• Give a Child a Book

    The Friends of Appleton Public Library's annual Give a Child a Book campaign is now underway. The book drive, which is scheduled to go through December 7, gives children in need new books for the holiday season. With the help of the Salvation Army, donated books will be dispersed to children in the Fox Valley area.

    We ask that all books donated are new and are age appropriate for children up to 18 years. The book drive donation box is located near the front entrance of the library.

  • NEW! Reach Out & Read Partners - Fox Cities Video

    We are excited to debut our new Reach Out & Read Partners - Fox Cities video. We encourage you to share this with your friends, family and colleagues.

    In January, we received a $50,000 grant from United Way Fox Cities to further a national program known as Reach Out & Read. The goal of the program is to work with medical providers to promote early literacy during well-child visits, by giving new books to children and advising parents on the importance of reading aloud to their children.

  • Fall 2015 Newsletter

    Our Fall 2015 newsletter is now available for you to read! Stories weave throughout our day here at APL, and in our latest newsletter you’ll read personal stories from Paula, our Public Services Supervisor and Norma our Hispanic Outreach Specialist, as well as anecdotes shared by our volunteers at the Friends of Appleton Public Library book sale.

    The simplest of stories to one person may strike a chord with another and send them on a life-changing journey that starts at the local public library. At APL, we are waiting to help you on that journey.

  • Books Build Community

    We are excited to announce a new initiative we are working on. The initiative, called Books Build Community, focuses on sharing experiences around a specific book, through formal book clubs and informal book discussions in living rooms, workplaces and around town.

    Books Build Community is based off of the successful Fox Cities Reads initiative, where we select a book to build a conversation around. As with Fox Cities Reads, we will also host various classes and events tied to the book, for further conversation and community building.

  • November/December Artist-in-Residence

    In January 2015 we launched a new initiative at Appleton Public Library called Artist-in-Residence.

    Since then we’ve hosted

    • Judith Waller, oil paintings
    • Kassie Herbst, knit bombing
    • Beth Servais, acrylic painting and collage
    • Rick McKinney, pottery
    • Rosa Jiminez, painting and collage

    Each of these talented artists has presented a combination of exhibits, lectures, demonstrations, studio tours and workshops during a two-month period to the delight of our patrons.

    During the months of November and December Cristian Andersson’s oil paintings will be on display in our lower level exhibit hall. In addition, Cristian will lead these classes and events:

  • Step-by-Step - Back to Your Norwegian Ancestors

    Wisconsin was a primary destination for immigrants from Norway. In 1900, one quarter of Norwegians who had immigrated to America lived in the state of Wisconsin. If your ancestors came from this Scandinavian country, please join us for the first Find Your Ancestors program of the year.  

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