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

Monica's Summer​ Book List for Kids

Grades 4-5

​Middle School

Register for Summer Reading

Summer Reading Program for Youth

build a better world
 june 5 - August 25, 2017

Register online or at the library starting on Monday, June 5

Activity Sessions

Activity sessions are for kids of all ages

All programs are scheduled at 10:30am and
are in the Lower Level meeting room unless otherwise noted

  • Wednesday, June 7 – Tom Pease, musician
  • Wednesday, June 14 –Paul Halter, juggling poet – outside, weather permitting
  • Wednesday, June 21 – Snake Discovery reptile program
  • Wednesday, June 28 – Solar System Ambassador: “How We Get To Space”
  • Wednesday, July 5 – The Magic of Isaiah
  • Wednesday, July 12 – Build a Better World crafts and games
  • Wednesday, July 19 – Mad Science of Iowa
  • Wednesday, July 26 – Traveling Lantern Theater – “The Ribbles Build a Residence”
Independent Reading Program

June 5 - August 25

  • ​​The summer reading program starts Monday, June 5, but you can join us at any time after that date – even if you miss the start, don’t worry, you can still participate!
  • This year, we will have both in person registration, and online registration available on our website: www.riverfallspubliclibrary.org
  • Registration will continue through the summer, so even if you are unable to register on June 5, you are still able to participate and may start at any time.
  • You will need to stop in at the library to pick up your reading record any time on or after Monday June 5.
  • We will be counting the number of hours spent reading over the summer. This year, you will be able to earn beads for building a summer reading necklace or bracelet or buttons for various levels. The more you read, the more beads you can put on your string.
  • At 10 hours you will earn a free book! At 20 hours of reading, you will earn a 2nd free book
  • Anyone who reads more than 20 hours over the summer will be considered a “Top Reader” and earn a chance to win a free summer reading t-shirt at the end of the summer.
  • Independent reading program is open to children of all ages, from birth through age 18.
  • This program is done on your own time, at your own pace and you have the option to participate at any level you would like.

The Independent Reading Program runs until August 25th.  Reading records will NOT be accepted after this date.

Summer Teen Events

For students entering grades 7-12
Wednesdays at 4:00pm

  • Wednesday, June 7 – Build a better cookie - cookie and cupcake decorating
  • Wednesday, June 14 – Build better art - coloring and lettering
  • Wednesday, June 21 – Build a better book - book making
  • Wednesday, June 28 – Build a better galaxy - galaxy painting
  • Wednesday, July 5 – No meeting
  • Wednesday, July 12 – Movie - Tron Legacy
  • Wednesday, July 19 – Build a better button - button making
  • Wednesday, July 26 – Build a better escape - DIY calming jars
  • Wednesday, August 2 - Build a better snack - Waffle Wednesday!
Poolside Book Break

Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2:30 at Glen Park Pool
Library staff will be at Glen Park this summer for poolside book break. When it is time to get out of the pool, library staff will be on hand to read and tell stories, and share jokes and songs. We will have a selection of books available to check out, right there at the pool, so bring your library card with you (it’s waterproof!) and do some poolside reading of your own. June 13 – Pool closing in August

Kiddie Parade

Saturday, July 15 at 10:30am
The River Falls Public Library is again sponsoring the Kiddie Parade during River Falls Days. It will be held at 10:30 on Saturday, July 15.
Registration and line-up will begin at 10:00am at the library.  (No early or online registration for the kiddie parade, just on site starting at 10am)

Costume Categories

  • Trout n’ About – this is the theme for River Falls Days this year. Costumes that fit this theme could include fish, fishermen, narwhals, sea creatures, or even fishing gear. Get creative and dress up for “trout n’ about” this summer.
  • Build a Better World – this represents all things that have to do with building and making the world better and could include robots, construction workers, vegetables, recycling cans, or anything that helps build a better world.
  • Storybook Favorites – one of our most popular categories. This can be any costume from a book. The Very Hungry Caterpillar or Max from Where the Wild Things Are, or even The Pigeon.
  • Heroes – this category is for all heroes out there, from superheroes to everyday heroes. Ideas for dressing up include Wonder Woman, Firemen, Astronauts, Iron Man, Super Girl or The Flash.
  • Wheels – If you are feeling industrious, why not create a parade entry on wheels – you can transform a bike or wagon or even a stroller into something amazing. Anything on wheels counts in this category!
  • Fantasy – Let your imagination run wild. Want to be a dragon? A princess? Unicorn? Alien? Mythological or magical creature? Any of these would fit our fantasy category.

The Kiddie Parade is a popular event and it grows more popular each year. Even if you don’t have young kids to march in the Parade, come on down to grab a seat and see the kids in costume. The route runs around the outside of the library, starting at the Southeast corner of the building and marching West toward Main Street, turning on the sidewalk and marching North to Union where we turn again, completing the circuit around the building. Participants will receive a treat bag at the end of the parade.

The petting zoo will be stationed on the Northeast corner of the library lawn. In past years, we have had miniature goats, llamas, rabbits, and all sorts of unique and interesting animals, many of which can be touched and fed. It’s a delightful chance to get up close and see some animals that you might not otherwise be able to see.

The RF4C teachers come each year with fun games and activities. These are set up on the North library lawn, with all sorts of fun games that are appropriate for preschool and early elementary kids, including a duck pond, target toss, and water racing games.

Additionally, the River Falls Royalty is on hand to judge the Parade Categories and take pictures with parade goers and other attendees. Come ready to snap some photos and pose with the Royalty.

The library provides refreshments at this event as well. Popcorn and water. 

A HUGE “Thank You” goes out to the River Falls Library Foundation, who underwrites the costs of the Summer Reading Program

Tues, Jan 23 - the library is open