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Is a library card on your child's back to school list? If it isn't there already, it should be!

A library card gives a reader access to over one million books, videos, and other items in the Outagamie-Waupaca Library System to expand learning and for entertainment. People can also browse through a large database of magazine articles available through the online catalog, www.infosoup.org. Additionally, helpful and knowledgeable librarians are ready to help steer library patrons toward any materials and information they might be looking for.

And, best of all, your initial library card is free! Just stop by a local library with a photo ID and proof of residence (for instance, a driver's license or state ID with a current address).

Most public libraries in Waupaca County work with local schools to make sure all students have a library card before finishing the first grade, but guardians can register their child for a library card at an earlier age if they feel it is appropriate. A child's library card requires their guardian's signature, as well as the guardian's proof of ID and residence.

"Having a card for the public library is very helpful when students are researching a topic that our school library doesn't have many resources on," said Kari Schwartz, Iola-Scandinavia School's library media center director. "The card provides students with access to their local library's resources, as well as resources at the other Infosoup libraries."

If a library card is lost, replacement cards are available for up to $3. Anyone who is not sure if they already have a library card can inquire at a local library. Current address and other patron information can be updated at the same time.

Now is also a great time to make sure your library card is in good standing. Cards in good standing have fines or other fees totalling less than $5. Fines and fees can be paid at a local library or online.

To make a payment online, an individual's fines and fees must total over $4. Go to www.Infosoup.org and click on "View My Account." Click on your name, located near the upper right corner of the web-page, then click on "Fines/Fees" from the list on the left side of your account page.

The same OWLS library card can be used at all public libraries in Outagamie and Waupaca counties.

A library card is a passport to the greater world for adults and children. Never stop reading ─ visit a local library today!

The Waupaca County public libraries include: 

Welcome to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! This free program encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she enters school, a goal experts say children need to help them learn to read for themselves. One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that are key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun!

To participate:

1. Sign up at the Scandinavia Public Library and receive a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten log and book bag.

2. Read together

3. Write the titles on your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten log. If you read a book more than once, you can record it each time. Books read at library storytime, at daycare or by others to your child also count! You can also color in or check off a book read rather than writing down the title.

4. When you finish 100 books, bring your sheet to the library. Your child will receive a sticker to acknowledge his or her progress.

5. Return to the library each time 100 books are completed for additional stickers.

6. After finishing 1000 books, your child will receives a book to keep and a certificate

Gets a jumpstart on success in school and life by reading together. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten has no end date except your child’s going to school, so don’t feel rushed. Enjoy the experience! Take every chance you have to read with your children, tell and talk about 

Make a donation for the Scandinavia Public Library’s 2019 story walk in Jorgens Park Preserve and receive a Scandinavian folded star ornament!

  • Donate $4 and receive one 4” fabric star or a package of 2” paper stars.
  • Donate $10 and receive your choice of three 4” fabric stars, three 2” paper star packages, or mix and match three of your choice!

Find stars and make your donations at the Scandinavia Public Library or ScandiHus (one block down the street at 280 N. Main Street, Scandinavia, WI  54977).

Stars will be available through December 31, 2018 or until they run out, whichever happens first, so stop in soon for the best selection!

The Scandinavia Public Library has developed an ongoing early literacy initiative called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten that began October 2013. This multiyear project encourages parents to read aloud at least 1000 books with their children before they enter school.

The program, open to any preschooler, whose caregiver uses the Scandinavia Public Library in person,has an initial goal of reaching–and involving- 25 (or more!) children over a two year period.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten goals include:

  • Introducing a fun method to encourage families to read aloud to preschoolers
  • Introducing children to a wide range of excellent books to promote pre-literacy so children enter school ready to learn
  • Encouraging regular library use by families and enhancing our outreach to caregivers

Children receive a reading folder and book bag at registration with pages to record the books read. Registration is done in person at the Scandinavia Public Library. Families are encouraged to return to the library every time they finish reading and listening to 100 books. Children receive a congratulatory stickers each time they finish a  batch of 100 books. The culminating prize is a book the child can keep.

A key aspect of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is to connect it with caregivers. You can assist us by:

Book Group, the Scandinavia Public Library's book discussion group, meets at 4 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month except December. Our discussions are open to anyone who has read the month's selected title and will participate in a civil manner. Readers are welcome to attend as many meetings as their interest and schedules permit.

We read a wide variety of books, covering all genres and occasional non-fiction titles. Titles are selected by our staff, but we also welcome suggestions from our readers!

Previous titles include, but are not limited to:



The Scandinavia Public Library is closed Saturday, April 14 and Monday, April 16. If you have library materials that were due these days, they are now due on Tuesday. Can't return the items on Tuesday? Contact us at 715-467-4636 and we will waive storm related fines.

Families can enjoy the Scandinavia Public Library's story walk in Jorgens Park Preserve. Located near the northeastern edge of Silver Lake in Scandinavia, the story walk is a 0.4-mile loop trail beginning east of the park's picnic pavilion. As families walk the trail, they will enjoy reading pages from a children's picture book that have been placed along the trail.

Combining literacy with outdoor activity, the story walk is a great way to enjoy some meaningful family-bonding time.

The story walk runs from April through early November each year and features books of all types, from classic to new, and even non-fiction.

Jorgens Park Map 2018.jpgThe story walk was named "Walk with Donnie" in honor of Donnie Jensen, who was a Scandinavia Public Library and Friends of Jorgens Park Preserve board member. "Donnie volunteered many hours in support of both the library and Jorgens Park," said Library Director Sue Vater Olsen. "It's my hope that people can enjoy the story walk and remember Donnie's life." Donnie passed away in 2016.

Facebook users can friend the Scandinavia Public Library and the Friends of Jorgens Park Preserve on Facebook to remain current with events in both locations.

RB Digital Magazines

Did you know that you have access to over 135 full-color digital magazines, free with your libary card? Read anywhere, anytime on your mobile divice or computer. We have magazines on food & cooking, health & fitness, life-style, cars & motorcycles, science & technology, travel, current events, woodworking, photography, and more!

If you haven't tried our digital magazine collection yet, keep reading to learn how to get started.

The Scandinavia Public Library invites all crafters to Crafting Bee! Enjoy an atmosphere of creativity and mutual support as you work alongside other crafters. Whether you knit, crochet, cross stitch, quilt bead, or scrap, and whether you are a novice or an experienced pro, these sessions are open to everyone! Assistance is available for a wide variety of crafts as well. All ages are welcome, although younger children should be supervised. This group meets every Thursday morning from 10 a.m. ─ noon.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a multi-year project designed to encourage parents to read aloud at least 1000 books with their children before they enter school.

The program is open to any preschooler whose primary caregiver uses the Scandinavia Public Library in person.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten goals include: