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Box Top Winner Announced!

A total of 2,200 Box Tops were won by the Van Asten family this morning and presented by our Children's Librarian, Ellen Jepson at Appleton Public Montessori in front of an assembly of student onlookers and their proud and smiling Principal, Dom Ferrito. Thank you to all our patrons who contributed to this prize since February 2015. More than 60 of the over 2,000 children who completed the Summer Library Program entered to win this prize to give back to their community and support education. 

Thank you to everyone who supported our first annual Kid's Summer Library Program Philanthropic Prize! Please continue to bring in your Box Tops for Education, Labels for Education and My Coke Rewards for next summer's winner!

Children's Fall 2015 Classes

Our Fall 2015 Classes and Events booklet is now available! Our regular classes are returning this fall including; Musical Movin' Storytime, Time for Twos, Play and Learn and Full STEAM Ahead. We're also offering a new class called Play and Learn: Sensory Edition. This class is recommended for children on the autism spectrum or with sensory integration challenges.

For a printable version of the Fall 2015 Classes and Events booklet, please see the PDF below. Copies are also available near our Children's Services service desk.

Summer 2015 Newsletter and Updates

In June, the Appleton Common Council voted to not authorize the City of Appleton to make an offer to the owners of Fox Banquets & Rivertyme Catering and Trinity Lutheran Church, also known as the “bluff site”. It became clear last year, that talking about sites and concepts had more people paying attention to the mission and needs of the library than prior articles, television news stories, focus groups and meetings had done.

Our work has been intentionally inclusive, and we won’t stop being inclusive with this decision. Not everyone agreed with the proposed site, and the reality is, there will not be a site or option presented that will have universal support. However, the foundation for moving forward is that everyone’s opinions need to be treated with respect. If we want people to participate, everyone should feel as valued as those who have come before them. This means the input we receive will be broad and diverse, and while the needs of the library haven’t changed, we need to move forward in a productive a manner.

While we take time to gather feedback about the process, our staff continues to connect patrons to important resources. This newsletter is filled with examples. Please take note of the Reach Out and Read update, found on page six. This national evidence-based program is being implemented regionally through a grant from the United Way - Fox Cities.

At APL, we are honored to serve as the facilitator between local clinics, non-profits and area libraries ensuring that eventually all Fox Cities children will have a Reach Out and Read experience in their well-child visits, and families will be connected to the library whose resources are most convenient to them.

Appleton has high expectations and at APL we continue to work to meet the needs of our community in ways that address our longstanding mission through important collaborations like Reach Out and Read and the dozens of other ways you will read about through our newsletters.

Who is Your Hero? Essay Contest for Tweens--extension of deadline

Students in 3rd through 6th grade, write an essay about your favorite hero and have the chance to win a prize!  Essays must be at least 150 words long, and can be submitted in three ways: in person at the library (typed or handwritten), submitted in this form, or emailed to the school-age librarian at ejepson@apl.org. You may enter one essay. The last day to submit an essay is now August 22.

All essays must include the following information: student's name, grade, school and city, and either a phone number or email address where we can contact you if you are a prize winner. 

Three prizes will be awarded; a Kindle Fire, and two $25 gift cards to amazon.com. If a student's essay is chosen for a prize, they must pick it up here. Prizes are provided by the Friends of the Appleton Public Library.

Questions can be directed to the school-age librarian at 920-832-6020 or ejepson@apl.org.






Summer Library Program - Important Dates

The Summer Library Program runs from June 8 to August 9.  Children who complete at least seven weeks of our nine week reading program win a free book, a super hero badge and a chance to win an end of summer completion prize, in addition to regular weekly incentive prizes. The last day to pick up incentive prizes and turn in drawing slips is August 15.  The drawing for the completion prize will take place on August 17 and winners will be contacted right away.  We will continue to have remaining stock of weekly incentive prizes available until August 24, however drawing slips will no longer be available.  Congratulations to the more than 3,000 children who participated in the Summer Library Program!  Thank you to all the wonderful parents and adult caregivers who brought children to the library!

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