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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 branches in Wausau, Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon City, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer and Stratford. We also publish featured adult events on our social media channels.

MCPL On-site For Adults Events

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History Chats: Schools of Marathon County With the MCHS

Adults Tune into a new series of short, virtual presentations by the Marathon County Historical Society about the history schools of Marathon County!

  • Thu., 10/1/20, 12:3012:45 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)

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Mini Fall Wreaths

Adults Registration Drop-in Fall is a great time to get festive! Stop by the library and pick up a kit to make your own fall-themed mini wreath at home!

  • 10/510/9/20 @ MCPL Athens

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Notes of Encouragement

All-Ages Registration Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up supplies for making cards of thanks and encouragement to health care workers, then drop them off and we'll take it from there!

  • 10/510/30/20 @ MCPL Marathon City

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Virtual Gardening
Forcing Bulbs

Adults Registration Although we're heading into fall, it's time to think spring! Join us for a free virtual class with Janell Wehr of Extension Marathon County on preparing flowering bulbs for some early season color!

  • Register Thu., 10/8/20, 2:303:30 p.m. @ Zoom (Online)
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Book Club: "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson

Adults & Teens Join us in October at the library book club to discuss what has been called a perfect work of unnerving terror.

  • Thu., 10/8/20, 67 p.m. @ MCPL Athens

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Six Spooky Words Story Contest

All-Ages Drop-in Cast a light into the darkest corners of your imagination and tell us what you see ... in six words! Starting Oct. 12, we're collecting entries for our Six Scary Words story contest. All ages welcome!

  • 10/1210/23/20 @ All MCPL Locations

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Grab & Go Little Treasures: DIY Gnome Peg Doll

Adults Drop-in Adults can stop by the library in October to pick up a kit and create your own gnome peg doll at home, with a design that's all your own!

  • 10/1210/23/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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Handmade Greeting Cards

Adults Registration Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up supplies for greeting cards you can make and decorate at home with your own personal touch!

  • 10/1210/16/20 @ MCPL Spencer

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Virtual Book Club: "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini

Adults Take part in a lively, virtual discussion of Hosseini's novel with the library staff and other like-minded literature lovers!

  • Mon., 10/12/20, 5:456:45 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Virtual Book Club: The Witch Elm by Tana French

Adults Join us virtually to discuss Tana French's 2018 suspenseful novel with other book lovers!

  • Tue., 10/13/20, 12 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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MCHS History Speaks on the Air: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Adults Join the Marathon County Historical Society and Dr. Brett Barker for a virtual talk on the 1858 debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas - "American Politics at its Best (and Worst)."

  • Attend Sat., 10/17/20, 23:30 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)

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Virtual Book Club: "Something in the Water" by Catherine Steadman

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for an engaging, virtual discussion of our October book club selection, "Something in the Water" by Catherine Steadman!

  • Mon., 10/19/20, 12 p.m. @ Zoom (Online)

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Understanding Alzheimer's & Dementia

Adults Tune in for this virtual program with the Alzheimer's Association to learn more about Alzheimer's and dementia.

  • Attend Thu., 10/22/20, 10:3011:45 a.m. @ Zoom (Online)

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Virtual Book Club: "The Wife Between Us" by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Adults Join us virtually to take part in a fun and lively discussion! In October, we'll discuss the this thrilling novel about tangled love triangle.

  • Wed., 10/28/20, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Virtual Dementia Conversations

Adults Join us for a virtual program about dementia for those facing a diagnosis as well as anyone who wishes to be informed about dementia.

  • Attend Thu., 10/29/20, 10:3011:45 a.m. @ Zoom (Online)

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Make Your Own Painting

Adults Registration Stop by the library in November to pick up a kit to create your own painting at home - and you choose whether it'll be easy, difficult or in between!

  • 11/911/13/20 @ MCPL Rothschild

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Grab & Go Craft: Wet Felting Acorn

All-Ages Registration Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up a kit to create a lovely fall craft using the fun (and simple) technique of wet felting!

  • 11/911/13/20 @ MCPL Athens

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Little Treasures Grab & Go Craft: DIY Mason Jar Luminaries

Adults Drop-in Pick up supplies (and instructions) at the library to make your own luminary! A perfect craft to bring a little light into your life during the long, dark winter nights!

  • 11/911/20/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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Heirloom Biographies

Adults Registration Join us for a free, virtual class led by Extension Marathon County and learn more about the history and importance of heirloom plants!

  • Register Mon., 11/9/20, 23 p.m. @ Zoom (Online)
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Virtual Book Club: "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean

Adults Join the library staff and other fans of the written word during their monthly, virtual discussions of a variety of books!

  • Mon., 11/9/20, 5:456:45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Virtual Book Club: "Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann

Adults Join the library staff and others the second Tuesday of the month for a virtual book discussion. For November, it's David Grann's true-crime tale "Killers of the Flower Moon."

  • Tue., 11/10/20, 12 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Book Club: "The Signature of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert

Adults Join us at the library to discuss Gilbert's sweeping novel with a group of like-minded book lovers!

  • Thu., 11/12/20, 67 p.m. @ MCPL Athens

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Virtual Book Club: "Hidden Figures" by Margot Lee Shetterly

Adults Drop-in Join the library staff and other literature lovers for an engaging, virtual discussion of a wide variety of books, including the November selection, "Hidden Figures!"

  • Mon., 11/16/20, 12 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Virtual Book Club: Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

Adults Registration Join the library staff and other book lovers on the second Tuesday of each month for a virtual book discussion, including Hilderbrand's heartwarming holiday novel in December!

  • Tue., 12/8/20, 12 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Virtual Book Club: "Close to Home" by Lisa Jackson

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for an engaging, virtual discussion of our January book club selection, "Close to Home" by Lisa Jackson!

  • Mon., 1/25/21, 12 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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