What's Happening

Library Closed 8/7 & 8/14

The Library will be closed Fridays 8/7 & 8/14 for mandatory staff training. Our library system has been using the same software for over a decade and that software is being replaced on 8/17 with something completely new to us. To give staff adequate learning time for this large change, all staff will be attending 16 hours of training on the new software. Changes you should be aware of:

InfoSoup will be unavailable starting at 7p on 8/14 until 8/17. 

Our new software is not able to migrate your existing pin number. Your new pin number will be your birthdate in six digits: month/date/last two of birth year.  You can change this, the only difference being that the new software only accepts numerical characters for pins. 

ECommerce (online fine/bill payment portal) through InfoSoup will be unavailable from 8/14 to 9/1. 

Visitors Face Covering Requirement Effective 7/22/20

To effectively protect the general public and City staff from the spread of COVID-19, the City of Kaukauna will implement a mandatory face covering requirement, effective Wednesday, July 22nd, for all visitors and staff while inside any City of Kaukauna buildings/facilities. These guidelines are an important component of the City of Kaukauna’s overall COVID-19 risk mitigation and response efforts. Visitors entering a City owned building or indoor facility:

• Face coverings are required before entering.
• Face coverings must simultaneously cover the nose and mouth entirely.
• If you do not have a face covering, one will be available at the door.
• Please wear your face covering at all times while inside a City-owned building/facility.
• Exemptions include:
o Children under the age of five (5).
o Those advised by a medical professional not to wear a face covering because of personal health issues.
o Those who have difficulty breathing or are incapacitated.

• City buildings/indoor facilities include the following:
o Municipal Services Building
o Police Station
o Fire Station
o Streets, Parks, and Recreation (SPAR) Building
o Kaukauna Public Library
o 1000 Islands Nature Center
o Kaukauna Utilities
o Grignon Mansion

Any member of the public without a valid exemption who refuses to wear a face covering while inside a City-owned building/facility may be refused entrance or asked to leave the City building or other indoor City facility.
*Mask supplies are limited at City buildings/indoor facilities and may not be available at all times.


Free Bag Lunch for Food Insecure Families

Kaukauna Public Library is happy to announce that brown bag lunches for food insecure families are here courtesy of the Holy Cross Irene Schouten Charity Fund! 

When: Monday through Friday

Where: Library Lobby

Time: Grab and go between 10a-1p

Details: Begins on 6/22/20. Lunches will be the same each day; pb&j sandwich with a fruit cup. Next day breakfast is included. Peanut-free option available by request. This program will run until grant funding runs out. Intended for food insecure families. Be aware that the Veterans Memorial Lift Bridge is closed, so please use the Island St. detour. No service 7/3, 8/7 & 8/14.

Picking Up Holds

Just need to run in to grab your holds, check out and go?! No need to make an appointment! If you don't plan to stay and browse, you can come as a walk-in anytime to just pick up your holds!

Register for Service

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

Step 2: Select the date/time and service you are looking for: choices are library visit, curbside pickup or 1:1 computer help.

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. 

Notes: If you are just coming in to grab a hold and go, you can just walk in. If you want to browse or use computers, we highly recommend an appointment; we have started to hit capacity lately. Every person that you want to bring into the library needs an appointement. Summer Learning Program prizes and free books can also be requested through curbside.

Transit & Overdue Notices

Library transit service has partially resumed, running three days a week with a 96 hour quarentine period. The request button has been added back to InfoSoup and you can request up to ten items now! If you already have more than ten holds on your account, your holds will still remain on your account, however you just would not be eligable to place holds on additional materials until the number of holds goes under ten. The cart feature in InfoSoup is desgined for you to make lists of items you would like to request in the future. We cannot see the items you place in a cart, nor does the cart feature talk to our software. It is similar to the wish list feature in Overdrive/Libby. 

Please be aware that library materials are being quarentined for 96 hours. An overdue notice may be generated to you for things you recently returned. Please note that we are also closed on weekends in the summer, so our backlog near the end of the week and beginning of the week is higher. We do backdate items into our system and we are also a fine free facility. If more than a week has passed and you see an item still on your account that you returned, please give us a call. You will see this in notices until quarentine is no longer required:  **Please note: due to quarantine of materials, you may receive a notice for items you recently returned.**

Veterans Memorial Lift Bridge Closure

The Veterans Memorial Lift Bridge in Kaukauna will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians beginning Monday June 15th 2020 through Friday August 28th in order to perform significant rehabilitation on the structure and mechanical systems. The official detour route will be STH 55 to CTH Z (Dodge Street) to ISLAND STREET (See Attached Map). Please use caution in work zones/detour route and allow additional time for travel.

2020 Summer Learning Program

About the Summer Learning Program

From June 8 through August 14, read and complete activities to earn prizes (kids & teens) and enter to win a grand prize (all ages). Stop in and grab a paper reading log from our lobby, print off a brochure from home, or use our new virtual reading program, Beanstack.

Preregister now for our online reading program: https://kaukaunalibrary.beanstack.org/

What Is Beanstack? How do I sign up?

Beanstack is an online software that the Library will be using this summer to make summer reading easy, even if when you can't get to the library! Consider Beanstack a one-stop-shop for Summer Learning Program for everyone on your family.  Getting started is easy! Visit the Kaukauna Library Beanstack page or download the Beanstack Tracker app from Apple or Google Play. Once you're registered you can sign up for the programs in each person's age group (Beanstack calls them Challenges) Summer Learning Program registration is open now.  Starting on June 8 you can log in, select the person you want to log actvitiy for and record your completed reading and activities.  When you earn a badge (complete an activity) you'll be notified about what prize you won (kids and teens) and be prompted to enter for a Grand Prize Drawing (all ages). Visit the library to collect any prizes you won.