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

Kids' Corner

Summer Craft: Monkey Hats

Children's Event Drop-in Families can join us to make their own monkey hats! Free, with all supplies provided.

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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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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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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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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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Create a Card for Grandparents Day!

Children's Event Drop-in Kids can prepare for Grandparents Day by making a handmade card for their grandma or grandpa, with all supplies provided!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Week of International Dot Day

Kids & Teens Event Drop-in We're turning International Dot Day into Dot Week! Children can use dot markers to color in dot worksheets, and teens can practice their pointillism skills to create artwork. Children and teens can come any time during library hours.

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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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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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Fall Craft Day

Children's Event Celebrate the arrival of fall with a fun craft you can take home! Free and all supplies provided.

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Fall Leaves Fall

Children's Event Autumn leaves are falling down! Join us for a special story time and help us welcome in the colorful autumn season with songs, crafts and games.

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Home School Huddle

Children's Event 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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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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3D Paper Sculptures

Children's Event Drop-in Children of all ages are invited to drop in at the library to explore the wonderful versatility of paper and create three dimensional paper sculptures.

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Building Palooza

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

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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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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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Teen Book Club: "A Dog's Purpose" by W. Bruce Cameron

Teen Event Join us for our monthly Teen Book Club, where we'll discuss this heartwarming tale about the bond between a dog and his humans.

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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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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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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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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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Meet a Local Police Officer Story Time!

Children's Event Meet a local police officer and hear stories about firefighters, police officers and other public servants!

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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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Fire Safety Story Time

Children's Event 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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Stratford Stitchers & Rippers

Kids & Teens 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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Escape Room Family Adventure

Children's Event Test your problem-solving and teamwork skills as a family as you try to get out of our escape room! Free, with registration required.

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Not-Too-Spooky Family Story Time

Children's Event Join us for a special story time with stories and crafts appropriate for the fall holiday season!

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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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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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Teen Book Club: "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman

Teen Event Join us for our monthly Teen Book Club, where we'll discuss this eerie tale about a boy who is raised by the ghosts and other supernatural entities that inhabit a graveyard.

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Scratch Art Creations

Kids & Teens Event Drop-in Kids can make bookmarks, drawings and other works of art using scratch art paper! Free, with all supplies provided.

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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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Halloween Craft Day

Children's Event Kids can get ready for Halloween by making mini monsters and 3D hanging pumpkins at the library!

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Book Speed Dating

Teen Event Teens can find their next read by sampling a variety of books during Book Speed Dating!

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Day of the Dead Origami Bookmarks

Kids & Teens Event Drop-in Celebrate the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos by making decorated skull-shaped bookmarks!

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Family Adventure Night: PJ Masks

Children's Event Hear stories about PJ Masks read by library staff and make themed crafts during our monthly Family Adventure Night!

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Leaf and Pumpkin Mosaic Craft

Children's Event Drop-in Kids can make their own unique pumpkin and autumn leaf mosaics using seeds, beans and more!

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Family Adventure Night: Wild Kratts

Children's Event Hear stories and make fun crafts related to the PBS Kids show "Wild Kratts" during our monthly Family Adventure Night!

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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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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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Teen Book Club: "Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell

Teen Event Join us for our monthly Teen Book Club, where we'll discuss this teen romance, about two social outcasts who fall in love in 1986.

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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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Make Your Own Play Dough

Children's Event Kids can make their own modeling clay and play dough, with all supplies provided!

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Family Adventure Night: Thomas the Tank Engine

Children's Event Hear stories and make fun crafts related to the popular character Thomas the Tank Engine during our monthly Family Adventure Night!

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

Teen Event Join us for our monthly Teen Book Club, where we'll discuss this novel, about a fifth grader with facial differences who enters public school for the first time.

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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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Pet-Themed Activities Offered at MCPL's Early Literacy Center

Come visit MCPL’s new Early Literacy Center at our Wausau Headquarters!  In September, we’ll begin offering a variety of pet-themed activities, which will be the first of many rotating themes planned for the Early Literacy Center.  One of the many pet-themed activities you’ll be able to enjoy with your child includes a veterinary dramatic...

Children Early Literacy

Journey by Aaron Becker

★★★★★ In this wordless story a lonely girl with a red piece of chalk draws herself into another world. On her journey she finds adventure, peril and ultimately friendship. Although readers will think of "Harold and the Purple Crayon," this is a much more engaging story.  The illustrations are rich and full of color and detail. People of all ages will be...

Audience: Children
Genre: Fiction, Picture Book, Caldecott Award Winner

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