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Library Paper Flower Garden

All-Ages Event Drop-in Celebrate summer by helping the library "cultivate" a colorful paper flower garden! Free, with all supplies provided.

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Pennies For Animals

Children's Event Drop-in Over the summer children will have the chance to help animals in need starting in our area! We will be accepting pennies and other monetary donations in a jar at the Children's Desk, and kids can vote on the recipient!

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Hobbies and Crafts Night

Kids & Adults 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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Family Story Time

Children's Event Drop-in 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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Zoozort

Children's Event Drop-in Participants of all ages will enjoy this hands-on, interactive program featuring live, wild animals.

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Slide Into Summer

Children's Event Drop-in Join us at Rothschild Branch and slide into summertime at this special family story time with songs, games, stories and crafts!

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Play and Learn

Children's Event Drop-in 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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Paws to Read

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

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Family Game Day

All-Ages Event Drop-in Come join us in playing a variety of board games, suitable for all ages!

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Shake, Shimmy and Dance! Family Story Time

Children's Event Drop-in Children and their parents or caregivers are welcome to these special story times filled with music, dance and, of course, stories!

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Preschool Story Time

Children's Event Drop-in This 30-minute program will help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten with stories, songs, rhymes and other early literacy activities. Children may attend this story time without a caregiver, but caregivers are asked to remain in the children's area during the story time.

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I Wanna Rock!

Children's Event Drop-in Show us how much you rock during our summer library program by decorating your own cardboard guitar. Free and all supplies provided.

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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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Sound Stations

Children's Event Drop-in Join us for some fun activities where we will learn about sound!

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Space Camp

Children's Event Drop-in Are you interested in space? Want to know what's happening in the solar system and beyond? Children in grades 3-5 are invited to attend Space Camp for a mix of experiments and crafts!

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Book Babies

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

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Tom Pease

Children's Event Drop-in Children's musician (and MCPL favorite) Tom Pease returns to rock the library this summer with a wonderful blend of songs, humor and stories!

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The Great Rondini Magic Show

Children's Event Drop-in Award-winning magician Ron Lindberg, a.k.a. "The Great Rondini" will perform amazing feats of magic for all ages along with his famous bunny, Trixie. Free and no registration required.

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Needle Arts at the Library

Adult Event Drop-in Knitters, crocheters, and crafters of all ages and experience levels are invited to gather to create and socialize!

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Book Club: "The Stars are Fire" by Anita Shreve

Adult Event Drop-in Stop by the library for a lively discussion of a wide variety of books and novels!

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Tales for Tots

Children's Event Drop-in 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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Celebrate the USA Story Time

Children's Event Drop-in Celebrate the 4th of July with this patriotic story time and craft event!

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Rock Your Creative Side with Rocks!

All-Ages Event Drop-in Stop by the library monthly on the first Thursday over the summer and show us how libraries can "rock!" by decorating your own rocks with all sorts of art supplies!

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Sensory Story Time

Children's Event Drop-in Geared mainly toward children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, this story time will feature stories as well as soothing interactive activities!

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Outside the Lines: A Family Coloring Party

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

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"Rock Around Spencer" Geology Tour!

Kids & Teens Event Drop-in Visit the library for clues, then embark on a geology trek around the Village of Spencer during this week-long event!

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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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CD Scratch Art

Kids & Teens Event Drop-in Tweens and teens are invited to the library to create their own wall hanging using compact discs!

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Summer Craft: Handmade Maracas

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

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Make Your Own Musical Instruments!

Children's Event Drop-in To celebrate our "Libraries Rock" Summer Library Program, children of all ages are invited to create their own musical instruments, with all supplies provided!

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The Life of Mozart

Children's Event Drop-in A historically accurate, fun-filled play about one of the greatest musical geniuses who ever lived, presented by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company!

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Keep Cool Story Time

Children's Event Drop-in Keep cool this July and join us for our special story time celebrating the hot days of summer with songs, tales and crafts!

