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National Library Week is fast approaching and this year’s theme is “There’s More to the Story”. We reached out to one of our regular library-goers to learn more about how she uses the library.

With the weather warming up, I like to walk outside in the morning, and I’ll usually listen to an audiobook on Hoopla or Libby. While I’m getting ready for work, I’ll switch over to music. Right now, I have Taylor Swift’s new album Midnights (3am Edition) on repeat. For the drive to school and work, the kids like Encanto.

I’m taking a Gale Course to improve my spreadsheet skills. I haven’t tried Mango yet, but it’s on my bucket list to learn Spanish, so I hope to have time to do that soon.

In the evening, we usually watch a movie to relax. Hoopla is a new go-to since we cut back on our streaming channels, but I want to know more about Kanopy.

Then, it’s off to bed with a library book from the (always growing) pile on the nightstand!

What about you? How do you use the library? Email us, and we may use your story in a future Facebook post. There’s more to the story, and the library is where you’ll find it!

April is also National Poetry Month, and we invite poetry fans to participate in NaPoWriMo, a challenge where you write one poem per day. Need inspiration? Check out these daily poetry prompts.

What we're reading

Browse the list of books our staff are reading and recommending this month.

Place a hold!

View the exhibition April 24 - 29

If you enjoy art, you won’t want to miss Art By Librarians, a one-time-only exhibition featuring our staff’s artistic talents.

Join us on April 27 from 6 – 8 p.m. under the Dome for a public reception. Support the artists, connect with fellow art enthusiasts, and enjoy light refreshments.

Stop by the Children's Department from April 6 - 28 during regular hours to see the colorful artwork of Oshkosh Area School District's kindergarten to 5th grade students. The joy that shines through their work is inspiring!

For Earth Day, we're offering two hands-on activities. Adults and teens will upcycle everyday items at Think Outside the Trash: Upcycling & Recycling for Earth Day, while kids (ages 6 and older) will learn about The Curious Chemistry of Amazing Algae and make "worms" to take home.

Special thanks to the following partners who made these programs possible: Winnebago County Solid Waste and the Northeast Wisconsin Local Section of the American Chemical Society.

Book Buzz with Librarian Nancy Bell

Are you watching Book Buzz, yet?

Each month on our YouTube channel, Librarian Nancy Bell chooses one

buzz-worthy book and suggests three read-a-likes. Tune in to find out which books made the cut.

Did you know that book banning attempts reached a record high in 2022?

If you’re looking for a welcoming space to talk about powerful stories, Banned Book Club might be the right fit for you.

Can you guess why The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon has been both challenged and banned?

Find out at our next gathering on Tuesday, April 18 at 5 p.m. at Planet Perk.

What will you read, watch or do this month?

Grow your creativity with free DIY kits for all ages. A library card is not required.

Try before you buy with the library's TIY Kits. Make your own jewelry, candles, and paper with the basic supplies and additional resources on the topic. Choose from 20 different TIY kits for any age. Available to borrow for up to two weeks with your Oshkosh Public Library card.

Tween S.T.E.A.M. is a new program for kids ages 9 to 12. Join the fun on Friday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m. in the library's Lower Level to investigate basic concepts of physics, engineering, and design while having a blast making confetti cannons.

Our popular Spring Genealogy Lock-In is Friday, April 14 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Further your family quest with one-on-one support from a librarian or Winnebagoland Genealogical Society member.

The library will be closed on Sunday, April 9 in observance of Easter. Regular business hours will resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 10.

We hope to see you soon!

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