MCPL logo

Marathon County Public Library

Skip Navigation

The MCPL Blog: Summer Library Program

Free Access to Books for Teens

books and headphones

May 31, 2022

Summer will be here soon! As a teen, you may not be any less busy when school is out. Maybe you’re working more hours at your job, visiting family or spending time with friends. Whatever you're up to, make sure to include reading great books in your summer plans! In addition to visiting your local Marathon County Public Library location or participating in our Summer Reading Club, here are three other ways to access free digital materials for teens this summer: With Sync, patrons can use a Sora account to read two different audiobooks per week. The program runs from April 28 until August 17. If you don’t have a Sora account through school, you can sign up for a free account. Please note, these books...

Audiobooks Books E-books Libraries Online Resources Summer Library Program Teens Websites

MCPL to Offer New Book Club for Tweens This Summer

Tween Book Club image

May 21, 2022

Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them is a new book club for tweens between the ages of 8-14. It will meet twice a month at MCPL Wausau starting in June and during each meeting, we'll talk about books and do fun, book-related activities! This is a great way to gather with friends during long summer days and to meet new kids who are also interested in reading. Unlike traditional book clubs where everyone reads and discusses the same book, we will instead be reading books around a similar genre or theme for each meeting. For example, at our first meeting on June 15, everyone should read a graphic novel - but it doesn’t need to be the same one! Make sure to register for the book club in advance on...

Book Clubs Books Children Events Graphic Novels Reading Recommendations Summer Library Program Tweens

Discover “Oceans of Possibilities” at the library this summer! 

Oceans of Possibilities summer poster showing scuba diver

May 18, 2022

While summer can be a busy season full of picnics, swimming, and other family activities, we hope you make Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) a part of your summer plans! Every year, we develop a Summer Program focused on learning, reading and fun for children and their families. The theme for this year’s program is “Oceans of Possibilities,” so we invite you to explore the library’s collections, join our summer reading club, and participate in any of our exciting upcoming events!   Reading is a great way for kids to keep their minds active and learning while out of school, and library staff can help your child find their next great read! Our staff is trained and well-versed in books of all...

Children Events Summer Library Program

Outdoor Story Times Coming to an MCPL Near You!

baby outdoors on a blanket looking at a book

April 13, 2022

The Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) is delighted to share that our Wausau, Hatley, Marathon, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer and Stratford branches will be offering in-person family story times this spring, summer and fall! To keep participants and library staff safe, all story times will be conducted outdoors on green spaces outside each location. See our Story Time page for dates, times and locations. While the stories, faces and fun of an in-person story time will be familiar, participating in these outdoor events will be different than they were indoors. Please note the following items and plan accordingly so that you and your family can have the best story time experience...

Adults Children COVID-19 Events Story Times Summer Library Program

ALSC Summer Reading Lists for Children!

boy reading book on grass

May 28, 2021

Another summer brings a new selection of children's books compiled for your consideration by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to explore the following lists to find books that may match or spark their child's interest: Birth–Preschool Kindergarten–Grade 2 Grades 3–5 Grades 6–8 Alternatively, paper copies of these lists are available at MCPL locations for a limited time, and PDF versions of these lists are linked on the ALSC website. For assistance requesting these books, or for a stack children's books hand-picked by library staff, please contact your local MCPL. For even more reading ideas, visit the...

Children Early Literacy Reading Recommendations Summer Library Program

Fairy Tale Reads for Teens, Part 1

Cinderella with carriage and castle

June 26, 2020

Most everyone has a favorite fairy tale, whether it’s from a picture book or from a Disney film. Fairy tales are ripe for retelling and reimagining, whether envisioning Cinderella in a science fiction setting, or a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood where the wolves are really men. We get to hear the story of the evil stepmother (Spoiler: they aren’t all mean and evil,) and the drama and curse of the Beast. Sometimes, an author will combine two stories and create a new story as a result. And sometimes the frog stays a frog, even after a kiss. Enjoy these young adult and middle-grade (MG) novels that use fairy tales as the basis for the story! It was so hard to pick our favorites, and there were so...

Books Reading Recommendations Summer Library Program Tweens

Our Summer Program is for adults, too!

bin of slp prizes for adults

June 25, 2019

This summer, MCPL is celebrating “A Universe of Stories” with its summer library program! Adults can write short reviews of books that they read and earn rewards along the way.  Every adult will receive a reward for the first book review that they submit. Prizes they can choose from include books, water bottles, bumper stickers, USB drives, ear buds or tote bags. After their initial review, adults can claim a reward for every fifth book review they turn in. Reviews will be accepted and rewards will be given out through August 30, and rewards vary by location. For more information, contact your local MCPL, or visit!   

