Teen Events

We’re reimagining this year’s Summer Library Program in a big way.

Imagine Your Story at the Menomonee Falls Public Library

June 15 – August 8, 2020

Like so many things this year, our Summer Library Program is going to look a little different. But we’ve got a great summer planned and are excited to share it with you!

This year we’ll be using Beanstack to run our Summer Library Program. Beanstack is an online platform that allows you take part in challenges, track reading, and keep your family motivated to read. We invite children, teens, and adults to participate for a chance to win gift cards to local businesses.

Find out more about the Summer Library Program

When your hold is ready to pick up, you should receive a notification from the Library. Depending on your preferences, the notification may be an email, text message, phone call, or card in the mail.

How do I check on my hold’s status?

The easiest way to check on your hold’s status is to log into your account, then navigate to your holds page. It’ll look something like this:

screenshot of hold screen from the Library's catalog
Sample list of holds from the Library catalog

You will see the list of items you have on hold, as well as each item’s Status, Hold Position, Pickup Library, and Format. At the bottom of the list, you will see controls for changing your pickup location, canceling holds, and suspending/reactivating holds. There will also be a button for refreshing eContent, which will allow you to see your Overdrive/Libby holds as well.

There are several hold statuses. If an item’s status is Held, your item is ready. That means you can come into the Library and pick it up, or you can schedule a pickup appointment.

If an item’s status is anything other than Held, your hold is not ready, and you should not schedule a pickup appointment yet.

What do the other statuses mean? Fortunately, we have a chart for that:

ActiveYour hold has been placed in the queue. The hold has not yet been filled.
PendingAn item is available at a CAFE library but has not yet been sent to the pickup library.
ShippedThe item has been sent from another library but has not yet arrived at the pickup library.
HeldThe item you requested is now available for you to pick up.
InactiveYour hold has an activation date in the future. The activation date is the earliest date a hold could be filled. Usually, this is the date a hold has been placed, but you could change this if you did not want your item to arrive before a certain date. You will not lose your place in line if your hold is inactive.
Not SuppliedThere are no items available to fill your hold.
UnclaimedYour hold was not picked up and has expired. It will be canceled.
CanceledYour hold has been canceled. See a librarian if you wish to reactivate this hold.

You can also call the Library to check on your hold status. We would be happy to check on that for you, but we are limiting the number of people in the building, and we’re pretty busy picking and packing holds for curbside pickup. We may not be able to answer the phone right away, and it may take us a while, but if you leave us a message, we will get back to you as soon as we can.

All Library materials are now due back on June 1.

Items can be returned early. Our book drop is open.

Do you read a lot? If you’re reading this, you probably do. And if you’re anything like me, keeping track of what you’ve read can be a challenge. Fortunately for you (and me), there are several methods of tracking your reading history.


The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon book cover
Have I read this one before? There are like, 20 books in this series.

The most popular way to track your reading history among Library staff is Goodreads. It is easy to use and packed with features.  Goodreads allows you to organize your books into shelves, rate and review books that you’ve read, and, my favorite feature, set reading goals for the year. 

Add books to shelves by searching Goodreads’ extensive database, or download their mobile app to take advantage of its barcode scanning feature. Organize your shelves by almost any criteria. Some people even have Did Not Finish shelves for books they chose not to finish reading (yes, it’s okay to stop reading a book if you’re just not that into it).

Goodreads is also a great tool for finding your next read. Goodreads will make recommendations based on your interests, and you can read reviews written by the Goodreads community. You can also find user-generated lists on a variety of book-related topics.

If Goodreads doesn’t work for you, try LibraryThing. It has many features, including TinyCat, which can be used to turn your book collection into a simple online catalog not unlike the Library catalog!

Reading Journal

If you’re not big on technology, or if you prefer something a little more personal, a reading journal might be the thing for you.

A reading journal can be anything from a handwritten list on a piece of paper or a simple spreadsheet, to a private tome where you write down your private thoughts and impressions, favorite quotes, and ideas that you want to go back and research later.

You’ll want to jot down the book’s title and author, and dates read at least.

Library Catalog

People often ask me if I can tell them about books they’ve checked out in the past. The answer, most often, is no. For your privacy, the Library does not keep track of the things you’ve checked out after they’ve been returned by default.

However, the Library will keep track if you opt in. To opt-in, login to your Library account, choose “My Record” then “Contact Info and Preferences.” The Library only tracks reading history from the date you opt in. We cannot retroactively track your check outs.

This method can be useful for tracking your reading, but it’s limited to what you’ve checked out from the Library. You’ll also see all the movies, music, and Pete the Cat books that your toddler wanted to read.

Don’t have internet at home? Here is a map of public Wi-Fi locations. Please stay in your vehicle if driving to these locations and maintain social distancing guidelines.

We encourage the use of digital library services, such as ebooks, e-audios, digital magazines, and online classes with your library card at no cost.

Don’t have a library card? Sign up for one online! Get access to all of the Library’s digital assets including ebooks, digital audiobooks, magazines, online learning!

Start here: GetYourLibraryCard.org

Online Library Quick Resources Guide

Hoopla Digital (new)

  • Digital movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV Shows
  • Access with a mobile phone, tablet, e-reader, or computer

Wisconsin’s Digital Library (Overdrive)

  • e-books and e-audiobooks
  • access with a mobile phone, tablet, e-reader, or computer

Libby app (Overdrive app)

  • e-books and e-audiobooks
  • access with a phone or tablet


  • digital magazines
  • access with a phone, tablet, or computer

Gale Courses

  • interactive online classes
  • access with a tablet or computer

Keep up with your daily newspapers: Learn how to access major U.S. daily newspapers through U.S. Newsstream, provided by BadgerLink.

Ancestry Library Edition: Ancestry Library Edition, which is normally only available inside the Library, is available outside the Library until May 31!

Online Virtual Activities for All Ages

Check the Library Calendar for dates and times of these programs.

  • Childrens’ Storytimes – Miss Amanda and Miss Lisbeth are doing virtual storytimes on Facebook
  • Teen Activities including Teen Discord
  • Adult Online Book Discussions are held on Mondays at 2:00 PM on Facebook
  • Genealogy Programs have been scheduled for the end of April.
Join Generations – Falls Genealogy Group on Facebook. Generations is a group for people interested in researching family and history in the Menomonee Falls Area.

Scavenger Hunts and Guessing Games

Follow the Library on Facebook and Instagram for even more fun activities for all ages.

Still need more to do? Check out these Safe at Home Resources from Bridges Library System. Find online storytimes, kids’ learning activities, digital reading materials, tours of cultural sites, and more.