Marathon County Public Library

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Holiday hours: All MCPL locations will be closed by 5pm on Wed., 11/21, and closed all day Thu., 11/22.

Adult Services

Events: Adult

Jack and Jane Learn To Read: A Month of Historic Children's Readers

Adult Event Drop-in Visit the library throughout the month of November to see historic children's books on display!

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Needle Arts

Adult Event Drop-in Community members are invited to gather at the library to work on fiber arts projects, share projects with each other and try free crochet lessons. Yarn and a limited number of other supplies are provided, and new participants are always welcome!

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Family Game Day

All-Ages Event Drop-in Bring your family to the library for a fun day of gaming! Board and card games for all ages will be available.

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Paper Snowflake Designs

All-Ages Event Drop-in Turn the library into a winter wonderland by making paper snowflakes and other winter designs!

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Which is Better? Book-to-Movie Night: "Holes"

All-Ages Event All ages are invited to watch the 2003 film adaptation of "Holes" then discuss how the movie compares to book by Louis Sachar!

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Book Club: "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion

Adult Event Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In the month of November, we'll read and discuss this novel, about an eccentric professor who develops a project in order to find himself the perfect wife.

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CD Etching

Teen & Adult Event Teens and adults can learn how to etch creative designs into recycled CDs!

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LENA Start Marathon County

Adult Event Improve your verbal interactions with your child through a talk pedometer and parent education classes! Registration required.

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Spencer High School Handbell Choir Holiday Concert

All-Ages Event Join us as the Spencer High School Handbell Choir performs songs for the holiday season! Free and open to the public.

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DIY Gift Bags

Teen & Adult Event Learn how to make your own holiday gift bags during a special event at the library!

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Hobbies and Crafts Night

All-Ages Event Drop-in Hobby and craft enthusiasts are welcome to join us every month for a night of creating and socializing!

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Create Your Own Holiday Cards

All-Ages Event Drop-in Patrons of all ages can make their own handmade holiday cards using a variety supplies! Free, with all supplies provided.

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Book Club: "The Little Prince" by Antoine Saint-Exupery

Adult Event Join us for our monthly book club at the library! For the month of December, we'll be reading "The Little Prince" by Antoine Saint-Exupery! Free, with new members always welcome! Call 715-443-2775 for more information.

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Knitting Without Needles

All-Ages Event Drop-in Make your own knitted accessories by finger knitting and arm knitting at the library!

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Cribbage at the Library

Adult Event Adults are invited to play a few games of cribbage against friends or other library patrons during this free monthly program!

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Book Club: "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens

Adult Event Join the library Book Club in December to discuss this classic holiday tale!

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Wausau West Master Singers Holiday Concert

All-Ages Event Give your ears a holiday treat with a special concert from the Wausau West Master Singers!

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Book Club: "The Prayer Box" by Lisa Wingate

Adult Event Drop by the library each month for a lively discussion of our monthly book club selection!

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Book Club: "An Irish Country Christmas" by Patrick Taylor

Adult Event Join us for a discussion of "An Irish Country Christmas," about a doctor who faces competition from a new physician in town during the holiday season.

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Book Club "The Ghost of Christmas Past" by Rhys Bowen

Adult Event Drop by the library for a lively discussion of this holiday-themed mystery novel!

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Book Folding Art

Teen & Adult Event Drop-in Learn how to fold paper into certain creative designs during this free event!

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Book Club: "Mistletoe Inn" by Richard Paul Evans

Adult Event Stop by the library for an engaging discussion of our monthly book club pick!

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Family Film Friday: "Pete's Dragon"

Kids & Adults Event Kids and families can enjoy a free screening of 2016 remake of "Pete's Dragon" at the library!

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Create a Snowman

All-Ages Event Drop-in All ages are invited to create their own snowman using wooden craft sticks and other provided supplies!

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Adult Night at the Library: Pull String Art

Adult Event Learn the basics of string art and make your own string art creation during this free craft event!

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What's New in Spencer?

Adult Event Find out the latest on what's happening in Spencer with Spencer Police Chief Shawn Bauer and Village Administrator Paul Hensch!

