Our youth summer reading programs are easy and free! You don't need a library card, you don't need to check anything out and you don't even have to register! Work at your own pace too! Super busy this summer- do summer reading program on the go and stop in on the last day and still get all your prizes and get into the prize drawings. Activity logs will be available starting May 13th. If the child in your life attends school in Kaukauna, they will be bringing an activity log home. You don't have to live in Kaukauna to participate though- anyone can participate! Our learners will recieve nine prizes total if they complete all their learning assignments! Prizes include toys, brand new books, and coupons for free food! Adults, we have a program for you too! It's important that the youth in your life see you reading this summer too! Youth programs runs 6/10-8/22; adult program runs 6/10-8/9.

Preschool Program: Desgined for infants through age four. Learning activities focus on basic concepts. Prize drawings include: Melissa & Doug Magnetic Calendar (Week One Drawing), Melissa & Doug Xylophone (Bonus Activity Drawing), and a Learning Resources Building Set (Grand Prize).

School Age Program: Designed for kindergarten to students going into fifth grade in the fall. Activities include reading, writing, science, math, drawing, and volunteering. Prize drawings include: Slime Kit (Week One Drawing), Glow in the Dark Crystal Growing Kit (Bonus Activity Drawing), and a Telescope (Grand Prize Drawing).

Teen Program: Designed for teens in grade six through twleve. Activities also include reading, writing, science, math, drawing, and volunteering. Prizes include: Potato Alarm Clock (Wek One Drawing), Glow in the Dark Slime Kit (Bonus Activity Drawing), and Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Grand Prize Drawing).

Adult Program: Designed for anyone over the age of eighteen. Registration is necessary for this program. Once you are registered, track anything you read or the audiobooks you listen to for your chance to win! Each week we pull a winner for a local gift card. At the end of the program, we pull the grand prize winner. The grand prize drawing this year is for a pair of Binoculars!  

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.  

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Join us at 7pm for Pool Noodle Jousting and a Dance Party!  Our movie will be "The Kid Who Would Be King" Rated PG with a runtime of 2 hours.  Estimated sunset is at 8:41pm

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, August 27, 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.

April- guest speaker Dr. Patrick Jung on Jean Nicolet

May-guest speaker Josh Lambrecht on the Bank of Kaukauna

June- Gavin Schmitt will be speaking on the topic of Charles Hartley on the Railroad

July-guest speaker Neil Geiger on Geiger Photography

August-guest speaker Dan Kobussen on Kobussen Bus

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

KASD is not able to offer the Summer Feeding Program again this summer. However, the Library has received donations from the following supporters to offer a free lunch to hungry youth under the age of 18 every Wednesday during the summer, June 12- August 28. Similar to the Summer Feeding Program, the food is for youth only and must be eaten in the library. Families in need are also encouraged to utilize our Little Free Pantry located in the corner of the adult nonfiction collection. Fresh produce from our Flex Farm will also be in the pantry during harvest times. Our amazing donors for this program include: Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Heirloom Kitchen, The Fischer Family, The Driessen Family, Stone Ridge Piggly Wiggly and Unison Credit Union.

Summer Feeding will be held the following dates:

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us for a night of sharing creative work! Drop in and sign up for a ten-minute time slot at the door. There will be tea and coffee provided, as well as encouragement and camaraderie. Please plan your material so that it does not exceed ten minutes, and keep all material PG-13. 

Monday, July 1, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Monday, August 5, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Monday, September 2, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

June 3rd Learn to Crochet Night

July 1st Learn to Knit Night

August 5th Learn to Weave Night

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).

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Whether you’re an amateur or a seasoned pro, Genealogy Club is a welcoming, casual gathering of history detectives looking for missing relatives. Share your brick walls and successes, and leave with new ideas and suggestions!

Monday, July 8, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Monday, August 12, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Monday, September 9, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Memory Cafes are for those experiencing early stage dementia, mild memory loss, or cognitive impairment, and for family and friends of those affected.  It's a great opportunity for lively discussions, information gathering, refreshments, camaraderie, and lots of creative fun thrown in.  We have a gerontology professional on hand to answer questions and an enormous weath wealth of experience among participants to be shared.  A program sponsored and held by the Fox Valley Memory Project. Meets in the Conference Room.

