Wed., 6/21/17, 9am - Sat., 9/30/17, 5pm @ MCPL Wausau
All MCPL locations will serve as collection sites for knit and crocheted baby caps for the 2017 Wisconsin CLICK for Babies: Period of Purple Crying. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a bilingual story time, followed by crafts from a variety of Hispanic countries! Free and all supplies provided. Call 715-261-7220 for more information.
Mon., 9/25/17, 10am - Sat., 9/30/17, 2pm @ MCPL Marathon City
Kids can read and lounge inside a reading tent set up inside our Marathon City Branch from September 25-30!
Tue., 9/26/17, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Rothschild
Celebrate Johnny Appleseed's birthday with us at this fun-filled story time featuring songs, stories and games!
Families of homeschooled children can hear stories, read, and participate in various activities related to the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Join us at the Athens Branch every Tuesday afternoon and learn new fiber arts skills with hooks, punches and needles, or join other experienced crafters to work on projects old ... (read more)
Quilters and crafters - experienced and beginners - are invited to gather to learn, create, and share. In addition to sharing quilting skills and techniques, we'll also teach a new ... (read more)
Learn how to create your own email account and how to use it during this free introductory class!
Wed., 9/27/17, 11am - 12pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Two slaves escape a cotton plantation via the Underground Railroad with a relentless slave catcher in pursuit.
Wed., 9/27/17, 12pm - 1pm @ MCPL Wausau
Discussion of the classic book about two girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier. No registration required and new participants are always welcome!
Join us each month to participate in a variety of hands-on experiments related to math and science. Free and no registration required, all supplies provided.
Fri., 9/29/17, 7pm - 9pm @ UW Center for Civic Engagement
Ten stories by 10 different storytellers, and the audience judges if the stories are true or false! Prizes for the two stories that fake out the audience the most! Free to attend, but mature audiences only. Send submissions by 9/15 to email@example.com.
Fri., 9/29/17, 7pm - Sat., 9/30/17, 9pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for the first-ever Central Wisconsin Book Festival, starting with a live storytelling event the evening of Friday, Sept. 29 and events throughout the day on Saturday, Sept. 30. All events are free and no registration or tickets required!
Sat., 9/30/17, 9:30am - 11am @ MCPL Wausau
Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a pediatrician, public health professional and child health advocate, will discuss the importance of early literacy and the roles that human relationships and interactions play in a child's first thousand days of life.
Sat., 9/30/17, 10am - 11:30am @ Janke Book Store
Steven D. Schmitt will share the history of baseball at the University of Wisconsin, which started in 1870 and ended in 1991, making UW the only Big Ten school with ... (read more)
Sat., 9/30/17, 11am - 12pm @ MCPL Wausau
Author, hunter and UW-Marathon County Senior Lecturer Mark Parman will read from his book "A Grouse Hunter's Almanac," newly released in paperback that chronicles 20 seasons of hunts. Q&A and signing to follow. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Sat., 9/30/17, 1pm - 2:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
One of Wisconsin's own favorite writers, Victoria Houston, will join us during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival to share stories of how she became a mystery writer. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Sat., 9/30/17, 1:30pm - 2:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Young Adult author Brittany Cavallaro will join us via Skype to share with teens how she got started as a writer, what it's like to write a book series, her ... (read more)
Sat., 9/30/17, 2pm - 3pm @ MCPL Wausau
Author B.J. Hollars presents information about extinct birds from his book "Flock Together," and how we can save threatened species and ourselves. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Sat., 9/30/17, 3pm - 4:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Comic book writer and artist Tim Seeley joins us for the Central Wisconsin Book Festival to talk about his work, including the upcoming film adaptation of his book "Revival." Free and no registration or tickets required.
Sat., 9/30/17, 3pm - 4:30pm @ Janke Book Store
Former Wisconsin Gov. Martin Schreiber will read from his new book "My Two Elaines: learning, coping, and surviving as an Alzheimer's caregiver" and answer questions about the role of caregiver to someone with Alzheimer's. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Sat., 9/30/17, 7pm - 8:30pm @ UW Center for Civic Engagement
We'll close out the Central Wisconsin Book Festival with award-winning poet Mai Der Vang, whose collection "Afterland" recounts the Hmong exodus from Laos and the Hmong culture's ongoing resilience in exile. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Mon., 10/2/17, 1pm - Tue., 10/31/17, 4pm @ MCPL Edgar
The Edgar Branch, in coordination with the Edgar School District, is inviting students to stop by during the Month of the Young Adolescent to create necklaces with a steampunk theme, including a special program on Oct. 11. Free and all supplies provided.
