What We Do

Over the years, Friends of APL funding helped to initiate many new programs and services, including:

-Access to the Internet, free WiFi and the APL app

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

-Hmong Resource Center

-Quiet Reading Area 


In 2017 Friends funding supported a wide variety of library programs, materials and services, including:

-Summer library programs

-Adult, teen and children's classes and events

-Children’s area makeover 

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

-1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Program


In 2017 Friends funding supported many community collaborations and services, including:

-Books Build Community Program

-Fox Cities Reads books, author visit and marketing 

-Hmong Culture Celebration (with Hmong American Partnership)

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

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

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


For more detailed descriptions of Friends library grants, please click below.