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Summer Library Program (SLP)

Tails & Tales: SLP 2021 Kids Poster *

For the safety of our community, patrons, and staff, summer 2021 at MCPL will look different this year: 

  • Our Summer Reading Club will be based on the Beanstack app. Download the app (or use the web version), create an account, and join the Summer Reading Club challenge! Both children and adults are welcome to participate, and children have the added incentive of earning free prize books in July and August!

  • Our popular grab and go activities will continue to be offered this summer. Children can create a colorful fish, a bug hotel, and a feathered friend. Take-home activities will be offered for adults and teens as well. Instructions, supplemental activities and most supplies will be provided; basic supplies like glue or scissors may be needed at home. 

  • To avoid large indoor gatherings, limited outdoor events will be held. MCPL locations that have green space and minimal traffic will offer outdoor story times, and our virtual story times will continue to be posted our story time webpage, YouTube and Facebook.

  • Our usual summer brochure is now an activity bookletInside, you will find a variety of fun, screen-free activities. You may pick one up at your local MCPL starting June 1.

  • We are always here to connect people to books, so contact us for a hand-picked stack of books or reading suggestions. You may also use our personalized reading suggestions form.

Summer Events

Rib Mountain postcard

History Chats: (Other) Parks Stories

Adults & Teens Join the Marathon County Historical Society throughout August for a series of short programs about Marathon County park, in conjunction with their new exhibit!

  • Attend Thu., 8/5/21, 12:3012:45 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)
  • (more events in this series [3])

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book sale room

Friends of MCPL Public Book Sale

All-Ages Drop-in Stop by the library in early August and browse through thousands of items during our first Friends of MCPL sale open to the general public!

  • 8/48/7/21 @ MCPL Wausau

adults teen children book sale »

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Book Club: "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers" by Maria A. Trapp

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for an engaging discussion in August about Trapp's take on a beloved film!

  • Mon., 8/9/21, 5:456:45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Family Story Time

Children Follow along with a variety of stories, songs and other activities shared by library staff on Facebook or YouTube! New programs every week!

  • Attend 8/38/9/21 @ Online (See event details.)
  • (more events in this series [3])

children tween music poetry activities story time »

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Outdoor Story Time

Children Join us for a special outdoor story time with all sorts of fun songs and stories!

  • Tue., 8/10/21, 10:3011 a.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Book Club: "The Great Peshtigo Fire" by Peter Pernin

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers to discuss Perin's book about a legendary moment in Wisconsin history!

  • Tue., 8/10/21, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

adults book club »

colored chalk

Chalkfest Story Time

Children Bring your budding artists to the library for this fun, interactive story time all about chalk art!

  • Wed., 8/11/21, 10:3011:30 a.m. @ MCPL Stratford

children art story time »

beaded macrame keychains

Grab & Go Little Treasures: Macramé Key Chain

Adults & Teens Drop-in Stop by any MCPL location in August and pick up your own "Little Treasure" macramé craft kit that you can create at home!

  • 8/28/27/21 @ All MCPL Locations

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Book of the Month: "In Five Years" by Rebecca Serle

Adults Drop-in Stop by the library to pick up a copy of our August Book of the Month selection, along with a sheet of questions and comments to get you thinking!

  • 8/28/31/21 @ MCPL Athens

adults book club »

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Grab & Go
Fun Feathered Magpie Magnet

Children Drop-in Stop by any MCPL location in August and pick up a fun craft kit to create your own feathered magnet!

  • 8/18/31/21 @ All MCPL Locations

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Virtual Book Club
"Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens

Adults Join the library staff and other book lovers for an engaging, virtual discussion of our August book club selection, "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens!

  • Mon., 8/16/21, 12 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

adults book club »

dragon flying in forest

Story Time for Dragon Lovers!

Children Join us outdoors for a special Summer Library Program story time that's all about dragons!

  • Tue., 8/17/21, 10:3011:30 a.m. @ Scotch Creek Park

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Book Club: "The Air You Breathe" by Frances De Pontes Peebles

Adults Our Edgar Branch book club is back! We'll meet at Scotch Creek Park in Edgar to discuss Peebles' gripping novel. If you've never joined us before, now's a great time to start!

  • Tue., 8/17/21, 121 p.m. @ Scotch Creek Park

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Fiction in the Fresh Air Book Club: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Adults This summer, the library will host its monthly book club discussion outdoors, with plenty of room in the green space outside of the library for patrons to spread out and enjoy some fresh air!

  • Wed., 8/18/21, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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dairy cows being fed

History Speaks: From Wheat to Dairy Farming in Wisconsin

Adults Join the Marathon County Historical Society for its monthly History Speaks series and learn more about a crucial turning point in Wisconsin's agricultural history!

  • Attend Sat., 8/21/21, 23 p.m. @ Online (See event details.)

adults community farming food history »

book sale room

Friends of the Library Members-Only Sale!

All-Ages Drop-in Our Friends of the Library are excited to welcome back their members for their monthly sales! If you're not a member and want to browse and buy, you can join on the spot!

  • Sat., 8/21/21, 9:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

adults teen children book sale »

colored chalk

Sidewalk Chalk Art

Kids & Teens Drop-in Share your creativity with others at the library by decorating our sidewalks with chalk art!

  • 8/238/27/21 @ MCPL Hatley

children grades k-5 preschool teens twee hands-on activities art »

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