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Marathon Memories

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.

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Wisconsin CLICK for Babies Hat Collection

All-Ages Drop-in All MCPL locations will serve as collection sites for knit and crocheted baby caps for the 2019 Wisconsin CLICK for Babies: Period of Purple Crying. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

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Outer Space Craft Week

Children Drop-in Stop by the library any time during the week to make aliens and planets!

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Moon & Stars Story Time

Children Join us for a special story time at the library as we celebrate the moon and stars in the sky!

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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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Jim Lenz's Comedy Science Show

Children Join Jim Lenz as he infuses comedy, drama, audience participation, and his love of science into one unique, zany, and unforgettable performance!

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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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PAWS to Read

Children Drop-in Children can practice and improve their literacy skills by reading to friendly, well-behaved therapy dogs!

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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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EMMET Makerspace

Kids & Teens Registration Experiment with various STEM and CT technologies with Northcentral Technical College's mobile makerspace!

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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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Toddler Dance Party

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

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Weeks & Weeks of SLP Crafts!

Children Drop-in Stop by the library all summer long to work on different crafts to go along with our summer reading theme. A new craft each week to keep things interesting!

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Planets, Stars & Beyond!

Children Join us for this special family story time about traveling to the planets and stars!

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A Journey Through the Heavens, the Legends of the Stars

Children Join us as we learn more about summer constellations and the stories of their origins!

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Weird Science Comedy Show

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!

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DIY Stress Balls

Children Kids can make their own stress balls for stress relief during this program!

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Outer Space Sand Art

Kids & Teens Drop-in Use colored sand to color outer space-themed pictures, create decorative bottles or make colorful keychains!

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Family Game Day

All-Ages 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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Exploring Space With a Rover

Kids & Teens Registration Get an idea what it's like to be "Mission Control" and explore space during this Summer Library Program event!

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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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Firework Paintings!

Children Make paintings resembling fireworks with this Fourth of July-inspired craft event!

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Celebrate the USA Story Time

Children Celebrate the 4th of July with this patriotic story time and craft event!

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"I Survived" Mini Camp

Children Join us over the course of three days for survival presentations and activities inspired by the "I Survived" book series!

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Starry Watercolor Mini Paintings

All-Ages Registration All ages are welcome to make mini paintings of a starry sky using watercolors, salt, star stickers, and watercolor paper!

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Chalk Art

Children Drop-in Kids can make their own chalk art creations at the library in advance of Wausau's annual ChalkFest!

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Slime Lab

Children Kids in grades K-5 can make their own slime during our scientific slime lab!

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Groovy Space Story Time

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!

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Fire Safety Story Time

Children Kids can attend this story time with the chief of the Mosinee Fire Department!

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Needle Arts at the Library

All-Ages Drop-in Knitters and crocheters are invited to gather for a night of crafts and socializing! Participants are asked to bring their own supplies.

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Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Celebration!

All-Ages To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, join us to watch footage of the event as it happened!

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Outer Space Craft Week

Children Drop-in Stop by the library any time during the week to make flying saucers and paper rocket ships!

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Read With a Friend Day

All-Ages Drop-in Read with a friend at the library or make new friends with other library patrons!

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Star Search!

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!

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MCPL DIY
Paper Beads

All-Ages Join us for an evening at the library and learn how to make your very own paper beads.

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Escape From the Deathday Dungeon: A Harry Potter Escape Room Experience

All-Ages Registration Back by popular demand! Bring your friends or family and see if you can solve the puzzles in time to escape Nearly Headless Nick and the Dungeon!

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Ollivander's Wand Shop

All-Ages Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday by making your own magic wand at the library!

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Friends of MCPL Book Sale

All-Ages Drop-in Browse through thousands of items for sale at low prices during this quarterly book sale!

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Constellation Craft

Children Drop-in Children are invited to the library to create their own craft constellations all week!

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Constellation Sensory Bag

Children Drop-in Children are invited to the library for a fun hands-on craft project that will have them "seeing stars."

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Free Family Pool Day!

Kids & Teens Drop-in Children and their families can enjoy a FREE day at Wausau's outdoor pools just by showing their library card! One card per family.

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Eat Your Veggies Story Time

Children Join us for a vege-tastic story time with tales promoting the produce, songs celebrating celery and other veggies and games!

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Astronaut Training

Children Children of all ages are invited to join us to learn a little bit of what it takes to be an astronaut!

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Shine Like the Sun Story Time

Children Kids can hear stories about the sun and conduct an easy, educational science experiment!

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover

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!

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Galaxy Bottle Charm Necklace

Children Capture a galaxy in a bottle during this unique craft program for kids!

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Outer Space Craft Week

Children Drop-in Stop by the library any time during the week to make spaceships and paper plate aliens!

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CANCELED: See the Night Sky Inside the Library!

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

  • CANCELED: Thu., 8/15/19, 5–7:30pm @ MCPL Athens

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Cupcake Factory Craft

Children Drop-in It's going to be a busy summer across the MCPL system - and maybe in your own lives, too - so why not finish off the summer with a sweet craft?

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Create a Card for Grandparents Day!

Children Drop-in Kids can prepare for Grandparents Day by making a handmade card for their grandma or grandpa!

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A Week of International Dot Day

Children Drop-in Celebrate a week of International Dot Day with an activity where children create pictures around a simple black dot!

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Hobbies & Crafts Night

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

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Autumn Hedgehog Craft

Children Kids can create a cute paper hedgehog during this free craft event!

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Coffee Filter Candy Corn

All-Ages Drop-in Get in the mood for fall by making a craft inspired by a traditional autumn treat - candy corn!

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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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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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Fire Safety Story Time

Children Celebrate Fire Prevention Week by hearing stories about fire safety, then meet a real-life firefighter during this special story time!

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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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National Game & Puzzle Week

All-Ages Drop-in Stop in to the library to play a variety of games and put together puzzles!

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Let our Summer Program take you to outer space!

This year, MCPL will transport kids into the cosmos with its Summer Library Program! This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories,” and we’ve planned three months of fun, entertaining and educational events for kids, tweens and teens!  May 28 through August 30, kids, tweens and teens can read books and submit reviews containing their thoughts...

Summer Library Program Events Children Teens Books

Click by Kayla Miller

★★★★★ Olive seems to be friends with everyone in her 5th grade class. She has friends on the bus, in science class, and on the playground. When Mr. Florez announces the annual 5th Grade Variety Show, Olive is ecstatic! Before she knows it, everyone seems to have a group for the variety show, except Olive. Olive realizes she doesn't belong to a clique....

Audience: Children, Tweens
Genre: Graphic Novel

Featured Resource / Service

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Phyllis Donner Aquarium

The children's department at MCPL Wausau features a 650-gallon saltwater aquarium with a living coral reef and more than 30 species of tropical fish and other marine life.  The tank was built by Acrylic Tank Manufacturing of Las Vegas and was funded by a donation from the estate of Phyllis Donner, a Wausau resident. Inhabitants of the...

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