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Appleton Public Library Friends of Appleton Public Library 225 N Oneida |

Community Conversations


n the spring of 2012 the Appleton Public Library and the Friends of Appleton Public Library began a series of conversations throughout Appleton. We scheduled the conversations in accessible locations in various Aldermanic districts and at various times, including afternoons, nights and weekends. While the conversations were meant to ultimately inform APL in planning for the future, the approach we took was to start by asking people open-ended questions about the things that they are experts in, which is the community in general and their personal experiences. The process was facilitated by Jan Quinlan, the Friends of APL Executive Director, who is also a skilled facilitator. She ensured that we heard everyone and we structured the meetings to give people with different processing and communication styles the chance to think about the questions and participate. Each session was transcribed by UWGB honor students from the Center for Public Affairs. Continued on page 6


By: Tasha Saecker Assistant Library Director


ake a bird’s eye view of Appleton in 1867. View a phone directory for Appleton from 1907. Read a letter about construction at Lawrence during 1931.

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With a collection of over 120,000 historical resources, Recollection Wisconsin is the top online destination for Wisconsin history. The collaborative statewide digital program, which used to be called Wisconsin Heritage Online, includes items from our own InfoSoup Memory Project as well as content from libraries, archives, museums and historical societies across the state. Access to the materials is free of charge, so genealogists and the general public can access the entire database without limitations. The resources on the site include historical photographs, postcards, maps, letters, diaries, articles, books, artifacts, oral histories and much more. The items come from across the state and include both large and small Wisconsin communities and their histories. The site offers the ability to search for items of interest, browse by category, or even browse using a map of Wisconsin.

College Avenue

With the new site,, visitors can now contribute their own items and information as well. Thanks to social media, users will be able to use sites like Flickr, Tumblr and Pinterest to contribute personal memories and connection to history.


This is your chance to make history!

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COMMUNITY: THE HEARTBEAT OF THE LIBRARY By: Your Friendly Public Services Clerk


orking at the public service desk in circulation presents a unique opportunity to interact with the community. While thoughts of those interactions may be a reminder of the library's daily challenges, we also have a front row seat to the magic as students gather to learn, parents find quality time with their families, and friends meet to make memories.

from someone who waited patiently for an interlibrary loan, the excitement from teens arriving for a program, or the interest from those looking for a scheduled meeting downstairs. The pulse of a vibrant community can be felt here in countless ways. Some favorite community moments involve our littlest patrons. Giving an anxious child a first library card or knowing a visiting classroom will climb back onto the waiting bus with brand new cards are some of public service's greatest rewards. So while we may be tempted to believe a library is the heartbeat of its community, the community is the heartbeat of a library.

The measure of how we meet the needs of our patrons is in the recognition from the "regulars" who visit the library weekly or daily, the satisfaction from a patron when an item wandering from its home on the shelf is found, the appreciation


Check out the new, user-friendly website today!

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I Love My Library 2013: A Grand Success


By: Jan Quinlan Friends Executive Director

unday, February 10, the Friends of APL held our annual "I Love My Library" dinner. North Shore Golf Club was packed with over 100 guests, corporate sponsors and dozens of tempting silent auction selections. This year's event highlighted the work completed with the 2012 Community Conversations and gave a preview of what’s to come.

Sue Larson with Robert W. Baird & Co., Wisconsin Energy Foundation and 91.1 The Avenue for their great support. All proceeds help the Friends of APL deliver programming, materials, special services, technologies and projects to APL beyond those which public funds provide.

Thanks to all who supported the Friends of Appleton Public Library by purchasing tickets and donating. Special thanks to the event sponsors Chris and Evie Hartwig, The Boldt Company, RR Donnelly, Secura Insurance Will and Ruth Bloedow, ThedaCare, Leota Ester, Baker-Tilly Virchow Krause, John and ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

2013 Silent Auction Donors Appleton Downtown. Inc Arla Foods Avenue Art Bob Siegl Jr. Charlotte Darling-Diehl, Artist Christina Roberts, Artist Colleen Rortvedt Coventry Glass Dimensions Salon Exclusive Company Fox Cities P.A.C. Fox Valley Symphony Friends of APL Green Bay Packers

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Greg Bracken, Artist Heritage Hill State Park History Museum at the Castle Honey Baked Ham Company Jan & Dennis Quinlan Jean Detjen Kathleen Fenner, Artisan Kathryn Beck, Artisan Lauren Ahrens Lawrence University Len Nagler, Artist Marie Liddell Mary Campbell Maureen Ward


Milly Kuszynski, Artisan Muncheez Pizza Murray Photo Phil Sealy, Artist The Post Crescent Radisson Paper Valley Sharon Fenlon Stone Cellar Brewpub Tom Sutter The Troudt Museum of Art Van Vreedes White Heron Chorale Wild Bird & Backyard YMCA of the Fox Cities

