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Visit your local MCPL for events and activities for all ages, including books clubsarts & craftsmovie nightscomputer classesauthor visitswriting workshopswellness 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.

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boys running outside

Outdoor Family Story Time

Children Join us at the library in the warmer months for family story time outdoors!

  • Thu., 8/18/22, 1010:30 a.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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Outdoor Family Story Time: Marathon City

Children Bring your family to a series of outdoor story times at the library!

  • Thu., 8/18/22, 10:3011 a.m. @ MCPL Marathon City
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History Chats: Villages of Marathon County

Adults Join the Marathon County Historical Society for a series of weekly, virtual chats about a variety of interesting local history topics! In August, they'll discuss some of the county's villages!

  • Attend Thu., 8/18/22, 12:3012:45 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)
  • (more events in this series [1])

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book sale room

Friends of MCPL Members-Only Sale

Adults Drop-in Our Friends of MCPL welcome members of the group for a monthly sale on the third Saturday! If you're not a member, you can join on the spot to access all the great material!

  • Sat., 8/20/22, 9:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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Wausau Plant Swap

All-Ages Drop-in Stop by the library the week of Aug. 15-20 to take a plant home or leave extra or unwanted plants for someone else!

  • 8/158/20/22 @ MCPL Wausau

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Wausau Play & Learn Story Time

Children Join us in Wausau every Wednesday for a story, music, crafts and much more with a special story time led by Children's Wisconsin!

  • Wed., 8/24/22, 1011 a.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • (more events in this series [18])

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Book Club: "The Lost Apothecary" by Sarah Penner

Adults Anyone is invited to join the library staff and fellow book lovers for a discussion of a wide variety of books each month, including Penner's 2021 novel "The Lost Apothecary."

  • Wed., 8/24/22, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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floating book containing a jungle

Tween Book Club: Fantastic Books & Where to Find Them

Kids & Teens Registration Tweens ages 8-14 are invited to join us at the library over the summer for a new book club! For our last gathering of the summer we'll be talking about science fiction and fantasy books!

  • Register Wed., 8/24/22, 24 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Book of the Month: "The Keeper of Happy Endings" by Barbara Davis

Adults Drop-in Stop by the library in August to pick up their Book of the Month selection, Davis's 2021 novel, along with questions and comments about the book.

  • 8/18/31/22 @ MCPL Athens

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Cancelled: Grab & Go Locker Decorations

Teens Drop-in We're sorry, this craft was so popular we've run out of supplies for the rest of the month! Thank you for your interest.

  • 8/18/31/22 @ MCPL Mosinee

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Grab & Go
3D Goldfish

Children Drop-in Stop by any MCPL location in August for our final SLP grab and go kit of the summer as we explore "Oceans of Possibilities!" This month, our craft will be a 3D goldfish!

  • 8/18/31/22 @ All MCPL Locations

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Grab & Go
Knotted Sailor Bracelet

Adults & Teens Drop-in Anchors away with our August grab and go craft for adults (perhaps for teens, too!) Stop by any MCPL location and pick up a kit to make your own sailor bracelet!

  • 8/18/31/22 @ All MCPL Locations

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Trail Tales

Children Drop-in Families are encouraged to walk through Oak Island Park this summer for another fun season of Trail Tales! Enjoy nature and the books "Chirp" and "The Bad Seed" at the same time!

  • 6/18/31/22 @ Oak Island Park (Wausau)

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History Speaks: The Story of the Badger Ammunition Plant

Adults Join the Marathon County Historical Society and author Michael Goc for a fascinating look at an important piece of Wisconsin's military history: the Badger Ordnance Works plant.

  • Sat., 8/27/22, 23 p.m. @ Marathon County Historical Society (Wausau)

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1990s World Trade Center

That Day in September: An Air Traffic Controller's Perspective

Adults The public is invited to this special event at the LuCille Tack Center featuring Chris Tucker, an air traffic controller who will share his experiences working in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Mon., 8/29/22, 5:307 p.m. @ LuCille Tack Center (Spencer)

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Story Time in the Park

Children Parents and caregivers are invited to bring the little ones for an outdoor story time at Veteran's Memorial Park next to the library!

  • Tue., 8/30/22, 1111:30 a.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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Outdoor Family Story Time

Children Children and their parents and caregivers are invited to a special outdoor story time with the library staff at River Park!

  • Wed., 8/31/22, 10:3011 a.m. @ River Park (Mosinee)
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Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg

Meet the Mayor Story Time

Children Children and their parents and caregivers are invited to a special story time at our Wausau headquarters with Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg!

