APL Kids

What Do Babies Actually See?

Look through the eyes of a newborn using a website feature from the PBS series, "The Secret Life of the Brain". View a photo from the visual perspective of a baby at various age markers and see how it compares to what an adult sees.  The development of vision should influence how you select books and props for your baby to see.  We recommend that you select bold black and white board books for newborns to 3 months.  Select board books with large pictures of baby faces at 3 months. For more tips like this go to Growing Wisconsin Readers.



2014 Get Up and Go Day

Friday, August 1 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Get up and go Friday, August 1 with several free activities including crafts, visits from fire trucks, police cars and busses, dance and fitness fun and more!  

Thank you to our partners: Appleton Birth to 5, Appleton Fire Department, Appleton Parks and Recreation Department, Appleton Police Department, Boys and Girls Club, Building for Kids Children’s Museum, Child Care Resource & Referral, History Museum at the Castle, Timber Ratters, Valley Transit and YMCA.

Children's Parade!

March in the Children's Parade with Appleton Public Library Children's staff and dress up as your favorite storybook character or wear a wacky science costume to celebrate our 2014 Summer Reading Program science theme of Fizz, Boom, READ!

The parade is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23 at 6:00 pm and any child 12 and under is welcome to march in this non-motorized parade that will travel from Houdini Plaza on College Avenue and end with a reception for families at City Park.    

Registration is FREE but required and limited to the first 100 applicants. To register, please submit a completed waiver of liability form to children@apl.org or drop it off at the Children's Service desk before 8:00 pm Tuesday, July 22. We will confirm your registration by telephone or email. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

A Dr. Who Extravaganza

July 22 | 6:00-7:30 pm

Celebrate the good doctor and his companions with an evening of whovian proportions! Test your Dr. Who knowledge with trivia, design a bow tie (because bow ties are cool) and more! Registration is required, fill out the registration form here, or call (920) 832-6173 or (920) 832-6187. A Dr. Who Extravaganza is open to all ages!

Tuesday Night Specials

Select Tuesday Nights | 6:15 pm

Pop in select Tuesday nights as we provide new family-friendly programs. Check out the listing below for upcoming events. All programs are perfect for families of all ages.

Laughter Night | July 8
Get ready to laugh! Bring your favorite jokes and funny poems to share and listen to the librarian's favorite humorous poems.

A Chocolate Celebration | July 15
Enjoy a story or two featuring chocolate, play a few chocolate candy bar games and savor a sweet treat!

Secret Agents | July 22
Train to be a secret agent! After sharing a story, we'll learn about codes and ciphers, try disguising our voices and maybe even have a scavenger hunt!

*Lego Movie | July 29
Bring a snack, some pillows and watch the new Lego Movie with us! *The Lego Movie begins at 6:05 pm.

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