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

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*

This decision was made with a heavy heart, and will be revisited every two weeks. This will remain in effect until we are able to safely reopen. Our service hours will not be affected at this time. We are 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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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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  • 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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Join us for online stories! New stories each week for you to enjoy!
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!
Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
Alfie by Thyra Heder
Saturday by Oge Mora
The Fox Wish by Kimiko Aman
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
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Many of our great toys from in the library are now available to check out! Click above on "Toys Available" 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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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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