The Marathon County Public Library will host several events in the coming weeks at its various libraries.
Through May 20, children and their families can walk along the scenic River Edge Trail in downtown Wausau and read the pages of two children’s books! Trail Tales will run between Kickbusch Plaza and Wausau on Water, WOW, restaurant. Offered by the Marathon County Public Library and the Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department. For more info, call 715-261-7220.
Kids and families can attend a money-themed story time on April 27 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Marathon County Public Library’s Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. Kids in attendance will receive a book, crayons and coloring pages courtesy the Get Smart Wausau Coalition, while supplies last. Free. For more info, call 715-261-7220.
Adults can learn about Medicare A, B, C and D, supplemental insurance policies and more during a free informative event on April 29 from 4-6 p.m. at the Marathon County Public Library’s Hatley Branch, 435 Curtis Ave., Hatley. Registration required by calling 1-888-486-9545.
Join the Marathon County Public Library for a special evening story time featuring relaxing stories, music and movement on April 29 from 6:30-7 p.m. at the library’s Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. Don’t forget your blankets and stuffed animals, too! Free. Call 715-261-7220 for more info.
Kids can celebrate National Superhero Day on April 29 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Mosinee Branch, 123 Main St., Mosinee. Decorate a superhero mask, make a craft stick superhero and more! Free. Call 715-693-2144 for more info.
Kids can celebrate the tradition of May Day by crafting their own May Day baskets using a variety of craft supplies on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hatley Branch, 435 Curtis Ave., Hatley. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 715-446-3537.
Browse through thousands of items during the next Friends of MCPL Book Sale, happening May 2-5 at the Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. Sale hours are May 2 from 5-8 p.m. (open just to members of the Friends of MCPL); May 3 and 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and May 5 from 1-4:30 p.m. Call 715-261-7230 for more info.
All ages are invited to craft artistic apple blossom pictures on May 2 from 2-7 p.m. at the Hatley Branch, 435 Curtis Ave., Hatley. Free, with all supplies provided. Call 715-446-3537 for more info.
Wisconsin author Stepheni Curran will read from her book “Rock on Kindness!: Pass it On!” during a special event on May 4 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. Attendees can also paint kindness rocks and talk with the author. Free. Call 715-261-7220 for more info.
Adults can learn ways to interest kids in gardening during a free event on May 6 from 1-3 p.m. at its Mosinee Branch, 123 Main St., Mosinee. Brianna Wright, horticulture educator with Marathon County’s UW-Extension, will lead the event and will also answer attendees’ other gardening-related questions. Free. Call 715-693-2144 for more info.
NEW! Kids and families can use a few common household items to make their own mini piñatas on May 6 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Mosinee Branch, 123 Main St., Mosinee. Free, with all supplies provided. For more info, call 715-693-2144.
NEW! Kids can make handmade cards for Mother’s Day from May 6-11 at the Hatley Branch, 435 Curtis Ave., Hatley. Drop in any time the branch is open throughout the week to participate. All supplies provided. Call 715-446-3537 for more info.
NEW! Teens can spend an evening singing karaoke at the on May 7 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. Come sing songs from all genres – pop, country, emo and more! Free. Call 715-261-7230 for more info.
NEW! Northcentral Technical College’s EMMET mobile makerspace will come to the Rothschild Branch, 211 Grand Ave., Rothschild, on May 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. Different emerging technologies will be made available to provide kids, tweens and teens with various technological learning experiences. Free. Registration required. Call 715-359-6208 for info or to register.
NEW! Kids and families can attend a Tinkerbell-themed fairy party on May 7 at the Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. Hear fairy stories from 4-4:30 p.m., then make your own light-up fairy jar from 4:30-6 p.m. Part of The Grand Theater’s Community Engagement series. Free. Call 715-261-7220 for more info.
NEW! Teens and adults can craft the their own unique flower fairies on May 8 from 6-7 p.m. at the Rothschild Branch, 211 Grand Ave., Rothschild. Free, with all supplies provided, including crafting wire, yarn and artificial flower petals! For more info, call 715-359-6208.
Kids, tweens, teens and adults can submit written works focused on stories and memories of the village of Marathon during “Marathon Memories” essay contest, running through May 31. Awards will be presented in each of the four age categories. Submissions can be dropped off at the Marathon City Branch, 515 Washington St., Marathon City; emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; or mailed to P.O. Box 423, Marathon WI, 54448. Free. Call 715-443-2775 for more info.
Photos courtesy MCPL.