OCPL Poetry Contest

Thank you for celebrating National Poetry Month with us by participating in OCPL’s very first Poetry Contest! Winning poems from all three age categories will be posted here in early May. Entries are judged by members of the community.

Winner – Middle School (ages 11-13)

Coming Soon!

Winner – High School (ages 14-18)

Coming Soon!

Winner – Adult (18+)

Coming soon!

Character Championship

CHARACTER CHAMPIONSHIP banner showing a generic bracket for eight characters and a trophy cup with the Oak Creek Public Library logo.

Do you think your favorite character has what it takes to win a Character Championship? Your vote will decide! Come fill out a bracket sometime between March 7-18. To be entered into the contest, your bracket must be in and completed by Monday, March 18. Then, make sure to vote each week for your favorite characters! The first round of voting will be from March 19-25, the second round from March 26-April 1, the third & final round from April 2-8.

The Character Champion will be announced Tuesday, April 9. Winners (those with correctly picked brackets) will receive a Book Nook coupon and an exclusive pin. Brackets and voting slips will be available at a table in front of the green train carriage located on the 1st floor of the library for the duration of the event.

This event is open to all ages. Registration is not required.

Character Bios

Elephant and PiggieElephant and Piggie

Their hilarious teamwork makes the dream work.

 

YasminYasmin

This plucky second grader has the determination to take on anything.

 

Dragons from Dragons Love TacosDragons Love Tacos

Will win for tacos, just please DO NOT bring the spicy salsa.

 

The Very Hungry CaterpillarVery Hungry Caterpillar

He’s hungry. He’s persistent. He also knows when to rest!

 

Clifford the Big Red DogClifford

This big, red dog is sure to tower over the competition.

 

Pete the CatPete the Cat

He knows the way to victory is through keeping his cool.

 

"Dog Man"Dog Man

Winning is paw-sible with this half-man, half-canine hero.

 

The Baby-Sitter's ClubBaby-Sitter’s Club

Honestly, with this kind of friendship, there’s no contest.

 

Round 1

Coming March 19!

Round 2

Coming March 26!

Round 3

Coming April 2!

Winner

Will be announced April 9!

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Would you like to request books on another topic or subject? Fill out the Library Materials Request Form and a librarian will pull materials for you to pick up at the library hold shelf or through Curbside.

Action & Adventure

Based on True Stories

Adult Booklists


Large Print Booklists


Teen Booklists

Free Online Classes

GALE COURSES

Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. A valid Milwaukee County Library card is required.

Udemy

Udemy Business also offers on-demand video courses in the areas of business, tech, and personal development across 75+ different categories. You will need a Google or Microsoft account to sign in.

Transparent Language Online

With over 100 languages to choose from, Transparent Language Online provides a fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language. Combining robust courses, supplemental vocabulary, extensive grammar resources, and mobile apps, Transparent Language Online is the most complete language-learning system.

brainfuse HelpNow

Brainfuse HelpNow offers one-to-one homework help from live, online tutors who are professional instructors. They have experience and knowledge to guide students and follow state-aligned, skill-building lessons to help students master key academic areas. There are Writing Lab specialists available to help students produce better letters, term papers and reports. Tutoring services are also available for Spanish speakers.

Computer Classes "On Demand"

Oak Creek Public Library offers virtual computer classes “on demand.”  These classes are available to view at any time. Pre-recorded videos are posted to Oak Creek Public Library’s YouTube Channel. Registration is not required for any of these classes. If you are interested in receiving a digital copy of the curricula that is covered in class, please email [email protected]. Digital certificates of completion are available for participants who complete the related assignments/quizzes. Email [email protected] to receive the assignment/quiz for the specific class you are interested in viewing. Once the assignment/quiz is completed, the instructor will email a digital certificate of completion. If you have questions about any of the material covered in the class, email [email protected]. One-on-one, 15-minute Zoom meetings may also be scheduled for more in-depth questions with the instructor by emailing [email protected].

Online Challenges

Looking for an online challenge? These programs are created by our librarians.


Our library robot, Dash, needs help finding his robot friend, Dot, as she travels around the world. Similar to a virtual scavenger hunt, participants will follow clues and our traveler’s guide to navigate their way around the globe.

World Traveler Challenges

The Haunted House Escape Room is the first “Super Sleuths Digital Adventures” online program specifically created for middle schoolers in grades 6th-8th grade.

Haunted House Escape Room

e-Newsletter

Oak Creek Public Library card holders with an email address on file automatically join our mailing list. Don’t have a library card? No problem! You can still subscribe to our e-Newsletter by filling out and submitting the below form. Users can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ link available in every email.

Archive

Looking for past issues of our e-Newsletter? Follow the links below to explore.

Book Recommendations

Interested in receiving personalized book recommendations? Fill out a simple form to let us know what type of books you like to read. Each month on the 15th, you’ll receive an email with six titles from each category you choose. You can opt out at any time, or simply fill out the form again to change your preferences. Sign up for MCFLS Book Recommendations.

Friends Fundraisers

Support the library through Georgie Porgie’s Night 2024! Order at Georgie Porgie’s in Oak Creek during the specified date and time, and they will donate a portion of the sale to the Friends of the Library.

Just mention that you want to support the library to your server. Thank you for supporting your community!

When:
Wednesday, March 13
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where:
Georgie Porgie’s
9555 S Howell Ave
Oak Creek, WI 53154

Sikh Collection

You can browse this collection by using the CountyCat catalog, or visit it in person at the library. The collection’s permanent home is located on the 2nd in the adult non-fiction section. View a map of the building before your visit.

Sikh Collection

On April 9, 2022 the Oak Creek Public Library proudly unveiled the Sikh Collection, with an open house event attended by a gathering of library patrons, members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin and the Sikh Coalition, and local dignitaries including Mayor Daniel Bukiewicz, former Mayor Stephen Scaffidi, former U.S. District Attorney James Santelle, and Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes.

The Sikh Collection offers 160+ materials, including books for children and adults, movies, and more. It is specially curated by library staff to highlight the diversity, talents, and history of our local, state, and national communities.

Browse items in this collection on CountyCat.

Find recommended materials with our pathfinder.