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ATTENTION: All MCPL locations will be closed Fri., 9/29, for staff development.

Adult Services


Wisconsin CLICK for Babies Campaign Donation Collections

Wed., 6/21/17, 9am - Sat., 9/30/17, 5pm @ MCPL Wausau
All MCPL locations will serve as collection sites for knit and crocheted baby caps for the 2017 Wisconsin CLICK for Babies: Period of Purple Crying. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Charity Crafts Social Issues Wausau Adults

Needle Arts Night

Join us at the Athens Branch every Tuesday afternoon and learn new fiber arts skills with hooks, punches and needles, or join other experienced crafters to work on projects old ... (read more)
More events in this series (23). » Crafts Hands-on Activities Athens Adults Children

Quilting and Crafting

Quilters and crafters - experienced and beginners - are invited to gather to learn, create, and share. In addition to sharing quilting skills and techniques, we'll also teach a new ... (read more)
More events in this series (2). » Stratford Adults

Library Learning
Introduction to Gmail

Learn how to create your own email account and how to use it during this free introductory class!
More events in this series (1). » Hands-on Learning Technology Library Learning Wausau Adults

Book Club: "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

Wed., 9/27/17, 11am - 12pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Two slaves escape a cotton plantation via the Underground Railroad with a relentless slave catcher in pursuit.
Book Club Rothschild Adults

Readers of Classic Lit: "Little House in the Big Woods"

Wed., 9/27/17, 12pm - 1pm @ MCPL Wausau
Discussion of the classic book about two girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier. No registration required and new participants are always welcome!
Book Club Wausau Adults

Fact or Fiction: A Live Storytelling Event

Fri., 9/29/17, 7pm - 9pm @ UW Center for Civic Engagement
Ten stories by 10 different storytellers, and the audience judges if the stories are true or false! Prizes for the two stories that fake out the audience the most! Free to attend, but mature audiences only. Send submissions by 9/15 to factorfiction@mcpl.us.
Community Off-site Theatre Writing Writing Contest Cwbf Uw Center For Civic Engagement Adults

Central Wisconsin Book Festival

Fri., 9/29/17, 7pm - Sat., 9/30/17, 9pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for the first-ever Central Wisconsin Book Festival, starting with a live storytelling event the evening of Friday, Sept. 29 and events throughout the day on Saturday, Sept. 30. All events are free and no registration or tickets required!
Author Visit Community History Nature Off-site Outdoor Recreation Social Issues Sports Writing Writing Contest Wausau Adults Teen

Books Build Better Brains: Literacy and Early Brain and Child Development

Sat., 9/30/17, 9:30am - 11am @ MCPL Wausau
Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a pediatrician, public health professional and child health advocate, will discuss the importance of early literacy and the roles that human relationships and interactions play in a child's first thousand days of life.
Health Science Social Issues Cwbf Wausau Adults

The Rise and Fall of Baseball at the Univ. of Wisconsin

Sat., 9/30/17, 10am - 11:30am @ Janke Book Store
Steven D. Schmitt will share the history of baseball at the University of Wisconsin, which started in 1870 and ended in 1991, making UW the only Big Ten school with ... (read more)
Author Visit History Sports Cwbf Janke Book Store Adults

Grouse Hunting with Author Mark Parman

Sat., 9/30/17, 11am - 12pm @ MCPL Wausau
Author, hunter and UW-Marathon County Senior Lecturer Mark Parman will read from his book "A Grouse Hunter's Almanac," newly released in paperback that chronicles 20 seasons of hunts. Q&A and signing to follow. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Author Visit Nature Outdoor Recreation Writing Cwbf Wausau Adults

Mistakes That Led Victoria Houston to a Life of Mystery Writing

Sat., 9/30/17, 1pm - 2:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
One of Wisconsin's own favorite writers, Victoria Houston, will join us during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival to share stories of how she became a mystery writer. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Author Visit Writing Cwbf Wausau Adults

Flock Together: A Conversation About Extinct Birds & What They've Taught Us

Sat., 9/30/17, 2pm - 3pm @ MCPL Wausau
Author B.J. Hollars presents information about extinct birds from his book "Flock Together," and how we can save threatened species and ourselves. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Author Visit History Nature Outdoor Recreation Writing Cwbf Wausau Adults

