The Marathon County Public Library will host several events in the coming weeks at its various libraries.
Children can kick off the holiday season by writing a letter to Santa Claus. Parents can pick up a blank letter from Marathon County Public Library’s Athens or Hatley branches. Children can then drop off their completed letter in Santa’s Mailbox at the branches any time through Dec. 14. The library will send all the letters to the North Pole and children can expect to receive a handwritten response by mail in mid-December. Free. For more information, call 715-257-7292 or 715-446-3537.
Celebrate author and illustrator Eric Carle and the 50th anniversary of his book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” during a special story time on Nov. 24 from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. Crafts and other activities also offered. Free. Call 715-261-7220 for more info.
Kids and families can put their problem-solving skills to the test by trying to escape from a pop-up escape room on Nov. 24 from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Rothschild Branch, 211 Grand Ave., Rothschild. Families can sign up for a time slot and must arrive 15 minutes prior to their time to receive their gaming instructions. Free, with registration required. Call 715-359-6208 to register.
The Marathon County Public Library will host its next Book-to-Movie Night on Nov. 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at its Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. Patrons of all ages can come discuss “Holes” by Louis Sachar, watch the 2003 film adaptation and then discuss the two. Free. Call 715-261-7220 for more info.
Ages 12 and older can design and etch their own design onto a painted CD transforming it into a piece of décor on Nov. 28 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rothschild Branch, 211 Grand Ave., Rothschild. All instruction and supplies provided. For more info, call 715-359-6208.
Kids and families can see the 2018 sequel to the film “Paddington” during a free screening on Nov. 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. For more information, call 715-261-7220.
All ages are invited to make holiday decorations while socializing with others on Dec. 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Stratford Branch, 400 N. Fourth Ave., Stratford. Free, with all supplies provided. Call 715-687-4420 for more info.
NEW! watch the acclaimed 2018 documentary about the life and career of Fred Rogers, of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” on Dec. 4 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. Rated PG-13. Free. Call 715-261-7230 for more info.
NEW! Teens and adults can learn how to make their own gift bags using sheet music, maps, scrapbook paper and more during a special event on Dec. 6 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Mosinee Branch, 123 Main St., Mosinee. Supplies are limited. For more info, call 715-693-2144.
Photos courtesy MCPL.