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Events

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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Outdoor Family Story Time

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

  • Wed., 5/25/22, 1010:30 a.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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Book Club: "Northern Spy" by Flynn Berry

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

  • Wed., 5/25/22, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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Lunch With Col. Mustard: "With One Shot" & Author Dorothy Marcic!

Adults Join our Wausau staff and other true crime aficionados for a virtual book club discussion of "With One Shot." For May's discussion, we'll be joined by the book's author, Dorothy Marcic!

  • Attend Wed., 5/25/22, 1212:30 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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History Chats: Historic Preservation Month

Adults Join the Marathon County Historical Society for a series of programs in May celebrating Historic Preservation Month, including sites throughout the county on the National Register of Historic Places!

  • Attend Thu., 5/26/22, 12:3012:45 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)

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Mosinee Plant Swap

Adults Drop-in Calling all green thumbs! Stop by the library the week of May 23-27 during their plant swap and find some new greenery for yourself, or drop off plants for others to take home!

  • 5/235/27/22 @ MCPL Mosinee

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Spring Poetry Contest for Youth

Kids & Teens Drop-in Young writers between the ages of 9-18 are invited to send us original, unpublished poems for our spring poetry contest! Winners will receive recognition and prizes! Must be Marathon County resident.

  • 1/15/27/22 @ All MCPL Locations

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Grab & Go
ROCK'N Picture Stand

Children Drop-in Stop by any MCPL location in May to pick up a grab and go craft kit that not only encourages colorful creativity, but also functions as a picture holder!

  • 5/15/31/22 @ All MCPL Locations

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Book of the Month: "Peaces" by Helen Oyeyemi

Adults Drop-in Stop by the library in May to pick up their Book of the Month selection along with some questions and comments to get you thinking about the book!

  • 5/25/31/22 @ MCPL Athens

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Grab & Go
Seed Bombs

Adults & Teens Drop-in Celebrate the start of summer by making wildflower seed bombs with this grab and go kit! Available at all MCPL locations while they last!

  • 5/25/31/22 @ All MCPL Locations

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Little Art Show

All-Ages Drop-in Check out our display of creative "Little Treasures" artwork submitted by our patrons!

  • 5/236/6/22 @ MCPL Edgar
  • 6/136/27/22 @ MCPL Athens
  • 7/57/18/22 @ MCPL Spencer
  • 7/258/6/22 @ MCPL Stratford

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Romaine Calm & Garden On: Bug Off! Insect Management

Adults Registration Join Extension Marathon County for an in-depth, virtual course on beginner gardening! Classes run March-September, including this June 1 class on managing insects. Registration required.

  • Register Wed., 6/1/22, 1011 a.m. @ Online (See event details.)
  • Register Wed., 6/1/22, 67 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)
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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., 6/2/22, 10:3011 a.m. @ MCPL Marathon City
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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., 6/7/22, 10:3011 a.m. @ MCPL Hatley
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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., 6/7/22, 1111:30 a.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
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Hawaiian Luau Story Time

Children Join us outdoors at the library for a Hawaiian luau story time with books, crafts and fun activities! Rain date will be June 15.

  • Wed., 6/8/22, 1011 a.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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History Speaks: Tuba Ted: The Man & His Music

Adults Join the Marathon County Historical Society for a special afternoon screening of Susan Reetz's documentary about "Tuba Ted" Goeden and stick around for a Q&A with Susan after the show!

  • Sat., 6/11/22, 23:30 p.m. @ Marathon County Historical Society

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Worldwide Knit in Public Day

Adults Drop-in Calling all knitters! Join us at the library on "Worldwide Knit in Public Day" and help us decorate the library's exterior, and leave behind a yarnbomb of your own!

  • Sat., 6/11/22, 9 a.m.5 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Sidewalk Chalk Art

Children Drop-in Help brighten up the sidewalk outside several of our MCPL branches this summer!

  • 6/66/11/22 @ MCPL Mosinee
  • 7/257/30/22 @ MCPL Hatley
  • 8/18/6/22 @ MCPL Marathon City

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Book Club: "We Are Okay" by Nina LaCour

Adults Join fellow readers and the library staff to discuss Nina LaCour's 2017 young adult book, "We Are Okay."

  • Mon., 6/13/22, 5:456:45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Tom Pease

Children Beloved children's entertainer Tom Pease is back in Marathon County for Summer 2022! Join us at any of the four locations for his unique mix of music and humor!

  • Tue., 6/14/22, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ 400 Block
  • Tue., 6/14/22, 23 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City
  • Thu., 6/16/22, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ Legion Memorial Park
  • Thu., 6/16/22, 23 p.m. @ Lions Park (Spencer)

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Book Club: "The Tip of the Iceberg" by Mark Adams

Adults Join fellow readers at the library for an engaging discussion of a wide variety of books!

