What We Do

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

-Starting up public access to the Internet and free WiFi

-Read and Ride program 

-New collections and new formats of materials

-Hmong Resource Center


In 2015/16 FRIENDS funding supported a wide variety of library programs, materials, and services, including

-Summer Library Programs

-Music @ the Library

-Films @ the Library

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

-Tween Programs

-Artist-in-Residence Program

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

-Teen Programs

-Doctor Who Extravaganza

-Steampunk Saturday

-Find Your Ancestors programs

-Hmong American Day Celebrations

-Digital Creation Lab Refresh

-3D Printer for community use


In 2015/16 FRIENDS funding supported many community collaborations and services, including

-Fox Cities Book Festival authors' visits (with FC Book Festival group)

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

-Books Build Communities books (with Bemis Foundation & Toward Community)

-Memory Café (with Memory Loss Resource Center)

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

-Appleton Ready to Read (with Basic Needs Partnership, Thrivent Financial, Bouwer Printing, Appleton Area School District, Fox Valley Literacy Council, UW-Oshkosh Head Start, FVTC, Outagamie County, and others)

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


For summary descriptions of these Friends 2015-2016 library grants, please click below.