Our 2019 Summer Program runs June through August and features educational and entertaining activities for children, teens and adults! Summer events for all ages are listed below, or pick up our summer brochure at any MCPL location. Printer-friendly pages of summer events by location are available as follows:
Please note: Groups of 10 or more planning to visit the library are asked to complete our Group Visit form at least one week in advance. This ensures we have enough staff, space and resources to serve all of our patrons.
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 starting May 28, or print your own using the links below. Return completed sheets to the library by the end of August for a reward.
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 June 30, 2019.
Kids & Adults To prepare for our annual Summer Library Program, MCPL-Wausau will be taking a story time break. Our summer session starts June 8!
Adults Rick Lohr shares a personal story about polio's impact on his family within the context of the disease and vaccines in Marathon County.
Children Bring your entire family to story time! Children of all ages and parents/guardians are welcome to this 30-minute program. Enjoy learning with all of your children through stories, songs and other literature-based activities.
Children Children of all ages are invited to use their imagination and creativity! These fun, 60-90 minute programs feature a different story each week, followed by songs and supplemental activities. Offered in partnership with the Family Resource Center.
- Tue., 6/4/19, 10:30am–12pm @ MCPL Athens
- Wed., 6/5/19, 10–11:30am @ MCPL Mosinee
- Wed., 6/5/19, 10:45am–12pm @ MCPL Stratford
- Thu., 6/6/19, 10–11:30am @ MCPL Edgar
- Thu., 6/6/19, 10–11:30am @ MCPL Hatley
- Fri., 6/7/19, 9:30–10:45am @ MCPL Wausau
- Wed., 6/12/19, 10–11:30am @ MCPL Spencer
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Adults Discuss our monthly book club pick about a World War II rescue mission that caused a trio of U.S. military personnel to crash-land on New Guinea.
Children Hear stories about outer space and make a craft that's out of this world!
Children Join us for Family Film Friday about Dory's epic adventure to find her parents!
Children Visit the library for a morning of stories, crafts and sea creatures during our story time celebrating World Oceans Day!
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.
Children Join us for a story time and toddler dance party featuring stories, music, props and more!
Children Stop by the library to make your own ocean suncatcher as we celebrate World Oceans Day!
Adults If you enjoy spending time with children in the garden and are looking for some new ideas on how to spark a child's interest in horticulture, please join us for Gardening with Kids.
Adults Stop by the library to discuss Kao Kalia Yang's beloved memoir of a Hmong family's balance between their past and future.
Children Get ready for a great performance by beloved children's musician Tom Pease!
Adults Learn more from the Alzheimer's Association about healthy aging tips and the research behind it! Part of a series with the Association.
Adults Stop by the library for a lively discussion of this 2018 spellbinding novel of memory, murder and the consequences of addiction!
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.
- Wed., 6/12/19, 10–11am @ MCPL Spencer
- Wed., 6/12/19, 1:30–2:30pm @ MCPL Stratford
- Thu., 6/13/19, 11am–12pm @ MCPL Rothschild
- Thu., 6/13/19, 1:30–2:30pm @ MCPL Rothschild
- Tue., 6/25/19, 10:30–11:30am @ MCPL Wausau
- Tue., 6/25/19, 2–3pm @ MCPL Wausau
- Wed., 6/26/19, 10:30–11:30am @ Edgar High School
- Wed., 6/26/19, 2–3pm @ MCPL Mosinee
- Thu., 6/27/19, 10–11am @ Marathon Elementary
- Thu., 6/27/19, 2–3pm @ MCPL Athens
Children This 30-minute program will help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten with stories, songs, rhymes and other early literacy activities.
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!
Adults Stop by the library to create a unique gift for your dad or grandpa (or someone else's) ahead of Father's Day!
Adults Take part in a lively discussion about the deadliest fire in American history - and it happened in Wisconsin!
Adults Stop by the library and take part in a lively discussion of Sloan's 2017 novel!
Adults Take part in a lively discussion about two families, generations apart, forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice. New people always welcome!
Children Join us for a special story time at the library as we celebrate the moon and stars in the sky!
Children Join Jim Lenz as he infuses comedy, drama, audience participation, and his love of science into one unique, zany, and unforgettable performance!
Children Come explore a cosmos of comedy with former Ringling Bros. circus clowns Miller & Mike for their fast-paced, fun show!
- Wed., 6/19/19, 10–11am @ Marathon Elementary
- Wed., 6/19/19, 2–3pm @ MCPL Mosinee
- Tue., 7/9/19, 10:30–11:30am @ MCPL Wausau
- Tue., 7/9/19, 2–3pm @ MCPL Wausau
- Wed., 7/10/19, 10:30–11:30am @ MCPL Hatley
- Wed., 7/10/19, 1:30–2:30pm @ MCPL Stratford
- Thu., 7/18/19, 11am–12pm @ MCPL Rothschild
- Thu., 7/18/19, 1:30–2:30pm @ MCPL Rothschild
Adults Create your own artistic renderings of the night sky!