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Health and Wellness Club: Cures For The Winter Blues

Adult Event Start the new year off right with a discussion of health and wellness goals, natural remedies and more!

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Book Club: "Hidden Figures" by Margot Lee Shetterly

Adult Event Join the library Book Club in January to discuss this book, a true story about four African-American women who worked at NASA and contributed to the space program.

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Library Learning
Intro to Word and Resume Building

Adult Event Join us for a free presentation on Microsoft Word and using Word to craft your own resume!

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Local Author Visit: Cindy Meyering

Kids & Adults Event Meet a local author and hear about her book "I'm There For You" during this free event!

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Nonfiction @ Night: "Dopesick" by Beth Macy

Adult Event Discuss our monthly book club pick about the national opiod crisis!

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Book Club: "An Irish Country Christmas" by Patrick Taylor

Adult Event Join us for a discussion of "An Irish Country Christmas," about a doctor who faces competition from a new physician in town during the holiday season.

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Book Club: "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman

Adult Event Drop by the library for a lively discussion of "A Man Called Ove," about a curmudgeon who finds an unexpected friendship among neighbors.

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Book Club: "A Week in Winter" by Maeve Binchy

Adult Event Stop by the library for an engaging discussion of our monthly book club pick!

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Book Club: "The Boston Girl" by Anita Diamant

Adult Event Join us for our monthly book club at the library! For the month of January, we'll be reading "The Boston Girl" by Anita Diamant!

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Library Learning
Intro to Libby and the World of E-Books!

Adult Event Did you know thousands of books and audiobooks are available to download for free with a few taps or clicks on your computer, smartphone or tablet? It's true!

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Myths and Truths: Human Trafficking in Central Wisconsin

Teen & Adult Event Learn about human trafficking, and how the topic hits home in central Wisconsin, during this informative event!

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Homemade Pine Cone Fire Starters

Adult Event Learn how to use pine cones as a natural fire starter during this free event!

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Finger and Arm Knitting

All-Ages Event Drop-in Learn the skills of finger knitting and arm knitting during this drop-in event at the library!

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CANCELED: Book Club: "A Week in Winter" by Maeve Binchy

Adult Event This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELED: Mon., 1/21/19, 6–7pm @ MCPL Spencer 

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Book Club: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Adult Event Take part in a lively discussion of Whitehead's recent, but now classic, novel! New people are always welcome!

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Snowflake Craft Day

All-Ages Event Drop-in Patrons of all ages can make their own decorative snowflakes out of paper or with pipe cleaners and beads! All supplies provided.

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Women's Night Out: "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee

Adult Event Drop-in Participate in a lively discussion of an eclectic mix of books with the Women's Night Out book club!

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Book Club: "A Gentleman In Moscow" by Amor Towles

Adult Event Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In the month of January, we'll read and discuss this novel, about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel in 1920s Russia.

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Birding for Beginners!

All-Ages Event All ages can learn about birds in Wisconsin, create a bird feeder and a nature journal!

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Book Club: "A Fall of Marigolds" by Susan Meissner

Adult Event Join us for a discussion of "A Fall of Marigolds," about two women - one in 1911 and the other in 2011 - who mourn the men that they love, both of whom died tragically.

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Library Learning
Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Adult Event Microsoft Excel can be used for many things, from creating simple lists to calculating budgets. Learn more about it during this free class!

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International Puzzle Day

All-Ages Event Drop-in Celebrate International Puzzle Day with a variety of puzzles for all ages at the library!

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Grow Your Own Microgreens

Adult Event Join us to learn about microgreens and how to grow them during these cold winter months! Plus, we'll have extra time for general questions about lawns, trees and gardens.

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Library Learning
Facebook Fundamentals Part 1

Adult Event Do you ever feel like you're missing out on things because you're not on Facebook? Would you like to learn how to use Facebook to better connect with family and friends? We can help!

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Powered By Wisconsin Potatoes

Adult Event Learn how to incorporate potatoes into a healthy diet during this free informative event!

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Health and Wellness Club: Treats for a Happy Heart

Adult Event Treat yourself good with a discussion about health and wellness, recipe swap and more!

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Create a Valentine!

