Closed on Friday, December 6


Closed for Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 28 - Sunday, December 1

Santa and his Reindeer
Are not visiting the library this year.  Too much work to finish at the North Pole.

Family Story Hour
Tuesday, December 3 at 6pm in the Lower Level
Featuring M is for Music with the River Falls High School Costumed Carolers with songs, snacks & fun.

Winter Festival
Wednesday, December 4 from 4-6pm in the Lower Level Community Room
​This event is for children 12 and under and is a partnership between the library and the UW-RF College of Education and Professional Services

Gingerbread Contest
Entries due on Wednesday, December 4 by 7:45pm
Judging will take place on Thursday, December 5 during the Holiday Open House
Please wait until Monday, December 2 to drop off gingerbread creations.

Holiday Open House
Thursday, December 5 from 4:00 - 7:30pm
Join us for popcorn, cookies, music, and cider in the lower level of the library, and while you’re here, check out the 2019 Quilt Show. All events and activities are free.

  • Face painting
    3:30 - 5:30pm in the Main Level Meeting Room
  • Book signing with children’s author John Coy
    4:00 - 5:00pm in the Lower Level Community Room
  • Games with Fox Den Used Books
    4:00 - 5:30pm in the Children’s Area 
  • Holiday Piano Music
    4:00 - 7:30pm in the Lower Level 
  • Magical Maker Cave w/ Cole
    4:00 - 7:30pm in the Main Level Meeting Room
  • Holiday Selfie Booth with Props
    4:00 - 7:30pm in the Main Level Meeting Room
  • Winter Crafts
    4:00 - 7:30pm in the Children’s Area
  • RFHS Costumed Carolers
    4:30 - 5:00pm strolling through all areas of the library
  • Henna Body Art
    4:30 - 6:30pm in the Lower Level
  • Read to Albert and Earl from Ugly Dog Therapy
    5:00 - 7:00 pm in the Storytime Room
    **Registration required. Sign up at the children’s desk.   

Closed for Cleaning, Staff Training, Collection Maintenance and Software Updates
Friday, December 6

Closed for Christmas
Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25

Noon Year's Eve Party
Tuesday, December 31 from 11:00am - 12:30pm in the Lower Level​
Noon Year's Eve is a party for kids where they can participate in all the fun of New Year without staying up until midnight. Help us ring in the new year at Noon instead. We will have crafts, games, treats, and even a balloon drop!

Closing for New Years
Closing early at 5pm on Tuesday, December 31 and closed all day on Wednesday, January 1

2019 Gingerbread Contest Rules

One entry per person/group

Prizes will be awarded for:  


  • Adult (ages 17 and up)
    1st place - $40
    2nd place - $25
  • Youth (ages 16 and under)
    1st place - $40
    2nd place - $25

Whimsical Designs

  • Adult (ages 17 and up)
    1st place - $40
    2nd place - $25
  • Youth (ages 16 and under)
    1st place - $40
    2nd place - $25         

Kit Design

  • 1st Place - $20

Graham Cracker Design
(Grade 3 and younger only)

  • 1st Place -  $10
    2nd Place -  $5

 People’s Choice

  • 1st Place - $50

Chamber Checks keep spending local and will be awarded at all prize levels in 2019. 


  • Best Traditional/Architectural Design
    buildings of any sort 
    (Adult & Youth categories)
  • Best Whimsical Design
    non-building structures and scenes
    (Adult & Youth categories)
  • Best Kit Design
    buildings/non-buildings/scenes using store-bought gingerbread kit
  • Graham Cracker House
    (Grade 3 and under only)
  • People’s Choice
    (1 prize only determined by popular vote; one vote per person)


  • Entry into Traditional/Architectural and Whimsical categories must be original - no gingerbread kits allowed. Kits are allowed in the “Kit” design category.
  • All entries must have major components (such as walls and roofs) constructed of gingerbread.
  • Sucker sticks, wrapped candies, battery-operated lights, and minimal non-edible décor is allowed.
  • Entries must have been constructed in 2019.
  • Entries will be judged on Originality, Overall appearance, Use of gingerbread, Choice and use of other materials, and Difficulty of design.
  • Entries must be no bigger than 24”x18” and must be freestanding.
  • Entries must be delivered in completed form to River Falls Public Library by 7:45pm on Wednesday, December 4.
  • Please, no drop off before Monday, December 2.
  • You may work in groups, but you may only be part of one entry.
  •  Judging will take place on Thursday, December 5.  People’s Choice voting ends Wednesday, December 11. All winners will be announced December 12.  Creations will remain on display at the library through the end of the day on Wednesday, December 18, and must be picked up by 6pm on Friday, December 20 (entries left after Dec 21 will be thrown away).

Thank you to River Falls State Bank for their continued sponsorship! 

Holiday Happenings 2019

Festive events & library hours during the holiday season
River Falls Public Library


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