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.  

Starting January 1, 2020 the Kaukauna Public Library will be fine free!!! This means no more ten cent per item, per day charges! Stop in and we will wipe your fines as long as you are a Kaukauna card holding patron! While this does not apply to billed items, the Library wants you to have an account in good standing. If you have old billed items but are scared to bring them in because of the late fines, bring them in now and we will clear your account! Have billed items on your account and still can't find them? Please come in- we want to work with you to get your account in good standing! We are really nice- promise! 

 

 

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Monday, January 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Monday, February 24, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us for critiquing and writing sessions as a group! Meets in the Board Room with writer and instructor extraordinaire Sarah Read guiding the way.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Each month, join local historian Gavin Schmitt (and the occasional guest speaker) to learn about a piece of Kaukauna. Maybe a founding father (or mother!), a long-time business, or perhaps an organization that has helped the city grow. The sharing of memories is strongly encouraged, and proposals for future topics are welcome.

January 28 - The Murder of Shirley Weinke

February 25 - The Best of Lyle Hansen's Time Machine

March 24 - TBD

April 21 - The Grignon Mansion - Registered progessional archaeologist, Peter N. Peregrine, will focus on a recent archeological dig at the Grignon Mansion conducted by himself and Lawrence University students.

May 2 - Home Movie Night - Enjoy a screening of 8mm film footage of Kaukauna from "the good old days" (1940s).

 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Join the library's resident paper crafter to create three to five unique Valentine's Day cards during this class. 

Materials for this free adult program are limited and registration is required. Registration begins January 15. To register, stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press for service desk).

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm
Monday, March 2, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm
Monday, April 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm

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)
7:00-7:45     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
 

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, February 3, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Please join staff member and Naturopathic Mary as she discusses this unique alternative healing treatment. EFT can be used for relief of chronic pain, emptional problems, addictions, phobias, and much more. A short video will also be presented.  Held in Conference Room ABC.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Try your hand at a popular craft trend – Mandala Stones. Learn the basics of how to create dotted mandala stone paintings, then design and make your own.

Materials for this free adult program are limited and registration is required. Registration begins January 21.

Register Online, stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press for service desk).

Give Mandala Stone Painting a try at home! Check out this Getting Started video and the handout below.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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. 

Materials for this free adult program are limited and registration is required. Registration begins each month on the date listed below.

Register Online, stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press for service desk).

February 4 - Mandala Stone Painting - Learn about the color wheel before trying your hand at this popular craft - Registration begins 1/21.

March 3 - Project TBD. Registration begins 2/18.

April 7 - Project TBD. Registration begins 3/24.

May 5 - Project TBD. Registration begins 4/21. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Wednesday, April 1, 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.

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

 

Come for a Harry Potter Family trivia! Fun for all ages. Play as a team or individuals. Bring your own device (tablet, phone etc.) and download the Kahoot App to play. Assistance will be available if you need help getting it on your device. Let’s test our knowledge to see who knows the most about Harry Potter! A few iPads will be available if you do not have your own device.

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Monday, March 9, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Monday, April 13, 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, February 10, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, March 9, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, April 13, 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, February 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Tuesday, April 14, 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.

 

Book Discussion Book for February 11th, 2020:

The Women in the Window

By: A.J. Finn

 

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It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her days drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

 

About the Author

 

A. J. FINN lived in England for many years before returning to his native New York. His debut novel, The Woman in the Window, has been published in more than forty languages and sold millions of copies worldwide.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

"We have to remember what's important in life: friends, waffles and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third."

Celebrate waffles and lady friendships at our Galentine's Day Party on February 12! (We know it's a day early, but are sure Leslie won't mind!) Invite your best gal pals, the "beautiful, talented, brilliant, powerful musk ox" in your life, the Ann to your Leslie, for a night of fun and friendship. Enjoy light refreshments, a craft, and Parks & Rec trivia. Share the love by bringing a feminine hygiene product to donate to the Library's Little Free Pantry.

Held in Conference Room ABC.

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Friends members and prospective Friends can join us for this quarterly meeting!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Why should kids have all the fun? Meet us at 313 Dodge for "storytime" just for grownups. Kaukauna Public Library staff will share some of our favorite short stories and essays. Listen while enjoying drinks or dinner available for purchase, crafted by the creative 313 Dodge staff. 

Held at 313 Dodge (313 Dodge St, Kaukauna, WI 54130). Note: stories may include adult content. Listener discretion is advised.

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