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.

Michael Perry Book Club and Long Beds Concert

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Time: 6:30-7pm book discussion with Michael Perry, 7-9pm Michael Perry & the Long Beds concert
Location: Rush River Brewing Company, 990 Antler Ct
Join the River Falls Public Library for a very special night of live music and stories with Michael Perry and his band, the Long Beds. Free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Rush River Brewing Company.​  We will be discussing his new book, 
Montaigne in Barn Boots: an Amateur Ambles through Philosophy, before the concert.
Part of the Adult Summer Reading Program.

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. Part of
Awkward Family Photos: The Exhibition in the River Falls Public Library Gallery from August 6-September 12, 2018. 

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. Part of
Awkward Family Photos: The Exhibition in the River Falls Public Library Gallery. 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. Part of
Awkward Family Photos: The Exhibition in the River Falls Public Library Gallery from August 6-September 12, 2018. 

​​Summer Reading 2018

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Summer reading isn’t just for kids! At the library, Summer Reading for Adults means finding great book suggestions, enjoying great events at your local library, and fun prizes for book lovers. The library will have a wide variety of programs this summer that will offer adults of all ages the opportunity to explore new interests, meet new people, and connect with the community. Don’t forget about the prizes! Stop into the library and fill out book review slips, play summer reading bingo, test your knowledge with one of the weekly activity sheets, have fun trying to figure out places and spaces in River Falls with the local landmarks scavenger hunt. It’s not only fun to participate in the programs for adults at the library it also pays to play. Show up to any of the adult programs and you can be entered to win fabulous prizes.

Tech Time with Cole

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 for more information. 
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Maker Mondays

Second Mondays from 3:30 - 6pm
​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!!!

Adult Coloring

Every fourth Wednesday at 6pm in the Storytime Room
No need to register, coloring materials are provided along with coffee and a light snack.  Questions - call Heather Johnson at 715-425-0905.​


​William Kent Krueger

Tuesday, September  4 at 7pm in the Lower Level Community Room
New York Times bestselling novelist, St. Paul resident, and the author of Ordinary Grace and the Cork O'Connor mystery series, William Kent Krueger will be back to promote Desolation Mountain, the newest volume (#17) in the Cork O’Connor series.

Patricia Skalka

Sunday, October 7 at 2pm in the Lower Level Community Room
Patricia Skalka is the author of Death Stalks Door County, Death At Gills Rock, Death In Cold Water, and Death Rides The Ferry, the first four books in the popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series. Skalka turned to fiction following a successful career in nonfiction. Her many credits include: Staff Writer for Reader’s Digest, freelancer, ghost writer, writing instructor, and book reviewer.  Skalka is president of the Sisters in Crime Chicagoland Chapter and a member of several professional organizations, including The Authors Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Chicago and Door County WI. Skalka will promote her new book, Death Rides the Ferry.

Jim Guhl

Thursday, November 8 at 7:00pm
Eleven Miles to Osh Kosh - In the era of Watergate and Vietnam, a teenage boy finds his courage and unlikely allies as he seeks his father's killer. His small town's neighborliness has a dark edge of bullying, racism, and corruption, but Minnow Finwick has friends he can rely on.

Library Events for Adults


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

Kirby Symes Bacon Bash Dash

Saturday, September 15
5K at 10:30am & 1 Mile Family Fun Run at 11:30am
Part of River Falls Bacon Bash
All proceeds benefit the River Falls Public Library
Costume Categories: Pink, Pigs, Bacon, or Books (9-11am Judging)
5k: $25/Adult $15/Student
1-Mile Family Fun Run: $20/Adult $15/Student $25/Family
Event Is Not Chip Timed, Register Online or Day-Of
Packet Pickup And Start At City Hall (Lower Level)
Race route & more details to come!
Register here​

Book Groups

Contact Heather at 715-425-0905 for more information.
Please reserve your copy of the book on the MORE catalog using the book title links below.

Second Tuesday Book Group

​Second Tuesday Book Group will meet with Book Club in a Bar
​in June, July and August

Books and Beans Book Group

Tuesday, August 21 at 10:30 am
Caroline : Little House, revisited by Sarah Miller
Location: Caribou Coffee at Family Fresh, 303 S Main St

Young Adult Books for Adults Book Group

Third Wednesday of each month, usually at 6:30pm
at Junior's Bar, 414 S Main St
​Contact Monica at 715-426-3484 for more information.​​​
Wednesday,  August 22 at 6:30pm

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

History Book Group

Tuesday, July 24 at 6:30pm in the Board Room
Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI by David Grann

Book Club in a Bar 2018

Reserve your book now!  Time and location to be announced soon.