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Summer Library Program (SLP)

"Imagine Your Story" slogan; children reading a book

Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns:

In the interest of patron and staff safety, large events for the 2020 Summer Library Program have been canceled.

However, we are developing activities for kids, teens and adults to do from home, as well as possible "grab and go" options.

The Summer Reading Club will still be offered, and we are working a virtual reading club alternative.

We will keep you updated as we know more!


Summer Reading Club

Join our Summer Reading Club to earn rewards for reading! Pick up a book review or activity sheet at your local MCPL, or print your own using the links below. Return completed sheets to the library by the end of August for a reward.


Summer Events

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Trail Tales

Children Drop-in Join us for more Trail Tales this summer at Marathon Park! These collaborations between the library and the Marathon County Parks Dept. are a great way to exercise the body and the mind!

  • 6/16/30/20 @ Marathon Park

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Virtual Story Time

Children Just because MCPL is currently closed doesn't mean we can't share stories with each other: Join us for virtual story time!

  • Tue., 6/2/20, 1010:15 a.m. @ Facebook (Online)
  • (more events in this series [8])

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herbs and oil

CANCELED: Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Discussion Group

Adults This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELED: Wed., 6/3/20, 3–4:30 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley
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CANCELED: Medicare Basics

Adults Registration This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELED: Thu., 6/4/20, 1–3 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

adults health »

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Virtual Book Club: "Howards End" by E.M. Forster

Adults Attend a lively - but virtual - discussion at the library book club's pick for the month of June!

  • Mon., 6/8/20, 5:456:45 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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CANCELED: Tom Pease

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

  • CANCELED: Tue., 6/9/20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • CANCELED: Tue., 6/9/20, 2–3 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • CANCELED: Tue., 7/14/20, 10–11 a.m. @ Marathon Elementary
  • CANCELED: Tue., 7/14/20, 1:30–2:30 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Hatley Virtual Book Club: Free-For-All!

Adults Join the library Book Club in June for a virtual discussion of any book you have recently read during this one-time free-for-all!

  • Tue., 6/9/20, 23 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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CANCELED: Legends & Myths of Mount Olympus

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

  • CANCELED: Thu., 6/11/20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
  • CANCELED: Thu., 6/11/20, 1:30–2:30 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
  • CANCELED: Tue., 7/14/20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • CANCELED: Tue., 7/14/20, 2–3 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Book Club: "The Testaments" by Margaret Atwood

Adults Stop by the library and to discuss this best-selling sequel by Margaret Atwood!

  • Thu., 6/11/20, 67 p.m. @ MCPL Athens

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Grab & Go Crafts: Magic Reading Wands

Children Drop-in Stop by the library between June 15-20 and jump into a world of make-believe (at home) with a craft kit to make a magic wand! Please note this craft kit is only available at the library.

  • 6/156/20/20 @ MCPL Edgar

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CANCELED: Dinosaurs & Dragons

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

  • CANCELED: Tue., 6/16/20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • CANCELED: Tue., 6/16/20, 2–3 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • CANCELED: Wed., 6/17/20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee
  • CANCELED: Wed., 6/17/20, 2–3 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley
  • CANCELED: Thu., 6/18/20, 10–11 a.m. @ Marathon Elementary
  • CANCELED: Tue., 6/23/20, 10–11 a.m. @ MCPL Spencer
  • CANCELED: Tue., 6/23/20, 1:30–2:30 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford
  • CANCELED: Thu., 6/25/20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
  • CANCELED: Thu., 6/25/20, 1:30–2:30 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
  • CANCELED: Wed., 7/29/20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. @ MCPL Athens
  • CANCELED: Wed., 7/29/20, 2–3 p.m. @ MCPL Edgar

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Grab & Go Crafts: Fire-Breathing Dragons

Children Drop-in Pick up a kit throughout the summer at various MCPL locations to craft your own dragon at home!

