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Author Presentations

Book Clubs & Discussions

School Visits

Author Presentations (open to the public)

Due to COVID-19 all events, book clubs, and presentations have been cancelled.

Updates will be available when possible.

Thank you for understanding.

NEA Big Read: Fox Cities Reads Events

We are always adding events, so visit the website often or check out our Facebook page for the most current listing!

Public Presentations by Kao Kalia Yang

Thursday, April 16, 2:00PM at Kaukauna High School – 1701 County Rd CE, Kaukauna

Thursday, April 16, 6:30PM at the Jane Bergstrom Fine Arts Education Center – 1050 Zephyr Drive, Neenah

Bridging Two Worlds – Forging an Identity

Saturday, January 25, 2:00 PM– 4:00 PM – Appleton Public Library – 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton. Parking: Metered lot, ramp, or metered street. (920) 832-6173

The Hmong have been in the United States for over 40 years and yet to many, they are still the best kept secret of the Vietnam War. Dr. Pafoua (Pam) Her was part of the earliest Hmong families that resettled in the United State as political refugees after the Vietnam War. Dr. Her will discuss her personal experiences as a refugee child, young adult and woman in the United States and how she forged her identity and leveraged her experiences to create understanding, inclusion and unity. She will also discuss many aspects and traditions of the Hmong culture such as marriages, funerals, family relationships, clan structures, and more

The Building For Kids Diversity Discovery Free Day

Sunday, February 9 – The Building For Kids Children’s Museum – 100 W. College Ave., Appleton. Parking: Metered lot, ramp, or metered street.

(920) 734-3226

Librarians will be reading A Map Into The World and sharing hands-on activities for families to learn, discover, and celebrate diversity.

CANCELLED OR POSTPONED: Hmong in Wisconsin: A Hmong Diaspora Event

Saturday, March 21, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Menasha Public Library – 440 1st Street, Menasha.

(920) 967-3690

Hmong diaspora discussion, featuring a panel about the Hmong refugee and resettlement experience in Wisconsin at 10am. The Diaspora is part of a statewide event; co-hosted by the Hmong Institute and Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Drawing in part from the new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book HMONG IN WISCONSIN by Mai Zong Vue, which is part of the Society Press’s “People of Wisconsin” series. Light refreshments will be served. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

CANCELLED OR POSTPONED: Storycatchers Live: Home

Tuesday, March 31, 6:30PM – Kimberly Public Library- 515 W Kimberly Ave, Kimberly.
(920) 788-7515

What does ‘Home’ mean to you? Is it a place you can return to again and again? Is it something you’ve never quite found? Your family? Friends? Have you clicked your heels three times hoping to be transported? Learned important lessons when you’ve stepped away from what you’ve always known? How has this idea of home played a role in your life? Hear more around the theme of ‘HOME’ at this live storytelling event where members of the community become storytellers sharing (mostly) true stories. You DO NOT need to tell a story to join in the fun! After all, a story isn’t a story without someone to tell it to.
The deadline for storyteller submissions is March 22nd. For more information, visit storycatcherscommunity.com

CANCELLED OR POSTPONED: A Map Into the World Storytime

Thursday, April 9, 9:30AM – Kaukauna Public Library – 207 Thilmany Road #200, Kaukauna.
(920) 766-6340

Storytime featuring A Map Into the World with guest storyteller Chong Kha. This storytime is appropriate for ages 3-5 but siblings are welcome.

SPARK– Sharing Story Cloths

Monday, April 13, 10:00AM – 11:30AM and 1:00PM – 2:00 PM – The Trout Museum of Art – 111 W. College Ave, Appleton. Parking: Metered lot, ramp, or metered street.
(920) 733-4089

SPARK! is a free monthly engagement art program for caregivers and loved ones living with memory loss. Each one-hour program is led by specially trained museum educators who cultivate interactive visual art experiences. Learn about the art of Hmong  storytelling through vibrant needlework and textile, and how years of  culture and history are documented in every stitch.

Traveling Story Cloth Display

About

Come and see authentic Hmong story cloths! Hmong story cloths were created by hand to tell traditional and personal stories. Many Hmong story cloths were made to keep ancient legends and traditional stories alive. Some cloths tell an individual’s story. Personal themes that are often told through Hmong story cloths include war, loss of homeland, refugee camps, and even new life in America. Come see the extraordinary needlework and learn the stories the cloths tell in this display.

Locations

February: Kimberly Public Library

March: Menasha Public Library

April:  Trout Museum of Art

Book Clubs and Discussions

Date and Time: Thursday, March 12, 1:00PM

Location: Kimberly Public Library

Description: The Afternoon Book Club (Latehomecomer)


Date and Time: Monday, March 17, 2:00PM

Location: Menasha Public Library

Description: NonFiction Book Club (Latehomecomer)


Date and Time: Monday, March 23, 10:00AM and 6:30PM

Location: Neenah Public Library

Description: Monday Morning Book Klatch (The Song Poet)


Date and Time: Tuesday, April 14, 10:00AM

Location: Kaukauna Public Library

Description: Daytime Book Club (Latehomecomer)


Date and Time: Monday, April 20, 6:30PM

Location: Little Chute Public Library

Description: The Evening Book Club (Latehomecomer)


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School Visits

School visits are open to students and staff only.

Past Reads

2019
Dr. Matthew Desmond, Evicted

2018
Ruta Sepetys, Salt To The Sea

2017
Sharon Draper, Stella By Starlight

2016
David Sheff, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction

2015
Christina Baker Kline, Orphan Train

2014
R. J. Palacio, Wonder

2013
Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder

2012
Bill Strickland, Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary

2011
Luis Alberto Urrea, Into the Beautiful North and The Devil’s Highway

2010
Lesley Kagen, Whistling in the Dark

2009
Michael Perry, Off Main Street, Population: 485, and Truck

2008
Alice Hoffman, Blackbird House and Green Angel

2007
Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed