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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 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..

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.

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 American 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.

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


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)
More events in this series (7). » Activities Community Games Story Time Edgar Children Parents Preschool

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)
More events in this series (8). » Story Time Wausau Children Preschool

Sat., 4/15/17, 10:30am - 12pm @ MCPL Wausau
Celebrate Hmong Heritage Month with a special story time featuring Hmong folk tales, dancing, games and more! Free and open to the public.
Activities Hands-on Learning Story Time Community Crafts Games Wausau Children Preschool Grades K 5

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

Celebrate Earth Day at our Hatley Branch with stories, songs and crafts!
Activities Crafts Story Time Hatley Children Preschool

Special story time, money management and coin recognition program in partnership with Get $mart Wausau Coalition. Free items for participants.
Money Management Story Time Rothschild Children

Visit MCPL Wausau for a special week of afternoon story times in celebration of Children's Book Week, happening May 1-7! Free and open to all kids and families.
More events in this series (4). » Story Time Childrens Book Week Wausau Children Preschool

Tue., 5/9/17, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Hatley
Kids can sing songs, hear stories and make a craft for Mom during this Mother's Day-inspired story time!
Crafts Activities Holiday Story Time Hatley Children Preschool

Fri., 6/9/17, 6pm - 7pm @ Lions Park (Spencer)
Listen to children's stories being read around a community campfire during the first evening of Spencerama Days!
Story Time Off-site Community Slp Lions Park (spencer) Children Slp

Sat., 6/10/17, 10:30am - 11:45am @ MCPL Wausau
Celebrate World Oceans Day with ocean-themed stories, a presentation on the ocean and the chance to see and touch real, live sea creatures! Free and open to the public.
Story Time Slp Animals Wausau Children

Tue., 6/13/17, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Rothschild
Celebrate the outdoors with a special nature-themed Family Story Time consisting of stories, songs and a craft!
Crafts Nature Story Time Slp Rothschild Children Grades K 5 Preschool

Celebrate the 4th of July with this patriotic story time and craft event at our Hatley Branch!
Art Crafts Holiday Story Time Slp Hatley Children Preschool

Sat., 7/8/17, 10:30am - 12pm @ MCPL Wausau
Kids can get ready for Wausau Events' Balloon Rally and Chalkfest with a morning of stories, hot air balloon science activities and chalk art at our Wausau Headquarters!
Art Hands-on Learning Story Time Slp Science Community Wausau Children Preschool

Tue., 7/11/17, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Rothschild
Kids and their families can learn how to save the earth through stories, songs and more at this environmentally-themed Family Story Time!
Crafts Nature Story Time Activities Slp Rothschild Children Grades K 5 Preschool

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