River Falls Public Library


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

Current or Upcoming​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Library Books Group

Check out all the great adult & youth book groups each month.
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Backpack Food Drive

February 17 - March 6

Drop off kid-friendly food for Our Neighbor's Backpack food program.
Especially needed are:

  • Kid-friendly and fun cereal in 11-15 oz boxes
  • Spaghettios (14-16 oz can)
  • 4 pack single serve microwave mac-n-cheese (Kraft or Velveeta)
  • 10 pack box of flavored instant oatmeal

Our Neighbor's Backpack Program is open to any family in the River Falls School District who would like help feeding their children (4k - 12th grade) when free and reduced lunches aren't available.  Weekly backpacks contain 7-9 pounds of non-perishable food and a voucher for a different perishable item each week (meat, milk, produce, eggs, bread).

This is not a food for fines event.

Big Fun Lab

January 13 - April 1, 2020
River Falls Public Library is honored to have been awarded the 2019 $10,000 Big Idea Grant by the River Falls Community Foundation. The Library will use grant funds to create a pop-up indoor play and exploration space for children and families in the River Falls Public Library Gallery (library lower level). The Big Fun Lab will be free for all to use, and open on an annual basis during the winter months for babies through tweens and their families. 

  • Tuesday Night Playgroups
    (January 14 - March 31)
    Storytime from 6:00 - 6:30pm, Big Fun Lab from 6:30 - 7:30pm
    ​Not on February 18 
    Registration required. Go to 
    RFLearns.org to register

Sponsored by the River Falls Community Foundation's 2019 Big Idea Grant.

February Fit Fridays Yoga

Fridays in February at 9:30am in the Lower Level
**Registration is required.
Register online 

Climate Science Series

Second Thursday in February, March and April at 6pm
in the Lower Level Community Room

The River Falls Public Library, along with River Falls Community Education, is excited to present this Thursday evening public lecture and Q&A series. 
**Registration is required. go to 
RFLearns.org to register.

  • February 13 - Cycles of the Earth in Space with Eileen Korenic
  • March 12 - Human Activity and Climate Change with Jill Coleman Wasik
  • April 9 - Local Sustainability Initiatives and How You Can Help with Mike Noreen
Poster Exhibit: World War 1: Lessons and Legacies

March 1 - 31 on the Library Main Level
The River Falls Public Library invites you to a special exhibition exploring how the lessons and legacies of World War I continue to affect the United States today. Poster exhibition courtesy of the Smithsonian and The United States World War I Centennial Commission.

Wisconsin Advanced Directive Seminar

Thursday, March 26 at 6pm in the Lower Level Community Room
​Attorney John Del Vecchio will delve into the basics of the Wisconsin Advanced Directive, answering your questions about wills, trusts, powers of attorney, or other end-of-life legal needs. This is an informational session; no purchase or retention of services is required.​

The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley

April 2020
Featuring the book Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Experience theater, music, visual arts and other cross-cultural activities related to the book all throughout the St. Croix River Valley. In collaboration with ArtReach St. Croix and a host of community partners. 

  • Parallels to Pokémon
    Thursday, April 23 at 6:30pm in the Lower Level Community Room
    Botanist Nate Dahlberg admits his interest in science was sparked by the detailed taxonomies in the Pokémon card games he played as a kid. Nate will show amateur scientists of all ages how to use the tools of science when they hunt, find, and collect Charizard, Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Pikachu, and other Pokémon. He will tell them about spotted knapweed, a phytotoxic plant that battles native prairie plants by washing them in chemicals and taking over their territories, and will draw parallels between the characteristics, environments, and evolutions of Pokémon and the biological surveys that catalog the 2100+ native plants in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Part of The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley. All ages welcome- perfect for adults, teens, and kids accompanied by a caregiver. 

More Big Read SCV events TBA. 

April is National Poetry Month
  • Poet Daniel Ruefman
    Thursday, April 16 from 6-7pm in the Lower Level Community Room
  • Poets Annette Gagliardi and Laura Kozy Lanik
    Saturday, April 25 at 1pm in the Lower Level Community Room
    “Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speaking Out From the Shadow of Abuse” is the culmination of the Let’s Talk About It! Poetry Project created by Annette Gagliardi and Laura Kozy Lanik and represents the work of 58 poets from Minnesota, the U.S., and Canada. Books will be for sale at the event. Sponsored by Chapter2Books of Hudson. A collaboration with River Falls Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 
  • Open Mic Poetry Night
    Wednesday, April 29 at 6pm in the Lower Level Community Room
    Sign-up the night of the event to read a personal poem or short story. 


​​Maker Mondays

Second Mondays from 3:30 - 6:00pm - check for room location
​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!

  • February 10 - Perler Beads and Zip Lines
  • March 9 - Going Green​
  • April 13 - Robotics
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 colez@riverfallspubliclibrary.org for more information.   
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Adult Coloring

Every fourth Wednesday at 6:00pm usually 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.

​Bird Watching Kits to Check Out

The library has bird watching kits available for check out.  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!

Kinnickinnic Country

A book about River Falls in 1940s and '50s by Mark Wyman and Don Richards that begins where "Kinnickinnic Years" left off. Pick up a copy at the library for $15 or get a copy by mail.

Climate Science Series
In the Gallery

Climate Science

Events for youth

What's going on at the library for kids and teens

Events For Adults

What's going on at the library for grown ups

Library Events for Youth
Library Events for Adults


Big Fun Lab
January 13 - April 1

Library Events