Adults

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Chad Lewis is a paranormal researcher and author for Unexplained Research. Chad holds a Master's of Science degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Chad had trekked across the world in search of the paranormal. From tracking vampires in Transylvania and chasing the Chupacabras in Puerto Rico, to searching for the elusive monster in Loch Ness, and pursuing ghosts in Ireland's castles, Chad brings over 18 years of research experience to his presentations.

Hauntings of the Midwest- Not for the Faint of Heart

This program takes the audience on a grisly journey to some of the most gruesomes haunting in the Midwest. Filled with tragic murders, bizarre suicides, serial killers, untimely deaths, and fatal accidents, this presentation is certainly not for the faint of heart.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

After attending four different high schools in Milwaukee, Lesley enrolled in Marquette University where she majored in her boyfriend. She followed him to New York City where they lived above a 24 hour soul record store, hence her ability to hum the chorus to every James Brown song. After that grand adventure, she returned home to attend University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to major in radio and TV for a reason she no longer recalls other than it seemed like a good idea at the time. Soon after, she feel into a job at WZMF radio, one of the countries first underground (hippie) stations where she had the chance to interview the likes of Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, and John Lennon.

In 1976, she moved to Los Angeles where she began a twelve-year stint, writing, producing, and voicing thousands of radio commercials for one of the largest radio chains in Southern California---Licorice Pizza. She also starred in hundreds of other radio and television commercials and a few sit-coms like Bad New Bears and LaVerne and Shirley.

After she met her husband, who was part owner of a sushi bar, they had two kids, Casey and Riley, both of whom are exceptionally brilliant, kind, and extremely good-looking. They came back home to Wisconsin when the children were young and opened one of the first sushi bars in Milwaukee. Lesley also continued acting in commercials in Chicago.

Although she's been writing her entire life, it wasn't until her children flew the coop that she found the time to take a run at her first novel--Whistling in the Dark--which, despite its humble beginnings became a New York Times bestseller and winner of numerous awards. She's since written eight more novels. Her newest isThe Mutual Admiration Society, which has been on the Amazon bestseller list for seven months.

When she's not writing, Lesley loves spending time with the loves of her life, her family. She's nuts about pickle ball, hiking and biking, reading, movies, gardening, and hanging out with her dog, The Amazing Gracie. She lives in a hundred-year-old farmhouse in a small town in Wisconsin.

The Writing Life...Egad.

Join author Lesley Kagan as she entertains with a presentation interspersed with funny and touching stories, and questions from the audience that can lead who knows where!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Six years ago, Wall Street Journal bestseller Emily Bleeker was a stay-at-home mom with a half finished manuscript and a dream for the future….oh, and four kids under the age of five. Now, after two best selling novels and a major career change, some days in Emily’s life require hair and make-up, but most only require a caffeine boost, some careful balancing and a healthy sense of humor. Come hear how she transitioned from a full time caregiver, to full time writer and how it really is possible to be successful at both.

Writing, Reading, Editing and....Folding 27 Loads of Laundry

Parenthood, writing and the art of staying sane while doing both.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels – most recently, The Dark Net (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) – two books of short stories and a craft book called Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction (Graywolf Press, 2016). His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio and published by Esquire, GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, the Wall Street Journal, and the Paris Review. He writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series for DC Comics, and James Bond for Dynamite Entertainment. His honors include an NEA fellowship, a Whiting Award, the Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.

Super-Powered Storytelling: What I've Learned from Writing Comics

This presentation offers both a crash course in comics writing, while also addressing how the medium has made Benjamin Percy a better novelist, screenwriter, essayist and short story writer.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. He is the author of the internationally-best selling novel Shotgun Lovesongs, a collection of short stories entitled, Beneath the Bonfire, and The Hearts of Men which has already been longlisted for two of France's top literary awards. He is the winner of France's prestigious PAGE Prix America, the 2014 Great Lakes Great Reads Award, the 2014 Midwest Independent Booksellers Award, the 2015 Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award, the 2015 UW-Whitewater Chancellor's Regional Literary Award, and has been long-listed for the 2014 Flaherty Dunnan Award for First Novel and short-listed for France's FNAC Prix. Along the way, he has worked as: a Burger King maintenance man, a tutor, a telemarketer, a hot-dog vendor, an innkeeper (twice), an office manager, a coffee roaster, a liquor store clerk, and an author escort. He lives on sixteen acres of land in rural Wisconsin adjacent to a buffalo farm. He is married and has two children.

The Hearts of Men- a Reading and Q&A 

Nickolas Butler will read from his newest novel, “The Hearts of Men”, and answer questions from the audience. The event will end with a book-signing.

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Born and raised on the Oneida Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin, Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes) turned to poetry to continue the oral tradition of his people, the People of the Standing Stone. A member of the Iroquois Confederacy, his family is of the Bear clan. His first chapbook, "Two Shoes," was published in 2011. His book, How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century recently won the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award. He and his wife live in Omro, Wisconsin, where their home is filled with love.

How a 21st Century Indian Became Published

Louis V. Clark III started to write poetry in the sixth grade. Sixth grade boys who write poetry---get beat up a lot, but he was born with a never quit attitude.

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Gavin Schmitt is a life-long Fox Cities native, graduating from Kaukauna High School and UW-Green Bay. The author of six books on local history and true crime, he has been described as an excellent researcher and the go-to expert on organized crime in Wisconsin and surrounding areas. Schmitt is a champion of open records laws, amassing a personal collection of over 1,000,000 pages of previously classified government documents. When not actively researching (which is rare), he enjoys a strong cup of coffee from Kaukauna Coffee and Tea.

