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Summer Library Program (SLP)

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Our 2018 Summer Program runs June 4 to August 11 and features educational and entertaining activities for children, teens and adults! Summer events for all ages are listed below, or pick up our summer brochure at any MCPL location.

Summer Reading Club registration is now open! Register now!

Please note: Groups of 10 or more planning to visit the library -- whether to attend an event or take a tour -- are asked to complete our Group Visit form at least one week in advance. This ensures we have enough staff, space and resources to serve all of our patrons.


Miles Thro' Middle Earth Fitness Challenge!

Adult Event Drop-in Replicate Frodo's journey walking from The Shire to Mount Doom with this fitness challenge at the library!

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Library Paper Flower Garden

All-Ages Event Drop-in Celebrate summer by helping the library "cultivate" a colorful paper flower garden! Free, with all supplies provided.

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Pennies For Animals

Children's Event Drop-in Over the summer children will have the chance to help animals in need starting in our area! We will be accepting pennies and other monetary donations in a jar at the Children's Desk, and kids can vote on the recipient!

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Space Camp

Children's Event Drop-in Are you interested in space? Want to know what's happening in the solar system and beyond? Children in grades 3-5 are invited to attend Space Camp for a mix of experiments and crafts!

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Book Babies

Children's Event Drop-in Join us for 20 minutes of "lap sit" story time for children birth to 23 months! Listen and interact with your baby through books, songs, rhymes and other activities.

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Toddler Dance Party

Children's Event Drop-in Join us for a story time and toddler dance party featuring stories, music, props and more!

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LEGO® Block Party

Children's Event Drop-in Children of all ages and their families are invited to build creative projects using LEGO blocks! All blocks will be provided. Free and no registration required.

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Tom Pease

Children's Event Drop-in Children's musician (and MCPL favorite) Tom Pease returns to rock the library this summer with a wonderful blend of songs, humor and stories!

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Family Story Time

Children's Event Drop-in Bring your entire family to story time! Children of all ages and parents/guardians are welcome to this 30-minute program. Enjoy learning with all of your children through stories, songs and other literature-based activities.

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The Great Rondini Magic Show

Children's Event Drop-in Award-winning magician Ron Lindberg, a.k.a. "The Great Rondini" will perform amazing feats of magic for all ages along with his famous bunny, Trixie. Free and no registration required.

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Play and Learn

Children's Event Drop-in Children of all ages are invited to use their imagination and creativity! These fun-filled, 60-90 minute programs feature a different story each week, followed by songs and supplemental activities. Offered in partnership with the Family Resource Center.

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Needle Arts at the Library

Adult Event Drop-in Knitters, crocheters, and crafters of all ages and experience levels are invited to gather to create and socialize!

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Paws to Read

Children's Event Drop-in Children can practice and improve their literacy skills by reading to friendly, well-behaved therapy dogs!

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Preschool Story Time

Children's Event Drop-in This 30-minute program will help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten with stories, songs, rhymes and other early literacy activities. Children may attend this story time without a caregiver, but caregivers are asked to remain in the children's area during the story time.

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Book Club: "The Stars are Fire" by Anita Shreve

Adult Event Drop-in Stop by the library for a lively discussion of a wide variety of books and novels!

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Readers of Classic Literature: "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain

Adult Event Drop-in Take part in a lively discussion of this classic tale, about a boy and his friends growing up along the banks of the Mississippi in the 1800s.

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Summertime Food Safety and Great Summer Recipes

Adult Event Drop-in Recipes and food safety tips from UW-Extension staff!

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Tales for Tots

Children's Event Drop-in Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays with your toddler at this fun and lively story time! We have two half-hour sessions at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. - stop by for either one!

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Celebrate the USA Story Time

Children's Event Drop-in Celebrate the 4th of July with this patriotic story time and craft event!

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Marker Explosions!

Teen & Adult Event Drop-in Teens and adults are invited to make their own firework-like designs on tiles and fabrics during this Fourth of July-inspired craft event!

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Rock Your Creative Side with Rocks!

All-Ages Event Drop-in Stop by the library monthly on the first Thursday over the summer and show us how libraries can "rock!" by decorating your own rocks with all sorts of art supplies!

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Sensory Story Time

Children's Event Drop-in Geared mainly toward children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, this story time will feature stories as well as soothing interactive activities!

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Outside the Lines: A Family Coloring Party

Children's Event Drop-in Bring the whole family to work on coloring projects for both children and adults!

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"Rock Around Spencer" Geology Tour!

Kids & Teens Event Drop-in Visit the library for clues, then embark on a geology trek around the Village of Spencer during this week-long event!

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Anime Afternoon

Teen Event Drop-in Visit the library as we screen three anime series for teens, including "Blue Exorcist," "Eccentric Family" and "Kiznaiver!"

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Book Club: "Keeping The Castle" by Patrice Kindl

Adult Event Drop-in Join us for our monthly book club at the library! For the month of July, we'll be reading "Keeping the Castle" by Patrice Kindl! Free, with new members always welcome! Call 715-443-2775 for more information.

