In June, the Appleton Common Council voted to not authorize the City of Appleton to make an offer to the owners of Fox Banquets & Rivertyme Catering and Trinity Lutheran Church, also known as the “bluff site”. It became clear last year, that talking about sites and concepts had more people paying attention to the mission and needs of the library than prior articles, television news stories, focus groups and meetings had done.
Our work has been intentionally inclusive, and we won’t stop being inclusive with this decision. Not everyone agreed with the proposed site, and the reality is, there will not be a site or option presented that will have universal support. However, the foundation for moving forward is that everyone’s opinions need to be treated with respect. If we want people to participate, everyone should feel as valued as those who have come before them. This means the input we receive will be broad and diverse, and while the needs of the library haven’t changed, we need to move forward in a productive a manner.
While we take time to gather feedback about the process, our staff continues to connect patrons to important resources. This newsletter is filled with examples. Please take note of the Reach Out and Read update, found on page six. This national evidence-based program is being implemented regionally through a grant from the United Way - Fox Cities.
At APL, we are honored to serve as the facilitator between local clinics, non-profits and area libraries ensuring that eventually all Fox Cities children will have a Reach Out and Read experience in their well-child visits, and families will be connected to the library whose resources are most convenient to them.
Appleton has high expectations and at APL we continue to work to meet the needs of our community in ways that address our longstanding mission through important collaborations like Reach Out and Read and the dozens of other ways you will read about through our newsletters.
In January, we received a grant from United Way to further a national program known as Reach Out and 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.
From July 13 through August 8, we are partnering up with area medical clinics and libraries, as well as the YMCA, Half-Price Books and The Building for Kids, to host a book drive to help area Reach Out and Read clinics. All books donated will be placed in Reach Out and Read clinics for children to use during their checkup.
How can you help support the Reach Out and Read program?
1. Donate new books in-person near the front entrance of the library.
2. Make a monetary donation. APL will purchase books for you! Place your monetary donation in the envelope provided near the entrance of the library and turn in to any service desk. Cash or checks are accepted. Please make checks payable to Friends of Appleton Public Library.
3. Make a purchase at Barnes & Noble Friday, July 24 and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the local Reach Out and Read program.
Visit the Reach Out and Read website for more information about the program.
Bring a blanket and snacks and join us for outdoor movies in Houdini Plaza this summer! Movies begin at approximately 8:30 pm. Please see the schedule below.
Outdoor movies are hosted by The Building for Kids, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, YMCA and The Trout Museum of Art in collaboration with the Appleton Public Library and Appleton Downtown Inc.
2015 Outdoor Movie Schedule
July 22 - Disney's Planes
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