A Conversation with Comic Writer and Artist Tim Seeley

Sat., 9/30/17, 3pm - 4:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Comic book writer and artist Tim Seeley joins us for the Central Wisconsin Book Festival to talk about his work, including the upcoming film adaptation of his book "Revival." Free and no registration or tickets required.
Art Author Visit Writing Wausau Adults Teens Cwbf

My Two Elaines: A Story of Alzheimer's Care with Gov. Martin Schreiber

Sat., 9/30/17, 3pm - 4:30pm @ Janke Book Store
Former Wisconsin Gov. Martin Schreiber will read from his new book "My Two Elaines: learning, coping, and surviving as an Alzheimer's caregiver" and answer questions about the role of caregiver to someone with Alzheimer's. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Author Visit Health Off-site Social Issues Janke Book Store Adults Cwbf

Central Wisconsin Book Fest Finale: Poet Mai Der Vang

Sat., 9/30/17, 7pm - 8:30pm @ UW Center for Civic Engagement
We'll close out the Central Wisconsin Book Festival with award-winning poet Mai Der Vang, whose collection "Afterland" recounts the Hmong exodus from Laos and the Hmong culture's ongoing resilience in exile. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Author Visit History Poetry Social Issues Cwbf Uw Center For Civic Engagement Adults

Meet the Marathon County SWAT Team

Tue., 10/3/17, 9am - 10am @ MCPL Spencer
Members of the Marathon County SWAT Team will join us to explain the work they do and what it takes to become a SWAT team member. Free and open to the public.
Community Spencer Adults

MCPL DIY
Halloween Terrarium for Adults

Adults can create their own little world of Halloween during this DIY craft program - with a craft you can take home! Free and all supplies provided, but registration is required. 715-261-7230 for info or to register.
Crafts Wausau Adults

Friends of MCPL Moving Sale!

Thu., 10/5/17, 5pm - Sun., 10/8/17, 4pm @ MCPL Wausau
The Friends of Marathon County Public Library is moving into a new space, and will host their quarterly book sale in their soon-to-be-former home - this time with extra-special deals in store!
Art Book Sale Fundraiser History Movie Music Photography Poetry Science Wausau Adults

It's Your Move: MCPL Game Day

Bring your family to the library for a fun day of gaming! Board and card games for all ages will be available.
More events in this series (7). » Games Activities Rothschild Adults Children Teens

Book Club: "The Hired Girl" by Laura Amy Schlitz

Mon., 10/9/17, 5:45pm - 6:45pm @ MCPL Marathon City
Join us for our monthly book club at MCPL Marathon City! For the month of October, we'll be reading "The Hired Girl" by Laura Amy Schlitz! Free, with new members always welcome! Call 715-443-2775 for more information.
Book Club Marathon City Adults

Library Learning
Facebook Fundamentals Part 1

Learn how to make a Facebook profile, send friend requests, like, comment and more during part one of this two-part course. Free and open to adults.
More events in this series (2). » Hands-on Learning Library Learning Technology Spencer Adults

Book Club: "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury

Tue., 10/10/17, 2pm - 3pm @ MCPL Hatley
Discuss Ray Bradbury's classic novel "Fahrenheit 451" during our Hatley Branch's October book club meeting!
Book Club Hatley Adults

Inside the Lines: An Adult Coloring Party!

Join us for a fun, relaxing and creative evening coloring with other adults. Free, with all supplies provided. No registration required.
More events in this series (5). » Crafts Rothschild Adults

Book Club: "Missing Mom" by Joyce Carol Oates

Thu., 10/12/17, 11:30am - 12:30pm @ MCPL Edgar
Join us for a discussion of this book, about a woman who undergoes a major personal transformation in the year following her mother's death.
Book Club Edgar Adults

Immigration Then and Now: Causes, Consequences of the 1917 Immigration Act

Thu., 10/12/17, 6pm - 8pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join Lee Willis, associate professor and chair of Department of History and International Studies at UW-Stevens Point, for a talk on the 100-year-old Immigration Act of 1917 and how it ... (read more)
History Social Issues Wausau Adults

