It’s time for Waukesha Reads!

It’s time for the community to start celebrating The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros! Our programming starts the first weekend in October, so take a look at our Waukesha Reads brochure to plan which events to attend and visit to find information about the author, our reading group guide, and more. There’s something for everyone!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Starting October 1, the Library will be hosting a supply drive for the Women’s Center of Wisconsin. Donation bins will be set up in the Library lobby. The following items are currently high-priority needs:

  • Hair conditioner (not shampoo)
  • Bath towels
  • Gel pens
  • Medical ice packs
  • Baking pans and cookie sheets
  • Sports bras, preferably black (2X-4X)
  • Tracfones and Tracfone minutes
  • Latex-free disposable gloves
  • Masks (N-95 and surgical preferred, handmade and other also appreciated)
  • Ladies Underwear (L-2XL)

Only NEW items will be accepted. You can view more information and other wish lists on their website.

From October 25 – November 5, we will be forgiving $1.00 in existing Library fines for every item donated to the Women’s Center. If you do not have Library fines, you will receive a $1 coupon for the Friends of Waukesha Public Library Book Sale. During this time, donations must be made at the Special Services Desk. Fine forgiveness will not be granted for donations made prior to October 25 or for any donations left in the lobby bins.

If you or someone you know needs help, The Women’s Center is always available. Call their 24-hour hotline at: 262-542-3828.

Our shelves are open!

For the time being, all the shelves on the first floor are open! The current arrangement is temporary, so please ask a staff member if you need help finding something. ? (The Carnegie Room remains closed for construction.)

Culver’s fundraisers are back!

We invite you to dine at Culver’s to help raise money for the Friends of Waukesha Public Library! Culver’s will donate 10% of all curbside, drive-thru, and inside orders at the Main Street location (near Woodman’s). Treat yourself to dinner or dessert! All the fundraisers will be from 5:00-8:00 PM. Dates are below:

  • August 18, 2021
  • September 15, 2021
  • October 20, 2021
  • November 17, 2021
  • December 15, 2021
  • January 19, 2022
  • February 16, 2022
  • March 16, 2022
  • April 18, 2022
  • May 20, 2022


Per our Library Board, masks are highly recommended while in the Library. If you need a mask, you may ask for one at any service desk.

Commemorative Library Cards

Commemorative library cards are here! Help us celebrate our 125th anniversary by upgrading your card (for FREE) to one of our commemorative cards. Anyone is eligible to get one of these spiffy new cards, so just ask at the Special Services Desk. We only have a limited number of these cards available, so hurry in and get yours today!

AmazonSmile is now part of the Amazon app

Shopping for a gift? You can also help benefit the Friends of Waukesha Public Library while finding something great for your friend! Amazon has added the AmazonSmile feature to their mobile app.

Here’s How it works:

  • Open the Amazon App on your mobile device
  • From the main menu, tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features
  • Select “Friends of Waukesha Public Library” as your charity
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to activate

Happy Shopping!

Waukesha Public Library and the City of Waukesha celebrate 125 years!

Please join us as we celebrate this historic event with activities for all ages!

Historical Photo Display, April and May
Take a stroll back in time as we celebrate our 125th anniversary! A collection of historical photographs showcasing Waukesha Public Library and the City of Waukesha will be on display in our community art space. The photos were obtained and annotated through the efforts of John Schoenknecht in recognition of Waukesha’s 100th anniversary in 1996. Seventeen photos will be on display in April, and they will be replaced by 17 different photos in May.

National Library Week
April 4-10
Visit the Library this week to share your favorite library memory. Stop by on Thursday, April 8 to receive a special celebration treat and see our staff dressed up in period costume!

Adult Take & Make Kit
Genealogy Boot Camp
April 5
Interested in learning more about genealogy, but don’t know where to begin? The Waukesha Public Library is teaming up with the Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum to provide all you need to get started exploring your family history. Starting April 5, come to the Reference Desk to get worksheets, brochures, and information on resources available in the community to help you on your way. Kits available while supplies last.

Kids Take & Make Kit
Quill Pen and Ink
April 5
Stop by the Children’s Reference Desk starting April 5 to pick up a Quill Pen and Ink Kit. See how people used to write before we had things like pens and computers! With this Maker Kit, you will be able to write or design your own artwork with colorful feathered quills. Directions will also be included to help you create your own homemade ink. Kits available while supplies last. Kits available while supplies last.

Your Library: Past and Future!
Tuesday, April 20, 11:00 AM
Join Waukesha Public Library for a discussion about our colorful past and exciting future! Ellen Langill and Library Director Bruce Gay will present.
Ellen Langill is the author of A Window to the World: A History of the Waukesha Public Library 1896-1996. She is a renowned local historian and will share highlights of our 125 year history.  Bruce Gay is the current Director of Waukesha Public Library and will share plans for the Library’s future. A Q&A will follow the presentation. Registration is required to get the Zoom connection information. Register on the Library’s event calendar or by calling 262-524-3682.

Día de los Niños
Saturday, May 1, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Cutler Park
Join us in our annual bilingual celebration that connects children and families to a love of reading through a focus on diverse stories and family heritage. This year, help celebrate our 125th anniversary  with music, activities, and free books! Stop by the Bandshell in Cutler Park for a safe outdoor celebration. This event is hosted in collaboration with the Waukesha Hispanic Collaborative Network.

Step up for Wisconsin public libraries!

Bridges Library System is working with several other library systems in the state to start a postcard campaign supporting public libraries in Wisconsin. We need YOU to let your state legislators know how much Waukesha Public Library improved your life, and this community, in 2020. Stop at any WPL service desk and fill out a “Libraries Step Up” postcard to tell your elected representatives why you’re thankful for the library services offered in Waukesha. We’ll make sure the postcards get stamped and mailed, so just leave your completed card at any service desk. Our future funding is at risk because many legislators incorrectly believe that libraries have been closed throughout the pandemic. Please help us change this perception by letting your legislators know that WPL has been important to you and your family during this time. Thank you for your support, and we’ll see you at the Library!

Puzzle Exchange

Are you a jigsaw puzzle fanatic? Why buy new ones when you can trade used jigsaw puzzles with others in the community for free? If you’ve been doing puzzle after puzzle to pass the time while social distancing, you’re not alone! Stop by the BRAND NEW jigsaw puzzle exchange at the Library and pick up a new puzzle. How does it work? You bring a puzzle in, and take a puzzle home. No need to stop by the checkout desk. When you’re ready for a new puzzle, bring it back and trade again. We hope you enjoy this new service!