Children's Story Times

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.

Please note: Occasionally (especially during the Summer Library Program), special children's activities will supersede regularly-scheduled story times, but don't let that stop you from visiting the library. There will be plenty of fun and learning for your child in either case.

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.

  • MCPL Wausau — Saturdays, 10:30am (year-round) (no meetings 5/4 - 6/7)
  • MCPL Athens — Tuesdays, 10:00am (year-round)
  • MCPL Edgar — Thursdays, 9:30am (Sep.-May) (ends 5/15/14; resumes 9/?/14)
  • MCPL Hatley — Tuesdays, 10:30am (year-round)
  • MCPL Marathon City — Thursdays, 10:30am (Sep.-May) (ends 5/15/14; resumes 9/11/14)
  • MCPL Mosinee — Wednesdays, 10:00am (Sep.-May) (ends 5/7/14; resumes 9/10/14)
  • MCPL Rothschild — Tuesdays, 10:30am (year-round)
  • MCPL Spencer — Wednesdays, 10:00am (Sep.-May) (ends 5/21/14; resumes 9/10/14)
  • MCPL Stratford — Wednesdays, 10:15am (Sep.-May) (ends 5/14/14; resumes 9/10/14)

"Sweet Dreams" Story Time

Children of all ages are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animals and wear pajamas to this special evening story time!

  • MCPL Wausau — Mondays, 6:30pm (Jun.-Aug.) (resumes 6/16/14; ends 8/18/14)

"Play & Learn" Story Time

Children are invited to use their imagination and creativity! This fun-filled program features a different story each week, followed by songs and supplemental activities. Children of all ages are welcome. This program is offered in partnership with the Family Resource Center.

Preschool Story Time

This 30-minute program will help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten with stories, songs, rhymes and other early literacy activities. Children attend this story time without parents/guardians, but parents/guardians should remain in the children’s area during story time. For children four or five years old.

  • MCPL Wausau — Wednesdays AND Thursdays, 10:30am (year-round) (no meetings 5/4 - 6/7)
    Note: During the summer (Jun.-Aug.), we welcome children of all ages to this story time, effectively making this a "Family Story Time."

Tales for Tots

Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays with your toddler at this fun and educational story time! This program is designed to help 2- and 3-year-olds acquire fundamental knowledge such as shapes, numbers and other early literacy skills. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

  • MCPL Wausau — Tuesdays, 9:45am AND 10:30am (year-round) (no meetings 5/4 - 6/7; due to concurrent children's programs, this story time will only meet 6/10, 7/1, 7/29, 8/5 and 8/12.)
    Note: During the summer (Jun.-Aug.), we welcome children of all ages to this story time, effectively making this a "Family Story Time."

Book Babies

Features 20 minutes of "lap sit" story time. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Older siblings may attend, but please be aware that this program meets the developmental needs of younger children. Board books, songs, puppets and other activities are used to enhance your child’s vocabulary and motor skills. For children from birth to 23 months old.

  • MCPL Wausau — Mondays, 10:00am (year-round) (no meetings 5/4 - 6/7)
    Note: During the summer (Jun.-Aug.), we welcome children of all ages to this story time, effectively making this a "Family Story Time."

Daycare Story Time

Area daycare providers may schedule a morning or afternoon story time at MCPL Wausau on Thursdays (Sep.-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!)

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David LaRochelle

Author/Illustrator David LaRochelle

Sat., 5/10/14, 10:30am 12:00pm @ MCPL Wausau
Award-winning children's author and illustrator David LaRochelle will read from several of his books and discuss his book creation process. Afterward, kids can create their own "Wanted" poster for a mean vegetable of their choice. Supplies will be provided. ... (read more)
Crafts Story Time Author Visit Childrens Book Week Wausau Children | Add to your calendar.

Bicycle and Road Safety

Tue., 5/13/14, 10:30am 11:30am @ MCPL Rothschild
May is National Bike Safety Month! During this special Story Time, children will hear stories and sing songs about bicycling. Plus, an officer from the Rothschild Police Department will give a short presentation about bike safety and be available to answer questions.
Story Time Rothschild Children | Add to your calendar.
picnic

Story Time in the Park

Wed., 5/14/14, 10:15am 11:00am @ MCPL Stratford
Join us for a special Family Story Time in Klemme Park! There will be picnic-themed stories followed by an activity or craft. ... (read more)
Story Time Crafts Off-site Stratford Children | Add to your calendar.