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Summer Library Program (SLP)

"Imagine Your Story" banner with three children reading a book

Please note: In the interest of patron and staff safety, there have been changes to this year's summer program due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns:


Summer Events

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Trail Tales

Children Drop-in Join us for more Trail Tales this summer at Marathon Park! These collaborations between the library and the Marathon County Parks Dept. are a great way to exercise the body and the mind!

  • 6/157/13/20 @ Marathon Park

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Fiber Arts Kits

All-Ages Registration Drop-in Stop by the library in July to pick up a kit of supplies and instructions to create your own fiber arts project at home!

  • 7/17/31/20 @ MCPL Athens

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DIY Unicorns

Children Registration Drop-in Make your own colorful, sparkly unicorn and spark your creativity before you start with a few online stories, with this grab and go craft project!

  • 7/67/11/20 @ MCPL Athens
  • 7/67/11/20 @ MCPL Mosinee
  • 7/67/11/20 @ MCPL Stratford
  • 7/137/18/20 @ MCPL Edgar
  • 7/207/25/20 @ MCPL Marathon City
  • 7/207/25/20 @ MCPL Wausau
  • 7/278/1/20 @ MCPL Rothschild
  • 7/278/1/20 @ MCPL Spencer
  • 8/178/22/20 @ MCPL Hatley

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Fire-Breathing Dragons

Children Registration Drop-in Pick up a kit throughout the summer via curbside pickup at various MCPL locations to craft your own dragon at home!

  • 7/67/11/20 @ MCPL Marathon City
  • 7/137/18/20 @ MCPL Spencer
  • 7/137/18/20 @ MCPL Stratford
  • 8/38/8/20 @ MCPL Athens
  • 8/108/14/20 @ MCPL Rothschild
  • 8/178/22/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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Dragon Eggs

Adults Drop-in Kids shouldn't have all the fun when it comes to crafts! Adults are encouraged to pick up a craft kit to create their own version of a dragon egg. Available for curbside pickup at the library.

  • 7/67/31/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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Pokemon ball

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Virtual Pokemon Science

Children Drop-in Attention all Pokemon Trainers! Pick up a take-home kit for this STEM activity and mix scientific concepts with Pokemon! Available via curbside pickup with no appointment needed while supplies last.

  • 7/67/10/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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Virtual Story Time

Children Just because MCPL is currently closed doesn't mean we can't share stories with each other: Join us for virtual story time!

  • Tue., 7/7/20, 1010:15 a.m. @ Facebook (Online)
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Book Club: "The Testaments" by Margaret Atwood

Adults Stop by the library and to discuss this best-selling sequel by Margaret Atwood!

  • Thu., 7/9/20, 67 p.m. @ MCPL Athens

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Make Your Own Lavender Gnome

Adults & Teens Registration Drop-in Craft a lavender-scented gnome, with all supplies provided in a kit that you can conveniently pick up curbside or by appointment!

  • 7/137/17/20 @ MCPL Marathon City

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Jack & the Beanstalk

Children Registration Drop-in Kids can plant their own bean at home and watch it grow throughout the summer, with supplies and instructions provided by the library via curbside pickup, as well as stories for budding green thumbs!

  • 7/137/18/20 @ MCPL Hatley
  • 7/207/25/20 @ MCPL Edgar
  • 7/278/1/20 @ MCPL Athens
  • 7/277/31/20 @ MCPL Wausau
  • 8/38/7/20 @ MCPL Mosinee

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Virtual Book Club: "Educated" by Tara Westover

Adults Attend a lively, virtual discussion of the library's book club pick for the month of July!

  • Mon., 7/13/20, 5:456:45 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Virtual Book Club: "Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?" by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella

Adults Join the library Book Club in July for a virtual chat about this book by Lisa Scottoline!

  • Tue., 7/14/20, 23 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Trail Tales

Children Drop-in Take a stroll through Bluegill Bay Park this summer and read while you walk with our Trail Tales program!

  • 7/157/31/20 @ Bluegill Bay Park

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CANCELED: Dog Man Mania!