Newsletter Summer Library Program Adults

A Summer Full of Library Events

books and e-readers flying in space

May 21, 2019

Space may be “the final frontier,” but staff at the Marathon County Public Library are preparing to share a universe of events throughout the 2019 summer (or at least a really small part of the universe)! Although libraries across the country organize programming throughout the entire year, many of them (including MCPL) put a little extra effort into their summer programs. The kids are out of school . . . The days are longer . . . Libraries have air conditioning, so many people visit us as a relaxing way to beat the summer heat. Each year, the Collaborative Summer Library Program — a grassroots group made up of a consortium of states — chooses a theme and provide resources to libraries across...

Summer Library Program Children Events

Plan a group visit to the library!

school bus

April 29, 2019

If your school, organization or daycare wants to bring students or members to see what the library is all about, you can plan a group visit! Groups of 10 or more can schedule a guided tour of any MCPL location and learn about the various materials and services we have to offer. Groups can also get an aquarium lesson, learn how to use the library catalog or attend a special story time just for them! Group visit applications can be found and filled out at For more information, call 715-261-7200.  

Aquarium Children Community Summer Library Program

Let our Summer Program take you to outer space!

books and e-readers flying in space

April 26, 2019

This year, MCPL will transport kids into the cosmos with its Summer Library Program! This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories,” and we’ve planned three months of fun, entertaining and educational events for kids, tweens and teens!  May 28 through August 30, kids, tweens and teens can read books and submit reviews containing their thoughts about what they read. (Adults can do this, too!) Participants will receive a reward for each review they turn in. Younger children (pre-K) can instead complete a reading and activity sheet with their parent/caregiver and receive a prize once their sheet is complete! We also have a ton of great events scheduled at all nine MCPL locations, including visits...

Summer Library Program Events Children Teens Books

Children at MCPL Wausau donate nearly $100 to humane society

penny jar

August 25, 2017

We’ve recently completed our months-long Pennies for a Cause campaign at the library’s Wausau Headquarters! The campaign, which ran 6/12-8/12 in the children’s area, gave kids and parents the chance to donate coins to be given to a local charitable organization. With each donation, folks also voted for which organization they wanted to receive the money. And now, the votes are in! Nearly $100 was raised throughout the summer and will be donated to the Humane Society of Marathon County, which garnered the most votes, with a total of 54! Runners up include New Life Pet Adoption Center, which received 43 votes, and Stable Hands Equine Therapy Center, with 29 votes. MCPL sincerely thanks all of the generous...

Summer Library Program Children Community

The Dog Days of Summer are at MCPL!

therapy dog with glasses and a book

July 12, 2017

This summer, children can brush up on their reading skills by attending our weekly Paws to Read events, happening at our Wausau Headquarters, Mosinee Branch and Rothschild Branch. During these sessions, kids have the opportunity to read to very relaxed and well-behaved therapy dogs, courtesy Therapy Dogs of Central Wisconsin. They can sit with their parent, guardian or caretaker as well as the dog’s handler and read from a book of their choosing. Reading to a therapy dog can be a great benefit for a child because it gets them to read out loud without fear of being ridiculed. Some children don’t have a sibling, parent or friend willing to listen to them, or may have been teased in the past for mispronouncing...

Events Reading Recommendations Books Children Summer Library Program

StoryWalk® is back!

StoryWalk Central Wisconsin

June 24, 2017

If your family enjoys nature and reading, you’re in luck! MCPL and Monk Botanical Gardens are teaming up again to present the second annual StoryWalk® Weekend July 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Monk Gardens, located at 1800 N. First Ave., Wausau. The pages of eight children’s storybooks will be mounted page-by-page along scenic walking trails, and children and their families can read these pages while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. This year’s featured books include “The Pout-Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen, “Creepy Carrots” by Aaron Reynolds and “Katie and the Sunflowers” by James Mayhew, among others. Attendees can also participate in a variety of activities at the end of each trail,...

Children Events Summer Library Program

Get ready for summer crafts!

summer craft

June 23, 2017

What better way to beat the heat than to escape to your local (air-conditioned) library for a few hours of crafting? Throughout June and July, multiple MCPL locations will host crafting events for children of all ages. Crafts will include making sparkling dragonflies, dazzling suns, salt paintings and more! Examples of some of these crafts are shown in this article. Visit for the complete schedule of forthcoming craft events!

Summer Library Program Events Children

Join our Summer Reading Club!

Build a Better World 2017 Summer Program

May 15, 2017

Join our Summer Reading Club to track your reading and other activities, and you’ll receive a reward at the end of summer!  Registration for all ages opens 5/30 at all MCPL locations and online at Children (Birth-Grade 5)  Calling all kids! We challenge you to read and perform acts of kindness this summer. Track your efforts on the reading log you’ll receive at registration. Show your log to library staff throughout the summer and turn it in by 8/12 to earn rewards! Teens (Grades 6-12) Hey, teens! This summer, we’re challenging you to read, explore and improve your community. Upon registration, you’ll receive a BINGO-style reading and activity...

Children Newsletter Summer Library Program Teens

Summer Library Program starts May 31!