  • Tue., 6/14/22, 121 p.m. @ MCPL Edgar

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Book Club: "Dead Angler" by Victoria Houston

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for an engaging discussion of a variety of books each month! June's meeting will be outside (weather permitting) with a virtual option.

  • Attend Tue., 6/14/22, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Book Club: "The Heirloom Garden" by Viola Shipman

Adults Join the library and fellow readers for a wonderful book club discussion in June.

  • Wed., 6/15/22, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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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! Instead of discussing one book, we'll chat about genres like graphic novels, sci-fi and the environment!

  • Register Wed., 6/15/22, 24 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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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., 6/18/22, 9:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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Grab & Go
Octopus Week

Children Drop-in Celebrate one of the most intelligent creatures in the ocean (and our Summer Library Program) with a grab and go kit from the library to make your own yarn-wrapped octopus!

  • 6/136/18/22 @ MCPL Marathon City

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Book Club: "Things You Save in a Fire" by Katherine Center

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for an engaging, discussion of our June book club selection, "Things You Save in a Fire" by Katherine Center!

  • Attend Mon., 6/20/22, 23 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee

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Mooooove Into Summer Stratford Story Time

Children Join us for an "udderly" great time at the library as we celebrate June Dairy Month with a special outdoor story time!

  • Wed., 6/22/22, 1011 a.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Randy Peterson

Children Children's entertainer Randy Peterson, a longtime favorite of MCPL, is back in Marathon County with a whole new set of songs and fun!

  • Wed., 6/22/22, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ River Park
  • Wed., 6/22/22, 23 p.m. @ Oak Street Park
  • Tue., 7/12/22, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ 400 Block
  • Tue., 7/12/22, 23 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Book Club: "The Last Thing He Told Me" by Laura Dave

Adults The Rothschild Book Club is back! Book lovers are invited to join the library staff for an outdoor gathering of their monthly book club!

  • Wed., 6/22/22, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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Three Kinds of Painting Fun!

Kids & Teens Express your creative side at the library this summer with a fun, outdoor painting program with three different types of styles!

  • Wed., 6/22/22, 2:304:30 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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origami whale and turtle

Grab & Go
Under the Ocean Origami

Kids & Teens Drop-in Teens (and perhaps some tweens) are encouraged to stop by the library the week of June 20-25 to pick up a craft kit for a fun origami project!

  • 6/206/25/22 @ MCPL Spencer

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Outdoor Family Story Time: Mosinee

Children Families are invited to join the library staff at River Park in Mosinee for a special outdoor story time!

  • Wed., 6/29/22, 10:3011 a.m. @ River Park
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Book of the Month: "The Light Through the Leaves" by Glendy Vanderah

Adults Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up their June book of the month selection along with questions and comments to get you thinking more about the book!

  • 6/16/30/22 @ MCPL Athens

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CD fish craft

Grab & Go
CD Fish

Children Drop-in Throughout June, children and their parents or caregivers can stop by the library to pick up a SLP-theme fish craft kit!

  • 6/16/30/22 @ MCPL Mosinee

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jellyfish crafts

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DIY Jellyfish

Children Drop-in Stop by any MCPL location in June to pick up a Summer Library Program craft kit: a DIY jellyfish with a few simple supplies for our youngest patrons and a terra cotta jellyfish for ages 8 and up!

  • 6/16/30/22 @ All MCPL Locations

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decorated sea shells

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Mermaid Barrette

All-Ages Drop-in Stop by any MCPL location in June to pick up a grab and go kit to make your own barrette!

  • 6/16/30/22 @ All MCPL Locations

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Recycled T-Shirt Bags

All-Ages Join us on either of two dates to learn how to make your own bag from a recycled T-shirt and keep plastic bags out of landfills and oceans! Bring your own shirt and we'll take care of the rest!

  • Sat., 7/9/22, 1011:30 a.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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Book Club: "Such a Fun Age" by Kiley Reid

Adults Join fellow readers and the library staff to discuss Kiley Reid's acclaimed and popular novel!

  • Mon., 7/11/22, 5:456:45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Book Club: "What Alice Forgot" by Liane Moriarty

Adults Stop by the library for a lively chat with our staff and other book lovers! In July, they'll discuss Moriarty's acclaimed novel about a woman who must construct a lost decade.

  • Tue., 7/12/22, 121 p.m. @ MCPL Edgar

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Book Club: "Beautiful Day" by Elin Hilderbrand

Adults Join fellow book lovers and the library staff each month for an engaging discussion of a wide variety of books, including acclaimed author Hilderbrand's 2013 novel.

  • Attend Tue., 7/12/22, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Bubble Science

Children To go along with our SLP theme "Oceans of Possibilities," children and their families and caregivers are invited to create something found all throughout the oceans - bubbles!

