December Events Calendar 2019

Holiday Fun

Make the library your sweet escape this December. Mark your calendar for live music performances, Santa Storytime, #GivingTuesday and our BIGGEST Wild Winter Read Off ever!

Family Storytime
Mondays                                           9:30 a.m.
Dec. 2 & 9          
Lower Level Meeting Room
Stories, songs and fun activities for preschoolers. Older and younger siblings are welcome.

Open Tech Lab
Mon., Dec. 2                                     3 – 6 p.m.
All ages
Lower Level Tech Lab
Did you know the library has a 3-D printer, podcasting equipment, computers, software, a green screen, lighting equipment and more in our Tech Lab? Come and explore all that we have to offer.

#GivingTuesday – New!
Tues., Dec. 3                                     8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
All ages
First Floor Reading Room
Stop by the library on this global day of giving and decorate Meals on Wheels lunch bags. Brighten someone’s day and let them know you care. All supplies provided.

Chess Club
Tuesdays                                           5 to 7 p.m.
Dec. 3 & 17                       
All ages
Under the Dome
Drop in and meet other players. We provide the board and pieces. You bring the strategy.

Stories by Starlight
Dec. 3, 10, 17                                   6:15 p.m.
Preschoolers and families
Explorer’s Grove
A gentle way for families to relax at the end of the day. Jammies are welcome!

Online Anytime Book Club
Tues., Dec. 3                                     7 p.m.
Oshkosh Public Library Facebook Page
Join us for a live, interactive book chat.
Topic:    Great Reads of 2019
Whether they’re old favorites or new, tell us about your great reads.

Wed., Dec. 4                                    6 p.m.
Ages 6 - 9
Lower Level Meeting Room
Call 236-5208 to register. Supplies are limited.
Meet Squidy, a fantastic squid who can float, sink, and hover in his aquatic home! Make and take your very own Squidy, as we explore buoyancy – how and why things float.

Derailed: A podcast discussion – New!
Wed., Dec. 4                                    6 p.m.
Teens & adults
First Floor Reading Room
A podcast discussion is like a book club for podcasts. Wisconsin Public Radio’s Derailed is a six-part series detailing Wisconsin’s high-speed rail line that never was. Listen at or subscribe on your favorite podcast app. Plan to attend and share your thoughts with other fans.  

DIY: Ornaments for Kids
Lower Level Meeting Room
Kids & families
Thurs. Dec. 5                                    9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Mon., Dec. 9                                     5 – 7 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 14                                      10 – noon
Stop in and make an ornament to enjoy during your holiday celebrations.

UW Oshkosh Jazz Ensemble Holiday Concert
Thurs., Dec. 5                                   6:30 p.m.
All ages
Under the Dome
The UWO Jazz Ensemble presents an evening of Swingin' Holiday Favorites, featuring Christmas hits along with performances by student vocalists. 

Smart Starts
Fri., Dec. 6                                        9 to 11 a.m.
Ages 1 – 4
Lower Level Meeting Room
Spend the morning experiencing six to eight play-based stations that encourage exploratory learning, parent/child interaction and early literacy skills. Drop in anytime.

Tween Book Club
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Fri., Dec. 6                                        4:30 p.m.
Ages 9 – 11                      
Lower Level Meeting Room
Join us for free pizza, activities, making new friends and talking books! Bring your library card to check out the book for the next session.  

Teen Book Club
The Trials of Morrigan Crow
by Jessica Townsend
Fri., Dec. 6                                        4:30 p.m.
Grades 6 – 12
Lower Level Conference Room
Eat pizza, meet new friends and talk books. Fifteen free copies of the next book are given away at each meeting.

UW Oshkosh Handbell Choir Concert
Sat., Dec. 7                                       10 a.m.
All ages
Under the Dome
Ring in the season with the UW Oshkosh Handbell choir. They'll perform holiday favorites, show their handbell techniques and share a brief history of handbell ensembles.

LEGO Wall Open Build
Saturdays                                          Noon – 3 p.m.
Dec. 7 – 28                        
Fri., Dec. 27 & Mon., Dec. 30            Noon – 3 p.m.
Kids & families
Lower Level Tech Lab
Grab a bucket of bricks and build on our LEGO wall.

