2016 Teen Manga Festival

Stop by the Community Room on Saturday, May 7 for our annual Teen Manga Festival! Manga artist Nick Katzfey will be teaching us how to make our own comics at 1 p.m. with manga crafts and snacks to follow. Teens in grades 7-12 are invited.

Volunteer Fair 2016

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? Stop by the Volunteer Fair on Saturday, April 30 from 1-3 p.m. and meet local organizations who are looking for volunteers like you! Teens and adults are welcome to participate.

2016 Edible Book Festival

Second Annual Edible Book Festival

On Saturday April 16, 2016 Waukesha Public Library celebrated National Library Week by hosting edible displays based on people’s favorite book or literary character. The public viewed entries from 1:00PM to 4:00PM and voted for their favorites.

You can see photos of all the entries on our Facebook page. At the end of the day, there were five entries that stood above the rest:

I Spy - WINNER Best in Show Laura SumpterBest in Show: I Spy by Laura Sumpter.

Tequila Mockingbird - WINNER PunniestFunniest Dawn HabbenPunniest/Funniest: “Tequila” Mockingbird by Dawn Habben.

Rainbow Fish - WINNER Most Creative Use of Ingredients Kathryn HendersonMost Creative Use of Ingredients: Rainbow Fish by Kathryn Henderson.

Most Likely to be Eaten: Danny and the Dinosaur by Dakota Diaz with Chance, Sailor, and Luke.Most Likely to be Eaten:  Danny and the Dinosaur by Dakota Diaz with Chance, Sailor, and Luke.

Least Likely to be Eaten: Gods of Olympus by Cassie and Patti Kowalski.Least Likely to be Eaten: Gods of Olympus by Cassie and Patti Kowalski.

Antiques Appraisal: Saturday, April 23, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Find out what your heirloom or collectible is worth at Waukesha Public Library‘s What’s It Worth? Antiques Appraisal event. Mark Moran, antiques appraiser and author, will be available on Saturday, April 23 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. to appraise your heirlooms or treasures. Registration is required for an appraisal. Spectators are also welcome!

Mark Moran, formerly senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles books for Krause Publications, has dealt with antiques for more than 30 years and been an active appraiser for more than 20 years. He also is available to make home visit appraisals for large items, fragile pieces or for large collections. House calls are $75 an hour and there is no mileage charge if within 10 miles of the appraisal event site. To arrange an in-home appraisal, call Mark at 715-281-5060 or email moranm1953@gmail.com.

To register for the Library event, contact the Reference Desk at 262-524-3682. The list of items that can and cannot be appraised is available at the Reference Desk.

Waukesha Public Library’s Edible Book Festival: Saturday, April 16, 2016

What’s better than reading a book? How about making an edible version of a book? Create your masterpiece and enter it in Waukesha Public Library’s second annual Edible Book Festival on Saturday, April 16! Your entry may be inspired by a favorite story, a pun on a title or simply a dish in the shape of a book but it must be book related.  All ages are welcome to enter this family-friendly event but registration is required to compete.

Drop off your entry at the Library on Saturday, April 16, between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Viewing and voting on the entries is from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. with the Awards Ceremony at 4:15 p.m.

To register or for more details, contact the Reference or Children’s Desk or call 262-524-3682.

April Doughnuts & Documentaries – Cool It!

Cool It!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Waukesha Public Library’s April 13 documentary asks when it comes to global warming: “are we saving the world or just burning money?” Cool It is author Bjorn Lomborg’s controversial response to the film An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore. Cool It asks whether the many elaborate actions being considered to stop global warming are worth the cost. Lomborg is best known for his book, The Skeptical Environmentalist, in which he suggested that environmentalists have diverted potentially beneficial resources to less deserving environmental issues in ways that were economically damaging and with little impact on global warming. The program begins at 10:00 a.m. and you are invited to join us afterwards for an informal discussion with coffee and doughnuts provided by Friends of Waukesha Public Library.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Join us as we explore how we as individuals and as a society face our mortality.  The Frontline documentary, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, will be shown on Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m., Waukesha Public Library. Following the film, Dr. Kelly Cooke, Medical Director of Palliative Care at ProHealth Care, will lead a discussion on this often difficult and sensitive subject. National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16 and this event may assist you in making those important choices. The Frontline film is Dr. Atul Gawande’s compassionate view of how all of us, doctors included, should face mortality with both our hearts and minds.

Questions? Contact the Reference Desk by calling 262-524-3682.

March Doughnuts & Documentaries – The Brain: Who Will We Be?

In this episode of PBS’ The Brain: Who Will We Be?, Dr. David Eagleman gives us an amazing glimpse into ongoing research of the future possibilities of how our brains, and even our longevity, may change and evolve. Join us on Wednesday, March 9, at 10:00 a.m. as we find out what’s next for the human brain and our species. What if technology develops a way to upload our brains into digital space? And, if we achieve that, what will that mean for us – as individuals and as a society?

Dr. Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a New York Times best-selling author of the books Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and the best selling fiction book: Sum. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he also directs the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. These documentaries are part of the PBS series, The Brain with David Eagleman.

You are invited to join us afterwards for an informal discussion with coffee and doughnuts provided by Friends of Waukesha Public Library.

February Doughnuts & Documentaries – The Brain: What Makes Me?

February’s documentary, The Brain: What makes Me?, explores the question of how the brain gives rise to our thoughts, emotions, memories and personality. The process of becoming a fully developed human takes a long time: from cradle to grave, we are works in progress. In this film, Dr. David Eagleman explores memory as an important pillar of self and reveals that rather than being a faithful record of our past, memory is fallible and often unreliable, making our life of memories more personal mythology than digital recording.

The documentary is part of the PBS series, The Brain with David Eagleman. Dr. Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a New York Times best-selling author of the books Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and the best selling fiction book: Sum. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he also directs the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law.

The documentary is followed by an informal discussion. Coffee and doughnuts are provided by Friends of Waukesha Public Library.

December Doughnuts and Documentaries

The film A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps is being shown at Waukesha Public Library on Tuesday, December 15, at 10:00 a.m. Wisconsin author and historian Jerry Apps takes us back to the winters he spent on the family’s farm during the Great Depression and World War II. He describes how winter influenced farm families and discusses his belief that people are profoundly affected by harsh northern winters.

Jerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of more than 35 books, many of them on rural history and country life. He has won numerous awards for his writing and was named a Fellow by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters  in 2012. In 2014, he was inducted into the Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame.

For more information please call the reference desk at 262-524-3682.