Catalog Down May 4

Wednesday, May 4 Beginning at 7:00 a.m.

The Library catalog will be unavailable due to necessary software upgrades.

During this time there will be:

  • No holds placed
  • No online renewals
  • No paying of fines
  • No items checked in

Items may be checked out at the Special Services Desk. Please ask if you need assistance locating library material. The catalog will be available again as soon as upgrades are complete. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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.

Teen Manga and Anime Club

Join us next Tuesday as we plan for our upcoming Teen Manga Festival! TMAC meets in the Community Room at 5 p.m. Teens in grades 7-12 are invited, and snacks and supplies will be provided.

Celebrate with Waukesha Public Library in April!

Stop in and pick up a butterfly cutout for our Libraries Transform display.

In 10 words or less, use the cutout to tell us:
•    How the library transformed your life,
•    What your library means to you, or
•    How you see the library transforming to meet changing needs.

Get or renew a library card in April (or bring a friend or family member to get a card) to get a free item from the Friends’ book sale.

Share your story about how libraries transform on Waukesha Public Library’s Facebook.

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

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.

Teen Makerspace Day

Drop by after school on Tuesday, April 12 @ 3:30 p.m. for Makerspace Day! We will be making poetry art this month with old discarded books. Snacks and supplies will be provided and teens in grades 7-12 are invited.