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Community Writing Competition

Mon., 1/22/18 - Tue., 5/29/18 @ All MCPL Locations
Teen & Adult Event Drop-in Calling all local writers! Submit your entry for a writing competition in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. Winners' work published in a local paper!
Writing Contest All Locations Adults Teen

Bookface Selfie Challenge!

Mon., 4/9/18 - Mon., 4/30/18 @ MCPL Stratford
All-Ages Event Drop-in Visit our Stratford Branch throughout April to take a bookface selfie that you can post on social media for others to see!​
National Library Week Activities Stratford Adults Children Tweens Teens

Book Club: "Left Neglected" by Lisa Genova

Thu., 4/19/18, 1:30pm - 3pm @ MCPL Spencer
Adult Event Join us for a discussion of the book "Left Neglected," about a young mother who suffers a traumatic brain injury that forces her to adapt to a new way of life.
Book Club Spencer Adults

Chat & Challenge
Tween Book Club: "Pax" by Sara Pennypacker

Thu., 4/19/18, 4pm - 4:45pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children's Event Tweens can discuss "Pax" by Sara Pennypacker and compete in some fun "Minute to Win It"-style challenges!
Book Club Games Activities Wausau Children Tweens

Intro to Raising Chickens!

Thu., 4/19/18, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Mosinee
Adult Event Join us for a presentation on what it takes to raise chickens at home, and bring your questions! Free and no registration required.
Animals Farming Mosinee Adults

LENA Start Marathon County

Adult Event Improve your verbal interactions with your child through a talk pedometer and parent education classes! Registration required.
More events in this series (10). » Health Children Lena Wausau Adults

Hobbies and Crafts Night

Adult Event Drop-in Hobby and craft enthusiasts are welcome to join us every month for a night of creating and socializing!
More events in this series (1). » Games Crafts Activities Athens Adults

Play and Learn

Children's Event Children of all ages are invited to use their imagination and creativity! These fun-filled, 90-minute programs feature a different story each week, followed by songs and supplemental activities. Offered in partnership with the Family Resource Center. Call 715-845-6747 for the latest information.
More events in this series (30). » Story Time Wausau Children

Poetry Poker

Fri., 4/20/18, 1pm - 4pm @ MCPL Marathon City
Kids & Teens Event Drop-in Kids, tweens and teens can make their own verses of poetry using poetry playing cards!
Activities Games Hands-on Learning Poetry Marathon City Children Grades K 5 Teens Tweens

Trail Tales

Children's Event Drop-in Please note: The kick-off for Trail Tales will be held April 21 in the Wausau Flying Service lobby with goody bags and information. But due to the inclement weather, the books will be installed at a later date.
Nature Off-site Outdoor Recreation Alexander Airport Park Children Grades K 5 Preschool

Get Money $mart!

Children's Event Families, please join us for this special family story time with activities on money management and coin recognition for children!
Story Time Get Money Smart Wausau Children Preschool

Family Story Time

Children's Event Bring your entire family to story time! Children of all ages and parents/guardians are welcome to this 30-minute program. Enjoy learning with all of your children through stories, songs and other literature-based activities.
More events in this series (44). » Story Time Wausau Children

Book Babies

Children's Event 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. Older ... (read more)
More events in this series (1). » Story Time Wausau Children

LEGO® Block Party

Children's Event Drop-in 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.
Activities Hands-on Learning Hatley Children Preschool Early Elementary

100 Years of Wedding Dresses

Mon., 4/23/18, 6:30pm - 7:30pm @ MCPL Spencer
Adult Event Anna Chilsen-Straub from the Marathon County Historical Society will talk about and show off wedding dresses from the past 100 years!
History Spencer Adults

Tales for Tots

Children's Event Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays with your toddler at this fun and lively story time! This program is designed to help 2- and 3-year-olds acquire fundamental knowledge such as shapes, numbers, colors, rhyming and more in a fun and interactive way.
More events in this series (3). » Story Time Wausau Children

Home School Huddle

Children's Event Families of homeschooled children can hear stories, read, and participate in various activities related to the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
More events in this series (3). » Activities Crafts Story Time Technology Home School Huddle Science Edgar Children Grades K 5

Quilting and Crafting

Tue., 4/24/18, 1:30pm - 3:30pm @ MCPL Stratford
Adult Event Drop-in Quilters and crafters are invited to gather to learn, create, and share! In addition to sharing quilting skills and techniques, we'll also teach a new craft each month. Bring supplies, the library will supply patterns and books.
Hands-on Learning Activities Crafts Stratford Adults

Needle Arts at the Library

Adult Event Drop-in Knitters, crocheters, and crafters of all ages and experience levels are invited to gather to create and socialize!
More events in this series (4). » Crafts Hands-on Learning Rothschild Adults

CANCELED: Life Can Take You Higher Than Drugs!