Random Moments of Verse

A monthly gathering of central Wisconsin poets, who are invited to share original work and/or the work of other poets. No registration required - just show up and read or listen!
More events in this series (2). » Community Poetry Writing Wausau Adults

Book Club: "Under The Influence" by Joyce Maynard

Thu., 10/12/17, 6:30pm - 8pm @ MCPL Athens
Discussion of a novel about a woman who falls apart in her personal and professional life, and falls under the spell of a charming couple. No registration required and new people are always welcome!
Book Club Athens Adults

Duct Tape Palooza!

Create a variety of crafts all with colorful types of duct tape! Free and all supplies provided.
Activities Art Hands-on Learning Crafts Marathon City Adults Children Teens Tweens

Book Club: "The Light Between Oceans" by M. L. Stedman

Mon., 10/16/17, 1pm - 2pm @ MCPL Mosinee
A baby washes ashore a remote Australian island where a childless couple run a lighthouse.
Book Club Mosinee Adults

Book Club "Magic Hour" by Kristin Hannah

Mon., 10/16/17, 1pm - 2pm @ MCPL Stratford
Reluctantly giving up her California practice working with troubled children, Julia Cates is forced to draw on all her skills to deal with a young mute girl found abandoned and terrified in her Pacific Northwest.
Book Club Stratford Adults

Hobbies and Crafts Night

Hobby and craft enthusiasts are welcome to join us every month for a night of creating and socializing!
More events in this series (7). » Activities Art Crafts Hatley Adults Children Tweens Teens

Growing Herbs Indoors

Mon., 10/16/17, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Edgar
Learn how to grow herbs indoors throughout the winter with this free presentation led by Master Gardener Eileen Riehle! Call 715-352-3155 for more information.
Gardening Edgar Adults

Book Club: "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger

Join us for a discussion of the book "Ordinary Grace," about a man who looks back on a tragic event that shattered his small Minnesota hometown when he was 13.
More events in this series (1). » Book Club Spencer Adults

Women's Night Out: "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman

Mon., 10/16/17, 6:30pm - 8pm @ MCPL Wausau
Lively, social discussion of the novel about a curmudgeon who finds an unexpected friendship among neighbors.
Book Club Wausau Adults

History of the One-Room Schoolhouse

Tue., 10/17/17, 1:30pm - 2:30pm @ MCPL Stratford
Visit our Stratford Branch for a historical look at one-room schoolhouses, led by Gary Gisselman from the Marathon County Historical Society!
Community History Local History Stratford Adults

Introduction to Raising Chickens!

Thu., 10/19/17, 6pm - 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for a presentation on what it takes to raise chickens at home, and bring your questions! Free and no registration required.
Animals Farming Wausau Adults

Library Learning
Facebook Fundamentals Part 2

Increase your knowledge of Facebook and learn how to use additional tools on the social media site with Part 2 of our Facebook Fundamentals class!
More events in this series (1). » Hands-on Learning Technology Library Learning Wausau Adults

Book Club: "The Girls" by Emma Cline

Wed., 10/25/17, 11am - 12pm @ MCPL Rothschild
A 1960s teen girl becomes swept up in a chaotic cult and its charismatic leader in "The Girls" by novelist Emma Cline.
Book Club Rothschild Adults

Readers of Classic Lit: "The Golden Notebook" by Doris Lessing

Wed., 10/25/17, 12pm - 1pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for a discussion of this classic book, about a successful author who combines her different notebooks of writings into one single golden notebook. No registration required and new participants are always welcome!
Book Club Wausau Adults

MCPL DIY
Stained Glass Votive Jars

Sat., 10/28/17, 11am - 12pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Learn how to upcycle baby food jars into a beautiful work of faux stained glass art! Free and all supplies provided.
Crafts Hands-on Activities Rothschild Adults

International Games Week: Family Game Afternoon

Sun., 10/29/17, 1:30pm - 4:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
The library celebrates International Games Week with an afternoon of board games and card games! Bring family or friends, or come by yourself and join a group. Free and no registration required.
Games Wausau Adults Children Teens Tweens

