Holiday hours: All MCPL locations will be closed Sat.–Mon., 8/31–9/2.

Events: Wausau

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Women's Night Out
"The Nest" by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Adults Drop-in Take part in a lively discussion of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction with the Women's Night Out book club!

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Play & Learn

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.

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Tales for Tots

Children Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays with your toddler at this fun and lively story time!

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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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Stories & Strings: A Violin Story Time

Children Hear songs played on the violin and try out a violin yourself during this story time combining tales and tunes!

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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.

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TAG - Teen Advisory Group

Teens Drop-in Teens are welcome to meet others, volunteer and help plan library programs through our Teen Advisory Group (TAG). Meetings monthly

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MCPL Movie Night
"The Public"

Adults & Teens Join us in the library for a free screening of a new film that takes place in a library! As always, BYOP (bring your own popcorn!)

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A Groovy New Story & Crafts With Pete the Cat!

Children It's all about that hep cat Pete as we celebrate a new book coming out in September with stories and crafts!

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Soft Circuits: Sewing With Electricity

Adults Registration Crafting and needle arts lovers: Want to up your sewing game? Add some spark with electricity!

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The 2019 Central Wisconsin Book Festival

All-Ages The Central Wisconsin Book Festival returns for its third year to bring a wide variety of authors and artists to the Wausau area for readings, workshops and much more!

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Charles Hughes: Hidden Histories of Race in Pop Culture

Adults & Teens We're excited to welcome back to the Wausau area historian and author Charles Hughes to discuss the intersection of pop culture with issues of race!

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Hanif Abdurraqib: Readings From "A Fortune for Your Disaster"

Adults & Teens The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is thrilled that poet, essayist and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib will join us for one of our festival's headline events to read from his newest poetry collection.

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Family Story Time

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.

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Central Wisconsin Book Festival
Family Memoir Workshop With Jen Rubin

Adults If you've ever thought about writing a family memoir, join us for a workshop during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival to learn some tips and techniques!

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We Are Staying: A Family Memoir Reading With Jen Rubin

Adults & Teens Hear a fascinating, true tale with author Jen Rubin of a family, a business and a neighborhood during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival.

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CWBF Authors Panel: How (and Why) I Write

Adults & Teens Hear from three acclaimed authors about their writing methods and techniques, and why they do what they do, during this Central Wisconsin Book Festival panel discussion!

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Madison: 1969 With Stuart Levitan

Adults & Teens Whether you lived through the 1960s, or you're a history buff yearning to learn, join us for a talk about the scene in Wisconsin's capital city in the Sixties!

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"Paris by the Book" & Other Writings With Liam Callanan

Adults The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes award-winning Wisconsin author Liam Callanan to join us for a reading of his work!

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A Conversation With Graphic Novelist Craig Thompson

Adults & Teens The Central Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes writer and artist Craig Thompson back to his native Wisconsin to talk about his work - including a new series partly set in his native Marathon County!

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Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail With Melanie McManus

Adults What's it like to hike more than 1,000 miles across Wisconsin? Find out from someone with first-hand knowledge during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival!

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Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Reading & Reception

Adults & Teens Join us during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival to hear poets from around the state read their work, including featured guest Bruce Dethlefsen!

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Dead Big Dawg: A Reading With Victoria Houston

Adults One of Wisconsin's most popular authors, Victoria Houston, is coming back to join us during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival to read from and talk about her newest book in the Loon Lake mystery series!

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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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MCPL & Reel to Real Film Night: "Not Enough Apologies: Trauma Stories"

Adults Join us for a free screening of a moving documentary on childhood trauma and its impacts on adulthood. This film is offered in partnership with Wisconsin Public Television and the Wisconsin Library Association.

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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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Harvest Fest Story Time & Crafts!

Children Hear fall-themed stories and make a variety of crafts during this event, part of Wausau Events' Harvest Fest!

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STEAM Projects for Tweens!

Children Drop-in Create a flextangle and coloring mixing wheel during this Wisconsin Science Festival event!

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STEAM Projects for Kids!

Children Drop-in Create a rainbow paper and build paper structures during this Wisconsin Science Festival event!

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MCPL Live!
Cooking With Inga Witscher

Adults Join us for another demonstration of creating delicious food with public television's Inga Witscher!

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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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Library Learning
Search & Discover MCPL Databases!

Adults Registration Join us to learn more about all of the incredible databases the Marathon County Public Library has to offer - all available for free with a library card!

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"Frozen" Sing-Along

Children Watch (and sing along to) "Frozen" during fun, family sing-along event!

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Book Bowl ... the Prequel!

Children Wausau School District students can prepare for the 2020 Book Bowl with fun games centered around this year's selections!

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