  • 6/226/27/20 @ MCPL Hatley
  • 6/226/27/20 @ MCPL Edgar
  • 7/67/11/20 @ MCPL Marathon City
  • 7/137/18/20 @ MCPL Spencer
  • 7/137/18/20 @ MCPL Stratford
  • 8/38/8/20 @ MCPL Athens
  • 8/98/15/20 @ MCPL Rothschild
  • 8/178/22/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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Grab & Go: Imagine Your Story!

Children Drop-in Imagine Your Story! What will you write? A mystery, comedy, fantasy, or...? It's up to you with a take-home kit sure to spark your literary creativity!

  • 6/226/26/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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Grab & Go Crafts: Jack & the Beanstalk

Children Drop-in Kids can plant their own bean at home and watch it grow throughout the summer, with supplies and instructions provided by the library, as well as some stories for budding green thumbs!

  • 6/226/27/20 @ MCPL Stratford
  • 6/226/27/20 @ MCPL Marathon City
  • 6/297/2/20 @ MCPL Spencer
  • 6/297/2/20 @ MCPL Rothschild
  • 7/137/18/20 @ MCPL Hatley
  • 7/207/25/20 @ MCPL Edgar
  • 7/278/1/20 @ MCPL Athens
  • 7/277/31/20 @ MCPL Wausau
  • 8/38/7/20 @ MCPL Mosinee

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CANCELED: Zoozort

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

  • CANCELED: Wed., 6/24/20, 10:30–11:30 a.m. @ Edgar High School
  • CANCELED: Wed., 6/24/20, 2–3 p.m. @ MCPL Athens
  • CANCELED: Wed., 7/8/20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee
  • CANCELED: Wed., 7/8/20, 2–3 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Virtual Book Club: "The Identicals" by Elin Hilderbrand

Adults Join us to discuss this best-selling novel by Elin Hilderbrand from the comfort and safety of home!

  • Wed., 6/24/20, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Readers of Classic Literature
The Short Stories of Edith Wharton

Adults Drop-in Take part in a lively discussion of some of history's greatest books with the Readers of Classic Literature book club!

  • Wed., 6/24/20, 121 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Goodreads logo

Library Learning
Goodreads

Adults Registration Learn how to use the literary social media site Goodreads!

  • Fri., 6/26/20, 1:303 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Grab & Go Crafts: Gnome & Toadstool

Kids & Adults Drop-in Jump into a world of make-believe and pick up a kit to create a unique craft or two in the comfort and safety of home! Please note this kit is only available for pickup at the library.

  • 6/297/3/20 @ MCPL Athens

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Grab & Go Crafts: Fiber Arts Kits

All-Ages Drop-in Stop by the library in June to pick up a kit of supplies and instructions to create your own fiber arts project at home!

  • 7/17/31/20 @ MCPL Athens

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Trail Tales

Children Drop-in Take a stroll through Bluegill Bay Park this summer and read while you walk with our Trail Tales program!

  • 7/17/31/20 @ Bluegill Bay Park

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Nonfiction Fans Book Club: "Brain on Fire" by Susannah Cahalan

Adults Discuss this riveting true tale during our monthly book club for nonfiction lovers!

  • Wed., 7/1/20, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Spencer Scavenger Hunt

Children Drop-in Visit the library and embark on a scavenger hunt around the Village of Spencer!

  • 7/67/11/20 @ MCPL Spencer

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Grab & Go Crafts: DIY Unicorns

Children Drop-in Make your own colorful, sparkly unicorn and spark your creativity before you start with a few online stories, with this grab and go craft project!

  • 7/67/11/20 @ MCPL Athens
  • 7/67/11/20 @ MCPL Mosinee
  • 7/67/11/20 @ MCPL Stratford
  • 7/137/18/20 @ MCPL Edgar
  • 7/207/25/20 @ MCPL Marathon City
  • 7/207/25/20 @ MCPL Wausau
  • 7/268/1/20 @ MCPL Rothschild
  • 7/268/1/20 @ MCPL Spencer
  • 8/178/22/20 @ MCPL Hatley

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Grab & Go: Virtual Pokemon Science

Children Drop-in Attention all Pokemon Trainers! Pick up a take-home kit for this STEM activity and mix scientific concepts with Pokemon!