Anime After Dark: Halloween Edition

Tue., 10/31/17, 6pm - 8pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for a spooky Halloween version of our popular Anime After Dark series. Free and mature audiences only.
Movie Wausau Adults

Fall Craft Day

Folks are encouraged to visit us and make a variety of autumn crafts! Free, with all supplies provided.
Crafts Art Hands-on Activities Marathon City Adults Teens

MCPL Live!
The History of Wisconsin Public Broadcasting

Learn about the history of Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television and how they shaped stations across the country from Rick Reyer, regional manager of WPR!
Community History Local History Mcpl Live! Edgar Adults

Canning Meat and Wild Game

Thu., 11/2/17, 6pm - 7:30pm @ MCPL Hatley
Learn the basics of canning and preserving wild game and other meats during this free presentation, led by Jackie Carattini from UW-Extension!
Food Nature Hands-on Learning Hatley Adults

MCPL DIY
Autumn Candle Holders

Mon., 11/6/17, 3pm - 4pm @ MCPL Mosinee
Visit our Mosinee Branch to create autumn leaf mason jar candle holders, with all supplies provided!
Crafts Hands-on Activities Mosinee Adults

Learn About Marathon County's Uniform Addressing System

Tue., 11/7/17, 9am - 10am @ MCPL Spencer
Learn the details of Marathon County's new uniform addressing system and what it means for you at this free informational meeting!
Community Spencer Adults

Library Learning
Introduction to Pinterest

Learn how to create a free Pinterest account and how to navigate the website during this free class! Registration required.
More events in this series (1). » Hands-on Learning Technology Library Learning Wausau Adults

MCPL Live!
Author & Photographer Matt Janzen: State of Craft Beer

Tue., 11/7/17, 6pm - 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Author and photographer Matt Janzen will share stories and photos from his book "State of Craft Beer," a two-year effort to explore every aspect of the craft beer brewing process ... (read more)
Art Author Visit History Photography Writing Wausau Adults

Book Club: "The Finest Hours" by Michael Tougias and Casey Sherman

Thu., 11/9/17, 11:30am - 12:30pm @ MCPL Edgar
Join us for a discussion of this book, which chronicles a real-life rescue mission the U.S. Coast Guard made in 1954 to save oil tankers ripped apart by a massive storm.
Book Club Edgar Adults

Book Club: "Redeployment" by Phil Klay

Thu., 11/9/17, 6:30pm - 8pm @ MCPL Athens
Join a lively discussion of this historical fiction novel about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. New members always welcome!
Book Club Athens Adults

Natural Dyeing for Beginners

Sat., 11/11/17, 11am - 12pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Adults can learn the basics of dyeing fabrics with vegetable dyes such as red cabbage, carrot greens, beets and more during this free informational presentation!
Art Crafts Nature Hands-on Activities Food Rothschild Adults

Book Club: "The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling

Mon., 11/13/17, 5:45pm - 6:45pm @ MCPL Marathon City
Join us for our monthly book club at MCPL Marathon City! For the month of November, we'll be reading "The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling! Free, with new members always welcome! Call 715-443-2775 for more information.
Book Club Marathon City Adults

MCPL DIY
Holiday Cardmaking

Mon., 11/13/17, 6:30pm - 8pm @ MCPL Spencer
Local cardmaking enthusiast Jean Fischer will lead this free presentation on how to make festive personalized holiday greeting cards! Open to adults, with registration required.
Holiday Crafts Hands-on Activities Hands-on Learning Spencer Adults

Book Club: "Dear Daughter" by Elizabeth Little

Tue., 11/14/17, 2pm - 3pm @ MCPL Hatley
Join our Hatley Branch Book Club in November to discuss the novel "Dear Daughter" by Elizabeth Little!
Book Club Hatley Adults

Book Club: "Before the Fall" by Noah Hawley

Wed., 11/15/17, 11am - 12pm @ MCPL Rothschild
After a tragic plane crash, the only two survivors are a down-and-out painter and the four year-old heir to a media empire in Noah Hawley's novel "Before the Fall."
Book Club Rothschild Adults

