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Welcome to the Children's Department!

We offer a variety of materials, programs and services for children birth through Sixth Grade, parents, teachers and others who work with children. Staff members are happy to help you find whatever you need.  Ask us for suggestions of good books to read on a variety of levels and interests. Visit us in the lower level of the library!

Kids & Families

Summer is here and it's time for Summer Learning Fun! This year we want the community to work together to read 5000 books, but we need your help!

Join our online program HERE to start logging your reading, write book reviews, and complete fun activity challenges! We have programs for all ages. Together we can reach the goal, and you will be automatically entered into prize drawings along the way. 

Ask how you can find the Beanstack app!

Alternative Paper Tracker
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Want to learn more about the teachers your child may have for the 2020-2021 school year? Request a teacher bundle!

Use THIS form, call 715-258-4417, or email at sabrahamson@waupacalibrary.org

Teachers are listed on the form, or check the PDF below for teachers, and contact us about which bundle you want!


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Join us for online stories! New stories each week for you to enjoy!
Mr. Scruff by Simon James
Going UP by Sherry J. Lee
Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe
The Thing About Bees by Shabazz Larkin
Roly Poly Pangolin by Anna Dewdney
Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson
Hurry Up and Slow Down by Layn Marlow
Don't Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton
Who Broke the Vase? by Jeffrey Turner
Can I Keep It? by Lisa Jobe
Ogilvy by Deborah Underwood
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Join us all summer to test all of your STEAM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math!)

STEAM Challenge #3 - Science (click HERE for video)

Chemistry is a branch of science that occasionally gets explosive! In this experiment Jan mixes two common household items to see the chemical reaction. The Science Behind It: Vinegar is an acid, and baking soda is a base, so mixing them creates a chemical reaction.

STEAM Challenge #2 - Engineering (click HERE for video)

Astronauts need a safe way to return to earth. Can you create a safe way for you Egg-stronaut to land? The Science Behind It: Astronauts' capsules are engineered to use several ways to slow their descent using resistance, as well as a secure capsule to protect the astronaut. HINT: Search out some videos of capsules landing to see what ideas you can come up with!

STEAM Challenge #1 - Engineering (click HERE for video)

Create a basic roller coaster from recyclable materials to learn the basics of roller coaster design. The goal is to go from top to bottom without a spill. If you have a spill, you've just learned what doesn't work. Adjust your track and try again. Tip: Test your track after adding each piece. The Science Behind It: Almost all roller coasters convert gravitational potential energy into kinetic energy. Gravitational potential energy is related to the weight of the object and the height. Kinetic energy is related to the mass of the object and the speed.

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We have some new exciting items available for checkout! 

Playaway Launchpad tablets are preloaded with fun eduational games. Available in three age groups.

Kits are various grouped items to play, learn, and explore.

See images and futher descriptions HERE!

Previously in-house games, toys, and tech now available for checkout.

See them 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! 
NEW! Elm St. across from Plant 1 Foundry
NEW! Lake St.
NEW! Waupaca Chiropractic on S. Western Ave.
Waupaca Learning Center
Trinity Lutheran Church
South Park in front of Hutchinson House
Swan Park
Historical Society (Main St.)
Rotary Park
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.
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All Story Walks have been updated at least once in 2020!

Please enjoy while practicing Social Distancing!

The reading while hiking season has begun and the Waupaca Area Public Library his happy to announce that we have four StoryWalks to choose from.  All are on Waupaca's beautiful River Ridge Trail.

  • For the hike near Sunny Day Child Care, park near Sunny Day on Godfrey Drive and walk down the path that leads betweeen the daycare and the clinic.
  • Swan Park's StoryWalk starts to the south of the sledding hill.  
  • A Story Walk is on the nature trail along the Waupaca River behind the Waupaca Learning Center. It's best to park on the north end of the school and start on the trail that starts just past the rain garden.
  • The newest Story Walk is on the nature trail behind the Chain O'Lakes Elementary School. Watch for signs leading the way.

Thanks to Waupaca Park & Rec Dept.,Sunny Day, and the Waupaca School District for their partnership on this adventure. See attachments for maps of some Story Walks.

Storywalk Maps
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InfoSoup has a subscription to TumbleBookLibrary, an online collection of e-books for children. You  can access it from home, for free using your library card number and PIN.

There are over 250 animated, talking picture books! The site also features Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and exciting games and puzzles! You can use your computer, tablet, or mobile phone! All you need is an internet connection. There are no downloads: books are streamed right to your device at the click of a button.

Go To TumbleBooks »


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