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The following is a list of the upcoming programs at the Racine Public Library.
Please note: COVID-19 safety information for RPL is below the programming information.

Library Services & Event Registration

Week of May 30 – June 5

Register for library programs in one of the following ways (unless noted otherwise):

  • Call 262-636-9217
  • Visit the library at 75 7th Street Racine, WI
  • The Racine Public Library is open:
    • Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Friday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Clicking the button below will take you to the events page on the Racine Public Library’s website.

Library News

New Bookmobile Schedule
The Racine Public Library’s Summer Bookmobile schedule begins on June 6 and runs through Aug. 31.

Monday
11 a.m. – noon · 2211 S. Green Bay Road · Kmart Parking Lot
1 – 2 p.m. · 2700 Yout St. · Wadewitz Elementary School
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. · 4 Mile Road & Douglas Avenue · Green Tree Center
5:30 – 7:45 p.m. · 3701 Durand Ave. · Elmwood Plaza

Tuesday
11 a.m. – noon · Lasalle Street & High Street · Red Apple Elementary School
1 – 2 p.m. · Highway 31 & Highway 20 · Kohl’s Parking Lot
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. · Mount Pleasant Avenue · South Park in Sturtevant
5:30 – 7:45 p.m. · 7130 Spring St. · Roma Lodge Parking Lot

Wednesday
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. · Wright Avenue & Ohio Street · Starbuck Middle School
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. · 21st Street & Blaine Avenue · Humble Park
2 – 3 p.m. · 2406 S. Green Bay Road · Regency Point Shopping Center
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. · Chicago Street & Dombrowski Boulevard · Community Christian Church
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. · Virginia Street & Kinzie Street · Racine Christian School
6:45 – 7:45 p.m. · Highway 20 & S. Emmertsen Road · Western Village

Thursday
1 – 7 p.m. · 3 Mile Road & Erie Street · Piggly Wiggly at Shorecrest

Friday
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. · Highway 31 & Spring Street · Pick n’ Save Parking Lot

Saturday
9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. · Ohio Street & Washington Avenue · US Bank
Noon – 1:30 p.m. · Northwestern Avenue and Kraut Street · US Bank

Construction Zone Ahead
The library’s second-floor renovation has begun! The next time you enter the library, you’ll notice shelves and items moving to different parts of the library as we prepare to embark on full construction. If you need assistance finding anything, our staff will be happy to help. In this first phase, we’ll build our brand-new staircase, start on the new Lake Avenue entrance and remodel the southeast corner of the second floor where our Business Center and flex study spaces will emerge.

During this first phase, the first-floor bathrooms in our lobby will be inaccessible, so please plan to use the second-floor bathrooms instead. For more information, visit RacineLibrary.info/renovation.

Summer Reading is Right Around the Corner
The 2022 Summer Reading program starts June 1st! This year’s theme is Oceans of Possibilities. Log your reading throughout the summer to earn badges and prizes. Get started at RacineLibrary.BeanStack.org. Visit RacineLibrary.info, sign up for the library’s newsletter or follow its social media for details on summer reading programs and events.

Lunch Break at the Library is Back
The Racine Public Library is excited to welcome back Lunch Break at the Library. Every Wednesday, the library will host food trucks in the circle of Library Drive from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tables will be set up on the sidewalk in front of the library for casual outdoor dining.

June 1: Picos Tacos
June 8: TBD
June 15: Pina Mexican Eats
June 22: T & N’s Eggroll House
June 29: Mr. Greens
July 6: Piña Mexican Eats
July 13: TBD
July 20: T & N‘s Eggroll House
July 27: Mr. Greens
Aug. 3: Hydn Grilled Cheese
Aug. 10: Picos Tacos
Aug. 17: Fork N’ Fry
Aug. 24: Mr. Greens
Aug. 31: Piña Mexican Eats

Closings

  • The Racine Public Library will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.
  • The Racine Public Library will have a delayed opening on Friday, June 17. The library will open at 12 pm on June 17.

All Ages

2022 STEAM at Home Challenge
Saturday, May 14 – Wednesday, Aug. 31
Complete STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) related tasks to stretch your knowledge and maybe win a prize! The more tasks you complete, the more tickets you earn for our raffle baskets. You could win a work-from-home computer set, a robotics set, or a Raspberry Pi kit. Get started at RacineLibrary.BeanStack.org/reader365.
No registration is required.

Chess Club
Wednesday, June 1 | 5-7 p.m. | Youth Services – 1st Floor
Join us for a facilitated chess club! Jeffrey Garcia, a member of the U.S. Chess Federation, will teach you how to play or help you find an opponent. No experience is necessary, and all ages are welcome.
No registration is required.

Summer Scares
Various dates
Locations throughout the library
Looking for a book to keep you on your toes? How about three? Join our Summer Scares event to read three spooky titles throughout the summer and discuss with fellow horror fans. We have reading lists for middle grades, young adults and adults. Also watch out for other Summer Scares activities about all things scary and spooky.
Registration is required. Register by Friday, June 3

Pride Month Take & Make
Available beginning Wednesday, June 1 | Second-Floor Staff Desk
Pick up a Pride-themed take-and-make craft kit to show your support for the LGBTQ+ community!

Kids

Scratch Jr. 101
Wednesday, June 1 | 5 p.m. | Lee Room – 1st Floor, in the Atrium | Grades K-3
Coding is fun and easy! We’re teaching kids to explore the world of coding by showing them the very basics of how to design and create their own computer game.
Registration is required.

Tweens and Teens

Minecraft Club
Thursday, June 2 | 5 p.m. | Martin Room – 1st Floor, in Youth Services | Grades 4-12
Minecrafters, we want to see what you’ve got! Come hang out with us on the library’s Minecraft server. Depending on your playstyle, this server can focus on minigames, competitions, building a massive city and more. We can’t wait to host you!
Registration is required.

Adults

Senior BINGO
Thursday, June 2 | 10 a.m. | Atrium – 1st Floor | 55+
It’s Bingo time! Join us for a few rounds of Bingo, and maybe even win a prize if you’re one of our best players.

Cutting the Cord
Saturday, June 4 | 2 p.m. | Lee Room
Ditch expensive cable and annoying wires, and say hello to the ease and convenience of the newest technology! We’ll teach you about streaming services, smart speakers and Bluetooth.
Registration is required.

Racine Public Library COVID-19 Information

  • The Racine Public Library is open to browsing, hold pickups, computer use, study room use, tech help, reference questions, and anything else someone might want to visit the building for.
  • The Bookmobile is operating under its normal hours and is open for one party to browse on-board at a time.
  • The Racine Public Library and Bookmobile require everyone to wear masks inside, and there are surgical-grade masks available to patrons who don’t have their own.
  • The Racine Public Library building is maintaining the social distancing layout, so computer stations, desks, etc. are all spaced to facilitate patron safety.
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building as well.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of our efforts to ensure everyone’s safety.

About the Racine Public Library

The Racine Public Library’s mission is to lift up the lives of the people of the Racine community by embracing community diversity, promoting inclusion, creating opportunity and supporting the development of community literacy through a love of literature, learning and civic engagement. Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, the library first opened its doors in 1897 and has served the community from its 75th Street location since 1958.


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