Adult Services

Events: Adult

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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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Read With a Friend Day

All-Ages Drop-in Read with a friend at the library or make new friends with other library patrons!

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Needle Arts

Adults & Teens Drop-in Drop by the library to work on fiber arts projects such as knitting, crocheting and quilting!

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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: "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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Paper Beads

All-Ages Join us for an evening at the library and learn how to make your very own paper beads.

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Family Game Day

All-Ages Drop-in Bring your family to the library for a fun day of gaming! Board and card games for all ages will be available.

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Escape From the Deathday Dungeon: A Harry Potter Escape Room Experience

All-Ages Registration Back by popular demand! Bring your friends or family and see if you can solve the puzzles in time to escape Nearly Headless Nick and the Dungeon!

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Library Learning
Intro to Pinterest

Adults Registration Learn how to create a free Pinterest account and how to navigate the website! Registration required.

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Ollivander's Wand Shop

All-Ages Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday by making your own magic wand at the library!

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Friends of MCPL Book Sale

All-Ages Drop-in Browse through thousands of items for sale at low prices during this quarterly book sale!

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A Universe of Stories: Writing Your Own Story

Adults & Teens If you've ever thought about writing the story of your life, or would like to help a family member do it, join us in Marathon City to get an idea what it takes to write an autobiography or memoir!

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A Journey Through Adoption: A Story of Hope & Faith

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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Understanding Alzheimer's & Dementia

Adults Registration Join us for a presentation on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia with JoAnn Janikowski of the Alzheimer's Association.

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GrapeVine Session: Better Brain Health

Adults Registration Stop by the library to learn from a registered nurse what to do to lower the risk of dementia and keep the brain healthy.

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Nonfiction @ Night: "Educated" by Tara Westover

Adults Discuss our monthly book club pick about a woman who pursues an education after being raised by survivalist parents who isolated her and her siblings from mainstream society.

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Book Club: "Send Down the Rain" by Charles Martin

Adults Stop by the library for a lively discussion of Martin's 2018 novel!

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Book Club: "Washington Black" by Esi Edugyan

Adults Stop by the library and take part in a lively discussion of this best-selling 2018 novel!

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Book Club: "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" by Michelle McNamara

Adults Take part in a lively discussion of McNamara's award-winning true crime book!

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Marker-Dyed Coasters

Adults Make decorative, colorful coasters using markers and other supplies!

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MCPL & POV Movie Night: "Farmsteaders"

Adults & Teens Join us for this special documentary screening - before it airs on public television - about one family's journey to resurrect a dairy farm in rural America.

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CANCELED: See the Night Sky Inside the Library!

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

  • CANCELED: Thu., 8/15/19, 5–7:30pm @ MCPL Athens

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Book Club: "The Orphan's Tale" by Pam Jenoff

Adults Join us for a discussion of this book, about a teenage girl who joins a German circus in order to save children during WWII.

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Book Club: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Adults Drop by the library for a lively discussion of this best-selling book by Jodi Picoult!

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Hobbies & Crafts Night

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

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Women's Night Out
"The Nest" by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Adults Drop-in Take part in a lively discussion of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction with the Women's Night Out book club!

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Early Stage Alzheimer's & Preparing for the Future

Adults All are welcome to join us for a presentation on questions and preparations that arise when a friend or loved one is in the early stage of Alzheimer's Disease.

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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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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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Medicare Basics

Adults Registration It's never too early to learn about Medicare, whether you or someone you love plan to use the system. Join us for a free information session about this important service!

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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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Book Club: "Emma" by Jane Austen

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

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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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Play & Learn

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

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

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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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Craft Supply Swap Drop-Off Week

Adults & Teens Drop-in Drop off items to be swapped at our Craft Supply Swap Night on September 26 and receive a

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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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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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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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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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Quilting & Beyond

Adults Drop-in Work on your quilting projects at the library with your friends and neighbors!

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Monster Mash Story Time

Kids & Adults Join us for a fun and silly Halloween-themed story time, featuring music, crafts and more!

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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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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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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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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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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 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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