In-person events canceled. Keep reading for Virtual Library Program details.

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. 

Where will our library fish, Ghost, travel this summer? Follow their adventures around the City of Kaukauna and you could enter to win up to $100 in local gift certificates!

Follow Kaukauna Public Library on Facebook. Each Wednesday and Saturday we will post a picture clue to lead you to the Kaukauna business or location Ghost visited that day.  You can start any time! See the clues we've already shared in the Ghost's Summer Vacation album.

Between then and August 14, visit that location and look for the Word of the Week sign in the window (it's bright orange). Record the word you see! When you have collected at least 10 words (there will be 16 total) submit them to the Kaukauna Public Library by email, through FB messenger, or mail/drop them at the library. Or visit kaukaunalibrary.beanstack.org to record them online through our summer learning program app.

Ghost's Summer Vacation: Community Scavenger Hunt is sponsored by Kaukauna Utilities.

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.

Library transit service has partially resumed, running three days a week with a 72 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 72 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.**

The theme for our Summer Learning Program is Imagine Your Story, and we’d like you to do just that!

The Kaukauna Public Library is hosting a writing contest, where you can dream up any story you like and submit it for prizes! Each age bracket will be judged by library staff members, and the winners will receive a prize packet. Stories will be judged based on imagination, character, setting, plot, and theme. Stories can be typed or handwritten, and we love to see illustrations! Let your imaginations run wild!

Stories are due to the library by August 1, 2020. You can hand them in at the front desk, email them to kaustaff@gmail.com, or mail to Kaukauna Public Library, 207 Thilmany Road Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI 54130. Make sure your name, age (if under 16) and contact information is at the top of your story. We will announce the winners at the end of the Summer Learning Program on August 14th. We’re looking forward to reading your stories!


Ages 1-6:

Complete our Story Sheet! Print off a copy, fill in and save the PDF, or pick up a sheet at the library. A grownup or older child can help fill in the blanks.

Ages 7-10:

Write a short story from 250 to 500 words (about 1-2 typed pages, double-spaced).

Ages 11-16:

Write a short story from 500 to 750 words (about 2-3 typed pages, double-spaced).

Ages 16+:

Write a short story from 1000 to 5000 words (about 4-20 typed pages, double-spaced).


*All rights to the stories remain with the authors. Kaukauna Public Library will not share or publish any part of any story without the author’s permission. Winners will be asked for permission to publish their stories. Entry is free and open to everyone.

Story Sheet

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!

We continue to offer curbside pickup! Please call 766-6340 ext. 2 to book your appointment, or visit our calendar: http://kaukaunalibrary.evanced.info/signup to select your pickup time and submit your request.  If you want to know how complicated this simple process is and what to expect, please click on the document included in this post for all of the possible questions you might have about the service or to learn about things you never would have thought of!

How to find materials that you can request via Curbside Pickup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luvql0r01rI&feature=youtu.be

How to place a Curbside Pickup order: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfO7qZcoevE

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.

Beginning 5/27, the Library will be open by appointment only. Please call 766-6340 ext. 2 to book your appointment, or visit our calendar: http://kaukaunalibrary.evanced.info/signup to select your service option. We are offering library time for browsing or computer use, 1:1 computer help, and curbside service during this time. Walk in's are welcome if we have capacity. For more details, please read our full statement of service during this next phase of partial reopening attached below.

Phase III Statement
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Create a pendant out of recycled china from the comfort of home! Register starting July 1 for your Broken China Pendant Take 'n' Make Kit.  Follow the instructions in the kit or tune in to craft along with library staff on Facebook Live at 6:30 on July 15.


Pick up your kits July 13-15. Supplies are limits for this adult and teen craft program.


Registration begins July 1 and closes July 13. To register online: Click the "View More" link and enter the required information.  You can also stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press 2 for service desk).

Monday, July 20, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Explore the magic and mystery of the Apostle Islands during this informative online presentation by library staff member Mary. Whether you are planning a trip or are an armchair traveler, you will leave with a wealth of knowledge and resources to learn more!


Presentation will be shared on Facebook Live and YouTube.  Follow the Kaukauna Public Library on Facebook to be notified when the video is posted.  Watch anytime after that.  Have questions while you watch?  Leave a comment in the video and the presenter will respond. 

Monday, July 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Monday, August 24, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Monday, September 28, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us for critiquing and writing sessions as a group! 

To join the virtual conversation on Facebook contact Sarah at sread@kaukauna-wi.org for details.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Join Gavin Schmitt and Sarah Read for a walking tour of Kaukauna's historic homes.  The tour will start at the library and walk about 1.5 miles, stopping at each home to share information and discussion.  

This tour is open to all ages, but registration is required as space is limited. Registration begins one week before the event. To register online for the July 28th date HERE. Register for the August 25 date HERE. The same tour will be offered on both dates. To register by phone call the library at 766-6340 x2.

In the event of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled. We will contact you if a rescheduled date is set.

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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