Adult Programs

All Adult Programs | Lunch & Learn | Film Series | Life Class | Book Clubs

The Waupaca Area Public Library is getting ready for their Summer Learning Program (SLP) and we’d like to invite ALL local artists to enter original artwork for an art contest. The artwork entered will have a chance to be used in our Summer Learning Program: Imagine Your Story handouts and bookmarks.

  • Entries can be physical or digital, original and family-friendly, and based on our SLP theme and logo: Imagine Your Story.  
  • Entries must be turned in at the Waupaca Area Public Library or emailed to ,  with the subject line: Art Contest Entry

If interested, feel free to grab our official Contest Guidelines and Application below!

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The IditaREAD follows the famous Alaskan dog sled race, The Iditarod. Race starts March 7th, 2020 and can take 8-20 days depending on the weather. There are 1049 miles in the Iditarod race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Do you think your reading team can work together to read 1049 minutes or pages before your opposing dog sled team finishes the race? 

Forms to sign up below. Print and drop off your registration form or email it to us:  Remember to choose a musher!


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Stop by the Engagement Area at the library and draw some kindness.  All of the supplies are provided for you and a friend (or group of friends) to create a Compassion Flag!

If you have a larger group, you may check-out a packet at the circulation desk.
Packets contain enough materials for 10 people.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 1:30pm

With Dr. Jack Rhodes

San Francisco is a 1936 musical-drama disaster film directed by Woody Van Dyke, based on the April 18, 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Starring Clark Gable and Jeanette MacDonald.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 1:30pm

With Dr. Jack Rhodes

An ambitious office clerk plans to get ahead by lending out his apartment to his boss, but falls in love with the boss's girlfriend. Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Is it too early to think about school? Come play and find out! This event is for children ages 18 months to 4 years. 

Thursday, March 5th 4:00-6:00 pm at WAUPACA LEARNING CENTER, 1515 Shoemaker Road, Waupaca

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Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

People believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hardwork - brains and talent are just the starting point!

Join Rebecca Thieme-Baeseman as we explore this concept together! 

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Succulents and Cactus
Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00am

Join us in the Upstairs Conference Room to plant tiny growing things together. Program runs from 10am until 1pm or while supplies last. We will have all of the supplies needed, but feel free to bring in a favorite tea cup or coffee mug.

Plants and soil have been donated by Mills Fleet Farm of Waupaca 

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 12:00pm

Historian Dick Campbell presents....The Lost Squadron and the Resurrection of the P-38 'Glacier Girl'

In July 1942, a WWII flight took off from Goose Bay, Labrador headed for England.  What followed was a harrowing and life-threatening landing of the entire squadron on a remote ice cap in southeast Greenland. None of the crew was lost: they were all rescued and their brand new airplanes were left on the ice cap, undisturbed for the next fifty years!  An expedition rescued one of the planes in 1992. Follow along as this compelling modern adventure story unfolds.

Join us for a light lunch catered by a local vendor. Please register for this event.

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Second Tuesdays at 6:00pm

Rural Access to Justice is a Wisconsin non-stock corporation dedicated to providing affordable legal services for individuals living in and around Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, and Portage Counties. This organization provides quality legal representation for select civil and criminal matters.

Free legal consultations provided by nonprofit organization

Use the calendar below to make and appointment. Click on the Tuesday of your choice. Available times will display. Select a half hour time slot fillout and fill out the consultation form. 

Walk-ins welcome subject to availability.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 6:00pm
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Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 6:00pm
Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 6:00pm
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 6:00pm

Jessie Jenson, local counselor and author will teach skills designed to help overwhelmed women manage anxiety in a healthy way. Please plan on attending this 3-part workshop for a complete experience.

Class size is limited to 15. Please register for this event.
Thanks to a generous library donation, a copy of Jessie's book will be provided for each participant.


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Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:00am
Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 10:00am
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:00am
Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 10:00am

Exploring both fiction and non-fiction that centers on countries and cultures around the world! 

Each month will be led by a different library staff member or volunteer. Feel free to join our club or drop in for the countries that interest you. Multiple copies of the book will be available for checkout during the preceding month. No sign-up necessary.

March 21 - No 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
April 18 - The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy
May 16 - Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo



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Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Explore the latest craze of wafflelized cooking.

Join Nancy and Taylor in this hands-on cooking class and enjoy a sample to eat, too!

For ages 14 and up. Limited to 20 people. Please register for this event.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 1:30pm

With Dr. Jack Rhodes

A man falsely accused of murder is chased across Scotland as he tries to find those responsible.   A  1935 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The creative process is intrinsically healing. Learn how our community can use the arts to become stronger.

Join Marci Reynolds and learn about building community through the arts! 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 12:00pm

Julie Feil, MSW, LCSW shares "What is Dementia, its signs and how Memory Cafes can Help."  Learn how to help yourself or others actively combat memory loss.

Join us for a light lunch catered by a local vendor. Please register for this event.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 1:30pm

With Dr. Jack Rhodes

A World War II Marine sergeant and a Roman Catholic nun are both marooned together on a South Pacific island, hemmed in by surrounding Japanese troops. They find comfort in one another as the two hope for a rescue.
Starring Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Based on the Dakota word for sacred being. Make it a part of our culture to start every encounter with compassion.

Peg Burington will lead us in a discussion about incorporating compassion into our everyday culture. 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 12:00pm

Ron and Marci Reynolds present "How Sinatra became a part of the Reynolds family."

Get ready to tap your feet and learn about the inspirational force driving this local musical family!

Join us for a light lunch catered by a local vendor. Please register for this event.

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Balls of colorful yarn

Teach, learn and share your crochet and knitting with a group of like minded yarn crafters.

Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.

Upstairs Library seating area.


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