Community Initiatives

read talk playRead-Talk-Play

A Fox Valley awareness campaign that puts the spotlight on early education and its significance to our children’s future success in school and life, Read-Talk-Play provides resources for parents and caregivers to encourage new learning opportunities.

As part of its Community Education Program, the Appleton Education Foundation (AEF) is a supporting partner in this campaign initiated by the Appleton Area School District (AASD) and Child Care Resource & Referral (CCRR). The campaign is designed to give English-speaking, Spanish-speaking and Hmong-speaking parents everyday tools and helpful resources to start teaching their children, right from birth. Visit AASD’s Birth-Five Outreach webpage  for resources covering a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Why it’s so important to get reading, talking and playing from a young age
  • How simple, everyday interactions can make a world of difference in the years to come
  • Ideas and activities by age range to promote kids’ learning
  • Information on child development
  • Helpful parenting tips related to lifelong learning
  • Organizations and links
  • Referral information for parents of children of all ages and abilities


fox cities readsFox Cities Reads

The Appleton Education Foundation is proud to be a partner of Fox Cities Reads again in 2014. Wonder author R. J. Palacio will be in the Fox Cities in April to offer student-focused and public presentations on her book. A “Choose Your Focus” grant from the AEF helped fund this opportunity.

What is a community-wide read?

“The idea is that the city that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony.”
— Mary McGrory, The Washington Post, March 17, 2002

The public libraries of the Fox Cities and UW-Fox Valley have come together with the goal of building a larger sense of community and to promote literacy. Each year, we select an author and title to promote for Fox Cities Reads and encourage the people in our communities to read, think, talk, listen, and grow together.

To learn more, visit Fox Cities Reads.


book festival 2Fox Cities Book Festival

The Appleton Education Foundation continues to help fund author visits at Appleton Area School District schools. This year, in conjunction with the Fox Cities Book Festival, authors Wendy Welch and Jack Beck will visit eight different schools at various grade levels thanks to a “Choose Your Focus” grant.

The mission of the Fox Cities Book Festival is to connect writers with their readers and readers with those who write the books they read.

Held in a variety of venues throughout the Fox Cities communities and coinciding with National Library Week and National Poetry Month, the Festival brings noted national, state and local authors to share their works through readings, panels, workshops, school programs and conversations, raising their appreciation for one another and the pure joy of reading.

To learn more, visit Fox Cities Book Festival.