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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


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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!

  • Thu., 12/1/22, 1010:30 a.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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Marathon City Family Story Time

Children Parents and caregivers are invited to join us every other Thursday morning at the library for Family Story Time!

  • Thu., 12/1/22, 10:3011:15 a.m. @ MCPL Marathon City
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Common Scams & Frauds

Adults Join us at the library for important information about avoiding common scams and fraud attempts, and what do you if you or someone you know falls victim to either one.

  • Thu., 12/1/22, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee
  • Thu., 12/8/22, 10:3011:30 a.m. @ MCPL Spencer
  • Mon., 1/9/23, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford
  • Mon., 1/9/23, 45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Landlord & Tenant Rights & Responsibilities in Wisconsin Law

Adults Whether you own rental property or you rent your own living space, the public is invited to a presentation and Q&A on landlord and tenant rights with a representative from DATCP.

  • Thu., 12/1/22, 6:307:45 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Common Scams & Frauds Targeting Seniors

Adults Seniors are welcome to join us for a program with the state Bureau of Consumer Protection about important information on frauds and scams that specifically target senior citizens.

  • Fri., 12/2/22, 1011 a.m. @ MCPL Hatley
  • Wed., 12/7/22, 23 p.m. @ MCPL Edgar
  • Mon., 1/9/23, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Athens

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Identity Theft: Protect & Prevent

Adults Join us for a presentation from the Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection on ways to protect yourself against identity theft.

  • Fri., 12/2/22, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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Rothschild 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., 12/6/22, 10:3011 a.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
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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., 12/6/22, 1111:30 a.m. @ MCPL Edgar
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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., 12/7/22, 1011 a.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., 12/7/22, 3:304 p.m. @ MCPL Spencer
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Grab & Go
Winter Ornaments

Adults Drop-in Stop by the library in early December for a cute little grab and go craft perfect for the winter!

  • 12/512/10/22 @ MCPL Hatley

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Book of the Month
"The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay" by Kelly Harms

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

  • 12/112/30/22 @ MCPL Athens

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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 12/112/31/22 @ Online (See event details.)

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Grab & Go
Snow Globe

Children Drop-in No need to step outside to play in the snow (even though that's super fun): Stop by any MCPL location to pick up a grab and go kit to create your very own snow globe!

  • 12/112/31/22 @ All MCPL Locations

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Grab & Go
Felt Pin

Adults Drop-in Create a fashionable felt flower pin with this grab and go kit available (while they last) at all MCPL locations in December!

  • 12/112/31/22 @ All MCPL Locations

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Aquarium Anniversary Touch Pool & Activities

Children Join us in celebrating 10 years of the Phyllis Donner Aquarium at the library! We'll have a touch pool with small aquatic creatures and our aquarium expert will be on hand to answer questions!

  • Thu., 12/8/22, 1010:30 a.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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Snow Slime

Children Stop by the library to create a fun craft that combines snow and slime! How is that possible? Join us to find out!

  • Thu., 12/8/22, 36 p.m. @ MCPL Athens

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Newbery Medal Book Club: "Bud, Not Buddy" by Christopher Paul Curtis

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for an adult conversation about award-winning children's books! In December, we'll discuss Christopher Paul Curtis's 2000 Newbery winner.

  • Thu., 12/8/22, 5:306:30 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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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., 12/12/22, 10:3011 a.m. @ MCPL Athens

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Book Club: "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" by Judy Blume

Adults Join fellow readers and the library staff for a discussion of Judy Blume's classic story!

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

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Book Club: "The Christmas Box" by Richard Paul Evans

Adults Join your friends and neighbors for a discussion of a variety of books in Edgar! New members are always welcome - just read the book and show up!

  • Tue., 12/13/22, 121 p.m. @ MCPL Edgar

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Book Club: "The Deal of a Lifetime" by Fredrik Backman

Adults Visit the library for an engaging conversation about their book club pick of the month!

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

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Cribbage at the Spencer Branch

Adults Drop-in Grab your card decks and boards (or use ours) as the library welcomes back patrons for an hour or so of cribbage!

  • Tue., 12/13/22, 1:302:30 p.m. @ MCPL Spencer
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Book Club: "Educated" by Tara Westover

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers as they discuss this popular memoir by Tara Westover!

  • Tue., 12/13/22, 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., 12/13/22, 45 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Stratford Family Story Time

Children Children and their parents and caregivers are invited to story times twice each month through the fall at the library!

  • Wed., 12/14/22, 10:3011:30 a.m. @ MCPL Stratford
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Spanish Play & Learn

Children Join Children's Wisconsin at the library for a special story time entirely in Spanish!

  • Thu., 12/15/22, 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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As the Page Turns Book Club
"The Return" by Nichols Sparks

Adults Stop by the library for a lively discussion each month with other book enthusiasts in the community! December's pick is a recent novel by Nicholas Sparks!

