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Children's Events

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Visit your local MCPL for children's activities for all ages, including story times, arts & crafts, family movies, early literacy programs, STEAM / STEM events, music and theatrical performances, hands-on learning, our summer library program and more!

Follow this webpage or subscribe to our e-newsletter for the most recent schedule of library events for kids at our branches in Wausau, Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon City, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer and Stratford. We also publish featured kids events on our social media channels.

Please note: If you plan to bring a large group to a children's event at the library, please notify us using our group visit form.

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Notes of Encouragement

All-Ages Registration Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up supplies for making cards of thanks and encouragement to health care workers, then drop them off and we'll take it from there!

  • 10/510/30/20 @ MCPL Marathon City

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crafted bats and plastic spiders

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Coffee Filter Bat Craft

Children Registration Drop-in Show some love for bats this fall, and get creative at the same time, with this fun take-home craft project!

  • 10/2610/30/20 @ MCPL Athens

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Pokemon Suncatcher

Children Drop-in All ages of Pokemon fans will enjoy making this Pokeball suncatcher craft!

  • 10/2611/6/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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colorful alphabet letters

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Letter of the Week

Children Registration Drop-in Let's learn our letters with books and fun activities for your little one(s)!

  • 10/2610/30/20 @ MCPL Rothschild
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origami owls and monsters

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Origami Bookmarks

Children Registration Drop-in Whoooo ... made that awesome bookmark? You can with a grab and go kit with everything you'll need for an origami bookmark!

  • 10/2610/30/20 @ MCPL Hatley

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Weekly Story Time

Children Registration Drop-in Stop by the library and pick up a package of crafts, books and other activities to do your own story time at home! A different theme each week!

  • 10/2610/30/20 @ MCPL Edgar

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Virtual Story Time

Children Hear a variety of stories read by library staff live on Facebook!

  • Tue., 10/27/20, 1010:15 a.m. @ Facebook (Online)
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Colossal Fossils Presents...

Children Registration Join Colossal Fossils for a virtual 16-week course on all things dinosaurs, fossils, and mammoths in partnership with the Marathon County Public Library! New topic each week!

  • Register Tue., 10/27/20, 45 p.m. @ Zoom (Online)
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handmade notebooks

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Make Your Own Notebook

Kids & Teens Registration Drop-in Celebrate Picture Book Month with a recycled book project available in a convenient take-home kit.

  • 11/211/6/20 @ MCPL Marathon City

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colorful pan flute made from paper and straws

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Homemade Pan Flute

Children Registration Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up a kit and make your own flute at home!

  • 11/211/6/20 @ MCPL Spencer

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National Adoption Month Read Aloud

Children November is National Adoption Month, so join us for a special read-aloud about families and adoption!

  • Wed., 11/4/20, 1010:15 a.m. @ Facebook (Online)

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colorful wet felted acorns

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Wet Felting Acorn

All-Ages Registration Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up a kit to create a lovely fall craft using the fun (and simple) technique of wet felting!

  • 11/911/13/20 @ MCPL Athens

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felt button turkeys

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Button Turkeys

Children Registration Drop-in Grab a premade kit for a fun fall craft to create your own felt turkey!

  • 11/911/13/20 @ MCPL Hatley

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"Wonder"-ful Kindness

Children Registration Drop-in To celebrate World Kindness Day on the Nov. 13, pick up a kit at the library centered on all things kindness and featuring the book "Wonder" by RJ Palacio.

  • 11/911/13/20 @ MCPL Mosinee

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Preschool Art Lab: Tissue Paper Painting

Children Registration Drop-in Preschoolers can make colorful tissue paper paintings at home with a convenient kit available for pickup at the library!

  • 11/1611/20/20 @ MCPL Rothschild

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Hibernation Station Story Time & Grab & Go Craft!

Children Registration Drop-in The forest animals are getting sleepy... Enjoy a virtual Story Time with fun books and fascinating facts about our animal friends who are hibernating this winter, and a fun craft to go with it!

  • 11/1611/20/20 @ MCPL Stratford

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Thank You, Omu! Gratitude Jars

Children Registration Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up a family activity based on the book "Thank You, Omu" by Oge Mora.

  • 11/1611/20/20 @ MCPL Marathon City

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owls made from pine cones and felt

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Pinecone Owls!

Children Registration Drop-in Kids are invited to stop by the library to pick up a fun craft kit with supplies for your own pinecone owl!

  • 11/1811/25/20 @ MCPL Athens

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harmonica craft

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Make Your Own Harmonica

Children Registration Drop-in Explore the sounds of science with this awesome craft stick harmonica you can make at home!

  • 11/3012/4/20 @ MCPL Athens

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Magical Snowman

Children Drop-in Make a colorful, magical snowman with this Grab & Go kit!

  • 12/712/11/20 @ MCPL Spencer

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Colorful Winter Hat Craft

Children Drop-in Kids can make a colorful paper winter hat with supplies from this kit!

  • 12/712/11/20 @ MCPL Mosinee

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Paper Bag Snowflakes

All-Ages Drop-in All ages can stop by the library to pick up a fun winter craft kit containing supplies for making paper snowflakes!

  • 12/712/11/20 @ MCPL Stratford

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Eight-armed Octopus & the 8-yr-old Aquarium!

Children Drop-in Help us celebrate the 8th anniversary of the Phyllis Donner Aquarium with a special eight-armed octopus craft and link to a virtual story!

  • 12/712/18/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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colorful worms made from pipe cleaners, beads and googly eyes

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Pipe Cleaner Snake

Children Drop-in Kids can stop by the library to get a Grab & Go kit to make a pipe cleaner snake!

  • 12/1412/18/20 @ MCPL Rothschild

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