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River Falls Public Library

715-425-0905

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

Book Groups

Contact Monica at 715-426-3484 if you have any questions about youth book groups.

If school is cancelled due to weather, youth books groups will also be cancelled.

Grades 4 and 5 Book group
First Tuesday of each month
Tuesday, Sept 3 at 4pm in the Board Room
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser 

Middle School Teen Book group
Second Tuesday of each month
Tuesday, Sept 10 at 4pm in the Board Room
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

High School Teen Book group
Third Tuesday of each month​​
Tuesday, Sept 17 at 4pm in the Board Room
The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

In these groups, kids receive a copy of the book from the library and come prepared to discuss the book. The book for the next month is handed out at the end of each discussion session. Future books are chosen by voting from a list that is compiled by taking student recommendations. Kids who attend the group are allowed to keep their copy of the book. If you take a copy of the book, but do not attend, you may either pay for your copy of the book or not be allowed to pick up future books. A snack is provided.​

Programs / Events​​​​

Summer Reading Program
Click here for details

Kirby Symes Memorial Bacon Bash Dash
Saturday, September 14 - Register or volunteer
5K start time - 8:00am
5K sign-in from 7:00am to 7:45am
1 Mile start time - 9:30 am
1 Mile sign-in from 7:00am to 9:00am
Race Day Registration from 7:00am to 9:00am
Costume contest judging from 7:00am to 9:00am
Winners announced at the opening ceremony at  approximately 10:15am

Games in the Gallery (No-School Day)
Monday, October 14 from 9am - 8pm
in the Lower Level Community Room
No-tech and low-tech games for all ages all day long!

Out-of-School Day Events
Monday, October 14 and November 4 at 10:30am in the Lower Level Community Room
The library will be sponsoring a special event or craft session on these no-school days. Check website for details.

Halloween Party
Saturday, November 2 at 1pm in the Lower Level Community Room
Come in costume! Games, crafts, fun! For kids and families.

International Games Week
November 3 - 9
International Games Week is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.

Free Play at Vagabond Arcade
Thursday, November 7 from 5 - 7pm at Vagabond Arcade (136 Riverwalk Rd, River Falls, WI)
Leave your quarters at home! All ages.

Hour of Code
Thursday, December 12 at 4pm in the Lower Level Community Room
For kids, teens, or adults who are interested in learning to write or understand basic computer coding. Bring your own laptop, Chromebook, or tablet and headphones if possible. Library staff will help you get started using CODE.ORG.

Artemis Cooperative Gaming Event
Saturday, December 14 from 10am - 4pm in the Lower Level Community Room
Artemis is a bridge simulation game where 2 to 11 players become the crew of a spaceship. The game is played by a group of people who are in the same room working together to battle enemy forces and save allied ships and star bases. All ages. Bring your own Windows laptop or use one of ours.

Noon Years Eve
Tuesday, December 31 at 11am in the Lower Level Community Room
Ring in the New Year with games, crafts, and a countdown at noon - along with a balloon drop at noon! For kids and families.

​Lego Mondays
Every other Monday from 4 - 5pm​​
Sept 9, Sept 23, Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4, Nov 18,
Dec 2, & Dec 16
Registration required.
​Call Monica at 715-426-3484 to register.

Maker Mondays
Second Mondays from 3:30 - 6:00pm
​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!!!
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  • ​September 9 - Book Art
  • October 14 - Wearables
  • November 11- Cardboard
  • December 9 - Circuits

Teens in Power (TIP)
Second Wednesday of the month from 4-5pm
in the Board Room (Sept - May)
This is our teen advisory board (grades 6-12). We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month right after school to talk about and plan fun teen library events and projects.

Monthly Teen Events
Fourth Wednesday of the month at 4pm
(Sept - May)
Check for room location
Programs for teens in grades 6-12 every month on the 4th Wednesday of the month. We play games, watch movies, eat food, and do crafts. Watch for specific events.

Bird Watching Kits to Check Out
The library has bird watching kits available for checkout.  Included in the kit are a backpack, binoculars, field guides, a checklist of common birds, and a journal for kids to make notes about what they saw.  The backpacks are located in the children’s library.  Bird watching is a great hobby for kids (or anyone) to take up. It costs nothing, can last a lifetime, and you don’t have to go any farther than your own backyard!

Rockhound Kits to Check Out
​The library has bird watching kits available for checkout.  Included in the kit are a backpack and everything a young rockhound needs to gather specimens in River Falls such as a hammer, safety goggles, and rock samples.

1000 Books before Kindergarten
Registration form

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 and talk to Monica with any questions.

​​Storytime

Class size is limited so stop by or call
​ 715-425-0905 to register.

Please call Monica at 715-426-3484 if you have any questions.
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Fall Storytimes
September 10 - December 12, 2019
​Registration begins August 25

Tuesdays

Baby Time

For ages birth - 18 months
Tuesdays from 9:30 - 9:50am

This is for babies up to 18 months of age. Baby time lasts about 20 minutes and includes stories songs, rhymes, and finger plays. Parents must attend with child.  

Toddler Lapsit

For ages 18 - 36 months
Tuesdays from 10:45 - 11:15am

This is for ages 18 – 36 months featuring stories, songs, rhymes and finger plays. Parents must attend with child. 

Thursdays

Preschool Storytime

For ages 3-5 years-old
Thursdays from 10:30-11:15am or 1-1:45pm
For ages 3 -5. This storytime features stories, songs, movement, and rhymes, and a craft or an activity. Parents may opt to attend with their child or to let children participate on their own.

Family Story Hour

Usually the third Tuesday of the month
​6-7pm in the Lower Level

​Sept 24, Oct 29, Nov 19, & Dec 17, 2019
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.

Library Events for Youth