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Building Adventures

Children's Event Drop-in Children can build using a variety of building toys, including DUPLO blocks, LEGOs, Tinkertoys and more!

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Book Club: "Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty

Adult Event Drop-in Join the library Book Club in July to discuss the novel "Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty!

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Zoozort

Children's Event Drop-in Participants of all ages will enjoy this hands-on, interactive program featuring live, wild animals.

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Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Children's Event Drop-in We're celebrating the "T" in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) by offering young people the chance to try out all sorts of cool gadgets!

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Book Club: "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance

Adult Event Drop-in Drop by the library and take part in a lively discussion of Vance's best-selling book!

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Family Game Night

All-Ages Event Drop-in Visit the library for a fun and entertaining game night for folks of all ages!

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Book Club: "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio

Adult Event Drop-in Drop by the library for a lively discussion of R.J. Palacio's best-selling novel, as well as relevant issues raised in the book.

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CD Scratch Art

Kids & Teens Event Drop-in Tweens and teens are invited to the library to create their own wall hanging using compact discs!

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Summer Craft: Handmade Maracas

Children's Event Drop-in Families can join us to make their own handmade maracas! Free, with all supplies provided.

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Make Your Own Musical Instruments!

Children's Event Drop-in To celebrate our "Libraries Rock" Summer Library Program, children of all ages are invited to create their own musical instruments, with all supplies provided!

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Book Club: "Kitchens of the Great Midwest" by J. Ryan Stradal

Adult Event Drop-in Drop by the library for a lively discussion of Stradal's novel!

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Book Club: "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult

Adult Event Drop-in Drop by the library for a discussion of our monthly book club selection, "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult!

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Hobbies and Crafts Night

All-Ages Event Drop-in Hobby and craft enthusiasts are welcome to join us every month for a night of creating and socializing!

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Women's Night Out: "Anything is Possible" by Elizabeth Strout

Adult Event Drop-in Take part in a lively discussion of this novel, which explores a wide range of human emotions through a collection of vignettes.

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The Life of Mozart

Children's Event Drop-in A historically accurate, fun-filled play about one of the greatest musical geniuses who ever lived, presented by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company!

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Keep Cool Story Time

Children's Event Drop-in Keep cool this July and join us for our special story time celebrating the hot days of summer with songs, tales and crafts!

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Jukebox Hero Music Trivia Night!

Adult Event Drop-in Bring a team or join one to play some multimedia music trivia at the library as part of our "Libraries Rock" summer theme.

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Teen Craft Day

Teen Event Drop-in Teens! Visit the library and leave with an awesome craft!

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Escape Room Family Adventure

Kids & Adults Event Drop-in Test your problem-solving and teamwork skills as a family as you try to get out of our escape room! Free, with registration required.

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Pete the Cat Rock & Read Party

Children's Event Drop-in We're celebrating how much libraries rock with a program full of Pete the Cat activities!

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Kindness Rocks: A Rock Painting Party

All-Ages Event Drop-in Kids of all ages can paint their own design or positive message onto decorative rocks and then hide them around their community! Free, with all supplies provided.

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Cribbage Week

Adult Event Drop-in It's Cribbage week all week in Athens! Drop by with a friend or challenge someone in the library to a game. Cards and boards provided

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Nature's Niche Animal Program

Children's Event Drop-in Dino Tlachac from Nature's Niche will introduce children to live animals, their native habitats and importance in our environment. Free and open to the public.

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Shake, Shimmy and Dance! Family Story Time

Children's Event Drop-in Children and their parents or caregivers are welcome to these special story times filled with music, dance and, of course, stories!

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Book Club: "Artemis" by Andy Weir

Adult Event Drop-in Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In July, we'll read and discuss "Artemis" by Andy Weir, and new people are always welcome!

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Readers of Classic Lit: "King Lear" by William Shakespeare

Adult Event Drop-in Take part in a lively discussion of some of history's greatest literature, including this Shakespearean classic!

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Rockin' and Rollin' in Edgar!

Children's Event Drop-in Make some crafts (and maybe sing a tune or two!) during this fun-filled afternoon at the library!

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Kids Needle Arts Night

Kids & Teens Event Drop-in Kids, tweens and teens are invited to learn the basics of finger knitting and make their own knitted accessories during this free program at the library!

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Create Your Own Mosaics!

Teen Event Drop-in Teens are invited to stop by the library to create their own colorful mosaics! Free and all supplies provided.

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DIY Marbled Paper

Teen & Adult Event Drop-in Ever wanted to add that extra touch to paper crafts? Marbling is the perfect technique to create that beautiful artistic design!

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MCPL & POV Documentary Night: "Whose Streets?"

Adult Event Drop-in Join us for a special screening of this documentary in collaboration with the POV independent film series, and see it before the PBS premiere!

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Summer Craft: Marching Ants

Children's Event Drop-in Families can join us to make their own crafted ants! Free, with all supplies provided.

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Harry Potter Owl Craft

Children's Event Drop-in Patrons are invited to stop in any time we're open during the week of July 30th to celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with a make-your-own Hedwig owl craft!