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Escape Room Family Adventure

Kids & Adults Event Drop-in 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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Pete the Cat Rock & Read Party

Children's Event Drop-in We're celebrating how much libraries rock with a program full of Pete the Cat activities!

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Kindness Rocks: A Rock Painting Party

All-Ages Event Drop-in Kids of all ages can paint their own design or positive message onto decorative rocks and then hide them around their community! Free, with all supplies provided.

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Nature's Niche Animal Program

Children's Event Drop-in Dino Tlachac from Nature's Niche will introduce children to live animals, their native habitats and importance in our environment. Free and open to the public.

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

Adult Event Drop-in Join us for the monthly book club at the library! In July, we'll read and discuss "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate, and new people are always welcome!

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Rockin' and Rollin' in Edgar!

Children's Event Drop-in Make some crafts (and maybe sing a tune or two!) during this fun-filled afternoon at the library!

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Kids Needle Arts Night

Kids & Teens Event Drop-in Kids, tweens and teens are invited to learn the basics of finger knitting and make their own knitted accessories during this free program at the library!

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DIY Marbled Paper

Teen & Adult Event Drop-in Ever wanted to add that extra touch to paper crafts? Marbling is the perfect technique to create that beautiful artistic design!

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Summer Craft: Marching Ants

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

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MCPL DIY
Harry Potter Owl Craft

Children's Event Drop-in Patrons are invited to stop in any time we're open during the week of July 30th to celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with a make-your-own Hedwig owl craft!

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Harry Potter Potions Class

Children's Event Drop-in MCPL Mosinee is celebrating Harry Potter's birthday with all sorts of fun science experiments like flobberworms and fizzy potions! Free and all supplies provided.

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Let's Make Some Noise! Story Time

Children's Event Drop-in Kids and families can attend this story time focusing on musical instruments at the library!

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Ollivander's Wand Shop

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

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Chalk Up A Storm: Sidewalk Chalk Drawing

Kids & Teens Event Drop-in Kids, tweens, teens and their families are invited to decorate the sidewalk outside the library during this week.

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Under The Sea Story Time

Children's Event Drop-in Visit the library for a special underwater-themed story time complete with crafts, songs and more!

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Free Family Pool Day

All-Ages Event 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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Summer Craft: Dino Buddies!

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

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Thinkers & Tinkers Week

Kids & Adults Event Drop-in Visit the library any time the library is open to tinker with tech gadgets including a 3D printer, snap circuits and more!

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MCPL DIY
Recycled CD Coasters

Adult Event Drop-in Make your own set of stylish coasters using recycled CDs and a variety of craft materials! Free, with all supplies provided.

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Stuffed Animal Sleep Over

Children's Event Drop-in Bring your best stuffed friend to the library for a sleepover! Drop off starts at 6:30 p.m., pickup starts the next morning at 9 a.m.

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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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Book Club: "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton

Adult Event Drop-in 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 Grandparents Day Card!

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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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 Drop-in 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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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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Fall Craft Day

Children's Event Drop-in 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 Drop-in 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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Button Making For Tweens and Teens

Kids & Teens Event Drop-in Teens and tweens are invited to stop by the library and get creative designing their own buttons.

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Library Learning
Libby E-Books

Adult Event Drop-in 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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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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Stratford Stitchers & Rippers

Kids & Teens Event Drop-in 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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Book Club: "The Orphan's Tale" by Pam Jenoff

Adult Event Drop-in 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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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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Early Literacy Center to open at MCPL Wausau!

The Marathon County Public Library is set to unveil its new Early Literacy Center, a special section in the children’s area of its Wausau Headquarters designed especially for children 0-5 years! The opening of the center will be commemorated with special ribbon cutting ceremony with the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce at 11 a.m. on June 20. Early...

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The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin DeYoung, Don Clark

★★★★ This brilliantly illustrated book covers the Bible’s central message in just 10 chapters using simple, casually styled language. It describes the Bible story of the snake crusher (that’s Jesus), defeating death forever so that we can live with God in the garden as the biggest story the world has ever known. DeYoung’s writing makes the Bible accessible to...

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Genre: Nonfiction

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