"He that loves reading has everything within his reach." ~ William Godwin
A Note from the Library Director
Happy Library Card Sign-Up month! This year marks the 30th anniversary of this annual celebration of the library  card. According to the American Library Association's website, "Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. Libraries work to remind parents and youth that signing up for a library card is the first step toward academic achievement and lifelong learning." Library cards are a crucial lifelong learning tool for adults, too. So if you know somebody who doesn't know about the tools and resources that are theirs for free with a library card, why not celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month by inviting them to stop by their local library and sign up today!

Yours in Reading,
Betsy Bleck, Library Director
Did You Know?
  • Americans go to school, public and academic libraries more than three times as frequently as they go to the movies. 
  • There are more public libraries than Starbucks in the U.S.—a total of 17,566 including branches. Nearly 100% of public libraries provide Wi-Fi and have no-fee access to computers. 
  • In 2013, there were 1.5 billion in-person visits to public libraries across the U.S., the equivalent of more than 4 million visits each day. 
  • There were 96.5 million attendees at public library programs in 2013, more than all Major League Baseball and NBA games combined.
News You Can Use
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Oconomowoc Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that everyone has the most import card of all – a free library card!

What can I get with my library card?
  • books, music CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and other materials
  • access to materials from other libraries in the county, state or nation
  • access to e-books and audio books that can be downloaded directly to your computer or device
  • internet access and Wi-Fi
  • access to eMagazines and newspapers, online courses, genealogy searches, and consumer, financial, health, and business resources
In honor of Library Card Sign-Up Month, local Oconomowoc businesses will reward you for having a library card! Throughout the month of September, show your library card at participating businesses to receive a discount or treat. Thank you to all our partners!
Show your library card at participating businesses
throughout the month of September and receive a discount or incentive.
Get a library card by presenting a photo ID and proof of address at the library.
Visit our website for more information.
Participating Businesses
Olde Towne Comfort
Shoes & Repair

10% off any new pair of shoes 
119 E Wisconsin Ave, Oconomowoc
(262) 569-8190

Books & Company

20% off books & gifts
OR donate the 20% to the library

1039 Summit Ave,
(262) 567-0106
(Items must be in stock; no special orders. Does not include magazines or newspapers. Cannot be combined with other deals.)

20% off your order
1306 W Wisconsin Ave, Oconomowoc
(262) 567-2062


Sweet P's Pantry

10% off seasonal toffees
169 E Wisconsin Ave, Oconomowoc
(262) 408-9831


Waukesha State Bank  

Stress pig, pencil, & carabiner
1227 Corporate Center Dr,
(262) 567-2800

Fiesta Cancun

15% off food order
(one card per table) 

159 E Wisconsin Ave,
(262) 569-9740

Children's Programs


Enjoy stories, songs, and a puppet show! FREE! No registration required! Everyone is welcome to join the fun!

(18 mo. and under)

(19-35 mo.)

(36 mo. and up)

(36 mo. and up)
9:00 am
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
10:00 am
11:00 am
11:00 am

Baby & Lapsit Storytime 
Wednesdays, September 13, 20, and 27, 2017 9:00 am–9:30 am

Let’s read some stories, bounce to rhymes and songs, and play with our friends! For ages 0-18 months with a caregiver.
Family Storytime 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 6:30 pm-7:00 pm

Bring the whole family for an evening of storytime fun with books, rhymes, and music! Come in your pajamas to make it extra fun! For families with children ages 0-5 years.

Move & Groove Storytime
Tuesdays,  September 12,  19, and 26, 2017 11:00 am–11:30 am
Feeling the need to shake your sillies out? Join us for Move & Groove Storytime! This special storytime is best for ages 3-5, but the whole family can come and join in the fun!
Toddler Time & Planet PreK Storytime Themes
  • September 12 & 13: A Place in Space
    Storytime among the stars! From asteroids to the Zaurak star, future astronauts can sing, play, and read along at the library.
  • September 19 & 20: Bawk! Bawk!
    The chickens are loose in storytime! Silly, fun havoc is sure to follow! Join us for songs, stories, and rhymes about our favorite feathery, barnyard fowls.
  • September 26 & 27: Be a Friend to Bees
    This storytime is sure to be the bee’s knees! Learn about the important role bees play in our world while also enjoying songs, stories, and more.
Move & Groove Storytime at Shorehaven 
Monday, September 11, 2017 10:00 am-11:00 am

