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Holiday hours: All MCPL locations will be closed Wed., 7/4.

Events: Wausau

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Needle Arts Night

Adult Event Drop-in Knitters of all ages and experience levels are invited to gather to work on a variety of needle arts projects and socializing at MCPL!

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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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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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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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Silly Songs with Duke Otherwise!

Children's Event Drop-in Join us as we welcome spirited musician, Duke Otherwise to MCPL for fun shows filled with music, dancing and more!

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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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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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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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Summer Craft Day

Children's Event Drop-in Families can join us to make crafts based on popular children's songs! Free, with all supplies provided.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pokemon Club

Children's Event Drop-in Join fellow Pokemon fans for a monthly gathering of all things Pokemon, including new activities each month and the opportunity to play the Pokemon trading card game! Free, with no registration required.

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Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Partisan Polarization in the Trump Age

Adult Event Drop-in Join us as UW-Madison assistant professor Michael Wagner discusses the US's current political divide, what contributes to it and how it may affect our nation's future.

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The Surprising Benefits of Playing Video Games

Teen & Adult Event Drop-in Learn about the positive effects of playing video games from UW-Madison professor C. Shawn Green! Free, no registration required.

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