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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 August 8 – 14

Register for Racine Public 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

Construction Zone Ahead

  • As construction continues on the second floor, more of the materials upstairs will need to be moved to accommodate. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please ask a staff member if you have trouble finding anything.
    • Fewer Public Computers
      • There will be fewer public computers stations while carpeting is placed throughout the building due to limited usable space. Remaining computers and the nearby staff service desk will move from the back corner of the second floor to the space across from the second-floor bathrooms. If computers are busy during your visit, you can check our Beyond Books Collection for laptop availability.
    • Relocating Collections
      • The Spanish and travel collections will shift to different places throughout the second floor. Graphic novels will also be relocated throughout the second floor, with most to be placed in front of the history room.
    • Voting Station
      • The voting station will be unavailable during carpeting. For more information, visit RacineLibrary.info/renovation.

Job Service Continues
The Job Center of Wisconsin will continue to host pop-up services at the library throughout August. Their sessions will be every Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Stop in for help with resume writing, interview prep, job searching, unemployment and more.

Summer Reading Ends Aug. 31
Finish up those last chapters and log your reading hours! Earn badges and raffle tickets to win great prizes! Log your hours at RacineLibrary.BeanStack.org.
For more details about summer reading programs and events, visit RacineLibrary.info, where you can browse, sign up for the library’s newsletter or follow its social media. Summer reading is sponsored by the Friends of the Racine Public Library.

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.
Register at RacineLibrary.BeanStack.org/reader365.

Maker Monday
Monday, Aug. 8 | 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Atrium – 1st Floor
The relocated Innovation Lab will be open all day for you to stop in and try our 3D printers, laser engravers, virtual reality, drones and more! Try printing out a figurine or useful tool, or engrave a tag for your pet. You can even stay for a while to use our gaming systems.
No registration is required.

S.E.W.P.I.T. Presentation
Monday, Aug. 8 | 6 p.m. | Lee Room
What does it take to be a professional paranormal investigator? SEWPIT (South East Wisconsin Paranormal Investigation Team) will share everything you need to know. What does a paranormal investigator do? How do they catch footage of the paranormal — and what have they discovered so far? Bring your curiosity, and prepare for some chills! Summer Scares is sponsored by the Friends of the Racine Public Library.
No registration is required.

Lunch Break at the Library
Wednesday, Aug. 10 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Circle of Library DriveStop by the library on Wednesdays for lunch. This week is Pico’s Tacos’ hot and fresh tacos, prepared on the spot! This truck is full of traditional recipes straight from the heart of Mexico. Tables will be set up on the sidewalk in front of the library for casual outdoor dining. While you’re here, be sure to stick around to learn some new tech skills at Lunch and Learn.

  • Aug. 10 — Pico’s Tacos
  • Aug. 17 — TBD
  • Aug. 24 — TBD
  • Aug. 31 — Piña Mexican Eats

Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, Aug.10 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Circle of Library Drive
Pick up lunch from the food truck at the library, then stick around to learn something new! At 11 a.m. is a bilingual STEM storytime, and at noon is a technology information session about how to use library resources and other technology.
No registration is required.

Chess Club
Wednesday, Aug. 10 | 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 with more than 25 years in the game, 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: Create Your Own Graphic Novel
Friday, Aug. 12 | 1 p.m. | Lee Room – 1st Floor | All Ages
Interested in turning your art into a graphic novel? Come learn about the process of creating a graphic novel, and get started with the assembly of your very own. All supplies will be provided. Summer Scares is sponsored by the Friends of the Racine Public Library.
Registration is required.

Tweens and Teens

Girls Who Code Club — Middle School
Tuesday, Aug. 9 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | The Innovation Lab – 1st Floor, in the Atrium | Girls in Grades 6-8
Learn computer science skills, and you can change the world. Girls Who Code clubs like this one offer a supportive sisterhood where you’ll not only build new skills but also make new friends and role models.
Registration is required.

Minecraft Club
Thursday, Aug. 11 | 5 p.m. | Martin Room – 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!

Young Writers Guild
Thursday, Aug. 11 | 4 p.m. | Martin Room – Youth Services | Ages 8-18
Are you always writing your next story or crafting a new poem? How about working on the lineart for your latest graphic novel? Join us for the Young Writers Guild to share your work, gather ideas and hangout with other young writers. For more details, email Teen Librarian Carrie.Richmond@RacineLibrary.info/
No registration is required.

Summer Scares: Young Adult Skeletal Succulents
Thursday, Aug. 11 | 2 p.m. | Martin Room – Youth Services | Grades 8-12
Create new life in a decaying world. We’ll give you the supplies — aka a mini bathtub, a skeleton, and a few growing succulents. With the library’s help, you’ll use these materials to make your own planter to bring your new green babies home in. Summer Scares is sponsored by the Friends of the Racine Public Library.
Registration is required.

Summer Scares: Chad Lewis Presents “Paranormal Wisconsin”
Thursday, Aug. 11 | 6:30 p.m. | Lee Room – 1st Floor | Teens/Adults
Chad Lewis, renowned cryptozoologist and ghost hunter, is back to share another deep, dark  episode of Wisconsin’s haunted history. This presentation is an eerie collection of bizarre paranormal occurrences, covering Lewis’ strangest cases of alien abductions, haunted places, mysterious creatures, crop circles and everything else weird and unusual. Summer Scares is sponsored by the Friends of the Racine Public Library.
Registration is required.

Summer Scares: Create Your Own Graphic Novel
Friday, Aug. 12 | 1 p.m. | Lee Room – 1st Floor | All Ages
Interested in turning your art into a graphic novel? Come learn about the process of creating a graphic novel, and get started with the assembly of your very own. All supplies will be provided. Summer Scares is sponsored by the Friends of the Racine Public Library.
Registration is required.

Anime and Manga Club
Saturday, Aug. 13 | 1 p.m. | Lee Room – 1st Floor
Are you a fan of anime or an avid manga reader? Join us each month for a hangout, during which we’ll screen anime and chat about our favorites.
No registration is required.

Pokémon Club
Saturday, Aug. 13 | 11 a.m. | Lee Room – 1st Floor
Battle, trade and learn the game of Pokémon. Bring your own deck, or borrow one from us!
Sponsored by Twin Dragons Gaming.
No registration is required.

Adults

Career Development Services with Job Center of Wisconsin
Tuesday, Aug. 9 | 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Adult Services – 2nd Floor
The Job Center of Wisconsin is hosting pop-up services in the Racine Public Library! Stop in during their open sessions to get help with resume writing, interview preparation, strengthening your job search, applying for unemployment, registering on the Job Center of Wisconsin website and more. They also offer virtual workshops for those who aren’t able to stop in.
No registration is required.

Senior Dominoes Day
Thursday, Aug. 11 | 10 a.m | The Atrium – 1st Floor | Ages 55+
Do you enjoy playing dominoes and are looking for someone to play with? Join us for a few sessions! We’ll be trying games like chicken foot, Mexican train and more. We provide the space and the games, and you bring your company!
No registration is required, and neighbors and friends are welcome.

Summer Scares: Chad Lewis Presents “Paranormal Wisconsin”
Thursday, Aug. 11 | 6:30 p.m. | Lee Room – 1st Floor | Teens/Adults
Chad Lewis, renowned cryptozoologist and ghost hunter, is back to share another deep, dark  episode of Wisconsin’s haunted history. This presentation is an eerie collection of bizarre paranormal occurrences, covering Lewis’ strangest cases of alien abductions, haunted places, mysterious creatures, crop circles and everything else weird and unusual. Summer Scares is sponsored by the Friends of the Racine Public Library.
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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