The Village of Menomonee Falls opened its public library in 1906. Named in honor of its first head librarian, it was known as the Maude Shunk Public Library for many years. In 2002, we moved into a brand new building and changed our name to the Menomonee Falls Public Library. Maude’s name now graces our local history room.
We serve a population of more than 35,000 residents. Because of the Village’s size and our location in the northeast corner of Waukesha County, we are also visited by people from Milwaukee and Washington Counties.
Our youth department offers preschool storytimes as well as a monthly sensory storytime for children with special needs. We also hold craft activities, LEGO building, STEM programs and family movie times. We participate in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative as well as a very busy Summer Reading Program. For teens, we offer movie events as well as reading incentive programs and volunteer opportunities.
Adult programs include our popular monthly movie showings, technology classes, local speakers and home delivery services.
Each year, we host art shows for the local public and parochial schools, as well as for the Menomonee Falls Art Guild. The Menomonee Falls Library Friends purchase select pieces from this show each year to be part of the Library’s permanent art collection.
In 2016, we celebrated our 110th anniversary by hosting best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini for a presentation and book signing. We installed a hearing loop in our meeting room to better accommodate those individuals with hearing loss. We have also added Playaway products to our youth collection, and we are now circulating book discussion kits and Bi-Folkal kits for adults. We are currently in the midst of relabeling and relocating several other collections in our library to make materials easier to find and use.
Next year, we look forward to relaunching our Adult Book Discussion groups, expanding our programs for children and teens, and hosting a library Comic Con in the fall.