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 (free bus tickets for kids on summer Wednesdays)

-New collections and new formats of materials

-Fox Cities Community Reads (now in its 11 th year)

-Give a Child a Book and Reach Out & Read Book Drives for kids

-Hmong Resource Center


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

-Summer Library Programs

  • Baby & Toddler Paper program
  • Children's, paper & online
  • Teen, paper & online
  • Adult, paper & online

-Music @ the Library

-Films @ the Library

  • Monday Morning Matinee
  • Thursday Afternoon @ the Movies
  • Thursday Night @ the Movies

-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

  • Minecraft
  • Anime Night
  • K-Pop
  • Mini Comic Con

-Doctor Who Extravaganza

-Steampunk Saturday

-Cocoa and Coloring Nights

-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)

-Give a Child a Book (with Salvation Army)

-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.