April 21, 2016

This year’s summer theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set... Read!” and combines fitness and health with our usual focus on reading and discovery! Summer Reading Club is an important part of our summer program, and we have great activities planned for children of all ages, plus teens and adults! Register at your local MCPL or online starting May 31 to receive a log to track your summer reading, healthful activities and other challenges. Your completed log may be returned to the library by August 27 for a reward! We have a full slate of events scheduled, including performers like children’s musician Tom Pease, magician Jim Mitchell, clowns Miller & Mike, juggler Dan Kirk, instrumentalist Bill Kehl, the Soda...

Summer Library Program Newsletter Children

Food Drive continues through end of August

July 27, 2015

Residents throughout central Wisconsin still have until the end of August to help individuals and families in need of food, through the MCPL food drive. The library is working with the Marathon County Hunger Coalition on the food drive, which ends Aug. 22, to benefit food pantries across our area. Anyone from across the central Wisconsin area or beyond is welcome and encouraged to drop off non-perishable items during regular business hours at any MCPL location: Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer, Stratford and Wausau. If you would like to donate, please consider some of these suggested items: canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, peanut butter, packaged or...

Food Libraries Summer Library Program

Summer food drive at MCPL

June 28, 2015

Throughout the summer of 2015 the Marathon County Public Library is working with the Marathon County Hunger Coalition and hosting a food drive to benefit food pantries across our area. The food drive began in early June and continues through the end of August. Anyone from across the central Wisconsin area or beyond is welcome and encouraged to drop off non-perishable items during regular business hours at any MCPL location: Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer, Stratford and Wausau. It may seem obvious, but unlike some other aspects of the library usage, no library card is needed to help others in need! What may not be obvious to some is the extent of hunger, food insecurity and...

Summer Library Program Food Health Resources

OverDrive's Big Summer Read

Overdrive Summer Read (June 9 - July 9)

May 29, 2015

Marathon County Public Library, Wisconsin’s Digital Library and OverDrive all hope you’ll join us and other patrons in the Big Summer Read, an online shared reading program for all ages, through most of June. Each year, OverDrive selects a title with an author and publisher willing to allow an unlimited number ebooks and e-audiobooks available to download anytime from June 9 to June 23. This year adult patrons can read or listen to Kate White’s fast-paced suspense novel “Eyes on You” – Robin Trainer learns that being a media star comes with its costs; including potentially her own life. Can you guess her perpetrator before the big reveal? For the first time, OverDrive also is inviting children and teens...

Audiobooks Wisconsin's Digital Library Summer Library Program

Story Time Break

girl reading book with a butterfly on the page

April 29, 2015

Many of our locations will be participating in a story time break before our Summer Library Program begins to accommodate school visits and prepare for our summer programs. Athens, Hatley and Rothschild will continue to have regularly scheduled story times. Marathon City will continue to have regulary scheduled story times but will not meet on May 28th. Wausau will have no story times in the month of May, except for the Family Resource Center’s Play & Learn story time on Fridays. Story times will resume in June, along with Sweet Dreams Story Time Monday nights at 6:30. Some story times may be cancelled due to scheduled Summer Library Program events. See our brochure for these events. Edgar,...

Children Story Times Summer Library Program

June 24th is Something for Everyone Night at the Wausau Headquarters

June 18, 2014

Next Tuesday night, the Wausau headquarters is offering something for everyone at the library. All of these great events start at 6:30 p.m. and are free!  Tween Science: Kids grades 3-5 are invited to watch and try some science experiments during out Tween Science program. Art with Heat: Teens can experiment with heat to create melted crayon art and ice candles. Teens also have a chance to try Flame Painter, a free computer program! Canning  and Preservation: Adults will learn the science behind canning and preservation of various fruits and vegetables in this presentation by Jackie Carattini from the UW-Extension.  7 Days of Harryhausen Film Festival: In celebration of the late...

Summer Library Program Events

Fizz! Boom! Read!

Fizz Boom Read SLP poster

June 5, 2014

This year’s Summer Program has a science theme! We’ve planned a variety of fun and educational events for all ages — children, teens and adults — at MCPL locations throughout the county!  For complete details, visit or pick up a Summer Program brochure at your local Marathon County Public Library. We look forward to seeing you at the library! (from the MCPL Newsletter, May-Jul., 2014)

Events Reading Recommendations Summer Library Program

"To Kill a Mockingbird" wins Literary Smackdown

August 19, 2013

In the final Literary Smackdown of the summer, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee beat "The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank to be named the most influential book in Marathon County. More than 100 people voted for Lee's classic novel of a young girl embroiled in a bitter war of race in violence in 1930s Alabama, compared to more than 50 people who voted for Anne Frank's diary of her time in hiding from the Nazis in World War II. The MCPL Literary Smackdown began in June and pitted eight fiction books against eight nonfiction books in a March madness-style competition with library patrons voting for their favorite books in weekly pairings. Other books in the Smackdown include "Jane Eyre," "I Know...

