• The Girls of Atomic City
  • The Chicken Squad
  • Uni the Unicorn
  • Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever
  • Mr. Ball Makes a To-Do List
  • Secrets of the Seasons
  • The Good House
  • The Tooth Fairy Wars
  • The Alchemist War
  • The Lost Stone
  • Missing Monkey
  • A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
  • Attachments
  • Help! We Need a Title!
  • This is a Moose
  • Flights, Chimes and Mysterious Times
  • Never Say a Mean Word Again
  • Dog Days
  • The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
  • 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.

  • Newsmakers: APL Building Process

    APL Director Rortvedt and APL Board of Trustees President John Peterson spoke about the library project on the September 11 edition of the Post-Crescent Newsmakers. If you have questions about the library project, please take a few minutes to watch the video. We are also available to answer your questions in-person at any service desk, via email at info@apl.org or by phone at (920) 832-6170.

    If you haven't had a chance to see the concepts up close, please visit us this Saturday at the Downtown Appleton Farm Market. We'll have a station set up in Houdini Plaza from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. In addition we are stationed at the front entrance of the library to answer your questions. Here is our upcoming schedule:

    September 26 – 9:00 to 11:00 am
    September 30 – 4:00 to 6:00 pm
    October 9 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    October 15 – 4:00-6:00 pm
    October 23 – 5:00-7:00 pm
    October 27 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    November 4 – 12:00 to 2:00 pm

  • 21st Century Libraries

    We get a lot of questions about the future of libraries. One of the more common questions is, "Why do we need libraries when the trend is away from the printed page?" Libraries aren't just about books; instead they're about what you do with the knowledge you acquire through resources like books. Libraries have always changed, as we will continue to evolve as the changing nature of acquiring and sharing information provides many exciting opportunities for libraries and communities.

    In the past, library spaces revolved around books and objects. Furniture was substantial and the focus was on the storage of physical resources. Today's libraries are flexible spaces designed around people, discovery and social interaction. Today's libraries also focus on measuring success through meaningful impact, rather than simply the output numbers libraries have relied on in the past.

    So what does this modern library look like?

  • A Stone of Hope

    A Stone of Hope display

    A Stone of Hopeis now at the Appleton Public Library.

  • 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

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