715-425-0905

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

Summer Reading for Youth
In the Gallery

Current or Upcoming​​​​​​​

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, River Falls, WI 54022
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.

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. 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.

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​

Author Visits

Michael Perry

Montaigne in Barn Boots: an Amateur Ambles through Philosophy by Michael Perry (2017)
Date: August 21, 2018
Time: 6:30-7pm book discussion with Michael Perry, 7-9pm Michael Perry & the Long Beds

Location: Rush River Brewing Company, 990 Antler Ct, River Falls, WI 54022
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.

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.

​​Ongoing

Open Watercolor Studio

Mondays from 9:30-11:30am in the Storytime Room
There is space for six new participants.  Must have watercolor experience and your own supplies.
Call the library at 715-425-0905 to register.   Registration is limited to 6 with no waiting list.

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!!!
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  • June 11 - Make music! 
  • July 9 - Tie dye and paper marbling (bring a plain, light-colored t-shirt). 
  • August 13 - Awkward art and photography
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.   
Click here for more information.

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.

Book Groups

Check out the list of book groups for adults and youth!

Lucky Day Collection

The library now has a limited number of popular items in a ‘Lucky Day’ collection.  These are titles with long waiting lists, usually new movies or best-selling books.  Films checkout for three days, with a $1.00 per day fine.  Books circulate for seven days, with a $.50 per day fine.  Lucky Day items cannot be renewed or reserved. The idea is to have a quick turnaround time so that more people have an opportunity to enjoy them without waiting on a long list.  Items will move to the regular collection as demand slows down.  Check the shelf for Lucky Day items next time you stop in.

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.



Summer Reading

Kids - Adults
​June 11 - August 24



Events for youth

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Awkward Family Photos

August 6 - September 12

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