  • Thu., 9/1/22, 1010:30 a.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Wausau Family Story Time

Children Children and their parents and caregivers are invited to join us in Wausau for stories, songs and more every Tuesday and Thursday!

  • Tue., 9/6/22, 1010:30 a.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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Outdoor Family Story Time: Hatley

Children Bring your family or the little ones you care for to these special outdoor story times at the library!

  • Tue., 9/6/22, 10:3011 a.m. @ MCPL Hatley
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Family Story Time

Children Parents and caregivers are invited to join us this fall on the first and third Tuesday of the month at the library for Family Story Time!

  • Tue., 9/6/22, 1111:30 a.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
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lettuce in a garden

Romaine Calm & Garden On: Fall Primer

Adults Registration Join Extension Marathon County for an in-depth, virtual course on beginner gardening! Classes run March-September, including this fall primer on harvesting, cleanup and more! Registration required.

  • Register Wed., 9/7/22, 1011 a.m. @ Online (See event details.)
  • Register Wed., 9/7/22, 67 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)
  • (more events in this series [1])

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Stratford Family Story Time

Children Children and their parents and caregivers are invited to story times every other week through the fall at the library!

  • Wed., 9/7/22, 10:3011:30 a.m. @ MCPL Stratford
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Newbery Medal Book Club: "From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler"

Adults Who says children's literature is just for children? Spark a sense of wonder, imagination and fun with a new book club in Rothschild to read and discuss Newbery Medal winners over the decades!

  • Thu., 9/8/22, 5:306:30 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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CANCELED: Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Children This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELED: Mon., 9/12/22, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
  • Mon., 9/12/22, 17 p.m. @ MCPL Edgar

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Book Club: "The Martian" by Andy Weir

Adults Join fellow readers and our Marathon City staff for a discussion of Andy Weir's interstellar thriller The Martian!

  • Mon., 9/12/22, 5:456:45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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LENA Start

Adults Registration Join other parents in learning how to talk more with your baby through the LENA Start program! Classes held at several different sites and virtually in the fall. Registration required.

  • Mon., 9/12/22 @ MCPL Wausau

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Book Club: "The One-Hundred Years of Lenni & Margot" by Marianne Cronin

Adults Join the library staff and other dedicated readers during the Branch's monthly book club discussions, including Cronin's 2021 novel in September!

  • Tue., 9/13/22, 121 p.m. @ MCPL Edgar

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Book Club: "Population: 485" by Michael Perry

Adults Stop by the library for an afternoon of engaging conversation about a wide variety of books, including Michael Perry's classic account of returning to his hometown as a volunteer firefighter.

  • Tue., 9/13/22, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Book Club: "Nine Perfect Strangers" by Liane Moriarty

Adults Join the library staff and fellow literary enthusiasts each month to discuss a wide variety of books!

  • Tue., 9/13/22, 23 p.m. @ MCPL Athens

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Pokemon Club

Children Our popular Pokemon Club is back at the library! Join us on the second Tuesday of every month, starting Sept. 13!

  • Tue., 9/13/22, 45 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Spencer Family Story Time

Children Families and children with their caregivers are invited to join us for family story time at the library!

  • Wed., 9/14/22, 3:304 p.m. @ MCPL Spencer
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As the Page Turns Book Club: "Becoming" by Michelle Obama

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers each month for our book club! In September, the group will discuss former First Lady Michelle Obama's acclaimed memoir. The group also meets 9/19.

  • Thu., 9/15/22, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Spencer
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Calming Glitter Jars

Kids & Teens Tweens and teens are invited to the library to create their own glitter jars!

  • Thu., 9/15/22, 35 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee

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Take a Plant, Leave a Plant!

All-Ages Drop-in Stop by the library and give extra or unwanted plants to someone else, or pick up a new (to you) plant for your home or garden!

  • 9/129/17/22 @ MCPL Marathon City

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Athens Family Story Time

Children Children and their parents and caregivers are invited to join us every other Monday this fall at the library for family story time!

  • Mon., 9/19/22, 10:3011 a.m. @ MCPL Athens
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Book Club: "Becoming" by Michelle Obama

Adults Adults are invited to join us at the library on Sept. 19 to discuss former First Lady Michelle Obama's acclaimed autobiography!

  • Mon., 9/19/22, 23 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee

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Edgar Family Story Time

Children Children and their parents and caregivers are invited to the library for stories, activities and more during our Family Story Time!

