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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 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, 60-90 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 715-848-1457 for the latest information.

  • MCPL Wausau — Weekly on Fridays, 9:30am (year-round) (2018: will not meet 7/6)
  • 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 (Sept.-May)
  • 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 (year-round)

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) (2018: June-August, will only meet 7/3,7/24,7/31,8/7,8/14)
  • MCPL Wausau — Weekly on Tuesdays, 10:30am (year-round) (2018: June-August, will only meet 7/3,7/24,7/31,8/7,8/14)

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 or use our Group Visit Form to add your group to the schedule.

Story Times

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.

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Family Story Time

Children's Event 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.

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Keep Cool Story Time

Children's Event Keep cool this July and join us for our special story time celebrating the hot days of summer with songs, tales and crafts!

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Play and Learn

Children's Event Children of all ages are invited to use their imagination and creativity! These fun-filled, 60-90 minute programs feature a different story each week, followed by songs and supplemental activities. Offered in partnership with the Family Resource Center.

children story time

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.

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Pete the Cat Rock & Read Party

Children's Event We're celebrating how much libraries rock with a program full of Pete the Cat activities!

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Toddler Dance Party

Children's Event Join us for a story time and toddler dance party featuring stories, music, props and more!

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Tales for Tots

Children's Event Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays with your toddler at this fun and lively story time! We have two half-hour sessions at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. - stop by for either one!

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Shake, Shimmy and Dance! Family Story Time

Children's Event Children and their parents or caregivers are welcome to these special story times filled with music, dance and, of course, stories!

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Let's Make Some Noise! Story Time

Children's Event Kids and families can attend this story time focusing on musical instruments at the library!

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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!

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Under The Sea Story Time

Children's Event Visit the library for a special underwater-themed story time complete with crafts, songs and more!

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Fire Safety Story Time

Children's Event Celebrate Fire Prevention Week by hearing stories about fire safety, then meet a real-life firefighter during this special story time!

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