Marathon County Public Library

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Adult Services

LENA Start Marathon County

Adults Registration Improve your verbal interactions with your child through a talk pedometer and parent education classes! Registration required.

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Birding for Beginners II

All-Ages Learn about the beautiful birds of Wisconsin and how to attract them to your own backyard.

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Book Club: "Murder On The Orient Express" by Agatha Christie

Adults Stop by the library for an engaging discussion of our monthly book club pick!

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MCPL DIY
Decoupage Jars

All-Ages Create unique decor for your home or office! Free and all supplies provided.

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Family Game Day

All-Ages Drop-in Bring your family to the library for a fun day of gaming! Board and card games for all ages will be available.

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Library Learning
Facebook Fundamentals

Adults Registration Learn how to make a Facebook profile, send friend requests, like, comment and more !

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Library Learning
Basics of the iPhone and iPad

Adults Registration Do you have an Apple iPhone or iPad, or thinking about buying one, and want to learn more about how they work? We want to help!

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Quilting & Beyond

Adults Drop-in Work on your quilting projects at the library with your friends and neighbors!

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MCPL Movie Night
"First Man"

Adults Join us for a free screening of the 2018 film exploring the life of NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong, and bring your popcorn!

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Book Club: "Anna and the Swallow Man" by Gavriel Savit

Adults Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In the month of February, we'll read and discuss this novel, about a young girl who travels to the Polish countryside after her father is taken to a concentration camp.

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Readers of Classic Literature
"O Pioneers!" by Willa Cather

Adults Drop-in Take part in a lively discussion of some of history's greatest works of literature, including Cather's prototype feminist novel!

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Art Cluster Reception

Kids & Adults Drop-in Parents and other family members are invited to view and celebrate their child's artwork which was created as part of Wausau School District's Art Cluster program.

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Starting Garden Plants

Adults Learn how to start tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and more !

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Health and Wellness Club: Allergies and Spring Cleaning

Adults & Teens Join us for a group discussion about spring cleaning and shedding the clutter, DIY natural cleaning products and ways to beat seasonal allergies!

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Nonfiction @ Night: "Evicted" by Matthew Desmond

Adults Discuss our monthly book club pick about eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads.

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What's the Buzz? Honey Bees and Beekeeping

Adults Learn about honey bees, beekeeping and more during this free event with a local expert!

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Needle Felting Workshop

Adults & Teens Drop-in Adults and teens are welcome to drop by the library to discover and learn the basics of needle felting.

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Book Club: "How To Stop Time" by Matt Haig

Adults Join us for our monthly book club at the library! For the month of March, we'll be reading "How to Stop Time" by Matt Haig!

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Library Learning
The Basics of Craigslist

Adults Registration Join us for a free presentation to learn more about the popular online marketplace Craigslist!

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Cribbage at the Library

Adults Adults are invited to play a few games of cribbage against friends or other library patrons !

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Book Club: "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan

Adults Join the library Book Club in March to discuss this revered novel by Amy Tan!

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Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

Adults Join us for a presentation on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia with JoAnn Janikowski of the Alzheimer's Association.

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Book Club: "She Stood for Freedom" by Loki Mulholland

Adults Drop by the library each month for a lively discussion of our monthly book club selection!

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Recycled Glass Creations for Your Garden!

Adults Adults can join us and learn how to make one-of-a-kind garden sculptures from recycled glass dishware.

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Book Club: "The Overstory" by Richard Powers

Adults Drop by the library for a lively discussion of "The Overstory," consisting of fables about the impacts of humans on the natural world.

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Book Club: "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck

Adults Join us for a discussion of "Of Mice and Men," about two ranch hands in Depression-era California who dream of a better life until an act of unintentional violence threatens their future.

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

Adults Drop by the library for a lively discussion of J.D. Vance's best-selling book!

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Library Learning
The Wide World of Google Resources

Adults Registration The word "Google" is synonymous with searching the internet ("Just Google it"), but join us to learn about some of the other resources the company offers.

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Hobbies and Crafts Night

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

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Passport Event

Adults Registration Drop-in Apply for a U.S. passport locally during a special one-day-only application event!

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Rescheduled: Grow Your Own Microgreens

Adults Join us to learn about microgreens and how to grow them during these cold winter months! Plus, we'll have extra time for general questions about lawns, trees and gardens. This program was originally scheduled in January.

