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ATTENTION: All MCPL locations will be closed Fri., 9/29, for staff development.

Wisconsin CLICK for Babies Campaign Donation Collections

Wed., 6/21/17, 9am - Sat., 9/30/17, 5pm @ MCPL Wausau
All MCPL locations will serve as collection sites for knit and crocheted baby caps for the 2017 Wisconsin CLICK for Babies: Period of Purple Crying. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Charity Crafts Social Issues Wausau Adults

Needle Arts Night

Knitters and crocheters are invited to gather for a night of crafts and socializing! Free and open to the public, and participants are asked to bring their own supplies.
More events in this series (20). » Activities Crafts Marathon City Adults

Book Club: "The Magnolia Story" by Chip and Joanna Gaines

Thu., 9/21/17, 1:30pm - 3pm @ MCPL Spencer
The couple behind the popular TV show "Fixer Upper" tell the origins of the show, their renovation projects and more, and we'll meet to discuss the book. No registration required, and new people are always welcome to join the discussion!
Book Club Spencer Adults

Chat & Challenge
Tween Book Club: "The Wild Robot" by Peter Brown

Thu., 9/21/17, 4pm - 4:45pm @ MCPL Wausau
Tweens can discuss "The Wild Robot" by Peter Brown and compete in some fun "Minute to Win It"-style challenges!
Book Club Games Activities Wausau Children Tweens

Raising a Reader

Thu., 9/21/17, 6pm - 7:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for this fun workshop on how to raise a child who loves reading! Learn why reading is important, and how it helps with children's brain development. Books and ... (read more)
Activities Story Time Wausau Children Preschool

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a bilingual story time, followed by crafts from a variety of Hispanic countries! Free and all supplies provided. Call 715-261-7220 for more information.
More events in this series (1). » Activities Crafts Story Time Wausau Children

Camp Out At The Library!

Mon., 9/25/17, 10am - Sat., 9/30/17, 2pm @ MCPL Marathon City
Kids can read and lounge inside a reading tent set up inside our Marathon City Branch from September 25-30!
Activities Marathon City Children

All About Apples Story Time

Tue., 9/26/17, 10:30am - 11:30am @ MCPL Rothschild
Celebrate Johnny Appleseed's birthday with us at this fun-filled story time featuring songs, stories and games!
Story Time Crafts Hands-on Activities Rothschild Children Preschool

Home School Huddle

Families of homeschooled children can hear stories, read, and participate in various activities related to the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
More events in this series (11). » Hands-on Activities Science Edgar Children

Quilting and Crafting

Quilters and crafters - experienced and beginners - are invited to gather to learn, create, and share. In addition to sharing quilting skills and techniques, we'll also teach a new ... (read more)
More events in this series (2). » Stratford Adults

Library Learning
Introduction to Gmail

Learn how to create your own email account and how to use it during this free introductory class!
More events in this series (1). » Hands-on Learning Technology Library Learning Wausau Adults

Book Club: "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

Wed., 9/27/17, 11am - 12pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Two slaves escape a cotton plantation via the Underground Railroad with a relentless slave catcher in pursuit.
Book Club Rothschild Adults

Readers of Classic Lit: "Little House in the Big Woods"

Wed., 9/27/17, 12pm - 1pm @ MCPL Wausau
Discussion of the classic book about two girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier. No registration required and new participants are always welcome!
Book Club Wausau Adults

After School Experiments

Join us each month to participate in a variety of hands-on experiments related to math and science. Free and no registration required, all supplies provided.
More events in this series (2). » Art Hands-on Learning Science Technology Wausau Children Tweens

Fact or Fiction: A Live Storytelling Event

Fri., 9/29/17, 7pm - 9pm @ UW Center for Civic Engagement
Ten stories by 10 different storytellers, and the audience judges if the stories are true or false! Prizes for the two stories that fake out the audience the most! Free to attend, but mature audiences only. Send submissions by 9/15 to
Community Off-site Theatre Writing Writing Contest Cwbf Uw Center For Civic Engagement Adults

