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Children's Story Times

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 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 and Learn

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.

  • MCPL Wausau — Weekly on Fridays, 9:30am (year-round)
  • MCPL Athens — Weekly on Tuesdays, 10:30am (year-round)
  • MCPL Edgar — Weekly on Thursdays, 10:00am (year-round)
  • MCPL Hatley — Weekly on Thursdays, 10:00am (year-round)
  • MCPL Mosinee — Weekly on Wednesdays, 10:30am (Sept.-May)
  • MCPL Mosinee — Weekly on Wednesdays, 10:00am (Jun.-Aug.)
  • MCPL Rothschild — Weekly on Tuesdays, 11:00am (year-round)
  • MCPL Spencer — Monthly on the second and fourth Wednesday, 10:30am (Sept.-May)
  • MCPL Spencer — Monthly on the second and fourth Wednesday, 10:00am (Jun.-Aug.)
  • MCPL Stratford — Weekly on Wednesdays, 10:45am (Sept.-May)
  • MCPL Stratford — Weekly on Wednesdays, 10:15am (Jun.-Aug.)

Preschool Story Time

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. If your child is not comfortable going to story time without you, feel free to join the fun! Geared for children 3-5 years old. Younger siblings are welcome with an adult present..

  • MCPL Wausau — Weekly on Wednesdays, 10:30am (year-round)
  • MCPL Wausau — Weekly on Thursdays, 10:30am (year-round)

Tales for Tots

Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays with your toddler at this fun and lively story time! This program is designed to help 2- and 3-year-olds acquire fundamental knowledge such as shapes, numbers, colors, rhyming and more in a fun and interactive way. Toddlers in attendance must be accompanied by an adult. Older and younger siblings are welcome to attend.

  • MCPL Wausau — Weekly on Tuesdays, 10:00am (year-round)
  • MCPL Wausau — Weekly on Tuesdays, 10:30am (year-round)

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. 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.

  • MCPL Wausau — Weekly on Mondays, 10:00am (year-round)

Sensory Story Time

Geared toward children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Sensory Processing Disorder, this story time features stories and soothing interactive activities! We begin with a 30-minute structured story time that includes books, a visual schedule, special seating options and fidget toys. Following the story time, families are welcome to stay, play and socialize.

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


Book Babies

Children's Event 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. Older ... (read more)
More events in this series (10). » Story Time Wausau Children

Tales for Tots

Children's Event Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays with your toddler at this fun and lively story time! This program is designed to help 2- and 3-year-olds acquire fundamental knowledge such as shapes, numbers, colors, rhyming and more in a fun and interactive way.
More events in this series (21). » Story Time Wausau Children

Home School Huddle

Children's Event Families of homeschooled children can hear stories, read, and participate in various activities related to the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
More events in this series (12). » Activities Crafts Story Time Technology Home School Huddle Science Edgar Children Grades K 5

Play and Learn

Children's Event 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. Call 715-845-6747 for the latest information.
More events in this series (79). » Story Time Mosinee Children Preschool

Preschool Story Time

Children's Event 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.
More events in this series (10). » Story Time Wausau Children

Sensory Story Time

Children's Event Geared mainly toward children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, this story time will feature stories as well as soothing interactive activities!
More events in this series (9). » Story Time Sensory Story Time Wausau Children Grades K 5 Preschool

Dr. Seuss' Birthday Story Time!

Tue., 3/6/18, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Hatley
Children's Event Celebrate the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss with a special story time and birthday party! Free and open to the public.
Crafts Story Time Family Story Time Activities Hands-on Activities Hatley Children Preschool

Family Adventure Night: Wild Kratts Adventures

Mon., 3/12/18, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Edgar
Children's Event Hear stories and make fun crafts related to the PBS Kids show "Wild Kratts" during our monthly Family Adventure Night!
Activities Art Crafts Story Time Family Fun Night Edgar Children Preschool

Story Time with the Humane Society!

Tue., 3/13/18, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Hatley
Children's Event Hear stories about pets, meet a volunteer from the Humane Society of Marathon County and meet one of their pets available for adoption at this special family story time!
Animals Story Time Family Story Time Community Hatley Children Preschool

Dragon Mania!

Sat., 3/17/18, 10:30am - 12pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children's Event Kids can hear stories about dragons, then make their own using craft supplies at our Wausau Headquarters!
Activities Art Crafts Hands-on Learning Story Time Wausau Children Grades K 5 Preschool

Hurray for Spring Story Time

Tue., 3/20/18, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Rothschild
Children's Event Celebrate the arrival of spring with a special story time filled with books, songs, games and crafts!
Rothschild Children

Family Adventure Night: Dinosaur Train

Mon., 4/9/18, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Edgar
Children's Event Hear stories about trains and make fun crafts related to the PBS Kids show "Dinosaur Train" during our monthly Family Adventure Night!
Activities Art Crafts Story Time Family Fun Night Edgar Children Preschool

Earth Day Story Time

Tue., 4/17/18, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Hatley
Children's Event Celebrate Earth Day with stories about our planet and crafts and activities focused on the environment!
Crafts Story Time Family Story Time Hatley Adults Children Preschool

Get Money $mart

NEW! Children's Event Families, please join us for this special family story time with activities on money management and coin recognition for children!
Story Time Get Money Smart Wausau Children Preschool

PAW Patrol: Dogs to the Rescue!

Sat., 4/28/18, 10:30am - 12pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children's Event Hear stories, do activities and make crafts related to the Nick Jr. series "PAW Patrol!"
Activities Crafts Hands-on Learning Animals Story Time Wausau Children Preschool

Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Friends Party!

Mon., 4/30/18, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Edgar
Children's Event Celebrate Children's Book Week with a special Peanuts-themed story time, followed by crafts and activities! Free and open to the public.
Crafts Story Time Games Activities Hands-on Activities Childrens Book Week Edgar Children

Story Time Break

Sun., 5/6/18 - Sun., 6/3/18 @ MCPL Wausau
Children's Event Drop-in Please pardon the break in our story time as we get ready for an action-packed summer schedule! Play and Learn continues as scheduled.
Story Time Wausau Children

Family Adventure Night: Arthur and Friends!

Mon., 5/14/18, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Edgar
Children's Event Hear stories and make crafts from the Arthur books and the PBS Kids series "Arthur" during our monthly Family Adventure Night!
Activities Art Crafts Story Time Family Fun Night Edgar Children Preschool

Eat Your Veggies Story Time

Tue., 5/15/18, 10am - 12pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Children's Event Join us for a vege-tastic story time with tales promoting the produce, songs celebrating celery and other veggies, games and crafts. Free, no registration required.
Crafts Food Health Story Time Family Story Time Hands-on Activities Rothschild Children

Summer Sun Story Time

Tue., 5/15/18, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Hatley
Children's Event Kids and families are invited to attend this story time all about the summer sun, with all supplies provided!
Crafts Story Time Family Story Time Hatley Adults Children Preschool

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