Summer Library Program

"Mockingbird" Top Fiction Book

Winner: To Kill a Mockingbird

August 5, 2013

In a sweeping victory, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee beat "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte to take the fiction title in Marathon County Public Library's Literary Smackdown.  Lee's classic novel of racism and violence in the South beat Bronte's story of an impoverished orphan turned governess by almost 80 votes. "To Kill a Mockingbird" will next face the winner of the final nonfiction smackdown, with Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" going up against Maya Angelou's memoir, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."  

Summer Library Program

Update: Summer Library Program

July 22, 2013

There’s still time to participate! Summer events continue throughout August, featuring engaging, informative presentations and activities for all ages. Upcoming events include movie nights, workshops, crafts and a pool party!  Also, adults and teens still have time to vote in our Literary Smackdown competition to pick the most influential book in Marathon County: Reading logs for children and teens will be accepted through Aug. 24. Prizes are available throughout the summer for completing each excavation dig! (from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul-Sep., 2013)

Children Newsletter Summer Library Program

"Mockingbird" takes Week 3 Fiction title

Winner: To Kill a Mockingbird

June 21, 2013

In a sweeping victory, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee beat out "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger by more than 100 votes to take the Week 3 Fiction title in the Marathon County Public Library's Literary SmackDown competition. Although Salinger's only novel has become the gold standard narrative of the adolescent mind, Lee's epic story of a young girl caught in the middle of a racially-charged and violent court case had more impact on Marathon County readers.  Our next pairing pits "The Prince" by Machiavelli against "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote. Don't forget to vote on our website, at any MCPL location or on Facebook.   

Books Summer Library Program

Orwell takes "1984" vs. "Fahrenheit 451" Smackdown

June 14, 2013

In a very close victory, "1984" by George Orwell beat out Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" 56 to 53 to take the week two fiction title in the Marathon County Public Library's Literary Smackdown. Although both books take a hard stance against censorship and personal freedom, it was Orwell's dystopian look at government spying that resonated with Marathon County readers. Still, Bradbury's tale of book burning resonated strongly with library patrons making this race almost too close to call.  Wondering who won previous weeks? Visit our Smackdown page at Keep filling in those brackets and don't forget to vote in our week two nonfiction contest! It's...

Summer Library Program

"Jane Eyre" takes Week 1 Fiction Smackdown Title

June 7, 2013

In a stunning upset, "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte schooled "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald and won the first round of fiction competition in MCPL's Literary Smackdown.  Despite the recent popularity of Fitzgerald's iconic and decadent Jazz-age novel, a plucky and intelligent young governess took the first victory in this summer-long competition to determine the most influential book in Marathon County.  Voting is now open in the first nonfiction matchup of the competition, so don't forget to vote for your favorite between "The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank and "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan. 

Books Summer Library Program

Summer packed with programs!

May 29, 2013

Marathon County Public Library locations across the county will be full of "underground"-themed activities for children, teens and adults during our 2013 Summer Library Program! Children can "Dig Into Reading" and do their choices of suggested activities to complete an archeological-themed reading log. Reading books is part of it, but kids also are encouraged to attend library events and work on reading-based activities. In addition to art parties, a scavenger hunt, movie nights and a teen night at the aquarium, teenagers can take part in our "Beneath the Surface" summer-long program. It may take a little work – read 15 books and complete five activities to receive a reward – but you get to choose the...

Newsletter Summer Library Program

Dig Into Reading This Summer

May 23, 2013

It’s time to get ready to “Dig Into Reading” @MCPL this summer.  The Summer Library Program starts June 8 and ends August 24.  We have lots of fun activities, programs, therapy dogs to listen to kids read, and a summer reading club all ready to go for children and families at all MCPL locations. Children can register for the reading club and pick up the Excavation Site Map @ any MCPL location.   For every 15 minutes children read, visit the library, attend a library program and complete a suggested activity, they cross off or color a rock.  When all 7 rocks are colored, the site map can be brought to the library and children can claim their treasure.  Children will need their...

Children Summer Library Program

Wausau Story Time Changes for Summer

May 7, 2013

Summer is coming, and with it the Summer Library Program at MCPL! The next couple of weeks the Wausau Headquarters children's department will be busy with school tours, so there will be no story times May 12th through June 9th at the Wausau Headquarters library.  Book Babies, Tales for Tots and Preschool Story Times will continue through summer with an adjusted schedule. Beginning June 10th, join us for Sweet Dreams Story Time. This story time will be offered every Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. throughout the summer. Come join the summer fun!  

Children Summer Library Program Story Times

Start and Keep Children Reading

June 27, 2012

Start reading to your child early; read board and picture books to your baby, repeat nursery rhymes, and sing and talk to them often. Set aside some special time daily to read to your child separately and together with your family. Ask your child questions about books that they are reading; read the same book and discuss it with them. Get them hooked on books in a series; there are lots of good series books,  like the Magic Tree House series, that will keep them interested and reading for a long time (48th book to be released this July) Discover what type of books they like and help them find similar books and authors. Find books and magazine articles about anything that your child is interested...

Summer Library Program Children

Summer Greetings from Your Library!