  • 7/67/10/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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Scents of Peace: Propagating Herbs for Well Being

Adults Learn to take a mindful approach to propagating fragrant herbs through cuttings with this program in partnership with Extension Marathon County.

  • Mon., 7/6/20, 67:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Going Batty: Bat Management in Wisconsin

Adults Hear about bats in Wisconsin from Natural Resources Educator Pam Resech!

  • Tue., 7/7/20, 1011 a.m. @ MCPL Spencer

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CANCELED: Duke Otherwise

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

  • CANCELED: Tue., 7/7/20, 10–11 a.m. @ Marathon Elementary
  • CANCELED: Tue., 7/7/20, 2–3 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • CANCELED: Wed., 7/8/20, 1:30–2:30 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford
  • CANCELED: Thu., 7/9/20, 10–11 a.m. @ MCPL Spencer
  • CANCELED: Thu., 7/9/20, 1:30–2:30 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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Needle Arts

All-Ages Drop-in Drop by the library to work on fiber arts projects such as knitting, crocheting and quilting!

  • Tue., 7/7/20, 14 p.m. @ MCPL Athens
  • Tue., 8/11/20, 25 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
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Book Club: "Mrs. Everything" by Jennifer Weiner

Adults Stop by the library and to discuss the latest novel by best-selling author Jennifer Weiner!

  • Thu., 7/9/20, 67 p.m. @ MCPL Athens

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Book Club: "Educated" by Tara Westover

Adults Attend a lively discussion at the library book club's pick for the month of July!

  • Mon., 7/13/20, 5:456:45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Book Club: "Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?" by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella

Adults Join the library Book Club in July to discuss this book by Lisa Scottoline!

  • Tue., 7/14/20, 23 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Make Your Own Lavender Gnome

Adults & Teens Drop-in Craft a lavender-scented gnome, with all supplies provided.

  • 7/157/16/20 @ MCPL Marathon City

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CANCELED: Hack Your Notebook: Learning to Use Paper Circuits

Adults & Teens This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELED: Wed., 7/15/20, 1–3 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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CANCELED: Dog Man Mania!

Children Drop-in This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELED: Wed., 7/15/20, 1–3 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Genealogy Hunters: Historical Newspapers

Adults Pick up some tips during this monthly program, including unique topics to find specialized information!

  • Wed., 7/15/20, 12:30 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford
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Grab & Go: Superhero Craft Kit

Children Drop-in Patrons can discover and create their inner superhero with a special craft kit available at the library!

  • 7/207/25/20 @ MCPL Mosinee

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Virtual Book Club: "The Winner" by David Baldacci

Adults Take part in a lively, virtual discussion of this novel about a woman who is sought by the FBI and a dangerous man after becoming wealthy by fraud.

  • Mon., 7/20/20, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee

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Women's Night Out
"The Lager Queen of Minnesota" by J. Ryan Stradal

Adults Drop-in Join a lively group of lit lovers for an engaging discussion of a wide variety of books, including the new novel by the author of "Kitchens of the Great Midwest."

  • Mon., 7/20/20, 6:307:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Attack the Fort! Catapult Challenge

Children Create catapults and attack each other's fort during this event!

  • Tue., 7/21/20, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau
  • Tue., 8/4/20, 35 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Book Club: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot

Adults Join us for a lively discussion of this true story, about a woman's whose cells were used, unbeknownst to her, to develop cures, vaccines and tests for a variety of illnesses.

  • Tue., 7/21/20, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Fiber Arts Fashion Show

Adults Drop-in See various fiber arts items on display during this afternoon showcase!

  • Tue., 7/21/20, 14 p.m. @ MCPL Athens

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CANCELED: Beginning Genealogy: Telling Your Family's Story

Adults Registration This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELED: Wed., 7/22/20, 1:30–3 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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MCPL DIY
Dragon Eggs

Kids & Teens Make a mystical dragon's egg during this craft event!