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f you’ve stopped by the children’s department recently, you may have noticed a new face. Check out our interview below with the newest Children’s Librarian, Ann Cooksey. Tell us a little bit about your background. I spent almost five years at the Kenosha Public Library. There I did weekly preschool storytimes as well as school aged programs and collection development. Why did you decide to become a librarian? I decided to become a children’s librarian because I enjoy working with children and parents/caregivers. I believe that helping children develop a love of reading and learning can make a huge difference in their lives. What is your favorite program? My favorite past program was Hobbitfest. It was a library wide program serving families and all ages. We gave away free books, had sword fighters, gaming, a scavenger hunt etc. I enjoyed this program, not just because I was able to wear a medieval dress to work, but also because it reached a wide variety of people and hopefully helped transform their idea of a library. What is your favorite children’s book? As a child I loved Anne of Green Gables. I enjoyed the whole series, but the first few books were my favorites.

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When it comes to our community, YOU are the expert.

shared priorities that will help us in our longrange planning.


What we took away from the conversations was invaluable. What do people think of Appleton now? One participant summarized a theme we heard repeatedly –

“We are a goldilocks community.”

about the library Continued from page 1 As each conversation progressed to providing specific recommendations about the library, I provided a brief presentation about 21st century libraries and how they are evolving to meet new needs, while still fulfilling the same mission we always have. After the presentation, participants were asked to think about everything thing they had heard and seen and provide specific recommendations for how the library might help realize these hopes for the future. We repeated this process in the fall with six more conversations including special sessions for parents, the business community, teens, diverse populations and “library insiders” – the core group of volunteers and regular patrons who pay close attention to the library and the services we provide.

We’re not too small, not to big – we are just right. We are big enough to offer urban amenities, but small enough that people know each other and care. Another common thread we heard was that Appleton’s progressive, but conservative, with a rich history of innovation that serves as the foundation to many of the anchors in the community. Finally, the last commonality that stood out was the fact that community leaders are accessible and there is an overall spirit of giving and volunteering. Particularly those who have lived elsewhere noted that this is something they haven’t experienced in the other places they’ve resided.

The conversations were divided into three parts:

What are your thoughts of Appleton now?

Participants hopes for Appleton’s future came shining through - don’t lose the good things we have! This was clearly a shared priority, even in the teen focus group. There was genuine concern, particularly because of the economy, that the wonderful things we have - our caring neighborhoods, safety, education system, high quality healthcare and relative economic stability could all be in jeopardy if we take them for granted, and don’t continue to invest in them.

What are your hopes for the future of Appleton? How can Appleton Public Library help realize your hopes? Our goal was to find common threads and

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An interesting contrast came up when the participants spoke about their future hopes for Appleton - the importance of a vibrant downtown that embraces big city amenities, while also remaining connected to nature, and more specifically the Fox river. Accessibility to natural resources and man made structures will be an interesting mix of priorities that will have implications on the accessibility of the library and the quality of space. One participant put it like this --

opportunities for exploration and innovation in ways that still align with the long-term mission of libraries, but in new ways. One participant instructed us to -

“Look toward the future with a foot in the past.” Throughout our meetings we received wonderful coverage by the media and had a wide range of participants, including ten alderpersons, two school board members and one state representative. In all, over 130 people participated in the Community Conversations about the Library. We are going to return next month with one more round of conversations to fill in any remaining gaps.

“The library needs to serve as the anchor for community, strong central downtown library that’s easy to access by bike, walk, and public transportation.” What is the community vision for the future of Appleton Public Library? The Library should be a a community anchor as well as a community leader.

This spring we are going to continue talking about the future by bringing in guests who will speak to us about how global trends, societal changes and technology could affect the future of libraries. We will visit a couple of libraries that are providing 21st century service and we will ultimately create a long range plan to guide us into the future with the help of a Community Advisory Committee that represents the diverse constituencies that we serve.

By far the greatest number of comments referred to the vision of the library as an organization that facilitates community participation. It’s a place where people of all generations and all walks of life can come together. It’s a place that networks with other entities including government, education, other community centers and small businesses. The theme of the library as a third place and a place to gather was repeated over and over.

We invite you to attend the presentations about the future of the library that we are hosting this spring and we hope that you continue to follow along with what we are doing and provide your own thoughts about priorities and the potential future for Appleton Public Library.

Finally, the library was asked to continue its role as a place to learn – whether enhancing opportunities available through formal education, or through offering opportunities for lifelong learning, the library was encouraged to continue the work it has provided for over a century and find ways to enhance this role. Technology plays a huge role here and the value of technology to bring us together and inspire creativity opens up the door for libraries to offer APL Fine Print

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membership, the time seemed right to pursue the project. Once the project began, as you can see from the timeline on the following page, we made steady progress and received strong support from the community.

By: Muriel Merbach & Catherine Walby Community Members

As the unveiling date approaches, thanks are in order for so many members of the community. Gifts of all sizes were received from individuals, families, music studios, businesses and funds from the Community Foundation. Our smallest gifts came in the form of pennies and nickels while our largest gifts ranged from $1000-5000. We can be proud that our Yamaha grand piano is truly a gift from the community.

