1. Searching for your Dutch and German Ancestors

    Learning about our immigrant ancestors is both exciting and complicated.  We have two local experts who will speak at our March 14 Find Your Ancestors program.  Paul West, an officer of the Little Chute Historical Society, will describe his methods in researching his Dutch ancestors and suggest ways you can find yours. 

  2. Researching Land Records in Wisconsin

    If you’ve ever wondered how land descriptions work or how to read a deed, our next Find Your Ancestors program is for you.  Randy Bixby, Land Records Archivist at the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands will be our featured speaker.  She will explain how early land records worked—land patents, deeds, plats and more.  An experienced genealogist, Randy knows how to make the conn

  3. 2015 Fox Cities Reads book is announced

    Orphan Train

    Christina Baker Kline’s book Orphan Train is this year’s Fox Cities Reads title.    Each year a book is selected by a committee of public libraries and the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley to be read and discussed by members of the community.  The goals are to promote literacy and build a sense of community through activities, author visits and related programs.

  4. Planning a family history research trip to the Appleton Public Library?

    Our newly updated booklist Genealogical Resources gives lists of titles which will help you get started on finding your family.  They are arranged by category or topic, including Census & Vital Records, Church & Cemetery Records, Local Hi

  5. Do you have "brick wall" ancestors?

    Brick wall

    Do you have ancestors who are very difficult to find?

  6. Memory Project Adds New Materials

    Good news for those interested in local history or genealogy!  The Appleton Memory Project  (part of the InfoSoup Memory Project)  has expanded to include more digital materials.  With the assistance of the Outagamie-Waupaca Library System and a grant thr

  7. Trace Your House History

    Join us Saturday, December 13 at 1:00 pm for Trace Your House History - Who Loved Your House Before You Did, the second program in our Find Your Ancestors series. Staff member Melody Hanson will explain how she traced her historic home’s history, learning about the families who lived there, when it was built and how it has changed over the years.

  8. Appleton winter celebrations past

    Love to look at photos of Appleton in years gone by?  Stop by the Appleton Public Library table at the Appleton Historical Society’s History Fair on Saturday, December 6, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and help identify unmarked photos for us.  We will have photos and newspaper articles about Appleton’s past winter celebrations such as the Avenue of Angels and the Great Whi

  9. Military veterans and ancestors

    Veterans Day is November 11, when we honor military personnel who served the United States in all wars, especially living veterans.  Please stop in the Wisconsin Collection area on the second floor of the Appleton Public Library for veteran-related displays.

  10. Appleton Then and Now

    Appleton Then and Now

    Have you ever wondered what downtown Appleton looked like in the old days, or fondly remember a favorite store that no longer exists?

  11. Steampunk Saturday

    Looking for something unique to do?  Drop by Steampunk Saturday--October 18, 2014 from 12:00 to 4:30 in the Lower Level of the Appleton Public Library.  There will be two different sessions starting at noon and again at 2:30.  Each will feature a presentation in Room A/B/C about Steampunk culture or dress, as well as Steampunk Adventure RPG demos in room D (gaming spaces limited)

  12. A Stone of Hope

    A Stone of Hope display

    A Stone of Hopeis now at the Appleton Public Library.

  13. Fireworks, picnics and cookbooks

    Flag and fireworks

    Independence Day always makes me think of picnics, fireworks and family as we celebrate the beginning of our nation.  One way to combine those is to make a delicious dish to share during these events.

  14. Mango Languages

    Mango Languages logo

    Going to another country?  Like to watch foreign films, but don’t like subtitles?

    You can learn many languages for free by using Mango Languages.  It is available through the Appleton Public Library with a valid library card.

  15. New OverDrive eReading Room for Kids and Teens

    Kids & Teens eReading Room

    New--Monday, February 17! 

    OverDrive has provided a new interface to make it easier for kids and teens to look for books at their interest level.  You may bookmark the new interface on your child's device.  The new screen will only show ebooks and audio books for kids and teens. 

