Tues, Jan 23 - the library is open


Current or Upcoming​​​​​​​

​New Year's Resolution - Let's Get Organized! With Valerie Cady

Thursday, January 25 at 7pm in the Lower Level Community Room
Valerie Cady, professional organizer with Winnow & Spruce Organizing will share the psychological benefits of getting organized, how to overcome the organizing hurdles that stop us in our tracks, how to decide what to keep and clever, creative ways to enjoy what we love. Whether you own too many things, are surrounded by an abundance of items you've inherited from loved ones or wanting to downsize and not sure where to start, you'll learn strategies for success that will take you from feeling overwhelmed to overjoyed.  Join us for this absolutely free, no-obligation session on getting organized at the River Falls Public Library.

Soup, Salad, and Science

Dr. Eileen Korenic
Professor of Physics, UW -River Falls  
​Thursday, February 15 from 5:50-7:30pm in the Lower Level

Why Car Tires Go Backwards on TV – The Stroboscopic Effect

Tonya Schoenfuss
Professor, Dairy Products Technology, University of Minnesota, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition  
Thursday, March 15 from 5:30-7:30pm in the Lower Level
Prebiotics: What are they? What do they do?

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.

Author Visits

​Paul Schaefer

Thursday, February 1 at 7pm in the Main Level Meeting Room
Meet local author Paul Schaefer as he reads from his newest novel,
Riding Shotgun.  About the book - Desperate for adventure, and a last chance to see her sister, 80-year-old Mary hits the road for the cross country adventure of a lifetime. Her late husband’s beloved Lincoln Town Car carries Mary from California to Minnesota, but also down memory lane and straight into trouble.  The author talk will be perfect for older adults looking to take a walk down memory lane.

Author Joseph Rein

Thursday, March 1 at 7pm in the Lower Level Community Room
Join us for the launch of UWRF professor Joseph Rein's new book of short stories, Roads Without Houses, which will be published by Press 53 in early 2018.  Joe’s short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in over twenty journals and anthologies worldwide. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has been a finalist for international awards in both fiction and screenwriting. He is also co-editor of three collections on creative writing pedagogy. He is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in River Falls, Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and four children.

About the book - Roads Without Houses - contains fifteen loosely-linked stories set across varying landscapes of the upper Midwest, from metropolitan Milwaukee and St. Paul to the deep Northwoods of Wisconsin. Coping with issues from broken relationships to loss to eating disorders, the characters all struggle to escape the wrong fork of life’s path. Their attempts to reconcile their flaws, within themselves and to each other, push each to the boundaries of what makes us all painfully, unmistakably human.

Author Kate Moore

Wednesday, March 21 at Noon in the Lower Level Community Room
Kate Moore is the author of
The Radium Girls, the first-ever narrative non-fiction account of the inspirational true story. Join us at the River Falls Public Library for this lunchtime author presentation. Free soup will be served, so come early.  Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Kate was born in Northampton, England and grew up in Peterborough. She studied English Literature at the University of Warwick. A Sunday Times bestselling author, she writes across various genres, from biography and history to gift and humor, and is also in demand as a book editor and ghostwriter. Before becoming a full-time author and freelance editor, she was an editorial director at Penguin Random House UK.​


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!!!

  • February 12 - Extreme Drawing and Animation
  • March 12 - Sewable + Wearable Creations
  • April 12 - Robots
  • May 14 - Make Circuits! 
Tech Tuesdays with Cole

Tuesdays from 9-11am or 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.   
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.

Book Groups

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

Library Events for Youth
Library Events for Adults
The Year of
​South Korea

The beauty of Korean pottery
December 29 - January 20

Current Gallery Event
Library Book Groups

Library Events


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

Book Groups

Join a book group at the library! 
There are book groups for adults and kids ages 4th-grade and up! 
Click here for upcoming titles