• APL Storyteller - Sean

    I started working for the library five years ago. My teachers Jean and Diane set me up to work here through the Life Program at Appleton North High School. I started working with four friends, but I am the only one who continues to work at the library.

    I come to the library to shelve materials Monday through Thursday starting at 10:00 am. I walk here from my house, even if it’s raining. My favorite part of my job is shelving the green DVDs. After I am done with my shelving job, I like to go on the computers. I also like to check out DVDs.

    “Sean has put in over 1,100 hours volunteering here at the library,” said Kris, Sean’s Supervisor. “He is enthusiastic, caring and takes ownership of his work.

  • A New Way to Borrow Items!

    What's all the hoopla?! We're excited to announce we are now subscribing to Hoopla - an online service where you can borrow hundreds of thousands of movies, tv shows, music albums, audiobooks, ebooks and digital comics.

    The first time you use Hoopla you will need to create an account. Simply enter an email address, password and your library card number. Visit www.hoopladigital.com or download the Hoopla app to get started today.

    Items are available to check out any time - there are no waiting lists! Library cardholders will be allowed to borrow up to five items per month. The five checkouts will be replenished the first day of the month.

  • APL Storyteller - Emily

    I was in the children's section of the library one day, when the always lovely Kristi Helmkamp approached me about an Artist-in-Residency opportunity at the library. Of course, being the easily excitable "yes" person that I am, I agreed to participate without hesitation! I was super flattered to be invited, to think that someone thought I had something worth sharing. It also came at a time when my family was facing some personal struggles in the dead of winter depression, so the project was a welcomed other-focus.

  • Family Stories: A Library Burns When an Elder Dies

    "A Library Burns When an Elder Dies"--this African proverb emphasizes how much oral history we carry in our heads, and how it is lost if we don’t share it.  Unfortunately we rarely write these stories down for future generations.

    Folklorist Larry Danielson will explore the uses of family stories in researching your genealogy, and what they can tell us about our family past and about our own attitudes towards that family past.

    During the second half of the program, you may share a family story to see the role it plays in your family tradition and the information it provides about your family’s past.

  • APL Storyteller - Nick

    When I was twelve or thirteen, I was struggling with feelings I couldn’t really understand or explain. I felt different from my peers and even the adults around me. The other boys my age were becoming “girl crazy,” and I just couldn’t relate.

    One day at the library I was browsing the Young Adult section when I randomly came across Am I Blue: Coming Out from the Silence, a collection of fictionalized “coming out” stories. I began to read the first few pages and almost immediately felt a rush of recognition and relief - “this is about me.” I checked out the book, brought it home, and read it Harry Potter style – cover-to-cover in one sitting.

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