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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..

  • MCPL Wausau — Wednesdays, 10:30am year-round (no story times 12/19/16-1/2/17)
  • MCPL Wausau — Thursdays, 10:30am year-round (no story times 12/19/16-1/2/17)

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 — Tuesdays, 10:00am year-round (no story times 12/19/16-1/2/17)
  • MCPL Wausau — Tuesdays, 10:30am year-round (no story times 12/19/16-1/2/17)

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.

  • MCPL Wausau — Mondays, 10:00am year-round (no story times 12/19/16-1/2/17)

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


Mon., 1/9/17, 10am - Mon., 5/1/17, 10:30am @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for 20-25 minutes of "lap sit" story time for children birth to 23 months! Listen and interact with your baby through books, songs, and rhymes. Caregivers and babies ... (read more)
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Mon., 1/16/17, 6pm - 7pm @ MCPL Edgar
Join us for our monthly Family Fun Night featuring stories, crafts and more! ... (read more)
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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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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)
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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

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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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

Sat., 2/18/17, 10:30am - 12pm @ MCPL Wausau
Help us celebrate the birthday of beloved author Dr. Seuss while we also celebrate Read Across America, the national event to share the joy of reading. ... (read more)
Activities Crafts Story Time Wausau Children Early Elementary

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

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 Children Preschool

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

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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