Marathon County Public Library

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

Adult Services

CLICK for Babies

Adult Event Drop-in All MCPL locations will serve as collection sites for knit and crocheted baby caps for the 2018 Wisconsin CLICK for Babies: Period of Purple Crying. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

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Needle Arts

Adult Event Drop-in Community members are invited to gather at the library to work on fiber arts projects, share projects with each other and try free crochet lessons. Yarn and a limited number of other supplies are provided, and new participants are always welcome!

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Book Club: "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton

Adult Event Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In the month of August, we'll read and discuss Edith Wharton's 1911 novel about a tragic love triangle. New people are always welcome!

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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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Scrabble Week

All-Ages Event Drop-in Stop by the library to play a friendly game of Scrabble during this week-long drop-in event!

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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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What Was Social Media Before Computers?

Adult Event Join local historian Ronald Draeger as he talks about the ways people stayed in contact with one another in the pre-computer era!

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Origami Afternoon

All-Ages Event Drop-in Come try your hand at folding paper into various creative shapes at the library! All ages welcome.

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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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Hobbies and Crafts Night

All-Ages Event Drop-in Hobby and craft enthusiasts are welcome to join us every month for a night of creating and socializing!

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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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Afternoon Poetry Workshop

Adult Event Are you a poet? Or do you love to write and are looking for an opportunity to enhance your writing skills with that certain creative touch? We are here to help! Join us at the library for an afternoon with poet Dawn Anderson.

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Passport Event

Teen & Adult Event Drop-in Apply for a U.S. passport locally during this special one-day-only application event! Appointments are highly recommended but not required.

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Book Club: "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

Adult Event Join us for our monthly book club at the library! For the month of September, we'll be reading "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead! Free, with new members always welcome! Call 715-443-2775 for more information.

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Book Club: "Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson

Adult Event Join the library Book Club in September to discuss "Life After Life," about a woman who lives her life over and over again during the early 20th century.

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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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Book Club: "The Magnolia Story" by Chip and Joanna Gains

Adult Event Drop by the library in September for a lively discussion on this book, about the hosts of HGTV's "Fixer Upper!"

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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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Book Club: "The Paris Architect" by Charles Belfoure

Adult Event Join us for a discussion of this book, about an architect who is hired to design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish citizen hiding from the Nazis.

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Book Club: "Rosemary" by Kate Clifford Larson

Adult Event Drop by the library for a discussion of our monthly book club selection. No need to register beforehand and new people are always welcome!

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Book Club "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Adult Event Have some good times with great books every month during meetings of the library book club!

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Book Club: "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate

Adult Event Stop by the library for an engaging discussion on a variety of books during their monthly book club meetings!

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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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Library Learning
Libby E-Books

Adult Event Learn how to use the Libby app to checkout and download e-books and audiobooks for free with your library card!

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Wisconsin Remembers: The Vietnam War Memorial Wall

Teen & Adult Event Drop-in Stop by the library to view the Vietnam War traveling wall, which features a photo of every Wisconsin veteran killed in the line of duty during the Vietnam War.

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Still Life Sketching

All-Ages Event Drop-in Sketch a variety of still life drawings during this creative all-ages event!

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The History of Scent

Adult Event Adults can learn about the history of scent and make their own perfume or cologne during this free event! Open to adults only, with registration required.

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Quilting & Beyond

Adult Event Work on your quilting projects at the library with your friends and neighbors!

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Stratford Stitchers & Rippers

Teen & Adult Event Do some math work with your patchwork! Join us every other Tuesday in Stratford to discover the beauty of math through the art of quilting!

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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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Book Club: "The Orphan's Tale" by Pam Jenoff

Adult Event Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In September, we'll read and discuss "The Orphan's Tale" by Pam Jenoff, and new people are always welcome!

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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: University of Wisconsin Faculty Reading

Adult Event Join us for a fun evening featuring a variety of written works, read live by the University of Wisconsin faculty members who wrote them, during the Central Wisconsin Book Festival!

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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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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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Family Game Day

All-Ages Event Drop-in Bring your family to the library for a fun day of gaming! Board and card games for all ages will be available.

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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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Logging and Sawmills of Marathon County

Adult Event Learn about central Wisconsin's logging and sawmill history during this free presentation!

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MCPL DIY
Cotton Swab Flowers

Teen & Adult Event Join us for this fun and creative craft project, where we'll transform some simple household items into beautiful flowers! Free, with all supplies provided.

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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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Scrapbook Night

Adult Event Do you love scrapbooking but lack the time or space to finish your projects? Stop by the library and work on it with other like-minded "scrappers."

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Haunted Central Wisconsin

Adult Event Hear tales about paranormal occurrences from around central Wisconsin and investigations done by the Wausau Paranormal Research Society!

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Book Club: "My Antonia" by Willa Cather

Adult Event Join us for our monthly book club at the library! For the month of October, we'll be reading "My Antonia" by Willa Cather! Free, with new members always welcome! Call 715-443-2775 for more information.

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Book Club: "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio

Adult Event Join the library Book Club in October to discuss "Wonder," about a young boy with facial differences who attends a public school for the first time after years of homeschooling.

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Book Club: "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel Brown

Adult Event Drop by the library each month for a lively discussion of our monthly book club selection!

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Book Club: "The Bright Hour" by Nina Riggs

Adult Event Drop by the library for a lively discussion of "The Bright Hour," about a woman's journey living with a terminal cancer diagnosis.

