What's Happening

Library Open to Capacity

The Kaukauna Public Library reopened for computer use, holds pickup, and intentional browsing with a reduced capacity.  Visitors are reminded that face coverings must cover the nose and mouth, and will be required to enter the building and during their entire visit. Please be aware that the play area, study rooms, meeting space, and local history room are still unavailable.Check current capacity herehttps://app.safespace.io/api/display/live-occupancy/d17a769b?view=icon


Library staff are happy to be able to safely welcome patrons into the building. Visitors are reminded that face coverings must cover the nose and mouth, and will be required to enter the building and during their entire visit.  A face covering does not include face shields, mesh masks, masks with holes or openings, or masks with vents. The Library asks that visits be intentional, sending a limited number of household members into the building whenever possible.  No appointments are required to visit, but the building is opened with a limited capacity.  You can check current capacity before your visit online, from the Library’s Facebook page or website (kaukaunalibrary.org).  The TV screens in the Library lobby will also indicate current capacity levels. Please be aware that the play area, study rooms, meeting space, and local history room are still unavailable. 


Those that are not comfortable visiting in person, or who are unable to wear a face covering are encouraged to continuing using curbside service. Curbside pickup and service is available Monday-Thursday, 10am-11am and 4pm-6pm, and Friday 10am-11am and 3pm-5pm. No curbside will be available on Saturdays. Schedule curbside pickup on the Library’s website calendar or by calling 920-766-6340 x2 during regular business hours.

Meeting room and study room use will not be available during this phase of opening. The Local History room will also be closed to the public.  The children’s department Preschool Play Area and other play spaces and activities will not be available. Please note that food and drink are not welcome at the library during this time. Limited tables are available for individual study use, though the library asks that visits be kept as brief as possible to allow all those wishing to use the library availability.  WiFi continues to be available outside the library in the garden and can be accessed from a vehicle by parking in the spots closest to the Interactive Learning Garden entrance. Storytime and other programs and events remain virtual only at this time. Continue to find weekly events on the Library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

During the building closure the Kaukauna Public Library continued to provide nearly every service it offers through their curbside model, including item pickup, copy/fax services, and computer use. In 2020 the Kaukauna Public Library offered 325 virtual programs, served 6,550 individuals and families through curbside pickup, and with the help of community partners and volunteers, distributed over 9,800 pounds of food through their Little Free Pantry and pop-up pantry events.

Now Available for Checkout: Laptops!

The Kaukauna Public Library now has several laptops to check out. Laptops may be checked out by an adult with an OWLSnet library card in good standing. A usage/circulation agreement must be signed by borrower at the time of check out.
Call the library for availability. Laptops can not be placed on hold through InfoSoup.

Laptop Circulation Agreement

  1. Patron must be an adult at least 18 years old with an OWLSnet library card in good standing.
  1. Borrowers must present their library card or official photo ID (Driver’s license or WI State ID) to library staff at the time of check out. 
  1. Address and phone number will be confirmed and recorded. Patron must sign the Laptop Circulation Agreement form. 
  1. The laptop is checked out for a period of two weeks with no renewals unless special permission is obtained from library director.
  1. The laptop must be returned to Kaukauna Public Library in person at the circulation desk. All items will be checked at the time of return.
  1. No software may be downloaded or installed on the laptop, nor can any changes be made to the system configurations.
  1. Data will be lost when the laptop is shutdown or loses power. Save your work in the cloud or on an external drive such as a flash drive. The library shall bear no responsibility or liability for claims relating to the loss, damage, or interception of any information, data, work product, or other material viewed, searched or stored on the laptop. All created files will be wiped clean upon the end of usage.
  1. Somewhat limited technical support is available through library personnel. Borrowers attest that they have basic familiarity and comfort with the laptop and the software they will be using.
  1. Any loss or damage of the laptop should be reported immediately. Borrowers should not attempt to troubleshoot problems on the laptop.
  1. The borrower assumes full responsibility for the cost of repair or replacement in the event the laptop is lost, stolen, or damaged. Replacement cost is $710.
  1. Borrowers must not engage in any illegal activities (e.g. hacking pirating, downloading illegal materials, etc.) or engage in any activities inconsistent with library policies.
  1. Violation of any of the above conditions may result in suspension of laptop borrowing privileges as determined by the Library Director.

Fox Cities Reads 2021

george.jpgThe 2021 Fox Cities Reads title is George by Alex Gino. 

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.

George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part . . . because she's a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

George is a Scholastic Gold Book and has won the Children's Stonewall Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Children's Choice Book Awards. Place a hold on your copy today! Or use Overdrive/Libby for a no wait title here

Meet the Library Board

Members of the Kaukauna Public Library Board work year round to guide and support all that Library leadership and staff do to provide a top-notch Library and services to Kaukauna community members.  During National Library Week we are celebrating them and sharing a little bit more about who they are and why they choose to give back to the Kaukauna Public Library.