Established in 1976, the Fox Valley Music Teachers Association was formed so area independent music teachers could meet monthly and share ideas and concerns about running a studio, teaching students of all ages, methods of teaching and business practices. In the late 1980’s, the membership discussed the possibility of someday having a piano in the community

In that spirit, the piano will be accessible

Yamaha Grand Piano

Purchasing The Piano

for recitals and programs. The group then sponsored two concerts by Weekley & Arganbright, a piano duet team, then living in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The first in a series of 11 Monster Concerts began in 1990 where monies raised were set aside for student scholarships and the possible acquisition of a piano for the community.

to the community in ways we are yet to discover. Teachers or individuals may check out the space for recitals and performances. Concerts by area musicians will be performed as part of the library music series. Guest artists in the area will have a space in which to share their wealth of knowledge. The possibilities are exciting as we look ahead to the unknown.

The purchase of a piano for the community became an active question again in 2009 and 2010. Following conversations with Colleen Rortvedt of the Appleton Public Library and discussions amongst FVMTA APL Fine Print

Enjoy this wonderful instrument and the enhancement to the already thriving arts community in the Fox Cities! 8

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Grand Piano Project Timeline April 2010: Meeting held with Colleen Rortvedt, then APL Assistant Director May 2010: FVMTA piano research committee formed Summer/Fall 2010: Meetings laying the groundwork for the project February 17, 2011: FVMTA voted to continue researching the project and serve as the spear-heading organization for the project January 2012: Official fundraising began October 2012: Second phase of fundraising began with assistance from Pat Boldt and Community First Credit Union January 2013: Fundraising finished January 22, 2013: The piano was delivered to its new home, Appleton Public Library


! e t a D e h t Save FVMTA Community Piano Dedication March 24 | 2:00-4:00pm APL Lower Level Meeting Room Special guests include FVMTA Teachers, Bruce Koestner, Steven Spears, Linda Sparks and John Harmon!

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CLARIFICATION OF THE LIBRARY DRESS CODE Beards. May be worn by either sex. (Ew!) Pajamas. Just the footie kind. Platform Shoes. Only if your name is Elton John. Leisure Suits. Leisure suits are encouraged, particularly in mint green or day-glo orange with white belts and white shoes. None of us laugh enough. Bustles. May only be worn as part of a historical costume. Or by men. Anklets. Only if required by court order. Hats. Yes, if the wearer is in direct line of succession to the British throne. Scuba Gear. Only on the second floor during particularly heavy rainstorms. Sports Team Insignia. Football, basketball, and baseball, no. Croquette, yachting, and polo, yes. Hawaiian Shirts. Only if the wearer is just back from Hawaii. And only if we went along. Feather Boas. If you got it, flaunt it! Golf knickers. Only if you follow through. Ha! Tiaras. My, but aren’t we special? Snoods. May be worn by anyone anywhere any time, mostly because we love saying snood. Parkas. Parkas are actually required in certain portions of the library in June, July, and August when the air conditioning is running. Kilts. Only if playing the bagpipes - in another state. Leather Jackets. Aaaaay! Why not? Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails. Yes, if you don’t mind being Astaired at and move Gingerly. Checks with plaids. What are you, some kind of barbarian?

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Check out a few of the books recommended by our staff below! To see full reviews or more recommendations visit our Staff Picks blogs at: and

Tomorrow is a River Peggy Dopp Plutocrats Chrystia Freeland

Wicked Business Janet Evanovich

Remarkable Trees of the World Thomas Pakenham

Inside Out & Back Again Thanhha Lai

I Have a Dream Martin Luther King Jr.

Mission Unstoppable Dan Gutman

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Stay Michaela Muntean 11

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What’s Appleton Watching? Movies



3 2 Argo

4 Flight

Hotel Transylvania

Ted Skyfall

Interested in one of these items? Call 832.6177 to place your hold today! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

One-on-one FAFSA help sessions are available. Visit to schedule your 1:1 today! APL Fine Print


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What’s Appleton Reading?

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1 2 50 Shades of Grey E.L. James


3 4 Alex Cross, Run James Patterson Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

The Storyteller Jodi Picoult Private Berlin James Patterson & Mark Sullivan


1 2 Proof of Heaven Eben Alexander


3 4 Who Knew II Jeanne Lubin Killing Kennedy Bill O’Reilly

Beyond Belief Jeanna Hill Far From The Tree Andrew Soloman

Interested in one of these items? Call 832.6177 to place your hold today! APL Fine Print


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Friday | 9:00am - 6:00pm

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spring book sale

Saturday | 9:00am - 5:00pm Sunday | 1:00-5:00pm

may 10 & 11 | 9am-5pm

Upcoming Closures Sunday | March 31 Sunday | May 26

Special pre-sale for FRIENDS may 9 | 10am-5pm

Monday | May 27

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