715-425-0905

140 Union St, River Falls WI 54022
M-Th 9am-8pm, F 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 1-4

AUTHOR VISITS

​Poet James P. Lenfestey

Tuesday, April 24 at 7pm in the Lower Level Community Room
After a career in academia (beginning at UWRF),  marketing communications, and on the editorial board of the StarTribune, since 2000, Lenfestey has published a collection of personal essays, five collections of poems, edited two poetry anthologies and co-edited Robert Bly in This World (University of Minnesota Press).  His haibun memoir, Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain (Milkweed Editions) was a finalist for the 2014 Minnesota Book Award.  His sixth poetry collection, A Marriage Book: 50 Years of Poems from a Marriage, was published in December, 2017 by Milkweed Editions. For fifteen years he has chaired the Literary Witnesses poetry program in Minneapolis and has led a summer poetry class at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.  As a journalist he has covered climate science since 1988.  He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Susan. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

Lisa Jewell

Saturday, May 5 at 1pm in the Lower Level Community Room
Lisa Jewell was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Usa Today bestselling author of over twenty novels, including The Girls In the Garden, The House We Grew Up In, and The Third Wife. To find out more, visit Facebook.com/LisaJewellOfficial, or follow her on Twitter @LisaJewellUK.

Karyl Rommelfanger - The Model School at River Falls

Thursday, May 10 at 6:30pm in the Lower Level Community Room
Author, teacher, and River Falls native Karyl Rommelfanger will present a history of the model school (a.k.a. training school / Campus School / Ames Lab School) which was an essential part of the RF Normal School and later River Falls College and University for over 100 years. Books by the author, The Model School at River Falls, will be available for purchase at the presentation. 

Jason Mott

Thursday, May 17 at 7pm in the Lower Level Community Room
Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various literary journals.  He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of their 10 New Hollywood: Next Wave people to watch. Mott will talk about his new dystopian novel, The Crossing.

Karen Robards

Monday, June 18 at7 pm in the Lower Level Community Room
Karen Robards is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than fifty books and one novella. Karen published her first novel at age 24 and has won multiple awards throughout her career, including six Silver Pens for favorite author. Robards will talk about her newest book, The Ultimatum.

Susan Wiggs

Thursday, June 28 at 7pm in the Lower Level Community Room
Susan Wiggs’s life is all about family, friends…and fiction. She lives at the water’s edge on an island in Puget Sound, and in good weather, she commutes to her writers’ group in a 21-foot motorboat. She’s been featured in the national media, including NPR and USA Today, has given programs for the US Embassies in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, and is a popular speaker locally, nationally, internationally, and on the high seas. Wiggs will promote her new book, Between You and Me.

Karma Brown

Monday, July 16 at 7pm in the Lower Level Community Room
Karma has always loved the written word. As a kid she could usually be found with her face buried in a book, or writing stories about ice-skating elephants. Now that she’s (mostly) grown up, she’s a bestselling author whose debut novel, Come Away With Me, was a Globe & Mail Best 100 Books of 2015. Karma’s sophomore novel, The Choices We Make, also earned her a spot on the Globe & Mail and Toronto Star bestseller lists. Brown promote her new book, The Life Lucy Knew.

Linwood Barclay

Saturday, July 28 at 1pm in the Lower Level Community Room
Linwood Barclay is the #1 internationally bestselling author of thirteen novels, including Trust Your Eyes, A Tap On the Window, No Time For Goodbye and that novel's follow-up, No Safe House. Barclay will promote his new book, Parting Shot.

William Kent Krueger

Tuesday, September  4 at 7pm in the Lower Level Community Room
New York Times bestselling novelist, St. Paul resident, and the author of Ordinary Grace and the Cork O'Connor mystery series, William Kent Krueger will be back to promote Desolation Mountain, the newest volume (#17) in the Cork O’Connor series.

Patricia Skalka

Sunday, October 7 at 2pm in the Lower Level Community Room
Patricia Skalka is the author of Death Stalks Door County, Death At Gills Rock, Death In Cold Water, and Death Rides The Ferry, the first four books in the popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series. Skalka turned to fiction following a successful career in nonfiction. Her many credits include: Staff Writer for Reader’s Digest, freelancer, ghost writer, writing instructor, and book reviewer.  Skalka is president of the Sisters in Crime Chicagoland Chapter and a member of several professional organizations, including The Authors Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Chicago and Door County WI. Skalka will promote her new book, Death Rides the Ferry.


Programs​​​

Soup, Salad, and Science

Gregory Siragusa
Senior Principal Scientist – Microbiology, Eurofins Microbiology Laboratories, Inc., New Berlin, WI
Thursday, April 19 from 5:30-7:30 in the Lower Level
Meet Your New Closest Friends …..all Ten Trillion of Them : How modern biology has learned about the bacteria we all carry on and in our bodies. 
Register here

The Magnificent Seven

Free movie screening at the Falls Theatre
Tuesday. April 24 at 6:30pm at the Falls Theatre (105 S Main St)
​Please join us for this free screening of the 1960 classic, The Magnificent Seven. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Support local!   Part of the Big Read in the St. Croix Valley.  

Foreign Films

Mondays at 7pm from March 19 - April 23
Click here for film titles

​​Tech Time with Cole

By appointment, RSVP required
Call Cole at 715-426-3496 to RSVP
Trying to keep on top of technology is difficult. If you need help using a device, platform, or program and an online tech tutorial does not suit, we are willing to assist!

Tech Help sessions are 30 minutes long. Beginners are encouraged to attend and you are welcome to bring your own device. Library staff works with you one-on-one (or in a small group) in the library. Reservations are required. Please call 715-426-3496 or email colez@riverfallspubliclibrary.org for more information. 
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Maker Mondays

Second Mondays from 3:30 - 6pm
​Join us for an afternoon of creative, hands-on fun in our pop-up makerspace! We’ll feature art, tinkering, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities. Makers of all ages will create cool projects, try out new tools, and build new skills!  Families, kids 10+ w/out an adult, and adults without kids are all welcome to attend!!!

Adult Coloring

Every fourth Wednesday at 6pm in the Main Level Meeting Room or Board Room
No need to register, coloring materials are provided along with coffee and a light snack.  Questions - call Heather Johnson at 715-425-0905.​
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Book Groups

Contact Heather at 715-425-0905 for more information.
Please reserve your copy of the book on the MORE catalog using the book title links below.

Second Tuesday Book Group

​Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30pm
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Location: West Wind Supper Club, 709 N Main St

Books and Beans Book Group

Tuesday, April 17 at 10:30 am
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Location: Kinni View Deli, 127 N Main St

Young Adult Books for Adults Book Group

Third Wednesday of each month, usually at 6:30pm
at Junior's Bar, 414 S Main St
​Contact Monica at 715-426-3484 for more information.​​​
Wednesday April 18 at 6:30pm
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

History Book Group

Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30pm in the Board Room
Prairie fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
​by Caroline Fraser


Library Events for Adults