Throughout the summer, children can earn free books by participating in the Marathon County Public Library’s Summer Reading Club. Stop by any MCPL location June 1 through August 1. 31 to grab a summer reading sheet or track your reading online with the free Beanstack app. For more information, call 715-261-7220 or visit www.mcpl.us/slp!


From July 1-30, the library will be offering a free Grab & Go kit for kids at its nine locations! Each kit will contain supplies to make a jeweled treasure chest using a paper template, craft jewels and more. Free, while supplies last. For more information, call 715-261-7220.


Kids can visit the Mosinee branch, 123 Main St., Mosinee, between July 1 and July 30 to pick up a craft kit to make a Harry Potter-inspired wand. Free, while supplies last. For more information, call 715-693-2144.


Kids can get “crabby” when they pick up a special Grab & Go contraption available exclusively at the Spencer branch, 105 S. Park St., Spencer, July 11-16. The kit will contain supplies to make a paper crab. Free, while supplies last. For more information, call 715-715-659-3996.


Have a good time at the Marathon City branch, 515 Washington St., Marathon, July 11-16. During this week, kids can get a free Grab & Go craft to make a little blue whale. Free, while supplies last. For more information, call 715-443-2775.


The library will be offering a special Family Storytime evening for children and parents who cannot come during the day! Storytime will be July 11 from 6-6:30 p.m. on the green space outside MCPL Wausau, 300 N. First St., Wausau. Participants are requested to bring their own chairs or blankets. Free. For more information, call 715-261-7220.


Randy Peterson. Photo courtesy of Marathon County Public Library.

Children’s musician Randy Peterson will rock the 400 Block during a free concert for all ages July 12 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the 400 Block in downtown Wausau. For more information, call 715-261-7220.


Randy Peterson will present an all-ages concert full of music, comedy and audience participation on July 12 from 2-3 p.m. on the green space behind the Stratford branch, 213201 Scholar St., Stratford. Free. For more information, call 715-687-4420.


Listen to stories read by library staff while enjoying the outdoors on July 13 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. Story time will take place on the lawn outside the library and participants are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets. For more information, call 715-261-7220.


Tweens and teens ages 8-14 can meet for a book club on July 13 from 2-4 p.m. at the Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. During this meeting, attendees can talk about their favorite cookbooks and get recommendations to read. Free. For more information, call 715-261-7220.


In-person Family Story Hours are back at the library! Hear stories read by library staff and more on July 14 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Library Headquarters in Wausau, 300 N. First St., Wausau. Story time will take place on the lawn outside the library and participants are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets. For more information, call 715-261-7220.


Kids can try out different bubble experiments and make bubble wands and Gak bubbles at a free outdoor event on July 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hatley branch, 435 Curtis Avenue, Hatley. Free. Call 715-446-3537 for more information.


The Friends of Marathon County Public Library will be holding their next members-only book sale on July 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. The sale is open to Friends of MCPL members only and will feature books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, games and artwork for sale. The cost to join Friends is $10/year per person, or $25 per family. Call 715-261-7230 for more information.