Movies with Friends
Sun., Dec. 8                                      2 p.m.
All ages
Lower Level Meeting Room
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Relax and enjoy the antics and aspirations of Clark W. Griswold in this classic comedy. Come alone or with a friend. Afterwards, stay to discuss the film. Thank you to River East Neighborhood Association for providing popcorn and bottled water.

Sounds of Winter Performance
Mon., Dec 9                       6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
All ages
Lower Level Meeting Room
Oshkosh Area Music Teachers Association students perform the pieces they’ve been practicing and perfecting. 

Rent Smart
Tuesdays                            9 – 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 10 & 17
Call 232-1973 to register.
For people who have limited rental experience and/or difficulty obtaining rental housing.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Learn what you need to know to be a successful renter. Complete both sessions and receive a certificate to show your commitment to being a good renter. Presented by the University of Wisconsin – Extension. 

Santa Storytime
Tues., Dec. 16                   9:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Kids & families
Under the Dome
Santa will sing songs accompanied by live music, tell stories and show kids some real Christmas magic. After his half-hour performance, he’ll be available for visits and photos. 

Memory Café
Wed., Dec. 11                   1 – 3 p.m.
For people with early stage dementia and their care partners.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Topic: Menominee Park Zoo
Hear about the new Eagle Exhibit opening in Spring 2019. Special animal friends from the zoo will make an appearance.

What’s Cooking Book Club
Wed., Dec. 11                   6:30 p.m.  
Under the Dome
Make a recipe based on the theme and bring along a sample and copy of the recipe to share. New members are welcome!
Theme: Special Celebrations 

Oshkosh Youth Choir Holiday Concert
Sat., Dec. 14                      noon
All ages
Under the Dome
The Aria singers will perform holiday music. Audience participation is encouraged!

Monday Movie Matinee
Mon., Dec. 16                   12:30 p.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Miracle on 34th Street

Free Legal Assistance Clinic
Tues., Dec. 17                   4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Volunteer attorneys and paralegal students are available to evaluate your situation and provide direction.

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration
Tues., Dec. 31                   11:15 a.m. to noon
Kids & families
Under the Dome
Dance in the noon year at our rockin’ celebration. Sound Sensations will deejay our family-friendly dance party and we’ll count down to the balloon drop. Be sure to visit the photo booth.

Book Clubs for Adult Readers
Lower Level Meeting Room
Looking for a book club to join? Here’s a list of clubs hosted at the library:
Evening Book Club
Wed., Dec. 4                     6 p.m.
Afternoon Book Club
Thurs., Dec. 12   1:30 p.m.
Morning Book Club
Thurs., Dec. 19 10 a.m.
If you’re interested in starting a book club, please call 236-5205.  Check the online events calendar at for the latest information.

Wild Winter Read Off
Preschool – 5th grade
Receive a Be Fine Free Coupon & limited-edition button with your registration.
Dec. 21 – Feb. 22
Brighten up your winter with super cool reading and learning activities. Choose your unique path through this wild and memorable adventure. Choices include reading and writing challenges and special library events in January and February. Earn prizes along the way. It all leads up to a visit by award-winning Wisconsin author Lisl Detlefsen and our First Annual Wild Winter Read Off Celebration on Sat., Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.

Caring and Sharing
Fri., Nov. 15 – Thurs., Dec. 12
The Mitten Tree
Donate new mittens, gloves, hats and scarves for area children. Bring items to the library’s Lower Level Children’s Department to hang on the mitten tree.

Give the Gift of Reading
Share the joy of reading by donating a new book to a child in need. Books will be distributed by the Salvation Army to children of all ages. Drop off books in the library’s front lobby and make a child smile this holiday season.

Plan Your Visit
Neighbors Past and Present: The Wisconsin German Experience
Traveling Exhibit
Mon., Jan. 13 – Fri., Feb. 28
Under the Dome
Germans were the largest group of immigrants to settle in Wisconsin in the 19th century. Their cultural influence is the focus of this new exhibit. The 14-panel display will be accompanied by a closer look at the history of Germans in Oshkosh, which includes added displays and special programs at the library. Look for dates and times in the Winter Events Calendar and on the website.
Presented by University of Wisconsin’s Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies
Free and open to the public during library hours.

Library closed:
Tues., Dec. 24
Wed., Dec. 25

Library closing early:
Tues., Dec. 31