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Director’s Report

Director’s Report

As we reflect on the past year, we have so much to be thankful for and even more to look forward to here at MCPL. During the past several months, we have had the architectural firm Engberg Anderson working with us on planning and visioning the future of your library. This has been an exciting ...




Celebrate Children's Book Week!

Sat., 5/7/16, 10:30am 11:30am @ MCPL Wausau
Help us celebrate Children's Book Week with local author Terry Gunderson Shulta, who will read from her new book, "I Am a Robot" about a nine-year-old boy who wakes one ... (read more)
Art Story Time Author Writing Wausau Children Parents Preschool Tweens | Add to your calendar.
coloring paraphernalia

Outside the Lines: A Family Coloring Party

Sat., 5/7/16, 1:30pm 3:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Bring the whole family and join us for this relaxing afternoon of coloring in the Children's activity room. Coloring sheets and patterns will be available for all ages, or families ... (read more)
Crafts Wausau Children Adults Parents | Add to your calendar.

It's Your Move: MCPL Game Day

Join us for a night of board games and card games throughout MCPL Wausau! We'll have some of the classics - Monopoly, decks of cards - but others are designed ... (read more)
More events in this series (9). » Activities Games Hands-on Learning Slp Wausau Adults Teens Tweens Children Parents | Add to your calendar.
LEGO blocks

LEGO® Block Party

Children of all ages and their families are invited to build creative projects using LEGO® blocks! All blocks will be provided. Free and no registration required.
More events in this series (17). » Hands-on Learning Athens Children Preschool Early Elementary Parent | Add to your calendar.

Tween STEAM: Painting with Forces

Tue., 5/17/16, 4:00pm 5:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens in grades 4 through 6 are invited to experiment with paint, the forces of gravity and magnetism in order to create a work of art! Tweens will have the ... (read more)
Art Hands-on Learning Science Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet

Sat., 6/4/16, 10:30am 12:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join MCPL as we celebrate World Oceans Day! The morning will begin with ocean-themed stories followed by a presentation by aquarium expert Darren Letner, who cares for the Phyllis Donner ... (read more)
Story Time Slp Hands-on Learning Nature Science Wausau Children Early Elementary Parents | Add to your calendar.
therapy dog

PAWS to Read

Children will have the opportunity to read to a friendly pooch as part of our Summer Library Program! Kids can practice and improve their literary skills by reading aloud to ... (read more)
More events in this series (24). » Animals Slp Mosinee Children Early Elementary | Add to your calendar.

Summer Reading Kickoff

Wed., 6/8/16, 2:00pm 3:00pm @ MCPL Athens
Children and their families are invited to join us as we kickoff the Summer Library Program with this special story time! We'll read sports-themed books, offer some fun movement activities ... (read more)
Activities Crafts Story Time Slp Athens Children Early Elementary Parents | Add to your calendar.
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Family Yoga

MCPL's Family Yoga program is a great opportunity for families to learn and experience yoga together! Children and their parents are invited to this interactive class, led by a child-certified ... (read more)
More events in this series (2). » Activities Games Wausau Children Early Elementary Parents | Add to your calendar.

Dewey's Amazing Race

Mon., 6/13/16 Mon., 8/15/16 @ MCPL Wausau
Kids can visit our Wausau Headquarters every week throughout the summer to participate in Dewey's Amazing Race! A different activity or challenge will be offered each week, Monday through Sunday--can ... (read more)
Activities Crafts Hands-on Learning Science Slp Wausau Children Early Elementary Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Tom Pease

Children and their families are invited to receive a great big "musical hug" from Tom Pease. Pease is a regionally-renowned musician, storyteller and humorist who encourages audience participation and singing ... (read more)
Music Slp Wausau Children Early Elementary Parents | Add to your calendar.

Owls in Wisconsin

Tue., 6/14/16, 1:30pm 2:30pm @ MCPL Stratford
Join MCPL for a fun and educational presentation on owls! Pam Resech, Senior Natural Resources Educator with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, will lead the presentation on these intriguing birds of prey that are mostly active at night. ... (read more)
Animals Crafts Slp Hands-on Learning Nature Stratford Children Parents | Add to your calendar.
Jim Mitchell

Ready, Set, Read: The Magic of Jim Mitchell

Packed with fun, this show includes amazing magic that will captivate your attention! Attendees can expect traditional magic tricks, optical illusions and slight-of-hand, along with lots of audience participation (a ... (read more)
Magic Slp Spencer Children Early Elementary Preschool Parent | Add to your calendar.
The Soda Pups

Soda Pups Dog Show

Come meet Jack, Nancy and their amazing "Soda Pups!" Watch these trained Pomeranian dogs perform amazing tricks and obedience skills, including navigating an obstacle course and riding in a toy ... (read more)
Animals Slp Edgar Elementary Children Early Elementary Parents | Add to your calendar.

