Holiday hours: All MCPL locations will be closed Sat.–Mon., 8/31–9/2.

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Wisconsin CLICK for Babies Hat Collection

All-Ages Drop-in All MCPL locations will serve as collection sites for knit and crocheted baby caps for the 2019 Wisconsin CLICK for Babies: Period of Purple Crying. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

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Tiny Chicken Pin Cushions

Adults Some crafts can be elaborate and intricate, but others can be a fun, relatively simple project - like our chicken pin cushion!

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Play & Learn

Children Children of all ages are invited to use their imagination and creativity! These fun, 60-90 minute programs feature a different story each week, followed by songs and supplemental activities. Offered in partnership with the Family Resource Center.

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10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

Adults Registration Alzheimer's Disease affects millions of people each year, including those directly affected by it as well as family, friends and caregivers who help. Join us to learn about some of the warning signs of the disease.

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Cupcake Factory Craft

Children Drop-in It's going to be a busy summer across the MCPL system - and maybe in your own lives, too - so why not finish off the summer with a sweet craft?

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Weeks & Weeks of SLP Crafts!

Children Drop-in Stop by the library all summer long to work on different crafts to go along with our summer reading theme. A new craft each week to keep things interesting!

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Fiber Arts

Adults Drop-in Knitters, crocheters, and crafters of all ages and experience levels are invited to gather to create and socialize!

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Book Club: "Emma" by Jane Austen

Adults Discuss this classic novel during our next book club session!

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CANCELED: Family Game Day

All-Ages Drop-in This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Create a Card for Grandparents Day!

Children Drop-in Kids can prepare for Grandparents Day by making a handmade card for their grandma or grandpa!

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Beefing up the Mediterranean Diet!

Adults Join us for a presentation by a representative from the Wisconsin Beef Council on the health benefits of including beef in a Mediterranean diet!

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Tales for Tots

Children Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays with your toddler at this fun and lively story time!

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Preschool Story Time

Children This 30-minute program will help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten with stories, songs, rhymes and other early literacy activities.

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Nonfiction @ Night
"The Death & Life of the Great Lakes" by Dan Egan

Adults Go beyond the book and learn more about the world around you with Stratford's Nonfiction@Night book club! September's discussion will revolve around the Great Lakes!

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Free Houseplant Swap

Adults Drop-in Trade houseplants with others during this free houseplant swap!

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Stories & Strings: A Violin Story Time

Children Hear songs played on the violin and try out a violin yourself during this story time combining tales and tunes!

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Book Babies

Children Join us for 20 minutes of "lap sit" story time for children birth to 23 months! Listen and interact with your baby through books, songs, rhymes and other activities.

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Book Club: "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee

Adults All are welcome to attend the Marathon City book club! Interesting discussions over a variety of books, including Harper Lee's recently discovered novel!

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Pressed Flower Art

Adults Registration Learn how to create a beautiful piece of art with just a few simple supplies, including flowers!

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TAG - Teen Advisory Group

Teens Drop-in Teens are welcome to meet others, volunteer and help plan library programs through our Teen Advisory Group (TAG). Meetings monthly

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Watercolor Tile Art

Adults & Teens Drop-in Looking to add a splash of color to your home? Adults and Teens are welcome to join us at the library to create unique watercolor tile art!

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Book Club: "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle

Adults Join the library Book Club in September to discuss this beloved book by Madeleine L'Engle!

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The History & Many Uses of Spices!

Adults Registration Ever wonder where the spices for our food come from, or which blends work best with certain dishes? Join us in Hatley to learn more!

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MCPL Movie Night
"The Public"

Adults & Teens Join us in the library for a free screening of a new film that takes place in a library! As always, BYOP (bring your own popcorn!)

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Genealogy Hunters

Adults Are you interested in researching family history, but could use some pointers? Interested in some socializing with your research? Join us for a new monthly genealogy program in Stratford!

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Complete Wellness Discussion Group

Adults Stop by the library for an informal discussion with others about wellness, including all the different aspects of wellness and creating a balance in our daily lives.

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Book Club: "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate

Adults Take part in a lively discussion about two families, generations apart, forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice. New people always welcome!

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Book Club: "The Only Woman in the Room" by Marie Benedict

Adults Take part in a lively discussion of Benedict's latest riveting novel. New people are always welcome!

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A Groovy New Story & Crafts With Pete the Cat!

Children It's all about that hep cat Pete as we celebrate a new book coming out in September with stories and crafts!

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Craft Supply Swap Drop-Off Week

Adults & Teens Drop-in Drop off items to be swapped at our Craft Supply Swap and receive a ticket for early admission to the swap night on Sept. 26!

