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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

Join us for online stories! New stories each week for you to enjoy!
Once Upon a Winter Day by Liza Woodruff with an outdoor adventure!
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!
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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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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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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:

  • 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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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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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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