Written by Chad Dally
Each year, libraries across the country develop a bevy of summer programs based around a theme. In 2016, for example, the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) and others across the country encouraged patrons to “Build a Better World” through events like computer coding and DIY crafts, special reading programs, and more.
In 2018, though, we at MCPL want to show our patrons some ways that “Libraries Rock!”
Our staff at all nine MCPL locations spent the winter and spring planning summer events for children, teens, and adults that run the gamut from perennial favorite children’s performers to craft programs and fun exploratory excursions in several communities!
Let’s start with some of the favorites, as well as new, unique programs for kids:
- Tom Pease will bring humor, storytelling, and a fun repertoire of songs to five different MCPL locations between June and July.
- The Great Rondini and his famous bunny, Trixie, will dazzle audiences of all ages at six MCPL locations in June.
- Children in Grades 3–5 are invited to “shoot for the moon” and attend one of our sessions of Space Camp! We’ll have a fun mix of hands-on experiments and crafts for all involved. (Although the universe is limitless, our physical space at the library is, so registration is required for these week-long programs.)
- Young patrons have plenty of other options for one-time programs, like learning about Mozart (a real “classic” rocker), a Harry Potter birthday celebration with different kinds of crafts, and a program for learning how to make your own musical instrument!
Teens have a chance to channel their inner artist through craft programs, enjoy anime and other types of art, or experiment with technology, among other options:
- Create sun catchers, wind chimes, book-page bird houses, and more during a teen-only craft day.
- Fans of anime can spend a couple afternoons over the summer in July and August watching three different series.
- Try one or more of a few different arts-and-crafts programs using old compact discs (those shiny things we used before mp3s came along!).
Adult programming starts rocking right away in June and continues through the summer with a variety of events:
- Members of the Wisconsin rock band Mourning Dayze — who recorded several records in the 1960s, and who continue to play to this day — will be in Wausau to discuss their new book about a lifetime of rock ‘n’ roll.
- Adults can show off their knowledge of multimedia music history (or lack thereof) during our Jukebox Hero trivia night. Come with a team or join one when you get here!
- Learn about the battle for baseball in Milwaukee with Patrick Steele, who will discuss his new book “Home of the Braves” about the reasons the owners of the Milwaukee Braves moved the team to Atlanta.
These and other special events are in addition to our regular meetings of book clubs, story times for kids, our annual summer free day at City of Wausau public pools with a library card (one card good for the whole family!), and so much more!
So, drop by your library anytime this summer — pick up a Summer Library Program brochure (or view the brochure online here), browse the stacks, ask us what’s happening, or check us out on the web at www.mcpl.us.
Library Specialist | Marathon County Public Library
Chad Dally is a library specialist with the Marathon County Public Library, where he’s worked since 2012. He splits his time at the library between reference and programming, and generally prefers to read nonfiction over fiction. He’s heard chickens are smart, but the small brood he keeps at home provides evidence to the contrary. Email Chad Dally
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