It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Marathon County Public Library, with 10 holiday-themed events scheduled between now and December 21 at the Wausau Headquarters and its eight branches.
Running now through December 14, MCPL is kicking off the holiday season with “Letters to Santa,” during which time children of any age can visit the Wausau headquarters to drop off a letter in Santa’s gingerbread house mailbox, located in the Children’s Department. After the library staff sends the letters up to the North Pole, children will receive a reply in the mail from Santa Claus himself starting the week of December 14.
The holiday fun in Wausau continues with two craft events held back-to-back. “DIY Paper Holiday Ornaments” on December 9 will give outdated and damaged books new life when adult patrons recycle and transform them into beautiful Christmas tree ornaments. On December 10, all ages are welcome to participate in the “Family Holiday Craft Fair”, creating items like glitter magnets, felt flower pins, and scented milk bath, which make for great gifts for friends and family.
“Gingerbread Who?” on December 12 will feature a morning Gingerbread Man story time, followed by a family craft event allowing young patrons to make faux-gingerbread versions of their favorite characters, like Gingerbread Curious George and Gingerbread Harry Potter. Children can also make extra gingerbread people to send to local nursing home residents to brighten their holiday.
MCPL will get a taste of the country on December 19 with “Country Christmas Fun”, consisting of a Christmas and farm-themed story time in the morning, proceeded by refreshments provided by the Marathon County Farm Bureau.
Patrons of all ages can create their own personalized handmade holiday greeting cards on December 21 with “Cards for Cause.” Participants are invited to make cards for their own friends and family or to send to local nursing home residents, just in time for Christmas.
With a handful of events at the MCPL branches, the holiday fun doesn’t stop in Wausau.
The Spencer Branch Library will serve up “Heart-Healthy Holiday Cooking” on December 1 where Jackie Carattini, Family Living Agent with Marathon County UW-Extension, will instruct attendees on how to make healthier version of traditional Christmas dishes. Carattini will also talk about things like portion control and how to maintain healthy eating choices throughout the holiday season.
“Carols of Dysfunction” will take place December 9 at the Marathon City branch. During this event, tweens and teens will create their own “Carols of Dysfunction” board game, where players perform Christmas carols in unorthodox ways, such as by barking or meowing.
Adults and children alike are invited to create their own handmade Christmas cards and ornaments at the Mosinee branch library on December 10. Participants can choose from a variety of ornament designs and difficulty levels, allowing the whole family to get creative.
MCPL’s Rothschild branch will celebrate the holiday season with their “Happy Holidays!” celebration December 15, consisting of a family holiday story time, holiday songs, winter crafts, and Christmas card-making.
For questions or additional information regarding any of these events, feel free to call or visit the Marathon County Public LIbrary or any of its branches.
Happy holidays from MCPL!