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Summer Library Program (SLP)

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Please note: In the interest of patron and staff safety, there have been changes to the 2020 Summer Program due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns:

  • We have developed activities for all ages that enable social distancing, including virtual events, off-site events and "grab and go" options. 

  • Large group events have been canceled for the summer.
  • Summer Reading Club has been discontinued to better allow for social distancing. We encourage all children to read 20-30 minutes a day on their own or with a parent / caregiver.


Summer Events

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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!

  • 7/158/15/20 @ Bluegill Bay Park

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Write Your Story! Teen Summer 2020 Short Story Writing Contest

Teens Drop-in Teens across Marathon County are invited to share their writing with the library (and the world!) with our short story contest, with prizes for the top three entries!

  • 7/318/14/20 @ All MCPL Locations

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Grab & Go
Fire-Breathing Dragons

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

  • 8/38/8/20 @ MCPL Athens
  • 8/108/14/20 @ MCPL Rothschild
  • 8/178/22/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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"Forever Garden" Woven Sunflower Project

Children Drop-in Become inspired by Laurel Snyder's "The Forever Garden" picture book; listen to the story and create your own sunflower. Available for curbside pickup at the library.

  • 8/38/7/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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Jack & the Beanstalk

Children Registration 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 via curbside pickup, as well as stories for budding green thumbs!

  • 8/38/7/20 @ MCPL Mosinee

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Virtual Story Time

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

  • Tue., 8/4/20, 1010:15 a.m. @ Facebook (Online)
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Create Your Own Crown!

Children Drop-in Pick up all the supplies you need tp decorate your own royal crown!

  • 8/108/14/20 @ MCPL Marathon City

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Little Grab & Go Treasures: DIY Pompom Coaster

Adults Drop-in Stop by the library in August to pick up a kit and create your own unique pompom coaster at home! Available curbside, no appointment needed, and part of our monthly "Little Treasures" craft offerings!

  • 8/108/21/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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Grab & Go
Summer Refrigerator Magnets

All-Ages Registration Drop-in Make decorative glass magnets, with all the supplies provided in a convenient take-home kit that can be picked up curbside!

  • 8/108/14/20 @ MCPL Hatley

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

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

  • Mon., 8/10/20, 5:456:45 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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CANCELED: Needle Arts

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

  • CANCELED: Tue., 8/4/20, 1–4 p.m. @ MCPL Athens
  • CANCELED: Tue., 8/11/20, 2–5 p.m. @ MCPL Rothschild
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Virtual Book Club: "Before I Go to Sleep" by S.J. Watson

Adults Join the library Book Club in August for a virtual discussion of this book by S.J. Watson!

  • Tue., 8/11/20, 23 p.m. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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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

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Trail Tales

Children Drop-in Take a stroll through Wausau's Brockmeyer Park this summer and read while you enjoy nature with our popular Trail Tales program!

  • 8/159/18/20 @ Brockmeyer Park

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DIY Unicorns

Children Registration 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!

  • 8/178/22/20 @ MCPL Hatley

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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. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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CANCELED: MCPL DIY
Pressed Flower Coasters

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

  • CANCELED: Tue., 8/18/20, 1–2 p.m. @ MCPL Hatley

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Virtual Gardening With Extension Marathon County: Tomato Triage

Adults Registration Join us for an online presentation from Marathon County Extension on caring for your precious tomato plants, no matter what might be ailing them!

  • Thu., 8/20/20, 6:307:30 p.m. @ Zoom (Online)

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Bow-Tie Noodle Butterfly

Children Registration Kids and their caregivers are welcome to pick up a take-home kit from the library and create a butterfly craft using brightly painted bow-tie pasta!

  • 8/248/28/20 @ MCPL Athens

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Virtual 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. @ GoToMeeting (Online)

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Watercolor Surprise!

Children Drop-in Stop at the library's drive thru window to pick up a grab and go watercolor surprise kit for your preschool-aged child!

  • 8/319/11/20 @ MCPL Wausau

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