  • Fri., 7/15/22, 13 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Rocking Crabs

Children Drop-in Children and their parents and caregivers are encouraged to stop by the library July 11-16 and pick up a rockin' SLP-themed craft!

  • 7/117/16/22 @ MCPL Spencer

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Grab & Go
Blue Whale Week

Children Drop-in Stop by the library in July to pick up a fun SLP craft kit and make your own blue whale with a few simple supplies!

  • 7/117/16/22 @ MCPL Marathon City

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Book Club: "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for an engaging discussion of our July book club selection, "The Vanishing Half" by acclaimed and popular author Brit Bennett!

  • Attend Mon., 7/18/22, 23 p.m. @ River Park

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Stories & Crafts From the Deep Blue Sea

Children Join us at Lions Park in Spencer for a fun morning of stories and crafts during our Summer Library Program!

  • Tue., 7/19/22, 1011 a.m. @ Lions Park (Spencer)

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Shark Tales Story Time in Stratford!

Children There's some-fin special about shark stories! Join us for an hour of shark-tacular stories and crafts this summer at the library!

  • Wed., 7/20/22, 1011 a.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Book Club: "News of the World" by Paulette Jiles

Adults Join the library staff and fellow readers for a wonderful book club discussion in July of Jiles' acclaimed novel "News of the World."

  • Wed., 7/20/22, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Book Club: "The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue" by V. E. Schwab

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for an outdoor discussion of Schwab's dazzling 2020 novel!

  • Wed., 7/27/22, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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Outdoor Obstacle Course

Children Children and their families and caregivers are invited to join us at River Park in Mosinee for an afternoon of activities to get them up and moving!

  • Thu., 7/28/22, 23:30 p.m. @ River Park

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Jeweled Treasure Chest

Children Drop-in Discover "Oceans of Possibilities" during MCPL's Summer Library Program and pick up this grab and go kit at any location to make your own jeweled treasure chest!

  • 7/17/30/22 @ All MCPL Locations

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Ollivander's Wand Shop

All-Ages Drop-in Calling all Harry Potter fans! Stop by the library in July to pick up a grab and go kit to make your own wand modeled after the great Ollivander!

  • 7/17/30/22 @ MCPL Mosinee

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Book of the Month "Find Layla" by Meg Elison

Adults & Teens Drop-in Pick up a copy of Meg Elison's 2020 young adult novel at the library, and a set of questions and comments put together by our staff to get you thinking more about the book!

  • 7/17/30/22 @ MCPL Athens

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Mountain-to-Sea Salt Scrub

Adults & Teens Drop-in Do your skin a favor and stop by any MCPL location in July to pick up a salt scrub grab and go kit!

  • 7/17/30/22 @ All MCPL Locations

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Library Card Pool Day

Kids & Teens Drop-in Celebrate summer with free entrance to any Wausau pool on August 2 with your library card! One card will work for the whole family.

  • Tue., 8/2/22, 12 a.m.11:59 p.m. @ Wausau Outdoor Pools

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Stratford Bubble Bash Story Time

Children Kids and their families and caregivers are invited to the library for an hour of bubble-licious stories and crafts!

  • Wed., 8/3/22, 1011 a.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Book Club: "The Lager Queen of Minnesota" by J. Ryan Stradal

Adults Join fellow readers and the library staff in a discussion of J. Ryan Stradal's (author of "Kitchens of the Great Midwest"), "The Lager Queen of Minnesota!"

  • Mon., 8/8/22, 5:456:45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Book Club: "Nobody Will Tell You This but Me" by Bess Kalb

Adults Stop by the library for an engaging discussion of books with fellow lit lovers and our staff! In August, they'll chat about Bess Kalb's maternal ancestry memoir.

  • Tue., 8/9/22, 121 p.m. @ MCPL Edgar

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Book Club: "The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah

Adults Take part in a lively discussion of a wide variety of books with the library staff and other book lovers, including Kristin Hannah's 2021 novel in August!

  • Attend Tue., 8/9/22, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Virtual Book Club
"The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for an engaging, virtual discussion of our August book club selection, "The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig!

  • Attend Mon., 8/15/22, 23 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Stuffed Animal Story Time & Campout!

Children Children and their families are invited to a special story time, and encouraged to leave their stuffed animals at the library for an overnight stay!

  • Wed., 8/17/22, 1011 a.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Book Club: "These Precious Days" by Ann Patchett

Adults Join the library staff and fellow readers for a wonderful book club discussion in August of Patchett's newest collection of essays!

  • Wed., 8/17/22, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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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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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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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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Grab & Go
Locker Decorations

Teens Drop-in During the month of August, gear up to head back to school by picking up a grab and go craft kit at the library that includes supplies to make your own locker magnets!

  • 8/18/31/22 @ MCPL Mosinee

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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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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

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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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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 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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