APL Kids

What Do Babies Actually See?

Look through the eyes of a newborn using a website feature from the PBS series, "The Secret Life of the Brain". View a photo from the visual perspective of a baby at various age markers and see how it compares to what an adult sees. The development of vision should influence how you select books and props for your baby to see.  We recommend that you select bold black and white board books for newborns to 3 months.  Select board books with large pictures of baby faces at 3 months. For more tips like this go to Growing Wisconsin Readers.



2014 Get Up and Go Day

Friday, August 1 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Get up and go Friday, August 1 with several free activities including crafts, visits from fire trucks, police cars and buses, dance and fitness fun and more!  

Part of our parking lot will be closed for the morning. Metered parking will be available at the City Center Ramp or there is parking for $2/day at the East Ramp.

Thank you to our partners: Appleton Birth to 5, Appleton Fire Department, Appleton Parks and Recreation Department, Appleton Police Department, Boys and Girls Club, Building for Kids Children’s Museum, Child Care Resource & Referral, History Museum at the Castle, Timber Ratters, Valley Transit and YMCA.

Family R.E.A.D.

We just wrapped up another successful Family R.E.A.D. program! Family R.E.A.D. (Read Eat And Discover) is an intergenerational literacy program that aims to help families feel comfortable reading and discussing books together. This child-driven program made reading a daily habit, which in turn assisted children to read proficiently at their grade level. This curriculum served families with literacy concerns, many of whom are English language learners.

The entire family was invited to come to the Appleton Public Library for a free meal, followed by book discussion and interactive program. Every week families also received books to read together to get ready for the program, which they get to keep. Every child was also able to choose a new book to keep for their home library.

The meal is an integral part of the program. We were able to provide a nutritious meal through a generous donations and in turn the children and their parents are were no longer hungry and were able to focus on the tasks at hand. By removing the barrier, they were better prepared to participate in the play and discussion portions of the program. We would like to extend our gratitude to the following businesses who graciously provided the meals to the families every week: Noodles & Company - E. Calumet Street, Mai's Deli, Mi Casa Mexican Grill, Pizza Hut - S. Oneida Street, Subway - W. College Avenue, and Walmart Supercenter - E. Calumet Street.

Many thanks to BMO Harris and Friends of the Appleton Public Library for your generous financial support for this program. Also, Family R.E.A.D. would not be possible without the dedicated collaborative efforts of our partner with Family Literacy, Kris Clouthier who represents the Fox Valley Technical College and the Appleton Area School District. We'd also like to give a special thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers; Paul Kowald, Hayden Holz, Jackson Yang, Eliza Carmen, Danielle Zeamer, Tania Shook, Marisol Encarnacion, Molly Quigley, Marsha Dawson, Ashley Kain, Annie Geurts, Polina Konovalova, Yvonne Hutcheon, Catiel Galindo and Enedelia Martel.


Children's Parade!

March in the Children's Parade with Appleton Public Library Children's staff and dress up as your favorite storybook character or wear a wacky science costume to celebrate our 2014 Summer Reading Program science theme of Fizz, Boom, READ!

The parade is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23 at 6:00 pm and any child 12 and under is welcome to march in this non-motorized parade that will travel from Houdini Plaza on College Avenue and end with a reception for families at City Park.    

Registration is FREE but required and limited to the first 100 applicants. To register, please submit a completed waiver of liability form to children@apl.org or drop it off at the Children's Service desk before 8:00 pm Tuesday, July 22. We will confirm your registration by telephone or email. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

A Dr. Who Extravaganza

July 22 | 6:00-7:30 pm

Celebrate the good doctor and his companions with an evening of whovian proportions! Test your Dr. Who knowledge with trivia, design a bow tie (because bow ties are cool) and more! Registration is required, fill out the registration form here, or call (920) 832-6173 or (920) 832-6187. A Dr. Who Extravaganza is open to all ages!

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