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Summer Library Program

Summer Library Program registration is now underway! You may register online or in-person at our first floor Information Desk or Children's Services Desk. Join the fun as we celebrate super heroes! The Summer Library Program runs from June 8 to August 9.

This year we have four categories of Summer Library Programs including; a baby and toddler program (birth to 24 months), kids' program (birth to 7th grade), teen program (6th grade to 2015 high school grads) and adult program (ages 18+).

For more information about the Summer Library Program, visit our Summer Library Program webpage or call us at 832-6177.

Hmong Culture Celebration

May 2 | 2:00-4:00 pm

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Hmong migration to the United States, following the Vietnam War. The first Hmong families who came to Appleton were refugees who arrived with very little or nothing; including a homeland. Today, Appleton is home to just over 3,100 Hmong.

Over the years the Hmong have progressed to becoming business owners, politicians, lawyers, doctors and teachers, among other professions.

To commemorate this special anniversary, we are celebrating Hmong culture and history during a special event Saturday, May 2 beginning at 2:00 pm. Our goal is to promote knowledge of the Hmong community’s culture, history and arts to people of all backgrounds. This event will include activities and entertainment related to the Hmong culture.

An exhibit will showcase contributions the Hmong have made in the Fox Cities. There will be displays of art, artifacts and photography. Noah Vang, a researcher and writer from Minnesota, will speak about the Hmong’s immigration to the United States. Local students and children from our Appleton Ready to Read program will perform songs, dance and play musical instruments. There will also be a fashion show with traditional clothing and delicious Hmong treats.

To learn more about the Hmong culture, visit our Hmong Resource Center, located on our first floor. The Hmong Resource Center provides access to materials in the Hmong language and related to Hmong culture. There are books for all ages, music CDs and movies, for entertainment and knowledge.

For more information about the Hmong Culture Celebration, please contact Yee Vue, Hmong Family Outreach Specialist at (920) 419-4268.

Cookie Club 2015

Visit the Library and check out or read a book four times between April 27 and June 6 and receive a stamp on your official Cookie Club card. You must sign up at the Library to receive a card, and will receive your first stamp when you sign up. After you collect your four stamps, you can bring your completed card to Great Harvest Bread Co. on Northland Ave. for a free cookie! The Cookie Club is for children in grade 6 and younger. The Cookie Club card will expire on June 30, 2015. Thank you to Great Harvest Bread Company for sponsoring the Cookie Club!

Summer 2015 Classes and Events Booklet

Our Summer 2015 Classes and Events booklet is now available! Our regular classes are returning this summer including, Wonderful Ones, Time for Twos and Play and Learn. This summer we are also introducing a new series called "Tech for Tweens". More information about this new series can be found on our online calendar.

The booklet also contains information about all of our fun summer specials, including the summer concert kick-off with Tom Pease, an end of summer concert with Mr. Steve and more!

For a printable version of the Summer 2015 Classes and Events booklet, please see the PDF below.

Library Questions from Downtown Forum

As part of the City of Appleton’s mission to be transparent with the community about the Appleton Library Project, Mayor Hanna has provided detailed answers to questions from a recent forum hosted by the League of Women Voters at the Appleton Public Library.

This set of answers pertains to the proposed new downtown Appleton Public Library project. Questions about the proposed downtown exhibition center and other general questions asked at the forum will also be shared. To view the questions and answers, please click on the PDF below.

Videos of the full League of Women Voters Downtown Appleton Forum are also available online.

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