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Fine Print: Special Edition

R. David Lankes, professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies once tweeted, “Bad libraries build collections. Good libraries build services (of which a collection is one). Great libraries build communities.” Here at Appleton Public Library, we take those 127 characters to heart and strive to build communities every day.

With the help of our community, we have created a new vision and strategies that are based on this notion, because every single person in our community deserves a great library. Our facility plays an important role in how successfully we can implement our vision and strategies. With your help, we have decided that to be successful, we need a new facility, and the best location for that new facility is in the area of Appleton that will bridge the waterfront to the downtown area.

We have been diligent in making sure that we have not only kept you up-to-date with the planning process, but have also given you opportunities to provide input, and we will continue to do this. For now, we invite you to take a look through this special edition of Fine Print, where you’ll find articles on 21st century library service, an overview of our community-based plan, the economic impact a new facility would have on the Appleton area and more.

Building Process Update

Monday, August 25, the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees were presented with the Library Needs Assessment, Site Evaluation and Prefunding Schematic Design Final Report. Below you will find the entire report for your viewing.  

Are you wondering where you can learn more about the building process? A great way is to check out our building process website at www.apl150.org.

We will also be available at the Downtown Appleton Farm Markets August 30, September 6 and September 13. We will have a station set up in Houdini Plaza where you are invited to look at the concepts for the new Appleton Public Library and ask us any questions you may have. In addition, we will be stationed at the front entrance of the library every day from August 26 to September 16 to answer your questions. A schedule of times we are stationed at the entrance is listed below.  

August 26 - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

August 27 – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

August 28 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

August 29 – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

September 2 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

September 3 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

September 4 – 3:00 to 5:00 pm

September 5 – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

September 7 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

September 8 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

September 9 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

September 10 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

September 11 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

September 12 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

September 14 – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

September 15 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

September 16 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

We are available for questions any time in-person at any of our service desks, via email at info@apl.org or by phone at (920) 832-6170.

Did You Know? Not Forgotten International

September 22  | 6:30-7:30 pm
APL Meeting Room C

Janet Lenz, Executive Director of Not Forgotten International will present an informational program about the Not Forgotten Organization. Not Forgotten International is a humanitarian aid organization that exists to serve refugees and other oppressed or suffering people around the world. While there are many organizations that have similar missions, Not Forgotten International is unique in the sense that central to its purpose is the development of strong and ongoing relationships with the people groups it serves.

In the Sahara Desert of western Algeria, where temperatures can reach 130 degrees, water is scarce and little can grow there survives a people, refugees since 1975. Against all odds, they have survived on sorely–deficient humanitarian aid rations. But thanks to one Western Sahara man’s dream, the Desert is beginning to bloom with fruits and vegetables, necessities for health for the nearly 200,000 children and families living in the refugee camps. This man had the opportunity to study agriculture and brought his talents back to the camps. With the right materials, he soon found he could grow a great variety of fruits and vegetables year round. The refugees now have the possibility of planting small family gardens using small green houses, a simple drip irrigation system and protective netting that offer hope for families to be able to provide important nutrients for themselves both now and in their future.

Website:  www.notforgotteninternational.org