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Children's Summer Program

Help us "Build a Better World"! We've planned a variety of summer activities for kids this summer, including arts & crafts, musical performances, science explorations and more! (See below.)

Join our Summer Reading Club! Starting 5/30, parents may register their children at any MCPL location or online to receive a log to track their child's reading and acts of kindness over the summer. Children can show their progress to library staff at intervals throughout the summer and return their logs to the library by 8/12 to receive rewards!

Need some reading ideas for your child this summer? Check out our Staff Reviews for Children or browse our listing of New Children's Books recently added to the collection!


Pennies for a Cause

Mon., 6/12/17 - Sat., 8/19/17 @ MCPL Wausau
Children can help better their community all summer long by donating a penny or more and voting for which organization they want to receive the money!
Charity Community Slp Wausau Children Tweens

July Building Extravaganza!

Sat., 7/1/17 - Mon., 7/31/17 @ MCPL Mosinee
Throughout the month of July, kids can build their own pixelated, Minecraft-themed creations at our Mosinee Branch!
Slp Activities Crafts Hands-on Activities Mosinee Children Preschool Grades K 5

July Month of Crafts

Mon., 7/3/17 - Fri., 7/28/17 @ MCPL Spencer
Visit our Spencer Branch to make a different craft each week throughout the month of July! Free, with all supplies provided.
Crafts Hands-on Activities Slp Spencer Children

PAWS to Read

Children can practice and improve their literacy skills by reading to friendly, well-behaved therapy dogs!
More events in this series (5). » Slp Activities Animals Wausau Children Early Elementary K 5

Creative Computing for Girls

Girls in grades 4-12 are invited to learn Scratch computer programming during this six-week workshop!
More events in this series (1). » Hands-on Learning Slp Technology Wausau Children Teens Tweens

Spaghetti Buildings

Kids can learn how buildings withstand the elements and create their own building using marshmallows and spaghetti noodles!
Crafts Hands-on Learning Science Slp Hatley Children Grades K 5

Jelly Bean Creations!

Thu., 7/20/17, 6pm - 7:30pm @ MCPL Spencer
Kids are challenged to create their own building or sculpture using nothing but toothpicks and jelly beans! All supplies provided.
Activities Hands-on Activities Slp Spencer Children

It's Your Move: Family Game Night

Bring your family and friends, or come in by yourself and meet some new people, and try out some of the games the library has to offer.
More events in this series (2). » Games Wausau Adults Children Teens Tweens

LEGO® Block Party

Children of all ages and their families are invited to build creative projects using LEGO® blocks! Blocks will be provided.
More events in this series (24). » Hands-on Learning Marathon City Children

Story Time with the Fairest of the Fair

Special story time and meet-and-greet with Katelyn Schmoll, the 2017 Fairest of the Fair for the Wisconsin Valley Fair. No registration required.
Story Time Wausau Children Preschool

Read and Rock with Leonardo!

Award-winning children's musician Leonardo will perform songs, lead letter and word-building exercises and entertain audiences of all ages! Free and open to the public.
Music Slp Wausau Children

Creative Computing for Everyone

Mon., 7/24/17, 2pm - 3:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens and teens in grades 4-12 can learn how to use Scratch computer programming to make a variety of games, stories and animations at our Wausau Headquarters!
Hands-on Learning Slp Technology Wausau Children Teens Tweens

Minute to Win It - for Tweens!

Tue., 7/25/17, 1:30pm - 3pm @ MCPL Wausau
Escape the summer heat and compete in a series of crazy games and challenges - each with a 60-second time limit!
Games Activities Slp Wausau Children Tweens

Create and Donate in Edgar!

Wed., 7/26/17 - Tue., 8/22/17 @ MCPL Edgar
Learn about different ways you can give back to the community in Edgar and beyond! Free and open to the public.
Community Slp Charity Edgar Adults Children Preschool

Play and Learn with the Fairest of the Fair!

Wed., 7/26/17, 10am - 10:30am @ MCPL Mosinee
Katelyn Schmoll, this year's Wisconsin Valley Fairest of the Fair, will join us for a special session of our weekly Play and Learn program! Free and no registration is required. Call 715-693-2144 for more information.
Story Time Activities Mosinee Children

Recycle Day

Wed., 7/26/17, 11am - 2pm @ MCPL Spencer
Kids can use duct tape and other supplies to turn recycled materials like soda bottles and milk cartons into something entirely new!
Activities Hands-on Activities Slp Spencer Children

3-D Paper Sculpture

Wed., 7/26/17, 1pm - 3pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children in grades K-5 can use a variety of techniques to create their own 3-D sculptures out of paper. Free, with all supplies provided.
Activities Hands-on Activities Slp Wausau Children Grades K 5

