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Welcome to the Adult Department!

Housed on the main floor of the Library,  we have the daily news, magazines, microfilm, along with books, movies and music for all your information and entertainment needs. Questions are welcome at the Information Desk. Please let our friendly, helpful staff assist you.  Throughout the year we have a full schedule of ongoing programs and special events for adults.

Adult Programs

All Adult Programs | Lunch & Learn | Film Series | Life Class | Book Clubs
Sunday, March 7, 2021 - 8:00am to Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 8:00am

The IditaRead follows the famous Alaskan dog sled race, The Iditarod. Race starts March 7, 2021 and can take 8-20 days depending on the weather. There are 860 miles in this year's race on the Gold Trail Loop from Willow, AK to Flat and back to Willow. Do you think your team of readers can work together to read 860 minutes before the dog sled team you choose to race against finishes the race?

Registration Form

Musher List

Don't forget to get our IditaRead Northern Lights Keychain kit curbside!

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It's a simple but powerful fact: children who are read to at home are better prepared for school and continue to do well throughout their academic career. Each book read with a child provides an opportunity for early learning. Simply scan the barcode (ISBN) for each book you read into the app. Earn digital badges and a surprise from your library friends at 100 book intervals. Sign up and get started today!

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Dell Latitude 3310 Laptop

We now have 5 Dell Latitude 3310 laptops you can check out for 14 days. Laptops have a built in microphone, speakers and web cam, and are configured with Office 365 productivity software. They also contain Windows antivirus software and Deep Freeze security software to keep the device protected. This means you will need to save your work to an external device or the cloud. Laptop can be checked out by adults from the main service desk. Made possible through a 2020 Public Service Commission Grant.

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Need books? Let us put a book pack together for you.

You'll tell us a little about YOURSELF or CHILD(REN) as a reader and we'll pick some items for you to enjoy!

What you'll get? Books selected for you, checked out to you, and ready for curbside or inside pick-up.

Three ways to order:

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Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 10:30am

NEW-We are now offering a virtual book club for young readers and their adult reading pals to enjoy and explore wonderful children's chapter books.

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

March 27th at 10:30 over Zoom

Call today to reserve your copy(ies) of the book.

Registration Form

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Cookbooks cost $10 each. The "Safer at Home" cookbook is a joint fundraiser for the Waupaca Historical Society and Waupaca Public Library featuring recipes, stories and photographs from this pandemic year. You can purchase a copy at the Waupaca Public Library, Waupaca Historical Society and other area businesses with cash or a check made out to the Waupaca Historical Society.

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Join us in our latest series, "Whole People" brought to you by Twin Cities PBS. This 4-part virtual series focuses on the importance of creating a community that is safe, vibrant, resilient and connected for ALL! Learn how our personal stories connect us to each other.

  • Part 2 - Whole People: Healing Communities

​"It takes a village” …; what part will you play in building a compassionate community?

Shawna, Michelle, and Jane from Waupaca County Department of Health and Human Services will facilitate this series.
Please register for the Zoom link below.

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Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 10:00am
  • Check out and read a copy of "Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island" by Regina Calcaterra
  • We have copies available for curbside pickup!
  • Register below and we will send you the link to the Zoom meeting.
  • Join us on Zoom March 13 for an engaging discussion online!
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Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 6:30pm

Interested in gathering together and chatting with new and old friends? Want to talk about Waupaca's Main Street Project?
Drop by our virtual room for great, engaging conversation!

Please register below and we will send you the Zoom link before the event.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 1:30pm

Join our virtual film lecture! Dr. Jack Rhodes will explore nightmare, monster and science fiction films of the Classic Era!

A brief Q & A session will follow. Please register below for the Zoom link. (click on the event title to open the registration form.)

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Saturday, April 10, 2021 - 10:00am
  • Check out and read a copy of "American Dirt" by Jeanine Cummins
  • We have copies available for curbside pickup!
  • Register below and we will send you the link to the Zoom meeting.
  • Join us on Zoom April 10 for an engaging discussion online!
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Watch this City Heroes Video to see how we are all doing our part.

