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​Foreign Films

Mondays at 7pm from March 19 - April 23
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​​Soup, Salad, and Science

Register for Soup, Salad and Science through River Falls Community Education at

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.

Friendship in Children's Literature

​Sunday, April 22, from 1:30pm – 3:00pm in the Lower Level Community Room
Enjoy fun activities like weaving a friendship web, making a colorful bracelet like Rain Fish, creating a perfect friendship recipe and listening to books being read.

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.  More info about other Big Read events is available at                                                                     

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, 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.


Open Watercolor Studio

Mondays from 9:30-11:30am in the Storytime Room
There is space for six new participants.  Must have watercolor experience and your own supplies.
Call the library at 715-425-0905 to register.   Registration is limited to 6 with no waiting list.

Maker Mondays

Second Mondays from 3:30 - 6:00pm - check for room location
​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!!!

  • April 9 - Robots
  • May 14 - Make Circuits! 
  • June 11 - Make music! 
  • July 9 - Tie dye and paper marbling (bring a plain, light-colored t-shirt). 
  • August 13 - Awkward art and photography
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 for more information.   
Click here for more information.

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.

Book Groups

Check out the list of book groups for adults and youth!

Lucky Day Collection

The library now has a limited number of popular items in a ‘Lucky Day’ collection.  These are titles with long waiting lists, usually new movies or best-selling books.  Films checkout for three days, with a $1.00 per day fine.  Books circulate for seven days, with a $.50 per day 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 to enjoy 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 kits available for check out.  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.  Bird watching 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 backyard!

Kinnickinnic Country

A 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.

Events For Adults

What's going on at the library for grown ups

All School
​Art SHow

April 16 - May 17

Current Gallery Event

Library Events


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

Foreign Films

March 19 - April 26

Events for youth

What's going on at the library for kids and teens

Library Events for Youth
Library Events for Adults
Foreign Films