Wed., 4/25/18, 10:30am - 11am @ Spencer High School
Teen Event This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Teens can learn about the dangers of drug use during a free presentation at Spencer High School.
Off-site Community Social Issues Spencer High School Teens

Preschool Story Time

Children's Event This 30-minute program will help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten with stories, songs, rhymes and other early literacy activities. Children may attend this story time without a caregiver, but caregivers are asked to remain in the children's area during the story time.
More events in this series (1). » Story Time Wausau Children

Book Club: "Three Weeks to Say Goodbye" by CJ Box

Wed., 4/25/18, 11am - 12pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Adult Event Stop by the Rothschild Branch to discuss C.J. Box's novel about family dealing with an unexpected surprise surrounding the adoption of their daughter.
Book Club Book Club Rothschild Adults

Readers of Classic Lit: "Oedipus Rex" or "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles

Wed., 4/25/18, 12pm - 1pm @ MCPL Wausau
Adult Event Drop-in Take part in a lively discussion of classic novels, plays and other stories each month!
Book Club Wausau Adults

After School Experiments

Thu., 4/26/18, 4pm - 5pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children's Event 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.
Art Hands-on Learning Science Technology Wausau Children Tweens

MCPL DIY
Tin Can Napkin Decoupage

Thu., 4/26/18, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Teen & Adult Event Adults and teens are welcome to learn a new, fun and easy way to make fun decorations! Free and supplies provided.
Mcpl Diy Crafts Hands-on Learning Rothschild Adults Teens

All About Composting

Adult Event Learn the basics of composting from Paul Kage, Wausau's Urban Community Garden Coordinator!
Farming Gardening Hands-on Learning Wausau Adults

PAW Patrol: Dogs to the Rescue!

Sat., 4/28/18, 10:30am - 12pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children's Event Hear stories, do activities and make crafts related to the Nick Jr. series "PAW Patrol!"
Activities Crafts Hands-on Learning Animals Story Time Wausau Children Preschool

Building Adventures

Sat., 4/28/18, 1:30pm - 3:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children's Event Drop-in Children can build using a variety of building toys, including DUPLO blocks, LEGOs, Tinkertoys and more!
Activities Hands-on Learning Wausau Children Grades K 5 Preschool

May Day Baskets

Mon., 4/30/18, 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ MCPL Mosinee
Children's Event Kids are invited bring back the tradition of May Day by crafting their own decorative basket, with all supplies provided!
Crafts Crafts Mosinee Children

Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Friends Party!

Mon., 4/30/18, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Edgar
Children's Event Celebrate Children's Book Week with a special Peanuts-themed story time, followed by crafts and activities! Free and open to the public.
Crafts Story Time Games Activities Hands-on Learning Childrens Book Week Edgar Children

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Tue., 5/1/18, 9am - 10am @ MCPL Spencer
Adult Event It's time again to think about and plan for your garden (if you aren't already)! Here's a chance to pick the brain of a master gardener.
Gardening Spencer Adults

CLICK for Babies

Tue., 5/1/18, 1pm - Sun., 9/30/18, 5pm @ All MCPL Locations
Adult Event Drop-in All MCPL locations will serve as collection sites for knit and crocheted baby caps for the 2018 Wisconsin CLICK for Babies: Period of Purple Crying. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Charity Crafts Knit Night All Locations Adults

Library Learning
Introduction to Pinterest

Adult Event Learn how to create a free Pinterest account and how to navigate the website during this free class! Registration required.
More events in this series (2). » Hands-on Learning Technology Library Learning Marathon City Adults

MCPL Live!
Bats!

Tue., 5/1/18, 6:30pm - 8pm @ MCPL Wausau
All-Ages Event Jennifer Redell, bat biologist with the Wisconsin DNR, will talk about Wisconsin's bat population, the part they play in the state's ecosystem and more!
Animals Hands-on Learning Nature Outdoor Recreation Wausau Adults Children Grades K 5 Preschool Teen

MCPL DIY
Cotton Swab Flowers

Adult Event Join us for this fun and creative craft project, where we'll transform some simple household items into beautiful flowers! Free, with all supplies provided. Registration required.
Mcpl Diy Hands-on Learning Activities Crafts Wausau Adults

Make a Mini Journal

Thu., 5/3/18, 1pm - 7pm @ MCPL Athens
All-Ages Event Drop-in Patrons of all ages are invited to make and decorate their own mini journals using a variety of craft supplies at our Athens Branch!
Activities Hands-on Learning Crafts Athens Adults Children Teen Tweens

