Library Closings

The library will be closed

Sunday, December 24 - Tuesday, December 26.


Have a great holiday!

The library will be closed

Monday, January 1.


Happy New Year!

What's Happening

Thanks to the generosity of patrons and staff, the library collected 780 pairs of socks for the Salvation Army Men's Shelter during October's "Socktober" drive. The community's support not only provided warmth to hundreds but also showcased the significant impact we can make when united for a common cause.


Pictured above: Major Shannon Thies of the Salvation Army of Waterloo & Cedar Falls and the library's assistant director, Jillian Rutledge, proudly showcase the donated socks received during the month-long sock drive.

December 2 | 10 am-11 am | Conference Room


This workshop is for those who are interested in learning more about the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)! The ACP helps qualifying families and households receive a discount on internet service with participating providers. In this workshop, participants will learn about the information they need to apply for the program, how to apply for the program, and how to use this benefit.


Registration is required and limited to 8 participants. Register Here.


Those who register and attend will receive a $25 Walmart gift card.


Age group: Adults

December 5

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Conference Room


It's time to Choose Your Own Adventure! Kids in grades 4-6 are invited to come on a reading adventure where they'll get to choose the path the group takes along the way. Our Youth Librarian will read the story as you follow along. We will be meeting on the first Tuesday of the month through March, reading one book per month! Participants are welcome to join anytime, either in person at the library or virtually via Discord. At the end of our adventure, participants will earn a free Choose Your Own Adventure book of their choice! Registration is required for all participants, so please do so here.


Registrants who are interested in participating virtually will need to call the Youth Department at 319-287-3976 to receive the link.


Age group: Grades 4-6

December 6 | 5:30 pm-7:30 pm | The Hive


Do you want to learn how to knit or crochet? Are you a self-proclaimed expert who is looking for some designated time to work on a project? Join us for a knit and crochet drop-in in the Hive! Different patterns and supplies will be provided, but you are welcome to bring any materials of your own that you wish to use! A staff member will be available to help anyone who needs support.


Age group: Adults

December 17

3 pm - 4 pm | Conference Room


WPL will be hosting youth STEM activities every third Sunday of the month through March 2024. Come join us for these family-friendly events with STEM-themed stations where you'll be able to test the latest gadgetry and so much more!


Age group: Youth, Families

Recurring Events

Book Clubs


December 11

6 pm - 7 pm 

Virtual


If you're looking to broaden your reading horizons, have we got the book club for you! The Well Read Club meets virtually every month to discuss a selected fiction or nonfiction title. We'll read anything and everything!


We will be discussing Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity by Peter Attia with Bill Gifford.


To participate, email Anderson at landerson@waterloopubliclibrary.org at least one day before the event. Virtual meeting details to follow registration.


December 28

5:30 pm - 7 pm 

Doughy Joey's

300 W 4th St., Waterloo, IA 50701


Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or any type of Speculative Fiction? If so, join the Altered Reality Book Club at the WPL! This book club will meet at Doughy Joey's in Waterloo on the fourth Wednesday of each month.


We will be discussing Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.


To participate, please email Sarah at ssellers@waterloopubliclibrary.org.


Once registered, you'll receive more meeting details. A limited number of copies of each month's selected titles will be available for checkout. You may also download digital copies from Hoopla.com.

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