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Children's Story Times

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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.

Story times meet weekly according to the schedule below; however, exceptions are possible due to holiday closings, special children's events and the summer library program.

Family Story Time

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.

"Play & Learn" Story Time

Children of all ages are invited to use their imagination and creativity! These fun-filled, 90-minute programs feature a different story each week, followed by songs and supplemental activities. Offered in partnership with the Family Resource Center, these story times meet regularly; however, occasional breaks are possible due to Family Resource Center scheduling. Call 715-845-6747 for the latest information.

Preschool Story Time

This 30-minute program will help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten with stories, songs, rhymes and other early literacy activities. Children attend this story time without parents/guardians, but parents/guardians should remain in the children's area during story time. For children 3-5 years old.

  • MCPL Wausau — Wednesdays, 10:30am year-round (will not meet 12/21/16 or 12/28/16)
  • MCPL Wausau — Thursdays, 10:30am year-round (will not meet 12/22/16 or 12/29/16)

Tales for Tots

Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays with your toddler at this fun and educational story time! This program is designed to help 2- and 3-year-olds acquire fundamental knowledge such as shapes, numbers and other early literacy skills. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

  • MCPL Wausau — Tuesdays, 10:00am year-round (will not meet 12/20/16 or 12/27/16)
  • MCPL Wausau — Tuesdays, 10:30am year-round (will not meet 12/20/16 or 12/27/16)

Book Babies

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. Caregivers and babies will learn a new baby sign language sign each week! Caregiver-child interaction is stressed in Book Babies, so children must be accompanied by an adult. Older siblings may attend, but please be aware that this program meets the developmental needs of younger children.

Spanish Story Time

Join us for a bilingual family story time! All ages are welcome to participate in books, songs, rhymes and folklore in English and Spanish. We encourage those with no prior knowledge of the Spanish language, native Spanish speakers and anyone in between to join us for a truly bilingual experience.

¡Únite a nosotros para una hora de cuentos bilingüe para toda la familia! Todos las edades son bienvenidos a participar en libors, canciones, rimas, y leyendas en inglés y español. Animamos a todos sin el conocimiento del idioma español, el hablante nativoanativa, y cualquier persona entre los dos a únite a nosotros para una experiencia verdaderamente bilingüe.

Daycare Story Time

Area daycare providers may schedule a morning or afternoon story time at MCPL Wausau on Thursdays (Sept.-May only). Picture books, songs and fingerplays will provide your children with fun-filled learning. Call 715-261-7220 to add your group to the schedule. (Parents: Feel free to recommend this service to your daycare provider!)

Special Story Time Events


Frozen Family Time

Sat., 12/10/16, 10:30am - 12pm @ MCPL Wausau
Escape the harried holiday season for a few hours and enjoy some "Frozen" family time together, loosely inspired by the beloved Disney movie of the same name! We'll listen to ... (read more)
Activities Art Crafts Games Hands-on Learning Story Time Wausau Children Early Elementary

Messy Monday

Join us on the last Monday of the month, after Book Babies story time, for fun and slightly messy hands-on activities for children less than two years old! Activities will help babies develop fine motor skills, grow their vocabulary and explore their world. ... (read more)
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All About Winter Story Time!

Tue., 12/13/16, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Rothschild
Escape the cold and join us at our Rothschild Branch for this special winter-themed Family Story Time! Attendees will learn all about the season through winter-themed stories, songs and crafts. ... (read more)
Activities Crafts Story Time Rothschild Adults Children Parents Preschool

Family Fun Night: Trees!

Mon., 12/19/16, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Edgar
Join us in December for a story and craft event centered around trees! ... (read more)
Art Story Time Hands-on Activities Edgar Children Parents Preschool

Little Explorers

Wed., 12/21/16, 10:30am - 11:15am @ MCPL Wausau
Children will play, discover, create, build and experiment at this combination story time and hands-on exploration time. Hands-on activities are based on S.T.E.A.M. concepts(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) with lots of fun included. It will include such programs as Crazy Wild Art, Pete the Cat Cool Math, Messy Science Fun, and an opportunity to Build, Smash and Create. ... (read more)
Crafts Hands-on Learning Music Science Story Time Wausau Children Preschool

Paws Enforcing Laws

Sat., 1/7/17, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for a special story time about service dogs followed by a demonstration by a crime-fighting canine and his partner! ... (read more)
Animals Story Time Wausau Children Early Elementary Parents

Home School Huddle

Home School Huddle is a weekly program that invites the home school community into the library for an hour of programming designed just for them! Families can hear stories read and participate in various activities related to the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. You'll also pick up some great ideas to incorporate into your curriculum at home! ... (read more)
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Sensory Story Time

This story time will engage all of the senses through movement, stories, music, and play! Each program will begin with a 30-minute structured story time that will include stories and activities such as flannel board activities, singing interactive songs, stretching with Thera-Bands, blowing bubbles, parachute play, and walking on a tactile balance beam. Following story time, families are welcome to stay and play and socialize. ... (read more)
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Family Fun Night: Monkey Fun

Mon., 1/16/17, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Edgar
Join us for our monthly Family Fun Night featuring stories, crafts and more! ... (read more)
Activities Crafts Story Time Edgar Children

Winter Fest

Sat., 1/28/17, 10:30am - 3pm @ MCPL Wausau
MCPL is partnering with Wausau Events for Winter Fest by offering a winter-themed Family Story Time! We'll start the morning off with some snow and winter stories followed by various drop-in art and craft projects throughout the afternoon. ... (read more)
Art Crafts Story Time Wausau Children Early Elementary

Twisted Tales

Tue., 2/7/17, 4pm - 5pm @ MCPL Wausau
Elementary school children and their families are invited for an afternoon of fun twists on classic fairy tales. ... (read more)
Activities Art Crafts Story Time Wausau Children Early Elementary

Bee My Valentine Story Time

Tue., 2/14/17, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Rothschild
Come to this special Family Story Time that revolves entirely around Valentines Day! We'll read stories, sing songs and make a fun Valentine craft. Free and open to the public, with all craft supplies provided. For more information, call 715-359-6208.
Crafts Story Time Valentines Day Rothschild Children

Valentine's Day Story Time

Tue., 2/14/17, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Hatley
You'll love this special Valentine's Day Story Time at our Hatley Branch! We'll read Valentine's Day-themed stories, sing songs and make a special craft. ... (read more)
Activities Crafts Holiday Story Time Valentines Day Hatley Children Preschool

Family Fun Night: Robots!

Mon., 2/20/17, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Edgar
Join us for our monthly Family Fun Night featuring stories, crafts and more! ... (read more)
Activities Crafts Story Time Edgar Children

Dr. Seuss' Birthday Story Time!

Tue., 2/28/17, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Hatley
You're invited to celebrate the birthday of one of the world's most beloved children's authors, Dr. Seuss! We'll celebrate by reading some of our favorite Dr. Seuss stories, followed by making a special Seuss-inspired craft! ... (read more)
Activities Art Crafts Story Time Hatley Adults Children Parents Preschool

Family Fun Night: Who's Pete the Cat?

Mon., 3/20/17, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Edgar
Join us for our monthly Family Fun Night featuring stories, crafts and more! ... (read more)
Activities Crafts Story Time Edgar Children

Family Fun Night: Fairy Party!

Mon., 4/17/17, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Edgar
Join us for our monthly Family Fun Night featuring stories, crafts and more! ... (read more)
Activities Crafts Story Time Edgar Children

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