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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.

Just So Happens



After her father passes away in her native country of Japan, Yumiko must leave her bustling London life and return to her childhood home in Tokyo.  While familiar in many ways, Yumiko’s homecoming is also a shock as she relives memories of growing up that seem like a polar opposite to her current life.  Yumiko struggles with the loss of her very traditional father and hoping that he would approve of her strong, independent spirit and the artistic life she has chosen for herself.


We meet Yumiko’s mother and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  I found Yumiko’s mother one of the most interesting characters in this story—an independent woman who struggled to realize her ambitious goals in an even more conservative time than her daughter.


The artistic style of this graphic novel lends itself well to the story—it’s organic, calm, and clean.  The minimal watercolor washes over energetic ink drawings leave a lot of open, white space for our eyes to rest and keep the artwork flowing smoothly.  A very charming, authentic story with artwork to suit it.

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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.