What services are currently being offered at the Library?

We know you’re anxious to come back to the Library, and we look forward to serving you! Because WPL is a very busy building, we are reopening gradually to ensure that we can keep a clean and safe space for you and our staff. Check HERE for a list of our current services.

Fantastic Beasts Virtual Escape Room

Hello, aspiring magizoologist! Welcome to the Fantastic Beasts Virtual Escape Room! This Escape Room was created for you by Teen Librarian Carley from Waukesha Public Library. Please run through this Escape Room on your own or with a parent, sibling or friend. Having a piece of paper and pencil nearby will help you work through some of the questions.

If you are running through this Escape Room, be sure you are signed up for our Teen Summer Library Program through Beanstack! To register for the program, visit waukeshapubliclibrary.beanstack.org. On Beanstack, you can register, sign up for the Teen Summer Library Program, and start earning badges! At the end of this Escape Room, there is a code word. This code word is needed to unlock the badge for this Escape Room on Beanstack.

Today, you will be meeting with magizoologist Newt Scamander and taking a tour of the magical creatures inside of his suitcase. Newt sets down his suitcase to shake your hand, when — BAM!! The suitcase flies open and out of it comes a dozen magical creatures! Newt yells in alarm, and quickly checks his suitcase. With grief on his face, Newt tells you that all of his creatures are missing. It’s up to you and Newt to find all of his missing creatures and return them to their habitats inside Newt’s suitcase, before they cause a disturbance!

Best wishes to you as you track down these creatures!

DISCLAIMER: Waukesha Public Library condemns the recent transphobic comments Tweeted by author J.K. Rowling. If you are looking for LGBTQ+ resources, please visit the Trevor Project Support Center. If you need immediate help or counseling, please call The Trevor Project at (866) 488-7386 or visit Trevor Project Get Help.

Harry Potter Virtual Escape Room

Hello, Hogwarts Student! Welcome to the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Virtual Escape Room! I hope you are ready to make your way through the first book in this beloved series! If you’d like, run through this Escape Room with a parent, sibling or friend so you can help each other out! Also, having a piece of paper and a pencil nearby will help you with some of the questions. Teen Librarian Carley from Waukesha Public Library created this Escape Room especially for you! Can you make it through your first year of Hogwarts?

If you are running through this Escape Room, be sure you are signed up for our Teen Summer Library Program through Beanstack! To register for the program, visit waukeshapubliclibrary.beanstack.org. On Beanstack, you can register, sign up for the Teen Summer Library Program, and start earning badges! At the end of this Escape Room, there is a code word. This code word is needed to unlock the badge for this Escape Room on Beanstack.

Best wishes as you make your way through your first year at Hogwarts!

DISCLAIMER: Waukesha Public Library condemns the recent transphobic comments Tweeted by author J.K. Rowling. If you are looking for LGBTQ+ resources, please visit the Trevor Project Support Center. If you need immediate help or counseling, please call The Trevor Project at (866) 488-7386 or visit Trevor Project Get Help.

July Teen Book Club

Waukesha Public Library’s Teen Book Club will be discussing their favorite fantasy books this month! We will be discussing the book via Zoom. Please fill out THIS FORM if your teen would like to attend. Once you fill out this form, Teen Librarian Carley will email you the Zoom information needed to participate in this book discussion.

If you are looking for a fantasy book to read, an assortment of free young adult fantasy books will be available at the Reference Desk, while supplies last.

If you RSVP YES and then are unable to attend, please email Carley at crymkus@waukesha-wi.gov to let her know your teen can no longer make the Zoom discussion.

To access Zoom, you can download the app for free or via the website zoom.us. At 7:00 PM on the day of the program, you can hit “Join a Meeting” and you can enter in the room information and participate in our discussion! The discussion will last an hour, ending at 8:00 PM.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Carley. I hope to see you at our discussion!

Fantasy Map Craft

Welcome to the teen Fantasy Map Program! To view the video instructions for this craft, please click here or visit our Instagram page @wplteenzone. Teen Librarian Carley will walk you through this craft. Follow along with the video, create your own map, and get the code word needed to unlock this badge on Beanstack at the end of the video! If you participated in this craft, please take a picture of your finished map and tag us in it on Instagram. We can’t wait to see your maps! 😊

Teen Summer Library Program!