All-Ages Event Drop-in Make your own handmade valentines using a variety of craft supplies! Free, with all supplies provided.

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Nonfiction @ Night: "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel Brown

Adult Event Discuss our monthly book club pick about the American rowing crew that prevailed at the 1936 Berlin Olympics!

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MCPL DIY
Decoupage Jars

All-Ages Event Create unique decor for your home or office! Free and all supplies provided.

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Celebrate 120 years of Mosinee Branch History!

Adult Event Join us for a special celebration as the library celebrates its 120th anniversary!

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Book Club: "The Last Mrs. Parrish" by Liv Constantine

Adult Event Join us for our monthly book club at the library! For the month of February, we'll be reading "The Last Mrs. Parrish" by Liv Constantine!

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Book Club: "Shotgun Lovesongs" by Nickolas Butler

Adult Event Join the library Book Club in February to discuss this book by Wisconsin author Nickolas Butler!

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Marker-Dyed Coasters

Adult Event Make decorative, colorful coasters using markers and other supplies!

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Book Club: "Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann

Adult Event Drop by the library each month for a lively discussion of our monthly book club selection!

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Honor Flight Mail Call

All-Ages Event Make cards and letter to be given to local veterans returning on the next Honor Flight!

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Book Club: "Circe" by Madeline Miller

Adult Event Take part in a lively discussion of this bold retelling of Homer's Odyssey!

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Book Club: "Still Life with Bread Crumbs" by Anna Quindlen

Adult Event Join us for a discussion of "Still Life with Bread Crumbs," about a world-famous photographer who learns to look at life in a new way after moving to a small country cabin.

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Book Club: "The Widower's Tale" by Julia Glass

Adult Event Drop by the library for a lively discussion of this novel by Julia Glass!

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Women's Night Out: "The Education of Will" by Patricia McConnell

Adult Event Drop-in Take part in a lively discussion of an eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction with the Women's Night Out book club!

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MCPL DIY
Wearable Art Spring Shawl

Teen & Adult Event Spend an afternoon with our fiber arts group and learn how to create your very own spring shawl.

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Which is Better? Book-to-Movie Night: "Bridge to Terabithia"

All-Ages Event All ages are invited to watch the film adaptation of "Bridge to Terabithia" then discuss how the movie compares to the book by Katherine Paterson!

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Birding for Beginners II

All-Ages Event Learn about the beautiful birds of Wisconsin and how to attract them to your own backyard.

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Library Learning
Facebook Fundamentals

Adult Event Learn how to make a Facebook profile, send friend requests, like, comment and more during this free class!

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Library Learning
Basics of the iPhone and iPad

Adult Event Do you have an Apple iPhone or iPad, or thinking about buying one, and want to learn more about how they work? We want to help!

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Book Club: "Anna and the Swallow Man" by Gavriel Savit

Adult Event Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In the month of February, we'll read and discuss this novel, about a young girl who travels to the Polish countryside after her father is taken to a concentration camp.

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Natural Body Care Recipes: How to Make Your Own

Teen & Adult Event Join us for a creative evening at the library where we will teach you the basics of making your very own natural beauty products for hair, skin and body.

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Starting Garden Plants

Adult Event Learn how to start tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and more during this free event!

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Nonfiction @ Night: "Evicted" by Matthew Desmond

Adult Event Discuss our monthly book club pick about eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads.

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What's the Buzz? Honey Bees and Beekeeping

Adult Event Learn about honey bees, beekeeping and more during this free event with a local expert!

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Needle Felting Workshop

Teen & Adult Event Drop-in Adults and teens are welcome to drop by the library to discover and learn the basics of needle felting.

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Book Club: "How To Stop Time" by Matt Haig

Adult Event Join us for our monthly book club at the library! For the month of March, we'll be reading "How to Stop Time" by Matt Haig!

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Library Learning
The Basics of Craigslist

Adult Event Join us for a free presentation to learn more about the popular online marketplace Craigslist!

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Book Club: "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan

Adult Event Join the library Book Club in March to discuss this revered novel by Amy Tan!

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Book Club: "She Stood for Freedom" by Loki Mulholland

Adult Event Drop by the library each month for a lively discussion of our monthly book club selection!

