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Building Project Update

Our job at the Appleton Public Library is to provide a framework that will meet the library service demands of the citizens of Appleton in the short and long term. In doing that work we have been responsive to the public feedback we have heard throughout the building process, which formally started in 2008.

We invite you to take a few minutes to read our latest building project update in the attachment below. In the article you will find information about the process up until this point. You may be familiar with some of the background information, and other pieces may be new to you, but we hope you find it helpful.

The question now lies with the community and the elected officials to make some big decisions. We heard several years ago that this isn’t just about the library. We listened and we changed our approach. What happens next is up to those of you who choose to communicate what you want. As taxpayers, you are all investors in this shared resource. Please don’t expect elected officials to assume they know what you want. They labor over these decisions and value your input. You have provided us with valuable input over the past few years of planning, and we know that you feel a strong sense of ownership over your library. Here at the Appleton Public Library, we will continue to respond to the next wave of feedback and strive to provide you high quality services you expect.

We are available to answer any questions you may have about the project in-person at any service desk, by phone at (920) 832-6170 or through email at info@apl.org.

Summer Library Program

Summer Library Program registration is now underway! You may register online or in-person at our first floor Information Desk or Children's Services Desk. Join the fun as we celebrate super heroes! The Summer Library Program runs from June 8 to August 9.

This year we have four categories of Summer Library Programs including; a baby and toddler program (birth to 24 months), kids' program (birth to 7th grade), teen program (6th grade to 2015 high school grads) and adult program (ages 18+).

For more information about the Summer Library Program, visit our Summer Library Program webpage or call us at 832-6177.

Library Questions from Downtown Forum

As part of the City of Appleton’s mission to be transparent with the community about the Appleton Library Project, Mayor Hanna has provided detailed answers to questions from a recent forum hosted by the League of Women Voters at the Appleton Public Library.

This set of answers pertains to the proposed new downtown Appleton Public Library project. Questions about the proposed downtown exhibition center and other general questions asked at the forum will also be shared. To view the questions and answers, please click on the PDF below.

Videos of the full League of Women Voters Downtown Appleton Forum are also available online.

Hmong Culture Celebration

May 2 | 2:00-4:00 pm

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Hmong migration to the United States, following the Vietnam War. The first Hmong families who came to Appleton were refugees who arrived with very little or nothing; including a homeland. Today, Appleton is home to just over 3,100 Hmong.

Over the years the Hmong have progressed to becoming business owners, politicians, lawyers, doctors and teachers, among other professions.

To commemorate this special anniversary, we are celebrating Hmong culture and history during a special event Saturday, May 2 beginning at 2:00 pm. Our goal is to promote knowledge of the Hmong community’s culture, history and arts to people of all backgrounds. This event will include activities and entertainment related to the Hmong culture.

An exhibit will showcase contributions the Hmong have made in the Fox Cities. There will be displays of art, artifacts and photography. Noah Vang, a researcher and writer from Minnesota, will speak about the Hmong’s immigration to the United States. Local students and children from our Appleton Ready to Read program will perform songs, dance and play musical instruments. There will also be a fashion show with traditional clothing and delicious Hmong treats.

To learn more about the Hmong culture, visit our Hmong Resource Center, located on our first floor. The Hmong Resource Center provides access to materials in the Hmong language and related to Hmong culture. There are books for all ages, music CDs and movies, for entertainment and knowledge.

For more information about the Hmong Culture Celebration, please contact Yee Vue, Hmong Family Outreach Specialist at (920) 419-4268.

Cookie Club 2015

Visit the Library and check out or read a book four times between April 27 and June 6 and receive a stamp on your official Cookie Club card. You must sign up at the Library to receive a card, and will receive your first stamp when you sign up. After you collect your four stamps, you can bring your completed card to Great Harvest Bread Co. on Northland Ave. for a free cookie! The Cookie Club is for children in grade 6 and younger. The Cookie Club card will expire on June 30, 2015. Thank you to Great Harvest Bread Company for sponsoring the Cookie Club!

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