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Adult Events

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Visit your local MCPL for adult activities, including books clubsarts & crafts, movie nightscomputer classes, author visits, writing workshops, wellness events, informational presentations and more!

Follow this webpage or subscribe to our e-newsletter for the most recent schedule of library events for adults at our locations in Wausau, Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon City, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer and Stratford.

We also publish featured events on our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

MCPL On-site For Adults Events

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History Chats: Historic Preservation Month

Adults Join the Marathon County Historical Society online for a series of short programs about efforts to save or revitalize important local buildings, including local railroad depots on May 20!

  • Attend Thu., 5/20/21, 12:3012:45 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)
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Virtual Gardening
Growing Veggies in Small Spaces

Adults Registration Janell Wehr, horticulture educator with Extension Marathon County, will lead a virtual class on growing vegetables in small spaces. You'll be surprised how much can be grown with just a little room!

  • Register Thu., 5/20/21, 78 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)

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History Speaks: Wausau's Maverick Response to the 1918 Pandemic

Adults & Teens Tune in for a virtual presentation with the Marathon County Historical Society about the local response (or lack of a response) to the 1918 flu pandemic!

  • Attend Sat., 5/22/21, 23 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)

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Grab & Go
Little Treasures: Needlepoint Mandala

Adults & Teens Registration [except Wausau] Patrons can stop by any MCPL location in May to pick up a "Little Treasure" craft kit to make their own needlepoint mandala. Free and available while supplies last!

  • 5/35/28/21 @ All MCPL Locations

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Online Book Club Chat
"When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi

Adults Registration Drop-in Take part in an ongoing, monthly chat about a wide range of books with the library staff and other lovers of literature!

  • 5/15/31/21 @ MCPL Stratford

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Book of the Month: "The Glass Hotel" by Emily St. John Mandel

Adults Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up the May book of the month, along with questions and comments to get you thinking. It's your own solo book club!

  • 5/15/31/21 @ MCPL Athens

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Book Club: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng

Adults Join the library staff and others who like to read and discuss a variety of books, for Hatley's virtual June book club gathering!

  • Tue., 6/8/21, 12 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Beginning Foraging With Samuel Thayer

Adults Registration Take a walk along the Wisconsin River and learn about foraging wild edibles with author and forager Samuel Thayer! Registration for the 3pm program is full but a few 10am spots are left!

  • Register Wed., 6/9/21, 1011:30 a.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • Register Wed., 6/9/21, 34:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Virtual Gardening
Managing Weeds

Adults Registration Join us for a virtual class led by Extension Marathon County on managing those pesky weeds before (or if) they take over your whole garden!

  • Register Thu., 6/10/21, 2:303:30 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)
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LENA Start Marathon County

Adults Registration We are taking LENA outdoors this summer to provide safe social distancing - join other parents in learning how to talk more with your baby!

  • Register Mon., 6/14/21, 56:30 p.m. @ Monk Botanical Gardens
  • Register Wed., 6/16/21, 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. @ Riverside Park

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Book Club: "The Body" by Bill Bryson

Adults Join the library staff and others who like to chat about books for June's discussion of Bryson's tour of the human body! Outside if possible with a virtual option, too!

  • Mon., 6/14/21, 5:456:45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Fiction in the Fresh Air Book Club: "The Giver of Stars" by Jojo Moyes

Adults Starting in June, the library will host its monthly book club discussion outdoors in the green space near the library!

  • Wed., 6/16/21, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Book Club: "Books Can Be Deceiving" by Jenn McKinlay

Adults Registration Join the library staff and other book lovers for an engaging, virtual discussion of our June book club selection, a library lover's mystery by Jenn McKinley!

  • Mon., 6/21/21, 12 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Little Treasures: Dried Flower Paper Lantern

Adults & Teens Registration [except Wausau] Pick up a little treasure for yourself at any MCPL location in June with a kit to create a dried paper lantern!

  • 6/16/25/21 @ All MCPL Locations

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Book of the Month: "The Book of Rosy" by Rosayra Pablo Cruz

Adults Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up a copy of Cruz's gripping story about family separation, along with questions and comments to get you thinking!

  • 6/16/30/21 @ MCPL Athens

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Book Club: "The Giver of Stars" by Jojo Moyes

Adults Take part in a lively discussion of some (hopefully) great books with the library staff and other lit lovers! The group may meet outside but will offer a virtual option, too.

  • Mon., 7/12/21, 5:456:45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Book Club: "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" by Heather Morris

Adults Join the library staff and others who like to chat about the good and bad of books! We'll decide closer to the gathering about the safest way to meet, so give the library a call!

  • Tue., 7/13/21, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Fiction in the Fresh Air Book Club: "American Dirt" by Jeanine Cummins

Adults This summer, the library will host its monthly book club discussion outdoors, with plenty of room in the green space outside of the library for patrons to spread out and enjoy some fresh air!

  • Wed., 7/14/21, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Book Club: "Missing You" by Harlan Coben

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for an engaging, virtual discussion of a wide variety of books!

  • Mon., 7/19/21, 12 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Little Treasures: Fairy Doll

Adults & Teens Registration [except Wausau] Drop-in Stop by any MCPL location in July and pick up a "little treasure" craft kit to make your own fairy doll at home!

  • 7/57/30/21 @ All MCPL Locations

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Book of the Month: "The Weight of Ink" by Rachel Kadish

Adults Drop-in Stop by the library in July and pick up Kadish's 2017 novel about two women of remarkable intellect, along with some comments and questions to get you thinking like a book club would!

  • 7/17/31/21 @ MCPL Athens

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Book Club: "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers" by Maria A. Trapp

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for an engaging discussion in August about Trapp's take on a beloved film!

  • Mon., 8/9/21, 5:456:45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Book Club: "The Great Peshtigo Fire" by Peter Pernin

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers to discuss Perin's book about a legendary moment in Wisconsin history!

  • Tue., 8/10/21, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Virtual Book Club
"Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for an engaging, virtual discussion of our August book club selection, "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens!

  • Mon., 8/16/21, 12 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Book of the Month: "In Five Years" by Rebecca Serle

Adults Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up a copy of our August Book of the Month selection, along with a sheet of questions and comments to get you thinking!

  • 8/28/31/21 @ MCPL Athens

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