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.  

The NEA Big Read: 2020 Fox Cities Reads title is The Late Homecomer by Kao Kalia Yang. Kao Kalia Yang was born in a Hmong refugee camp in Thailand and moved when she was six with her family to St. Paul, Minnesota, home to the largest concentration of Hmong in the country. They began their life in the U.S. living on welfare in public housing until her parents took on multiple jobs to feed their family. To fill her time, especially during the long winters and because she couldn't afford to attend movies or concerts, Yang would read. While she loved books like the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Yang recalls asking the librarian for books about people like her. "She gave me a book about the Chinese, the Japanese, the Vietnamese, but she couldn't give me a book about Hmong kids." That was one of her first callings to write, which was easier for her than speaking English. Yang will be speaking in the Fox Cities April 16 & 17, 2020. Click here for more information on Kao Kalia Yang and the Fox Cities Book Festival.  

 

Book Discussion Book for December 10th, 2019:

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

By: Casey Cep

 

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New York Times Best Seller
 
“Compelling . . . at once a true-crime thriller, courtroom drama, and miniature biography of Harper Lee. If To Kill a Mockingbird was one of your favorite books growing up, you should add Furious Hours to your reading list today.” —Southern Living
 
Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted—thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend.
 
Sitting in the audience during the vigilante’s trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more years working on her own version of the case.

Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.

About The Author

CASEY CEP is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

"Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee" is her first book. It was an instant New York Times, WSJ, & Indiebound bestseller. The book earned rave reviews from Michael Lewis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Al Roker, David Grann, and Helen Macdonald.

You can follow Casey Cep on Twitter (@cncep) and Instagram (@caseycep) or visit her website (www.caseycep.com).

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 opportunity to create an artistic piece without having to purchase 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, December 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Wednesday, December 11, 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, 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! 

  • 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
  • December:  Sitting where the Piggly Wiggly and surrounding businesses now stand, the Lehrer landfill dominated the southern edge of the city for years. Despite a so-called 'Berlin Wall' separating the dump from houses on 20th Street, there was no stopping the stench and refuse that would blow into residents' yards. This month we look back at the city's garbage problem.
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!

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, December 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:15am
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.

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Celebrate all things eagle in this fun and educational family program! Stephanie from 1000 Islands Environmental Center will read her book Ella, Eddie, and Egg and share information about the eagle as a predatory bird, their nesting and feeding habits, a bit of their history and presence here in Kaukauna.  This program is geared to families, but adults are welcome to attend on their own.

Monday, January 6, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Monday, March 2, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Do you have a favorite fiber hobby? Are you looking for a new one? Grand KaKalin Fiber Arts Group is the place for you! 

Each month we will feature one fiber art project in an introductory lesson from 6:00-7:00 for those interested. Library 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. Meeting held in the Board Room. Registration is not required.

6:00-7:00     Staff led project or instruction (optional)
7:00-8:00     Free time to work on your project or start a new one

January - Introduction to Crochet
February - Introduction to Knitting
March - No instructor-led class - Bring your recent projects to share
April - Introduction to Weaving
May - Basic Macrame

Please note that Kaukauna Public Library staff may photograph and record programs and events for library publicity and promotional purposes. Patrons who do not wish to be photographed or recorded will be respected, but must tell a staff member or presenter that they do not wish to be photographed or recorded at the time of the event.

Monday, January 6, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Please join staff member and Naturopathic Mary as she discusses Intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is more of a life-style than a diet. There are several variations but, mainly it involves following a scheduled eating plan that is very effective for weight loss, increased energy, improving mental clarity and a host of additional health benefits. Program held in Conference Room ABC.

Please note that Kaukauna Public Library staff may photograph and record programs and events for library publicity and promotional purposes. Patrons who do not wish to be photographed or recorded will be respected, but must tell a staff member or presenter that they do not wish to be photographed or recorded at the time of the event.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 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!

Please note that Kaukauna Public Library staff may photograph and record programs and events for library publicity and promotional purposes. Patrons who do not wish to be photographed or recorded will be respected, but must tell a staff member or presenter that they do not wish to be photographed or recorded at the time of the event.

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Monday, March 9, 2020 - 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 Conference Room ABC.

For January:  Calling all book worms! “Crawl” over to the library and cozy up for a poetry reading and learn what the library has to offer you! Audio books, large print, movies, and music – EVERYONE can find something at the library!

Please note that Kaukauna Public Library staff may photograph and record programs and events for library publicity and promotional purposes. Patrons who do not wish to be photographed or recorded will be respected, but must tell a staff member or presenter that they do not wish to be photographed or recorded at the time of the event.

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, March 9, 2020 - 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+. Held in Conference Room ABC.

Please note that Kaukauna Public Library staff may photograph and record programs and events for library publicity and promotional purposes. Patrons who do not wish to be photographed or recorded will be respected, but must tell a staff member or presenter that they do not wish to be photographed or recorded at the time of the event.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Join in a discussion of popular fiction and non-fiction titles. New members always welcome.

Please note that Kaukauna Public Library staff may photograph and record programs and events for library publicity and promotional purposes. Patrons who do not wish to be photographed or recorded will be respected, but must tell a staff member or presenter that they do not wish to be photographed or recorded at the time of the event.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Whether you're new to the ukulele or a pro, Ukulele Night is for you!

6:30-7:00     Library staff member and musician Betsy will lead a brief lesson in basic playing techniques. Bring your own ukulele or ask about our Ukulele Lending Library program.

7:00-7:45     Join in a ukulele jam, open to all playing levels. Music will be provided. 

Held in Conference ABC. If weather allows, class may be held in the Learning Garden Amphitheater in April and May.

Please note that Kaukauna Public Library staff may photograph and record programs and events for library publicity and promotional purposes. Patrons who do not wish to be photographed or recorded will be respected, but must tell a staff member or presenter that they do not wish to be photographed or recorded at the time of the event.

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am

 

Let's sweat at the library! 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 babies and toddlers. Taught by a Fitness Prenatal and Postpartum and Barre Above Certified Instructor. All fitness levels welcomed! No registration required. Held in Conference Room ABC.

January 17 - HIIT Class (Interval Training Workout)
February 28 - Barre Class
March 20 - HIIT Class (Interval Training Workout)
April 17  - Barre Class

Please note that Kaukauna Public Library staff may photograph and record programs and events for library publicity and promotional purposes. Patrons who do not wish to be photographed or recorded will be respected, but must tell a staff member or presenter that they do not wish to be photographed or recorded at the time of the event.

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