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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.

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


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Family Story Time

Children Drop-in Hear a variety of stories read by library staff on Facebook or YouTube!

  • Attend 4/64/12/21 @ Online (See event details.)

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Book Club: "Refugee" by Alan Gratz"

Adults Take part in a lively discussion of a wide variety of books with the library staff and other fans of literature!

  • Tue., 4/13/21, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Putting Wausau on the Map: Wausau Snow Plow

Adults & Teens Join the Marathon County Historical Society online for a series of short programs in April about businesses who put Wausau on the minds of people far and wide!

  • Attend Thu., 4/15/21, 12:3012:45 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)
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Planting the Garden: Direct Sowing & Transplanting

Adults Registration Join us for a free class and let Extension Marathon County's Janell Wehr take some of the mystery out of sowing seeds!

  • Register Thu., 4/15/21, 78 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)

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Book Club: "Dewey" by Vicki Myron

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for an engaging, virtual discussion about a small-town cat who touched the world!

  • Mon., 4/19/21, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee

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Family Story Time

Children Follow along with a variety of stories, songs and other activities shared by library staff on Facebook or YouTube! New programs every week!

  • 4/134/19/21 @ Online (See event details.)
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Online Book Club Chat
"The Splendid & the Vile" by Erik Larson

Adults Please join the library staff and others for an ongoing, online Book Club discussion each month. In April, we'll discuss the book The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson.

  • 4/14/30/21 @ MCPL Stratford

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Book of the Month Club: "The End of October" by Lawrence Wright

Adults Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up the April Book of the Month, along with a set questions to get you thinking about Wright's 2020 novel!

  • 4/14/30/21 @ MCPL Athens

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Little Treasures Beaded Wrap Bracelet

Adults & Teens Registration [except Wausau] Stop by any MCPL location during the month of April and pick up a kit to make your own "Little Treasure." This month, we'll provide supplies and instructions to make a beaded wrap bracelet!

  • 4/14/30/21 @ All MCPL Locations

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Pasta Sculptures & Mosaics

Children Registration [except Wausau] Kids can cook up their own fun craft with a grab-and-go colored pasta kit! (Pun intended - the pasta is not meant to be cooked!)

  • 4/14/30/21 @ All MCPL Locations

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Stories Seldom Told: Women & the Civil War

Adults & Teens Join Prof. Brett Barker for a virtual presentation on the critical role of women's support for both sides of the Civil War. Part of the Marathon County Historical Society's "History Speaks" series.

  • Attend Sat., 4/24/21, 23 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)

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Book Club: "A Woman Is No Man" by Etaf Rum

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for an engaging discussion of Rum's 2019 novel. The group may meet outside but attendees can participate virtually, too!

  • Mon., 5/10/21, 5:456:45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Book Club: "Becoming" by Michelle Obama

Adults Take part in a lively discussion of the former First Lady's memoir with the library staff and other book lovers!

  • Tue., 5/11/21, 12 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Virtual Gardening
Growing Veggies in Small Spaces

Adults Registration Janell Wehr, horticulture educator with Extension Marathon County, will lead a virtual class on growing vegetables in small spaces. You'll be surprised how much can be grown with just a little room!

  • Register Thu., 5/13/21, 2:303:30 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)
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Book Club: "Before She Knew Him" by Peter Swanson

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for an engaging, virtual discussion of our May book club selection, "Before She Knew Him" by Peter Swanson!

  • Mon., 5/17/21, 12 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Little Treasures Needlepoint Mandala

Adults & Teens Registration [except Wausau] Patrons can stop by any MCPL location in May to pick up a "Little Treasure" craft kit to make their own needlepoint mandala. Free and available while supplies last!

  • 5/35/28/21 @ All MCPL Locations

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Flowergram

Children Registration [except Wausau] Create a special, one-of-a-kind flowergram that's both a lovely craft and a positive message for someone else, with supplies and instructions provided!

  • 5/35/28/21 @ All MCPL Locations

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Online Book Club Chat
"When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi

Adults Registration Drop-in Take part in an ongoing, monthly chat about a wide range of books with the library staff and other lovers of literature!

  • 5/15/31/21 @ MCPL Stratford

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Book of the Month Club: "The Glass Hotel" by Emily St. John Mandel

Adults Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up the May book of the month, along with questions and comments to get you thinking. It's your own solo book club!

