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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.

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


boys running outside

Outdoor Family Story Time

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

  • Mon., 8/8/22, 66:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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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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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., 8/9/22, 1111:30 a.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
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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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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., 8/10/22, 1011 a.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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lettuce in a garden

Romaine Calm & Garden On: Protection From Wildlife & Weather

Adults Registration Join Extension Marathon County for an in-depth, virtual course on beginner gardening, including this Aug. 3 class on protecting the garden from wildlife and weather. Registration required.

  • Register Wed., 8/10/22, 1011 a.m. @ Online (See event details.)
  • Register Wed., 8/10/22, 67 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)
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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., 8/10/22, 24 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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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., 8/11/22, 12:3012:45 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)
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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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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 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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craft supplies

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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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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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., 8/16/22, 10:3011 a.m. @ MCPL Hatley
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Book Club: "Malibu Rising" by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for a return of their monthly book club gatherings! In August they'll discuss Taylor Jenkins Reid's wildly popular novel Malibu Rising.

  • Tue., 8/16/22, 23 p.m. @ MCPL Athens

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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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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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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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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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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 Ordinance 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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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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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 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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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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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 Marathon County logo

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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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!

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

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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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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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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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Rothschild Grab & Go
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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