APL Kids

Summer Library Program - Important Dates

The Summer Library Program runs from June 8 to August 9.  Children who complete at least seven weeks of our nine week reading program win a free book, a super hero badge and a chance to win an end of summer completion prize, in addition to regular weekly incentive prizes. The last day to pick up incentive prizes and turn in drawing slips is August 15.  The drawing for the completion prize will take place on August 17 and winners will be contacted right away.  We will continue to have remaining stock of weekly incentive prizes available until August 24, however drawing slips will no longer be available.  Congratulations to the more than 3,000 children who participated in the Summer Library Program!  Thank you to all the wonderful parents and adult caregivers who brought children to the library!

Mr. Steve Concert

Have you heard? Mr. Steve from PBS is coming to the library for a rockin' good time Thursday, August 6. Concerts will be at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Registration is required for every adult and child and space is limited to 250 people per show. To register, call (920) 832-6187 or visit apl.org/cal

For entrance into the program, please print off this receipt and bring it with you to the program. Thank you.

Summer 2015 Newsletter and Updates

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.

Playground Safety Coloring Contest!

This contest is offered by SAFE KIDS Fox Valley. Coloring sheets are available at any partipating public library in Outagamie County or can be downloaded here.

Contest Rules:

  • Entries must be turned into to any participating public library in Outagamie County by August 8.
  • Contest open to kindergarten - 8th grade area children.
  • Winners in each grade will have their illustration published in a safety book to be distributed thoughout the community. 
  • One lucky winner will have their photo on the cover.
  • Winners will also receive a gift certificate to Cold Stone Creamery.

Staff Suggestions:

We already have a lot of pictures about how to slide safetly. Think of something new, but commonly understood. Other possible ideas might be:

  • Do not throw sand, woodchips, dirt, rocks or sticks
  • One way on the monkey bars

What else can you think of? Good luck and be safe!

Free Lunch on Wednesdays

We are excited to announce our newest program! We'll be serving free lunch to children 17 and younger every Wednesday beginning June 17 until August 26 from 11:00 am - 12:15 pm. Food is provided by Aramark through the Summer Food Service Program by the Department of Public Instruction. Registration is requested; please call (920) 832-6189.

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