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ArtistWorks for Libraries

ArtistWorks for Libraries provides world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-winning music and artistic professionals. With your library card you can sign up for a free account or use any existing RB Digital Account (such as Zinio) to access the site. Learn more and view the full course list on the ArtistWorks for Libraries gateway page.

2017 Fox Cities Reads

Fox Cities Reads is happy to announce that, Stella by Starlight, by best-selling author Sharon Draper has been selected for the 2017 Read, which is a one book, one community reading program.  Readers are encouraged to pick up a copy of the book and participate in discussions and events leading up to the author’s visit to the Fox Cities on April 4th & 5th, 2017.

Visit the Fox Cities Reads website to learn more and to view the Events Schedule.

Digital Magazines are Back!

We are happy to announce that InfoSoup users again have access to digital magazines. Through Zinio for Libraries, InfoSoup library card holders have access to over 100 cover-to-cover digital editions of popular magazines. You can stream magazines instantly through your web browser or download them to your tablet or smartphone using the free Zinio for Libraries App.

It is easy to get started! Go to the InfoSoup/Appleton Public Library Zinio collection page, and click the "Create an Account" link.

  • Enter your library card number (you only need to do this once)
  • Enter your name
  • Enter your email address. Your email address will be your Username
  • Enter a Password
  • Click or tap "Create Account"
  • You will then be asked to select your Local Library.

You are now ready to check out magazines. There are no limit, no holds, and no due dates. If you download titles to your mobile device you can keep them for as long as you want. Back issues are also available to check out. At the bottom of every Zinio for Libraries page, there is a link to a Help Page. The help page has an FAQ, user guides and video tutorials (for desktop, Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire). There is also a link to an online support form.

Here is a list of the current active title in our Zinio Collection.

Please note that for some titles, the publishers no longer make their magazines available to Zinio for Libraries. For a few magazines we only have selected back issues. Back Issue only magazines include Consumer Reports, mental_floos, Forbes, Cabin Life, Scrapbooks Etc, Architectural Record, La Cucina Italiana, & Cosmopolitan en Español. There are an additional dozen or so magazines with back issues only that are listed at the end on the last two pages of the Zinio Collection. When the title is no longer available, there will be a note on the check out page for that magazine that says:  *This magazine is no longer offered through Zinio, only back issues are available.

Go to the Zinio Magazine Collection

Four More New Resources

Along with Zinio for Libraries, we are also  excited to offer 4 new resources:

All these sites, along with Zinio, are available from the same gateway page. Create one login and use on all of these sites.

ALA Book Award Winners

Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books and media for children and teens. The oldest and best known of these awards are the Caldecott and Newbery Medal. Check out our Children's Book Awards page our Award Winning Books for Teens page for this years ALA winners and honor books.

Notable Books of 2016

The end of year is a great time for best of lists and best books of are one of the most popular. The New York Times is one of the more well known producers of just such a list. Their 100 Notable Books of 2016 includes 50 Fiction titles and 50 Nonfiction titles. We have tagged these in InfoSoup to make them easy to find.

You can use the Refine by Format section to limit the display to books, ebooks, audiobooks, or large print.

Goodreads Choice Awards

In November, Goodreads members voted for their favorite books from 2016 in 19 categories. Winners were selected on December 5th (The winner is listed first for each category). We have highlighted some of the categories in InfoSoup:

Fiction | Nonfiction

Visit godreads Choice Awards page to see all the categories and winners.