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Fine Print: Special Edition

R. David Lankes, professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies once tweeted, “Bad libraries build collections. Good libraries build services (of which a collection is one). Great libraries build communities.” Here at Appleton Public Library, we take those 127 characters to heart and strive to build communities every day.

With the help of our community, we have created a new vision and strategies that are based on this notion, because every single person in our community deserves a great library. Our facility plays an important role in how successfully we can implement our vision and strategies. With your help, we have decided that to be successful, we need a new facility, and the best location for that new facility is in the area of Appleton that will bridge the waterfront to the downtown area.

We have been diligent in making sure that we have not only kept you up-to-date with the planning process, but have also given you opportunities to provide input, and we will continue to do this. For now, we invite you to take a look through this special edition of Fine Print, where you’ll find articles on 21st century library service, an overview of our community-based plan, the economic impact a new facility would have on the Appleton area and more.

Tween Scenes are back!

Tween Scenes are back for the school year! Tweens in 3rd through 6th grade will build, explore and create! Space is limited and registration is required. To register visit the APL Events Calendar or call the Children's Desk at 920-832-6187.

·         Minecraft in the Library - September 18 from 4:00-5:00pm

o   Bring the world of Minecraft alive during our September Tween Scene! Take part in Minecraft paper crafts, an element hunt and more!

 ·         Squishy Circuits - October 16th from 4:00-5:00pm

o   Step into the Tween Scene Mad Scientist Lab to learn about electrical currents while experimenting with squishy circuits.

 ·         Shake It Up! - November 20th from 4:00-5:00pm

o   Discover the science behind earthquakes and engineer an earthquake-proof LEGO skyscraper.

 ·         A Minute to Win It - December 18th from 4:00-5:00pm

o   Are you up for the challenge? We provide the activity, and you provide the skill to complete the game in under a minute.



Kids' Summer Reading Program Prize Drawing Winners!

The library’s Summer Reading Programs have ended for another year.  To  the over 4,600 children who took part in the baby/toddler and kids’ reading programs: AWESOME!  All participants received prizes for the time they spent in reading and early literacy activity.  Of those children, 14 were winners in our Grand Prize and Program Completion Prize Drawings!   Aside from  the sports events drawings, which took place prior the the events, the majority of the prize drawings took place on August 22 and 23.


Grand Prize $25 Gift Card Winners:

Barnes & Noble: Noah O., age 9

Best Buy: Sidney O., age 6

Heid Music: Madelyn B., age 10

History Museum at the Castle: Ayden H., age 7

Learning Shop: Oliver G., age 6

Target: Addy C., age 5

Toys R Us: Zachary M.


Packers Family Night Tickets:

Grace M.

Timber Rattlers Passes:

Noah A.


Completion Prize Gift Card Winners:

Funset Boulevard Passes: Elisabeth K., age 4  & Elaina P., age 9

1/2 Price Books Gift Card: Kya K., age 10

Walmart: Kenneth N., age 3

Target: Braxtyn C., 10 months

All prize winners have been contacted.  Congratulations to them, and thanks again to all the participants.  Thanks also to the many area businesses who donated these and other prizes!

Building Process Update

Monday, August 25, the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees were presented with the Library Needs Assessment, Site Evaluation and Prefunding Schematic Design Final Report. Below you will find the entire report for your viewing.  

Are you wondering where you can learn more about the building process? A great way is to check out our building process website at www.apl150.org.

We will also be available at the Downtown Appleton Farm Markets August 30, September 6 and September 13. We will have a station set up in Houdini Plaza where you are invited to look at the concepts for the new Appleton Public Library and ask us any questions you may have. In addition, we will be stationed at the front entrance of the library every day from August 26 to September 16 to answer your questions. A schedule of times we are stationed at the entrance is listed below.  

August 26 - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

August 27 – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

August 28 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

August 29 – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

September 2 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

September 3 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

September 4 – 3:00 to 5:00 pm

September 5 – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

September 7 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

September 8 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

September 9 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

September 10 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

September 11 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

September 12 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

September 14 – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

September 15 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

September 16 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

We are available for questions any time in-person at any of our service desks, via email at info@apl.org or by phone at (920) 832-6170.

Children's Fall/Winter 2014 Events and Classes

Our Fall/Winter 2014 Children's Services Classes and Events Booklet is now available online. Take a peek at all of our fun fall and winter plans including our regular class schedule, as well as special performers such as Pete the Cat and an author visit by Julie Mata!

Paper copies are also available in Children's Services.

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