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Book Club: "The Last Suppers" by Mandy Mikulencak

Adults Stop by the library for an engaging discussion of our monthly book club pick!

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Women's Night Out: "Evicted" by Matthew Desmond

Adults Take part in a lively discussion a variety of books during the Women's Night Out book club!

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Gardening Techniques for Adults

Adults Learn tips and techniques for gardening from a local horticulture educator!

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Calm: A Guided Tour of Mindfulness and Meditation

Adults Have you heard of mindfulness but you've been unsure of what it is, where to start, or how it can apply to your life? Join us for an informal presentation, including some basic techniques, appropriate for all skill levels!

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Container Gardening

Adults Learn about new horticultural techniques in container gardening and bring your other gardening and horticulture questions for UW-Extension Educator Brianna Wright!

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Recycled Magazine Crafts

All-Ages Drop-in Find a fun, creative use for old magazines and newspapers and recycle at the same time!

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Escape from the Deathday Dungeon: A Harry Potter Escape Room Experience

Adults & Teens Can you and your group solve all the puzzles to escape the Deathday Dungeon? Give it a try during our special two-day Harry Potter escape room event!

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MCPL Movie Night
"Green Book"

Adults & Teens Join us for a free screening of the Academy Award-nominated film "Green Book" and bring your popcorn!

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Book Club: "Surprise Me" by Sophie Kinsella

Adults Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In the month of March, we'll read and discuss this novel, about a married couple who realize they don't know each other as well as they had thought.

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Effective Communication Strategies for Families Facing Alzheimer's

Adults Join for a presentation on ways to communicate with a friend or loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia, with plenty of time included for questions.

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Wolves: A Family Tradition

Adults Join us for a presentation about one of nature's most revered - and maligned - mammals: the wolf!

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Creative Journals

Adults & Teens Drop-in Journals contain some of our most personal thoughts, and patrons not only have the opportunity to make their own journal, but also to personalize it with decorations!

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Health and Wellness Club: Organize Your Life!

Adults & Teens Drop-in Stop by our monthly health and wellness club to discuss a wide range of topics with others, including April's discussion about ways to organize your time and home!

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Needle Arts

Adults & Teens Drop-in Drop by the library any (or every!) Tuesday afternoon for a mix of creation and socialization!

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Nonfiction @ Night: "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell

Adults Discuss our monthly book club pick about the qualities and habits of successful people!

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Show Us Your Bookface!

Kids & Adults Drop-in Take a bookface selfie that you can post on social media for others to see!​

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Herb Gardening

Adults Learn the basics of herb gardening, and get some of your other gardening questions answered!

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Book Club: "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

Adults Join us for our monthly book club at the library! For the month of April, we'll be reading "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde!

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

Adults Join the library Book Club in April to discuss this best-seller by J.D. Vance!

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Wicked Plants

Adults Some plants may be nice to look at, or have a pleasant smell, but beware! Other plants can be dangerous. Join us to find out more about these wicked plants!

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Book Club: "The Woman in Cabin 10" by Ruth Ware

Adults Drop by the library each month for a lively discussion of our monthly book club selection!

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Myths and Truths: Human Trafficking in Central Wisconsin

Adults & Teens Learn about human trafficking, and how the topic hits home in central Wisconsin, during this informative event!

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Book Club: "Unsheltered" by Barbara Kingsolver

Adults Take part in a lively discussion of this novel, about the lives of two different families, who live centuries apart.

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Book Club: "I Let You Go" by Clare Mackintosh

Adults Join us for a discussion of "I Let You Go," about a woman who suffers the loss of her young son and the two officers who try to get to solve the case.

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

Adults Drop by the library for a lively discussion of this quirky 2017 book by Gail Honeyman!

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Which is Better? Book-to-Movie Night
"Ella Enchanted"

All-Ages All ages are invited to watch the film adaptation of "Ella Enchanted" then discuss how the movie compares to the book by Gail Carson Levine!

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Wordstock: Three Days of Peace and Poetry

All-Ages Drop-in Attend this three-day poetry event, where different poetry activities will be offered for all ages each day!

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Logging and Sawmills of Marathon County

Adults Learn about central Wisconsin's logging and sawmill history during this free presentation!

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Library Learning
Intro to Libby and Downloading E-Books!

Adults Registration Did you know a MCPL card gives you access to thousands of books and audiobooks available to download for free with a few taps or clicks on your computer, smartphone or tablet? Let us show you how it works!