  • 5/15/31/21 @ MCPL Athens

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Book Club: "Little Fire Everywhere" by Celeste Ng

Adults Join the library staff and others who like to read and discuss a variety of books, for Hatley's virtual June book club gathering!

  • Tue., 6/8/21, 12 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Beginning Foraging With Samuel Thayer

Adults Registration Take a walk along the Wisconsin River and learn about foraging wild edibles with author and forager Samuel Thayer right in the middle of the city!

  • Register Wed., 6/9/21, 1011:30 a.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • Register Wed., 6/9/21, 34:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Tail-Wagging Story Time!

Children Join us outdoors at the library for a fun story time with books, games, songs and more, all based on animal tales!

  • Wed., 6/9/21, 10:3011:30 a.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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LENA Start Marathon County

Adults Registration We are taking LENA outdoors this summer to provide safe social distancing - join other parents in learning how to talk more with your baby!

  • Register Mon., 6/14/21, 56:30 p.m. @ Monk Botanical Gardens
  • Register Wed., 6/16/21, 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. @ Riverside Park

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Book Club: "The Body" by Bill Bryson

Adults Join the library staff and others who like to chat about books for June's discussion of Bryson's tour of the human body! Outside if possible with a virtual option, too!

  • Mon., 6/14/21, 5:456:45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Fiction in the Fresh Air Book Club: "The Giver of Stars" by Jojo Moyes

Adults Starting in June, the library will host its monthly book club discussion outdoors in the green space near the library!

  • Wed., 6/16/21, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Mosinee Book Club: "Books Can Be Deceiving"

Adults Registration Join the library staff and other book lovers for an engaging, virtual discussion of our June book club selection, a library lover's mystery by Jenn McKinley!

  • Mon., 6/21/21, 12 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Little Treasures: Dried Flower Paper Lantern

Adults & Teens Registration [except Wausau] Pick up a little treasure for yourself at any MCPL location in June with a kit to create a dried paper lantern!

  • 6/16/25/21 @ All MCPL Locations

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Mushroom Magic

Teens Registration [except Wausau] Teens can mix a bit of science with a bit of fun with a mushroom magic craft kit!

  • 6/76/28/21 @ All MCPL Locations

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Book of the Month: "The Book of Rosy" by Rosayra Pablo Cruz

Adults Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up a copy of Cruz's gripping story about family separation, along with questions and comments to get you thinking!

  • 6/16/30/21 @ MCPL Athens

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Rainbow Fish

Children Registration [except Wausau] Stop by any MCPL location in June and pick up a craft kit for a bright and beautiful rainbow fish you can create at home! No aquarium needed!

  • 6/16/30/21 @ All MCPL Locations

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Book Club: "The Giver of Stars" by Jojo Moyes

Adults Take part in a lively discussion of some (hopefully) great books with the library staff and other lit lovers! The group may meet outside but will offer a virtual option, too.

  • Mon., 7/12/21, 5:456:45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Beach Party Story Time

Children Join us for an outdoor Beach Party Story Time with all sorts of fun songs and stories!

  • Tue., 7/13/21, 10:3011 a.m. @ MCPL Hatley
  • Wed., 7/14/21, 10:3011:30 a.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Book Club: "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" by Heather Morris

Adults Join the library staff and others who like to chat about the good and bad of books! We'll decide closer to the gathering about the safest way to meet, so give the library a call!

  • Tue., 7/13/21, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Fiction in the Fresh Air Book Club: "Virgin River" by Robyn Carr

Adults This summer, the library will host its monthly book club discussion outdoors, with plenty of room in the green space outside of the library for patrons to spread out and enjoy some fresh air!

  • Wed., 7/14/21, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Book Club: "Missing You" by Harlan Coben

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

  • Mon., 7/19/21, 12 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Trail Tales Along Wausau's River Edge Parkway!

Children Drop-in Take a scenic walk this summer along Wausau's riverfront, and keep children interested with fun stories along the way!

  • 6/147/19/21 @ River Edge Parkway

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Bug Hotel!

Children Registration [except Wausau] Where do bugs sleep at night? You might find out and have fun with a couple kinds of bug hotel projects, too! Available for pickup in July at any MCPL location.

  • 7/17/30/21 @ All MCPL Locations

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Book of the Month Club: "The Weight of Ink" by Rachel Kadish

Adults Stop by the library in July and pick up Kadish's 2017 novel about two women of remarkable intellect, along with some comments and questions to get you thinking like a book club would!

  • 7/17/31/21 @ MCPL Athens

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