The Marathon County Public Library will host several events in the coming weeks at its various libraries.
- Adults and teens are invited to make their own masquerade masks during a special craft event at the Athens Branch, 221 Caroline St., Athens. Stop in any time the branch is open from October 24-26 to make your own mask, with all supplies provided. Free. Call 715-257-7292 for more info.
- Monsters, ghosts and ghouls big and small are invited to a special story time and party from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Marathon City Branch, 515 Washington St., Marathon City. Hear library staff read Halloween stories, sing songs and make some Halloween-themed crafts. Free. Call 715-443-2775 for more information.
- Kids can enjoy a paw-some afternoon dedicated to pets and pet crafts from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. During Pet Palooza, kids can read to a therapy dog, make pet-themed crafts and participate in other activities. Free. Call 715-261-7220 for more info.
- Kids and families can watch a 2018 animated monster comedy for free during a no-school day on Oct. 26 at the Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. Showings will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The film follows Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) and other monsters as they embark on summer vacation aboard a monster cruise ship. Rated PG. Call 715-261-7220 for more info.
- Kids and families can hear stories about dragons and other fantastic beasts, then go on a scavenger hunt during a special story time on Oct. 27 from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. Free. Call 715-261-7220 for more information.
- Members of the Wausau Paranormal Research Society will speak about haunted spots around central Wisconsin during a free presentation on Oct. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at the Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. The group will play audio recordings of the dead and will offer a short Q&A. Call 715-261-7230 for more info.
- Children are invited to make their own mini monsters out of toilet paper rolls, as well as 3D hanging pumpkins, during a Halloween craft day on Oct. 30 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Mosinee Branch, 123 Main St., Mosinee. Free. For more info, call 715-693-2144.
- Teens can visit the library for a unique way to find their next read during Book Speed Dating on Oct. 30 from 6-7 p.m. at the Rothschild Branch, 211 Grand Ave., Rothschild. Read the first few pages of a variety of books, rate your “compatibility” with each and find your new favorite. Free. Call 715-359-6208.
- NEW! The public is invited to the next Friends of the Marathon County Public Library Book Sale Nov. 1-4 at the library’s Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. Browse through thousands of books, audiobooks, music CDs, movies and TV series on DVD, artwork and more. Members-only sale held Nov. 1 from 5-8 p.m. Public sale held Nov. 2-3 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Nov. 4 from 1-4:30 p.m. Call 715-261-7230 for more info.
- NEW! Children are invited to drop in at the library to create their own festive pumpkin or autumn leaf mosaics from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3 at the library’s Rothschild Branch, 211 Grand Ave., Rothschild. Using a variety of dried beans, peas, seeds and more, attendees can create fun fall works of art. For ages 5 and older. Free. Call 715-359-6208 for more info.
- NEW! Teens can take the spotlight and sing karaoke during Teen Emo Karaoke Night from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at the library’s Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. The library will have a list of songs to choose from or participants can request other songs by request. Free. Call 715-261-7230 for more info.
- NEW! Kids, tweens and teens are encouraged to visit the library for a day of fun with words from 3 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Marathon City Branch, 515 Washington St., Marathon City. Play word and vocabulary games like Scrabble, Upwords and Red Letter, or work on crossword puzzles, word searches and word chains. Call 715-443-2775 for more info.
Photos courtesy Marathon County Public Library.