Adults Drop-in If you're interested in learning more about aromatherapy, essential oils and natural or homemade health products - or if you have tips and concoctions to share with others - join us each month to talk about it!
Children Blast off with Randy Peterson and into the universe of music during our Summer Library Program!
Children Join us for this special family story time about traveling to the planets and stars!
Children Join us as we learn more about summer constellations and the stories of their origins!
Adults Stop by the library for an engaging discussion of Kate Quinn's WWII novel!
Children Kids can make their own stress balls for stress relief during this program!
Adults Learn about the health benefits of dairy and how milk gets from the farm to your kitchen table!
Children Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays with your toddler at this fun and lively story time!
Children Make paintings resembling fireworks with this Fourth of July-inspired craft event!
Children Celebrate the 4th of July with this patriotic story time and craft event!
Children Join us over the course of three days for survival presentations and activities inspired by the "I Survived" book series!
Adults Take part in a lively discussion about one of the greatest historical fiction books ever written!
Adults Join us for a presentation with JoAnn Janikowski of the Alzheimer's Association on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia specifically aimed at those who help care for someone with the disease.
Adults Get engaged with a group discussion of Carol Oates' searing family drama.
Adults Join us for a presentation on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia with JoAnn Janikowski of the Alzheimer's Association.
Adults Discuss our monthly book club pick about three African-American women who contributed to some of NASA's greatest missions.
Adults Join us for an engaging discussion of Paulsen's book, about a 15-year-old boy forced to survive in the wilderness.
Children Kids in grades K-5 can make their own slime during our scientific slime lab!
Adults Take part in a lively discussion of bestselling author Peter Heller's new novel. New people are always welcome!
Adults Stop by the library to take part in an interesting discussion of a wide variety of books, including Sullivan's WWII tale!
All-Ages Learn about various UFO sightings that happened in Wisconsin!
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!
Children Kids can attend this story time with the chief of the Mosinee Fire Department!
Adults Adults can learn the basics of dyeing fabrics with vegetable dyes and more during this free informational presentation!
All-Ages To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, join us to watch footage of the event as it happened!
Teens Registration Hey teens, if you're a fan of starry nights, the galaxy, or astrological constellations, this craft is for you! We will be using paint markers, glitter, and gems to decorate your very own constellation banner.
Children Touch mammoth tusks, bear skulls, and more as Sean the Mammoth Hunter talks about life in the Ice Age!
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!
All-Ages Join us for an evening at the library and learn how to make your very own paper beads.
All-Ages Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday by making your own magic wand at the library!
Children To prepare for the transition from summer to fall, the library will be taking a story time break from Aug. 10-Sept. 2!
Adults & Teens If you've ever thought about writing the story of your life, or would like to help a family member do it, join us in Marathon City to get an idea what it takes to write an autobiography or memoir!
Adults Join us for a fascinating program as author and father Adam Schnabel talks about the process, and the ups and downs, of adopting his child from Bulgaria.
Children Join us for a vege-tastic story time with tales promoting the produce, songs celebrating celery and other veggies and games!
Children Children of all ages are invited to join us to learn a little bit of what it takes to be an astronaut!
Adults Learn about various diseases that can affect trees and plants in your yard!
Adults Discuss our monthly book club pick about a woman who pursues an education after being raised by survivalist parents who isolated her and her siblings from mainstream society.
Children Kids can hear stories about the sun and conduct an easy, educational science experiment!
Adults Stop by the library for a lively discussion of Martin's 2018 novel!
Children Bring your best stuffed friend to the library for a sleepover! Drop off and story time starts at 6pm, pickup starts the next day at noon!
Adults Stop by the library and take part in a lively discussion of this best-selling 2018 novel!
Children Capture a galaxy in a bottle during this unique craft program for kids!
Adults Go beyond the book with lively discussion at the library's book club!
Adults Take part in a lively discussion of McNamara's award-winning true crime book!
Adults Make decorative, colorful coasters using markers and other supplies!
Adults & Teens Join us for this special documentary screening - before it airs on public television - about one family's journey to resurrect a dairy farm in rural America.
All-Ages Turn your dreams into reality at the library and enjoy an evening viewing the sky full of stars!
Adults Join us for a discussion of this book, about a teenage girl who joins a German circus in order to save children during WWII.
Children Drop by the library for a lively discussion of this best-selling book by Jodi Picoult!
Kids & Teens Make paper airplanes, straw rockets and straw planes!
Adults All are welcome to join us for a presentation on questions and preparations that arise when a friend or loved one is in the early stage of Alzheimer's Disease.
Adults Some crafts can be elaborate and intricate, but others can be a fun, relatively simple project - like our chicken pin cushion!
Adults Registration Alzheimer's Disease affects millions of people each year, including those directly affected by it as well as family, friends and caregivers who help. Join us to learn about some of the warning signs of the disease.
Adults Discuss this classic novel during our next book club session!