Holiday hours: All MCPL locations will be closed Sat.–Mon., 8/31–9/2.

Kids' Corner

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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 spaceships and paper plate aliens!

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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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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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Needle Arts

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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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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CANCELED: Family Game Day

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

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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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Tales for Tots

Children Enjoy books, songs and fingerplays with your toddler at this fun and lively story time!

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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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Stories & Strings: A Violin Story Time

Children Hear songs played on the violin and try out a violin yourself during this story time combining tales and tunes!

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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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A Groovy New Story & Crafts With Pete the Cat!

Children It's all about that hep cat Pete as we celebrate a new book coming out in September with stories and crafts!

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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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Passport Event

All-Ages Drop-in Residents of Athens and its surrounding communities will have a chance to apply for a U.S. passport locally during a special one-day-only application event!

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Family Adventure Night: Batman

Children Join us once a month for themed stories and crafts based on a variety of pop culture favorites!

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Therapy Dog Story Time

Children Join us for a special story time and learn all about the world of a therapy dog!

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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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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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MCPL DIY
Fall Craft Night!

Kids & Adults Join us at the Rothschild Library to mark the beginning of fall! We will be making two crafts: yarn pumpkins and decorating pine cones. All supplies are provided including balloons, yarn, paint, and pine cones.

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The 2019 Central Wisconsin Book Festival

All-Ages The Central Wisconsin Book Festival returns for its third year to bring a wide variety of authors and artists to the Wausau area for readings, workshops and much more!

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Building Challenge Week

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

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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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Star Wars Reads Month

Children Drop-in Visit the library throughout October for various Star Wars-themed crafts and activities!

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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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Harvest Fest Story Time & Crafts!

Children Hear fall-themed stories and make a variety of crafts during this event, part of Wausau Events' Harvest Fest!

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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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Family Adventure Night: Scooby-Doo

Children Hear stories and make fun crafts related to the popular cartoon character Scooby-Doo during our monthly Family Adventure Night!

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STEAM Projects for Tweens!

Children Drop-in Create a flextangle and coloring mixing wheel during this Wisconsin Science Festival event!

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Fall Craft Day

Children Drop-in Young ones and their parents or caregivers can take advantage of a no-school day and create some fun fall crafts!

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STEAM Projects for Kids!

Children Drop-in Create a rainbow paper and build paper structures during this Wisconsin Science Festival event!

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Popsicle Puppets

Children Drop-in Make your own puppets, action figures or fashion dolls during this drop-in event!

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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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Make Your Own Papel Picado

Kids & Teens Drop-in Celebrate the Mexican holiday of el Día de los Muertos - the Day of the Dead - by making decorative paper banners!

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"Coco" Party

Children Create a variety of crafts inspired by the Disney/Pixar film "Coco"!

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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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Family Adventure Night: Paw Patrol

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

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"Frozen" Sing-Along

Children Watch (and sing along to) "Frozen" during fun, family sing-along event!

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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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Family Adventure Night: Wild Kratts

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

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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 6:30pm, with pick-up the following morning!

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Book Bowl ... the Prequel!

Children Wausau School District students can prepare for the 2020 Book Bowl with fun games centered around this year's selections!

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Changes coming to MCPL Wausau story times

The Marathon County Public Library's Wausau Headquarters currently offers five different story times throughout the year for children of various ages and their parents/caregivers. While these story times will all continue to be offered, MCPL will begin dividing up the calendar year into three trimesters - summer, fall and winter/spring - with short story...

Library Story Times Children

Cover: 'The Cook and the King'

The Cook and the King by Julia Donaldson, David Roberts

★★★★ In this new fairy tale, a hungry king needs to find a cook. After trying many cooks and rejecting them all, he ends up with Wobbly Bob. The king then asks for his favorite dish—fish and chips—but Wobbly Bob is “terribly scared” about every aspect of food preparation. The king looks sympathetically on the shaking cook and helps him to prepare the meal....

Audience: Children
Genre: Fiction

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