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


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Summer Reading Program for Youth

June  5 - August 25
Programs on Wednesdays for kids and teens, independent reading, a kiddie parade and more!
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Adult Summer Reading

June  5 - August 25
Another fun summer of Book Club in a Bar, book groups, prizes, and classes, including how to make your own beer.

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Author 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.

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.
Categories of objects for appraisal may include:

  • Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary.
  • Furniture (usually smaller pieces are best).
  • Ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware.
  • Glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items.
  • Vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.
  • Advertising, including posters, lithographed tin, paper and figural objects.
  • Folk art, including carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and "outsider" art.
  • Assorted toys, including dolls (bisque, composition and plastic), windups and mechanical banks.
  • Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate.
  • Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural.
  • Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, earrings.
  • Musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments.
  • Books.
  • Sports Memorabilia.

Excluded items: all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); traps (like leg-hold); Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; Beanie Babies.

Moran is available to make home visits for people with big things, or fragile things (or a lot of things). House calls are $75 an hour and there is no mileage charge if within 10 miles of the appraisal event site. To arrange, call 715-281-5060 or email moranm1953@gmail.com.

Friday Morning Classic Cartoons

June 16 and July 21 from 8:30 to 9:15am in the Library Lower Level
Join us for Friday Morning Classic Cartoons, including Looney Tunes, silly shorts, other staff favorites, AND complimentary cereal. Kids are welcome to come in their pajamas! Free (For all ages, birth to adult!)  No Registration Required.  (Light breakfast starts at 8:25-- anyone with a special dietary requirement is encouraged to bring their own cereal and/or milk.)

Teen Bookmaking

Wednesday, June 21 at 4pm in the Lower Level
​Join Event & Gallery Coordinator Cole Zrostlik for this open-ended teen book and journal creation experience! Sponsored by Teens in Power (TIP) at the River Falls Public Library. Free.

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)

Little Golden Book For Littles - Preschool Storytime

Wednesday, June 28 at 10:15am at Fox Den Used Books (120 S Main St)
Everything old is new again! Heather at Fox Den Used Books will read old (and new) childhood favorites from Little Golden Book

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.  Contact Cole Zrostlik at 715-426-3496 or colez@riverfallspubliclibrary.org for more information.  One adult must accompany every one child (we love teamwork, don’t you?); appropriate for kids 8+.
Online Registration -  Click Here

Author 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

Tween Golden Bookmaking

Saturday, July 15, 10:30am to Noon in the Lower Level - Registration required
Collage bookmaking for kids ages 10, 11, and 12 with local artist Kay Fritz. Drop-off encouraged. Free (Light breakfast and all supplies included!)
Registration is requested for this event. Please contact Cole Zrostlik at 715-426-3496 or colez@riverfallspubliclibrary.org. 
Online Registration -Click Here


Maker Mondays

Second Mondays from 3:30 - 5:30pm or 6 - 7pm
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; 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.

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 youth

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

Events For Adults

What's going on at the library for grown ups

Pieces of me!

All School Art Show
​April 18  - May 21

Summer Reading Programs

Library Events