The Kaukauna Public Library offers four summer reading programs: preschool (ages 0-4), school-age (grades K-5), teen (grade 6-12) and adult, which run from June 12th-August 14th. Youth receive reading logs with weekly activities that promote reading, writing, art, math and science. Completed activities earn prizes and entries into drawings.  Registration for youth programs is no longer necessary and reading logs can be picked up at the Library starting May 22nd.  Grand prize drawings for youth that finish the program include a giant stuff animal (preschool), stunt marble maze set (school-age) and an Arduino robot (teen).  Registration for the adult reading program begins on May 22nd.  Adults simply write down what they read (books, audiobooks, newspapers, magazines) on drawing slips for entry into weekly prize drawings and the grand prize drawing for an Amazon Tap.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join local historian and genealogist Tom Duescher in learning introductory genealogy research skills.  After the presentation, Tom will help interested participants search on in the computer lab. Program will be held in the Conference Room. Please fill out the attached form prior to the class.  Paper copies will be available at the service desk as well.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Join aspiring screenwriter and independent filmmaker Anthony Huben in a short film workshop this summer! Anthony is working a short film and will talk about his experience as well as how one can write, direct, and create their own short-story ideas from early stages to the final cut. This program is best for adults and students interested in storytelling, filmmaking, and art. No cost or registration necessary.  Sessions will focus on different aspects of filmmaking; July 27: Structure, August 3: Dialogue, August 10 Perspective, August 17: Action, August 24: Location & August 31: Mystery Vs. Confusion.

Anthony Huben recently graduated from UW-Fox Valley, and he received several academic awards, including Outstanding Academic Service to the Department of English and a Liberal Arts Essay Competition Winner, while writing short stories, poems, and films.


Monday, July 31, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

It's never too early to prepare for the holidays!  Learn how to construct a beaded snowflake that can be displayed on your tree or window pane.  All supplies will be provided.  Registration required and runs 7/10-7/17. To register, stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press for service desk). Meets in the Conference Room.

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Monday, July 3, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Monday, August 7, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Monday, October 2, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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 occassion, 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.  

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Monday, July 24, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Monday, August 7, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Monday, August 21, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Join us for outdoor movies!  Activities for families begin at 7:00p and movies start at sunset (estimated times below).  Bring blankets for the hill or lawn chairs for the parking lot, space courtesy of Stadtmueller and Associates. Outside food and drink are welcome, but Carnival Time will be there for all your popcorn, soda/water and cotton candy needs! Ghost Town Fitness will be providing fun active activities before the movie. Movie equipment provided by All Phase Satilite & Service. Music by Appleton Rock School featuring Parker Collar. Balloons courtesy of Mikey Air. Sorry, but pets, alcohol, smoking and sidewalk chalk are not welcome at this event. No vendors/sales allowed on Grand KaKalin property during the event without the express permission of the Library. 

July 10 Sing (PG; 1 hour 48 minutes) Estimated sunset is 8:38p  Join us for a petting zoo at 7p!

July 24 Finding Dory (PG; 1 hour 37 minutes) Estimated sunset 8:27p Join us for some bubble fun at 7p! 

August 7 The Secret Life of Pets (PG; 1 hour 27 minutes) Estimated sunset 8:11p Join us in meeting some therapy dogs at 7p!

August 21 Trolls (PG; 1 hour 32 minutes) Estimated sunset 7:50p Costume contest, so wear your troll-wear!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Author: Margot Lee Shetterly

The #1 New York Times Bestseller

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture.

Before John Glenn orbited Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Join us for a fun painting party where kids are welcome! Adults encouraged, but an adult/school-age child pair is welcome to come work together on a piece of art. Registration required and runs 7/24-7/31. To register, stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press for service desk). Meets in the Conference Room.

Meets the 2nd Monday of the Month from 2pm - 3:30pm

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.



Monday, August 14, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Do you enjoy watching the birds in your yard?  Would you like to have more of them in your yard without having to purchase additional bird seed?  Then attend this presentation and learn what you can do to provide more habitat for the birds using native plants. Birdscaping is fun, rewarding and oh! so beautiful. Program will be held in Conference Room ABC.

Presenter Donna VanBuecken was charter president of FVAC and continues to serve as Dig Coordinator for FVAC and Outagamie County Dig Chair.  Donna has a construction background and is a long time gardening enthusiast. She has been a member of Wild Ones since 1986 and recently retired as the first Executive Director for national Wild Ones. She and her husband John watch over a small 1/3 acre restored prairie in their backyard and a restored woodland in their side yard. They feel privileged to have mature Burr Oaks and Shagbark Hickories as part of their landscaping.  Donna and her brothers also own an 80-acre cedar swamp in the Town of Seneca that they use for hunting and meditating.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Come and help the Library create art for the Interactive Learning Garden outside!  This two part workshop will teach you how to make fun mosaics for the outdoors.  Although all the supplies will be provided, mosaics made in this workshop will be kept in our Interactive Learning Garden as art pieces. This workshop builds upon itself, taking place on 8/17 and 8/24 at 11:00a. Registrants must be in attendance at both events to register as parts of the project must be dried after the first class. This workshop involves physical activity and may include longer periods of standing, being outside, the ability to sit on the ground and lift.  Registration required and runs 8/1-8/8.  To register, stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press for service desk).  Class will meet outside for the workshop unless the weather is poor.  Rain option for program is Conference Room ABC.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Friends of the Library monthly meeting.  You do not need to be a Friend to attend the meeting!  Interested individuals are encouraged to attend meetings to see how this organization supports the Library.  The group meets in the Board Room (exception- the March 9th the meeting will be in conference room C). 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Charles and Emma Stribley moved to Kaukauna after Charles was hired by Oscar Thilmany. Discover what invention Charles incorporated into the paper machines at Thilmany’s We are familiar with their mansion built on Wisconsin Avenue, but their villa in Fort Myer’s was much larger and between two famous and wealthy families, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. Their community involvement in both communities left an everlasting impression. They were well known trap shooters, and placed in most tournaments. When Charles will was probated, there were many beneficiaries. View slides of their villa.

Presentation will be held in conference room ABC.  Presenter will be Carol Van Boxtel, Local Historian and History Room Volunteer.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Debra Leea Glasheen is a Kaukauna native who now resides in St. Francis, Wisconsin.  Leea packs a Bachelor’s degree in international relations from Carroll University and a Master's Degree in creative writing from Mount Mary University. She taught middle and high school in the Appleton Area School District, and she has recently been published in The Moon Magazine, The Writer's Tribe Review, Latchkey Tales, Alternate Hilarities, Synaesthesia Magazine, When Women Awake, and Splickety Love. Please visit her and order copies of her newly-released dystopian novel at