May 22, 2012

It’s that time of year again! While we are all making our plans to enjoy a beautiful Wisconsin summer, I invite everyone to visit the library for plenty of fun learning adventures!   We will be continuing our ever-popular Summer Reading Program at all nine MCPL locations, featuring events and reading encouragement for children (through 5th grade) and teens (grades 6-12).   It’s easy to get started with summer activities such as travel, home repair and remodeling, outdoor sports and recreation, or reading a paperback novel. Just check out the resources at your local library!   Don’t forget that we have many online tools to make your life easier. For...

Newsletter Summer Library Program

Dream Big--Read!

May 16, 2012

Dreams and wishes and sleepy-time kisses!  It’s Dream Big-Read, the Summer Library Program @ your MCPL library.  We have so much fun planned this summer for kids, teens and families that you just have to stop in, grab some good reading and go to a program or two. Visiting a Marathon County library near you this summer are musicians/songwriters Tom Pease and Rich Baumann, juggler Bob Kann, the Raptor Education Group with large raptor birds, magician Professor Marvel a.k.a. Rob Halbrook,  and more.  You can also join us for a pool party at Memorial Park, meet us at the ballpark for a Woodchucks game, read to (and pet) therapy dogs, do some dreamy crafts, and bring the family (in your “...

Summer Library Program Children

Summer Library Program Concludes

library staff picking SLP prize winners

August 26, 2011

Congratulations Marathon County!  You made reading and learning a priority this summer.  Over 4,000 people in Marathon County participated in the Summer Library Program Reading Club.  Prizes have been drawn for the Summer Reading Club.   Congratulations to winners of the Children's prizes: David B., Latylia R., Anna B., Mikala B., Katherine G., Ethan C., Ashley B., Brianna L., and Selena E.   Teen prize winners are: Marissa H., Colton L., Jimmy D., Sarah H., and Ava G.  Thank you to all of the sponsors for the Summer Library Program.  It would not have been possible without the support of our community and the Friends of the Library...

Children Summer Library Program

Summertime Fun and Learning @ MCPL

bag, book and sunglasses on pier by lake

July 15, 2011

There is still plenty of summer left to soar through the clouds and have adventures galore—all by visiting your library, attending programs, and reading.  One World, Many Stories, the Summer Library Program, is still operating at full speed.  It’s not just for kids. All ages are encouraged to participate, including babies, teens, and seniors. Because reading and learning are important parts of the Summer Library Program, a Reading Club is part of the summer fun.  After you have read ten books or 25 pages, cross off a symbol on your reading ticket and turn it in.  Children 12 and under receive a small prize bag for their first ticket. July and August are prime vacation months. ...

Summer Library Program Children

Randy Peterson @ Library

July 11, 2011

Join us on Tuesday, July 12 for children’s musician, Randy Peterson @MCPL Wausau for two shows: 2:00pm and 6:30pm.  Randy will be performing @MCPL as part of the Summer Library Program, One World,  Many Stories. Please note:  there will not be a morning performance.  An afternoon performance @2:00 pm and an evening performance @ 6:30pm are the correct times.  There were some errors on other listings in the community.   Escape the summer heat and come and sing along with Randy.  You will not want to miss these free performances, funded by the Friends of the Library. Bring the whole family, have some fun, and learn some things too.  See you there! If you can...

Summer Library Program Children

Discovery, Fun, and Learning @ MCPL

June 14, 2011

“There’s music, there’s music, there’s music inside of you,"   as today’s participant's, young and old, discovered today with Bill Kehl as our guide.   In his program, One Earth, Many Sounds, kids discovered musical instruments from around the world made from found objects in nature.  They learned the instrument's history, and even had the chance to play them.  Today was the kickoff for the Summer Library Program @ Wausau.  At MCPL Spencer Branch, Randy Peterson captivated an audience of 240.   If you missed Bill Kehl or Randy Peterson, there’s still time to see them.   They will be at other MCPL locations this summer.  Check out the...

Summer Library Program Children

One World, Many Stories

boy and girl reading a book

June 2, 2011

Stories, stories, stories;  what would we be like without them?   What would the world be like without them?   One World, Many Stories is the theme for the 2011 Summer Library Program! Stories from all cultures and all parts of the world help us make sense of the world, enable us to understand and relate better to each other,  try on different occupations, experience different situations.  Few of us will ever get a chance in our lifetime to travel around the world and immerse ourselves in all cultures.  But all of us can travel through the pages of books, glimpse another’s world,  imagine another universe, and escape ours for a while. As well as improving...

Children Summer Library Program

Summer Library Program 2011

May 25, 2011

There’s a little something for everyone during our Summer Library Program (SLP), including music, arts and crafts, storytimes, our Summer Reading Club, and other great events and activities for the whole family!   Summer Reading Club (5/5-8/20) — Participants of any age may submit Reading Tickets for books read during the summer, or for attending library events. Children under 12 receive a free gift bag when they turn in their first ticket! At the end of the summer, all tickets will be entered in drawings for prizes donated by local organizations! Teen Reading Rewards (5/5-8/20) — Teens who have completed grades 6-12 may participate in their own Reading Club for cool prizes, monthly...

