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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

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Imagine people all across Waupaca reading together toward a common goal! Do you think we can collectively read 10,000 books by August 31st?  We need your help to do it.  As you read and report the number of books read you will be adding your name in a weekly drawing for local gift certificate. Write a review and get another chance to win.

Summer fun is reading fun! Keep reading and reporting so we can reach our goal. Grand Prize Drawing will take place on August 31st for a customized $50 basket-o-fun!

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Starting June 15th we'll be meeting at the parks 1-3 pm!

Join us for a variety of fun activites outside! We'll enjoy a mix of STEAM activities: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, and more!

Where to find us:

  • Tuesday-Riverside Park (near the Courthouse)
  • Wednesday-South Park (South end of Main St.)
  • Thursday-Brainerds Bridge Park (Bailey St. at the river)

No programs will be held the week of July 4th.

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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.

This month's book: When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson

Saturday, June 26th, 10:30 am meeting over Zoom

Register HERE

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Join us for online stories! New stories all the time!
Virtual Story Times:
Spring Stinks by Ryan T. Higgins
On the Go Awesome by Lisl H. Detlefsen
Crash! Boom!: a math tale by Robie H. Harris
Sorry (Really Sorry) by Joanna Cotler
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
We Disagree by Bethany Deeney Murguia
Hooray For Hat! by Brian Won
Virtual Field Trips:
Cinco de Meow! Mr. Pusskins by Sam Lloyd & Waupaca Humane Society!
Duck On a Bike by David Shannon & Bike Shop!
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We've planted the potatoes, now what? Keep growing, and we hope to see you in August!

August 7th at the Historic Train Depot

  • Harvest and weigh-in event
  • Potato print paintings
  • Brat fry and potato themed foods

Thank you to the following community partners for their contributions to this fun project:

  • Waupaca Historical Society
  • Turner's Fresh Market
  • Silver Mist Garden Center
  • De-lish-us
  • Wisconsin Potato Growers
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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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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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Our stories help define who we are as a community. Help make a difference by sharing with us your story about how the Waupaca Library has helped enrich your life. Your story might help secure funding for the library or encourage others to get a free library card. Everyone has a story to tell, and we would love to hear your library story! Tell your story at https://infosoup.info/share-your-story.

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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
Rotary Riverview 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 quarantining your items for 24 hours before use.
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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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