Join the library in an event of caring and sharing with our friends at Shorehaven! This intergenerational storytime will feature plenty of moving, shaking, singing, and reading, all in the spirit of being together in our community. We always end storytime with a simple craft to share with our Shorehaven friends. Best for ages 3-5; all are welcome.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
All ages are welcome to join us for this FREE club; however, LEGO Club is best for kids in kindergarten and up.The library supplies the LEGOs, you supply the creativity! No registration required.
Saturday, September 9, 2017 9:00 am – 10:30 pm
Teddy gets a special slumber party at the library! Bring your bear or stuffed animal friend to the library before 5 pm on Friday, September 8. When you come to retrieve your fuzzy friend on Saturday morning, join us for a special breakfast and see what the bears did all night in the library! If you do not participate in the teddy sleepover, you may still join us at the breakfast. Best for ages 3 and up. No registration required.
Little Hands Workshop
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hands-on learning and play for young children! Filled with sensory activities, play literacy, and more, these workshops feature fun learning and developmental experiences. For ages 0-5 years.

Tween Programs

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Good Griefer! It’s Minecraft at the library! Join us for some collaborative Minecraft play. You’ll be met with challenges, surprises, and more as you play together to build and survive. Space is limited. Come early to sign up. Ages 8-12.
Tech and Tinker: DIY Kaleidoscopes
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Get hands-on with fun tech! The Tech & Tinker program gives tweens the opportunity to demo, create, and learn how to use different kinds of tech, featuring something new every month. Ages 8-12.
The Griffins’ Bookshelf 
Thursday, September 28, 2017 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Love reading fantasy? Join others like yourself at this mythical, magical book group, just for fantasy lovers! There’s no required reading to attend the monthly meetings. Participants will enjoy a snack, games and activities, recommendations and reviews of brand new fantasy titles, and much discussion and debate about favorite books, of course! Ages 9-12; no registration required.

Teen Programs

Teen Advisory Board 
Monday, September 11, 2017 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

What programs would you like to see at the library? Can we come up with some fun, new displays? How do you get more volunteer hours AND have fun? You help Miss Caitlin, and she helps you! Together, a new era of teen stuff at the library can emerge. As always, great ideas need brain food, so snacks are included! 7th-12th grade.
Filmless Film Club
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
A fan of film? Interested in what it takes to create a film, from start to finish? Our Filmless Film Club writes, directs, acts in, and edits their own films. Join fellow teen filmmakers, and lend (and grow) your expertise in the field of film. Ages 12-18; no registration required.
animeTeen Anime Club 
Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Fan of all things anime? Come chat and chew with like-minded anime lovers at the library! Anime Club is  a low key gathering where ALL levels of fandom can interact without judgment. Each meeting will include crafts, activities, snacks (themed), and maybe even watching an episode or two. Bring recommendations! 7th -12th grade; no registration required.
Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Calling gamers of all kinds! Hang out at the library and play games of all sorts, from card to board to tabletop to video. Have a favorite game? Bring it along and share the fun! Snacks provided by the library. 7th-12th grade; no registration required.

Adult Programs

Adult Coloring Club
Monday, September 11, 2017 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Feeling stressed? Come relax, listen to music, and color!
Adult coloring is a huge trend nationwide-come experience it for yourself and find out why! All supplies will be provided.
eBooks with Libby and Overdrive
Friday, September 8, 2017 10:00 am-11:00 am or
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Overdrive has released a new app to read and listen to books: Libby! Come learn about the new app and get your device ready to access thousands of free eBooks and audio eBooks with your library card! Feel free to bring your own device or come and listen. Please sign up by visiting or calling the reference desk.
Book a Librarian Appointments Available!
Need help with a mobile device or e-reader? Want to learn how to create an email address or apply for jobs online? Come with your technology questions and book an appointment with a librarian for assistance! Appointments are available on a limited month-by-month basis. Call Hope at extension 211 to book a one-on-one half hour appointment.
Library Hours
Monday – Thursday:  9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday:  Summer 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
School Year 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: October – April 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
May – September CLOSED
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