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Events: Adults

Marathon Memories

All-Ages Drop-in MCPL Marathon City in conjunction with the Marathon City Heritage Center is sponsoring an essay contest, "Marathon Memories." The entries should focus on the writer's memories and connections to the Village of Marathon. Entries due by May 31, 2019.

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

Adults & Teens Can you and your group solve all the puzzles to escape the Deathday Dungeon? Give it a try during our special two-day Harry Potter escape room event!

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Fiber Arts

Adults Drop-in Community members are invited to gather at the library to work on fiber arts projects, share projects with each other and try free crochet lessons. Yarn and a limited number of other supplies are provided, and new participants are always welcome!

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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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Cribbage at the Library

Adults Adults are invited to play a few games of cribbage against friends or other library patrons !

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MCPL Movie Night
"Green Book"

Adults & Teens Join us for a free screening of the current Best Picture Oscar-winning film "Green Book" and bring your popcorn!

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Book Club: "Surprise Me" by Sophie Kinsella

Adults Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In the month of March, we'll read and discuss this novel, about a married couple who realize they don't know each other as well as they had thought.

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LENA Start Marathon County

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

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Readers of Classic Literature
"Razor's Edge" by W. Somerset Maugham

Adults Drop-in Take part in a lively discussion of classic works of fiction and non-fiction, including Singer's novel of a man in search of spiritual wisdom.

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Effective Communication Strategies for Families Facing Alzheimer's

Adults Join for a presentation on ways to communicate with a friend or loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia, with plenty of time included for questions.

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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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Wolves: A Family Tradition

Adults Join us for a presentation about one of nature's most revered - and maligned - mammals: the wolf!

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Creative Journals

Adults & Teens Drop-in Journals contain some of our most personal thoughts, and patrons not only have the opportunity to make their own journal, but also to personalize it with decorations!

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Health and Wellness Club: Organize Your Life!

Adults & Teens Drop-in Stop by our monthly health and wellness club to discuss a wide range of topics with others, including April's discussion about ways to organize your time and home!

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Needle Arts

Adults & Teens Drop-in Drop by the library any (or every!) Tuesday afternoon for a mix of creation and socialization!

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Nonfiction @ Night: "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell

Adults Discuss our monthly book club pick about the qualities and habits of successful people!

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Design Your Own Butterfly Garden

All-Ages Learn about the importance of butterflies to nature, the species that are native to Wisconsin and built a butterfly garden, with all supplies provided!

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Show Us Your Bookface!

All-Ages Drop-in Take a bookface selfie that you can post on social media for others to see!​

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Library Learning
Facebook Fundamentals

Adults Registration Learn how to make a Facebook profile, send friend requests, like, comment and more !

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Herb Gardening

Adults Learn the basics of herb gardening, and get some of your other gardening questions answered!

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Book Club: "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

Adults Join us for our monthly book club at the library! For the month of April, we'll be reading "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde!

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Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

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

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Book Club: "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance

Adults Join the library Book Club in April to discuss this best-seller by J.D. Vance!

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Wicked Plants

Adults Some plants may be nice to look at, or have a pleasant smell, but beware! Other plants can be dangerous. Join us to find out more about these wicked plants!

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Spring Egg Decoration for Adults!

Adults Why should kids have all the fun? Adults can join us in creating a floral egg, perfect for use as a decoration to celebrate the warmer spring months.

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

Adults Drop by the library each month for a lively discussion of our monthly book club selection!

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Myths and Truths: Human Trafficking in Central Wisconsin

Adults & Teens Learn about human trafficking, and how the topic hits home in central Wisconsin, during this informative event!

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Book Club: "Unsheltered" by Barbara Kingsolver

Adults Take part in a lively discussion of this novel, about the lives of two different families, who live centuries apart.

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Book Club: "I Let You Go" by Clare Mackintosh

Adults Join us for a discussion of "I Let You Go," about a woman who suffers the loss of her young son and the two officers who try to get to solve the case.

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Book Club: "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman

Adults Drop by the library for a lively discussion of this quirky 2017 book by Gail Honeyman!

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Hobbies and 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
"Britt-Marie Was Here" by Fredrick Backman

Adults Drop-in Stop by the Wausau library for a lively monthly discussion of a wide range of titles, including Backman's 2016 novel!

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Book-to-Movie Night
"Ella Enchanted"

All-Ages All ages are invited to watch the film adaptation of "Ella Enchanted" then discuss how the movie compares to the book by Gail Carson Levine!