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A Week of International Dot Day

Children Drop-in Celebrate a week of International Dot Day with an activity where children create pictures around a simple black dot!

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Book Club: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng

Adults Stop by the library for an engaging discussion of our September book club selection, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng!

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Book Club: "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry" by Fredrik Backman

Adults Take part in a lively discussion of a wide variety of books with friendly folks in Stratford!

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Hobbies & Crafts Night

All-Ages Drop-in Hobby and craft enthusiasts are welcome to join us every month for a night of creating and socializing!

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Passport Event

All-Ages Drop-in Residents of Athens and its surrounding communities will have a chance to apply for a U.S. passport locally during a special one-day-only application event!

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Spencer Book Club Celebration With Author Rose Bingham

Adults Join us for a special celebration with author Rose Bingham as the Spencer Book Club marks 15 years of discussions and gives itself a new name!

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Family Adventure Night: Batman

Children Join us once a month for themed stories and crafts based on a variety of pop culture favorites!

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Therapy Dog Story Time

Children Join us for a special story time and learn all about the world of a therapy dog!

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Home School Huddle

Children Families of homeschooled children can hear stories, read, and participate in various activities related to the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

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LENA Start

Adults Registration Improve your verbal interactions with your child through a talk pedometer and parent education classes! Registration required.

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Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Discussion Group

Adults Drop-in If you're interested in learning more about aromatherapy, essential oils and natural or homemade health products - or if you have tips and concoctions to share with others - join us each month to talk about it!

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GrapeVine Session: Advance Care Planning

Adults Registration Learn more about advance care planning for yourself or a loved one during this free program in Rothschild with the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation.

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Birch Bark Canoe Decor

Adults Join us at the library and learn how to make a decorative canoe ornament using birch bark, thread, and sticks. Makes a great gift or a unique decoration for your home!

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Homemade Journals & Notebooks

Adults & Teens Registration Journals and notebooks contain some of our most personal thoughts, and patrons will have the opportunity to make their own and also to personalize it with decorations!

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CWBF & Veninga Lecture on Religion & Society: Life After Hate

Adults & Teens How does a former skinhead form a friendship with a Sikh and not only write a book together, but also create a group to promote peace and service to others? Hear their powerful story!

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Autumn Hedgehog Craft

Children Kids can create a cute paper hedgehog during this free craft event!

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Coffee Filter Candy Corn

All-Ages Drop-in Get in the mood for fall by making a craft inspired by a traditional autumn treat - candy corn!

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Book Club: "The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah

Adults Take part in a lively discussion about a teen girl and her family, who move to Alaska after her father returns from the Vietnam War.

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Soft Circuits: Sewing With Electricity

Adults Registration Crafting and needle arts lovers: Want to up your sewing game? Add some spark with electricity!

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Craft Felties!

Teens Drop-in Teens who can sew a stitch, and have even a little imagination, can create a feltie! (And if you can't sew a stitch, we'll show you how!)

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Craft Supply Swap Day

Adults & Teens Attend our free craft supply swap! Open to swap ticket holders at 5pm and to the general public at 6pm

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Fall Craft Night!

Kids & Adults Join us at the Rothschild Library to mark the beginning of fall! We will be making two crafts: yarn pumpkins and decorating pine cones. All supplies are provided including balloons, yarn, paint, and pine cones.

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
"Fluid States" With Heidi Czerwiec

Adults & Teens Hear poet and essayist Heidi Czerwiec during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival, and bring your own work to share during an open mic session prior to Heidi's reading!

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The 2019 Central Wisconsin Book Festival

All-Ages The Central Wisconsin Book Festival returns for its third year to bring a wide variety of authors and artists to the Wausau area for readings, workshops and much more!

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Charles Hughes: Hidden Histories of Race in Pop Culture

Adults & Teens We're excited to welcome back to the Wausau area historian and author Charles Hughes to discuss the intersection of pop culture with issues of race!

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Hanif Abdurraqib: Readings From "A Fortune for Your Disaster"

Adults & Teens The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is thrilled that poet, essayist and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib will join us for one of our festival's headline events to read from his newest poetry collection.

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Homegrown: A Local Writers Panel

Adults & Teens Hear from local writers about their experiences living and writing in the Badger State during this Central Wisconsin Book Festival panel discussion!

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Family Memoir Workshop With Jen Rubin

Adults If you've ever thought about writing a family memoir, join us for a workshop during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival to learn some tips and techniques!

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We Are Staying: A Family Memoir Reading With Jen Rubin

Adults & Teens Hear a fascinating, true tale with author Jen Rubin of a family, a business and a neighborhood during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival.