  16. New Zinio titles now available!


    New magazine titles are:


    4 Wheel & Off Road

    American Patchwork & Quilting

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact


    Aviation Week & Space Technology


    Baseball America

    Beer Connoisseur


    Bloomberg Businessweek

    Cabin Life

    Diabetic Living


  17. Changes to Learning Express (Learn-a-test) start January 3

    Learning Express Library

    Have a test coming up--the GED, SAT, or TOEIC?  Or you'd like to polish your math skills or learn about Adobe Photoshop?  LearningExpress Library provides these options and many more.  If you have not yet signed up, please wait until January 3 to create an account and take advantage of the improved format.


  18. Great news for Zinio users!

    Zinio logo

    New titles are being added early to the Zinio downloadable magazine collection.  Additional titles were chosen for 2014, and many of them are already available.  By the beginning of January there will be about 140 titles, up from 2013’s 100 titles.

  19. Renewals now available for OverDrive titles!

    OverDrive Wisconsin's Digital Library

    Don’t have time to finish your downloaded title before it’s due?  Now you can renew a title as long as no one is waiting for it.

  20. Interested in family history?

    Genealogy family record

    Thanks to everyone who came to Genealogy 101:  Where to Start last Saturday.  For those who weren’t able to attend, here are links to Appleton Public Library publications and websites related to genealogy.

  21. Interested in learning about your family?

    Genealogy 101


    Did you grow up with stories about a grandfather who worked on the railroad, or a family who sailed to America?  Are you related to an important person?  Do those unlabeled photos taken a hundred years ago make you wonder who they are and how they fit with your family? 

  22. New features for Zinio and IndieFlix

    IndieFlix and Zinio logos

    Recently Zinio changed the method of delivering downloadable magazines to library patrons.  Previously you could choose a magazine subscription, which automatically added new issues to your account.  With the new method you log in through the APL Gateway and choose each issue of each magazine separately.  

  23. Free magazines through Zinio with your Appleton Public Library Card

    Zinio logo

    Zinio provides access to downloadable magazines which can be read on your favorite devices.  You can choose from 100 popular magazines and subscribe for free using your Appleton Public Library card. 

  24. Steampunk Saturday is September 21

    Steampunk Saturday

    Steampunk is a type of science fiction that usually features steam-powered machinery in a 19th century setting.  It has been described as “the past that never was”:  an alternative history rooted in the Victorian era’s perspective of the world, culture, fashion and manners.  In this world the internal combustion engine or electricity were never used, and fantastic mach

  25. OverDrive Media Console version 3 provides new options!

    OverDrive Media Console v3

    The OverDrive Media Console app, version 3.0, is now available to iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch using  iOS6*; and Android devices with OS v4.0.  Older models should be able to use the previous version of OverDrive Media Console.


    New features include:

  26. Animated films--A Cat in Paris

    A Cat in Paris

    While the trend for animated films is toward full CGI and 3D creation, there are still 2D films being created digitally or by hand.  In the last year or so I have begun to view and enjoy some of these “old-style” films, and would like to share some of them with you.

  27. Live demo of downloadable ebooks & audio books--today

    Tablet computers

    Would you like to know more about downloadable services at the Appleton Public Library? There is a live demo today (Tuesday August 6) from 5:00-7:00 on the main floor of the library, as part of the Summer Celebration.

  28. Love indie films? IndieFlix has films for you

    IndieFlix logo

    IndieFlix allows you to view thousands of independent films online in your browser.  They vary in length from a few minutes to full length (2+ hours).  Films are unlimited access, so there is no waiting and no holds.

    IndieFlix choice

  29. Traveling? Enjoy an audiobook

    Great audio listening just ahead

    Seems like everyone is driving or traveling in the summer—check out a book on cd or Playaway or download a digital audio book to make those endless miles more enjoyable! 


  30. Finding Foreign Films


    Do you speak a language other than English or want to practice the language you are learning in school?  Are you visiting the US and are homesick for entertainment in your native language?  Perhaps you are a film buff who loves foreign films?

  31. Attention fans of comics & graphic novels!

    Comic cover

    Free Comic Book Day logo

  32. New features on OverDrive!

    OverDrive Wisconsin's Digital Library

    Cover, Grid or List—these are new ways to browse for titles. 


