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

Author Visits

David Housewright

Thursday, June 8 at 7pm in the Lower Level
Join us in the Library Lower Level for this one-of-a-kind author event! Author David Housewright will read from the latest in his Mac McKenzie series, "Rushmore." Housewright is a past President of the Private Eye Writers of America (2014-15). He won a prestigious Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America and three Minnesota Book Awards for his Rushmore McKenzie and Holland Taylor private eye novels as well as other tales of murder and mayhem in the midwest.

Kim Dinan

Monday, July 10 at 7pm
Plagued by anxiety and a persistent feeling that there was more to life than paychecks and mortgages, Kim and her husband decide to uproot their lives and travel around the world. Just before their departure, they’re given an unexpected gift that will shape their adventures: a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away to those they encounter on their journey.

Through Ecuador, India, Nepal, and beyond, the pair encounter problems at every step, including major challenges to their marriage. But as Kim and her husband figure out how to give to the people they meet and to each other, they learn that money does not have a thing to do with the capacity to give.  The Yellow Envelope is a vividly insightful look at how travel stretches and pushes the traveler, and it tells the tale of the transformative power of giving, not just of money, but also of ourselves.

Dr. Devorah Heitner

Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30pm
Location: RFHS Auditorium, 818 Cemetery Rd
Devorah Heitner founded "Raising Digital Natives," an online resource for parents and educators seeking advice on how to help children thrive in a world of digital connectedness.

Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Heitner’s book,
Screenwise, offers a realistic and optimistic perspective on how parents can thoughtfully guide kids in the digital age. Join us for this community-wide conversation- perfect for parents, teachers, or anyone interested in gaining insight into kids' digital worlds. This is also a perfect professional development resource for organizations wishing to cultivate a culture of responsible digital citizenship!

Kyle Mills

Friday, September 8 at 7pm in the Lower Level
Writer of thriller novels including Rising Phoenix, Fade, and The Second Horseman. Several of his books include a character Mark Beamon, an FBI special agent.

William Kent Krueger

Monday, September 18 at 7pm in the Lower Level
​New York Times bestselling novelist William Kent Krueger will be back at the RFPL to talk about his new book, Sulfur Springs, #16 in the Cork O’Connor series.

Lorna Landvick

Thursday, October 5 at 7pm in the Lower Level​
Author of many novels including the bestselling Patty Jane's House of Curl. She has performed stand-up and improvisational comedy and is also a public speaker, playwright, and actor.


Adult Summer Reading

Another fun summer of Book Club in a Bar, book groups, prizes, and classes, including how to make your own beer.
Click here for all the details!

Maker Mondays

Second Mondays, January - May
3:30 - 5:30 - Kids, teens & groups​
6 - 7pm - Adults & family groups

Join us in the lower level of the library for an afternoon of family-friendly, hands-on activities in our pop-up makerspace. Kids, teens, and groups encouraged to attend from 3:30-5:30; adult- and family-focused program from 6-7, snack included. Free! 

  • June 12 - Fairy houses
  • July 10 - Big Art
  • August 14 - Conductivity & soap
  • September 11 - Lego Robots & more
Adult Coloring

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

Antiques Appraisal Event

Saturday, June 10 from 10am - 1pm
Join us at the RFPL on Saturday, June 10, for a hometown-version of Antiques Roadshow with Mark Moran. Moran, from Iola, Wisconsin, bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializing in vintage folk art, Americana, and fine art. He has been active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years.

Pre-registration is required. Cost for appraisal is $10 per item, pre-payment required, cash or checks accepted. Checks should be made out to River Falls Library Foundation and dropped off or mailed to the Library, 140 Union Street, River Falls, WI  54022.  It is free to attend the day-of appraisal event--stay a few minutes or a few hours.  Sponsored by the River Falls Public Library Foundation. Register by stopping in, calling 715-425-0905, or by contacting event and gallery coordinator, Cole Zrostlik, at 715-426-3496 or by email at colez@riverfallspubliclibrary.org.

Exercise Your Imagination: A Creative Bookmaking Workshop for Those 60+

Tuesday, June 27th from 2 - 3:30pm
in the Lower Level - Registration required
FREE, with support from the Helen Daniels Bader Fund - a Bader Philanthropy (Presented by the UW-Milwaukee Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research)

Explore the world of creativity through storytelling and bookmaking in a supportive environment while celebrating 75 years of Little Golden Books, the popular and timeless children’s series. This workshop for individuals aged 60+ will be led by specially trained art students from UWM's Peck School of the Arts. No previous experience in the arts is necessary.

Registration is required for this event. Please contact Cole Zrostlik at 715-426-3496 or colez@riverfallspubliclibrary.org.
Online Registration - Click Here (Limited to 20 people)

Golden Memories

Wednesday, June 28 at 1:30pm
​at Comforts of Home Senior Living (2348 Aurora Cir)
The public is welcome to attend this presentation about the long and unique history of the classic children’s book publishing phenomenon, Little Golden Books.  The presenter is Lois Burnes from Red Wing, MN. Lois is a former teacher of young children with a great interest in children’s books.  Her collection of Little Golden Books is one of several kinds of books that she has gathered over the years.

Family Bookmaking - Make a Stab-Bound Book with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Thursday, June 29 at 6pm
in the Library Lower Level - Registration required
FREE!  Student pairs will work with experienced teachers from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts to learn an Eastern bookbinding technique with a simple yet elegant design. Students make a blank book and learn a binding skill they can easily apply to future projects. The workshop’s theme is “Little Golden Books” in coordination with this summer’s gallery exhibition. 
One adult must accompany every one child (we love teamwork, don’t you?); appropriate for kids 8+.
Online Registration -  Click Here

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

Will join Book Club in a Bar in June, July and August

Books and Beans Book Group

Tuesday, June 16, 2017 at 10:30 am
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Location: 208 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.
Will join Book Club in a Bar in June, July and August

History Book Group

Monday, July 31 at 6:30pm in the Meeting Room
American Lion : Andrew Jackson in the White House
by Jon Meacham
Location: Main Level Meeting Room

Book Club in a Bar

Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30pm
​A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (2012)
Location: Bo’s ‘N Mine, 110 S Main St, River Falls, WI 54022

Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30pm
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Location: West Wind Supper Club, 709 N Main St, River Falls, WI 54022

Tuesday, August 15 at 6:30pm
Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in their Digital World by Devorah Heitner, PhD
Location: Johnnie’s Bar, 116 N Main St, River Falls, WI 54022

Library Events for Adults