Central Wisconsin Book Festival

Fri., 9/29/17, 7pm - Sat., 9/30/17, 9pm @ MCPL Wausau
Join us for the first-ever Central Wisconsin Book Festival, starting with a live storytelling event the evening of Friday, Sept. 29 and events throughout the day on Saturday, Sept. 30. All events are free and no registration or tickets required!
Author Visit Community History Nature Off-site Outdoor Recreation Social Issues Sports Writing Writing Contest Wausau Adults Teen

Books Build Better Brains: Literacy and Early Brain and Child Development

Sat., 9/30/17, 9:30am - 11am @ MCPL Wausau
Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a pediatrician, public health professional and child health advocate, will discuss the importance of early literacy and the roles that human relationships and interactions play in a child's first thousand days of life.
Health Science Social Issues Cwbf Wausau Adults

The Rise and Fall of Baseball at the Univ. of Wisconsin

Sat., 9/30/17, 10am - 11:30am @ Janke Book Store
Steven D. Schmitt will share the history of baseball at the University of Wisconsin, which started in 1870 and ended in 1991, making UW the only Big Ten school with ... (read more)
Author Visit History Sports Cwbf Janke Book Store Adults

Grouse Hunting with Author Mark Parman

Sat., 9/30/17, 11am - 12pm @ MCPL Wausau
Author, hunter and UW-Marathon County Senior Lecturer Mark Parman will read from his book "A Grouse Hunter's Almanac," newly released in paperback that chronicles 20 seasons of hunts. Q&A and signing to follow. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Author Visit Nature Outdoor Recreation Writing Cwbf Wausau Adults

Mistakes That Led Victoria Houston to a Life of Mystery Writing

Sat., 9/30/17, 1pm - 2:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
One of Wisconsin's own favorite writers, Victoria Houston, will join us during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival to share stories of how she became a mystery writer. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Author Visit Writing Cwbf Wausau Adults

The Life of a Young Adult Author with Brittany Cavallaro

Sat., 9/30/17, 1:30pm - 2:30pm @ MCPL Wausau
Young Adult author Brittany Cavallaro will join us via Skype to share with teens how she got started as a writer, what it's like to write a book series, her ... (read more)
Author Visit Writing Cwbf Wausau Teens

Flock Together: A Conversation About Extinct Birds & What They've Taught Us

Sat., 9/30/17, 2pm - 3pm @ MCPL Wausau
Author B.J. Hollars presents information about extinct birds from his book "Flock Together," and how we can save threatened species and ourselves. Free and no registration or tickets required.
Author Visit History Nature Outdoor Recreation Writing Cwbf Wausau Adults

Resource of the Moment

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Book Discussion Kits

Start your own book club! Book discussion kits include multiple copies of popular books, discussion questions and author information, all in a handy tote bag! View available book discussion kits in the Library Catalog (V-Cat). For a larger selection, request kits from elsewhere in the state using this list and contacting our interlibrary loan ...

MCPL On-site Reading Advice

Ralph Illick with US flag

Director's Report

I hope that all of our readers have enjoyed this pleasant, temperate summer season. We have seen a lot of changes at MCPL, and I would like to share some news about more changes you will see in the near future.  To begin, we have been using the new Wausau Community Room on the second floor of our Wausau Headquarters, and the public loves it! There...

Director's Report Friends Of The Library Library Branches Meeting Rooms

Sputnik's Guide to Life On Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce

★★★★★ Sent to a live with a foster family in the country the summer after his granddad could no longer care for Prez or himself, the only thing Prez Mellows can focus on is finding and being together with his grandad again. Enter Sputnik, an alien, who appears to be a dog (with leather helmet and pilot goggles) to everyone except Prez, who declares that he has...

Audience: Tweens
Genre: Fiction


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