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Home School Huddle

Children Families of homeschooled children can hear stories, read, and participate in various activities related to the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

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

All-Ages 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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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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Play and Learn

Children 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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Needle Arts at the Library

All-Ages 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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Birding for Beginners II

All-Ages Learn about the beautiful birds of Wisconsin and how to attract them to your own backyard.

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MCPL DIY
Decoupage Jars

All-Ages Create unique decor for your home or office! Free and all supplies provided.

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Mid-Winter Craft Day

Children Drop-in Young people can still work their brains and creativity with crafts on this no-school day!

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

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LEGO® Block Party

Children Drop-in Children of all ages and their families are invited to build creative projects using LEGO blocks! All blocks will be provided.

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Tales for Tots

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

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Outside the Lines: A Family Coloring Party

Children Drop-in Bring the whole family to work on coloring projects for both children and adults!

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Art Cluster Reception

Kids & Adults Drop-in Parents and other family members are invited to view and celebrate their child's artwork which was created as part of Wausau School District's Art Cluster program.

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Month of Crafts and Coloring

Children Drop-in Kids can celebrate National Craft Month with a different craft project each week and coloring pages all month long at the library!

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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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Family Adventure Night: Who is Dr. Seuss?

Children Hear stories written by Dr. Seuss and make fun crafts related to some of his most famous books during our monthly Family Adventure Night!

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Spring Craft Day

Children Drop-in Stop in on this no-school day to make a variety of spring-themed crafts!

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Hey, It's The Sun! Story Time

Children Hear stories about the sun and make a decorative craft during this special story time!

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Recycled Magazine Crafts

All-Ages Drop-in Find a fun, creative use for old magazines and newspapers and recycle at the same time!

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Family Film Friday
"The House with a Clock in its Walls"

Children Join us for Family Film Friday to watch the movie based on John Bellairs' popular mystery series!

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Escape Room Family Adventure

Children Registration Test your problem-solving and teamwork skills as a family as you try to get out of our escape room!

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Spring Break Movie: "Smallfoot"

Children Join us during Spring Break for a free movie about a Yeti who finds something he didn't know existed - a human!

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Get Money Smart!

Children Join us during Money Smart Week for special money related activities for kids, in collaboration with the Get Smart Wausau Coalition!

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Children's Fest

Children Stop by MCPL's booth at the 46th annual Children's Festival at Marathon Park to learn more about the library - including a sneak peek at summer events!

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Show Us Your Bookface!

Kids & Adults Drop-in Take a bookface selfie that you can post on social media for others to see!​

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3D Paper Sculptures

Children Drop-in Children of all ages are invited to explore the wonderful versatility of paper and create three-dimensional paper sculptures!

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Family Adventure Night: Peppa Pig

Children Hear stories and make fun crafts related to the Nick Jr. show "Peppa Pig" during our monthly Family Adventure Night!

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Mo Willems Story Time

Children Join us for a special story time celebrating the books of popular children's author Mo Willems!

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Story Time from Space!

Children Hear stories about outer space, and hear a story read by an astronaut from the International Space Station!

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Building Challenges

Children Drop-in See what you can build using a variety of household items during this week-long building challenge!

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Hop Like a Bunny Story Time

Children Hear stories about bunnies, then make a cute craft, with all supplies provided!

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Celebrate Spring Story Time

Children We're "eggcited" at story time, because Spring is here! Come celebrate with us.

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Hatching Eggs

Children Drop-in Craft your own egg to "hatch" and see what kind of animal emerges from it!

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Which is Better? Book-to-Movie Night
"Ella Enchanted"

All-Ages All ages are invited to watch the film adaptation of "Ella Enchanted" then discuss how the movie compares to the book by Gail Carson Levine!

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Kids' Needle Arts Night: Dry Felting

Kids & Teens Registration Kids, tweens and teens can learn how to do dry felting and make their own project, with all supplies provided!

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Science Marvels

Children Drop-in Kids can stop in to the library to perform their own zany science experiments, with all supplies provided!

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Family Film Friday
"The LEGO Ninjago Movie"

Children LEGO® (and movie) lovers young and old are welcome to join us for Family Film Friday in April!

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Wordstock: Three Days of Peace and Poetry

All-Ages Drop-in Attend this three-day poetry event, where different poetry activities will be offered for all ages each day!

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Trail Tales

Children Drop-in Walk along Wausau's scenic River Edge trail and read two children's books as you stroll!

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Celebrate Earth Day Story Time

Children Celebrate Earth Day at the library with a special story time!

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Create a Catapult!

Children Get ready to launch! We'll be making catapults out of some common craft supplies and not only test them, but challenge participants with different obstacles!

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Superhero Celebration

Children Drop-in Make superhero-themed crafts and color themed pages to celebrate National Superhero Day!

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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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May Day Baskets

Children Drop-in Kids are invited bring back the tradition of May Day by crafting their own decorative basket, with all supplies provided!

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Apple Blossom Flower Art

All-Ages Drop-in Celebrate spring by creating your own apple blossoms with a variety of craft supplies!

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"Rock on Kindness" Author Stepheni Curran

Kids & Adults In celebration of Children's Book Week, Wisconsin author Stephani Curran will visit us and talk about her book "Rock on, Kindness!"

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Create a Mother's Day Card!

Children Drop-in Kids can make a card for the maternal figure in their life, with all supplies provided!

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Spring Story Time Break

Kids & Adults To prepare for our annual Summer Library Program, MCPL-Wausau will be taking a story time break. Our summer session starts June 10!

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Make your own Mini Pinata

Children Create your own mini piñatas with supplies at the library!

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Mother's Day Story Time

Children Join us for a special story time and craft hour as we celebrate mothers ahead of their special day!

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Tink Party

Children Join us for a fun fairy party with stories and a DIY light-up fairy jar before "Finding Neverland" at the Grand Theater. Costumes encouraged!

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Create your own Pinwheels

Children Are you ready for spring and summer? Stop by the library to create your own pinwheel to capture the warmer breezes!

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Family Film Friday
"A Wrinkle in Time"

Children Join us for Family Film Friday (and bring snacks if you'd like!) as we show the film version of Madeline L'Engle's famous novel!

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Flash Fiction Story Project

Children Tweens are invited to join us for a fun program revolving around a short, short story - also known as flash fiction!

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Chromatography Butterflies

Children Preschoolers and their caregivers are encouraged to discover the science of chromatography and use it to make a fun craft!

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Under the sea in the ELC!

Under the sea is an exciting place to be, so bring your young children to MCPL Wausau to experience the ocean-themed activities and books in the Early Literacy Center (ELC) during the months of January and February!  Some of the activities we have available include puzzles for learning colors and matching animal shapes, a fish felt board featuring...

Library Children Early Literacy Learning

Snow Lane by Josie Angelini

★★★★ Annie Bianchi is a fifth-grader with dyslexia. This disability makes life difficult for her in many ways. She struggles to read and dress herself. She is teased when she smiles and laughs for no apparent reason. Annie has a habit of counting things and arranging numbers into organized groups. It is a coping mechanism for when she doesn’t know how to handle...

Audience: Children, Tweens
Genre: Fiction

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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