Summer Library Program Newsletter

Changes to Children's Storytime Schedule

May 16, 2011

Summer is coming,  and with it “One World Many Stories”, the Summer Library Program @ MCPL,  and changes to the storytime schedules. The next two weeks we will be very busy with school tours, so there will be no storytimes May 16-28.   There will also be no storytimes July 4-9. Family Storytimes, Saturday’s @ MCPL Wausau are not held during the summer months; they will resume again in the fall, on Saturday, September 24. Books for Babies @MCPL Wausau will be held per the usual schedule this summer on Monday at  9:45 and 10:30. Tales for Twos @MCPL Wausau will be held on May 31 and the rest of the summer on Tuedays' at 9:45 and 10:30 except on the following dates...

Children Story Times Summer Library Program

An Aquarium for Casey!

Casey C. with prizes

August 30, 2010

Congratulations to Casey C., the winner of the aquarium kit donated by Ace Hardware in Weston.  Casey was one of over 1300 reading club participants at the Wausau Headquarters Library.  His ticket was drawn from tickets from all the library locations in Marathon County, so he is a very lucky boy!

Children Summer Library Program

Where is the Bathtub?

library reading bathtub

August 27, 2010

I have had this question from many children in the last couple weeks.  So--here it is--sitting in the library's garage, in the middle of a much-needed makeover.  Kitty has completed the painting (look at the snazzy gold feet!), and Olson Carpet One will soon be replacing the old, worn carpet.  Our thanks to Christine Bremer-Zoromski, who is funding the tub's makeover. What's that in the tub?  All the Summer Library Program reading tickets from throughout the county, waiting for the drawing of the grand prize.  Wow, what a lot of reading our customers did this summer! And the Grand Prize winner is... ...stay tuned...

Children Summer Library Program

Bubbles, Bubbles for Quinn!

Quinn B. with bubble prize

August 26, 2010

Congratulations to Quinn B, the winner of the Bubble Package, including a bubble flyer, a Buzz Lightyear bubble wand, and loads of bubble solution.  Quinn won his prize by listening to stories and turning in tickets during our Summer Library Program.  Thank you to the Friends of MCPL for donating this prize.  Have fun with all the bubbles, Quinn!

Children Summer Library Program

Congratulations, Ian!

Ian W. with prizes

August 24, 2010

Congratulations to Ian W, one of the prize winners in our Make a Splash summer reading club.  Ian won the "Baby" prize, with bathtub letters, towels, and, Ian's favorite, a rubber ducky.  Thank you to the Friends of the library for donating this prize!

Children Summer Library Program

Time is Running Out for Reading Tickets!

August 18, 2010

It's not too late to turn in a ticket for the summer reading program--but time is running out soon!  All tickets must be turned in by 1:00 this Saturday, August 21 to be included in the prize drawings. We have had a record number of participants at the library in Wausau.  Thank you for making this our best summer ever!

Summer Library Program Children

Pool Party!

August 9, 2010

I can't think of a better way to wrap up our "Make a Splash" summer reading program than with a pool party on one of the hottest days of the year! The pool party will be held Tuesday, August 10 at Memorial Park pool in Wausau. Kids received a free family admission pass in their "goody bags" when they turned in their first completed reading ticket.  Teens also received free admission with their first completed reading ticket.  These admission passes may be used for Memorial Park Pool anytime between 1:00 and 7:50 pm Tuesday.  You can also show your library card for free admission that day. Children's craft activities will be featured from 1:00 to 3:00.  I also have a few prizes to give...

Events Children Summer Library Program

ARRRRR! Craft Day was Splashy Fun!

July 14, 2010

 James and Evie were happy to model the pirate hats, fishbowl necklaces and "fish sticks" that they made at Tuesday's craft afternoon at the Wausau Headquarters library.  One hundred fifty kids visited our craft stations, where volunteers helped kids make an array of splashy items to celebrate our "Make a Splash" summer.  Thank you, volunteers! Recording artist Randy Peterson will present a "Beach Party" family concert at the Wausau Headquarters library next Tuesday, July 20, at one show only--2:00 pm.  Come and join us for more splashy fun!  

Summer Library Program Children

Sign Up Now for the Talent Show!

July 6, 2010

We had a blast at last year's talent show!  David (pictured here) presented a karate demonstration with Escrima sticks; other kids performed dances, and instrumental and vocal solos.  It was so much fun, we have decided to have another Talent Show this year--Tuesday, July 27 at 2:00 pm at the library in Wausau.  I have five acts signed up to perform so far--but we need more!  School age children may perform a solo or group act.  Performances must be four minutes or less in length, and will be presented to an all-ages audience (toddlers through grandparents).  Every performer will receive a "thank you" gift for their participation. So come on and do your thing--Sing...

