Summer adventures close to home

Nurture yourself in nature
Can nature make us feel better? Florence Williams tackles that question in the fascinating read The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative. Grab this book (or audiobook) and head outdoors. There’s plenty of public green space available in Oshkosh and Winnebago County to relax, read and explore!

Let’s chalk art
Sat., Aug 3. | Rain date: Sat. Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fall under the spell of some talented chalk artists as their masterpieces take shape at the 6th annual Downtown Oshkosh Chalk Walk. Oshkosh Public Library is sponsoring the Kids’ Area around the sundial, where children can draw for free!

Visit the Winnebago County Fair
Wed., July 31 – Sun., Aug. 4
Feeling nostalgic? Enjoy some good, old-fashioned fun at the county fair. Stop by our booth on Fri., Aug. 2 and discover what’s new at the library. 

Tour the historic Doe House
Sat., Aug. 31 at 10 a.m.
The Doe House is located on the corner of Mount Vernon and Merritt Streets in Oshkosh. William Waters designed the home in 1869 for wealthy industrialist William H. Doe. His great-great-great-granddaughter, Becky Doe Brown and her husband Paul Williams have devoted more than a year to restoring the structure. Accept their invitation to experience a piece of Oshkosh’s history. 

Gaze at the stars
Stay up a little later and peer into the cosmos using one of the library’s new TIY (Try It Yourself) Stargazing Kits. You can borrow one for up to a week with your library card. Connect with other amateur astrologists through Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers (NEWSTAR).

Explore Washington Avenue’s Neoclassical District
Download the free Vamonde app and experience life on Washington Avenue from 1900 – 1930. The library’s 30-minute self-guided tour features stories, rare photos and video to bring Oshkosh’s past to life.

Supervillain in Space: An Aerospace Escape Room Challenge for Teens
Thurs., Aug. 22 & Fri., Aug. 23 beginning at 1 p.m.
Kids who’ve just completed grades 5 - 12 can help save the world from a deranged supervillain named Landslide. This 35-minute immersive, live-action game is a sure way to beat the end-of-summer blues. Reserve your spot here.   

Play at Bookworm Gardens
1415 Campus Drive
Sheboygan, WI 53081
If you're looking to venture a little further from home, visit this magical botanical garden with a children’s literature theme. Open from May through October and free to the public, Bookworm Gardens is so extraordinarily delightful, you’ll be planning your next visit as soon as you leave.