    For a quick look at the collection, try the cover view.  You will see more books at once.

    Cover view of Overdrive


  33. Did you know that the Appleton Public Library provides these free services?

    APL logo


  34. Does someone you know have difficulty reading?

    Vision chart

    Resources are available through the Appleton Public Library to assist people with vision loss or physical limitations which make reading difficult.   For those experiencing vision loss we have materials in our collection which may be checked out.  Large print format books, both fiction and nonfiction, are available at the library for children, teens and adults.&nb

  35. New features for Wisconsin’s Digital Library!

    Wisconsin's Digital Library

    The upgrade to the OverDrive site makes access to downloadable ebooks and audiobooks even easier to use on computer, phone, tablet or iPod.

  36. The Academy Awards are arriving in less than two weeks; what are your predictions?


    The list of nominees can be found at the Oscar site.  They even provide a virtual My Picks ballot, if you choose.  

    The ceremony on February 24, 2013, will showcase films which arrived in theaters in 2012.


  37. Music awards are just beginning!

    Musical notes

    While we are in the midst of the film award season, the music award season is just beginning.

    Grammy Awards

  38. Glitter and glamour brighten dark winter days

    Award statuette

    The award season for film and television is well launched, with the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes behind us.  Having watched several, I began to wonder how many film and tv awards there really are.  The following is a list of major American awards.

  39. New OverDrive feature

    OverDrive:  Wisconsin's Digital Library

    Wisconsin’s Digital Library has a new feature—its users can now recommend titles for inclusion in the collection.  This appears as a choice when you do a search, if you are logged in.  There will be a bar where you may click to search for Library Collection (all titles currently owned), Available Now (currently available for checkout), or use the new

  40. DVD formats

    DVD disc

    When looking for the older movie In Harm’s Way in DVD format for someone there were two entries for the movie at an online site where they sell DVDs that are out of print (no longer being produced).  The person asked why there was a huge difference in price between the two items which looked identical. One cost $46.97 while the other cost $5.67.   

  41. Make a better home video

    Video camera

    You have plenty of footage from holiday parties and family get-togethers; maybe even a family wedding.  As you begin to splice scenes together on your home computer to form a video, you realize that you could use background music to bind together different events or as a background for credits. 

  42. Tired of holiday shopping? Long day at work? Find entertainment or knowledge fast!

    Tired puppies

    We have special displays to help you find something to view or read.

    Staff picks logo

  43. Free language lessons!

    Mango Languages

    If you have ever wanted to learn a language, or wish to refresh your knowledge of one you already studied, then Mango Languages is for you!

  44. Hmong Culture at the Appleton Public Library

    Hmong dancers

    This past week the Appleton Public Library held its fourth Celebration of Hmong Culture.  The event featured a local dance group and musician who played the qeej, a bamboo flute.   Two Hmong women read stories page by page, by turns in English and Hmong.

  45. Are you a parent or teacher who would like to find resources by Lexile Reading Level?

    Lexile Reading Level

    Use your InfoSoup library card and PIN/password to access Badgerlink databases.  You can use the Advanced or Detailed Search page to find articles or books appropriate for a certain Lexile Reading Level.



    These databases may be searched by Lexile level:

  46. Good news for Android, iOS, Nook & Kindle users who use OverDrive!

    OverDrive Media Console

    The new OverDrive app for Nook enables direct downloading on Nook HD, Nook HD+, Nook Tablet and Nook Color.  The free app, OverDrive Media Console, is available from the Nook Store using your Barnes & Noble account.

  47. 100 free digital magazines to choose from

    Good news—all 100 of our digital magazine titles are now available on Zinio! 


  48. It's time to join the fun on Steampunk Saturday

    To see information on the 2013 Steampunk Saturday, click here.


  49. An astonishing milestone has been reached by Wisconsin’s Digital Library!

    Wisconsin library patrons have downloaded over 2 million checkouts as of the end of September, placing the state system at one of the highest levels of usage in the U.S.  The Wisconsin collection has even surpassed the New York Public Library in number of checkouts.


  50. Steampunk Saturday details

    • What is Steampunk?


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