Book Club: "The Silver Star" by Jeanette Walls

Join us at our Spencer Branch for a discussion of the book "The Silver Star," about two sisters who move in with their uncle and face hardships as they grow up.
More events in this series (1). » Book Club Spencer Adults

Book Club: "A Spool of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler

Mon., 11/20/17, 1pm - 2pm @ MCPL Mosinee
This story follows the lives of four generations of the Whitshank family, spanning from the 1920s until present day.
Book Club Mosinee Adults

Book Club "The Martian" by Andy Weir

Mon., 11/20/17, 1pm - 2pm @ MCPL Stratford
While on a space mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is accidentally left behind and must figure out a way to grow food and survive until NASA can send a mission back to rescue him.
Book Club Stratford Adults

Women's Night Out: "The Green Road" by Anne Enright

Mon., 11/20/17, 6:30pm - 8pm @ MCPL Wausau
Stop by the Women's Night Out book club for a lively, social discussion of a novel about an Irish family whose children spread across the globe and reunite over Christmas.
Book Club Wausau Adults

Readers of Classic Lit: "The American Dream"/"Zoo Story" by Edward Albee

Wed., 11/22/17, 12pm - 1pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for a discussion of two of Edward Albee's classic one-act plays! No registration required and new participants are always welcome!
Book Club Wausau Adults

Spencer High School Handbell Choir

Tue., 12/5/17, 9am - 10am @ MCPL Spencer
Join us as the Spencer High School Handbell Choir performs songs for the holiday season! Free and open to the public.
Holiday Music Spencer Adults

It's A Wrap!

Thu., 12/7/17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm @ MCPL Spencer
Learn different techniques for holiday gift wrapping, including making bows, adding other flourishes and more! Free, with no registration required.
Holiday Hands-on Activities Activities Spencer Adults

Create Your Own Holiday Cards

Patrons of all ages can make their own handmade holiday cards using a variety supplies! Free, with all supplies provided.
Holiday Hands-on Activities Activities Mosinee Adults Children Teens Tweens

Book Club: "Greenglass House" by Kate Milford

Mon., 12/11/17, 5:45pm - 6:45pm @ MCPL Marathon City
Join us for our monthly book club at MCPL Marathon City! For the month of December, we'll be reading "Greenglass House" by Kate Milford! Free, with new members always welcome! Call 715-443-2775 for more information.
Book Club Marathon City Adults

Book Club: "The Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey

Tue., 12/12/17, 2pm - 3pm @ MCPL Hatley
Join us at our Hatley Branch to discuss "The Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey.
Book Club Hatley Adults

Book Club: "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

Thu., 12/14/17, 11:30am - 12:30pm @ MCPL Edgar
Join us as we discuss this award-winning book, about a young slave trying to find the road to freedom!
Book Club Edgar Adults

Book Club: "The Christmas Shoes" by Donna VanLiere

Mon., 12/18/17, 1pm - 2pm @ MCPL Mosinee
This story follows the lives of a man and a boy who cross paths one fateful Christmas Eve.
Book Club Mosinee Adults

Book Club "The 13th Gift" by Joanne Smith

Mon., 12/18/17, 1pm - 2pm @ MCPL Stratford
After the death of her husband, Joanne Smith is dreading the holiday season. But 12 days before Christmas, she begins receiving unexpected gifts from her family's "True Friends," which changes her outlook.
Book Club Stratford Adults

Book Club: "A Season of Angels" by Debbie Macomber

Join us for a discussion of the book "A Season of Angels," about three wacky angels who set out to answer the Christmas prayers of those on earth.
More events in this series (1). » Book Club Spencer Adults

Readers of Classic Lit: The Short Stories of O. Henry

Wed., 12/20/17, 12pm - 1pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for a discussion of some of O. Henry's classic short stories!
Book Club Wausau Adults

Thinkers & Tinkers Week

Sat., 12/23/17 - Sat., 12/30/17 @ MCPL Hatley
Visit our Hatley Branch any time the library is open to tinker with tech gadgets including snap circuits, a 3D printer and more!
Activities Games Technology Hatley Adults Children Grades K 5 Teens Tweens

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