You can do your part by following these guidelines:

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Physically distance at least 6 feet from people with whom you do not live.
  • Wear a cloth face mask, unless unable to wear one for medical reasons.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Indoors, do not gather with people outside of your household.
  • Outdoors, limit gatherings, physically distance and wear face coverings.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after return from travel.
  • If symptomatic, call your health care provider, get a test, and stay home while awaiting results.
  • Cooperate with public health officials if you have tested positive or are a close contact.
  • Self-quarantine if you are notified or are aware of being a close contact.

Waupaca County Public Health implores everyone to take actions to help stop uncontrolled community spread. (COVID-19 Emergency Alert issued 10/5/2020)

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Be Safe Wisconsin Partner

Waupaca Library Service Levels are limited to:

  • Intentional Browsing (30 minute browsing) and Hold Pick-ups. Curbside Services are still available too.
  • In-person one hour computer use (limited numbers)
  • Other contactless service options (see document below)
  • Study Rooms Available for 2 hour use

    Patrons who choose to visit the library in-person will be required to wear masks, use hand sanitizer, and practice social distancing. Watch this City Heroes Video to see how we are all doing our part. The Library is partnering with BE SAFE WISCONSIN to follow CDC safety guidelines to keep our community safe. In the meantime, click below for a list of library services available:
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Stay connected with friends and family with our new tutorials!

This time of year can be tough with the holidays, short days, and cold weather. What better time to connect with friends and family and pick up a new skill (or two!) along the way?

Take a minute and view our tutorials on Zoom, Facebook Messenger, and Google Meet! Liz and Laura will show you the basics, plus a few tips and tricks.

ZOOM is a great basic meeting platform for family gatherings, book clubs, trivia nights and of course, LIBRARY PROGRAMMING! Liz will walk you through Zoom in this short video!

Looking to interact a little more with games and sharing videos? FACEBOOK MESSENGER might be a good fit for you. Liz will walk you through Facebook Messenger in this short video!

GOOGLE MEET is the perfect option for video chats and playing a game together! Most school aged kids are very familiar with Google Meet since they use it for school, so this is a nice fit for grandparents and grandkids. Liz will walk you through Google Meet in this short video!

Like anything else, these apps all have a learning curve. Watch our videos, start with the basics, and you'll be hosting the next 'virutal get together' before you know it!

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Hands Holding Hearts

Take a few minutes to explore this wonderful new site containing resources to help relieve pandemic and holiday stress. The Waupaca School District Virtual Calming Room was created as a place for students, parents, staff and the community to find tools to help manage stress, anxiety, feelings and emotions.

There is something for everyone, including sounds and music, fascinating animal cams, guided meditation, coloring, puzzles,and recommended apps. Thank you Waupaca School District for sharing virtual peace and happiness! Click the words above or HERE to explore.

Connections are especially important this time of year. Now is the perfect time to use online resources to safely 'see' family and friends. Our tutorials help you get started with Zoom, Facebook Messenger and Google Meet. Learn more HERE.

 

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We know many of you are missing our great book selection at the library. Thankfully, Waupaca has a lot of Little Free Libraries around town, and we're working hard to help keep them full. Below is a list of libraries, please email us if changes need to be made to the list or it's running low! 
Riverside Park
Bailey St.
Elm St. across from Plant 1 Foundry
Lake St.
Waupaca Learning Center
Trinity Lutheran Church
South Park in front of Hutchinson House
Swan Park
Historical Society (Main St.)
Corner of North St. and Franklin St.
State St. near Plant 1
Highland Dr. 
Bethany Home (on Berlin St)
North Side of W. Fulton St, just a few houses down from Hardees
Virginia Dr. (Near Red Mill) 
Stratton Lake Road (between Hwy K & 22)​
Main St. in Rural (Rural Historical Society) 
Lamplighter Lane (Covered Bridge)
Cleghorn Rd. (there are actually 2!)
 
Please consider these tips about using Little Free Libraries during COVID-19, and for more info, please visit the Little Free Library Website.
1. Please don't use Little Free Libraries while someone in your home is sick.
2. Wash your hands before and after using a Little Free Library.
3. Out of an abundance of caution, consider bringing a paper bag and quarentining your items for 24 hours before use.
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