Antiques Appraiser Mark Moran

Antiques Appraiser Mark Moran will be coming back to the Library on Saturday, November 9, from 1:00-4:00 PM! Bring in an antique for evaluation, or just come to watch. You must register for an appraisal, so stop at the Reference Desk or call 262-524-3682. No need to register, if you are only watching. Please see the list below for items that Mark will and will not appraise.

Objects accepted for evaluation include:

Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary.

Furniture (larger pieces may be viewed using images sent by email).

Ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware.

Glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items.

Vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.

Advertising, including posters, lithographed tin, paper and figural objects.

Folk art, including carvings, quilts, weather-vanes, windmill weights and “outsider” art.

Assorted toys, including dolls (bisque, composition and plastic), windups and mechanical banks.

Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate.

Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural.

Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, earrings.

Musical instruments.

Sporting collectibles.


Excluded items:

All weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); traps (like leg-hold); coins and paper money; Nazi memorabilia; fine jewelry, including precious gems; Beanie Babies.

Food for Fines is back!

Food for Fines is back! Donate food at Waukesha Public Library from October 14-31, and reduce your existing overdue fines. All donated food will benefit the FOOD Pantry of Waukesha County.

  • $1.00 per nonperishable food item or $2.00 per box of cereal
  • No expired, homemade, fresh food, Ramen Noodles, or candy will be accepted (at the request of the FOOD Pantry).
  • No fines? You’ll receive a coupon for $0.50 off a Friends Book Sale item.

Questions? Call 262-524-3684 for more information.

Food for Fines is an NEA BIG READ-Waukesha Reads event. NEA BIG READ is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Can’t remember your library card number? Set up a username!

Want to place holds or access your account without having to remember your library card number? Now you can! Setting up a username is easy and can be done from the comfort of home.

  • A username may be used to log into your account in place of using your barcode number.
  • Create a username by logging into your account, selecting “My Record,” and then clicking on “Change Logon.”
  • Once you create a username, the system will send you an email confirming the change.
  • Your username can be used interchangeably with your library card number to log into your account.
  • Your username will NOT work for logging into OverDrive or Libby.

Please contact the Reference Desk at 262.524.3682 with any questions.

Sandhill Cranes

The Library has installed a new piece of public art into our permanent collection. Sandhill Cranes by Tom Rauschke is a wooden mobile installed in the north atrium to fill that space with form, color, and movement. Stop in and take a look at this breathtaking piece.

Loan Limits Changed!

Exciting news! Starting today, there are no more loan limits on Library AV items, magazines, or pamphlets. What does that mean? Each Library card can have up to 125 items checked out on it from our collection. If you want to check out 125 DVDs, go ahead! Love CDs? Take home as many as you want! As long as you have 125 items or less checked out on your card, you can take home whatever materials you’d like. The only items that still have loan limits are: Laptops (1), Hotspots (1), Book Group Kits (2) and Launchpads (1). Please check with the Reference or Circulation Desks if you have any questions. The number of holds allowed per card is still 40.

Pay Your Fines Online!

If you owe fines of $5.00 or more, you can now pay them online! Just log into your CAFE account and click on “Pay Fines Now!” This option only appears if you owe $5.00 or more. A 5% service fee applies. You can also still pay at the Library, just like before.