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Please note that the library will be CLOSED Monday, July 4th to observe the Fourth of July holiday. We will be open again Tuesday, July 5th from 9am to 7pm.

Our summer reading program has something for everyone! For a full printable list of what’s happening at the library this summer for adults, teens, and children please follow the links. Adult Summer Reading Road Trip Challenge, Events for Teens, Bingo for Teens, Events for Children Sheet 1, Events for Children Sheet 2, Children’s Reading Log

The Northwoods Book Festival is a joint project of seven libraries in northern Wisconsin: Ben Guthrie Lac du Flambeau Public LibraryBoulder Junction Public LibraryFrank B. Koller Memorial Library in Manitowish Waters, Mercer Public LibraryMinocqua Public LibraryPresque Isle Community Library, and Winchester Public Library. It crosses three county lines — Iron, Oneida and Vilas — and unites libraries in two library systems — Northern Waters Library Service and Wisconsin Valley Library Service — to bring communities together.


With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, these seven libraries will use funds to anchor themselves in the community as strong humanities institutions. The competitive award comes with a $10,000 grant that will help deliver excellent programs and services related to culture, history, literature, and other humanities subjects.


American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.


All programs are free and open to the public. Events will be held at each participating library, and patrons are encouraged to attend events at all of our participating locations.

Northcentral FSET Program Employment & Training is sponsoring a Community Resource Fair (in conjunction with the Department of Workforce Development) on June 7, 11am – 2pm at the Hodag Connection Learning Center in Rhinelander, Wisconsin located at 51B North Brown Street, Rhinelander, WI.

Academic Success Services

Nicolet College Academic Success Services are now offered at the library on Tuesdays from 9am-1pm in the Community Room. Services include but are not limited to GED/HSED, English Language Learning, basic computer skills, help with Nicolet College course work, job searching and resume writing, and/or personal enrichment. Instruction is individualized and flexible and can be done online or in person. Students must be age 18 or older and all services are free. For more information call 715-365-4455 or email

Job Seekers

Find books and materials on finding a job, interviewing skills, test prep, and more available from your library.
Can’t make it to the library? Access online resources for exploring careers and building job skills here.


Donate to the Library!

The mission of the Minocqua Public Library Foundation is to support and enhance the services and facilities of the Minocqua Public Library. We appreciate your support!



Library Programs

Tai Chi in the Park, Fridays at 8am, June 10th –  July 29th | 70W Sports Complex Park
All Ages

Looking for a way to reduce stress and improve your overall health? Drop in and join fellow community members in learning this gentle, graceful form of exercise and experience its many health benefits. Led by local instructor and longtime certified personal trainer Tori Cihla. No registration necessary.

Teen Anime Club, Saturday, June 25, 12-2pm

Tweens | Teens
We’ll watch anime, craft, and enjoy snacks in the library’s program room. No need to register to attend!

Author Visit, Viola Shipman, Monday, June 27, 6pm
Teens | Adults

Join Minocqua Public Library’s Open Book Club, in person or online, as they discuss The Summer Cottage. Author Viola Shipman (pen name for Wade Rouse) will be joining in on the discussion remotely. Email to join in!

Summer Movie Matinees, last Monday of the month, 2pm
Tweens | Teens | Adults

6/27: Death on the Nile (2022) PG-13 

7/25: Belfast (2021) PG-13

8/29: Dog (2022) PG-13

Northwoods Book Festival Headline Event | Author James Edward Mills Thursday, June 30, 6pm, Boulder Junction Community Center 
Teens | Adults

James Edward Mills, author of The Adventure Gap: Changing the face of the outdoors, will speak at the Boulder Junction Community Center on Thursday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. His talk is the headline event of the 2022 Northwoods Book Festival, a series of events sponsored by seven local libraries to be held throughout the summer.

Northwoods Book Festival Event | Author Maria Alvarez Stroud, Tuesday, July 12, 6pm, Minocqua Public Library
Teens | Adults

Maria Alvarez Stroud, author of Brave Crossing: a journey in-between, will visit the Minocqua Public Library on Tuesday, July 12 at 6:00 p.m. The event is part of the Northwoods Book Festival, a series of events sponsored by seven local libraries to be held throughout the summer.

Napoleon Dynamite Movie Watching Party, Friday, July 15, 4pm – 6pm
Tweens | Teens

Come dressed in Napoleon Dynamite attire, enjoy some tots, partake in some silliness with friends and watch the movie. Movie is rated PG. You must register to attend.