Children Events Summer Library Program

Tom Pease Delights

Tom Pease performing at MCPL

June 30, 2010

Over 800 people of all ages were thoroughly entertained by singer, songwriter Tom Pease @MCPL Wausau yesterday.  His utra-enthusiastic mixture of sign language, songs, humor and audience participation is infectious.   Tom Pease's programs are part of "Make a Splash, READ" Summer Library Program  at the Marathon County Public Library.    If you missed Tom Pease's performance  yesterday, you can still catch him this summer.  He will be @Marathon Branch, performing at Marathon Elementary on 7/21 @10am, @Mosinee Branch on  7/28 @10am,  and also on @Stratford Branch on  7/28 at 1:30pm.  There is still lots of...

Children Summer Library Program

Summer Reading Club Begins for Everyone!

June 10, 2010

"Make a Splash" with summer reading!  We have a reading club that is open to all ages.  It is fun and easy to get started: Read a book!  We prefer that you choose a library book.  Magazines count, too! Get a summer reading ticket.  You will find tickets at the public desks of any Marathon County Public Library location, in the "Make a Splash" summer brochure, in the Wausau Daily Herald this Sunday, or you can print your own from our web site. As you read, cross off the little pictures on the ticket--one picture for each 25 pages read, or for each picture book that is read.  Children can also cross off pictures for listening to books, if someone reads aloud to them...

Summer Library Program

Our Library Talent Show Featured Some Creative Kids!

child playing drums

August 19, 2009

We had a wonderful talent show to conclude our "Be Creative" programs at the library this summer.  David (pictured here) had feet tapping and heads bobbing all over the library as he performed his drum solo.  Who says the library has to be quiet all the time? Our Talent Extravaganza also featured karate, keyboards, singing and dancing.  You can see other pictures of our creative performers on the library's Facebook photo album.. Thanks to all the performers for a great show--and thanks to our enthusiastic audience who cheered them on! Saturday, August 22 is the last day to turn in your reading tickets--it's not too late to get that first ticket in and have a chance to win some fun...

Children Summer Library Program Events

Randy Peterson at MCPL

July 22, 2009

Randy Peterson brought smiles to kids and adults alike as he performed at  the free program at the library.  His program is part of the many activities planned for the Summer Library Program. He sang many funny songs.  "Don't squash that bug' was my favorite, and everyone participated by singing and moving along with him.  The songs were infectious; I left the performance singing to anyone and everyone "I'm Gonna Read a Book Today" and "whatcha gonna do today?---READ"! There are still lots more programs and lots more summer to participate in the Summer Library Program.  Participation is free and open to everyone.  Express Yourself is the summer...

Summer Library Program

Our Art Extravaganza Was Tons of Fun!

July 8, 2009

Our Summer Library Program theme is "Be Creative," and over 250 people had lots of opportunities to explore their creativity at our Art Extravaganza yesterday. Special thanks to Mort McBain who helped kids collaborate to create Scooby Doo and Shrek chalk paintings on the library's patio.  Scooby is pictured here.  The kids did a great job!  Remember that you can see Mort in action on the 400 block at  Chalkfest this weekend. Thanks also to Jayna Hintz and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, who helped kids make fabulous sculptures out of pipe cleaners and foam--this project gave kids a chance to create some really awesome sculptures. Also--thanks to the volunteers...

Summer Library Program Events Children

Sidewalk Chalk, Art and Talent Extravaganzas!

July 6, 2009

Lots of kids are finding cool, free entertainment at the library this summer.  Our Art Extravaganza will be held at the Wausau library tomorrow--Tuesday, July 7.  This is an open house-style craft and art program, so come anytime between 1:00 and 3:30 in the afternoon.  We will have special guests participating in this year's art program!  Mort McBain, well-known artist from the Downtown Sidewalk Chalkfest,  will be helping kids create a cartoon mural with chalk on the sidewalk.  Mort will be here rain or shine--but keep your fingers crossed for shine!  If the weather is nice, he will be out on the raised patio by the library's front entrance.  If the weather is...

Children Summer Library Program Events

Cool Programs on Hot Summer Day

June 23, 2009

The temperatures were in the 90's today, but many adults and children found a fun, free, wonderful way to cool off and have fun at the library. Bill Kehl  (pictured here) delighted enthusiastic audiences at morning and afternoon programs today at the library with his mix of jokes, juggling, music, songs, and natural instruments that children from the audience played.  Facts about the earth and space were intermingled in this program titled Earth, Music...Magic!.   Ice cold ice cream, donated by the Farm Bureau concluded today's program.  Don't miss out children, adults and teens! Teen and children's summer library programs with cool prizes and fun activities are waiting...

