December 2019
You have access to the Lake Wales Public Library 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
LW Public Library is Now a Foundation Center
Funding Information Network site
We are proud to announce a new service focusing on connecting individuals and non-profit organizations with foundations who provide funding opportunities, Foundation Center's the Funding Information Network and Grants to Individuals.

The database of more than 13 million grants and 140,000 grant makers is available within the Lake Wales Public Library, during regular hours of operation. You are encouraged to bring your own device, use our computer lab, or check out one of our laptops to research funding opportunities.

The Foundation Center has a publicly available website, Grantspace. is a learning community that helps non-profits worldwide become more viable grant applicants. It doesn't allow access to the grants or grant makers profiles, but it does have wonderful information.

The Lake Wales Public Library is the only library in Polk County to offer this resource. Everyone is encouraged to utilize it.

We are able to provide this valuable service due to the generosity of the Lake Wales Library Association and their Dell Bullard Trust.

Training opportunities will be scheduled in 2020. For information call, 678-.4004 or email .

Monthly Book Discussion Groups
Special Holiday Meeting Times
  • Tuesday, December 10 - 6 p.m. - LW Public Library's Night Owls Discussion - The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

  • Thursday, December 12 - 11 a.m. - LW Public Library's Thursday Morning Discussion - Member's Choice - Favorite Holiday Titles

  • No LW History Museum Book Discussion in December. Non-Fiction Book Discussion will resume January 2020.
December Lifelong Learning Classes

Needle Felted Ornaments
Saturday, December 21 - 4 to 6 p.m.

Join us to learn this unique textile craft using carded wool and a needle. Make and Take Holiday decorations for your home.
Class is limited in size.
Registration is required. Call 678-4004 or email to register.
Class is free and registrations will be checked at the door.

Sponsored by
Genealogy at the Library
First Friday of each month -
Dec. 6 - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join us for interesting speakers, research assistance, working along side amateur genealogist of all expertise level to learn about the best resources and tips for digging into your
family tree.

Free and open to all. If available, please bring your own wireless ready devices, (laptops, tablets, phones, anything you use to get online and save information. No registration required.

Supported by
The Wiltshire Family Foundation

 Gale Courses - Free, online continuing education classes. Requires a Polk Co. Library Cooperative card. Register Here for over 300 classes.
December 2019
Yoga at the Library - Mondays & Wednesdays - 5:30 - 7 p.m. - Click here for details.

Coloring for Adults - Wednesdays - 11:30 a.m - 1 p.m. - Free - Drop in program

Needle Art Groups:
  • Friday mornings - 9 a.m.
  • Friday evenings - 5:30 p.m.
Free - Drop in program, open to all

Genealogy at the Library - 1st Friday of the Month - December 6 - 11:30 a.m. Free - Please bring your own laptops or tablets if available.

Paper & More Paper Crafters - 2nd & 4th Tuesdays - December 10, no meeting on Christmas Eve - 10 a.m. Free, drop in, no registration required.
Help for you at the Lake Wales Public Library

  • Wednesday, December 4, 2:00 p.m. - Grief Support Group. Open to everyone.
  • Friday, December 6, 1 until 4 p.m. - Community Blood Banks Blood Drive
  • Monday, December 16, 9:30 a.m. - Central Florida Speech and Hearing Amplified Telephone Giveaway. Must qualify medically
December in our Local Artist Gallery

During the month of December we are pleased to feature the work of artist, Laura Beatty.

Laura's career has spanned several decades. The Winter Haven native is a graduate of the Ringling School of Design. She is now a Lake Wales resident, and the art teacher at Lake Wales Senior High School.

Our Local Artist Gallery is open during the LW Public Library's  regular hours of operation

Lake Wales History Museum Holiday Party

Join the staff of the Lake Wales History Museum and the members of the Lake Wales Museum Association to celebrate the holiday season. The party begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, December 19 and continues until 8 p.m.

Food, music and fun and the dedication of the 1985 Lake Wales Fire Engine into the Museum's collection. To RSVP call 676-1759.
More Upcoming Events and Learning Opportunities

  • Holiday Movies All Day! In the LWPL Lobby - Friday, Dec. 20 - 9 a.m. until 5 p.m
  • Soups On Cooking Demonstration by Chef Warren - Jan. 7, 10 until 11 a.m.
  • Spanish for Beginners Class - Saturdays, 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. - Classes begin on Jan. 18 and continue each Saturday for six-weeks, concluding on Feb. 22. $5 feel for the entire series. Must register in advance, class size is limited to 20. Call 678-4004 for details.

LW Public Library's Materials are
Now Overdue Fine Free

But we are still conducting Food for Fines to retire overdue fees from other Polk County Library Cooperative libraries. Please bring 5 non-perishable food items to retire overdue fines. All food will be donated to the LW Care Center's Holiday Food Pantry. Food for Fines continues through December 31.

Lake Wales Public Library & Lake Wales History Museum December Closures

  • Friday, December 13 - 11:45 a.m.until 2:00 p.m. - City Employee Holiday Luncheon
  • Tuesday, December 24 - City offices will close at 12 noon
  • Wednesday, December 25 - Christmas Day Closure
  • Wednesday, January 1 - New Year's Day Closure