Northwoods Poets & Writers Reading/Open Mic, Monday, July 18, 5:30pm
Teens | Adults

Come listen and share your poetry and writings with the community. The Northwoods Poets & Writers,  who meet monthly, will read from their work at the Minocqua Public Library. Featuring works from Jane Banning, Jaron Childs, Melissa Rendlen, Rick Martin, and Beth Tornes. An opening mic will be held afterward for anyone who wishes to read from their work. Refreshments will be served and books will be available for sale.

Book Donation Days, July 27, 28, 29, 10a-5:30p
Back of the library, Milwaukee Street entrance

Bring your gently used donations to the library on July 27-29 from 10-5:30 where there will be volunteers ready to assist you. We ask that all donations be in good to excellent condition. Please no text books, condensed reader’s digest and out of date non-fiction. Call the library at 715-356-4437 if you have questions about what is acceptable. Thank you for your help and support!

MPL Foundation Book Sale, August 5, 9:30-5:30 & August 6, 8:30-1:00
Community Gym

The sale will feature an array of gently used books for all ages, puzzles, DVDs, and CDs. Stop by to find some wonderful buys!

Proceeds from the sale go to the Minocqua Public Library Foundation.

Just For Kids

Events For Kids

28 Jun 1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Henry and the Treasure Chest

Randy Peterson will sing, play guitar and get you up on your feet looking for pirate's gold!

30 Jun 1:30 PM—2:30 PM

The Fisherman and His Wife (Pamela Corcoran and Puppets)

Join in an ocean fishing adventure with Pam Corcoran and her puppets! This will take place in the community gym.

05 Jul 9:00 AM—7:00 PM

Take and Make – Floating Turtle

Floating Turtle Take and Make is available to pick up at the front desk starting Tuesday, July 5! Available as supplies last.

07 Jul 2:00 PM—3:00 PM

Read Books and Juggle Everything Else

Join us in the community gym for this fun event! A professional juggler is coming to Minocqua with a show featuring juggling, balancing, plate-spinning, non-stop comedy, and a big dose of...

12 Jul 10:00 AM—11:00 AM

Great Lakes Shipwrecks

Dive deep into Lake Michigan with Anne Moser from the Wisconsin Water Library to explore the shipwreck of The Silver Lake. Sea shanties and shipwreck art included. *REGISTRATION REQUIRED You can...

Ongoing Events


StoryTime will take place in the community gym (across from the library’s front desk) every Wednesday at 10:00 am from June 8 through August 10 (with the exception of July 6). StoryTime includes stories, finger plays, flannel boards, songs, and more for toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers.

TotTime is on a summer break!  Check back in the fall for Thursday morning programming for toddlers and preschoolers.

Did You Know You Can Check Out…

Tot Totes  Each backpack contains fun ideas and games with the following themes: Shaky Eggs and Music, Jingle Sticks and Music, Bean Bags and Movement, Ribbons and Dance and Scarves and Dance. These are in the children’s room and are available for check-out.

Kid Packs These are an “older kid” version of the Tot Totes and include the themes of: Rainy Day, Music, Build and Play and Movie Day.  Stop by the kids’ room and check them out!

Learning Bins Check out various themed learning bins to get your child to dive deep into a particular subject. Themes include: Endangered Animals, Frontier Life, Coding for Kids, and Human Anatomy.

Library Hours: Monday – Wednesday, 9 am – 7 pm; Thursday – Friday, 9am – 6pm; Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm.


Sign up for this program the next time you visit the library!

Our virtual adult book clubs are free, open to the public, no registration required. Join in anytime!


Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Join us Monday, July 11th at 1pm, for a discussion about the book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder. Email to attend.


11 Jul 1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Open Book Club

The Summer Cottage

Join us online or in-person Monday, June 27 at 6pm, to discuss the book The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman. Email to attend.

27 Jun 6:00 PM—7:00 PM

Upcoming Titles


  • 11 Jul 1:00 PM—2:00 PMNomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
  • 08 Aug 1:00 PM—2:00 PMI Must Betray You

Open Book Club

  • 27 Jun 6:00 PM—7:00 PMThe Summer Cottage
  • 25 Jul 6:00 PM—7:00 PMSuch a Fun Age
  • 22 Aug 6:00 PM—7:00 PMLibertie


Computer Use

Computers are available with internet access and Microsoft Office. Wireless is also available throughout the library and outside surrounding the library. Internet/Wireless Policy


Copies and printing from computers are .10 per single page; .20 for double sided, .25 for color. Wireless printing is not available. Ask staff for assistance with scanning and faxing documents. Faxes are sent for $1.00 per page; we do not receive faxes. Cash and check only. Fax Policy

Email Access

Access your email from any one of our available computers:
GMail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook, AOL, Charter, Frontier

Public Meeting Rooms

Two study rooms, as well as the Sue and Roger Smith Community Room, are available for use. Please call to reserve. Meeting/Study Room Policy