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Events: Children

Month of Crafts and Coloring

Children 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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Marathon Memories

All-Ages Drop-in MCPL Marathon City in conjunction with the Marathon City Heritage Center is sponsoring an essay contest, "Marathon Memories." The entries should focus on the writer's memories and connections to the Village of Marathon. Entries due by May 31, 2019.

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Escape Room Family Adventure

Children Registration Test your problem-solving and teamwork skills as a family as you try to get out of our escape room!

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Book Babies

Children 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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Tales for Tots

Children 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 Children of all ages are invited to use their imagination and creativity! These fun-filled, 60-90 minute programs feature a different story each week, followed by songs and supplemental activities. Offered in partnership with the Family Resource Center.

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Home School Huddle

Children 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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Preschool Story Time

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

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Spring Break Movie: "Smallfoot"

Children Join us during Spring Break for a free movie about a Yeti who finds something he didn't know existed - a human!

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Family Game Day

All-Ages 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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Get Money Smart!

Children Join us during Money Smart Week for special money-related activities for kids, in collaboration with the Get Smart Wausau Coalition!

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Pokemon Club

Children 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!

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Design Your Own Butterfly Garden

All-Ages Learn about the importance of butterflies to nature, the species that are native to Wisconsin and built a butterfly garden, with all supplies provided!

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Children's Fest

Children Drop-in Stop by MCPL's booth at the 46th annual Children's Festival at Marathon Park to learn more about the library - including a sneak peek at summer events!

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Outside the Lines: A Family Coloring Party

Children Drop-in Bring the whole family to work on coloring projects for both children and adults!

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Show Us Your Bookface!

All-Ages Drop-in Take a bookface selfie that you can post on social media for others to see!​

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3D Paper Sculptures

Children Drop-in Children of all ages are invited to explore the wonderful versatility of paper and create three-dimensional paper sculptures!

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Family Adventure Night: Peppa Pig

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

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Mo Willems Story Time

Children Join us for a special story time celebrating the books of popular children's author Mo Willems!

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Story Time from Space!

Children Hear stories about outer space, and hear a story read by an astronaut from the International Space Station!

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Building Challenges

Children Drop-in See what you can build using a variety of household items during this week-long building challenge!

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Hop Like a Bunny Story Time

Children Hear stories about bunnies, then make a cute craft, with all supplies provided!

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Celebrate Spring Story Time

Children We're "eggcited" at story time, because Spring is here! Come celebrate with us.

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Hatching Eggs

Children Drop-in Craft your own egg to "hatch" and see what kind of animal emerges from it!

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Book-to-Movie Night
"Ella Enchanted"

All-Ages 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 Registration Kids, tweens and teens can learn how to do dry felting and make their own project, with all supplies provided!

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Needle Arts at the Library

All-Ages Drop-in Knitters and crocheters are invited to gather for a night of crafts and socializing! Free and open to the public, and participants are asked to bring their own supplies.

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Science Marvels

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

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Family Film Friday
"The LEGO Ninjago Movie"

Children LEGO® (and movie) lovers young and old are welcome to join us for Family Film Friday in April!

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Wordstock: Three Days of Peace and Poetry

All-Ages Drop-in Attend this three-day poetry event, where different poetry activities will be offered for all ages each day!

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Trail Tales

Children Drop-in Walk along Wausau's scenic River Edge trail and read two children's books as you stroll!

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Celebrate Earth Day Story Time

Children Celebrate Earth Day at the library with a special story time!

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Create a Catapult!

Children Get ready to launch! We'll be making catapults out of some common craft supplies and not only test them, but challenge participants with different obstacles!

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Superhero Celebration

Children Drop-in Make superhero-themed crafts and color themed pages to celebrate National Superhero Day!

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Family Pajama Story Time

Children Join us for a special story time filled with relaxing stories, music and movement - pajamas, blankets and stuffed animals encouraged!

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May Day Baskets

Children Drop-in Kids are invited bring back the tradition of May Day by crafting their own decorative basket, with all supplies provided!

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Apple Blossom Flower Art

All-Ages Drop-in Celebrate spring by creating your own apple blossoms with a variety of craft supplies!

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Friends of MCPL Book Sale

All-Ages Drop-in It's time again for the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library book sale!

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"Rock on Kindness" Author Stepheni Curran

Kids & Adults In celebration of Children's Book Week, Wisconsin author Stephani Curran will visit us and talk about her book "Rock on, Kindness!"

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Create a Mother's Day Card!

Children Drop-in Kids can make a card for the maternal figure in their life, with all supplies provided!

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Spring Story Time Break

Kids & Adults To prepare for our annual Summer Library Program, MCPL-Wausau will be taking a story time break. Our summer session starts June 10!

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Make your own Mini Pinata

Children Create your own mini piñatas with supplies at the library!

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Mother's Day Story Time

Children Join us for a special story time and craft hour as we celebrate mothers ahead of their special day!

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Tink Party

Children Join us for a fun fairy party with stories and a DIY light-up fairy jar before "Finding Neverland" at the Grand Theater. Costumes encouraged!

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Create your own Pinwheels

Children Are you ready for spring and summer? Stop by the library to create your own pinwheel to capture the warmer breezes!

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Family Film Friday
"A Wrinkle in Time"

Children Join us for Family Film Friday (and bring snacks if you'd like!) as we show the film version of Madeline L'Engle's famous novel!

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Flash Fiction Story Project

Children Tweens are invited to join us for a fun program revolving around a short, short story - also known as flash fiction!

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Chromatography Butterflies

Children Preschoolers and their caregivers are encouraged to discover the science of chromatography and use it to make a fun craft!

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Weeks and Weeks of SLP Crafts!

