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Former Resident, John Baraniak, to Hold Book Signing -- Tues., Dec. 8

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John Baraniak

Did you ever think about being able to fly? Just about everyone has, and, in the book The Flying Guy by John Baraniak, you’ll discover the coming of age story of a young boy who grows into manhood while trying to keep his ability to fly a secret. His parents are fearful of what might happen to him and have to take measures to avoid being found out by a dogged local reporter and eventually the FBI. From the first time Margaret Anderson found her baby floating in front of her, through the testing of boundaries that young boys do, this story will have you flying along for the ride.

The author, John Baraniak, is a former Antigo resident now residing in Green Bay. He set this story in the fictional town of Aston, in northeast Wisconsin. Locations mentioned in the book should be familiar to many local Antigo residents.

Baraniak will be holding a book signing at the Antigo Public Library on Tuesday, December 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the McGinley Room. Books will be on sale for $20. The event will begin with a brief reading of an excerpt from the story.

Christmas and New Year's Holidays -- Library Closings

The main library in Antigo and all the branch libraries will be closed on the following dates during the upcoming holidays:

  • Wed., Dec. 23 (close at 6 p.m.)
  • Thurs., Dec. 24
  • Fri., Dec. 25
  • Sat., Dec. 26
  • Thurs., Dec. 31 (close at noon)
  • Fri., Jan. 1

We wish everyone a joyful and safe holiday season!

Wireless Access to End After Hours in Antigo and White Lake

No Wireless Access After Hours

The library staff in Antigo has been struggling for some time with people congregating around the building after hours to use the wireless.  Some of these people have been very destructive and disrespectful of public property.  The recent excellent landscaping work around the building has been trampled and torn up by some of these people, and the only reason they are gathering around the building at night is to access the wireless. It has, therefore, become necessary to eliminate access to the wireless when the library is not open.

“We are not happy with this necessity,” said Cynthia Taylor, Library Director.  “We would much prefer to be able to provide wireless access 24/7.  But the ongoing issues with property destruction, littering, and inappropriate behavior have forced us to adopt this action.”

Access will be restored again by 8:30 a.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.  The wireless will remain inaccessible on Sundays.

The Village of White Lake has asked the library to make the wireless inaccessible in the evenings and on weekends for the same reasons. At this village branch of the library, the wireless will be inaccessible after 6 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Antigo Public Library recently kicked off its 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Club! 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 provide a solid literacy foundation—a key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun!

Also, there are gifts your child can earn for each step of the reading challenge, plus your child can earn stickers to affix to the giant houses we've constructed in the children's area of the library.

Sign up anytime by visiting the library!

Opt In to Text Alerts

cell phone

Cell phone users can opt in to receive text alerts. These alerts include: notice that an item you placed on hold is now available; courtesy notices for items coming due shortly; and overdue notices. Only the patron, however, can choose this option; the library staff cannot "turn on" this feature for you.

Receiving notices via text alert is the fastest means of receiving these notices.

If you're interested, under My Library on the V-Cat catalog home page, select My Account and then Modify Patron Information. Fill in your mobile number (even if you think we already have it), read the terms and conditions for receving alerts, check the Opt In box, and scroll to the bottom and click Submit. If you have previously chosen to receive email or phone notices, you will still receive these, but text alerts will be sent in addition to the other means.

You must have both an email account and a cell phone in order to opt in to text alerts.

Features of the Online Catalog

New Catalog


There are a number of new features in the Sierra online catalog, some of which will be new to patrons.

Reading History and Reading Lists
Patrons have long wanted to be able to keep lists of what they have already checked out from the library, as well as lists of what they want to read.  Now they can do just that!   Both are very useful tools, but they function quite differently.

  • Reading History
    Keeping a history of everything you check out in Sierra is not an option that every user wants.  Because of the Patriot Act, all such reading histories can be subject to subpoena.  However, users are given the option of opting in to this feature if they wish.  Sierra will NOT keep a Reading History unless you tell it to do so.
  • Reading Lists
    You can create multiple Reading Lists at any time in the catalog , and, from these lists, you can place holds on items.

Using the Book Bag
The book bag is a handy tool when  you want to request more than one item at a time or add more than one item to a reading list. Just as in an online store, you can collect items in a bag (similar to a shopping cart, but free) so that you can save time and effort in performing a single transaction rather than a multitude of individual ones. Fill up your bag and then request everything with one click, or put your bagged items in a saved list.

Community Events Calendar

See what's going all of Langlade County!



A great number of community-oriented people are pooling their resources to develop a one-stop calendar for the residents of Langlade County. Personnel at the City of Antigo, Langlade County Economic Development, the Antigo Public Library, Chamber of Commerce, Family Corner Resource Center, UW-Extention, and the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County have found an online calendar where all community events can be entered. The Antigo School District events are included as well. This calendar will grow with the community and your input!

Just click on the date you are interested in, and that day's events will be displayed.

Please take a look and tell us what you think!