May the 4th Be With You

Thu., 5/3/18, 4pm - 6pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children's Event Join us for Star Wars crafts and other activities, and come dressed as your favorite character! (You might even meet one of them in person!)
Activities Crafts Games Hands-on Learning Wausau Children Grades K 5

Pokemon Club

Thu., 5/3/18, 4pm - 4:45pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children's Event 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.
Games Crafts Activities Wausau Children Tweens

Friends of MCPL Book Sale

Thu., 5/3/18, 5pm - Sun., 5/6/18, 4pm @ MCPL Wausau
Adult Event Drop-in Stop by the library for great deals on gently used books, movies, music and more! Members-only sale Thursday, open to the public Friday-Sunday.
Art Book Sale Crafts Food History Movie Music Poetry Social Issues Wausau Adults

Sensory Story Time

Sat., 5/5/18, 9:15am - 9:45am @ MCPL Wausau
Children's Event Geared mainly toward children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, this story time will feature stories as well as soothing interactive activities!
Story Time Sensory Story Time Wausau Children Grades K 5 Preschool

Outside the Lines: A Family Coloring Party

Sat., 5/5/18, 10am - 1:45pm @ MCPL Hatley
Children's Event Drop-in Bring the whole family to work on coloring projects for both children and adults!
Art Activities Hatley Children Grades K 5

Story Time Break

Sun., 5/6/18 - Sun., 6/3/18 @ MCPL Wausau
Children's Event Drop-in Please pardon the break in our story time as we get ready for an action-packed summer schedule! Play and Learn continues as scheduled.
Story Time Wausau Children

Create a Mother's Day Card!

Mon., 5/7/18 - Sat., 5/12/18 @ MCPL Hatley
Children's Event Drop-in Kids can make a card for the maternal figure in their life, with all supplies provided!
Art Crafts Activities Hands-on Learning Hatley Children

Library Learning
Introduction to Gmail

Adult Event Learn how to create your own email account and how to use it during this free introductory class! Call 715-261-7230 to register.
More events in this series (1). » Hands-on Learning Technology Library Learning Wausau Adults

Book Club: "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" by Mary Roach

Tue., 5/8/18, 2pm - 3pm @ MCPL Hatley
Adult Event Join our Hatley Branch Book Club in May to discuss the book "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" by Mary Roach!
Book Club Hatley Adults

MCPL Movie Night: "Phantom Thread"

Tue., 5/8/18, 6pm - 8:15pm @ MCPL Wausau
Adult Event Join us for a free screening of this Academy Award-nominated film about a meticulous dressmaker who falls for a working-class woman.
Movie Movie Wausau Adults

Book Club: "Running With Scissors" by Augusten Burroughs

Thu., 5/10/18, 6:30pm - 8pm @ MCPL Athens
Adult Event Join us for a lively discussion of this memoir, which chronicles Burroughs' unconventional upbringing as he is raised by his mother's psychiatrist.
Book Club Athens Adults

You Do Sudoku

Fri., 5/11/18, 12pm - 4pm @ MCPL Marathon City
Kids & Teens Event Children, tweens, and teens are invited to the library to work on sudoku puzzles. Library staff will be able to teach participants how to do the puzzles and there will be varying levels of difficulty offered.
Activities Marathon City Children Grades K 5 Teens Tweens

Book Club: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Mon., 5/14/18, 5:45pm - 6:45pm @ MCPL Marathon City
Adult Event Take part in a lively discussion of this landmark environmental book at our Marathon Branch!
Book Club Book Club Marathon City Adults

Family Adventure Night: Arthur and Friends!

Mon., 5/14/18, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Edgar
Children's Event Hear stories and make crafts from the Arthur books and the PBS Kids series "Arthur" during our monthly Family Adventure Night!
Activities Art Crafts Story Time Family Fun Night Edgar Children Preschool

Eat Your Veggies Story Time

Tue., 5/15/18, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Rothschild
Children's Event Join us for a vege-tastic story time with tales promoting the produce, songs celebrating celery and other veggies, games and crafts. Free, no registration required.
Crafts Food Health Story Time Family Story Time Hands-on Learning Rothschild Children

Summer Sun Story Time

Tue., 5/15/18, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Hatley
Children's Event Kids and families are invited to attend this story time all about the summer sun, with all supplies provided!
Crafts Story Time Family Story Time Hatley Children Preschool

Chat & Challenge
Tween Book Club: "One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams-Garcia

Thu., 5/17/18, 4pm - 4:45pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children's Event Tweens can discuss "One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams-Garcia and compete in some fun "Minute to Win It"-style challenges!
Book Club Games Activities Wausau Children Tweens

