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River Falls Public Library

715-425-0905

140 Union St, River Falls WI 54022
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Drive-thru Job Fair

Wednesday, November 11 from 10am-12pm and 1-2pm in the library parking lot​
Presented by the ​St. Croix/Pierce County Workforce Resource in partnership with the River Falls Public Library, Pierce County Child Support and St. Croix County Child Support.

Live Virtual Programs

Watch on the River Falls Public Library's Facebook live or Youtube channel - No registration required

Storytime with Monica

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am

Cyndi Kernahan - Defining Racism: How Race Shapes our Lives

Thursday, August 13 from 6-7pm
In this short talk, you will learn more about the complexities of racism, including new definitions that will help you to better understand the current moment. Time for questions and further resources for learning will be provided. Join the River Falls Public Library on Facebook Live with Cyndi Kernahan, Professor of Psychology and Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls.  Cyndi is a Social Psychologist who specializes in the area of race, bias, and prejudice. She is also the author of Teaching about Race and Racism in the College Classroom: Notes from a White Professor. 

Psychology of Prejudice and Racism Resource List

Hidden History of Women's Ku Klux Klan in Wisconsin

Thursday, September 10 from 6-7pm
In the xenophobic atmosphere of the 1920s and 1930s, Ku Klux Klan activity spiked in Wisconsin and gave rise to Women's Klan no. 14, also known as the Grey Eagles of Chippewa Falls. Against a national backdrop that saw the male and female Klan hurl its collective might into influencing presidential elections and federal legislation, quotidian matters often stole the attention of the Grey Eagles. Join River Falls Public Library on Facebook Live with John E. Kinville, author of The Grey Eagles of Chippewa Falls: A Hidden History of a Women's Ku Klux in Wisconsin. 

Michael Edmonds - News, Fake News, and Spin: Deciding Who to Trust in an Age of Disinformation

Thursday, October 1 from 6-7pm - registration required on rflearns.org

Cynthia Ruchti: Hemmed in Hope

Thursday, October 8 from 6-7pm
Award-winning Wisconsin author Cynthia Ruchti will discuss her novels, novellas, devotions, and non-fiction, and her speaking for women’s events and writers’ conferences. She's written and produced a daily radio broadcast for 33 years. She serves as PR Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, is a board member of the Deliver Hope ministry, is part of her church worship team, and is a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management. 

Terry Root - Climate Change: Changing … Well … Everything

Monday, October 12 from 6-7pm
Even in a pandemic we must be concerned about extreme heat, extended droughts, massive fires, and powerful hurricanes.  These are all connected to the disruption of our climate due to greenhouse gas emissions. Since the late 1800s, the average global temperature has increased about 2oF (1.1oC) and we are on track to surpass the Paris Agreement target of 2.7oF (1.5oC) by 2030.  In response to this rapid warming, much is changing on our planet, including earlier spring warming so flowers are blooming and birds are breeding earlier, species are also moving to cooler areas on land and in the oceans.  Unless we soon slow the rapid warming, enumerable people will suffer due to heatwaves, storm surges, and spreading diseases.  Additionally, hundreds of thousands of species—including species we rely upon—will face extinction.  We must stop our fossil-fuel addiction to avoid such problems.  Thankfully, there are many things that we can do, collectively and individually, to decrease the emissions of CO2.  We just need the will to do it.

Pat Miller, St. Croix Job Center - Job Hunting

Tuesday, November 10 from 2-3pm

Kathleen Ernst: Writing at the Intersection of People, Places & the Past

Thursday, November 12 from 6-7pm
​Best-selling WLA Notable Wisconsin Author Kathleen Ernst will talk about her award-winning Chloe Ellefson mysteries for adults, American Girl mysteries for young readers, and American Civil War books for both. She spent 10 years as museum curator for Old World Wisconsin. She has won numerous honors, including an Emmy for educational TV, Edgar and Agatha mystery awards, and a Legacy Award for Excellence in Children's Literature.

Juliet Grames: The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 6-7pm
Debut author and Soho Press book editor/associate publisher, Juliet Grames, grew up in a tight-knit Italian-American family. This novel, her first, is about Italian sisterhood & secrets, immigration & the American dream, family loyalty & betrayal, & one woman’s tenacious fight against her own fate. It is being published in the US, Canada, the Philippines, all over Europe; and in Spanish and Hebrew. It is already an ABA Indie Next Selection, a B&N Discover Great New Writers Selection, and a Library Reads Selection.


Flipgrid

Flipgrid Storytime

As a way to support at-home learning, early literacy, and community connection, we are creating a collection of guest storytime videos. We would love your help (and/or the help of your colleagues, friends, neighbors, and others)! Record a short story (up to 5 minutes) on Flipgrid, a free educational app for desktop or your smart phone. We will share your stories, moderate content, and collect responses. One really cool thing about Flipgrid: families can reply to your post with another video! 

Getting started: Connect to Flipgrid on your desktop computer (and record, too, if your computer has a webcam) with this web address: https://flipgrid.com/rfplstorytime, or download the Flipgrid app on your smartphone and use the code "rfplstorytime." Click on the green plus sign to record a short message after logging in with your Microsoft or Gmail email account. No account required to view others' videos!

Need help? 
https://help.flipgrid.com/hc/en-us  or Talk to a librarian

Flipgrid Video Chat Book Discussions for Adults

https://flipgrid.com/rfpladultbooktalks
Record, upload, view, react, and respond to each other through short videos using Flipgrid.
Getting started: Connect to Flipgrid on your desktop computer (and record, too, if your computer has a webcam) with this web address: 
https://flipgrid.com/rfpladultbooktalks, or download the Flipgrid app on your smartphone and use the code “rfpladultbooktalks.” Click on the green plus sign to record a short message after logging in with your Microsoft or Gmail email account. No account required to view others’ videos!
Need help? 
https://help.flipgrid.com/hc/en-us


    ​​​Ongoing - Cancelled until the library reopens

    ​​​Adult Coloring

    Cancelled for March & April 2020
    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.



    Beanstack

    Self directed programs - Diverse Stories, Mindfulness, Fall into Reading, 1K Books B4 K

    Live Virtual
    ​Programs

    Covid-19 Information
    Virtual Programs

    Online Book Groups

    Click here for more information

    • Middle School Teen Book Group
      Second Tuesdays at 4pm
    • High School Teen Book Group
      ​Third Tuesdays at 4pm
    • Adult Book Group
      Second Tuesday at 6pm
    • Diverse Stories Discussion Group
      ​First Tuesday at 6pm

    COVID-19
    ​Information

    Library Book Groups

    BEANSTACK PROGRAMS

    Click here to sign up
    Sign up for self directed reading programs with Beanstack. 
    Contact Monica LaVold at 715-426-3484 with any questions.

    Beanstack

    Library Events