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Book Club: "The Overstory" by Richard Powers

Adult Event Drop by the library for a lively discussion of "The Overstory," consisting of fables about the impacts of humans on the natural world.

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Book Club: "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck

Adult Event Join us for a discussion of "Of Mice and Men," about two ranch hands in Depression-era California who dream of a better life until an act of unintentional violence threatens their future.

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Book Club: "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance

Adult Event Drop by the library for a lively discussion of J.D. Vance's best-selling book!

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Library Learning
The Wide World of Google Resources

Adult Event The word "Google" is synonymous with searching the internet ("Just Google it"), but join us to learn about some of the other resources the company offers.

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Passport Event

Adult Event Drop-in Apply for a U.S. passport locally during a special one-day-only application event!

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Library Learning
Submit Writing to Literary Magazines

Teen & Adult Event Aspiring writers are welcome to join us for a discussion about getting work published!

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Book Club: "The Last Suppers" by Mandy Mikulencak

Adult Event Stop by the library for an engaging discussion of our monthly book club pick!

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Women's Night Out: "Evicted" by Matthew Desmond

Adult Event Take part in a lively discussion a variety of books during the Women's Night Out book club!

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Gardening Techniques for Adults

Adult Event Learn tips and techniques for growing your summer garden at the library!

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Recycled Magazine Crafts

All-Ages Event Drop-in Find a fun, creative use for old magazines and newspapers and recycle at the same time!

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Logging and Sawmills of Marathon County

Adult Event Learn about central Wisconsin's logging and sawmill history during this free presentation!

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Book Club: "Surprise Me" by Sophie Kinsella

Adult Event Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In the month of March, we'll read and discuss this novel, about a married couple who realize they don't know each other as well as they had thought.

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Nonfiction @ Night: "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell

Adult Event Discuss our monthly book club pick about the qualities and habits of successful people!

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Book Club: "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

Adult Event Join us for our monthly book club at the library! For the month of April, we'll be reading "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde!

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Book Club: "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance

Adult Event Join the library Book Club in April to discuss this best-seller by J.D. Vance!

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Book Club: "The Woman in Cabin 10" by Ruth Ware

Adult Event Drop by the library each month for a lively discussion of our monthly book club selection!

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Book Club: "I Let You Go" by Clare Mackintosh

Adult Event Join us for a discussion of "I Let You Go," about a woman who suffers the loss of her young son and the two officers who try to get to solve the case.

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Book Club: "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman

Adult Event Drop by the library for a lively discussion of this quirky 2017 book by Gail Honeyman!

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Which is Better? Book-to-Movie Night: "Ella Enchanted"

All-Ages Event All ages are invited to watch the film adaptation of "Ella Enchanted" then discuss how the movie compares to the book by Gail Carson Levine!

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Library Learning
Intro to Libby and Downloading E-Books!

Adult Event Did you know a MCPL card gives you access to thousands of books and audiobooks available to download for free with a few taps or clicks on your computer, smartphone or tablet? Let us show you how it works!

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Book Club: "The Radium Girls" by Kate Moore

Adult Event Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In the month of April, we'll read and discuss this novel, about the hundreds of young women worked at the radium-dial factories during World War I.

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Nonfiction @ Night: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot

Adult Event Discuss our monthly book club pick about the cells of a woman that were taken without her consent and used to study cancer, develop the polio vaccine and more.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Adult Event Pick the brain of a master gardener and get helpful info for your summer garden!

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Book Club: "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson

Adult Event Drop by the library each month for a lively discussion of our monthly book club selection!

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Book Club: "The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie

Adult Event Join the library Book Club in May to discuss this book by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows!

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Book Club: "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

Adult Event Join us for a discussion of "The Underground Railroad," about a young slave trying to find the road to freedom.

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Book Club: "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed

Adult Event Drop by the library for a lively discussion of Cheryl Strayed's celebrated memoir!

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Book Club: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng

Adult Event Stop by the library for an engaging discussion of our monthly book club pick!

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Book Club: "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman

Adult Event Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In the month of May, we'll read and discuss this novel, about an eccentric loner who meets two other isolated individuals and forms friendships with them.

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