107 South Main St • Waupaca, WI 54981 • (715) 258-4414   Contact-us-button_0.png

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

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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Join us for online stories! New stories each week for you to enjoy!
I'm Fast by Kate and Jim McMullan WITH FIELD TRIP TO THE TRAIN DEPOT!
Maple and Willow's Christmas Tree by Lori Nichols WITH FIELD TRIP TO A CHRISTMAS TREE FARM!
Hello, Arnie! by Laurie Keller WITH FIELD TRIP TO DUNKIN' DONUTS!
All About Firefighters by Jennifer Boothroyd WITH TRIP TO THE FIRE STATION!
Little Libraries Big Heroes by Miranda Paul WITH FIELD TRIP!
Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard WITH COOKING DEMO!
 
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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, January 23, 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.

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate (Recommended for readers 8 and up)

Author of The One and Only Ivan!

January 23rd at 10:30 over Zoom

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

Registration Form

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Many of our great toys from in the library are now available to check out! Expand this post to see items you can borrow. Call 715-258-4417 to request these toys, or submit the Google Form.

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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

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

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

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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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:

  • Curbside Delivery of library items ONLY
  • In-person computer use (limited numbers)
  • Other contactless service options (see document below)
  • *No Study Room Access as of November 19*

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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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.)
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.
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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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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