Tue., 10/3/17, 9am - 10am @ MCPL Spencer
Members of the Marathon County SWAT Team will join us to explain the work they do and what it takes to become a SWAT team member. Free and open to the public.
Children of all ages and their families are invited to build creative projects using LEGO blocks! All blocks will be provided. Free and no registration required.
Make a difference at the library! TAG is a volunteer opportunity for teens in grades 6-12. Members help select materials for the library's collection, assist with events, write reviews, create ... (read more)
Adults can create their own little world of Halloween during this DIY craft program - with a craft you can take home! Free and all supplies provided, but registration is required. 715-261-7230 for info or to register.
Join fellow Pokemon fans for a monthly gathering of all things Pokemon, including new activities each month and the opportunity to play the Pokemon trading card game and (with parental permission) trade Pokemon cards! Free and no registration required.
Thu., 10/5/17, 5pm - Sun., 10/8/17, 4pm @ MCPL Wausau
The Friends of Marathon County Public Library is moving into a new space, and will host their quarterly book sale in their soon-to-be-former home - this time with extra-special deals in store!
Bring the whole family to work on coloring projects for both children and adults!
Sat., 10/7/17, 10:30am - 2pm @ MCPL Wausau
We're bringing the Harvest Fest celebration indoors at the library will fall-themed stories and crafts. Free and all supplies provided.
Bring your family to the library for a fun day of gaming! Board and card games for all ages will be available.
Mon., 10/9/17, 5:45pm - 6:45pm @ MCPL Marathon City
Join us for our monthly book club at MCPL Marathon City! For the month of October, we'll be reading "The Hired Girl" by Laura Amy Schlitz! Free, with new members always welcome! Call 715-443-2775 for more information.
Mon., 10/9/17, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Edgar
Hear stories from the Curious George series and make crafts during our monthly Family Adventure Night!
Learn how to make a Facebook profile, send friend requests, like, comment and more during part one of this two-part course. Free and open to adults.
Celebrate Fire Prevention Week by hearing stories about fire safety and then meet a real-life firefighter during this special story time!
Tue., 10/10/17, 2pm - 3pm @ MCPL Hatley
Discuss Ray Bradbury's classic novel "Fahrenheit 451" during our Hatley Branch's October book club meeting!
Join us for a fun, relaxing and creative evening coloring with other adults. Free, with all supplies provided. No registration required.
Thu., 10/12/17, 11:30am - 12:30pm @ MCPL Edgar
Join us for a discussion of this book, about a woman who undergoes a major personal transformation in the year following her mother's death.
Thu., 10/12/17, 3:30pm - 5pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens and teens can stop in to our Wausau Headquarters to make a variety of Halloween-themed arts and crafts projects! Free, with all supplies provided.
Thu., 10/12/17, 6pm - 8pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join Lee Willis, associate professor and chair of Department of History and International Studies at UW-Stevens Point, for a talk on the 100-year-old Immigration Act of 1917 and how it ... (read more)
A monthly gathering of central Wisconsin poets, who are invited to share original work and/or the work of other poets. No registration required - just show up and read or listen!
Thu., 10/12/17, 6:30pm - 8pm @ MCPL Athens
Discussion of a novel about a woman who falls apart in her personal and professional life, and falls under the spell of a charming couple. No registration required and new people are always welcome!
Create a variety of crafts all with colorful types of duct tape! Free and all supplies provided.
Children can build using a variety of building toys, including DUPLO blocks, LEGOs, Tinkertoys and more!
Mon., 10/16/17, 1pm - 2pm @ MCPL Mosinee
A baby washes ashore a remote Australian island where a childless couple run a lighthouse.
Mon., 10/16/17, 1pm - 2pm @ MCPL Stratford
Reluctantly giving up her California practice working with troubled children, Julia Cates is forced to draw on all her skills to deal with a young mute girl found abandoned and terrified in her Pacific Northwest.
Hobby and craft enthusiasts are welcome to join us every month for a night of creating and socializing!
Mon., 10/16/17, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Edgar
Learn how to grow herbs indoors throughout the winter with this free presentation led by Master Gardener Eileen Riehle! Call 715-352-3155 for more information.
Join us for a discussion of the book "Ordinary Grace," about a man who looks back on a tragic event that shattered his small Minnesota hometown when he was 13.
Mon., 10/16/17, 6:30pm - 8pm @ MCPL Wausau
Lively, social discussion of the novel about a curmudgeon who finds an unexpected friendship among neighbors.
Tue., 10/17/17, 1:30pm - 2:30pm @ MCPL Stratford
Visit our Stratford Branch for a historical look at one-room schoolhouses, led by Gary Gisselman from the Marathon County Historical Society!
