In-person, Outdoor Programs for children and families
All programs are at 10:30am and will be held outside the library. Please observe social distancing and masking standards as you attend.
June 9: Remarkable Reptiles
June 30: Brian Richards - Magician
July 14: Paul Halter - Juggling Poet
July 28: PawPADS - UWRF Dog training program
Origami, Magic and Storytelling from Yasu Ishida. Join us for this virtual performance. Date and time TBD.
River Falls Public Library has subscribed to a VIRTUAL family programming service called Page Turner Adventures. We will be posting activities, comedy story theater shows, crafts, recipes, author interviews, guest performers, contests, games, and much more in a Facebook Group, RFPL Summer Family Connect. Please join!
(Note: we will be using the Facebook Groups platform as a way to comply with copyright rules.)
How to Register
Download the FREE Beanstack Tracker app for your smart phone or tablet (App Store or Google Play Store) or visit http://riverfallspubliclibrary.beanstack.com/ to register. The video below will give you an overview to help you get started.
Whether you are using the Beanstack Tracker App or accessing Beanstack from a desktop computer, we recommend you watch these brief tutorials. The following videos provide an overview of the different programs, their functionality, and how to track activities and reading.
Click the icon in the bottom corner of each video to enlarge.
In an effort to continue our safest practices, we are again offering a touchless prize cart at the library. For readers who earn prizes this summer, our self-service prize cart will be available in the children's room of the library during open hours. Librarians will be available for questions.
More about the Grab-n-Go Prize Cart:
1. Register for the 2021 Summer Reading and Learning Program at www.riverfallspubliclibrary.beanstack.org.
2. Complete reading and/or activity challenges with a prize symbol.
3. Choose the corresponding prize from our Grab-n-Go Prize Cart.
4. Fill out a Grab-n-Go Prize Claim Ticket and drop it in the clear box. Library staff will use this form to track your rewards.
5. Have fun all summer long!
Free take and make craft kits will be available via our our self-service Make and Take Craft Cart. The Craft Cart will be available outside of the library during open hours. Kits will correspond with our Page Turners online program and directions can be found on our Summer Family Connect Facebook Page.
Please take only what you will use/need.
Take part in River Falls Public Library's 2020 Summer Reading and Learning Program with Beanstack.
Download the Beanstack Tracker app or visit riverfallspubliclibrary.beanstack.com to register and get started.
Need to talk to a librarian?
Contact the library at 715-425-0905
The 2021 Summer Reading and Learning Program for all ages-- babies, children, teens, and adults.
Like in the past, there will be four distinct registration categories for Summer Library Program participants: Babies and Toddlers (up to age 4), Children (preschool through 6th grade), Teens (6th-12th grade), and Adults. Anyone can participate for absolutely free.
The Adult Summer Library Challenge will be self-paced, using our online platform Beanstack, or using a paper form available at the library. You can register to participate, and then earn digital badges as well as digital tickets that can be used toward our prize baskets. The challenge allows you to earn tickets by writing book reviews, or by completing various activities on your own time. Digital tickets can be used by going to the "tickets" tab in Beanstack or by filling out a form at the library.
The Teen Summer Library Challenge will be self-paced and allow teens to earn digital badges and digital tickets by counting the minutes spent reading over the summer as well as completing various activities including scavenger hunts, outdoor games, writing reviews, and even mindfulness exercises. Anyone who is entering grade 6 - 12 will be eligible to be a part of the Teen Summer Library Challenge.
Even though we are using our online platform to complete the program, this should feel very familiar to anyone who has been a part of our summer library challenge in the past. Children from pre-school through grade 5 can earn digital badges by counting the minutes spent reading over the summer. Children who read one hour will earn a "Brag Tag" necklace and a bead. For every hour you read, you will earn a bead to add to your necklace. If you read 10 hours, you will earn a FREE BOOK! If you read 20 hours, you will earn another FREE BOOK! If you read 30 hours or more, you are considered a TOP READER and your name will be entered into a drawing to win a free T-Shirt. The more you read, the more chance you have to win a T-shirt. The children's program also includes some fun activities that you can do on your own time.
Babies and Toddlers
For our youngest readers, we have a special program that allows families to earn prizes for babies and toddlers by spending time reading together. Prizes include free books as well as rubber duckies. This program also includes some fun activities you can do on your own time that support early literacy and development.
So, what will the 2021 Summer Library Program look like?
Thanks to the Wisconsin Valley Library Service and a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), every library in the state of Wisconsin has access to an online platform called Beanstack . Beanstack has allowed library staff to migrate all of our traditional summer programs to an online format. Anyone can register and join the summer program that is appropriate for their age level. Conveniently, whole families can sign up under one registration!
Library staff will also be creating a paper version of each program so that you have the option to log your activities either on paper or using the Beanstack app or site.