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Harry Potter Potions Class

Children's Event Drop-in MCPL Mosinee is celebrating Harry Potter's birthday with all sorts of fun science experiments like flobberworms and fizzy potions! Free and all supplies provided.

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Let's Make Some Noise! Story Time

Children's Event Drop-in Kids and families can attend this story time focusing on musical instruments at the library!

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Ollivander's Wand Shop

All-Ages Event Drop-in Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday by making your own magic wand at the library!

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Crafted Rock Photo Holder

Teen & Adult Event Drop-in Teens and adults can make their own unique photo holder using rocks, paint and wire!

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MCPL Live!
Patrick W. Steele: How Milwaukee Lost the Braves

Adult Event Drop-in Join us for an interesting evening of sports history with Patrick W. Steele as he discusses his new book, "Home of the Braves: The Battle for Baseball in Milwaukee," about the Milwaukee Braves and decision to relocate the team to Atlanta.

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Chalk Up A Storm: Sidewalk Chalk Drawing

Kids & Teens Event Drop-in Kids, tweens, teens and their families are invited to decorate the sidewalk outside the library during this week.

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The Power of Protein: Incorporating Beef into a Healthy Diet

Adult Event Drop-in Join us for this presentation on the importance of protein and a demonstration of a heart-healthy recipe with beef!

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Under The Sea Story Time

Children's Event Drop-in Visit the library for a special underwater-themed story time complete with crafts, songs and more!

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Free Family Pool Day

All-Ages Event Drop-in Children and their families can enjoy a FREE day at Wausau's outdoor pools just by showing their library card! One card per family.

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Fiber Arts

Adult Event Drop-in Community members are invited to gather at the library to work on fiber arts projects, share projects with each other and try free crochet lessons. Yarn and a limited number of other supplies are provided, and new participants are always welcome!

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TAG - Teen Advisory Group!

Teen Event Drop-in Teens are welcome to meet others, volunteer and help plan library programs through our Teen Advisory Group (TAG). Meetings monthly

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Summer Craft: Dino Buddies!

Children's Event Drop-in Families can join us to craft their own dinosaur! Free, with all supplies provided.

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Book Club: "One Thousand White Women" by Jim Fergus

Adult Event Drop-in Drop by the library each month for a lively discussion on a wide variety of books!

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Book Club: "A Gentleman In Moscow" by Amor Towles

Adult Event Drop-in Join us for a lively discussion of this best-selling book, about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel in 1920s Russia.

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Thinkers & Tinkers Week

Kids & Adults Event Drop-in Visit the library any time the library is open to tinker with tech gadgets including a 3D printer, snap circuits and more!

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Library Learning
Internet Basics

Adult Event Drop-in Join us for a class that will teach you how to get the most out of what the Internet has to offer, including how to use a web browser. Space is limited so registration is required. Call 715-446-3537 for more information or to register.

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Book Club: "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie

Adult Event Drop-in Join us for our monthly book club at the library! For the month of August, we'll be reading "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie! Free, with new members always welcome! Call 715-443-2775 for more information.

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Book Club: "Troublemaker" by Leah Remini

Adult Event Drop-in Join the library Book Club in August to discuss the book "Troublemaker" by Leah Remini!

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Recycled CD Coasters

Adult Event Drop-in Make your own set of stylish coasters using recycled CDs and a variety of craft materials! Free, with all supplies provided.

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Stuffed Animal Sleep Over

Children's Event Drop-in Bring your best stuffed friend to the library for a sleepover! Drop off starts at 6:30 p.m., pickup starts the next morning at 9 a.m.

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Beauty Products

Teen & Adult Event Drop-in Join us to learn how to make your own beauty products and take it home with you!

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Summer Craft: Monkey Hats

Children's Event Drop-in Families can join us to make their own monkey hats! Free, with all supplies provided.

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Book Club: "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman

Adult Event Drop-in Join us for a discussion about this novel, about a curmudgeon who finds an unexpected friendship among neighbors.

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Book Club: "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott

Adult Event Drop-in Stop by the library each month for a spirited discussion of a wide range of books!

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Natural Dyeing for Beginners

Adult Event Drop-in Adults can learn the basics of dyeing fabrics with vegetable dyes such as red cabbage, carrot greens and more during this free informational presentation!

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Learn to Embroider

Adult Event Drop-in Adults can get an introduction to embroidery during this free class at the library!

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Women's Night Out: "Glass House" by Brian Alexander

Adult Event Drop-in Take part in a lively discussion of this nonfiction book, about a town in Ohio, which went from being middle class to run down over the past 40 years.

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Book Club: "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton

Adult Event Drop-in Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In the month of August, we'll read and discuss Edith Wharton's 1911 novel about a tragic love triangle. New people are always welcome!

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Scrabble Week

All-Ages Event Drop-in Stop by the library to play a friendly game of Scrabble during this week-long drop-in event!

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Anime After Dark

Adult Event Drop-in Adults can watch episodes of anime series "Perfect Insider" and "Tokto ESP!" Suitable for adults ages 18+ only.

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