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

iPhone Photography 101

Instructor: Dee Grigus 
Tuesday, August 7 from 7 - 8pm in the Library Lower Level 

Would you like to understand the features that your iPhone camera has so you can take better photos?  If you answered yes, then this is the class for you!  Bring your iPhone with battery fully charged and a favorite object (not breakable) for in class photography.  


Gallery Hours
Monday - Thursday 10am -7pm; Friday 10am - 6pm; Saturday 10am -4pm
(Hours sometimes vary due to staff/volunteer availability.)
Visiting from out of town?
​Please call the library at 715-425-0905 to ensure open hours.

Questions? Call or email Cole Zrostlik, Event & Gallery Coordinator
at 715-426-3496 or colez@riverfallspubliclibrary.org.​

in the gallery

Awkward Family Photos

August 6 - September 12, 2018
AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com, the website, was launched in 2009 when Mike Bender saw an awkward vacation photo hung in his parents’ house. Realizing there were probably plenty of other people with their own awkward family pics, childhood friends Mike and Doug Chernack set out to create a friendly place where people could share their own odd family moments. The site quickly took off and became an internet sensation, receiving millions of visitors and submissions from around the world.

AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS the exhibition aims to explore the perfectly imperfect moments that come with the family experience-- take comfort in the fact that your family is not alone! ​

Awkward Family Photo Contest: River Falls Edition 

Entries accepted August 7- 21
Winners will be announced August 23 
We've all been there… Crying babies, bad hair, questionable wardrobes, and all the rest. Your most awkward family photos are also a reminder of some of your all-time greatest family memories. Area residents are invited to be part of this nationally-touring exhibit. Simply submit your most awkward (and family-appropriate) family photo to our Awkward Family Photos Contest: River Falls Edition  beginning August 7 by: 

  • Posting it to the River Falls Public Library Gallery’s Facebook wall, 
  • Dropping off a copy at the library, or 
  • Emailing a .jpg file to czrostlik@riverfallslibrary.org. 

Your photo may be included in a digital slideshow or hung on the wall during the gallery show. Entries (one per family, please) will be accepted August 7 - 21winners will be announced August 23. May the most awkward photo win!  

Current entries below

Maker Monday: Awkward Art and Photography 

Monday, August 13 from 3:30 - 6pm in the Library Lower Level 
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! ​​

Wake Up Family Sing-Along

Friday, August 10 and Friday, August 24 from 8:30 - 9:30am in the Library Lower Level  
We can't think of a more awkward start to the day than cereal and singing. Light breakfast will be served; kids are welcome to come in PJs.  

Make Your Case

Showcase your collection,
​project, etc. in our display case! 

Display your personal or group collection, project, or memorabilia in the large display case right inside the security gates in the main entrance to the library. Get visibility for your hard work, knowledge of local history, or group efforts. We welcome all sorts of collections and ideas!


That’s How We Used to Do It: Learn to Record Your Family Stories 

Instructor: Alison Staudinger, UW-Green Bay 
Saturday, August 25 at 11am in the Library Lower Level 

Your own family tree is full of stories. They are unique stories that provide insight into your values, opportunities, and aspirations. They are also part of the history of this state and the larger history of the county. This is a chance to hear stories, and even share your own, as part of a brief tutorial about how to gather, preserve, and use oral histories. 

Finding the Funny in Life

With NYT Bestselling Humorist Jen Mann
Thursday August 30 from 7-8 pm in the Library Lower Level  

Being able to laugh at life isn't just important -- it's life or death! Well, maybe not that serious, but New York Times Bestselling humorist Jen Mann talks about why it's important to find the funny in life, including your mental as well as physical health.  No registration required.  

Awkward Moments: Poetry Reading & Story Slam

Thursday, September 6 at 7pm at Johnnie’s Bar 
Read an original short story, awkward diary entry, or favorite poem in the presence of good company and fellow creatives. The theme of the night's reading is "Awkward Moments." Register the night of the event or by contacting Cole Zrostlik, Event & Gallery Coordinator at the River Falls Public Library at 715-426-3496. Ages 21+ only. 

iPhone Lifestyle Photography  

Instructor: Dee Grigus 
Tuesday, August 14 from 7-8pm in the Library Lower Level 

A class for those who have taken iPhone Photography 101 or have a good understanding of the iPhone camera features and want to get creative.  You will learn techniques to document everyday life,  take better family photos,  and selfies.  A photo project will be created during class. Bring your iPhone with a fully charged battery. 


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