Marathon County Public Library

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Holiday hours: All MCPL locations will be closed Sat.-Mon., 9/1-9/3.

Events: Wausau

Readers of Classic Lit: "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway

Adult Event Drop-in Take part in a lively discussion of some of the greatest literature ever written with the Readers of Classic Literature book club!

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MCPL Live!
The Life and Legacy of Crazy Horse

Adult Event Learn more about a legendary figure in American history, Crazy Horse, from members of his own family and the author who helped bring their story to the public!

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Play and Learn

Children's Event Children of all ages are invited to use their imagination and creativity! These fun-filled, 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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LEGO® Block Party

Children's Event Drop-in Children of all ages and their families are invited to build creative projects using LEGO blocks! All blocks will be provided. Free and no registration required.

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Anime After Dark

Adult Event Adults can watch episodes of anime series "Perfect Insider" and "Tokto ESP!" Suitable for adults ages 18+ only.

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Tales for Tots

Children's Event Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays with your toddler at this fun and lively story time! Two half-hour sessions at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. - stop by for either one!

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TAG - Teen Advisory Group!

Teen Event 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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Sensory Story Time

Children's Event Sensory Story Time is an inclusive weekly story time that has been adapted to meet the needs of children of all abilities, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, children who simply have difficulty sitting still, and their typically developing peers.

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Preschool Story Time

Children's Event This 30-minute program will help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten with stories, songs, rhymes and other early literacy activities.

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Needle Arts at the Library

All-Ages Event Drop-in Knitters and crocheters are invited to gather for a night of crafts and socializing! Free and open to the public, and participants are asked to bring their own supplies.

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Pokemon Club

Children's Event 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! Free, with no registration required.

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Medicare Cost Saving Options

Adult Event Drop-in Talk to Mike Graper, an outreach specialist from the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin (ADRC-CW), about Medicare and Medicare cost saving options.

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Family Story Time

Children's Event 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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Identity Theft and Protection

Adult Event Identity theft continues to be the fastest growing crime in the United States. Join us for this informative presentation because the more you learn about it, the less vulnerable you are!

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Book Babies

Children's Event 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. Caregiver-child interaction is stressed in Book Babies, so children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Toddler Dance Party

Children's Event Join us for a story time and toddler dance party featuring stories, music, props and more!

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Peculiar Paintings

Children's Event Join us for a mix of fun stories about art and create your own art using a variety of odd materials!

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Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Partisan Polarization in the Trump Age

Adult Event Join us as UW-Madison assistant professor Michael Wagner discusses the US's current political divide, what contributes to it and how it may affect our nation's future.

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LENA Start Marathon County

Adult Event Improve your verbal interactions with your child through a talk pedometer and parent education classes! Registration required.

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Building Adventures

Children's Event Drop-in Children can build using a variety of building toys, including DUPLO blocks, LEGOs, Tinkertoys and more!

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The Surprising Benefits of Playing Video Games

Teen & Adult Event Learn about the positive effects of playing video games from UW-Madison professor C. Shawn Green! Free, no registration required.

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Banned Books and the Role of Libraries

Teen & Adult Event Learn more about the history behind banned books and how libraries continue to serve their communities during this Banned Books Week program!

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Readers of Classic Lit: "The Short Stories of Saki" by H.H. Munro

Adult Event Take part in a lively discussion of some of history's greatest literature, including this short story collection!

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CWBF: Wisconsin's Most Haunted with Craig Nehring and Enid Cleaves

Adult Event Over the years, investigators documented dozens of sites across Wisconsin where they discovered supernatural activity, hauntings and other paranormal activity. Hear firsthand from two people who are among the most knowledgeable!

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CWBF: Trace: An Art and Poetry Exhibit

Teen & Adult Event Drop-in We're thrilled to be working with the Center for Visual Arts in Wausau to include a special, unique exhibit of poetry and art during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival!

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CWBF: Fact and Fiction and "Grace": A Live Storytelling Event

Teen & Adult Event Do you have a good story to tell? Whether it's real or one you made up in your own mind, we want to hear it – and other people do, too! Submit a story to read live, or just join us to listen during this Central Wisconsin Book Festival event!

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CWBF: "Dead Presidents" with Brady Carlson

All-Ages Event Join Brady Carlson for a fun tour of U.S. presidential gravesites and monuments, and the interesting ways in which we memorialize our past leaders, during this Central Wisconsin Book Festival event!

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CWBF: "A Lakeside Companion" with Ted Rulseh

Teen & Adult Event Join us during this Central Wisconsin Book Festival event to learn about the science behind your favorite (or any) lake!

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Firefighters: Meet Wausau's Finest

Children's Event Come and listen to some stories read by firefighters from the Wausau Fire Department, hear about fire prevention and get an up-close look at some of their gear and equipment!

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CWBF: Wisconsin Jazz Riffs with Kurt Dietrich

All-Ages Event Learn about some of the famous and little-known jazz musicians with Wisconsin connections during this Central Wisconsin Book Festival event!

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CWBF: Comics Workshop with Duachaka Her

Teen & Adult Event Do you have an interest in – maybe even a flair for – comics, cartoons and illustration? Learn more about it and try some art yourself during a workshop with cartoonist and illustrator Duachaka Her!

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CWBF: Wisconsin's Old-Growth Forests with John Bates

Teen & Adult Event Learn more about the increasingly scarce old-growth forests of Wisconsin with author and naturalist John Bates during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival!

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CWBF: From Wausau to Montana - Poet Lowell Jaeger

Teen & Adult Event The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is happy to welcome back home Wausau native and current Montana Poet Laureate Lowell Jaeger!

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CWBF: The Fall of Wisconsin with Author Dan Kaufman

Teen & Adult Event The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is happy to welcome writer Dan Kaufman, author of "The Fall of Wisconsin," to discuss his book at the state of Badger politics!

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Which is Better? Book-to-Movie Night: "Charlotte's Web"

All-Ages Event All ages are invited to watch the film adaptation of "Charlotte's Web," then discuss how the movie compares to E.B. White's classic book!

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Geology Lab

Children's Event Kids in grades K-5 can work on a variety of geology-themed science projects and experiments, with all supplies provided!

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Impacts of Wolves on Wisconsin's Deer Population

Adult Event Learn about impacts to Wisconsin's deer population from wolf predation, including some historical and scientific context of this important issue, from a state expert!

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Pet Palooza!

Children's Event Drop-in Read to a therapy dog, make pet-themed crafts and more during this no-school day event!

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Fantastic Beasts Story Time

Children's Event Attend this story time about legendary creatures, make your own, and go on a hunt for the library hobgoblins!

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Get Your Glow On

Children's Event Hear stories that glow and light up, then stick around to make glow-in-the-dark crafts during this fun and unique event!

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Which is Better? Book-to-Movie Night: "Holes"

All-Ages Event All ages are invited to watch the 2003 film adaptation of "Holes" then discuss how the movie compares to book by Louis Sachar!

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NYE Toddler Dance Party!

Children's Event Kids can celebrate the end of 2018 with a toddler dance party featuring music, props and a balloon drop!

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Which is Better? Book-to-Movie Night: "Bridge to Terabithia"

All-Ages Event All ages are invited to watch the film adaptation of "Bridge to Terabithia" then discuss how the movie compares to the book by Katherine Paterson!

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