We have a Little Free Pantry available during all open hours! The pantry is located in the river side corner of Adult Nonfiction. We also accept donations of non-expired, non-perishable foods, as well as hygiene and baby care items year round.

If you are in need of winter clothing items, our lobby also has a stock of gently used and new donations of winter apparel available to take for free. Donations are accepted as well.  

The NEA Big Read: 2020 Fox Cities Reads title is The Late Homecomer by Kao Kalia Yang. Kao Kalia Yang was born in a Hmong refugee camp in Thailand and moved when she was six with her family to St. Paul, Minnesota, home to the largest concentration of Hmong in the country. They began their life in the U.S. living on welfare in public housing until her parents took on multiple jobs to feed their family. To fill her time, especially during the long winters and because she couldn't afford to attend movies or concerts, Yang would read. While she loved books like the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Yang recalls asking the librarian for books about people like her. "She gave me a book about the Chinese, the Japanese, the Vietnamese, but she couldn't give me a book about Hmong kids." That was one of her first callings to write, which was easier for her than speaking English. Yang will be speaking in the Fox Cities April 16 & 17, 2020. Click here for more information on Kao Kalia Yang and the Fox Cities Book Festival.  

Let's Sweat at the Library with our kids! Family Fitness Friday is once a month fitness class where you can bring your kids along! No need to worry about daycare. Bring your strollers, your kids, some water, and your workout attire to the library. Workout in a kid friendly environment with other parents. Toys will be available for toddlers. Taught by a Fitness Prenatal and Postpartum and Barre Above Certified Instructor.

September 20 - HIIT Class
October 18 - Barre Class
November 15 - HIIT Class
December 20 - Barre Class

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Friday, December 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Monday, December 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Join local historian and Library staff member, Gavin Schmitt, as he selects topics fifty years ago for some brief history, memory sharing, group discussion, and opinion of the historical event. Enjoy a cup of coffee during discussion! 

  • October:  Kaukauna Gets a New Phone Number (October 1969, Kaukauna phone numbers now start with 766. Previously, they were only 6-XXXX!)
  • November:  This Big One-Historical Marker
  • December:  Sitting where the Piggly Wiggly and surrounding businesses now stand, the Lehrer landfill dominated the southern edge of the city for years. Despite a so-called 'Berlin Wall' separating the dump from houses on 20th Street, there was no stopping the stench and refuse that would blow into residents' yards. This month we look back at the city's garbage problem.
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 5:30pm

4 spots per class, registration required and begins 11/1.

This course is designed for absolute computer beginners, no prior computer experience necessary!  Topics covered include: parts of a computer, how to use a keyboard and mouse, and how to navigate the operating system of a computer.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Craft your own gift bow from recycled magazines and craft paper.

Registration begins 11/6.

Monday, November 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us for critiquing and writing sessions as a group! Meets in the Conference AB with novelist extraordinaire Sarah Read guiding the way.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Each month, join local historian Gavin Schmitt (and the occasional guest speaker) to learn about a piece of Kaukauna. Maybe a founding father (or mother!), a long-time business, or perhaps an organization that has helped the city grow. The sharing of memories is strongly encouraged, and proposals for future topics are welcome.

October - author Bill Stokes will discuss Wisconsin POW camps and his new novel Margaret's War, the story of an isolated small town in Wisconsin suddenly thrust into the brutal reality of World War II when German POWs are brought in to help with crop harvesting.

November - Thilmany Reunion and History Display - come and share memories of the Thilmany mill, reminisce, and explore books and artifacts related to its history. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Bring your own ukulele and jam with us! Library staff member Betsy will be on hand to answer questions and play along. Whether you're just getting started or a ukulele pro, don't miss this fun and casual music event!

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Participants are encouraged to bring projects, both completed and those you are working on finishing to share. Together we can share creative ideas, learn various forms of crafts and meet new people with a common interest in fiber arts. On occasion, presentations from artisans on specific fiber arts will be planned. Fiber art topics include, but are not limited to: quilting, spinning, rug hooking, sewing, knitting, and crochet. Meets in the Conference Room (except on 4/2 meets in Board Room).

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 6:30pm

Join staff member and naturopathic Mary as she discusses herbal teas. Herbal teas have been making people feel better for centuries! Stop by and join us as we explore the wonderful world of teas, gain a basic knowledge of their healing properties and even taste a sample of these pure & simple herbal delights.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Come for tea, coffee, cookies, and coloring (if you like) and some listening to a holiday story! We will be selecting short stories to read to you while you relax with tea, coffee, or with our fun adult coloring books! This storytime is only for grown-ups please; not to be confused with our youth storytime programs. December event held in Adult Fiction area. 

Join us for an afternoon matinee inside the library on the big screen. Each month we will show a new release film. Stay tuned for movie titles! Free popcorn.

November movie: The Lion King (2019)

December Movie: Blinded by the Light (PG-13)

From writer/director/producer Gurinder Chadha (“Bend It Like Beckham”) comes the inspirational drama “Blinded by the Light,” set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s timeless songs. “Blinded by the Light” tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra) a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of “the Boss,” Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in Springsteen’s powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice. Based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s acclaimed memoir Greetings from Bury Park, “Blinded by the Light” is a joyful story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to lift the human spirit. (Source)

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 5:45pm to 7:45pm

Join genealogist Lori O. to learn the basics of journaling as a way of enhancing your family genealogy work. Topics covered will include:

  • Telling your story
  • Answering questions
  • Recording memories, special events, favorite memories
  • "Who were they"?
  • How do you want to be remembered?
  • What's important to you?
  • Bad Handwriting - Typing it.
  • Using Journaling Prompts
  • Different Types of Journal - purchased, handmade, composition journals
  • Mental Health Benefits

Registration is required for this class. Call the library or stop in starting 10/6 to reserve your spot. Class will be held in the Board Room.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Join us for an afternoon of holiday crafting fun! Turn simple materials into a winter home decoration. Registration begins 11/21.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Bid on holiday decor to benefit the library! Enjoy drop-in youth crafts, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, our Give a Gift book program, and raffles.

  • The Give a Gift book program runs all day.
  • Final bidding on decor and auction items will end at 7:15p.
  • Winners will be announced at 7:30p.
  • Raffle winner will be announced at 7:30p.
  • Youth activities and Santa will be available from 6:30-7:30p.
  • We can accept cash, check or card.
Monday, December 9, 2019 - 5:30pm

Registration required and begins 11/25.

This email basics class will cover the following topics:

How to create a new email
How to send email
How to reply to emails
Email safety
How to organize emails
Proper Email password management


Please note that it is expected you know how to use a keyboard and mouse to navigate a computer before attending this course.  We offer free one-one-one technology training sessions here at the library if you need any help.  Just call 920-766-6340 ext. 6 to set up a time.

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Are you a Forensics Files-o-phile? A Murderino? A cold case armchair detective? If you've got a morbid curiosity for crime, you've found the right club. Each month we'll pick a crime to research and discuss, and share our favorite books, documentaries, and podcasts.   Ages 18+