Paws Enforcing Laws

Wed., 7/26/17, 2pm - 3pm @ MCPL Edgar
Meet a Marathon County Sheriff's Department Deputy and his K9 partner at our Edgar Branch!
Animals Community Slp Edgar Adults Children Preschool

Summer Craft Day

Fri., 7/28/17, 2pm - 3:30pm @ MCPL Athens
Kids and families are encouraged to visit the library to complete a host of summer-themed craft projects! Free, with all supplies provided.
Activities Art Crafts Hands-on Learning Slp Athens Children Grades K 5 Preschool Tweens

Fiber Art Basket Making

Mon., 7/31/17, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Tweens and Teens can learn how to make a small yarn basket using the ancient art of yarn coiling! Free, with all supplies provided.
Art Crafts Hands-on Learning Slp Rothschild Children Teens Tweens

August Building Extravaganza!

Tue., 8/1/17 - Thu., 8/31/17 @ MCPL Mosinee
Throughout the month of August, kids can build their own model robots using recycled materials and craft supplies at our Mosinee Branch!
Activities Hands-on Learning Slp Mosinee Children Preschool Grades K 5

Outside the Lines: A Family Coloring Party

Sat., 8/5/17, 10:30am - 1:30pm @ MCPL Hatley
Bring the whole family to work on coloring projects for both children and adults!
Activities Art Slp Hatley Children Grades K 5

Free Pool Day

Tue., 8/8/17, 1pm - 7:50pm @ Wausau Outdoor Pools
Children and their families can enjoy a FREE day at Wausau's outdoor pools just by showing their library card! One card per family.
Off-site Slp Community Wausau Outdoor Pools Children

Building Palooza

Wed., 8/9/17, 1pm - 3pm @ MCPL Wausau
If you can dream it, you should try to build it! Stop by MCPL Wausau and get creative with various types of building materials.
Activities Hands-on Learning Slp Wausau Children Grades K 5

Sensory Story Time

Geared mainly toward children ages 3-6 with Autism Spectrum Disorder, this story time will feature stories as well as soothing interactive activities.
More events in this series (4). » Story Time Wausau Children Preschool

Wisconsin Woodchucks: Summer Readers Game Night

Sat., 8/12/17, 6:35pm - 8:30pm @ Athletic Park
Kids who complete their summer reading program goals will receive a voucher to attend a Wisconsin Woodchucks game for free on this special game night!
Sports Community Athletic Park Children

Build Your Own Beaded Bracelets

Wed., 8/16/17, 2pm - 4pm @ MCPL Mosinee
Tweens and teens can make their own bracelet using wooden and plastic beads, yarn, hemp cord and more! Free, with all supplies provided.
Slp Activities Hands-on Activities Mosinee Teens Children Tweens

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Thu., 8/17/17, 6:30pm - Fri., 8/18/17, 9am @ MCPL Wausau
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.
Animals Activities Wausau Children Preschool Slp

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 (6). » Games Slp Rothschild Adults Children Tweens Teens Grades K 5

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at MCPL!

Mon., 8/21/17, 11am - 1:45pm @ MCPL Wausau
Safely watch the solar eclipse outside with pin-hole viewers (weather permitting). Free and all supplies provided.
Science Wausau Adults Children Teens Tweens

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 (1). » Activities Community Crafts Slp Hatley Adults Children Tweens

Duct Tape Palooza!

Create a variety of crafts all with colorful types of duct tape! Free and all supplies provided.
Activities Crafts Slp Athens Children Tweens Teens

Pokemon Pictionary

Fri., 8/25/17, 11:30am - 12:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Players can battle for points by drawing (and guessing) their favorite Pokemon characters!
Slp Games Activities Wausau Children Grades K 5

The Dog Days of Summer are at MCPL!

This summer, children can brush up on their reading skills by attending our weekly Paws to Read events, happening at our Wausau Headquarters, Mosinee Branch and Rothschild Branch. During these sessions, kids have the opportunity to read to very relaxed and well-behaved therapy dogs, courtesy Therapy Dogs of Central Wisconsin. They can sit with their parent...

Programs Reading Books Children Summer Library Program

Bubble by Stewart Foster

★★★★★ Being poked and monitored continuously and stuck inside an almost 100 percent air quality hospital room in London, all day, every day, is not the life any eleven-year old-boy would want.  Born with a rare immunodeficiency disease, this has had to be Joe’s life for as long as he can remember. All he wants is a normal life in the outside world with his...

Audience: Tweens
Genre: Fiction

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