Tue., 10/17/17, 4pm - 5pm @ MCPL Wausau
Kids can build their own marble maze runs and test them out during this fun building program! Free, with all supplies provided.
Thu., 10/19/17, 4pm - 4:45pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens can discuss "Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery" by Deborah and James Howe and compete in some fun "Minute to Win It"-style challenges!
Thu., 10/19/17, 6pm - 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for a presentation on what it takes to raise chickens at home, and bring your questions! Free and no registration required.
Geared mainly toward children ages 3-6 with Autism Spectrum Disorder, this story time will feature stories as well as soothing interactive activities.
Increase your knowledge of Facebook and learn how to use additional tools on the social media site with Part 2 of our Facebook Fundamentals class!
Tue., 10/24/17, 2pm - 4pm @ MCPL Mosinee
Kids can get ready for Halloween by decorating scary and silly masks and making mummy bookmarks at our Mosinee Branch!
Wed., 10/25/17, 11am - 12pm @ MCPL Rothschild
A 1960s teen girl becomes swept up in a chaotic cult and its charismatic leader in "The Girls" by novelist Emma Cline.
Wed., 10/25/17, 12pm - 1pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for a discussion of this classic book, about a successful author who combines her different notebooks of writings into one single golden notebook. No registration required and new participants are always welcome!
Join us for a monstrously good time at this Halloween party, featuring stories, songs, crafts and costumes!
Families are encouraged to visit us and make a variety of autumn crafts! Free, with all supplies provided.
Fri., 10/27/17, 1pm - 3pm @ MCPL Wausau
Kids and tweens are invited for this horrific event at the library, featuring spooky and scary crafts, activities and stories!
Sat., 10/28/17, 11am - 12pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Learn how to upcycle baby food jars into a beautiful work of faux stained glass art! Free and all supplies provided.
Sun., 10/29/17, 1:30pm - 4:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
The library celebrates International Games Week with an afternoon of board games and card games! Bring family or friends, or come by yourself and join a group. Free and no registration required.
Tue., 10/31/17, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Hatley
Visit our Hatley Branch for a special Halloween story time followed by making a fun and festive craft project!
Tue., 10/31/17, 6pm - 8pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for a spooky Halloween version of our popular Anime After Dark series. Free and mature audiences only.
Learn about the history of Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television and how they shaped stations across the country from Rick Reyer, regional manager of WPR!
Thu., 11/2/17, 6pm - 7:30pm @ MCPL Hatley
Learn the basics of canning and preserving wild game and other meats during this free presentation, led by Jackie Carattini from UW-Extension!
Sat., 11/4/17, 10:30am - 12pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for a color-themed story time followed by hands-on art projects and experiments all about colors! Free, with all supplies provided.
Mon., 11/6/17, 3pm - 4pm @ MCPL Mosinee
Visit our Mosinee Branch to create autumn leaf mason jar candle holders, with all supplies provided!
Tue., 11/7/17, 9am - 10am @ MCPL Spencer
Learn the details of Marathon County's new uniform addressing system and what it means for you at this free informational meeting!
Learn how to create a free Pinterest account and how to navigate the website during this free class! Registration required.
Tue., 11/7/17, 6pm - 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Author and photographer Matt Janzen will share stories and photos from his book "State of Craft Beer," a two-year effort to explore every aspect of the craft beer brewing process ... (read more)
Thu., 11/9/17, 11:30am - 12:30pm @ MCPL Edgar
Join us for a discussion of this book, which chronicles a real-life rescue mission the U.S. Coast Guard made in 1954 to save oil tankers ripped apart by a massive storm.
Thu., 11/9/17, 3:30pm - 5pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens and teens can stop in to our Wausau Headquarters to make their own artist trading cards! Free, with all supplies provided.
Thu., 11/9/17, 6:30pm - 8pm @ MCPL Athens
Join a lively discussion of this historical fiction novel about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. New members always welcome!
Fri., 11/10/17, 11am - 2pm @ MCPL Marathon City
Tweens and teens are invited to our Marathon City Branch to create their own beaded jewelry! Free and all supplies provided.
Sat., 11/11/17, 10:30am - 12pm @ MCPL Wausau
For this Veteran's Day program, we'll be celebrating the real heroes around us, imaginary heroes, and pondering the question: What makes a hero?
Sat., 11/11/17, 11am - 12pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Adults can learn the basics of dyeing fabrics with vegetable dyes such as red cabbage, carrot greens, beets and more during this free informational presentation!
