Programs

LEGO Week
Facebook Event
Monday, November 21 - Saturday, November 26
At the Library

Adults can get in on the Lego fun! Stop by the second-floor Information Desk to take part in the Mystery Challenge. Adults will be given a prompt and one scoop of LEGOs to see what they can create. Will you succeed your building mission?
 

Garden Guru
Kratky Gardening
Facebook Event
Monday, November 21
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Felker Room or Online Webinar

Kratky gardening is a simplified hydroponic system without the use of pumps or air stones. This method can be used for patio greens, for winter green supplements, or for growing other edible, above-ground plants such as tomatoes or cucumbers.
 
Attend in-person in the Felker Family Genealogy & Local History Room on the second floor or online via Zoom webinar by registering here https://bit.ly/3emxc5d
 

NaNoWriMo Write In
Facebook Event
Saturday, November 26
10:00 AM - 11:00 aM
Felker Room

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a wild, fun program that challenges writers to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. The idea is to build a writing habit and to write every day. Everyone is welcome to come and have fun. Simply go to the NaNo website at nanowrimo.org and sign up!
 
Don't forget to join us during our Write-Ins during NaNo!
 

Madrigal Performance
Facebook Event
Saturday, November 26
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Second Floor by Felker Room

Please join us for holiday music by the Marshfield High School Madrigal Singers under the direction of Mr. Joshua Olson. Enter the raffle for a chance to win two free tickets to the Madrigal Dinner in December!
 

Songbook Sessions
Aaron Lee Kaplan
Facebook Event
Tuesday, November 29
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Fireside Room

Live Local Music at Your Local Library!
 

Author Talk
Horse by Geraldine Brooks
Facebook Event
Tuesday, December 6
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online Video

Join us for an exciting virtual chat with the highly-acclaimed and award-winning novelist, Geraldine Brooks in conversation about her most recent New York Times Bestselling novel Horse. Brooks braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history. 

Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack.

New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance.

Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse--one studying the stallion's bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success.

Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.

About the Author: Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney, and attended Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March. Her first novel, Year of Wonders, is an international bestseller, and People of the Book is a New York Times bestseller translated into 20 languages. She is also the author of the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence

See more and register: https://libraryc.org/marshfieldlibrary/20705

Songbook Sessions
Clinton Miller
Facebook Event
Tuesday, December 6
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Fireside Room

Live Local Music at Your Local Library!
 

Earthwatch
Facebook Event
Wednesday, December 7
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Felker Room or Online Meeting

Earthwatch is an open environmental and conservation discussion group that reads excerpts from an on-topic book to discuss and share upcoming opportunities for community events. We will be discussing pages 48-71 of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Copies of the book are provided free of charge to participants thanks to the Marshfield Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Marshfield Public Library.
 
Sign up for the Earthwatch newsletter to receive updates, reminders, and Zoom invites http://eepurl.com/gZJrk1

Spoken History
Marshfield's 150th Celebration, Leading Into an America250 Celebration
Facebook Event
Thursday, December 8
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Felker Room or Online Webinar

Don Schnitzler highlights the year's past events commemorating the City’s 150th Anniversary, and suggest possible activities forward to the 250th USA Anniversary on July 4, 2026.
 
Spoken History is a collaborative effort of the North Wood County Historical Society, the Marshfield Historic Preservation Association, the City of Marshfield Historic Preservation Committee, the Marshfield Area Genealogy Group, and the Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library.
 
Attend in-person in the Felker Family Genealogy & Local History Room on the second floor or online via Zoom webinar by registering here bit.ly/3twpKbE
 

Author Talk
The Winners by Fredrik Backman
Facebook Event
Saturday, December 10
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Online Video

Join us for an online chat with bestselling author Fredrik Backman as we discuss his outstanding body of work, including his breathtaking new novel, The Winners, the third installment of the Beartown series. 

In the beautifully written Beartown—which inspired the HBO series of the same name—a small town obsessed with the local junior hockey team is rocked by a shocking act of violence. As accusations and rumors fly, the town must grapple with its identity as never before.

The series continues and tensions rise when it’s rumored that the Beartown hockey team will be disbanded in Us Against You. The entire future of the team and the town hinges on an upcoming game that could change everything forever.