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Wordstock: Three Days of Peace and Poetry

All-Ages Drop-in Attend this three-day poetry event, where different poetry activities will be offered for all ages each day!

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Logging and Sawmills of Marathon County

Adults Learn about central Wisconsin's logging and sawmill history during this free presentation!

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Library Learning
Intro to Libby and Downloading E-Books!

Adults Registration Did you know a MCPL card gives you access to thousands of books and audiobooks available to download for free with a few taps or clicks on your computer, smartphone or tablet? Let us show you how it works!

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Book Club: "The Radium Girls" by Kate Moore

Adults Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In the month of April, we'll read and discuss this novel, about the hundreds of young women worked at the radium-dial factories during World War I.

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Readers of Classic Literature
"The Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum

Adults Drop-in Take part in a lively discussion of some of the greatest works of fiction and non-fiction ever written, including Baum's tale of Dorothy's adventure in Oz!

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DIY Sugar Scrub

Adults & Teens Make your own scented sugar scrub, with all supplies provided!

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Nonfiction @ Night: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot

Adults Discuss our monthly book club pick about the cells of a woman that were taken without her consent and used to study cancer, develop the polio vaccine and more.

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Health and Wellness Club: Get Moving in May!

Adults Take part in lively health and wellness discussions to help you live better, including May's topic: how to get moving (and why you should!)

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Apple Blossom Flower Art

All-Ages Drop-in Celebrate spring by creating your own apple blossoms with a variety of craft supplies!

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Friends of MCPL Book Sale

All-Ages Drop-in It's time again for the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library book sale!

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Learn to Line Dance

Adults Join us at the library and step your way to fun with this introduction to line dancing!

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"Rock on Kindness" Author Stepheni Curran

Kids & Adults In celebration of Children's Book Week, Wisconsin author Stephani Curran will visit us and talk about her book "Rock on, Kindness!"

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10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

Adults 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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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Adults Pick the brain of a master gardener and get helpful info for your summer garden!

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A History of the Fromm Brothers Fur Farm

Adults Learn the history of a Marathon County landmark that was, at one time, the largest silver fox and mink farm in the United States!

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Flower Fairies

Adults & Teens Join us to craft adorable fairies! Whether you want to celebrate Mother's day as mother and daughter, or just celebrate spring, we welcome you to channel your creativity!

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Book Club: "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson

Adults Drop by the library each month for a lively discussion of our monthly book club selection!

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Spring Wreaths

Adults Drop-in Want to give your home the decorative touch of nature this spring? Channel your creativity by making your very own spring wreath!

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Book Club: "There There" by Tommy Orange

Adults Take part in a lively discussion of this novel, about a Native American powwow that changes the lives of some of its attendees forever.

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Gardening with Pollinators in Mind

Adults Would you like to learn about research-based gardening techniques that support pollinating insects? Join us for a program with UW-Extension educator Brianna Wright.

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Book Club: "Unthinkable" by Helen Thompson

Adults Take part in lively discussion of Helen Thompson's intriguing book about nine different, but extraordinary, brains!

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Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Adults Join us for a presentation with JoAnn Janikowski of the Alzheimer's Association on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia specifically aimed at those who help care for someone with the disease.

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Book Club: "The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie

Adults Join the library Book Club in May to discuss this book by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows!

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Aroma Therapy and Essential Oils Discussion Group

Adults Drop-in If you're interested in learning more about aroma therapy, 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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Bottle Cap Bling

Adults & Teens Who knew a bottle cap could inspire so much creativity? Find out how and create a unique, artistic craft!

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Book Club: "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

Adults Join us for a discussion of "The Underground Railroad," about a young slave trying to find the road to freedom.

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Book Club: "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed

Adults Drop by the library for a lively discussion of Cheryl Strayed's celebrated memoir!

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Women's Night Out
"Truly Madly Guilty" by Liane Moriarity

Adults Drop-in You've probably read, heard of or watched Moriarty's "Big Little Lies." Here's a chance to read and discuss one of her other books with the Women's Night Out book club!

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Library Learning
Ancestry and Genealogy

Adults Learn more about genealogy information available through Ancestry and how you can track down your own family roots. Ask us how you can access Ancestry at the library, too!

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Pull String Art

Adults Adults are invited to a craft event at the library just for them as we create pull string art!

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Book Club: "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman

Adults Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In the month of May, we'll read and discuss this novel, about an eccentric loner who meets two other isolated individuals and forms friendships with them.