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Book Club: "The Radium Girls" by Kate Moore

Adults Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In the month of April, we'll read and discuss this novel, about the hundreds of young women worked at the radium-dial factories during World War I.

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DIY Sugar Scrub

Adults & Teens Make your own scented sugar scrub, with all supplies provided!

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Gardening with Kids

Adults Adults can learn methods and activities to help interest kids in gardening!

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Nonfiction @ Night: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot

Adults Discuss our monthly book club pick about the cells of a woman that were taken without her consent and used to study cancer, develop the polio vaccine and more.

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Health and Wellness Club: Get Moving in May!

Adults Take part in lively health and wellness discussions to help you live better, including May's topic: how to get moving (and why you should!)

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Apple Blossom Flower Art

All-Ages Drop-in Celebrate spring by creating your own apple blossoms with a variety of craft supplies!

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Learn to Line Dance

Adults Join us at the library and step your way to fun with this introduction to line dancing!

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"Rock on Kindness" Author Stepheni Curran

Kids & Adults In celebration of Children's Book Week, Wisconsin author Stephani Curran will visit us and talk about her book "Rock on, Kindness!"

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Spring Story Time Break

Kids & Adults To prepare for our annual Summer Library Program, MCPL-Wausau will be taking a story time break. Our summer session starts June 10!

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10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

Adults Alzheimer's Disease affects millions of people each year, including those directly affected by it as well as family, friends and caregivers who help. Join us to learn about some of the warning signs of the disease.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Adults Pick the brain of a master gardener and get helpful info for your summer garden!

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A History of the Fromm Brothers Fur Farm

Adults Learn the history of a Marathon County landmark that was, at one time, the largest silver fox and mink farm in the United States!

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Flower Fairies

Adults & Teens Join us to craft adorable fairies! Whether you want to celebrate Mother's day as mother and daughter, or just celebrate spring, we welcome you to channel your creativity!

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Book Club: "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson

Adults Drop by the library each month for a lively discussion of our monthly book club selection!

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Spring Wreaths

Adults Want to give your home the decorative touch of nature this spring? Channel your creativity by making your very own spring wreath!

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Book Club: "There There" by Tommy Orange

Adults Take part in a lively discussion of this novel, about a Native American powwow that changes the lives of some of its attendees forever.

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Gardening with Pollinators in Mind

Adults Would you like to learn about research-based gardening techniques that support pollinating insects? Join us for a program with UW-Extension educator Brianna Wright.

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Book Club: "Unthinkable" by Helen Thompson

Adults Take part in lively discussion of Helen Thompson's intriguing book about nine different, but extraordinary, brains!

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Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Adults Join us for a presentation with JoAnn Janikowski of the Alzheimer's Association on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia specifically aimed at those who help care for someone with the disease.

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Book Club: "The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie

Adults Join the library Book Club in May to discuss this book by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows!

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Aroma Therapy and Essential Oils Discussion Group

Adults Drop-in If you're interested in learning more about aroma therapy, essential oils and natural or homemade health products - or if you have tips and concoctions to share with others - join us each month to talk about it!

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Bottle Cap Bling

Adults & Teens Who knew a bottle cap could inspire so much creativity? Find out how and create a unique, artistic craft!

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Medicare Basics Info Session

Adults Registration It's never too early to learn about Medicare, whether you or someone you love plan to use the system. Join us for a free information session about this important service!

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Book Club: "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

Adults Join us for a discussion of "The Underground Railroad," about a young slave trying to find the road to freedom.

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Book Club: "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed

Adults Drop by the library for a lively discussion of Cheryl Strayed's celebrated memoir!

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Book Club: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng

Adults Stop by the library for an engaging discussion of our monthly book club pick!

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Pull String Art

Adults Adults are invited to a craft event at the library just for them as we create pull string art!

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

Adults Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In the month of May, we'll read and discuss this novel, about an eccentric loner who meets two other isolated individuals and forms friendships with them.

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Foraging for Wild Edibles

Adults Have you ever come across plants or berries during a walk and wondered if they were safe to eat? Learn all about foraging for those and other wild edibles during this event!

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Natural Body Care Recipes: How to Make Your Own

Adults & Teens Join us for a creative evening at the library where we will teach you the basics of making your very own natural beauty products for hair, skin and body.

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