Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Where Did You Get Those Ideas?

Beth Ann Ziarnik

Beth Ann Ziarnik will take her audience on a lively romp as she answers this most-often-asked reader question, “Where did you get those ideas?” Using bits and pieces from Her Deadly Reunion, Beth’s latest romantic suspense novel, she will reveal seven—maybe more—illustrated author secrets. Come prepared to be surprised, entertained, and informed!

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

There’s a New Cheesehead on the Block! And Some Novels Too!!

Judy DuCharme

Award-winning author Judy DuCharme combines her love for the Packers and her Lord in an action packed and delightfully inspirational devotional series of two. Reggie White’s wife Sara and Brett Favre’s mom Bonita wrote the forewords. Judy will read excerpts from and answer questions about the writing process. Come hear personal and historical stories about the Packers.

Judy is also the published author of two novels, one novella, and a short story. Judy’s genre is across the board from futuristic to historical, from suspense to romance, from sweet story to political intrigue, but all with a strong inspirational message. Excerpts will be read and questions answered about character development (how they take over a story), research, plot formation, fitting it all together, and pantster writing.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Madison, America’s Deadliest City?

Gavin Schmitt

Madison, Wisconsin has a well-deserved reputation for being a safe community, perfect for raising a family. But turn back the clock to the “roaring twenties” and Prohibition, and you’ll find a very different city!

In Murder Capital, author Gavin Schmitt (Milwaukee Mafia) explores the dangerous world of rumrunners, speakeasies and makeshift stills. Thousands of Ku Klux Klansmen march the streets, chanting and burning their crosses. The murder rate is the highest in the country – even greater than that of Capone’s Chicago. Multiple police officers are shot down in the line of duty. A prominent judge is taking loans from the very people he has sworn to lock up. And with so many residents getting involved in the liquor trade, it is beginning to get hard to sort the Mafia from the innocent neighbor.

Relying on newspaper reports, genealogical fragments, and National Archive documents, take a step into a world that couldn’t possibly have existed in small town America… and yet it did!

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00pm

Historic Kaukauna Bus Tour

Carol Mainville Van Boxtel

Join local historian, Carol Mainville Van Boxtel, as she takes you on a bus tour of historic Kaukauna. The tour will stop at over ten sites that have historic significance to the development of the City of Kaukauna. Participants will learn about the significance of each site with a short lecture, including handouts of local history documents regarding the sites. Carol is responsible for compiling the book, Historical and Recreational Tour Through Kaukauna, which will be used as inspiration for the bus tour.

Registration is required for this event and begins on October 1st; please register by calling the Kaukauna Public Library at (920) 766-6340. The tour will be conducted on a school bus, so registration is limited and wheelchair access is not available.  The tour will meet in the lobby of the Kaukauna Public Library. Busing provided by Kobussen Buses LTD.

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Finding the Missing Puzzle Pieces

Carol Mainville Van Boxtel

Kaukauna Utilities asked Carol Mainville Van Boxtel to write the history of the Utilities for their 100-year anniversary.  Routine research left many puzzle pieces missing and additional research led to areas not anticipated.  Carol was given three  binders crammed with research material from the local newspapers, local history books, libraries and museums.  But many of the articles shouted at Carol “why” and “how.”  Where were the puzzle pieces to answer those questions? They were definitely not in the mounds of material already collected.  Maybe the “why” and “how” were embellishments.  How much was necessary?

Carol could have choose to ignore the words, since her completed draft definitely presented the history of the utilities.  However, Carol decided to consult with a technical writer who helped her to prioritize, which “why” and “how” puzzle pieces to pursue.  The findings of the research was priceless and Carol continues to use this process in her writing. Come learn with Carol how you can find those missing puzzle pieces in your own research.

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Marketing Strategies

October 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

PJ Fiala

You may think, “I just want to write, why do I have to market?” Marketing is an ever-changing practice and is critical to the success of your writing. Learn what marketing is, options for marketing in 2018, and how to make the most of your time doing it.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 9:15am to 10:15am

How Illustrations Are Made

October 13, 2018 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am

Jeanne Styczinski

Interested in learning about how a picture book is illustrated? Come join Jeanne as she walks you through the day of an illustrator! She’ll talk about the many decisions she faces as she moves a picture book from blank page to print. As an illustrator, she paint/gadget prints with recycled items on recycled newspaper and then uses the printed paper to collage her images. She’ll bring some paper and get you actively involved in art as she share her craft of collaging with you. She will also read a picture book or two along the way! Come join her for this fun interactive session.

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Monday, November 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Monday, December 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Join local historican 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: End of the Death Penalty

October: The Apollo Space Program

November: Nixon's the One!

December: The Zodiac Killer

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Registration Required.  8 spots per class.  You may register two weeks before the classes, on 09/24, and 10/08 respectively.

This course is designed for absolute computer beginners, no prior computer expereience 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.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Unison Credit Union presents, Everything You'd Like to Know About Social Security But Didn't Know to Ask, featuring Social Security expert Tim Gierke. To prepare, please bring along a copy of your social security statement and ask questions that directly pertain to you! Don't have a statement yet, visit and click on mysocialsecurity to sign up. 

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Learn how to make your own simple drop spindle and get started spinning raw wool into yarn! We'll be making spindles out of dowels and old CDs, then we'll have a lesson on how to use them to make your own yarn. Registration required and begins 10/5. To register, stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press for service desk). Program will be held in conference room ABC.

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Starting September 4th, 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.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 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 throughtout the building!

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Help us make some quick and easy warm blankets for families who need them. All blankets will be donated to local shelters. If you have spare fleece, please bring it along! Registration required and begins 10/19. To register, stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press for service desk). The program will be held in conference room ABC.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:45am

Join snake enthusiast, Steve Keller, as he talks about different species of snakes. Don't worry- he will be bringing plenty of snakes for you to see and maybe even touch! Intended for school-age students and up.