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On Display in the Gallery
2014-2015 Display Calendar
Wholeness, Ubuntu: Through the Lens of Africa
September 27 - October 25
Professional photographers and writers Tom Lindfors and Michele
Hermansen share how their Africa experiences have changed their
impressions of the continent and impacted their daily lives. They
have chosen the Swahili concept of Ubuntu, how each person’s
wholeness is inextricably bound to other people, the natural world
and the spiritual world, as the principal theme guiding their
Reception & Program
Thursday, October 9 from 5-8 pm in the Lower Level
Meet gallery exhibit creators Thomas Lindfors and Michele Hermansen
The Drive to Do Balanced with the Benefits of Being
Beginning at 7 pm
This presentation by photojournalist Michele Hermansen is intended
to promote thought and discourse on the philosophy of sufficiency,
the inherent potential in rural communities of east Africa,
sustainable development approaches, and the cultural propensity of
Americans to seek and implement solutions to problems.
Featured Library Events
PDF calendar of
library events - September
- No Fear Shakespeare!
September - November 2014
A fun look at the life and times of William Shakespeare, his
writings, and theater in the Elizabethan age featuring films,
programs and performances.
- Middle School Book Club
Tuesday, October 7 at 4pm in the Board Room
The boy in the striped pajamas : a fable by John Boyne
James Lenfestey Author Reading & Open Mic Poetry
Wednesday, October 8 at 7pm in the Lower Level
An award-winning poet and essayist, former River Falls resident
James Lenfestey reads from his latest book, a memoir of his travels
through China following the path of his spiritual and poetic
inspiration, the 9th century Chinese writer Han-shan. Interspersed
with poems by the author and Han-shan, Seeking the Cave is a journey
suffused with humor and deep honesty that will appeal to lovers of
poetry and travel writing alike.
- High School Book Club
Tuesday, October 14 at 4pm in the Board Room
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Tuesday, October 14 at 7pm in the Lower Level
Introduced by retired UWRF English professor actor & playwright,
Bernie Brohaugh. Monologues, soliloquies, and dialogues showcasing
the Bard’s versatility, performed for you by area actors in an
entertaining evening of reader’s theater.
- AAUW Film
Tuesday, October 14 at 7pm in the Main Level Meeting Room
This 2004 film follows early 1900s women’s suffrage leaders played
by Hillary Swank and Frances O’Connor. Were they really
"bewildered, deluded creatures with short skirts and short hair” as
one legislator called them, or were they in fact brave heroines who
fought to secure for women the right to vote?
- YA Books for Adult Book Club
October 15 at 6:30pm at Junior's Bar
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs
Contact Monica at 715-426-3484 for more information.
- Wholeness, Ubuntu Film
Thursday, October 16 at 7pm in the Lower Level
A film by Dr. James Orbinski, former president of Doctors Without
Borders. Discussion to follow led by UWRF professor Dr. Jean Hector
- Shakespeare -
Film, discussion, and popcorn
Monday, October 20 at 7pm in the Lower Level
A 2010 film with Christopher Plummer
Grades 4-5 Book Club
Tuesday, Oct 21 at 4pm in the Board Room
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris
- Life in Elizabethan
Monday, November 3 at 7pm in the Lower Level
A brief and hopefully entertaining overview with history, pictures,
costumes, and who knows what else! Imaginations doth run wild!
Secrets from the Wings
Tuesday, November 11 at 7pm in the Lower Level
Original sonnets that imagine contemporary language reflections by
some of Shakespeare's characters, as if we could hear the backstage
secrets from the theaters. Presented by LaMoine MacLaughlin,
Director of the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts.
- Adult Book Club
Tuesday, November 11 at 6:30pm or Tuesday, November 18 at 10:00am
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Contact Heather at 715-425-0905 for more information.
Shakespeare - Film, discussion, and popcorn
Monday, November 17 at 7pm in the Lower Level
A 1935 film with Mickey Rooney
- Lucky Day Collection
The library now has a limited number of popular items in a ‘Lucky
Day’ collection. These are titles with a long waiting list, usually
new movies or best-selling books. Films checkout for three days,
with a $1.00 fine. Books circulate for seven days with a $.50
fine. Lucky Day items cannot be renewed or reserved. The idea is to
have a quick turnaround time so that more people have an opportunity
view or read them without waiting on a long list. Items will move
to the regular collection as demand slows down. Check the shelf for
Lucky Day items next time you stop in.
- Bird Watching Kits to Check Out
The library has bird watching kit available for checkout. Included
in the kit are a backpack, binoculars, field guides, a checklist of
common birds, and a journal for kids to make notes about what they
saw. The backpacks are located in the children’s library. This is
a great hobby for kids (or anyone) to take up. It costs nothing, can
last a lifetime, and you don’t have to go any farther than your own
- A Novel
Idea - WPT Wisconsin Life
On YouTube. Meet Heather Johnson - a River Falls librarian
whose passion is getting people to read. So she came up with a novel
idea to promote reading. Instead of trying to get people into the
library, she brings the library to the people - in area taverns.
Several River Falls bars have teamed up with Heather to offer "Book
Clubs in the Bars" - an idea that hasn't been too hard for some
community members to swallow.
Your City at Work video
A video about the library featuring Library Director Nancy Miller
published on November 18, 2013.
River Falls in Focus: River Falls Public Library
A video featuring Library Director, Nancy Miller, published on
February 4, 2014.
- Young Adult Books for Adults Book Club
3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm at Junior's Bar
Contact Monica at 715-426-3484 or
click here for more information.
- Lego Mondays
Certain Mondays from 4:00- 5:00
- call for dates
Registration required. Call Monica at 715-426-3484 to
- Kinnickinnic Country
A new book about River Falls in 1940s and '50s by Mark Wyman and
Don Richards that begins where
Kinnickinnic Years left off. Pick up a copy at the library for $15 or
get a copy by mail.
Calendar of meetings and events below may not be completely up-to-date.
Please check the Library Event listings above or call the library