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CWBF Authors Panel: How (and Why) I Write

Adults & Teens Hear from three acclaimed authors about their writing methods and techniques, and why they do what they do, during this Central Wisconsin Book Festival panel discussion!

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Madison: 1969 With Stuart Levitan

Adults & Teens Whether you lived through the 1960s, or you're a history buff yearning to learn, join us for a talk about the scene in Wisconsin's capital city in the Sixties!

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
"Paris by the Book" & Other Writings With Liam Callanan

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes award-winning Wisconsin author Liam Callanan to join us for a reading of his work!

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A Conversation With Graphic Novelist Craig Thompson

Adults & Teens The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes writer and artist Craig Thompson back to his native Wisconsin to talk about his work - including a new series partly set in his native Marathon County!

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Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail With Melanie McManus

Adults What's it like to hike more than 1,000 miles across Wisconsin? Find out from someone with first-hand knowledge during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival!

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Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Reading & Reception

Adults & Teens Join us during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival to hear poets from around the state read their work, including featured guest Bruce Dethlefsen!

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Dead Big Dawg: A Reading With Victoria Houston

Adults One of Wisconsin's most popular authors, Victoria Houston, is coming back to join us during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival to read from and talk about her newest book in the Loon Lake mystery series!

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Building Challenge Week

Children Drop-in See what you can build using a variety of household items during this week-long building challenge!

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Family Pajama Story Time

Children Join us for a special story time filled with relaxing stories, music and movement - pajamas, blankets and stuffed animals encouraged!

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Star Wars Reads Month

Children Drop-in Visit the library throughout October for various Star Wars-themed crafts and activities!

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So Simple Mittens

Adults Stop by the library during our monthly Needle Arts group and learn how to create your very own knitted or crocheted mittens.

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MCPL & Reel to Real Film Night: "Not Enough Apologies: Trauma Stories"

Adults Join us for a free screening of a moving documentary on childhood trauma and its impacts on adulthood. This film is offered in partnership with Wisconsin Public Television and the Wisconsin Library Association.

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Nonfiction @ Night
"The Underground Girls of Kabul" by Jenny Nordberg

Adults Discuss our monthly book club pick about the secret Afghan custom of disguising girls as boys to improve their social prospects.

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Pokemon Club

Children 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!

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Harvest Fest Story Time & Crafts!

Children Hear fall-themed stories and make a variety of crafts during this event, part of Wausau Events' Harvest Fest!

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International Travel Trips & Tips: Machu Picchu

Adults Hear about the ancient Peruvian city of Machu Picchu and learn tips for international travel!

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Fire Safety Story Time

Children Celebrate Fire Prevention Week by hearing stories about fire safety, then meet a real-life firefighter during this special story time!

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Book Club: "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith

Adults Join the library Book Club in October to discuss this best-seller by Robert Galbraith!

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Book Club: "Evicted" by Matthew Desmond

Adults Stop by the library for a lively discussion of this acclaimed non-fiction title!

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Book Club: "Turtles All the Way Down" by John Green

Adults Attend a lively discussion at the library book club's pick for the month of October!

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Family Adventure Night: Scooby-Doo

Children Hear stories and make fun crafts related to the popular cartoon character Scooby-Doo during our monthly Family Adventure Night!

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Library Learning
Internet Basics

Adults Registration Learn how to navigate the Internet! Registration is required. Call 715-261-7230 for more information or to register.

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Craft Supply Swap Day

Adults Bring items to swap and trade during this free craft supply swap!

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Herbal Hand Soap & Household Cleaners

Adults Learn how to make your own herbal cleaners at this free event!

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As the Page Turns
"The Fall of Marigolds" by Susan Meissner

Adults Turn the pages of a variety of books and discuss them with other literary enthusiasts in the Spencer area!

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STEAM Projects for Tweens!

Children Drop-in Create a flextangle and coloring mixing wheel during this Wisconsin Science Festival event!

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Yarn Weaving Decor

Adults & Teens As the autumn weather turns cooler and the leaves have changed, we are having a cozy DIY night at the Rothschild Library!

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A Journey Through Adoption

Adults Join us for a fascinating program as author and father Adam Schnabel talks about the process, and the ups and downs, of adopting his child from Bulgaria.

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Fall Craft Day

Children Drop-in Young ones and their parents or caregivers can take advantage of a no-school day and create some fun fall crafts!

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STEAM Projects for Kids!

Children Drop-in Create a rainbow paper and build paper structures during this Wisconsin Science Festival event!

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Book Club: "The Death of Mrs. Westaway" by Ruth Ware

Adults Take part in a lively discussion of this novel, about a woman who receives a letter regarding a large inheritance only to realize that something strange is afoot.