Children Drop-in Stop by the library all summer long to work on different crafts to go along with our summer reading theme. A new craft each week to keep things interesting!

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Family Film Friday
"Finding Dory"

Children Join us for Family Film Friday about Dory's epic adventure to find her parents!

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World Ocean's Day

Children Visit the library for a morning of stories, crafts and sea creatures during our story time celebrating World Oceans Day!

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Create a Father's Day Card!

Kids & Adults Drop-in Kids can make a card for their dad or the father figure in their life, with all supplies provided!

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Sidewalk Chalk Drawing

Children Drop-in Help the library kick off the Summer Library Program with fun chalk art outside of the library all week long!

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Toddler Dance Party

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

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SLP Ocean Suncatchers

Children Stop by the library to make your own ocean suncatcher as we celebrate World Oceans Day!

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Tom Pease

Children Get ready for a great performance by beloved children's musician Tom Pease!

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PAWS to Read

Children Drop-in Children can practice and improve their literacy skills by reading to friendly, well-behaved therapy dogs!

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Weird Science Comedy Show

Children Join Doc Ron (and his faithful traveling companion, Einstein, the world's cutest bunny) as they conduct crazy experiments with fire, smoke and flying cheese curds!

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June Outer Space Craft Week

Children Drop-in Stop by the library any time during the week to make aliens and planets!

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Moon and Stars Story Time

Children Join us for a special story time at the library as we celebrate the moon and stars in the sky!

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Jim Lenz's Comedy Science Show

Children Join Jim Lenz as he infuses comedy, drama, audience participation, and his love of science into one unique, zany, and unforgettable performance!

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Magic Bob Presents: Lost in Space

Children Blast off with Magic Bob and get lost in space! With the help of Magic Bob, kids will discover (or rediscover) that every time they open a book, they blast off on an amazing adventure.

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Planets, Stars and Beyond!

Children Join us for this special family story time about traveling to the planets and stars!

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A Journey through the Heavens, The Legends of the Stars

Children Join us as we learn more about summer constellations and the stories of their origins!

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DIY Stress Balls

Children Kids can make their own stress balls for stress relief during this program!

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Outer Space Sand Art

Kids & Teens Drop-in Use colored sand to color outer space-themed pictures, create decorative bottles or make colorful keychains!

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Exploring Space with a Rover

Kids & Teens Registration Get an idea what it's like to be "Mission Control" and explore space during this Summer Library Program event!

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Firework Paintings!

Children Make paintings resembling fireworks with this Fourth of July-inspired craft event!

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Celebrate the USA Story Time

Children Celebrate the 4th of July with this patriotic story time and craft event!

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"I Survived" Mini Camp

Children Join us over the course of three days for survival presentations and activities inspired by the "I Survived" book series!

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Starry Watercolor Mini Paintings

All-Ages Registration All ages are welcome to make mini paintings of a starry sky using watercolors, salt, star stickers, and watercolor paper!

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Chalk Art

Children Drop-in Kids can make their own chalk art creations at the library in advance of Wausau's annual ChalkFest!

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Slime Lab

Children Kids in grades K-5 can make their own slime during our scientific slime lab!

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Groovy Space Story Time

Children Feeling groovy? If not, would you like to? Join us for a special groovy story time with fun outer space stories, songs and crafts!

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July Outer Space Craft Week

Children Drop-in Stop by the library any time during the week to make flying saucers and paper rocket ships!

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Read With A Friend Day

All-Ages Drop-in Read with a friend at the library or make new friends with other library patrons!

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Star Search!

Children Discover how the sky is the biggest storybook in the universe as you listen to some of the ancient stories about the star patterns. Plus, create a constellation scope and art!

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MCPL DIY
Paper Beads

All-Ages Join us for an evening at the library and learn how to make your very own paper beads.

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Ollivander's Wand Shop

All-Ages Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday by making your own magic wand at the library!

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Friends of MCPL Book Sale

All-Ages Drop-in Browse through thousands of items for sale at low prices during this quarterly book sale!

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Summer Story Time Break

Children To prepare for the transition from summer to fall, the library will be taking a story time break from Aug. 10-Sept. 2!

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SLP Constellation Craft Week

Children Drop-in Children are invited to the library to create their own craft constellations all week!

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Constellation Sensory Bag

Children Drop-in Children are invited to the library for a fun hands-on craft project that will have them "seeing stars."

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Free Family Pool Day!

Kids & Teens Drop-in Children and their families can enjoy a FREE day at Wausau's outdoor pools just by showing their library card! One card per family.

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Eat your Veggies Story Time

Children Join us for a vege-tastic story time with tales promoting the produce, songs celebrating celery and other veggies and games!

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Astronaut Training

Children Children of all ages are invited to join us to learn a little bit of what it takes to be an astronaut!

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Shine like the Sun Story Time

Children Kids can hear stories about the sun and conduct an easy, educational science experiment!

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Children Bring your best stuffed friend to the library for a sleepover! Drop off and story time starts at 6 p.m., pickup starts the next day at noon!

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Galaxy Bottle Charm Necklace

Children Capture a galaxy in a bottle during this unique craft program for kids! Free and all supplies provided.

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August Outer Space Craft Week

Children Drop-in Stop by the library any time during the week to make spaceships and paper plate aliens!

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SLP Cupcake Factory Craft Week

Children Drop-in It's going to be a busy summer across the MCPL system - and maybe in your own lives, too - so why not finish off the summer with a sweet craft?

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Create a Card for Grandparents Day!

Children Drop-in Kids can prepare for Grandparents Day by making a handmade card for their grandma or grandpa, with all supplies provided!

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Hobbies and Crafts Night

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

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Friends of MCPL Book Sale

All-Ages Drop-in Browse through thousands of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and much more! You're sure to find something at a great price and all proceeds benefit the library!

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