Children Drop-in This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELED: Wed., 7/15/20, 1–3 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Superhero Craft Kit

Children Registration Drop-in Patrons can discover and create their inner superhero with a special craft kit available at the library!

  • 7/207/25/20 @ MCPL Mosinee

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Virtual Book Club: "The Winner" by David Baldacci

Adults Take part in a lively, virtual discussion of this novel about a woman who is sought by the FBI and a dangerous man after becoming wealthy by fraud.

  • Mon., 7/20/20, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee

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CANCELED: Women's Night Out
"The Lager Queen of Minnesota" by J. Ryan Stradal

Adults Drop-in This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELED: Mon., 7/20/20, 6:30–7:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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MCPL DIY
Dragon Eggs

Kids & Teens Make a mystical dragon's egg during this craft event!

  • Wed., 7/22/20, 35 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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The History of Tea

Adults Registration Learn how tea is made, about the various kinds and how to make your own!

  • Fri., 7/24/20, 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Needle Arts

All-Ages Drop-in Drop by the library to work on fiber arts projects such as knitting, crocheting and quilting!

  • Tue., 7/28/20, 14 p.m. @ MCPL Athens
  • Tue., 8/11/20, 25 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
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Virtual Book Club: "Mrs. Everything" by Jennifer Weiner

Adults Join us to discuss this riveting novel by Jennifer Weiner from the comfort and safety of home!

  • Wed., 7/29/20, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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Write Your Story! Teen Summer 2020 Short Story Writing Contest

Teens Drop-in Teens across Marathon County are invited to share their writing with the library (and the world!) with our short story contest, with prizes for the top three entries!

  • 7/318/28/20 @ All MCPL Locations

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"Forever Garden" Woven Sunflower Project

Children Drop-in Become inspired by Laurel Snyder's "The Forever Garden" picture book; listen to the story and create your own sunflower. Available for curbside pickup at the library.

  • 8/38/7/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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Hot Off the Grill

Adults Learn different ways to prepare beef on the grill!

  • Tue., 8/4/20, 1011 a.m. @ MCPL Spencer

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Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Discussion Group

Adults Learn more about aromatherapy, essential oils and natural or homemade health products during this monthly event!

  • Wed., 8/5/20, 34:30 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Book Club: "Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman

Adults Attend a lively discussion at the library book club's pick for the month of August!

  • Mon., 8/10/20, 5:456:45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Book Club: "Before I Go to Sleep" by S.J. Watson

Adults Join the library Book Club in August to discuss this book by S.J. Watson!

  • Tue., 8/11/20, 23 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Newspaper Castles

Kids & Teens Drop-in Make castles out of newspaper during this drop-in event!

  • Thu., 8/13/20, 10 a.m.4 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Create Your Own Crown!

Children Drop-in Make and decorate your own royal crown!

  • Thu., 8/13/20, 10 a.m.4 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Book Club: "The Lager Queen of Minnesota" by J. Ryan Stradal

Adults Stop by the library and to discuss the latest novel by best-selling author J. Ryan Stradal!

  • Thu., 8/13/20, 67 p.m. @ MCPL Athens

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Virtual Book Club: "The Immortalists" by Chloe Benjamin

Adults Take part in a lively, virtual discussion of this novel about four siblings who find out the exact date that each of them will die, and how their lives play out.

  • Mon., 8/17/20, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee

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MCPL DIY
Pressed Flower Coasters

Adults Registration Make a decorative coaster with pressed flowers and other supplies!

  • Tue., 8/18/20, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Mission STEAM: Lego WeDo

Kids & Teens Drop-in Work with programmable LEGO blocks during this week of STEAM!

  • 8/218/28/20 @ MCPL Marathon City

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Grab & Go
Bow-Tie Noodle Butterfly

Children Registration Kids and their caregivers are welcome to pick up a take-home kit from the library and create a butterfly craft using brightly painted bow-tie pasta!

  • 8/248/28/20 @ MCPL Athens

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Virtual Book Club: "Becoming" by Michelle Obama

Adults Join us virtually to discuss this best-selling memoir by Michelle Obama from the comfort and safety of home!

  • Wed., 8/26/20, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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