Lunch & Learn – April 14 – Author June Melby – “My Family and Other Hazards”

June Melby is a writer and performer with an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in several publications including The Utne Reader, National Lampoon Magazine, and LA Weekly. My Family and Other Hazards, her humorous, award-winning memoir about working summers at her family’s mini-golf course in Waupaca, WI, was released in 2014.

She lives in a cabin in the woods with her husband and their 20-lb. cat, Ferdinand Magellan. She can be found at

Lunch & Learn: Our Alaska Homesteading Adventure

Authors Don and Lanna Langdok will present their story, now published as the book, Cheechako Sunrise, Sourdough Sunset. The Langdok’s move to Anchorage, Alaska in 1969 was a daring and gutsy decision on the part of this young Wisconsin couple with a two-year-old baby daughter. It wasn’t long before exciting and unexpected challenges started to shape and mold their character; from finding a dead body, dealing with airplane crashes and police department murders to homesteading’ in a log cabin with no electricity or water!

Living Green – Waupaca Area Public Library

What does it mean to live green or sustainably? Come find out in our next exhibit, “Living Green!”

To people in Waupaca County, it means many things. Local farms, businesses and individuals are working hard to spread the word on the importance of buying locally and living in a sustainable way. Businesses are using solar and renewable energy, while people are reusing materials and finding ways to make their homes more efficient. Beekeeping, raising chickens, canning and preserving, and making your own soaps are all ways Waupaca residents are “living green.” The exhibit will feature local farms and families, the Waupaca Farmer’s Market, CSAs and what they bring to our community, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Come generate power on our exercise bike and see how you can make a light bulb glow or power a radio!

Also come join us for a program on renewable energy and sustainability with author Bob Ramlow on Monday, January 19th at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Ramlow has been involved in renewable energy for over 40 years and is a founding member of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. He has taught workshops and classes throughout the U.S. and has co-authored the book Solar Water Heating – a comprehensive guide to solar water & space heating systems. He lives with his family in a zero-energy home near Amherst, Wisconsin. The program will take place in the lower-level meeting rooms.

Lunch & Learn – January 13 – What’s New with eBooks at the Library

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – 12:00pm1:00pm

Evan Bend of the Outagamie Waupaca Library System will provide an overview of the eBook and free digital audiobook services provided by the library with particular attention to some of the new and upcoming feature of Wisconsin’s Digital Library Appropriate for anyone just getting started with library eBooks or current library eBook users interested in learning more about using OverDrive.

This program is free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages. A light lunch will be catered by a local restaurant. Please make reservations online or by calling the front desk 715-258-4414.

If you would like to have assistance with your device, you can register for one of 30 minute small group workshop to get help with downloading eBooks or audio books to your device. Registration for small groups will be available after January 2.

Lunch & Learn – November 11 – Cold War Bunkers & Presidential Communications – Veteran Tom Roemer

Lunch & Learn – November 11 – Cold War Bunkers & Presidential Communications – Veteran Tom Roemer

White House

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Born and raised in Appleton, Tom Roemer served in the U.S. Army from August 1965 to August 1969, attaining the rank of Staff Sargent.  While in Basic Training, he was recruited by the White House Communications Agency.  A subsequent microwave radio electronics school prepared him to provide communications support for the U.S. Secret Service and Presidents Johnson and Nixon, and former president Eisenhower.