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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.

Kids' Corner

Events: Child

Letters to Santa

Children's Event Drop-in Children are encouraged to write letters to Santa Claus and drop them off at the library this holiday season!

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Tales for Tots

Children's Event Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays with your toddler at this fun and lively story time! We have two half-hour sessions at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. - stop by for either one!

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Play and Learn

Children's Event Children of all ages are invited to use their imagination and creativity! Play & Learn features a different theme each week, followed by songs and activities. Offered in partnership with the Family Resource Center.

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Home School Huddle

Children's Event Families of homeschooled children can hear stories, read, and participate in various activities related to the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

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Stratford Stitchers & Rippers

Kids & Teens Event Do some math work with your patchwork! Join us every other Tuesday in Stratford to discover the beauty of math through the art of quilting!

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Sensory Story Time

Children's Event Sensory Story Time is an inclusive weekly story time that has been adapted to meet the needs of children of all abilities, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, children who simply have difficulty sitting still, and their typically developing peers.

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Preschool Story Time

Children's Event This 30-minute program will help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten with stories, songs, rhymes and other early literacy activities.

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CANCELED: Play and Learn

Children's Event This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Escape Room Family Adventure

Children's Event Test your problem-solving and teamwork skills as a family as you try to get out of our escape room! Free, with registration required.

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Very Simply Eric Carle

Children's Event Hear stories by children's author Eric Carle, then participate in crafts and activities related to the books!

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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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Book Babies

Children's Event Join us for 20 minutes of "lap sit" story time for children birth to 23 months! Listen and interact with your baby through books, songs, rhymes and other activities. Caregiver-child interaction is stressed in Book Babies, so children must be accompanied by an adult.

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LEGO® Block Party

Children's Event Drop-in Children of all ages and their families are invited to build creative projects using LEGO blocks! All blocks will be provided. Free and no registration required.

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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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Teen Book Club: "Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell

Teen Event Join us for our monthly Teen Book Club, where we'll discuss this teen romance, about two social outcasts who fall in love in 1986.

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Family Film Friday: "Paddington 2"

Children's Event Kids and families can enjoy a free screening of "Paddington 2" at the library!

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Toddler Dance Party

Children's Event Join us for a story time and toddler dance party featuring stories, music, props and more!

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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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Pokemon Club

Children's Event Join fellow Pokemon fans for a monthly gathering of all things Pokemon, including new activities each month and the opportunity to play the Pokemon trading card game! Free, with no registration required.

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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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Glitter, Glow and Dance Party

Children's Event Visit the library for a story time and craft event filled with all things sparkly, glittery and shiny!

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Building Adventures

Children's Event Drop-in Children can build using a variety of building toys, including DUPLO blocks, LEGOs, Tinkertoys and more!

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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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Make Your Own Play Dough

Children's Event Kids can make their own modeling clay and play dough, with all supplies provided! Registration required.

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Family Adventure Night: Thomas the Tank Engine

Children's Event Hear stories and make fun crafts related to the popular character Thomas the Tank Engine during our monthly Family Adventure Night!

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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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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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Winter Story Time Break

Children's Event Due to the winter holidays, we'll be taking a break from our regular story times at MCPL-Wausau, with the exception of Play and Learn, which will continue on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Regularly scheduled story times will resume Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

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3D Paper Stars

Teen Event Make 3D decorative stars during this free event!

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The Magic of Dr. Seuss

Children's Event Magic Bob and his assistant Lynn will envelop you in the funny, wacky world of Dr. Seuss and astound you with some magical storytelling as well!

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Teen Book Club: "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio

Teen Event Join us for our monthly Teen Book Club, where we'll discuss this novel, about a fifth grader with facial differences who enters public school for the first time.

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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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NYE Toddler Dance Party!

Children's Event Kids can celebrate the end of 2018 with a toddler dance party featuring music, props and a balloon drop!

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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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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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Family Adventure Night: Mickey Mouse Picnic

Children's Event Hear stories and make fun crafts related to popular Disney character Mickey Mouse during our monthly Family Adventure Night!

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Pete the Cat Story Time

Children's Event Kids and families can attend this Pete the Cat-themed story time at the library!

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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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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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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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Winter Fest

Children's Event Drop-in Stop by the library during Wausau's Winter Fest to hear stories and make some fun crafts!

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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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Penguin Puppet Craft Day

Children's Event Hear penguin stories and make a cute puppet craft during this free family event!

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Narnia Week: What Lucy Found There

Kids & Teens Event Kids, tweens and teens can make their own pine cone forests, with all supplies provided!

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Art Day with Paint Stations

Children's Event Kids can visit the library to different unique painting stations that will inspire their creativity!

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Magnet Painting for Kids

Children's Event Children are invited to drop in at the library for this fun, hands-on artistic learning activity.

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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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Decoupage Jars

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

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Family Adventure Night: Paw Patrol

Children's Event Hear stories and make fun crafts related to the Nick Jr. show "Paw Patrol" during our monthly Family Adventure Night!

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Valentine's Day Story Time

Children's Event Celebrate Valentine's Day with a special story time featuring stories, songs and a craft! Free, with all supplies provided.

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Marker-Dyed Coasters

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

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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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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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Mid-Winter Craft Day

Children's Event Drop-in Young people can still work their brains and creativity with crafts on this no-school day!

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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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Month of Crafts and Coloring

Children's Event Drop-in Kids can celebrate National Craft Month with a different craft project each week and coloring pages all month long at the library!

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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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Family Adventure Night: Who is Dr. Suess?

Children's Event Hear stories written by Dr. Seuss and make fun crafts related to some of his most famous books during our monthly Family Adventure Night!

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Hey, It's The Sun! Story Time

Children's Event Hear stories about the sun and make a decorative craft during this special story time!

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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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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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Family Adventure Night: Peppa Pig

Children's Event Hear stories and make fun crafts related to the Nick Jr. show "Peppa Pig" during our monthly Family Adventure Night!

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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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Kids' Needle Arts Night: Dry Felting

Kids & Teens Event Kids, tweens and teens can learn how to do dry felting and make their own project, with all supplies provided!

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Science Marvels

Children's Event Drop-in Kids can stop in to the library to perform their own zany science experiments, with all supplies provided!

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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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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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