Learning about our immigrant ancestors is both exciting and complicated. We have two local experts who will speak at our March 14 Find Your Ancestors program. Paul West, an officer of the Little Chute Historical Society, will describe his methods in researching his Dutch ancestors and suggest ways you can find yours.
If you’ve ever wondered how land descriptions work or how to read a deed, our next Find Your Ancestors program is for you. Randy Bixby, Land Records Archivist at the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands will be our featured speaker. She will explain how early land records worked—land patents, deeds, plats and more. An experienced genealogist, Randy knows how to make the conn
Christina Baker Kline’s book Orphan Train is this year’s Fox Cities Reads title. Each year a book is selected by a committee of public libraries and the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley to be read and discussed by members of the community. The goals are to promote literacy and build a sense of community through activities, author visits and related programs.
Our newly updated booklist Genealogical Resources gives lists of titles which will help you get started on finding your family. They are arranged by category or topic, including Census & Vital Records, Church & Cemetery Records, Local Hi
Good news for those interested in local history or genealogy! The Appleton Memory Project (part of the InfoSoup Memory Project) has expanded to include more digital materials. With the assistance of the Outagamie-Waupaca Library System and a grant thr
Join us Saturday, December 13 at 1:00 pm for Trace Your House History - Who Loved Your House Before You Did, the second program in our Find Your Ancestors series. Staff member Melody Hanson will explain how she traced her historic home’s history, learning about the families who lived there, when it was built and how it has changed over the years.
Love to look at photos of Appleton in years gone by? Stop by the Appleton Public Library table at the Appleton Historical Society’s History Fair on Saturday, December 6, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and help identify unmarked photos for us. We will have photos and newspaper articles about Appleton’s past winter celebrations such as the Avenue of Angels and the Great Whi
Veterans Day is November 11, when we honor military personnel who served the United States in all wars, especially living veterans. Please stop in the Wisconsin Collection area on the second floor of the Appleton Public Library for veteran-related displays.
Looking for something unique to do? Drop by Steampunk Saturday--October 18, 2014 from 12:00 to 4:30 in the Lower Level of the Appleton Public Library. There will be two different sessions starting at noon and again at 2:30. Each will feature a presentation in Room A/B/C about Steampunk culture or dress, as well as Steampunk Adventure RPG demos in room D (gaming spaces limited)
OverDrive has provided a new interface to make it easier for kids and teens to look for books at their interest level. You may bookmark the new interface on your child's device. The new screen will only show ebooks and audio books for kids and teens.
Have a test coming up--the GED, SAT, or TOEIC? Or you'd like to polish your math skills or learn about Adobe Photoshop? LearningExpress Library provides these options and many more. If you have not yet signed up, please wait until January 3 to create an account and take advantage of the improved format.
New titles are being added early to the Zinio downloadable magazine collection. Additional titles were chosen for 2014, and many of them are already available. By the beginning of January there will be about 140 titles, up from 2013’s 100 titles.
Thanks to everyone who came to Genealogy 101: Where to Start last Saturday. For those who weren’t able to attend, here are links to Appleton Public Library publications and websites related to genealogy.
Did you grow up with stories about a grandfather who worked on the railroad, or a family who sailed to America? Are you related to an important person? Do those unlabeled photos taken a hundred years ago make you wonder who they are and how they fit with your family?
Recently Zinio changed the method of delivering downloadable magazines to library patrons. Previously you could choose a magazine subscription, which automatically added new issues to your account. With the new method you log in through the APL Gateway and choose each issue of each magazine separately.
Steampunk is a type of science fiction that usually features steam-powered machinery in a 19th century setting. It has been described as “the past that never was”: an alternative history rooted in the Victorian era’s perspective of the world, culture, fashion and manners. In this world the internal combustion engine or electricity were never used, and fantastic mach
The OverDrive Media Console app, version 3.0, is now available to iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch using iOS6*; and Android devices with OS v4.0. Older models should be able to use the previous version of OverDrive Media Console.
While the trend for animated films is toward full CGI and 3D creation, there are still 2D films being created digitally or by hand. In the last year or so I have begun to view and enjoy some of these “old-style” films, and would like to share some of them with you.
Would you like to know more about downloadable services at the Appleton Public Library? There is a live demo today (Tuesday August 6) from 5:00-7:00 on the main floor of the library, as part of the Summer Celebration.
IndieFlix allows you to view thousands of independent films online in your browser. They vary in length from a few minutes to full length (2+ hours). Films are unlimited access, so there is no waiting and no holds.
Do you speak a language other than English or want to practice the language you are learning in school? Are you visiting the US and are homesick for entertainment in your native language? Perhaps you are a film buff who loves foreign films?
Resources are available through the Appleton Public Library to assist people with vision loss or physical limitations which make reading difficult. For those experiencing vision loss we have materials in our collection which may be checked out. Large print format books, both fiction and nonfiction, are available at the library for children, teens and adults.&nb
The award season for film and television is well launched, with the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes behind us. Having watched several, I began to wonder how many film and tv awards there really are. The following is a list of major American awards.
Wisconsin’s Digital Library has a new feature—its users can now recommend titles for inclusion in the collection. This appears as a choice when you do a search, if you are logged in. There will be a bar where you may click to search for Library Collection (all titles currently owned), Available Now (currently available for checkout), or use the new
When looking for the older movie In Harm’s Way in DVD format for someone there were two entries for the movie at an online site where they sell DVDs that are out of print (no longer being produced). The person asked why there was a huge difference in price between the two items which looked identical. One cost $46.97 while the other cost $5.67.
You have plenty of footage from holiday parties and family get-togethers; maybe even a family wedding. As you begin to splice scenes together on your home computer to form a video, you realize that you could use background music to bind together different events or as a background for credits.
This past week the Appleton Public Library held its fourth Celebration of Hmong Culture. The event featured a local dance group and musician who played the qeej, a bamboo flute. Two Hmong women read stories page by page, by turns in English and Hmong.
Use your InfoSoup library card and PIN/password to access Badgerlink databases. You can use the Advanced or Detailed Search page to find articles or books appropriate for a certain Lexile Reading Level.
The new OverDrive app for Nook enables direct downloading on Nook HD, Nook HD+, Nook Tablet and Nook Color. The free app, OverDrive Media Console, is available from the Nook Store using your Barnes & Noble account.
Wisconsin library patrons have downloaded over 2 million checkouts as of the end of September, placing the state system at one of the highest levels of usage in the U.S. The Wisconsin collection has even surpassed the New York Public Library in number of checkouts.