November 2019
You have access to the Lake Wales Public Library 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
LW Public Library's Materials are
Now Overdue Fine Free
We get it. Life can get in the way, and library materials are suddenly overdue, with fines building. 

Beginning November 1 the Lake Wales Public Library will no longer charge daily overdue fines for our materials. Fines will still be assessed on overdue books, movies, and audio books borrowed from other Polk County Library Cooperative locations.

In addition, existing overdue fines will be removed from Lake Wales Public Library materials.

The library’s goal is to provide full access to our books, movies, magazines, electronic resources and services without undue financial hardships to valued customers. 

We encourages people who have overdue Lake Wales Public Library materials or existing fines on Lake Wales Public Library materials to come back to the Lake Wales Public Library and use our collection and services with no cost assessed.

Lost and damaged fees will continue to be charged.

Materials that are over 30 days past the date they were due are considered lost and the customer’s library record will be assessed the cost of replacement. Bring the lost items back, and only a small $2.50 processing fee will be charged.

If customers have Lost items they will lose library privileges and services until the materials are returned or paid for. Likewise, customers are responsible for the cost of damaged materials.

For a complete overview of our new Overdue Fine Free policy call the library, 863-678-4004, email or visit our website
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

  • Wednesday, December 4 - 12 p.m. - LW Museum's Non-Fiction Discussion - Guns, Germs, & Steel: The Fates of Human Society by Jared Diamond

  • Thursday, December 5 - 11 a.m. - LW Public Library's Thursday Morning Discussion - Member's Choice - Favorite Holiday Titles
November Lifelong Learning Classes

Needle Felting Basics
Saturday, November 9 - 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
Holiday Decor from the Garden
Lunch 'n Learn
Thursday, November 14 - 12 to 1 p.m.

Learn to use what's in your garden, yard or container gardens to create beautiful holiday decorations. This class is presented by Polk Master Gardeners UF/IFIS.
A light lunch will be served.
Class is limited in size.
Registration is absolutely required.
Call 678-4004 or email to register.
Class is free.
Registrations will be confirmed at the door.

Sponsored by
 Gale Courses - Free, online continuing education classes. Requires a Polk Co. Library Cooperative card. Register Here for over 300 classes.
November 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 - November 1 - 11:30 a.m. Free - Please bring your own laptops or tablets if available.

Paper & More Paper Crafters - 2nd & 4th Tuesdays - November 12 & 26 - 10 a.m. Free, drop in, no registration required.
Help for you at the Lake Wales Public Library

  • Wednesday, November 6, 2:00 p.m. - Grief Support Group. Open to everyone.
  • Monday, November 4, 9:30 a.m. - Central Florida Speech and Hearing Amplified Telephone Giveaway. Must qualify medically
November in our Local Artist Gallery

During the month of November we are pleased to feature the work of painter, Angela Wadsworth.

Angela began painting a few years ago and discovered she had a natural talent for this artistic outlet. Please take the opportunity to view Angela's creations. Her exhibit begins Friday, November 1 and will continue through November 27.

Our Local Artist Gallery is open during the LW Public Library's  regular hours of operation
Polk Library User For Student Accounts
Coming Very Soon

Kindergarten through 12th grade students in the Polk County School System and the Lake Wales Charter Schools will have a new tool to use PCLC libraries and their electronic resources through the new PLUS account.

Polk Library User for Student account utilizes the students' school identification number to check out materials and use online resources from any PCLC sites.

Students with current PCLC library cards are eligible for the PLUS account access. The PLUS account allows students to have three items checked out at a time.

Watch for information to arrive from your student's schools. Call our library for details on the plan, 678-4004. The PLUS account should be ready to use in early November.

Lake Wales History Museum is Official Site for the 39-Mile Scenic Highway Yard Sale
The Lake Wales History Museum is one of seven official sites for the 39-Mile Scenic Highway Yard Sale beginning in Frostproof and ending in Haines City. The event is organized by Ridge Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity .

In addition to the official site, dozens of private locations along the corridor will have sales.

The 39-Mile Yard Sale begins at 8:00 a.m., November 2, and continues until 3 p.m. To inquire about the availability of sale spaces call the Lake Wales History Museum, 863.676.1759.

Thursday, November 21 - 6 p.m. - LW History Museum's
Florida Speakers Series
Dr. Steve Noll presents - Florida Transportation History: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (& Steamboats too!)

Florida’s history told through the myriad methods of transportation designed to move people and goods to and within Florida. RSVP at 676-1759
Lake Wales Public Library November Closure

  • Monday, November 11 - Staff In-Service Training Day
  • Thursday thru Saturday, November 28 - 30 - Thanksgiving Weekend