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Events: Grab & Go

To support social distancing during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the library is offering a variety of "Grab & Go" activity kits that may be picked up for completion at home.

These kits include most or all of the supplies needed to complete these projects and instructions (sometimes including a link to online video instructions). The target audience for each activity varies; there are activities for children, teens, adults and all ages. Some of these activities were planned as on-site library events before the pandemic and were adapted  to enable at-home participation, while others were planned more recently.

How to pick up a Grab & Go activity kit:

  • MCPL Wausau: Visit the library any time (no appointment required) during our curbside pickup hours hours on the dates listed for the Grab & Go activity. 

  • MCPL branches: Visit the library by appointment during our curbside pickup or appointment hours on the dates listed for the Grab & Go activity.

If you have any questions, please contact your local MCPL!


greeting card with a hand-drawn blue heart

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Notes of Encouragement

All-Ages Registration Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up supplies for making cards of thanks and encouragement to health care workers, then drop them off and we'll take it from there!

  • 10/510/30/20 @ MCPL Marathon City

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crafted bats and plastic spiders

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Coffee Filter Bat Craft

Children Registration Drop-in Show some love for bats this fall, and get creative at the same time, with this fun take-home craft project!

  • 10/2610/30/20 @ MCPL Athens

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Pokemon Suncatcher

Children Drop-in All ages of Pokemon fans will enjoy making this Pokeball suncatcher craft!

  • 10/2611/6/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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colorful alphabet letters

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Letter of the Week

Children Registration Drop-in Let's learn our letters with books and fun activities for your little one(s)!

  • 10/2610/30/20 @ MCPL Rothschild
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origami owls and monsters

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Origami Bookmarks

Children Registration Drop-in Whoooo ... made that awesome bookmark? You can with a grab and go kit with everything you'll need for an origami bookmark!

  • 10/2610/30/20 @ MCPL Hatley

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Weekly Story Time

Children Registration Drop-in Stop by the library and pick up a package of crafts, books and other activities to do your own story time at home! A different theme each week!

  • 10/2610/30/20 @ MCPL Edgar

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handmade notebooks

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Make Your Own Notebook

Kids & Teens Registration Drop-in Celebrate Picture Book Month with a recycled book project available in a convenient take-home kit.

  • 11/211/6/20 @ MCPL Marathon City

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colorful pan flute made from paper and straws

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Homemade Pan Flute

Children Registration Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up a kit and make your own flute at home!

  • 11/211/6/20 @ MCPL Spencer

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sunset painting

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Make Your Own Painting

Adults Registration Drop-in Stop by the library in November to pick up a kit to create your own painting at home - and you choose whether it'll be easy, difficult or in between!

  • 11/911/13/20 @ MCPL Rothschild

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colorful wet felted acorns

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Wet Felting Acorn

All-Ages Registration Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up a kit to create a lovely fall craft using the fun (and simple) technique of wet felting!

  • 11/911/13/20 @ MCPL Athens

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mason jar luminary

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Little Treasures: DIY Mason Jar Luminaries

Adults Drop-in Pick up supplies (and instructions) at the library to make your own luminary! A perfect craft to bring a little light into your life during the long, dark winter nights!

  • 11/911/20/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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felt button turkeys

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Button Turkeys

Children Registration Drop-in Grab a premade kit for a fun fall craft to create your own felt turkey!

  • 11/911/13/20 @ MCPL Hatley

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"Wonder"-ful Kindness

Children Registration Drop-in To celebrate World Kindness Day on the Nov. 13, pick up a kit at the library centered on all things kindness and featuring the book "Wonder" by RJ Palacio.

  • 11/911/13/20 @ MCPL Mosinee

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tissue paper paintings and art supplies

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Preschool Art Lab: Tissue Paper Painting

Children Registration Drop-in Preschoolers can make colorful tissue paper paintings at home with a convenient kit available for pickup at the library!

  • 11/1611/20/20 @ MCPL Rothschild

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bear hibernating in cave

Hibernation Station Story Time & Grab & Go Craft!

Children Registration Drop-in The forest animals are getting sleepy... Enjoy a virtual Story Time with fun books and fascinating facts about our animal friends who are hibernating this winter, and a fun craft to go with it!

  • 11/1611/20/20 @ MCPL Stratford

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Thank You, Omu! Gratitude Jars

Children Registration Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up a family activity based on the book "Thank You, Omu" by Oge Mora.

  • 11/1611/20/20 @ MCPL Marathon City

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owls made from pine cones and felt

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Pinecone Owls!

Children Registration Drop-in Kids are invited to stop by the library to pick up a fun craft kit with supplies for your own pinecone owl!

  • 11/1811/25/20 @ MCPL Athens

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constellation craft

Grab & "Glow": Glowing Star Constellation

Children Drop-in Pick up a Glowing Star Constellation kit and create a constellation of your very own! Using simple materials children will be able to project a well-known star constellation on their home walls!

  • 11/2312/4/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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crafted gnomes

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Sock Gnomes

Adults Registration Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up a craft kit and make your own gnome!

  • 11/3012/4/20 @ MCPL Rothschild

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harmonica craft

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Make Your Own Harmonica

Children Registration Drop-in Explore the sounds of science with this awesome craft stick harmonica you can make at home!

  • 11/3012/4/20 @ MCPL Athens

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Winter-Themed Greeting Cards

Adults Registration Drop-in Stop by the library and pick up supplies to make your own special greeting card for a friend or family member!

  • 11/3012/11/20 @ MCPL Athens

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Magical Snowman

Children Drop-in Make a colorful, magical snowman with this Grab & Go kit!

  • 12/712/11/20 @ MCPL Spencer

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Colorful Winter Hat Craft

Children Drop-in Kids can make a colorful paper winter hat with supplies from this kit!

  • 12/712/11/20 @ MCPL Mosinee

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Paper Bag Snowflakes

All-Ages Drop-in All ages can stop by the library to pick up a fun winter craft kit containing supplies for making paper snowflakes!

  • 12/712/11/20 @ MCPL Stratford

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colorful worms made from pipe cleaners, beads and googly eyes

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Pipe Cleaner Snake

Children Drop-in Kids can stop by the library to get a Grab & Go kit to make a pipe cleaner snake!

  • 12/1412/18/20 @ MCPL Rothschild

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