  • Wed., 7/22/20, 35 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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The History of Tea

Adults Registration Learn how tea is made, about the various kinds and how to make your own!

  • Fri., 7/24/20, 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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History of the Ladies Saxophone Band

Adults Learn about a band of women who left a lasting impression on music and education in central Wisconsin!

  • Tue., 7/28/20, 5:306:30 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee

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Virtual Book Club: "Mrs. Everything" by Jennifer Weiner

Adults Join us to discuss this riveting novel by Jennifer Weiner from the comfort and safety of home!

  • Wed., 7/29/20, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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Beyond Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme: Global Culinary Herbs

Adults Take a culinary trip around the world with a presentation by Extension Marathon County on cooking with herbs common outside of the United States.

  • Mon., 8/3/20, 67:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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Hot Off the Grill

Adults Learn different ways to prepare beef on the grill!

  • Tue., 8/4/20, 1011 a.m. @ MCPL Spencer

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Nonfiction Fans Book Club: "The Moment of Lift" by Melinda Gates

Adults Discuss this riveting true tale during our monthly book club for nonfiction lovers!

  • Wed., 8/5/20, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Friends of MCPL Book Sale

All-Ages Drop-in It's time for the next Friends of the Marathon County Public Library book sale, where thousands of items will be for sale at low, low prices!

  • 8/58/8/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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MCPL DIY
Wind Chimes

All-Ages Drop-in Make your own set of wind chimes using natural materials!

  • 8/108/15/20 @ MCPL Athens

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

Adults Attend a lively discussion at the library book club's pick for the month of August!

  • Mon., 8/10/20, 5:456:45 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Book Club: "Before I Go to Sleep" by S.J. Watson

Adults Join the library Book Club in August to discuss this book by S.J. Watson!

  • Tue., 8/11/20, 23 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Newspaper Castles

Kids & Teens Drop-in Make castles out of newspaper during this drop-in event!

  • Thu., 8/13/20, 10 a.m.4 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Create You Own Crown!

Children Drop-in Make and decorate your own royal crown!

  • Thu., 8/13/20, 10 a.m.4 p.m. @ MCPL Marathon City

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Book Club: "The Lager Queen of Minnesota" by J. Ryan Stradal

Adults Stop by the library and to discuss the latest novel by best-selling author J. Ryan Stradal!

  • Thu., 8/13/20, 67 p.m. @ MCPL Athens

adults book club slp »

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Virtual Book Club: "The Immortalists" by Chloe Benjamin

Adults Take part in a lively, virtual discussion of this novel about four siblings who find out the exact date that each of them will die, and how their lives play out.

  • Mon., 8/17/20, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee

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Women's Night Out
"Southernmost" by Silas House

Adults Drop-in Join a lively group of lit lovers for an engaging discussion of a wide variety of books, including House's novel about a preacher who is ostracized for showing kindness to two gay men.

  • Mon., 8/17/20, 6:307:30 p.m. @ MCPL Wausau

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MCPL DIY
Pressed Flower Coasters

Adults Registration Make a decorative coaster with pressed flowers and other supplies!

  • Tue., 8/18/20, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Book Club: "Lost Roses" by Martha Hall Kelly

Adults Join us for a lively discussion of this novel, about three women who travel from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I.

  • Tue., 8/18/20, 12 p.m. @ MCPL Stratford

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Mission STEAM: Lego WeDo

Kids & Teens Drop-in Work with programmable LEGO blocks during this week of STEAM!

  • 8/218/28/20 @ MCPL Marathon City

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150 Years of the Wisconsin Valley Fair

Adults Look back on the history of the Wisconsin Valley Fair during this informative event!

  • Tue., 8/25/20, 5:306:30 p.m. @ MCPL Mosinee

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Book Club: "Becoming" by Michelle Obama

Adults Join us virtually to discuss this best-selling memoir by Michelle Obama from the comfort and safety of home!

  • Wed., 8/26/20, 11 a.m.12 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild

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