Finally, the series comes to an evocative conclusion with The WinnersThe Winners return to the close-knit, resilient community of Beartown for a story about first loves, second chances, and last goodbyes. In the two years since the events of Beartown, the residents must face difficult questions and determine just what they are willing to sacrifice for their home.

About the Author: Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called OveMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s SorryBritt-Marie Was HereBeartownUs Against You, and Anxious People, as well as two novellas and one work of nonfiction. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter @BackmanLand and Instagram @Backmansk.

See more and register: https://libraryc.org/marshfieldlibrary/22319

 

Polar Express Week
Facebook Event
Monday, December 12 - Saturday, December 17
At the Library

Lose yourself in the magic of the season during our all-ages Polar Express Week. Wander through the storywalk, get crafty with a craft kit for kids throughout the week or a drop in ornament craft for adults any time on Wednesday, December 14, and many more fun activities for the whole family.
 
Don't miss out on the first Fireside Chat on Thursday, December 15 at 6:30 PM in the Fireside Room; take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season to share and listen to fond memories of holidays past beside the cozy library fireplace.
 

Songbook Sessions
Adam Bluhm
Facebook Event
Tuesday, December 13
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Fireside Room

Live Local Music at Your Local Library!
 

Drop-In Ornament Craft
Facebook Event
Wednesday, December 14
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
BeeBee Study Room

Drop in throughout the day to make an ornament.
 

Author Talk
Covered With Night by Nicole Eustace
Facebook Event
Wednesday, December 14
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Online Video

You’re invited to explore early-American history during an online afternoon conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning historian Nicole Eustace as she discusses her 2022 award winning book Covered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America.

On the eve of a major treaty conference between Iroquois leaders and European colonists in the distant summer of 1722, two white fur traders attacked an Indigenous hunter and left him for dead near Conestoga, Pennsylvania. Though virtually forgotten today, this act of brutality set into motion a remarkable series of criminal investigations and cross-cultural negotiations that challenged the definition of justice in early America.

In Covered with Night, Dr. Eustace reconstructs the crime and its aftermath, bringing us into the overlapping worlds of white colonists and Indigenous peoples in this formative period. As she shows, the murder of the Indigenous man set the entire mid-Atlantic on edge, with many believing war was imminent. Isolated killings often flared into colonial wars in North America, and colonists now anticipated a vengeful Indigenous uprising. Frantic efforts to resolve the case ignited a dramatic, far-reaching debate between Native American forms of justice—centered on community, forgiveness, and reparations—and an ideology of harsh reprisal, unique to the colonies and based on British law, which called for the killers’ swift execution. As Eustace powerfully contends, the colonial obsession with “civility” belied the reality that the Iroquois, far from being the barbarians of the white imagination, acted under a mantle of sophistication and humanity as they tried to make the land- and power-hungry colonials understand their ways. 

About the Author: Nicole Eustace is a professor of history at New York University. A historian of the early modern Atlantic and the early United States, she specializes in the history of emotion. She is author of Pulitzer-Prize winning Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America, as well as Passion Is the Gale: Emotion, Power, and the Coming of the American Revolution and of 1812: War and the Passions of Patriotism as well as coeditor of Warring for America: Cultural Contests in the Era of 1812.

See more and register: https://libraryc.org/marshfieldlibrary/20899

Fireside Chat
Holiday Reflections
Facebook Event
Thursday, December 15
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Fireside Room

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season! Come and share some of your fond holiday memories and traditions as you relax by the cozy fire in our beautiful Fireside Room on the 2nd floor of the Marshfield Public Library.
 

Songbook Sessions
Cody James
Facebook Event
Tuesday, December 20
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Fireside Room

Live Local Music at Your Local Library!
 

Noon Day's Eve
Facebook Event
Saturday, December 31
Activities starting at 11:30 AM on both floors with music starting at 2 PM

Ring in the New Year at the library with a family-friendly daytime party and a ball drop countdown at noon! Downstairs you can decorate your own party hat and pick up a snack. Upstairs in the Fireside Room you can enjoy fun refreshments and listen to local musician, Joe Finamore. Don't miss out on the photo booth at the foot of the stairs to commemorate the fun!
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