• 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
  • Benji Franklin, Kid Ziollionaire
  • Scribbles and Ink
  • The Humans
  • The Luck Uglies
  • The Lion and the Bird
  • 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.

  • 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

  • New Features for Holds in Overdrive

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  • OneClickdigital’s Newsworthy eAudio App


  • Fine Print Sneak Peek: Community and Economic Development of a New Library

    There are as many different definitions and meanings of community and economic development as there are people who practice these professions.

    The Economic Development Handbook definition states, "From a public perspective, local economic development involves the allocation of limited resources-land, labor, capitol and entrepreneurship in a way that has a positive effect on the level of business activity, employment, income distribution patterns and fiscal solvency.

    There is a difference between community development and economic development.

    The United Nations defines community development broadly as "A process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems." Community well-being (economic, social, environmental and cultural) often evolves from this type of collective action being taken at a grassroots level, and it is the process for making a community a better place to live and work.

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