What's Simmering


Need a book recommendation from a source trusted by librarians? NoveList has hand-picked recommendations by book experts. Simply type in what you're in the mood for and NoveList will take care of the rest. For younger readers try NoveList K-8.

NoveList is made available through BadgerLink.

Auto Repair Source

Auto Repair Source

Expert Auto Service and Repair Information

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source™ provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls, and more.

Up-to-Date Information, Intelligent Search

Designed for touch-enabled devices such as laptops and tablets, Auto Repair Source™ offers a user-friendly search experience and access to a wealth of information to help users diagnose, repair and maintain today's complex vehicles. Diagrams and images can be easily magnified and printed

Auto Repair Source™contains the following:

  • Service information optimized for the most common maintenance and repair operations
  • Technical service bulletins and recall notices
  • Component location diagrams for most domestic and imported cars and light trucks
  • Precise and comprehensive wiring diagrams for all systems
  • Maintenance schedules and estimated labor times for the most commonly performed operations in a mechanical repair shop
  • Engineering specifications/standards for the most common repairs and adjustments
  • Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs), flowcharts and step-by-step diagnostic instructions covering powertrain, chassis, body, and network communication
  • Part numbers, diagrams and pricing for thousands of the most commonly replaced parts, including manufacturer-suggested retail price to help users validate the cost of repairs and identify all iterations of a part number or part status (current, superseded, split, discontinued

Auto Repair Source Tutorial

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Scheduled Power Outage

UPDATE: Power has been restored. All InfoSoup services should now be available. Thank you for your patience.

Due to a WE Energies scheduled power outage that will affect the Appleton Public Library building, the InfoSoup catalog will be unavailable from 1:30 pm on Saturday, August 17th until sometime Sunday morning (August 18th) around 7:00 am to 8:00 am. OverDrive users will also not be able to checkout new material during this time.

Local History @ InfoSoup

Check out our latest What's Simmering video! This video dives into some of the genealogy and local history resources available with your InfoSoup library card.

Resources mentioned in this video:


MyHeritage Library Edition

MyHeritage Library Edition

The library version of the popular MyHeritage.com provides access to a vast collection of historic records. This resource is available free with your InfoSoup library card. Here are just some of the resources available:

  • The full USA federal census (1790-1940) with images
  • Census of England and Wales (1841-1901) with images​
  • More than 3 billion exclusive family tree profiles from MyHeritage and Geni
  • 816 million US public records
  • Hundreds of millions of Nordic records
  • More than 100 million gravestone photos
  • More than 474 million historical photographs
  • Military records, immigration records and passenger lists
  • Citizenship and naturalization records
  • Directories, guides, references, biographies and yearbooks
  • Government, land and court records
  • Wills and probate records
  • Exclusive databases
  • Additional content under license including Tributes obituaries, WikiTree, BillionGraves, Canadian Headstones and many others
  • New collections containing millions of records added monthly​

One of the key features of MyHeritage, is the "Record Detective" technology that automatically finds additional relevant records. 

Once you find a record your are looking for, check at the bottom of that page for additional Record Detective results. In most cases, these results will contain records about the person, or relatives of the person, you are looking for. Check out the introductory video below to learn more about MyHeritage Library Edition.

Sorting "Refine by" in InfoSoup - UPDATE

UPDATE: The default sort for Location has been reset to alphabetical order. The only diffrence from before is "Children" is now also listed in alphabetical order, rather than as second in the list. 

There has been a recent change in InfoSoup that has been causing some minor confusion. After you do a search in InfoSoup, you can use the Refine by column to limit your results by format, location, genre, language, etc. In the past, the location list always began with Adult & Young Adult and Children, and then three libraries in alphabetical order. Clicking on more > would continue listing all the InfoSoup libraries in alphabetical order.

Like the other Refine by sections, Location now sorts by "hit count" rather than by alphabetical order.

Before Now

After clicking on more > the locations continue to list in order of hit count.

Fortunately, it is easy to put the list back in alphabetical order -- after you click on more >, just click on Name to reorder the list alphabetically.

If you want to return to ordering the list from most to least, you can click on Hit count. A number of other libraries have also complained to the vendor managing the catalog software that it makes more sense for Refine by: Location to sort alphabetically by default. They plan on addressing this issue in a future release of the software.

One area where this new feature might be useful is with sorting Format by Name. If you are looking for a DVD, and you don't care if it is a regular DVD or a Blu-Ray, it is easier to find all the DVD formats if you sort the format results by Name.

Check the formats you want, and hit Apply. As always, if you have any questions about using InfoSoup, just ask at your local library.