Be a Friend!

Be a Friend of Appleton Public Library – and you strengthen one of our most important resources. Appleton needs a strong library more than ever before, and we cannot be strong without your support. Consider these areas and so many more which have been assisted by Friends funds:

Reading Readiness and Family Literacy Education
Appleton Ready to Read reaches out to the underserved Hmong population with books and activities which help parents become their child’s first teacher. Family R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat, and Discover) (page 4) joins with Bemis Foundation, FVTC’s Even Start Literacy, and a variety of local food service organizations to provide dinner, story-hour, and conversations for the whole family.

Music and Fine Arts
Fox Valley Music Teachers recently completed their successful fundraising for a community piano donated to APL with help from Friends of APL, Heid Music, and hundreds of community contributors. APL’s Music @ the Library provides scores of local musicians with a stage, and hundreds of community members with concerts twice a month.

Authors, Writing, and Conversations
From Richard Louv, this year’s Fox Cities Reads’ author, to numerous children and adult 2013 Fox Cities Book Festival authors, APL joins other local libraries in facilitating visits and important conversations with appealing writers. 

Quiet Reading Area 
There’s now a warm sunlit area on APL’s second floor for silent reading of newspapers, magazines, books, and e-books. Those comfortable reading chairs were purchased thanks to Friends’ funding.

Technology
Reading is evolving. E-books, Kindles, iPads, Nooks – can be explored hands-on at APL with a librarian’s helpful guidance. And, thanks to Friends’ funding years ago, APL was the first public library in Wisconsin to offer free WiFi.

Friends’ mission is to expand APL’s capacity to serve our entire community. Your support strengthens Appleton Public Library and all the library does.

If you wish to make a donation to Friends of Appleton Public Library you may do so in person by stopping at any of the service desks or online here. Whatever level of support, whatever you can do to sustain this essential community treasure, we thank you.   

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