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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


march 8 - April 2
Telling Women's Stories

Library Events


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

Current or Upcoming​​​​​​​

​Library Books Group

Check out all the great adult & youth book groups each month.
Click here for more information

February Food Drive

February 1 - 28
The library will be accepting donations on behalf of Our Neighbors' Place. Food donations will go directly to students in the River Falls School District to share with their families, especially over spring break.  This is not a Food for Fines event.

Our Neighbors' Place created and sustains the Backpack Program in River Falls. Through the Backpack Program, a bag filled with nutritious, kid-friendly food items from all the food groups can be picked up by a parent each week during the school year and from Our Neighbors’ Place’s Day Center, located at 122 West Johnson Street.

Families may join the program at any time throughout the school year. For more information about the Backpack Program, contact Our Neighbors' Place at (715) 426-9000 or the River Falls School District office at (715) 425-1800.

Donation requests: 

  • Cereal (10 oz boxes)
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Non-perishable breakfast and lunch items
​​Soup, Salad, and Science

Third Thursdays from 5:30-7:30pm in the Lower Level Community Room
In cooperation with River Falls Community Education, the Library is pleased to offer a science-focused public lecture series.

  • February, 21
    Dr. Robert Brackett,
    Safety of the American Food Supply
  • March 21
    Hans Zoerb
    Science of Brewing
  • April 18
    Dr. Heidi Kassenborg
    Outbreak! The Epidemiology of the Flu

For complete program description and presenter biographies, click here.

Registration required at River Falls Community Education, select Adult Enrichment

Waffle Wednesday Teen Event

Wednesday, February 27 at 4:00pm in the Main Level Meeting Room​
​All the waffles you can eat! Toppings galore! Come make your own waffle creation at the library.
For students in Grades 6-12.

Aldo Leopold Day

Wednesday, March 6 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Rush River Brewery, 990 Antler Ct, River Falls, WI 54022
​Join community members from the River Falls Public Library, the St. Croix River Association, and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls as we view and discuss Leopold’s life and work.

  • 4:00pm - Screening of a one-hour documentary about Leopold’s life, environmental values, and work, "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time"
  • 5:00pm - "Community Reads" - an opportunity for members of the River Falls, Hudson, and surrounding communities to read a short selection (3 minutes) from Leopold's A Sand County Almanac: Sketches Here and There, and say a few words about its relevance to their own lives--their citizenship, environmental values, civic values, family life, and more.
  • 6:00pm – Second screening of a one-hour documentary about Leopold’s life and work, "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time"

Event Co-hosts include the River Falls Public Library, Rush River Brewing, the St. Croix River Association, and UWRF’s Sustainability Faculty Fellows.

For more information, contact Dr. Greta Gaard, Coordinator of the Sustainability Faculty Fellows and the Sustainable Justice Minor at UWRF (

​​Women’s History Month Films

Tuesdays at 7:00pm in the Library Lower Level Community Room

  • March 12
    RBG (2018)
    The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.
  • March 19
    He Named Me Malala (2015)
    A look at the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls' education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

Walker D. and Helen Bryant Wyman Visiting Professorship in History: William Cronon

Thursday, April 4, 6:00pm Reception, 6:30pm Presentation
in the Lower Level Community Room

Dr. Cronon studies American environmental history and the history of the American West. His research seeks to understand the history of human interactions with the natural world: how we depend on the ecosystems around us to sustain our material lives, how we modify the landscapes in which we live and work, and how our ideas of nature shape our relationships with the world around us. Co-sponsored by UW-River Falls.

National Library Week April 7-13

More to come!

Documentary Film: I Am Evidence

Tuesday, April 9, 6:30pm Discussion, 7:00pm Screening
in the Lower Level Community Room

I Am Evidence tells the story of four sexual assault survivors whose rape kits went untested for years, following them as they navigate their way through the criminal justice system. Co-sponsored by the River Falls Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Digital Estate Planning for Seniors

Tuesday, April 9 ay 1pm in the Lower Level Community Room
The focus of this program is to prepare seniors & their caregivers to plan how their digital accounts will be managed if they are no longer able take care of them.  With so many online accounts (facebook, Amazon, email, banking, social security, IRAs, etc) seniors should think about who will manage those accounts and plan for future digital accounts or profiles (obituaries, Caringbridge, etc).  Nancy Abrahamson, Dementia Care Specialist, St Croix County Aging and Disability Resource Center, will join us for the presentation to discuss how to recognize when someone is struggling with these issues due to onset of dementia or other medical conditions affecting cognition.

The 2019 Big Read in the St. Croix Valley

April 2019

Featuring Station Eleven, a post-apocalyptic novel by Emily St. John Mandel.
Read the book, join the conversation!

Big Read Book Discussions

  • Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30pm
    at the West Wind Supper Club, 709 N Main St, River Falls
  • Tuesday, Apr 16 at 10:30pm
    in the Board Room

Stay tuned for more Big Read events throughout the St. Croix Valley! 

Spring Book Sale Starts April 18

Pick up some great deals on books

Choose Privacy Week May 1-7

More to come!


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!

  • February 11- Cool Rooms
  • March 11- Everything in 3-D
  • April 8 - Fix-it Workshop
    (Bring in items to fix or take apart-- we will provide some projects, advice, and tools.)

  • May 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 for more information.   
Click here for more information.

Adult Coloring

Every fourth Wednesday at 6:00pm 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.

Soup, Salad and Science
In the Gallery

Wed, Feb 20 - The library is open.
Grades 4-5 & YA for Adults
​Book Groups are cancelled.