  • Thu., 12/15/22, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Spencer

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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., 12/17/22, 9:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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Children's Matinee: "Abominable"

Children Movies are back at the library! Join us for a screening of the winter-themed flick "Abominable"!

  • Wed., 12/28/22, 13 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Children's Matinee: "Frozen II"

Children Movies are back at the library! Join us at the library for a showing of Frozen II during winter break! Free and BYO popcorn!

  • Thu., 12/29/22, 13 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Winter-Themed Escape Rooms

Adults & Teens Registration Do you have what it takes to get out of our winter escape rooms? Venture to the library and find out in December!

  • 12/2712/31/22 @ MCPL Hatley

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Grab & Go
Shivers the Penguin Simple Circuit

Kids & Teens Drop-in Want to create something unique during your winter break? Stop in and grab a Shivers The Penguin kit from the library!

  • 12/2712/31/22 @ MCPL Hatley

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Upcycled Paper Houses

Children Drop-in Children and their parents and caregivers are invited to stop by the library over the winter break to create cute little upcycled houses!

  • 12/2712/31/22 @ MCPL Wausau

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Hatley Family Story Time

Children Parents and caregivers are invited to join us every Tuesday morning at the library for Family Story Time!

  • Tue., 1/3/23, 10:3011 a.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Rothschild Family Story Time

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

  • Tue., 1/3/23, 10:3011 a.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
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Crafts & Games Social Hour

Adults Drop-in Adults are invited to spend an afternoon at the library for some social fun outside of the house to chat with others while playing games, working on knitting projects and more!

  • Wed., 1/4/23, 13 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee

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Young Foodies: MyPlate Charcuterie Boards

Kids & Teens Registration Join 4-H educator, Jasmine, for a fun, hands-on, educational activity to learn about MyPlate foods for charcuterie boards and make your own! This event includes a field trip to the winter market!

  • Register Sat., 1/7/23, 9:3011:30 a.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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LEGO® Block Party

Children Drop-in Children and their parents and caregivers are invited to the library once each month for the return of our popular LEGO® Block Party!

  • Sat., 1/7/23, 11 a.m.1 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
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Make Your Own Journal

Adults Drop-in Celebrate the start of the New Year with a self-care habit proven to have mental health benefits: journaling! Stop by the library to make your own!

  • 1/31/7/23 @ MCPL Mosinee

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Book Club: "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate

Adults Join the library staff and other book enthusiasts to discuss Lisa Wingate's riveting novel, based on a true story!

  • Mon., 1/9/23, 5:456:45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Book Club: "When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead

Adults Join the discussion of Stead's award-winning book with your friends and neighbors, and new people are always welcome - just read the book and show up!

  • Tue., 1/10/23, 121 p.m. @ MCPL Edgar

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Book Club: "One of Us Is Lying" by Karen McManus

Adults Each month, the library staff and other book enthusiasts discuss a featured selection among a variety of titles, including McManus' incredibly popular novel!

  • Tue., 1/10/23, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Book Club: "Cloud Cuckoo Land" by Anthony Doerr

Adults Join us for a lively mid-afternoon book discussion at the library, as we chat about Doerr's award-winning 2021 novel!

  • Tue., 1/10/23, 23 p.m. @ MCPL Athens

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Pokemon Club

Children Drop-in Calling all Pokemon fans! Our popular Pokemon Club is back at the library! Join us each month to gather with other fans.

  • Tue., 1/10/23, 45 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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Mosinee Story Time

Children Children and their families and caregivers are invited to the library throughout the winter and spring as we gather twice each month for family story time!

  • Wed., 1/11/23, 10:3011 a.m. @ MCPL Mosinee
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Intro to Online Job Searching

Adults Registration Looking for, or applying for, a job online can be an intimidating experience and MCPL wants to help! Join us for a class on setting up an email and other job search tools. Registration required.

  • Wed., 1/11/23, 1:303 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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The Unwanted Houseguest: Learn More About Radon

Adults Did you know that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers? Learn more about this colorless, odorless gas (and how to stay safe from it) during this Rothschild Branch program!

  • Thu., 1/12/23, 23 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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Badger Aces With Mike O'Connor

Adults Join us at the library for a compelling presentation by author Mike O'Connor on ace fighter pilots from Wisconsin through WWI up to the Vietnam War!

  • Thu., 1/12/23, 6:307:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Library Learning
Intro to Libby & the World of E-books!

Adults Registration Did you know thousands of books and audiobooks are available to download for free with a few taps or clicks on your computer, smartphone or tablet? Join us for this free class in Rothschild!

  • Fri., 1/13/23, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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DIY Snowflake Yarn Art

Children Who cares if the weather outside is frightful? Children and their parents and caregivers are invited to stop by the library to create their own snowflakes that never melt!

  • Sat., 1/14/23, 11 a.m.1 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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As the Page Turns Book Club
"Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for discussions of a wide variety of great books during our As the Page Turns Book Club!

  • Mon., 1/16/23, 5:456:30 p.m. @ MCPL Spencer

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Book Club: "The Rose Code" by Kate Quinn

Adults Join the library staff and other fans of literature each month for a discussion of great books!

