Adults

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.  

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!  

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, October 22, 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. 

Wednesday, August 28, 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, August 29, 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. 

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.

Upcoming
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 13, 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, September 9, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
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 August:  Do you enjoy those songs from the “good ole days”? Come and see if you can name the tune as we join our own John McFadden to laugh and sing our way down memory lane!

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Monday, October 7, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Monday, November 4, 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).

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 6:30pm

Join staff member and naturopathic Mary as she discusses fasting. Intermittent fasting is more of a life-style than a diet. It involves following a scheduled eating plan that is effective for weight loss, increased energy levels, mental clarity and a mulititude of other added health benefits.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

 

Book Discussion Book for September 10, 2019:

The First Conspiracy

By: Brad Meltzer

 

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Taking place during the most critical period of our nation’s birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington’s character, but also illuminates the origins of America’s counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA.

In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the months leading up to the Revolutionary War, these traitorous soldiers, along with the Governor of New York, William Tryon, and Mayor David Mathews, launched a deadly plot against the most important member of the military: George Washington himself.

This is the story of the secret plot and how it was revealed. It is a story of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors. It also shows just how hard the battle was for George Washington and how close America was to losing the Revolutionary War.

In this historical page-turner, New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer teams up with American history writer and documentary television producer, Josh Mensch to unravel the shocking true story behind what has previously been a footnote in the pages of history. Drawing on extensive research, Meltzer and Mensch capture in riveting detail how George Washington not only defeated the most powerful military force in the world, but also uncovered the secret plot against him in the tumultuous days leading up to July 4, 1776.

 

About the Author

 

BRAD MELTZER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Escape Artist, The Inner Circle, and many other bestselling thrillers, as well as the "Ordinary People Change the World" series. He is also the host of the History Channel TV shows Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History, which he used to help find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero.

JOSH MENSCH is a writer and documentary television producer with a focus on American history and culture. He has produced, written and directed series for PBS, National Geographic, A&E, Discovery and other networks. He was also the showrunner on Brad Meltzer’s Lost History for the History Channel. Josh is a graduate of Princeton and Columbia Universities, and lives in Brooklyn with his family.

 

If you have never experienced the joy of painting or drawing in a group, this is the perfect chance. This program offers beginners a guided oportunity to create an artistic peice without having to purchace any materials. The library will provide what is needed for each work of art we introduce. Class is open to adults. It will be held in the conference room once a month. Sign up at the front desk starting two weeks before each event.

September 10 - Beginning Painting - Registration begins 8/27.

October 1 - Beginning Watercolor - Registration begins 9/17.

November 12 - Colored Pencil Drawing - Registration begins 10/29.

December 10 - Oil Pastel Poinsettia - Registration begins 11/26.

Upcoming
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Celebrate all things Downton at this special event, just in time for the Downton Abbey Movie release on September 20.  Enjoy tea, snacks, trivia and more!

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Monday, October 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Monday, November 18, 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! 

  • August: Rocky Marciano
  • 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, September 16, 2019 - 5:30pm

4 spots per class, registration required and begins 9/3.

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.

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, October 14, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, November 11, 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+ 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Try your hand at a popular craft trend – Mandala Stones. Learn the basics of how to create dotted mandala stone paintings, then design and make your own.

This class is open to adults. Registration begins 9/4.To register, stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press for service desk)

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, September 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:15am

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