Wisconsin History Tour Arrives at WPL

The Wisconsin History Tour, an outreach initiative of the Wisconsin Historical Society, is a traveling exhibit crisscrossing the State to bring history to life near you. Come and see an exhibit of historic photographs, documents and stories about the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin!

Attend educational events, lectures by authors, genealogy workshops, demonstrations and more at the Waukesha Public Library and Carroll University in downtown Waukesha.

The exhibit is now on display through the end of September, and all events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

New Website Launched!

Welcome to our new website! We have spent the last year or so designing and coding our new website in an effort to bring you news, services and program announcements far quicker and easier to access than ever before. This website was built entirely by Library staff and covers many new areas of services that you may not be familiar with. Take a look and let us know how we can help to improve your experience!

Questions? Call us at 262-524-3680 or come in for a visit and we will be happy to show you around!

New Drive-Up Book Return

We have installed a new drive-up book return station! We apologize for any inconvenience as we complete the installation process, which will end in early September.

To use, simply press the blue button to open the door. Wait for the green light and place your first item on the belt. The light will turn red for a second. Once it turns green again, place your next item on the belt. Please put items one at a time on the belt, as the system sorts material as it accepts them through the intake.

Questions? Come see us at the Special Services Desk or call us at 262-524-3680.

WPL Receives NEA Big Read Grant

Waukesha Public Library one of 75 organizations nationwide to receive a Big Read Grant!

Waukesha to read and celebrate A Wizard of Earthsea by
Ursula K. Le Guin during Waukesha Reads – The Big Read

June 2, 2015 – Waukesha Public Library is a recipient of a grant of $13,800 to host The Big Read in Waukesha. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book. Waukesha Public Library is one of 75 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2015 and June 2016.

The Big Read in Waukesha will focus on A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. Activities will take place September 25 – November 8, 2015. A Wizard of Earthsea is a classic coming-of-age novel. Originally published as a young-adult fantasy novel in 1968, Le Guin’s adventure tale is so imaginatively engaging and psychologically profound it captivates readers of all ages.

Waukesha Public Library is proud to collaborate with more than 40 partners each year to bring this program to our community. Planning for the October Waukesha Reads – The Big Read has already begun. If your organization or business is interested in getting involved in this exciting community-wide event, please contact Karol Kennedy at kkennedy@waukesha.lib.wi.us or (262) 524-3746.

For more information please visit The Big Read.

Summer Reading Kickoff!

We have started the 2015 Summer Reading Season! Come by the Children’s Department to sign up today, and remember that children as young as one-month old can participate! There are separate programs for adults and teens, so be sure to stop by the Reference desk on your way out to pick up a brochure or get started right away. We look forward to reading all summer long!