• What If? by Randall Munroe
  • Drawing Autism
  • The Miniature World of Marvin and James
  • Leroy Ninker Saddles Up
  • The Sealed-Up House
  • The Mystery of the Gold Coin
  • Cinderella Stays Late
  • The Girls of Atomic City
  • The Chicken Squad
  • Uni the Unicorn
  • Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever
  • Mr. Ball Makes a To-Do List
  • Secrets of the Seasons
  • The Good House
  • The Tooth Fairy Wars
  • The Alchemist War
  • The Lost Stone
  • Missing Monkey
  • A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
  • Friends of APL Feasibility Study

    Friends of Appleton Public Library recently hired Library Strategies, an independent consulting group with 24 years of experience conducting accurate feasibility studies across the nation solely for libraries. Friends of APL hired this consulting group for two reasons:

    1) To quantify the private financial support and

    2) To learn from a neutral source what major donors really think about the proposed library project.

    It was important for the city’s budget figures to set accurate and realistic expectations for the private portion of the public/private partnership envisioned for a new library. After private interviews this summer with individuals and organizations identified as potential major donors, here were the key findings for our area:

  • Library Use: Past vs. Present

    Library use has skyrocketed since our current facility was built in 1981. In 1981, there were no computers installed in the library. Currently we house 69 public access computers that are filled daily. There were a total of 110 meeting room reservations in 1981. Last year alone, there were over 4,100 meetings and events held in the library.

    Click on the graph to the left to see how much the use of the library has increased over the last 30 years.

  • Financial Planning for Hispanic Families

    October 19 | 1:00 - 2:00pm

    Mauricio Bolanos and David Mesa from Northwestern Mutual will give a presentation in Spanish about financial planning issues such as:

    - Retirement planning
    - How to lower and get rid of debt
    - How to make a budget
    - Education funding for children
    - Risk management; why people get life insurance and what types there are

  • Newsmakers: APL Building Process

    APL Director Rortvedt and APL Board of Trustees President John Peterson spoke about the library project on the September 11 edition of the Post-Crescent Newsmakers. If you have questions about the library project, please take a few minutes to watch the video. We are also available to answer your questions in-person at any service desk, via email at info@apl.org or by phone at (920) 832-6170.

    If you haven't had a chance to see the concepts up close, please visit us this Saturday at the Downtown Appleton Farm Market. We'll have a station set up in Houdini Plaza from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. In addition we are stationed at the front entrance of the library to answer your questions. Here is our upcoming schedule:

    September 26 – 9:00 to 11:00 am
    September 30 – 4:00 to 6:00 pm
    October 9 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    October 15 – 4:00-6:00 pm
    October 27 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    November 4 – 12:00 to 2:00 pm

  • 21st Century Libraries

    We get a lot of questions about the future of libraries. One of the more common questions is, "Why do we need libraries when the trend is away from the printed page?" Libraries aren't just about books; instead they're about what you do with the knowledge you acquire through resources like books. Libraries have always changed, as we will continue to evolve as the changing nature of acquiring and sharing information provides many exciting opportunities for libraries and communities.

    In the past, library spaces revolved around books and objects. Furniture was substantial and the focus was on the storage of physical resources. Today's libraries are flexible spaces designed around people, discovery and social interaction. Today's libraries also focus on measuring success through meaningful impact, rather than simply the output numbers libraries have relied on in the past.

    So what does this modern library look like?

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