The Crime that Shook the Midwest

Learn about the unsolved crime that brought the police, FBI, governor and attorney general Robert Kennedy to realize that the Mafia was a significant problem in Wisconsin.

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

First-time children’s book author Laura Kuehl, 30, moved to Appleton, Wis., from the Madison area several years ago. The route was far from direct, as Laura fled from an abusive partner, after giving birth as a teenager to their daughter.

The refuge Laura found at the local domestic violence shelter set the foundation for her to obtain the support she needed on her path to healing. A small grant of just $1,000 from the Allstate Foundation was the spark she needed to purchase a laptop and books to help her in securing her GED, followed by a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice client services.

Laura spent several years working as an advocate for women and children at the same agency she had received help from before deciding to become a full-time stay-at-home mom. She runs a local moms’ networking and support group, and serves avidly on her child’s school’s Parent-Teacher Organization.

Passionate about helping people, Laura has decided to continue advocating for families by writing books for children with an uplifting message. She’s committed to donating a portion of the proceeds from her books to local nonprofit agencies serving children.

Smart. Tough. Loved. Enough

Laura Kuehl will present on the theme her book, You’ll Always Be Enough, addresses. Kuehl, who’s overcome numerous struggles, will inspire through her own story of personal growth and self-acceptance.

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Callie Bates is the author of THE WAKING LAND. Her debut fantasy novel, it has been named both an IndieNext and LibraryReads pick. She is also a harpist and certified harp therapist, sometimes artist, and nature nerd. When she’s not creating, she’s hitting the trails or streets and exploring new places. An infrequent nonfiction writer, her work has appeared in Shambhala Sun, The Best Buddhist Writing 2012, and online journals.

Crafting Compelling Fantasy Narratives

This craft talk will delve into the process of writing a fantasy novel—ideally one that readers can’t put down!

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Corina Rogers’ dreams of becoming an author began as a 13 year old girl. At an all school assembly at the end of seventh grade, her name was called to receive a national writing competition award. That was it; the writing bug had bit. The dream of writing continued to nag and occasionally itch, but was never attacked with any determination or intensity. After accomplishing other dreams, like becoming a teacher and a mother, Corina could no longer ignore the bug. She took a sabbatical from teaching and wrote her first children’s book, Backwards Dog. Once she returned to the classroom, It took another three years to bring Backwards Dog to bookshelves. Corina is thrilled to have published Backwards Dog and looks forward to scratching many more books.

Backwards Dog- In the Beginning

“Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” Earl Nightingale

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

An officer from the Kaukauna Police Department will be discussing the current opioid epidemic, specifically the latest trends, what's out there, warning signs of drug abuse and what to expect.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Presentation will be held in conference room ABC.  Presenter will be Carol Van Boxtel, Local Historian and History Room Volunteer.  There will be two subjects discussed during the presentation.

Adventures of Meade Richardson, Kaukauna Photographer

Meade Richardson’s photography studio was located on the Island for 48 years. Prior to that, he lived in Bermuda where many of his photos ended up at Queen Victoria’s palace. Latest techniques and motion shots, especially while hunting made him famous. Enjoy the adventures of one of Kaukauna’s famous photographers.

Kaukauna Neighborhood Names – Where do you live?

Whether the inhabitants were of German or Native American descendant, owned a dog, were Yankees, or worked on the railroad, there was a section of town that identified them. At least 18 sections from Dog Town, White City and 16 more areas identified where people lived. Find out if you are living in one of these sections.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Come and learn how to arrange beautiful silk flowers in a decorative fall theme.  All supplies will be provided, however donations are greatly appreciated.  Participants will leave the class with their own small fall arrangement.  Registration required and runs 10/9-10/13 . To register, stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press for service desk). Meets in the Conference Room ABC.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Come and learn how to sew a simple pot holder!  All supplies are provided however donations are greatly appreciated. All participants will leave with their very own pot holder. Registration required; runs 10/30-11/3 . To register, stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press for service desk). The program will be held in Conference Room ABC.

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 9:00am to 8:00pm
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 9:00am to 8:00pm
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 9:00am to 8:00pm

Support the Friends of the Kaukauna Public Library by shopping our book sale.  Items range between 25 cents and $1.00 and benefit the Friends. Donations greatly appreciated.

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

November is Native American Heritage Month so in honor of that, we will be gathering to learn and create Dream Catchers.  Supplies will be furnished, however, if there are small, personal items that you would like to include in your art, please feel free to bring them and donations are greatly appreciated. Particpants will all leave with their own Dream Catcher.  Registration required; runs 11/13-11/17. Registration limited to one event per person. To register, stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press for service desk). The program will be held in Conference Room ABC. 

Those that are not able to finish their Dream Catchers in time are welcome to attend the repeat event on 11/27 for help.

Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Support the Friends of the Kaukauna Public Library by shopping our book sale. Fill a bag for just $1 today! Donations greatly appreciated.

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

November is Native American Heritage Month so in honor of that, we will be gathering to learn and create Dream Catchers.  Supplies will be furnished, however, if there are small, personal items that you would like to include in your art, please feel free to bring them and donations are greatly appreciated. Particpants will all leave with their own Dream Catcher.  Registration required; runs 11/20-11/25. Registration limited to one event per person. To register, stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press for service desk). The program will be held in Conference Room ABC. 

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