Christmas at Balmoral Castle

Monday, December 21, at 7:00 p.m., Waukesha Public Library

Jessica Michna portrays Margaret Cummins, Head Housekeeper of Balmoral Castle during the reign of Queen Victoria, as she prepares for the arrival of the royal couple and their nine children in the late 1800s. Join these festivities on Monday, December 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Waukesha Public Library. Margaret served the royal family for 78 years, working her way up from the scullery to a position of trust and management. She was a personal confidant of the Queen, very rare in class conscious Victorian England.

Michna is widely known for her riveting and compelling portrayals of historical women, among them Eleanor Roosevelt, Abigail Adams and Helen Keller. She has entertained audiences throughout the US, Japan and Brazil. She has also performed at numerous venues including the Lincoln Boyhood Home, the Churchill Memorial Chapel, the National Railroad Museum and the Wisconsin State Historical Museum.

More details are available through the Reference Desk, by calling 262-524-3682. Waukesha Public Library is located at 321 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha.

Welcome Jefferson County Libraries! Online Catalog Update December 2 – 10

Jefferson County Libraries are joining with Waukesha County Libraries to make a new library system called Bridges. The system will formally go live on January 1, 2016, but we are combining the catalogs of the Jefferson County Libraries with our catalogs this year.

From December 2-10, the Library’s catalog will be unavailable as we make these updates. During this time items will continue to be due but fines will not be charged.

You will be able to:

  • Visit the library during regular business hours
  • Check out all types of material, including e-materials
  • Use the library’s website and Internet access
  • Keep your position in holds queues

You will NOT be able to:

  • View the online catalog from home or inside the library
  • Login to your account
  • Renew materials
  • Pay fines/fees
  • Place holds

We look forward to providing you with this enhanced library experience.

Thanks for your patience!

More information about the catalog downtime can be found at the Bridges Library System page here.

Glacial Balance documentary November 19

Journey with us on this in-depth and personal look at Andean villages from Columbia to Argentina where the consequences of climate change are becoming a reality. On Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m., the documentary, Glacial Balance, gives us a stunningly beautiful and deeply disturbing look at the effects of climate change from glaciers high atop the Andes to the cities and farms in the valleys below who are facing increasingly severe droughts and decreasing food production.

Dr. Elena De Costa, Carroll University, will facilitate the program and a SKYPE session with Glacial Balance’s filmmaker, Ethan Steinman, will follow the film presentation. This event is being presented in partnership with Plowshares Fair Trade Marketplace.

Call 262-524-3682 for more information.

Request for Proposal – RFID

The Board of Trustees at the Waukesha Public Library seeks written proposals for conversion of its collection to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).

The Library has more than 335,000 physical items in its collection which will be detailed in the Project Scope. The library currently uses barcode and electromagnetic security strips and requires conversion of its existing collection to RFID and application of RFID on future items as well.

This Request for Proposals consists of one scope that will be awarded to the successful bidder. The Library anticipates purchasing and beginning the conversion process from barcode to RFID by January 4th, 2016.

Due date for proposals: September 25th 4:00 PM CST

New Construction @ WPL Starting September 9

In early September, we will be installing the remainder of our new material sorting system. During this time, a temporary return station will be set up at the Special Services Desk, and there may be intermittent closures of the drive-up return. If you need assistance, please ask a staff member. Thank you for your patience.

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 or (262) 524-3746.

For more information please visit The Big Read.