Holiday hours: All MCPL locations will be closed Sat.–Mon., 8/31–9/2.

Story Times

Bring your children to story time at your local Marathon County Public Library! Story times are intended to introduce children to literature and reading through storytelling, songs, games, puppets and fingerplays. Many of our story times meet on a weekly basis, while some are specially scheduled. See below for details.

Area daycare providers may schedule a morning or afternoon story time at MCPL Wausau on Thursdays, September –May. Call 715-261-7220 or use our Group Visit Form to add your group to the schedule.


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Play & Learn

Children 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. In partnership with the Family Resource Center.

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Tales for Tots

Children Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays with your toddler at this fun and lively story time!

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Preschool Story Time

Children This 30-minute program will help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten with stories, songs, rhymes and other early literacy activities.

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Stories & Strings: A Violin Story Time

Children Hear songs played on the violin and try out a violin yourself during this story time combining tales and tunes!

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Book Babies

Children 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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A Groovy New Story & Crafts With Pete the Cat!

Children It's all about that hep cat Pete as we celebrate a new book coming out in September with stories and crafts!

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Therapy Dog Story Time

Children Join us for a special story time and learn all about the world of a therapy dog!

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Home School Huddle

Children Families of homeschooled children can hear stories, read, and participate in various activities related to the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

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Family Pajama Story Time

Children Join us for a special story time filled with relaxing stories, music and movement - pajamas, blankets and stuffed animals encouraged!

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Harvest Fest Story Time & Crafts!

Children Hear fall-themed stories and make a variety of crafts during this event, part of Wausau Events' Harvest Fest!

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Fire Safety Story Time

Children Celebrate Fire Prevention Week by hearing stories about fire safety, then meet a real-life firefighter during this special story time!

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Family Adventure Night: Scooby-Doo

Children Hear stories and make fun crafts related to the popular cartoon character Scooby-Doo during our monthly Family Adventure Night!

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Family Adventure Night: Paw Patrol

Children Hear stories and make fun crafts related to the Nick Jr. show "Paw Patrol" during our monthly Family Adventure Night!

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Family Adventure Night: Wild Kratts

Children Hear stories and make fun crafts related to the PBS Kids show "Wild Kratts" during our monthly Family Adventure Night!

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