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!


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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Family LEGO® Club

Children of all ages and their families are invited to build creative projects using LEGO® blocks! Blocks will be provided.
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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.
Community Crafts Off-site Wisconsin Valley Fair Adults Children Teens Tweens | Add to your calendar.
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"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.
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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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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.
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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)
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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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Book Babies Story Time...Revamped!

Book Babies Story Time...Revamped!

Beginning Monday, January 5, 2015, MCPL is taking a new approach to Book Babies Story time. Story time will begin at 10 a.m., and just like usual, provide 15 minutes of books, songs, and rhymes. But then, parents and babies are encouraged to hang out after and give babies a chance to do ...

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