
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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.

Robot Rampage

Tue., 8/5/14, 1:00pm 3:00pm @ MCPL Marathon City
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 Marathon City Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.
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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.

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 Hatley Children | Add to your calendar.
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Craft Day!

Children and their families or caregivers are invited to the library for science-themed arts and crafts! All supplies will be provided.
Slp Crafts Athens Children | Add to your calendar.
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Hour of Code

Thu., 8/14/14, 3:00pm 4:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
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.
Slp Hands-on Learning Technology Wausau Children Tweens Teens | Add to your calendar.
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Spy School

Thu., 8/14/14, 6:30pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
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 Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
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Summer Readers Party

Wed., 8/20/14, 6:00pm 7:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children and their families are invited to join us for a party at the end of this year's Summer Library Program! Children can share some of the things they read and did this summer, and there will be crafts and activities, including making pet toys for the Humane Society of Marathon County.
Slp Crafts Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
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Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, and You

Tue., 8/26/14, 9:30am 10:15am @ MCPL Mosinee
Mike Breunling, meteorologist for WAOW 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. Note: This event formerly was scheduled for 7/22.
Slp Science Nature Mosinee Children | Add to your calendar.
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S.T.E.A.M. Exploration Station

Hands-on learning activities for children ages 3-5! S.T.E.A.M. programs are specially focused on the core areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. ... (read more)
More events in this series. » Hands-on Learning Science Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.
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Memories, Rituals and Stepping-Stones

Mon., 9/15/14, 6:00pm 7:00pm @ MCPL Edgar
Share your 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. This will be our first Family Fun Night for the school year! ... (read more)
Crafts Family Fun Night Edgar Children | Add to your calendar.
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Visit us at CommUNITY Fest!

Sat., 9/20/14, 9:30am 3:00pm @ Marathon Park
Library staff and volunteers will be at United Way's annual community festival offering information about the library and providing arts & crafts and other hands-on activities for children!
Off-site Crafts Marathon Park Children | Add to your calendar.
LEGO projects


Tue., 9/23/14, 5:30pm 8:10pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children in grades K-5 are invited for an evening full of LEGO® activities! Kids can create LEGO art using stamp pads and LEGO blocks, build and race LEGO balloon cars, and create a mask of their favorite LEGO character. Then at 6:30pm, we'll show The LEGO Movie in the story room. (Rated PG | 100 min.)
Hands-on Learning Movie Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.

Moo, Who?

Sat., 9/27/14, 10:30am 10:30am @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for a special Family Story Time as we take a whimsical look at cows through stories, rhymes, riddles, information and activities. We'll laugh, learn and fall in love (all over again) with our state's official domestic animal!
Story Time 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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