Summer Library Program Children

Summer Library Program Kicks Off Today!

juggler Bob Kann at MCPL Wausau

June 16, 2009

Bob Kann captivated children and adults alike with juggling, magic tricks, tongue twisters, and games.  In this photo from the 2:00pm program he is teaching the audience how to juggle .  He is doing another program tonight at 6:30pm and at the Rothschild Elementary School this Thursday, June 18 at 11:00am and 1:30pm Don't miss out!  There are lots of fun, exciting programs planned for the Summer Library Program.  Check out the programs and activities for Children and for Teens this summer.  These programs are the best deal in town--they are FREE of charge.  And don't forget all of the books, DVD's, CD's, games and other items that are available for you...

Teens Summer Library Program

Summer Fun Begins This Week!

June 14, 2009

Lots of special events will be happening this summer at all Marathon County Public Library locations. Most of the libraries will be having their first special program this week.  Bob Kann—juggler, musician, storyteller and all-around entertainer extraordinaire, will be performing at three shows (10:30 am, 2:00 pm, and 6:30 pm) Tuesday, June 16 at the Wausau Library. He will also be at the Rothschild Branch (program held at Rothschild Elementary School) for two shows Thursday, June 18. If you’re looking for a chance to make your own crafts, Athens has the program for you--Tuesday June 16, featuring crafts and sidewalk chalk art. Musician Bill Kehl will present “Earth, Music, Magic”--a...

Children Summer Library Program

Encourage Your Teens to Read This Summer!

May 29, 2009

How your children spend their summer matters. Research shows that how students spend their summer has an impact on their academic achievement during the school year. Reading this summer will help your teen succeed next fall. So how do you get them to read? Our recommendation: help them find something they want to read. Our staff at every location are are always happy to help you or your teen find a great book or graphic novel - stop in, call, email, or meebo!  You can also visit our teen page to find new books for teens available at MCPL. This summer MCPL is offering an added incentive for teens who read: a chance to win awesome prizes! Here’s how it works: Read books and/or graphic novels....

Teens Summer Library Program Reading Recommendations

Changes to the Storytime Schedule

May 6, 2009

With the change in seasons comes a change to programming schedules for children at libraries throughout Marathon County. Family Storytimes will be held in Wausau for two more Saturdays--May 9 & 16.  During the summer months, the library will be open 9:00-1:00 Saturdays, but Family Storytimes will not be presented. Book Babies, Tales for Twos, and Preschool Storytimes in Wausau will be on hiatus May 11-May 22.  During these two weeks, grade school children will be visiting the library to learn about the Summer Library Program. These storytimes will resume after Memorial Day. Storytimes at most of the branch libraries are presented only during the school year, so these programs will be...

Children Summer Library Program

A Pool Party Celebration!

July 31, 2007

The 100th birthday celebration continues at the Marathon County Public Library.  Join us Friday, August 10 for a party at the Memorial Park pool in Wausau.  The fun begins at 1:00 and will last until 5:00.   Kids can get free admission to the pool for their whole family by reading books and turning in a reading club ticket.  Anyone can get in free by showing their library card. So, bring your picnic lunch and come and enjoy a day of free swimming, birthday cake, and prize drawings, and make yourself a cool summer visor! Our thanks to the Wausau/Marathon County Park Department for co-sponsoring this event.  It's not too late to start the reading...

Summer Library Program Centennial Children

Solve the Mystery!

July 11, 2007

Get a Clue!  There are two "crime scenes" set up at all the Marathon County Public Library locations.  Every week, a new clue appears at the crime scene, and a new question is posted on the wall.  Junior detectives must use their best sleuthing skills to examine the crime scene and solve the weekly question.  After six weeks, they will be able to solve the mystery!   With each correctly answered question, detectives will receive another piece of their detective kit--an ID badge, a magnifying glass, etc. If you haven't started the crime solving-game yet, there is still time!  You can answer the previous week's questions and get caught up with the other super sleuths.

Summer Library Program Children

The Magic of Bruce Hetzler at Summer Kickoff Program


June 18, 2007

Summer Library program events are happening all over Marathon County!  Tuesday, June 19 is kick off day for programs at the Wausau Headquarters.  Who better to help us kick off the "Get a Clue!" theme than one of those masters of mystery--a magician!  Bruce Hetzler comes from Appleton, WI--Houdini's hometown.  His perfomance ingeniously combines magic tricks with the library and the summer mystery theme to astound and entertain audience members of all ages. Bruce's perfomances will be held Tuesday, June 19 at 10:30, 2:00 and 6:30 at the Wausau Headquarters library.  Come and join the fun! Still thinking about a good mystery to read for the reading club?  How about...

Reading Recommendations Children Summer Library Program

Summer Reading Begins Today!

June 4, 2007

Today is the first official day for the Summer Reading Program at the Marathon County Public Library.  Everyone can join the reading club--even babies, who have someone read to them.  Adults can join, too! To begin, you need a reading ticket.  These are available at the desks in all MCPL libraries and in the summer reading brochure.  They can even be printed from the library's website! Each ticket contains twelve little pictures.  To cross off a picture, you need to read a picture book, read 25 pages in a longer book, or attend a library program.  When all the pictures are crossed off, bring your ticket to any Marathon County Public Library location.  You will have...

Children Summer Library Program