Please call Monica, Youth Services Librarian, at 715-426-3484 with any questions and for more information about youth services.
This is a passive, individual program that parents can sign up for any time before a child enters Kindergarten. The goal is to read 1000 books together before your child starts Kindergarten. We have lots of information and even some incentives along the way. You do need to sign up to participate and be eligible for prizes. Stop by and talk to Monica if you have any questions or would like more information.
This is an opportunity to read to a dog. Sign up for a one-on-one session, just you and our therapy-trained dog. Kids kindergarten -5th grade can work on reading skills while bonding with a fabulous animal in a stress-free environment. Call the children’s desk for more information or to sign up for a time.
We offer book groups for 4th and 5th graders, middle school students, and high school students. Each of the three groups gives students a chance to read and discuss a chosen title, have an after-school snack, and make recommendations for future titles to read. Join us for lively and insightful discussions. See Monica with questions or to pick up your copy of the book.
On every scheduled River Falls School District out-of-school day, the library hosts events ranging from movie screenings to crafting afternoons. Many times we have activities for students of a variety of ages, so check our current schedule to see what the next out-of-school event will be.
The children’s area accepts teen volunteers as long as they have completed 6th grade. We do require a parent signature, so fill out a volunteer form, get it signed by a parent and bring it in to talk to Monica about your interests and volunteer needs.
The River Falls Public Library offers storytimes for kids from birth through 5 years of age. We promote early literacy skills through these storytimes, focusing on research-based early literacy practices: Read, Sing, Talk, Play, and Write. Check out our storytime page for more information about specific times and dates.
This once-a-month evening storytime features stories, movement, and early literacy education. We provide a snack and a free book to take home for every child under age 5. The Family Story Hour is open to anyone, but geared toward preschool aged children and their families. Family Story Hour meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in the lower level meeting room.
We offer a comprehensive reading program at the library that encourages individual reading, family reading, and also includes all sorts of activities and fun both kids and adults. This program is a blast and can be enjoyed at whatever level you wish to participate.
Whether you want a librarian to come visit you or to bring in a class of any level, the library can make it happen. We will work with teachers and schools to help you meet your needs and encourage media literacy and a love of reading in all students.
The library does offer tours to scouting groups, classroom field trips, homeschool groups and most other small groups. If you are interested, talk to Monica about the type of tour that you might be interested in and schedule a time to come in and get a chance to see the inner workings of the library. This is appropriate for preschool-age and up.
Wondering about new and interesting titles? Not sure what to read next? Ask a librarian to visit and talk about some possible new titles that kids might want to be reading. Contact Monica with any questions or to schedule a visit.
We love to work with schools and other community partners. If you have any interest in having the library come out and engage you in something new, let us know. We have done presentations on early literacy, reading with kids, getting reluctant readers excited about reading and more. We have worked with parenting groups, education groups, teachers and others. Talk to Monica for more information.
The library can answer any of your early literacy questions from “What do I read next?” to “How do I get my child interested in reading?” to “What else can I do to prepare my child for school.” We can do presentations or simply sit down and talk with parents about thoughts and/or concerns.