Taking Care of Caregivers

Thu., 5/17/18, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Spencer
Adult Event Julie Lucko from Wausau's Mount View Care Center will share tips and techniques for caregivers to relieve stress involved in day-to-day care. Free, no registration required.
Health Social Issues Spencer Adults

Book Club: "State of Wonder" by Anne Patchett

Mon., 5/21/18, 1pm - 2pm @ MCPL Mosinee
Adult Event Join us for a discussion of "State of Wonder," about a researcher at a drug manufacturer who travels to the Brazilian jungle to investigate a supposed miracle drug and the death of a co-worker.
Book Club Mosinee Adults

Book Club: "Alice's Tulips" by Sandra Dallas

Mon., 5/21/18, 1pm - 2pm @ MCPL Stratford
Adult Event In Civil War-era Iowa, Alice Bullock is a young newlywed whose husband has just joined the Union Army. Her life is filled with quilting bees, the rigors of farm life, ... (read more)
Book Club Stratford Adults

Book Club: "Britt-Marie Was Here" by Fredrik Backman

Mon., 5/21/18, 6:30pm - 8pm @ MCPL Spencer
Adult Event Join us for a discussion of the book "Britt-Marie Was Here," about a woman who leaves her cheating husband, gets a new job and rediscovers the joys in life.
Book Club Spencer Adults

Women's Night Out: "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles

Mon., 5/21/18, 6:30pm - 8pm @ MCPL Wausau
Adult Event Take part in a lively discussion of an eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction, including Towles' novel about an unrepentant Russian aristocrat!
Book Club Wausau Adults

Book Club: "The Woman in Cabin 10" by Ruth Ware

Wed., 5/23/18, 11am - 12pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Adult Event Take part in a lively discussion of Ware's suspenseful novel about a cruise ship mystery!
Book Club Rothschild Adults

Readers of Classic Lit: "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas

Wed., 5/23/18, 12pm - 1pm @ MCPL Wausau
Adult Event Take part in a lively discussion of this classic tale, about a man who assumes a new identity and seeks revenge on those who got him wrongly imprisoned.
Book Club Wausau Adults

Fairy Houses

Thu., 5/24/18, 2pm - 7pm @ MCPL Athens
Kids & Adults Event Drop-in Decorate your own fairy house using a variety of craft supplies!
Activities Art Crafts Nature Athens Adults Children

Paper Airplane Contest

Thu., 5/24/18, 3pm - 4pm @ MCPL Mosinee
Kids & Teens Event Celebrate National Paper Airplane Day with a paper airplane making and flying contest at our Mosinee Branch!
Activities Hands-on Learning Mosinee Children Teens Tweens

Slime Lab

Thu., 5/24/18, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Children's Event Kids in grades K-5 can make their own slime during our scientific slime lab! Free, with all supplies provided.
Activities Hands-on Learning Science Hands-on Learning Rothschild Children Grades K 5

Meet a Hatley EMT!

Tue., 5/29/18, 11am - 11:30am @ MCPL Hatley
Kids & Adults Event Meet a local EMT, learn about the job and take an up-close look at an ambulance!
Community Health Hatley Adults Children

Anime After Dark

Thu., 5/31/18, 6pm - 8pm @ MCPL Wausau
Adult Event Adults can watch three episodes of anime series "Chaika: Coffin Princess" and "Serial Experiment Lain!" Suitable for adults ages 18+ only.
Movie Wausau Adults

Miles Thro' Middle Earth Fitness Challenge!

Fri., 6/1/18 - Sat., 6/30/18 @ MCPL Marathon City
Adult Event Drop-in Replicate Frodo's journey walking from The Shire to Mount Doom with this fitness challenge at our Marathon City Branch!
Health Outdoor Recreation Slp Marathon City Adults
Ralph Illick with US flag

Director's Report

There is a lot going on at your library! The Friends of the Library have moved into their new digs in the old bookmobile garage, and their first book sale was a huge success. The Friends made the transition very smoothly, and we look forward to their being able to enjoy the new room for years to come as they raise money to help the library provide its...

Director's Report Friends Of The Library LENA Children Book Sale Community

Resource of the Moment

hand signing name on cover letter

Career Connection

On the second floor of the library's Wausau Headquarters, the Career Connection features dedicated computers for job searches and online applications, plus books and pamphlets to help you get a job.

MCPL On-site Job-Search

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

★★★★★ Young adult readers rejoice! Three of our favorite authors have gotten together to write about the sweetness of love in the middle of a snowstorm on Christmas Eve. We have the pleasure of reading about three separate but connected couples who live in the same town, through the same blizzard, and the same joys of young love. This is such a fun book for the...

Audience: Teens
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Holiday

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