Mon., 11/13/17, 5:45pm - 6:45pm @ MCPL Marathon City
Join us for our monthly book club at MCPL Marathon City! For the month of November, we'll be reading "The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling! Free, with new members always welcome! Call 715-443-2775 for more information.
Mon., 11/13/17, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Edgar
Hear Bob the Builder stories read by library staff and make themed crafts during our monthly Family Adventure Night!
Mon., 11/13/17, 6:30pm - 8pm @ MCPL Spencer
Local cardmaking enthusiast Jean Fischer will lead this free presentation on how to make festive personalized holiday greeting cards! Open to adults, with registration required.
Tue., 11/14/17, 2pm - 3pm @ MCPL Hatley
Join our Hatley Branch Book Club in November to discuss the novel "Dear Daughter" by Elizabeth Little!
Tue., 11/14/17, 4pm - 5pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children are invited for an afternoon of fairy fun! Listen to fairy stories and then decorate your own fairy house and magic wand. Free and open to the public with all supplies provided.
Wed., 11/15/17, 11am - 12pm @ MCPL Rothschild
After a tragic plane crash, the only two survivors are a down-and-out painter and the four year-old heir to a media empire in Noah Hawley's novel "Before the Fall."
Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with stories and crafts at MCPL!
Join us at our Spencer Branch for a discussion of the book "The Silver Star," about two sisters who move in with their uncle and face hardships as they grow up.
Thu., 11/16/17, 4pm - 4:45pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens can discuss "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio and compete in some fun "Minute to Win It"-style challenges!
Sat., 11/18/17, 11am - 12:30pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Children and their parents or caregivers can join us for this fun new craft program using Halloween leftovers! Free and all supplies provided.
Mon., 11/20/17, 1pm - 2pm @ MCPL Mosinee
This story follows the lives of four generations of the Whitshank family, spanning from the 1920s until present day.
Mon., 11/20/17, 1pm - 2pm @ MCPL Stratford
While on a space mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is accidentally left behind and must figure out a way to grow food and survive until NASA can send a mission back to rescue him.
Mon., 11/20/17, 6:30pm - 8pm @ MCPL Wausau
Stop by the Women's Night Out book club for a lively, social discussion of a novel about an Irish family whose children spread across the globe and reunite over Christmas.
Wed., 11/22/17, 12pm - 1pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for a discussion of two of Edward Albee's classic one-act plays! No registration required and new participants are always welcome!
Teens can get a taste of the world of Japanese animation by viewing the series "Orange," "Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid," Occultic; Nine," and "Eureka 7!"
Thu., 12/7/17, 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ MCPL Hatley
Tweens can build sculptures and structures using gum drops and toothpicks at this event requiring a little imagination! Free, with all supplies provided.
Thu., 12/7/17, 3:30pm - 5pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens and teens can stop in to our Wausau Headquarters in December to make a variety of handmade gifts you can give to family and friends! Free, with all supplies provided.
Thu., 12/7/17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm @ MCPL Spencer
Learn different techniques for holiday gift wrapping, including making bows, adding other flourishes and more! Free, with no registration required.
Patrons of all ages can make their own handmade holiday cards using a variety supplies! Free, with all supplies provided.
Mon., 12/11/17, 5:45pm - 6:45pm @ MCPL Marathon City
Join us for our monthly book club at MCPL Marathon City! For the month of December, we'll be reading "Greenglass House" by Kate Milford! Free, with new members always welcome! Call 715-443-2775 for more information.
Mon., 12/11/17, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Edgar
Hear stories about animals that live in the Arctic region and make fun crafts during our monthly Family Adventure Night!
Tue., 12/12/17, 2pm - 3pm @ MCPL Hatley
Join us at our Hatley Branch to discuss "The Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey.
Thu., 12/14/17, 11:30am - 12:30pm @ MCPL Edgar
Join us as we discuss this award-winning book, about a young slave trying to find the road to freedom!
Mon., 12/18/17, 1pm - 2pm @ MCPL Mosinee
This story follows the lives of a man and a boy who cross paths one fateful Christmas Eve.
Mon., 12/18/17, 1pm - 2pm @ MCPL Stratford
After the death of her husband, Joanne Smith is dreading the holiday season. But 12 days before Christmas, she begins receiving unexpected gifts from her family's "True Friends," which changes her outlook.
Join us for a discussion of the book "A Season of Angels," about three wacky angels who set out to answer the Christmas prayers of those on earth.
Wed., 12/20/17, 12pm - 1pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for a discussion of some of O. Henry's classic short stories!
Thu., 12/21/17, 4pm - 4:45pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens can discuss "Tuck Everlasting" by Natalie Babbitt and compete in some fun "Minute to Win It"-style challenges!