Adults

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, October 14, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Monday, November 11, 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 October:  Join in for a celebration of Autumn! We will make arrangements of dried florals for you to take home and enjoy!

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, November 11, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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+ 

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

Upcoming
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Monday, October 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am
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! 

  • September:  Fire Chief Theodore Smits (September 1969, Smits is appointed Kaukauna's new fire chief. We will talk about his career.)
  • 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
Monday, October 21, 2019 - 5:30pm

Registration required and begins 10/7.

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, October 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Friendship bracelets are not just for kids! This will be an adult class to learn how to make friendship bracelets. We will start with some basics skills and patterns. Advanced patterns will be available to those who want the challenge! Make some for your friends or yourself! This is an adult only class.

Registration begins 10/7.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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.

September - guest speaker former Police Chief Pat Campbell on the Kaukauna Police Department

October - author Boll 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. 

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Do you love board games? Come try some different family friendly board games at the library. Bring your family or friends to play a handful of board games.  This program is best for anyone who loves to play board games. Program will be held in conference room ABC.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Starting September 3th, the Library will be collecting donations of gently used, clean coats and snow pants for kids and adults. We are also accepting brand new hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves for those in need. We are looking for items for all ages, including infant winter snowsuits through adult size coats and snow pants. On the day of the event, families in need are encouraged to attend and fit their children with appropriate winter gear anytime between 9:00a-1:00p or until supplies run out.

 

The event is dependent on donations.  Will be held in conference room ABC.

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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, October 29, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Take a trip back in time to the darker side of Kaukauna's past to investigate a true-crime murder. Browse a display of real historical document clues and see if you can catch the killer! No registration necessary! Clues will be spread out throughout the building!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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, November 4, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
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, November 4, 2019 - 6:30pm

Join staff member and naturopathic Mary as she discusses bone broth. Learn about bone broth's amazing nutritional & health benefits. We'll learn how to make it and you'll also get to taste a sample!

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