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Book Club: "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier

Adult Event Join us for a discussion of "Rebecca," about a young woman who marries, but her husband and his staff cannot shake the memory of his former wife, Rebecca.

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Home and Body Care

Adult Event Learn how to use aromatherapy to combat stress and relax tired muscles!

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Book Club: "Beartown" by Fredrik Backman

Adult Event Drop by the library for a lively discussion of this best-selling novel by Fredrik Backman!

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Book Club "Sulfur Springs" by William Kent Krueger

Adult Event Stop by the library for an engaging discussion on a variety of books during their monthly book club meetings!

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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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Learn about LENA Start!

Adult Event Attend this informational session to learn how you can improve your child's literacy and brain development by enrolling them in the LENA Start program!

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DIY Masquerade Masks

Teen & Adult Event Drop-in Make your own masquerade masks using a variety of craft supplies at the library!

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Book Club: "Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann

Adult Event Stop by the library for a lively discussion of this best-selling book!

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Jack and Jane Learn To Read: A Month of Historic Children's Readers

Adult Event Drop-in Visit the library throughout the month of November to see historic children's books on display!

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The Fromm Brothers and Their Fur Farm

Adult Event Learn the history of a Marathon County landmark that was, at one time, the largest silver fox and mink farm in the United States! The presentation will be led by Ben Clark of the Marathon County Historical Society.

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Hats Off To You!

Adult Event Anna Chilsen-Straub from the Marathon County Historical Society will talk about and show off hats from the 1880's through the 1970's!

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String Art

Adult Event Learn the basics of string art and make your own string art creation during this free craft event!

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Woodland Wreaths

Adult Event Make your own festive woodland wreath using branches and twigs during this DIY event at the library!

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Book Club: "In Harm's Way" by Doug Stanton

Adult Event Drop by the library each month for a lively discussion of our monthly book club selection!

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Handmade Holiday Cards

Adult Event Learn how to make your own personalized holiday cards at the library!

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Book Club: "The Radium Girls" by Kate Moore

Adult Event Join us for our monthly book club at the library! For the month of November, we'll be reading "Radium Girls" by Kate Moore! Free, with new members always welcome! Call 715-443-2775 for more information.

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Meteorology with Justin Loew

Adult Event Learn about the world of meteorology from WAOW Channel 9 weatherman Justin Loew!

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Book Club: "The Good Nurse" by Charles Graeber

Adult Event Join the library Book Club in November to discuss this book, about a nurse who killed hundreds of people over the course of 16 years.

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CraftNight: Fiber Coiling Workshop

Adult Event Want to make a small basket or bowl to keep your things in? Or use your imagination to create a unique small fiber sculpture? Adults can learn the ancient technique of fiber art basket-making!

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Create a Scarecrow

All-Ages Event Drop-in Stop by the library to craft your own scarecrow, with all supplies provided!

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Book Club: "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle

Adult Event Stop by the library for an engaging discussion of our monthly book club pick!

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Writers' Group

Teen & Adult Event Meet other local writers and share your work during this special event, held during National Novel Writing Month!

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Book Club: "Kiss Carlo" by Adriana Trigiani

Adult Event Join us for a discussion of "Kiss Carlo," about a family whose lives change dramatically after the delivery of a telegram.

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Book Club: "Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann

Adult Event Drop by the library for a lively discussion of David Grann's best-selling book!

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DIY Paper Snowflake Designs

All-Ages Event Drop-in Turn the library into a winter wonderland by making paper snowflakes and other winter designs!

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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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Book Club: "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion

Adult Event Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In the month of November, we'll read and discuss this novel, about an eccentric professor who develops a project in order to find himself the perfect wife.

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DIY Gift Bags

Teen & Adult Event Learn how to make your own holiday gift bags during a special event at the library!

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Create Your Own Holiday Cards

All-Ages Event Drop-in Patrons of all ages can make their own handmade holiday cards using a variety supplies! Free, with all supplies provided.

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Book Club: "The Little Prince" by Antoine Saint-Exupery

Adult Event Join us for our monthly book club at the library! For the month of December, we'll be reading "The Little Prince" by Antoine Saint-Exupery! Free, with new members always welcome! Call 715-443-2775 for more information.

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Knitting Without Needles

All-Ages Event Drop-in Make your own knitted accessories by finger knitting and arm knitting at the library!

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Book Club: "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens

Adult Event Join the library Book Club in December to discuss this classic holiday tale!

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Book Club: "The Prayer Box" by Lisa Wingate

Adult Event Drop by the library each month for a lively discussion of our monthly book club selection!

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Book Club: "An Irish Country Christmas" by Patrick Taylor

Adult Event Join us for a discussion of "An Irish Country Christmas," about a doctor who faces competition from a new physician in town during the holiday season.

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Book Club "The Ghost of Christmas Past" by Rhys Bowen

Adult Event Drop by the library for a lively discussion of this holiday-themed mystery novel!

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Book Club: "Mistletoe Inn" by Richard Paul Evans

Adult Event Stop by the library for an engaging discussion of our monthly book club pick!

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Fiber Arts

Adult Event Drop-in Community members are invited to gather at the library to work on fiber arts projects, share projects with each other and try free crochet lessons. Yarn and a limited number of other supplies are provided, and new participants are always welcome!

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Book Club: "A Week in Winter" by Maeve Binchy

Adult Event Stop by the library for an engaging discussion of our monthly book club pick!

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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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