• 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.

  • Don't toss 'em, clip 'em!

    We are collecting box tops from the Box Tops for Education program, labels from the Labels for Education program and soda bottle caps and packaging for Coke products from the My Coke Rewards program.

    Anyone is welcome to donate eligible items, which will be used for our summer reading program; whereby students who read during the summer will receive entries to win all of the box tops, labels or Coke packaging for their school.

    To donate, simply bring your box tops, labels or Coke packaging to the library. There is a fish tank located near the entrance to Children's Services where you can drop off your donations. If you have questions about the program, please see a staff member at any of our service desks. Thank you for donating and helping our local schools!

  • Mini Comic-Con

    April 25 | 1:30-4:30 pm

    As part of this year's Fox Cities Book Festival, we're hosting a Mini Comic-Con! Stop in for this fun event featuring speakers, prizes, do-it-yourself comics and more. Cosplay dress is encouraged. Below is a listing of events within the Mini Comic-Con.

    John Jackson Miller | 1:30 pm
    John will speak about creating new adventures and scenarios for novels like Star Wars and Star Trek.

    Zach Wilson | 3:00 pm
    Zach, owner of Power House Comics in Appleton, Will provide a brief history of comics.

    Digital Media Lab | 3:30 pm
    Stop in and try your hand at working with digital comics with APL staff member Dana.

    Brian Defferding | 3:45 pm
    Brian will speak about the different eras of self-publishing comics.

  • 2015 Fox Cities Book Festival

    The 2015 Fox Cities Book Festival is almost upon us! This year’s festival will run from April 20 through April 26, and will feature over 60 authors and more than 100 events.

    Here at APL, we have over 15 special events for you; including a special pre-festival event with Linda Sue Park and a mixer with this year's Fox Cities Reads author Christina Baker Kline. View all the events at APL by clicking on the photo to the left or by opening the PDF below.

    Be sure to keep checking the Fox Cities Book Festival website and Facebook page for special announcements and updates. You can also receive updates from the Fox Cities Book Festival Committee via email by signing up for e-alerts.

  • The Big Read during Money Smart Week

    Join Children's Services for The Big Read during Money Smart Week, April 18-25. We will be hosting two storytimes; Saturday, April 18 at 10:00 am and Thursday, April 25 at 6:15 pm.

    Each child who registers and attends will receive a free copy of this year's book, Alexander Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst. Registration is required; to register, please click here.

  • Culver's Coloring Contest

    April is the month for National Library Week!  Celebrate your favorite book by drawing a picture about it.  It can be a character, event, scene or anything you liked about the book.  Children age 4-11 may return the drawing to Appleton Public Library's Children's Services desk between April 1 and April 30 and receive a certificate for a FREE single scoop of Culver's Frozen Custard in a cake cone or dish to be redeemed at one of Appleton's Culver's locations.  You'll also be eligible to win a special prize in a random drawing at your library.  Pick up your coloring sheet at the Children's Service desk or click on the link below.

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