  • Wed., 1/18/23, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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Book Club: "The Quiet Season" by Jerry Apps

Adults Join the library and fellow readers for a wonderful book club discussion in January on "The Quiet Season" by acclaimed Wisconsin author Jerry Apps.

  • Wed., 1/18/23, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Make a Light-Up Headband!

Adults Registration Get crafty and learn a bit about electricity at the same time as we invite adults to join us in creating a headband that lights up! Registration required.

  • Wed., 1/18/23, 1:303 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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Teen Book Tasting

Teens Teens are invited to get a (figurative) "taste" for a wide variety of books during our the library book tasting event. You might find your new favorite book!

  • Wed., 1/18/23, 67 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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Newbery Medal Book Club: "The One & Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate

Adults Adults are welcome to join the library staff to discuss a series of Newbery Medal-winning books aimed at children, but so well written adults can enjoy them, too!

  • Thu., 1/19/23, 5:306:30 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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Athens Family Story Time

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

  • Mon., 1/23/23, 10:3011 a.m. @ MCPL Athens

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Book Club: "The Last Story of Mina Lee" by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

Adults Join us at the library to discuss this gripping novel by Nancy Jooyoun Kim!

  • Mon., 1/23/23, 23 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee

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Popsicle Stick Winter Animals

Children Stop by the library anytime between 11am and 2pm on Jan. 24 to create your very own winter animal using a few simple craft supplies!

  • Tue., 1/24/23, 11 a.m.2 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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3D Paper Snowflakes

Adults & Teens Children shouldn't have all the fun with crafts at MCPL! Adults are invited to the library to make their own 3D snowflakes! (Okay, well-behaved kids 10+ can come too with an adult!)

  • Thu., 1/26/23, 46 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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MCPL Movie Night
"Where the Crawdads Sing"

Adults & Teens Movies are back at the library! Join us for an evening screening of the film adaptation of Delia Owens' massively successful book, "Where the Crawdads Sing."

  • Thu., 1/26/23, 5:307:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Grab & Go
Thimble Bouquet Pendant

Adults Drop-in Stop by any MCPL location in January and pick up a kit to make a unique thimble pendant!

  • 1/21/31/23 @ All MCPL Locations

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Readers Are Writers: Tween Writing Group

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

  • Register 1/11/31/23 @ Online (See event details.)
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Book Bowl: The Prequel

Children Elementary age students are invited to the library for a fun, friendly morning of games while preparing for the Wausau School District's 2023 Book Bowl Competition!

  • Sat., 2/4/23, 1011:30 a.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Friends of MCPL Book Sale

All-Ages Drop-in Stop by the library during our Friends of MCPL sale and you just might find your next treasured item: a book, a movie or something else from the wide variety of materials available!

  • 2/12/4/23 @ MCPL Wausau

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Moon Phase Puzzle Project

Kids & Teens Children and their parents and caregivers are invited to the library for a special craft project all about the moon! It won't hit your eye "like a big pizza pie," but it sure will be fun!

  • Mon., 2/6/23, 45 p.m. @ MCPL Edgar

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Book Club: Black Cake" by Charmaine Wilkerson

Adults Join fellow readers and the library staff in a lively, friendly discussion of Charmaine Wilkerson's debut novel, Black Cake!

  • Mon., 2/13/23, 5:456:45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Book Club: "Uncommon Type: Some Stories" by Tom Hanks

Adults Join fellow readers and the library staff for a discussion of famed actor Tom Hanks's collection of short stories!

  • Tue., 2/14/23, 121 p.m. @ MCPL Edgar

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Book Club: "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Adults You are cordially invited to discuss a wide variety of books with the library staff and other book readers, including Taylor Jenkins Reid's novel during our February gathering!

  • Tue., 2/14/23, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Book Club: "All Adults Here" by Emma Straub

Adults Stop by the library in February (or any other month) for a lively discussion of great books during their book club meetings!

  • Tue., 2/14/23, 23 p.m. @ MCPL Athens

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Book Club: "The Lincoln Highway" by Amor Towles

Adults Join the library and fellow readers for a wonderful Book Club discussion in February (or any other month!)

  • Wed., 2/15/23, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Dry Needle Felting for Teens

Teens Hey Teens! If you're into crafting, or if you're interested in learning a fun and easy craft, join us for either (or both) of two sessions of dry needle felting!

  • Wed., 2/15/23, 67:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
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As the Page Turns Book Club
"The Lager Queen of Minnesota" by J. Ryan Stradal

Adults Don't just turn the pages, discuss them! Our As the Page Turns book club in Spencer meets every month to discuss a wide variety of books, and new people are always welcome!

  • Thu., 2/16/23, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Spencer
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Job Search Bootcamp

Adults Registration Want to get a jump start on your job searching? Need help putting together a resume? Join us for Job Search Boot Camp at the library!

  • Wed., 2/22/23, 14:45 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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