If you would like to support the Library, consider making a monetary donation to our Interactive Learning Garden and large capital projects through our Library Foundation, or donate to youth and family programs like Summer Learning Program with a gift to our Friends of the Library

Kaukauna Public Library Foundation

Friends of the Kaukauna Public Library


Olivia Fischer

           Role on Board:  President


Kevin Hietpas 

How many years have you served on the Library Board? 1 year

Tell us about yourself:

I am the librarian at Kaukauna High School. I have been a school librarian for 13 years, the last 7 have been at KASD.

Why did you choose to serve on the Library Board?

 I love what libraries offer the community and it strengthens the partnership between the school district and public library. 

Why do you love the Kaukauna Public Library? 

The people and the programming. 

What book changed your life and why? 

As a kid, I did not like reading. The first chapter book I can remember reading was in high school and it was the book Holes by Louis Sachar. From there, reading took off for me. Helping people who don't like to read find the right book is one of the reasons I wanted to be a librarian. 

Mary Jo Kilgas

Role on Board:  Vice President

How many years have you served on the Library Board? I have served on the Library Board for approximately 13 years.

Tell Us About Yourself:

I am in my 2nd year of retirement. Before that, I was a teacher of children with learning and other disabilities in the Kaukauna School District. I taught at Quinney, NDLC, and Haen Schools during that time.

Why did you choose to serve on the Library Board? 

I chose to serve on the Library Board because I have always loved books, learning, and libraries. I felt that I had something valuable to offer to the Board with my perspective and years of experience.  Wherever my husband and I travel to, I need to check out their library. The library is the heart of a community. To me, it was very important to keep our library downtown for easy access for everyone.

Why do you love the Kaukauna Public Library? 

The Kaukauna Public Library is focused on what the community needs. The building is amazing, but it's what goes on inside it and even out and about in the community that makes me so proud to live here and be a part of this. 

What is something people might be surprised to know about Kaukauna Public Library?

 When we first began planning the new library, the square footage was going to be almost half the size it became.

What book changed your life and why? 

I don't remember any book itself having an impact on me, but just being able to read was like a miracle to me. How did that happen?

I became an avid reader. If I don't have a book to read, I feel lost. I remember in my early years, going to the library and feeling special to be there and know that all of those books were mine to read. I could choose whatever I wanted. It was a very free feeling. I have always gravitated to mysteries, but I'm open to suggestions.


Patrick Landreman 

How many years have you served on the Library Board? 8 years.

Tell Us About Yourself:

I am a retired CPA. I was a partner at Baker Tilly predecessor firms from 1963 to 2008.

Why did you choose to serve on the Library Board? 

I thought I could provide experience not present on the Board, especially after Charlie Fischer stepped down.

Why do you love the Kaukauna Public Library? 

The Kaukauna Public Library provides so many services and areas of information not readily available, to many people of different backgrounds and experiences. 


Joseph Lucas 

How many years have you served on the Library Board? 25 years. Since 1996.

Tell Us About Yourself:

I was a school psychologist for many years and then the Director of Special Education and Pupil Services for Kaukauna Area School District, until my retirement.

Why did you choose to serve on the Library Board? 

I had been a frequent user and supporter of the Kaukauna Public library and wished to contribute to its continuing growth and as a means of being a contributing community member.

Why do you love the Kaukauna Public Library? 

I believe one can tell a great deal about a community by it’s public library. I believe the Kaukauna Public library building and it’s programs are among the finest in the Fox Valley and the state of Wisconsin.  It’s programming offerings and services are exceptional.

What is something people might be surprised to know about Kaukauna Public Library?

The public might be surprised at the wide range of services and programs that are offered to our community. Additionally, we offer food supplies and clothing to those in need. 

What book changed your life and why? 

I have read a great many books in my lifetime. I don’t believe any one has significantly changed my life but in total have added to the quality, knowledge and enrichment of my life.


Anna Neumeier

Role on Board: Recording Secretary 

How many years have you served on the Library Board? 2 years.

What is your background? While I am originally from Upper Michigan and a Michigan Technological University graduate, I have called Kaukauna my home since 2010. My husband is a city engineer and we have three wonderful kids and a very sweet rescue dog. I started my own business working as a marketing communications consultant two years ago, and I also love reading, photography, and volunteering in my church.

Why did you choose to serve on the Library Board? I am very proud to serve on the Kaukauna Library Board because it is an invaluable community resource and I want to support their positive work in the community. I am constantly in awe of everything the Kaukauna Public Library does to care for its patrons, from school supply drives to pop-up food pantry events to winter clothing drives. The Kaukauna Public Library is a center for compassion and learning in our community.  