Summer STEAM: Binary Baubles

Wed., 6/15/16, 2:00pm 4:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens are invited to learn about computer programming through this unplugged program! Tweens will work with American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) and binary programming to understand the basics ... (read more)
Slp Hands-on Learning Science Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.
Dan Kirk

The Juggler with the Yellow Shoes

Dan Kirk, aka "The Juggler with the Yellow Shoes," is a comic juggler who entertains audiences of all ages with his quick wit, silly stunts and impressive juggling. Join us ... (read more)
Slp Juggling Rothschild Children Early Elementary Parents | Add to your calendar.

Playground Games

Fri., 6/17/16, 1:00pm 3:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us at the Boys and Girls Club for a variety of playground games! Library staff and Boys and Girls Club staff will lead children grades K-5 in learning active ... (read more)
Activities Community Health Off-site Outdoor Recreation Sports Slp Wausau Children Early Elementary Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Miller & Mike Show

Professionally-trained circus clowns Otis Miller and Mike Lorenz will thrill you with their juggling, hat manipulation and yo-yo tricks! The Miller & Mike Show will provide lots of opportunities for audience participation and will have children of all ages cracking up!
Games Juggling Slp Wausau Children Preschool Early Elementary Parent | Add to your calendar.

Craft Day!

Join us for a day of crafts and activities related to the Summer Library Program theme "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read"! All crafts will be centered around sports, movement ... (read more)
More events in this series (4). » Crafts Slp Marathon City Children Early Elementary Parents Preschoo | Add to your calendar.
building blocks

Building Adventures

Children and their families are invited to build and create together with multiple types of building materials: Tinkertoys, Gears, LEGO and DUPLO blocks, wood blocks and other materials. This family-friendly ... (read more)
More events in this series (1). » Hands-on Learning Wausau Children Early Elementary Parents | Add to your calendar.

A Week of Roald Dahl: Trivia Contest

Sun., 6/26/16 Fri., 7/1/16 @ MCPL Wausau
Show off your knowledge of Roald Dahl's books with our trivia contest! Answer 10 easy trivia questions and receive a free copy of "The BFG," the basis for the latest ... (read more)
Trivia Slp Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Spencer's Amazing Race (to the Library)

Mon., 6/27/16 Fri., 7/1/16 @ MCPL Spencer
Visit our Spencer Branch during the week of June 27th to get a set of clues that will lead you around the Village of Spencer! Look at our photo clues, ... (read more)
Activities Spencer Children Teens Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Silly Science Spectacular

Join us for this zany and somewhat unconventional look at the wonderful world of science! Zany scientists will present silly homemade experiments to the delight of the audience, including showing ... (read more)
Science Slp Wausau Children Early Elementary Parents | Add to your calendar.

Community Heroes - Ready, Set, Ride

Tue., 6/28/16, 10:30am 11:30am @ MCPL Rothschild
Join us for this special story time where we will get to hear from a Rothschild Police Officer! The officer will talk about his job and share some helpful tips ... (read more)
Community Story Time Slp Rothschild Children Preschool Parents Early Elementar | Add to your calendar.
James and the Giant Peach DVD cover

A Week of Roald Dahl: "James and the Giant Peach"

Tue., 6/28/16, 1:00pm 3:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join MCPL in celebrating the release of the movie version of "The BFG" by Roald Dahl! We will be showing movies based on Roald Dahl's books all week long, starting with "James and the Giant Peach" (PG). ... (read more)
Movie Slp Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.
Matilda DVD cover

A Week of Roald Dahl: "Matilda"

Wed., 6/29/16, 1:00pm 3:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join MCPL in celebrating the release of the movie version of "The BFG" by Roald Dahl! We will be showing movies based on Roald Dahl's books all week long. ... (read more)
Movie Slp Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Earth, Music, Magic!

This event featuring performer Bill Kehl will showcase a collection of unique and authentic musical instruments from all over the world! Kehl will engage audiences through his performance, which incorporates ... (read more)
Hands-on Learning History Music Slp Rothschild Children Early Elementary | Add to your calendar.
The Witches DVD cover

A Week of Roald Dahl: "The Witches"

Thu., 6/30/16, 1:00pm 3:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join MCPL in celebrating the release of the movie version of "The BFG" by Roald Dahl! We will be showing movies based on Roald Dahl's books all week. ... (read more)
Movie Slp Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Craft Month!

During the month of July, we will offer a different craft each week related to our Summer Library Program theme of "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!" Drop in during ... (read more)
Crafts Slp Spencer Children Early Elementary Preschool Parent | Add to your calendar.