 

Welcome to the 2020 Teen Summer Library Program! This program is for teens going into grades 7-12. Our program has a new format this year! Through Beanstack, you can earn badges by participating in our program. Each badge you unlock will earn you an entry into our Grand Prize Drawing at the end of Summer! Our Grand Prizes are $100 Visa Gift cards, $50 Visa gift cards and $25 Visa gift cards!

To finish the program, you have to earn 25 badges out of the 50 available badges. Once you earn 25 badges, you will get a prize pack! To get your prize pack, call or email the library and we will get your prize ready for pick up!

Each badge you unlock will earn you an entry into our Grand Prize Drawing. For example, if you complete all 50 badges, you will have 50 entries into the Grand Prize Drawing, increasing your chances to win a gift card!

There are three types of badges you can earn through our Teen Summer Library Program. The three badge categories are broken down like this:

Challenge Badges: There are 2 challenge badges you can earn. The first can be earned by signing up for the Teen Summer Reading Program. The second badge can be unlocked by earning 25 badges. The badge you earn for signing up for the program does not count toward the 25 badges you need to complete the program.

Logging Badges: These are badges you can earn by reading pages! The more pages you read this summer, the more badges you can unlock. There are 5 logging badges total. You can earn logging badges at 100, 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000 pages.

Activity Badges: These are badges you can earn by participating in an activity. These can be earned by attending a virtual program, doing an activity and more! There are 43 activity badges that you can earn.

You can pick up a Teen Registration Packet at the Library, or you can view it here. If you have any questions about our Teen Summer Library Program, please call our Reference Desk at (262) 524-3682 or email Teen Librarian Carley at crymkus@waukesha-wi.gov.

Happy Summer Reading, teens!

Finding your holds at the Library

If you’ve never picked up holds at the Library before, finding your items is easy! Everything is filed alphabetically by the first two letters of your last name, followed by your first and middle initials. When you get to the Library, follow the signs to find the correct holds section. Then, look at the receipt sticking out of each item to help you find your holds. Once you locate your items, they can be checked out using our touchless self-checkout machines, or you can take them to the Special Services Desk. If you have any questions, a staff member will be happy to assist you.

Have you tried hoopla?

Hoopla has been available since April 1, and we’d like to know if you’ve tried it yet. Do you enjoy the service? If you haven’t tried it, why not? Your feedback will help us serve you better in the future. Please consider taking our quick survey.

Community Art Space Featured Artists January-June 2020: Jenni & Hannah Schwane

Featured Artists – Jenni and Hannah Schwane

January – April 2020

A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

Artists of the month, mother and daughter, Jenni and Hannah Schwane are excited to present a variety of their works of art at the Waukesha Public Library through April 30th, 2020.

Both proud to be born and raised Waukesha residents and have enjoyed the artist community here in Waukesha as well as Milwaukee.  Although it seems to run in the family, they believe that creativity exists universally and just needs to find a way to be cultivated and tapped into.

Jenni is self-taught in fine art, although she has taken a wide range of university level courses over the years to qualify her as a fine artist. She has taught many classes and creative sessions for all ages mainly focused on painting and pottery. She loves to encourage those who feel a lack of creativity by offering fun, easy going creative juice sessions. Jenni is also a self employed hairstylist and volunteers part time at the Donna Lexa Art Center in Waukesha.

Hannah is currently a fine art major at University Wisconsin Whitewater with furthering education in mind. She has explored both 2 and 3D mediums. Bartending at 841 has helped her continue to afford staying in school and she is welcoming art commissions to help with her education as well.

Each of the ladies have done extensive creative studies in art mediums ranging from pottery, oil and acrylic paints, and inks, mixed media, charcoal and other drawing materials. They have taken several university classes together over the years as well as attended life drawing sessions.
Further bio information is located at gallery on the main floor of the Waukesha Public Library.

Interest in pursuing a work of their art contact at rj_schwane@yahoo.com or 262-336-4597.

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.