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MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS SERIES

ABCs: Avoiding Burnout & Cultivating Self-Care, 5 Session Series

Wednesdays from 6:30 - 7:30pm in the Lower Level Community Room and virtually
February 16, February 23, March 2, March 9 and March 16

Explore tools for resilience, coping with stress, avoiding burnout and finding joy! Combines psychoeducation, discussion and self-care practices. We'll cultivate positive, constructive connections and maximize the synergy of these connections. Connecting with nature is a vital part of the self-care toolbox. Includes pre and post self-assessment. No more registration.

Intro to Mindfulness, 5 Session Series

Mondays from 6:30 - 7:30pm in the Lower Level Community Room or virtually
March 21, March 28, April 11, April 18 and April 25

​Mindfulness is a practice with ancient history and research proven benefits, such as reduction of stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms, and increased immune function and general health. The various types bring gentle awareness around daily patterns. Through self-discovery and curiosity, we will explore these tools and patterns. No experience necessary.

Intro to Mindfulness in Nature, 4 Session Series

Mondays from 6:3 0- 7:30pm in person only, meet at the library
May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23
​Sensory-focused mindfulness activities combine with nature and environmental awareness and action. Classes are infused with stories and writings from indigenous cultures and environmentalists, past and present. We will connect with the beauty, power and fragility of nature in community, and take action to create a healthier and happier world.
Registration is full

Winter/spring 2022 Programs

January - May 2022
​*Watch on the River Falls Public Library 
Facebook Live or YouTube channel

(Live streams will not appear on Facebook or Youtube until the scheduled time)

​​​​​​​​New Year's Digital Wellness

Thursday, January 6, 1pm in the Lower Level Community Room
Hands on workshop. ​Finding balance with your devices. In person, bring your device.
Link to Google Slides presentation

Author Gary Porter

Thursday, January 13 at 6:30pm in the Lower Level Community Room or on the library Facebook page or YouTube channel *
Author of Griff, My Life as Drake's Top Dog
The story of a lovable bulldog's time as the Drake University's live mascot.
Chapter2Books will be in the library selling books.

Dr. Mark Seeley - Sustainability Series: Climate Change and Sustainability, Pathways Ahead

Monday, January 31 at 6:30pm in the Lower Level Community Room or on the library Facebook or YouTube channel *
With Dr. Mark Seeley, Professor Emeritus, U of M, Extension climatologist/meteorologist.
Link to Google Slides presentation

Author Kristan Higgins

Thursday, February 10 at 6:30 pm - virtual only on the library Facebook page or YouTube channel *
Kristan Higgins, author of Pack Up the Moon, a heartrending, beautiful, often humorous journey of romance and terminal illness.

Author Dr. Christopher Lehman

Thursday, February 17 at 6:30pm in the Lower Level Community Room or on the library Facebook page or YouTube channel *
Author of Slavery’s Reach: Southern Stakeholders in the North Star State. Lehman is a St. Cloud State University professor.
His book examines the ways slaveholders invested in Minnesota communities.

Sustainability Series: Environmental Social and Governance Investing

Thursday, February 24 at 6pm virtual only on the library Facebook page or YouTube channel *
With Heather Logelin of SCVF and the UW Divestment Coalition.

Digital Literacy and Data Privacy

Thursday, March 3 at 1pm in the Lower Level Community Room
Be safe and aware online. Hands on workshop. In person, bring your device.

Understanding Russia's Invasion of Ukraine with Dr. Yoshiko M. Herrera

Thursday. March 10 at 6:30pm - virtual only on the library Facebook page or YouTube channel *​

  • Why did Russia invade?
  • What have been the consequences so far?
  • What can we expect?

Yoshiko M. Herrera is Professor of Political Science at University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research interests include politics in Russia and Eurasia, nationalism, xenophobia, and social identities. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and Ph.D. from University of Chicago.  She taught at Harvard University before moving to UW-Madison in 2007.  At UW she is a past Director of the Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia (2011-2014), former co-Director of the International Institute (2012-2015), and former Director of the UW-Madison Partnership with Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan) (2012-2018). She has ongoing research projects related to violent extremism in Russia, interethnic trust, identity and censorship, US-Russian relations and race and gender in Russia. She teaches classes on post-communist politics, comparative politics, and social identities.

Author Kate Moore

Thursday, March 24 at 6:30pm - virtual only on the library Facebook page or YouTube channel *
Author of The Woman They Could Not Silence, a tale of a forgotten woman whose inspirational journey sparked lasting change for women’s rights.

Sustainability Series: Sustainable Landscaping - Using Native Plants in your Landscape

Thursday, March 31 at 6:00pm in the Lower Level Community Room or on the library Facebook page or YouTube channel *
Note time change from 6:30pm to 6:00pm
With Diana Alfuth, UW-Ext Horticulture Educator

Peeps Diorama Contest

March 28 - April 16
Entries must include at least one peep and be no bigger than 18 inches by 18 inches
PDF of Entry forms - Rules
Entries accepted at the library from Monday, March 28 - Wednesday, March 30
Peeple's Choice Voting from Thursday, March 31 until Wednesday, April 6
Winners announced on Thursday, April 7
On display until Saturday, April 16

Poetry Open Mic

Thursday, April 7 at 6:30pm in the Lower Level Community Room or on the library Facebook page or YouTube channel *
All ages are invited to share a poem.

Sustainability Series: The Mental Health Impacts of Our Changing Climate

Thursday, April 21 at 6pm virtual only on the library Facebook page or YouTube channel *
With Dr. Christie Manning, Director of Sustainability and faculty in the department of Environmental Studies at Macalester College.
4/18/22 - This will be a virtual only event

Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 7 from 10am until 2pm

Author Victoria Houston

Thursday, May 12 at 6:30pm in the Lower Level Community Room or on the library Facebook page or YouTube channel *
​Victoria Houston, author of Loon Lake Mystery Series will discuss her latest book, Wolf Hollow.​