StoryWalk®

Sat., 7/2/16, 7:00am Thu., 7/14/16, 8:00pm @ Monk Botanical Gardens
Get outside and walk at the beautiful Monk Botanical Gardens while enjoying children's books related to gardening, nature, and animals! Children and their parents can walk the scenic Monk Botanical Gardens trails and read eight storybooks along the way. This innovative event encourages people of all ages to get out and walk while enjoying wonderful children's books. Families can also visit the Monk Botanical Gardens on July 9 and 10 for our StoryWalk Weekend, which will include exhibitors, a hands-on art-making activity provided by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and more. ... (read more)
Animals Community Gardening Health Nature Off-site Monk Botanical Gardens Children Early Elementary Parents | Add to your calendar.

StoryWalk® Weekend

Join us at Monk Botanical Gardens for StoryWalk Weekend! Families can walk along the Monk Botanical Gardens' scenic trails and read eight different storybooks, as well as participate in activities related to each book's theme at the end of each trail. Families can also view local exhibitors and participate in a hands-on art-making activity provided by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum that will focus on "Rooster's Off to See the World" and other Eric Carle books and illustration techniques. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. ... (read more)
More events in this series (1). » Activities Art Community Crafts Gardening Hands-on Learning Nature Outdoor Recreation Monk Botanical Gardens Children Early Elementary Parents | Add to your calendar.

Needle Arts Nights

Interested in knitting, crocheting, embroidering, cross-stitching, quilting or other needle related crafts? People of all ages and experience levels are invited to gather with others for creating and socializing. Bring ... (read more)
More events in this series (6). » Activities Community Crafts Hands-on Learning Hatley Adults Children Teens | Add to your calendar.

Ken Lonnquist

Come watch this summer as Wisconsin Children's Performer of the Year Ken Lonnquist brings high-energy stories and songs to life! Lonnquist, along with singer-keyboardist Dave Adler, will sing about bike-riding ... (read more)
Music Slp Wausau Children Early Elementary Educators Parent | Add to your calendar.

Summer STEAM: Soda Experiments

Wed., 7/20/16, 2:00pm 4:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Summer is the best time for an icy can of soda! But what happens if you add some bleach to your soda, or if you spill it on your greasy ... (read more)
Hands-on Learning Science Technology Wausau Children Tweens | Add to your calendar.

Vegetable Art!

Thu., 7/21/16, 6:00pm 7:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Learn about vegetables at this fun and unique event! Children will learn the answer to such questions as "Why do we need to eat our vegetables?" and "How can you ... (read more)
Activities Art Farming Food Health Slp Wausau Children Early Elementary Preschool Parent | Add to your calendar.

Moveable Me Story Time

Wed., 7/27/16, 2:00pm 3:00pm @ MCPL Athens
Children are invited to a story time during which they are encouraged to move around. We'll use songs and stories with movements written into them to keep the children active. Free and open to the public.
Activities Slp Story Time Athens Children Parents Preschool | Add to your calendar.

Walloping Wonder Game Day

Wed., 7/27/16, 2:00pm 3:00pm @ MCPL Edgar
Children and their families are invited to play some larger-than-life board games at our Edgar Branch! Attendees will have the opportunity to play over-sized versions of several popular games including Kerplunk, tic-tac-toe and Jenga!
Activities Crafts Games Edgar Adults Children Parents Preschool | Add to your calendar.

Free Pool Day!

Tue., 8/9/16, 1:00pm 7:50pm @ Wausau Outdoor Pools
Get out and have some fun in the sun! Children and their families can enjoy a FREE pool day by showing their library card at Wausau's outdoor pools and Marathon ... (read more)
Off-site Outdoor Recreation Slp Wausau Outdoor Pools Children Early Elementary Parents | Add to your calendar.

Ninja Night

Tue., 8/16/16, 6:30pm 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children are invited to discover their inner ninja and help celebrate the close of the Summer Reading Club! We'll begin by reading a few ninja-related stories, followed by activities such ... (read more)
Activities Art Crafts Slp Wausau Adults Children Early Elementary Parents | Add to your calendar.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Library

Thu., 8/18/16, 6:30pm Fri., 8/19/16, 10:30am @ MCPL Wausau
Toddlers, preschoolers and children in kindergarten and first grade are invited to leave their favorite stuffed animal at the library for a special sleepover! Your friend will meet other stuffed animals and get to do fun activities including hearing stories, playing with toys learning all about the library! Kids will get to hear a bedtime story and tuck in their animals before leaving them at the library overnight. Pick-up will be the following day, August 19, between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., during which time children can hear all about their stuffed friend's fun night! The library will also have their own stuffed animal chaperons on-hand to ensure everyone has fun until the sun comes up! ... (read more)
None 0 Wausau Adults Children Preschool | Add to your calendar.

Visit the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) for access to thousands of children's books, magazines, videos, audio books, music and more! Plus, MCPL offers a variety of children's events including story times, arts and crafts, sing-alongs, summer reading program, hands-on learning, musical performances, puppet shows and more! MCPL children's activities are intended for children (pre-K–grade 5) and tweens (grades 3–5). Teen programming (grades 6-12) is offered via our TeenZone / Teen Services program.

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