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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.

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

Do you have "brick wall" ancestors?

Brick wall

Do you have ancestors who are very difficult to find?

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

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.