Please join us in our attending our featued 2017 Fox Cities Book Festival presentations! 10/9 at 2:00p Wisconsin Supper Clubs with Ron Faiola, 10/9 at 6:30p Hauntings of the Midwest-Not for the Faint of Heart with Chad Lewis, 10/10 at 1:30p The Writing Life...Egad! with Lesley Kagen, 10/10 A Storied Wilderness with Jim Feldman at 1,000 Islands, 10/10 at 6:30p Writing, Reading, Editing and....Folding 27 Loads of Laundry with Emily Bleeker, 10/11 at 1:30p Super-Powered Storytelling: What I've Learned from Writing Comics with Benjamin Percy, 10/11 at 6:30p The Hearts of Men- A Reading and Q & A with Nickolas Butler, 10/12 at 1:30p How a 21st Century Indian Became Published by Loius V. Clark III, 10/12 at 6:30p The Crime that Shook the Midwest with Gavin Schmitt, 10/13 at 1:30p Smart. Tough. Loved. Enough. with Laura Kuehl, 10/13 at 3:30p Crafting Compelling Fantasy Narratives and 10/14 at 10:00a Backwards Dog- In the Beggining with Corina Rogers.

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

If you are new to painting, this class is for you! Alex, our instructor, will provide all materials plus a live demo of a painting for you to follow along. Registration required (adults only) and runs 9/18-9/22. To register, stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press for service desk). Meets in the Conference Room.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Karen Dickell, UW-Extension’s Family Living Educator, will present ”Let’s do the Salsa”.  We will learn the correct and safe way of preserving one of our most popular snack foods…Salsa. No registration required.  Class meets in Conference ABC.

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

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, October 9, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Ron Faiola is an author, photographer and filmmaker, with three documentaries on PBS including Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience and two books on supper clubs including his latest, Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round, released on Agate Publishing’s Midway imprint in May, 2016.

Wisconsin Supper Clubs

This presentation explores the origins and history of supper clubs and how they got their start in Wisconsin, along with images of the food and decor of clubs around the state.

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, October 9, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Author: Graeme Simsion

Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

Picking up where The Rosie Project left off, The Rosie Effect is a fun, hilarious, and poignant read. “Don Tillman helps us believe in possibility, makes us proud to be human beings, and the bonus is this: he keeps us laughing like hell” (Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook).

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 Kagen 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!