Children's Summer Program

Fizz! Boom! Read!

Fizz! Boom! Read!

Children of all ages are invited to explore science and discover the joy of reading through a variety of summer activities! (See below.)

Reading is its own reward! Upon registration, children will receive a book bag and a reading log to help them track their summer reading. In August, children may select a book to keep or share with a friend.

Registration is now open at all MCPL locations and online.

LEGO blocks

Family LEGO® Club

Children of all ages and their families are invited to build creative projects using LEGO® blocks! Blocks will be provided.
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S.T.E.A.M. Exploration Station

Hands-on learning activities for children ages 3-5! S.T.E.A.M. programs are specially focused on the core areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. ... (read more)
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Family Fun Night: Memories, Rituals and Stepping-Stones

Mon., 9/15/14, 6:00pm 7:00pm @ MCPL Edgar
Share your traditions and memorable experiences while working together as a family to create a beautiful keepsake stepping-stone! Bring special or meaningful items to put in your stone. All other supplies will be provided. This will be our first Family Fun Night for the school year! ... (read more)
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Visit us at CommUNITY Fest!

Sat., 9/20/14, 9:30am 3:00pm @ Marathon Park
Library staff and volunteers will be at United Way's annual community festival offering information about the library and providing arts & crafts and other hands-on activities for children!
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LEGO projects


Tue., 9/23/14, 5:30pm 8:10pm @ MCPL Wausau
Children in grades K-5 are invited for an evening full of LEGO® activities! Kids can create LEGO art using stamp pads and LEGO blocks, build and race LEGO balloon cars, and create a mask of their favorite LEGO character. Then at 6:30pm, we'll show The LEGO Movie in the story room. (Rated PG | 100 min.)
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Moo, Who?

Sat., 9/27/14, 10:30am 12:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for a special Family Story Time as we take a whimsical look at cows through stories, rhymes, riddles, information and activities. We'll laugh, learn and fall in love (all over again) with our state's official domestic animal!
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Star Wars Reads Day

Sat., 10/11/14, 10:00am 2:00pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Children and their families are invited to the library to celebrate Star Wars with a variety of thematically-related crafts and activities. Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite Star Wars characters!
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gross things


Thu., 10/16/14, 6:30pm 8:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
School-aged children (K-5) are invited to learn about all things gross! Kids can will learn how fast germs travel, make their own "snot" (aka green slime), make fake scabs and learn about other "gross" things the body does. This event is part of the Wisconsin Science Festival.
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Colossal Fossils

Sat., 10/18/14, 10:30am 12:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Colossal Fossils, a Wisconsin non-profit, will share its large collection of fossils and fossil replicas during this hands-on presentation for children of all ages! The program also will share local prehistory and locations throughout Wisconsin where fossils may be found.
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Family Fun Night: Pumpkins!

Mon., 10/20/14, 6:00pm 7:00pm @ MCPL Edgar
Children and their families are invited to the library to learn about pumpkins! We'll read pumpkin stories by the light of a jack-o'-lantern, discover the history of pumpkins, and share some pumpkin seed recipes.
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Tween Club

Tweens (grades 3-5) are invited to the library to make new friends and discover the latest books, technology, art and writing techniques, helpful library resources and more! ... (read more)
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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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Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead!

Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead!

Beginning this fall, together with our usual literacy offerings, we are incorporating more S.T.E.A.M. into our children’s programs! What’s S.T.E.A.M.?  It is an approach to education that focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics by providing kids with ...

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