Why do you love the Kaukauna Public Library? I have always loved libraries ever since I was a kid, but I found a new level of appreciation for them once I started visiting our city's library. The KPL offers an immeasurable amount of resources such as children's story times, children's play areas, an interactive learning garden, reading incentives for my kids, a work space for my small business that includes WiFi and meeting rooms, and, of course, access to books, movies, puzzles, etc... all for free! What I love most is that visiting the Kaukauna Public Library helped foster a love of reading in all my children and connected our family to the community. Some of my children's earliest memories are from attending story times, and we have made lifelong friends thanks to these programs. At my most recent trip to the library, the staff cheered and praised the work my daughter has put into her reading skills. Little kindnesses often make such a big impact, and the look on my daughter's face when the librarians said they were impressed with her was priceless. 

What is something people might be surprised to know about Kaukauna Public Library? You can check out mobile hotspots and laptops!

What book changed your life and why? I cannot point to one book that changed my life, but I would instead counter that my love of reading shaped my life and my perspective. Being immersed in a book and its characters, I can't help but become empathetic to different viewpoints while challenging my own ideas and beliefs. I would not be the person I am today if I wasn't open to the lessons of compassion, empathy, and intelligence that are shared in so many great books. Equally important to me have been the little board books my kids loved to hear over, and over, and over while sitting on my lap. 

Carol Van Boxtel

How many years have you served on the Library Board? I have served on the library board for 16 years.

Tell Us About Yourself:

Retired RN, Director of Education and Training for Affinity Health System.Am an author, local historian and genealogist.

Why did you choose to serve on the Library Board? 

Since volunteering at the library, I have become a strong advocate for the library and the community it serves.I am better able to support the library mission and goals serving on the library board.

Why do you love the Kaukauna Public Library? 

It is a given!I love the history room and cataloguing donated materials which relates to the stories of hard work and adventure in developing our community.I enjoy writing my Look Back in History articles.

What is something people might be surprised to know about Kaukauna Public Library?

That the KHS yearbooks and area obituaries are available on the library website and patrons can view from home.

What book changed your life and why? 

As a small girl I read “The Land of the Fox, A Saga of Outagamie County published in 1949.Reading the history of Kaukauna kindled a life-long love for local history.


Jane Vondracek

Role on the Board: Financial Secretary

             How many years have you served on the Library Board? Wow, it’s been 12 years, hard to believe.

Tell Us About Yourself:

I was a high school business teacher at Kaukauna High School.

Why did you choose to serve on the Library Board? 

I have always loved reading so I started volunteering at the library after I retired. When the position on the board opened up, I felt it was a good way to give back to the community.

Why do you love the Kaukauna Public Library? 

The library has been part of my life since I was a youngster. I participated in the summer reading program, brought my kids to the library and as an adult have volunteered.

What book changed your life and why? 

I can't think of just one book. Books have taken me to many places and times, introduced me to people from long ago, taught me things, and enriched my life. 

Register for Curbside Pickup

Curbside Service is available Monday-Thursday, 10AM-11AM and 4PM-6PM, and Friday, 10AM-11AM and 3PM-5PM.

Step 1: Click on the calendar tab: http://kaukaunalibrary.evanced.info/signup

Step 2: Select the available date/time you would like curbside pickup.

Step 3: Click on that date and time and scroll down until you  see "View More."

Step 4: Click on "View More" and it will take you to the registration page.  Complete the form with the requested information

Notes: You can continue to place holds through InfoSoup.org. After you receive notice your items are ready to pick up, schedule a curbside pickup.

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Little Free Pantry Information

Who is the pantry for? Anyone struggling to put food on their table may take from the pantry. No tickets, passes, coupons, necessary. Please choose kind and only take stock if you are truly in need of food.

When is the pantry open? The pantry is open during library operating hours M-TH 9a-8p, F 9a-5p, and Saturday 9a-1p.

Where is the pantry? In the main library lobby on a shelf. 

What is in the pantry? Most of the time only non-perishable staples. It is completely donation based, so supply is uncertain.

What is with the big restocks with bread, fruits, and vegetables we see online? Oshkosh Area Community Pantry has been kind enough to give us their surplus and community member Jason Lipsky has been kind enough to drive it up to us. We don't know when we will get surplus or what time it will arrive, so there is no set schedule. We post on our Facebook page when the restocks occur.

Can I donate to the pantry? Yes! We accept donations of non-perishable foods, hygiene items, and baby feeding/diapering supplies. We do not accept or condone the donation of expired food. It is unsafe for consumption and we throw it out. If you would like to make a monetary donation to the pantry by cash or check (to Kaukauna Public Library), simply write it is for the pantry on the outside of the envelope and stuff it through the outdoor book drop and library staff will purchase what is most in need. Monetary donations are tax deductible.

What if I need more help than this? Call 211! https://www.unitedway.org/our-impact/featured-programs/2-1-1#