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Marathon County Public Library

Skip Navigation (1) all MCPL locations have reopened (no appointments); (2) drive thru / curbside pickup is available.

Will the Summer Library Program be affected by the pandemic?

FAQ: Will the Summer Library Program be affected by the pandemic?


For the safety of our community, patrons, and staff, summer 2021 at MCPL will look different than years’ past:

  • Our Summer Reading Club will be based on the Beanstack app. Download the app, create an account, and write as many book reviews as you desire! Starting July 1st, kids can show their book reviews to library staff (minimum of two reviews) at any location for a free book. Keep on reading and writing reviews and starting August 1st, pick up a second free book. We are always here to connect kids to books, so call any location for a hand-picked stack of books or suggestions for your child.

  • Our popular grab and go activities will continue to be offered this summer. Create a colorful fish, a bug hotel, and a feathered friend in the summer months. Full instructions, supplemental activities, and most supplies (basic supplies like glue or scissors may be needed at home) provided. Pick-up at any MCPL location starting June 2021.

  • To avoid large gatherings indoors, limited outdoor events will be held for children. In collaboration with the Marathon County Parks Department, families can read two picture books along the Wisconsin River from Kickbusch Plaza to WOW and vice versa. MCPL locations that have green space and minimal traffic will be offering outdoor story times. Our virtual story times will continue to premiere on Tuesdays via MCPL’s YouTube channel.

  • Our usual summer brochure that normally lists events has been transformed into an activity booklet. Inside, you will find screen-free activities such as a word search, a maze, map-making, and a search and find activity. There is also a teen/adult one for any interested older siblings and caregivers! Pick-up at any MCPL location starting May 2021. ​

Further details will be posted in the near future; watch for updates!

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has prompted changes to the library's day-to-day operations — all of which were implemented to maintain the health and safety of patrons and library staff — while continuing to provide quality library services. ... (read more)