• Baby Bear Counts One
  • Sophie's Squash
  • The Snow Child
  • The Princess in Black
  • 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
  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Steampunk Saturday

    Looking for something unique to do?  Drop by Steampunk Saturday--October 18, 2014 from 12:00 to 4:30 in the Lower Level of the Appleton Public Library.  There will be two different sessions starting at noon and again at 2:30.  Each will feature a presentation in Room A/B/C about Steampunk culture or dress, as well as Steampunk Adventure RPG demos in room D (gaming spaces limited)

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