  • Tue., 9/20/22, 1111:30 a.m. @ MCPL Edgar
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Book Club: "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker

Adults Join the library and fellow readers for a wonderful book club discussion in September: Alice Walker's classic novel "The Color Purple"!

  • Wed., 9/21/22, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
"News of the Air" With Jill Stukenberg

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is happy (and proud!) to put the spotlight on one of our own, Jill Stukenberg, when she shares her debut novel on the festival's opening night!

  • Wed., 9/21/22, 78 p.m. @ Whitewater Music Hall (Wausau)

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Jerry Apps

Central Wisconsin Book Festival
"More Than Words" With Jerry Apps

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is excited to welcome back one of the Midwest's best-known and revered writers, Jerry Apps, for an advance reading of his new memoir on our opening night!

  • Wed., 9/21/22, 78:30 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
"Pahua & the Soul Stealer" With Lori M. Lee

Adults & Teens The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes Lori M. Lee for two events to share her newest book, talk about writing and publishing, and more!

  • Thu., 9/22/22, 9:3010:15 a.m. @ UW Center for Civic Engagement (Wausau)
  • Thu., 9/22/22, 77:45 p.m. @ UW Center for Civic Engagement (Wausau)

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police officer

Meet a Police Officer!

Children Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a police officer? Join us for a story time about these community helpers and meet a real police officer with the Wausau Police Department!

  • Thu., 9/22/22, 1010:45 a.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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vegetable garden

Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Gardening Expert & Author Melinda Myers

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes Melinda Myers, a nationally known gardening expert with more than 30 years of horticulture experience and author of over 20 gardening books!

  • Thu., 9/22/22, 68 p.m. @ Iverson Park (Stevens Point)

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Story Time With Author Jamie Swenson

Children Join children's author and early literacy storyteller Jamie A. Swenson for a fun, interactive story time filled with songs, rhymes, and books perfect for the whole family!

  • Fri., 9/23/22, 10:3011:30 a.m. @ Portage County Public Library (Stevens Point)

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
A Multimedia Life With Jennifer Brockman

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes writer, blogger and vlogger Jennifer Brockman to the McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids to discuss her multimedia storytelling experiences!

  • Fri., 9/23/22, 12 p.m. @ McMillan Memorial Library (Wisconsin Rapids)

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"The Birdman of Koshkonong" With Author Martha Bergland

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes author Martha Bergland to the McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids for a fascinating talk about an important Wisconsin naturalist, Thure Kumlien!

  • Fri., 9/23/22, 3:304:30 p.m. @ McMillan Memorial Library (Wisconsin Rapids)

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Quan Barry & Nickolas Butler

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes TWO internationally known writers from the Badger State - Quan Barry and Nickolas Butler - sharing their newest work from the same stage in Wausau!

  • Fri., 9/23/22, 78:30 p.m. @ Whitewater Music Hall (Wausau)

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back With Author Beth Amos

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes author Beth Amos to the McMillan Memorial Library to discuss her 30-year writing career, including her newest Door County mystery series as Annelise Ryan!

  • Fri., 9/23/22, 78:30 p.m. @ McMillan Memorial Library (Wisconsin Rapids)

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Comics & Science Fiction With John Jackson Miller

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes author John Jackson Miller to events in Wisconsin Rapids and Stevens Point to discuss writing Star Trek, Star Wars, comics and more!

  • Sat., 9/24/22, 1011 a.m. @ McMillan Memorial Library (Wisconsin Rapids)
  • Sat., 9/24/22, 12 p.m. @ Portage County Public Library (Stevens Point)

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
"Death Casts a Shadow" With Author Patricia Skalka

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes back Wisconsin's own acclaimed novelist Patricia Skalka for a virtual talk about her books, including her newest, and writing! A Q&A will follow.

  • Sat., 9/24/22, 1011 a.m. @ Online (See event details.)

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Apples Abound: Athens Story Time & Crafts

Children Children and families are invited to join the Athens staff for a special morning all about apples with a story time and crafts!

  • Sat., 9/24/22, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ MCPL Athens

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Life, Death & the Stories We Tell With Ellyn Lem & George Hesselberg

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes authors George Hesselberg and Ellyn Lem for a unique event about meaning in stories of later life and celebrating life in stories of those who died.

  • Sat., 9/24/22, 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Key Elements of Suspense: The Poker Game With Beth Amos

Adults Join us for a Book Festival workshop in Wisconsin Rapids with bestselling author Beth Amos, who also writes as Annelise Ryan, as she shares some tips and techniques for writing a world of suspense!