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Readers of Classic Literature
"Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams

Adults Drop-in Take part in a lively, friendly discussion of some of the greatest works of literature ever written, including Williams' famous drama!

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Foraging for Wild Edibles

Adults Have you ever come across plants or berries during a walk and wondered if they were safe to eat? Learn all about foraging for those and other wild edibles during this event!

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Book Club: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng

Adults Stop by the library for an engaging discussion of our monthly book club pick!

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Natural Body Care Recipes: How to Make Your Own

Adults & Teens Join us for a creative evening at the library where we will teach you the basics of making your very own natural beauty products for hair, skin and body.

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Polio: Scourge of the 1950s

Adults Rick Lohr shares a personal story about polio's impact on his family within the context of the disease and vaccines in Marathon County.

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Nonfiction @ Night: "Lost in Shangri-La" by Mitchell Zuckoff

Adults Discuss our monthly book club pick about a World War II rescue mission that caused a trio of U.S. military personnel to crash-land on New Guinea.

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Create a Father's Day Card!

Kids & Adults Drop-in Kids can make a card for their dad or the father figure in their life, with all supplies provided!

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Book Club: "The Latehomecomer" by Kao Kalia Yang

Adults Stop by the library to discuss Kao Kalia Yang's beloved memoir of a Hmong family's balance between their past and future.

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Healthy Living for your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research

Adults Learn more from the Alzheimer's Association about healthy aging tips and the research behind it! Part of a series with the Association.

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Book Club: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Adults Stop by the library for a lively discussion of this 2018 spellbinding novel of memory, murder and the consequences of addiction!

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GrapeVine Session: Better Bone Health

Adults Registration Stop by the library to learn more about bone health and osteoporosis with the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation!

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Father's Day Cards and Coasters

Adults Stop by the library to create a unique gift for your dad or grandpa (or someone else's) ahead of Father's Day!

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Book Club: "Firestorm at Peshtigo" by Denise Gess

Adults Take part in a lively discussion about the deadliest fire in American history - and it happened in Wisconsin!

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Book Club: "Sourdough" by Robin Sloan

Adults Stop by the library and take part in a lively discussion of Sloan's 2017 novel!

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Book Club: "How to Walk Away" by Katherine Center

Adults Drop-in Take part in a lively discussion of Center's novel about a woman with a bright future, whose life is changed forever in one tumultuous moment.

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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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DIY Fairy Houses

Adults Drop-in Adults can decorate a wooden fairy house during this two-day event!

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Book Club: "The Alice Network" by Kate Quinn

Adults Stop by the library for an engaging discussion of Kate Quinn's WWII novel!

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Readers of Classic Literature
The Short Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Adults Drop-in Take part in a lively, friendly discussion of some of history's greatest written works, including June's discussion of short stories from a master of the form!

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Milk: From Farm to Table

Adults Learn about the health benefits of dairy and how milk gets from the farm to your kitchen table!

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Starry Watercolor Mini Paintings

All-Ages Registration All ages are welcome to make mini paintings of a starry sky using watercolors, salt, star stickers, and watercolor paper!

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Book Club: "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien

Adults Take part in a lively discussion about one of the greatest historical fiction books ever written!

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Book Club: "We Were the Mulvaneys" by Joyce Carol Oates

Adults Get engaged with a group discussion of Carol Oates' searing family drama.

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Nonfiction @ Night: "Hidden Figures" by Margot Lee Shetterly

Adults Discuss our monthly book club pick about three African-American women who contributed to some of NASA's greatest missions.

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Book Club: "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen

Adults Join us for an engaging discussion of Paulsen's book, about a 15-year-old boy forced to survive in the wilderness.

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Book Club: "The Breakdown" by B.A. Paris

Adults Drop-in Take part in a lively discussion about Paris' thrilling novel!

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Book Club: "Beneath a Scarlet Sky" by Mark Sullivan

Adults Stop by the library to take part in an interesting discussion of a wide variety of books, including Sullivan's WWII tale!

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Natural Dyeing for Beginners

Adults Adults can learn the basics of dyeing fabrics with vegetable dyes and more during this free informational presentation!

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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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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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Library Learning
Introduction 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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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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Plant Diseases

Adults Learn about various diseases that can affect trees and plants in your yard!

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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: "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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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

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

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Early Stage Alzheimer's and 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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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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Book Club: "Emma" by Jane Austen

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

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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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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: "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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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: "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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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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