For July:  Let’s celebrate the patriotic month of July with an “Ode to Wisconsin” craft. Learn some fun facts about our state and make your very own Wisconsin-themed banner to take home. We welcome Elyse-Krista Mische, a local artist and CNA who will guest facilitate the activity!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am


Book Discussion Book for July 09, 2019:

What She Left Behind

By: Ellen Marie Wiseman




In this stunning new novel, the acclaimed author of The Plum Tree merges the past and present into a haunting story about the nature of love and loyalty--and the lengths we will go to protect those who need us most.

Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloging items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past. 

Clara Cartwright, eighteen years old in 1929, is caught between her overbearing parents and her love for an Italian immigrant. Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage, Clara's father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids. But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash, he can no longer afford her care--and Clara is committed to the public asylum. 

Even as Izzy deals with the challenges of yet another new beginning, Clara's story keeps drawing her into the past. If Clara was never really mentally ill, could something else explain her own mother's violent act? Piecing together Clara's fate compels Izzy to re-examine her own choices--with shocking and unexpected results. 

Illuminating and provocative, What She Left Behind is a masterful novel about the yearning to belong--and the mysteries that can belie even the most ordinary life.

Praise For Ellen Marie Wiseman's The Plum Tree

"Ellen Marie Wiseman's provocative and realistic images of a small German village are exquisite. The Plum Tree will find good company on the shelves of those who appreciated Skeletons at the Feast, by Chris Bohjalian, Sarah's Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay, and Night, by Elie Wiesel." --NY Journal of Books

"The meticulous hand-crafted detail and emotional intensity of The Plum Tree immersed me in Germany during its darkest hours and the ordeals its citizens had to face. A must-read for WWII Fiction aficionados--and any reader who loves a transporting story." --Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us

"Wiseman eschews the genre's usual military conflicts of daily life during wartime, lending an intimate and compelling poignancy to this intriguing debut." --Publishers Weekly

"Ellen Marie Wiseman weaves a story of intrigue, terror, and love from a perspective not often seen in Holocaust novels." --Jewish Book World

"A haunting and beautiful debut novel." --Anna Jean Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August


About the Author

Ellen Marie Wiseman was born and raised in Three Mile Bay, a tiny hamlet in Northern New York. A first generation American, Ellen has traveled frequently to visit her family in Germany, where she fell in love with the country’s history and culture. A mother of two, Ellen lives peacefully on the shores of Lake Ontario with her husband and three dogs.

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Come learn how to make paper origami flowers! All supplies will be provided. We will be making a few different types of flowers. You are welcomed to bring your own paper or even old book pages to use.

Registration required and begins June 27. To register, stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press 2 for service desk). Program will be held in conference room ABC.

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Monday, August 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Monday, September 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! 

  • May:  Hamburger Hill
  • June: Death of Judy Garland
  • July: Charles becomes Prince
  • August: Rocky Marciano
Monday, July 15, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

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 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.

Registration required and begins 7/1.

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 7:00pm to 7:45pm

Come for tea, coffee, coloring (if you like) and some listening! 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. :) Held in Conference ABC.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

This engaging and inspiring session provides participants greater awareness of their unique self.  Understand how you add value and purpose in your life and create a vision for your future.  Explore your values, talents, gifts and interests to construct a vision statement that expresses your amazing self and your life purpose.  Be empowered to optimize your life and become the best version of yourself!

This program is conducted in two sessions, so be sure to come to both to maximize the benefits by attending both!  Registration preferred and begins 7/10. To register, stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press for service desk).  

Shana Farrell is a Project Manager within the Center for Instructional Excellence at Fox Valley Technical College.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Professional Communication from Alverno College, and a Master of Science Degree in Management and Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake College.  Shana has extensive leadership experience as a graduate of Leadership Fox Cities, and the Wisconsin Technical College System Leadership Development Institute (WLDI).  She is a hospice volunteer and a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Outagamie County helping children who are abused or neglected.  Shana is as a Life Coach Facilitator trained through the Life Design Center at the University of North Carolina at Greesnboro.

Program will be held in the Board Room. 

Monday, July 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Monday, August 19, 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.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Join us as we make our own spa foot scrub.  Perfect for exfoliating summer feet!  Registration required and begins 7-10-19.  To register, call 920-766-6340