  • Sat., 9/24/22, 12:301:30 p.m. @ McMillan Memorial Library (Wisconsin Rapids)

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Poetry Walk Live Reading

Adults Wisconsin poets will converge on the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival for readings and a celebration of our first-ever Poetry Walk!

  • Sat., 9/24/22, 12:302:30 p.m. @ Center for the Visual Arts (Wausau)

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Researching & Writing Narrative Nonfiction With Theresa Kaminski

Adults If you're drawn to the world of nonfiction, and would like to learn more about researching and writing interesting (true) stories, join us during the CWBF for a workshop with author Theresa Kaminski!

  • Sat., 9/24/22, 12:30 p.m. @ Marathon County Historical Society (Wausau)

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
All About Middle Grade With Author Claire Swinarski

Adults & Teens Middle grade is a phrase many readers don't understand: Is it a kids' book? Young Adult? But middle grade is a unique category, and author Claire Swinarski will help us sort it out at the CWBF!

  • Sat., 9/24/22, 2:303:15 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Local Author Spotlight With B.A. McRae & Patrick Phair

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes local authors B.A. McRae and Patrick Phair to the Portage County Public Library in Stevens Point to discuss their debut novels, writing and more!

  • Sat., 9/24/22, 34 p.m. @ Portage County Public Library (Stevens Point)

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
"Godspeed" With Author Nickolas Butler

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes internationally known, bestselling author - and one of Wisconsin's own - Nickolas Butler to the McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids!

  • Sat., 9/24/22, 34 p.m. @ McMillan Memorial Library (Wisconsin Rapids)

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Children's Author Duncan Tonatiuh

Children Award-winning children's author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh will join us during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival for a virtual event filled with stories, art and fun!

  • Sun., 9/25/22, 1010:45 a.m. @ Zoom (Online)

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Dale Evans: Queen of the West With Theresa Kaminski

Adults Join author Theresa Kaminski at Bound to Happen Books in Stevens Point during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival as she shares her new biography of pioneering entertainer Dale Evans!

  • Sun., 9/25/22, 121 p.m. @ Bound to Happen Books (Stevens Point)

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
"Beyond Evacuation" With Author Najib Azad

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes author Najib Azad, who will speak about his firsthand experiences during the fall of Afghanistan, his emigration to the United States and his new book!

  • Sun., 9/25/22, 1:302:30 p.m. @ Portage County Public Library (Stevens Point)

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Book Club: "The Island of Sea Women" by Lisa See

Adults Join the library staff and fellow book enthusiasts each month for an engaging discussion of a variety of books - new and old, fiction and nonfiction!

  • Wed., 9/28/22, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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Readers Are Writers: Tween Writing Group

Children Registration Drop-in Tweens ages 8-14 are invited to participate in a new virtual writing group with activities tailored to their age group and new content each month! Registration is required.

  • Register 9/19/30/22 @ Online (See event details.)
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Book of the Month: "Hippie" by Paulo Coelho

Adults Drop-in Stop by the library in September to pick up their Book of the Month selection along with some questions and comments to get you thinking about Coelho's 2018 novel!

  • 9/19/30/22 @ MCPL Athens

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Grab & Go
Little Treasures: Pocket Bear

Adults & Teens Drop-in Stop by any MCPL location in September to pick up a little friend you can make at home - a grab and go pocket bear!

  • 9/19/30/22 @ All MCPL Locations

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Grab & Go
Nature Weaving

Children Drop-in Stop by any MCPL location in September for a perfect fall grab and go craft for children (and adults too!) - supplies and instructions to weave a nature loom!

  • 9/19/30/22 @ All MCPL Locations

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Grab & Go
Friendship Bracelet

Kids & Teens Drop-in Patrons are invited to stop by the library to pick up a craft kit to create a friendship bracelet!

  • 9/19/30/22 @ MCPL Rothschild

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Wausau Poetry Walk

Adults Drop-in Poetry from writers across Wisconsin will be exhibited downtown Wausau throughout September for the Central Wisconsin Book Festival Poetry Walk, in partnership with the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets!

  • 9/19/30/22 @ Downtown Wausau

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Spooky Slime Night at the Stratford Branch

Kids & Teens Join us for some spooky fun at the library with a craft project perfect for fall: slime!

  • Tue., 10/18/22, 3:305 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Fuzzy Fall Finger Puppets

Children Drop-in Stop by the library in October and pick up a grab-and-go kit for children to create their own finger puppets of fuzzy little creatures!

  • 10/110/31/22 @ MCPL Rothschild

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