• My Explosive Diary
  •  Hana Hashimoto, sixth violin
  • To This Day: For the Bullied and the Beautiful
  • Of Poseidon, Percy Jackson's Greek Gods
  • The Haunted Library
  • Popular
  • Hermelin the Detective Mouse
  • The Orchestra Pit
  • The School is Alive!
  • The Ghosts Go Haunting
  • Antonia, the Horse Whisperer
  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
  • Two Parrots
  • Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
  • Archie Takes Flight
  • Little Boo
  • The Devil in the Marshalsea
  • Earthquake Shock
  • The Titanic Locket
  • Give a Child a Book

    The Friends of Appleton Public Library's annual Give a Child a Book campaign is now underway. The book drive, which is scheduled to go through December 7, gives children in need new books for the holiday season. With the help of the Salvation Army and The Boys & Girls Club, donated books will be dispersed to children in the Fox Valley area.

    We ask that all books donated are new and are age appropriate for children up to 18 years. Paperback or hardcover books are accepted. The book drive donation box is located near the front entrance of the library.

    For those who would like to donate, but don't have the time to shop for books, cash or check donations are also accepted. The Children's Services staff will take all cash and check donations, purchase age appropriate books and add them to the donation box. Checks may be made out to "Friends of Appleton Public Library" and may be dropped off at the Children's Services desk.

    Have a safe and happy holiday season!

  • Military veterans and ancestors

    Veterans Day is November 11, when we honor military personnel who served the United States in all wars, especially living veterans.  Please stop in the Wisconsin Collection area on the second floor of the Appleton Public Library for veteran-related displays.

  • Bear Bingo Reading Program

    November 1 - November 30

    Register at the library or online starting November 1. Complete five activities across, vertically, or diagonally to get BINGO! Cross out activities that you complete. You may read to yourself, read to someone else or listen to books. You may complete five BINGOs for up to five spins of the wheel. Five BINGOs also earns a chance at a final drawing. A blackout on the BINGO board earns a second chance in the drawing. One BINGO sheet per child. November 30 is the last day to pick up prizes.

    This program is ideal for students in classroom settings. Exceptions for prize pickup after November 30 will be made for teachers who are picking up prizes for their students. Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or call 920-832-6020 to register your classroom, rather than using the online form. You will be emailed a PDF of the Bingo board to use with your students.

  • City of Appleton Budget

    One of our frequently asked questions is about funding for a new Appleton Public Library. During the October 1 City of Appleton Common Council meeting, Mayor Hanna released his budget which includes $30 million for the library project, spread over a three-year period. The funding in his budget breaks down to $5 million for 2015, and $12.5 million for 2016 and 2017. Council will have a month to review the entire City of Appleton budget. A public comment session is part of the budget process and is scheduled for November 5 at 6:00 pm at City Hall. The entire budget is available for viewing online on the City of Appleton website, or via paper in City Hall or here at the library.

    The other $7 million needed to complete the library project is expected to be raised by the Friends of Appleton Public Library through private donations.

    If you have questions or comments about the library project, we want to know. We are available in-person, via email at info@apl.org or by phone at (920) 832-6170.

  • Community Feedback - APL Building Process

    Over the last 11 weeks we have collected all of the feedback we have been hearing from the community about the building process. We stationed our first floor greeter table, as well as hosted a station at four Downtown Appleton Farm Markets for a total of 64 hours. Through collecting this data, we have gathered input from just over 1,200 community members. We would like to thank you for providing your opinions and questions to us. Located to the left, and attached below, is a bar graph summarizing the community feedback.

    This is not the only feedback we have gathered from the building process. From the beginning of the process, we have kept a record of community feedback, from our community-planned strategic planning process to today's building planning. You can find evidence of this through our quarterly newsletter, Fine Print. We invite you to take a look at all of the input you have provided us along the way, and also to keep providing your input. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at (920) 832-1695 or info@apl.org.

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