What We Do

Over the years, FRIENDS initiated many new programs and services, including

-Starting up public access to the Internet, free WiFi, and the APL app

-Appleton Ready-to-Read, Hmong and Hispanic preschool outreach 

-New technologies (like 3D printers) and new formats (like  

-Hmong Resource Center

-Quiet Reading Area – upper level


In 2016/17 FRIENDS funding supported a wide variety of library programs, materials, and services, including

-Summer Library Programs, including online program

-Adult Programs speaker and lecture series

-Music @ the Library

-Films @ the Library

-STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Programs

-Children’s Programs

-Children’s area makeover (new rugs, furniture, and ipads)

-Tween Programs

-Artist-in-Residence Program

-Playaway Launchpads digital tablets for families, funded by the Iris Olsen Glidden Fund

-Teen Programs

-Steampunk Saturday

-Find Your Ancestors programs

-1000 Books Before Kindergarten

-3D Printer for community use


In 2016/17 FRIENDS funding supported many community collaborations and services, including

-Books Build Community: Evicted, by Matthew Desmond (with multiple housing organizations)

-Fox Cities Reads books, author visit and marketing (with other local libraries)

-Blood On the Mountain Film Discussion (with Citizens Action Council)

-Hmong Culture Celebration (with Hmong American Partnership)

-Memory Café (with Memory Loss Resource Center)

-Reach Out & Read (with United Way, and local health care providers)

-RISE Refugee and Immigrant Services and Education (RISE) (with Forward Services)

-Read and Ride, free summer Wednesday bus tickets (with Valley Transit)

-Storycatchers’ “Build A Better World” (with StoryCatchers)


For more detailed descriptions of these Friends 2016-2017 library grants, please click below.