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Book Club: "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones

Adults Drop by the library for a lively discussion of this best-selling novel by Tayari Jones!

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Popsicle Puppets

Children Drop-in Make your own puppets, action figures or fashion dolls during this drop-in event!

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Book Club: "My Name Is Lucy Barton" by Elizabeth Strout

Adults Take part in a lively discussion of this book, about a mother and daughter reconnecting with one another in adulthood.

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Discover the Paranormal

Adults Fall is a time for ghost stories, spooky costumes and macabre movies, but join us at the library to hear tales from someone who investigates real-world paranormal happenings!

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Book Club: "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley

Adults Stop by the library and take part in a lively discussion of this classic novel!

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Escape Room Family Adventure

Children Registration Test your problem-solving and teamwork skills as a family as you try to get out of our escape room!

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MCPL Live!
Cooking With Inga Witscher

Adults Join us for another demonstration of creating delicious food with public television's Inga Witscher!

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Make Your Own Papel Picado

Kids & Teens Drop-in Celebrate the Mexican holiday of el Día de los Muertos - the Day of the Dead - by making decorative paper banners!

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"Coco" Party

Children Create a variety of crafts inspired by the Disney/Pixar film "Coco"!

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Nonfiction @ Night
"The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough

Adults Discuss our monthly book club pick about the legendary brothers who invented modern flight!

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Friends of MCPL Book Sale

All-Ages Drop-in Browse through thousands of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and much more! You're sure to find something at a great price and all proceeds benefit the library!

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Book Club: "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck

Adults Attend a lively discussion at the library book club's pick for the month of November!

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Family Adventure Night: Paw Patrol

Children Hear stories and make fun crafts related to the Nick Jr. show "Paw Patrol" during our monthly Family Adventure Night!

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Book Club: "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson

Adults Join the library Book Club in November to discuss this book by Helen Simonson!

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Library Learning
Search & Discover MCPL Databases!

Adults Registration Join us to learn more about all of the incredible databases the Marathon County Public Library has to offer - all available for free with a library card!

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Complete Wellness Discussion Group: Boosting Your Winter Immunity

Adults Learn how to boost your immunity to fight off illnesses during the winter months!

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Book Club: "The Children" by Ann Leary

Adults Stop by the library and to discuss this contemporary fiction novel!

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"Frozen" Sing-Along

Children Watch (and sing along to) "Frozen" during fun, family sing-along event!

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National Game & Puzzle Week

All-Ages Drop-in Stop in to the library to play a variety of games and put together puzzles!

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Book Club: "The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah

Adults Take part in a lively discussion of this novel, about a teen girl and her family, who move to Alaska after her father returns from the Vietnam War.

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Book Club: "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles

Adults Join us for a lively discussion of this best-selling book, about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel in 1920s Russia.

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Book Club: "Beartown" by Fredrik Backman

Adults Join us for the monthly book club at the library in November when we discuss Backman's 2017 novel!

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Nonfiction @ Night
"Quiet: The Power of Introverts" by Susan Cain

Adults Discuss our monthly book club pick about introverts and the advantages they can have in society.

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Book Club: "Hello, Universe" by Erin Entrada Kelly

Adults Attend a lively discussion at the library book club's pick for the month of December!

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Family Adventure Night: Wild Kratts

Children Hear stories and make fun crafts related to the PBS Kids show "Wild Kratts" during our monthly Family Adventure Night!

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Book Club: "The 13th Gift" by Joanne Huist Smith

Adults Join the library Book Club in December to discuss this book by Helen Simonson!

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Complete Wellness Discussion Group: Healthy Cooking

Adults Learn how to nourish your body and mind through healthy cooking!

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Book Club: "Christmas Caramel Murder" by Joanne Fluke

Adults Stop by the library for a lively discussion of this fun holiday murder mystery!

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Book Club: "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz

Adults Stop by the library and take part in a lively discussion of this classic novel!

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Book Club: "The Deal of a Lifetime" by Fredrik Backman

Adults Take part in a lively discussion of this novel, about a man who must reevaluate himself as his son sees him, before he makes a deal to help others.

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Book Club: "The Mistletoe Promise" by Richard Paul Evans

Adults Drop by the library for a lively discussion of this book, about two people who pretend to be a couple at Christmastime.

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Children Bring your best stuffed friend to the library for a sleepover! Drop off and story time starts at 6:30pm, with pick-up the following day!

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Book Bowl ... the Prequel!

Children Wausau School District students can prepare for the 2020 Book Bowl with fun games centered around this year's selections!

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