October 1, 2022

Upcoming programs and events at the Racine Public Library from August 29 to September 4.

Here is a list of upcoming programs at the Racine Public Library.
Note: COVID-19 safety information for RPL can be found under programming information.

Library services and event registration

Week of August 29 to September 4

Register for Racine Public Library programs in one of the following ways (unless otherwise specified):

  • Call 262-636-9217
  • Visit the Library at 75 7th Street Racine, WI
  • The Racine Municipal Library is open:
    • Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Friday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Click the button below to go to the events page on the Racine Public Library website.

Library News

Bookmobile schedule change
The Racine Public Library and the Bookmobile will be closed on Monday, September 5. They will resume their normal schedule on Tuesday, September 6.

Upcoming construction area
The first floor lobby bathrooms are closed for the rest of the construction. Our second floor bathrooms remain open. As objects continue to move around in different parts of the building throughout construction, please ask a member of staff if you are having trouble finding anything. Learn more about our renovation at RacineLibrary.info/renovation.

Summer Reading and STEAM Challenge ends August 31
Be sure to log your reading hours and completed STEAM tasks to RootLibrary.BeanStack.org before the end of the month! Great prizes are in store for our winners. For more details on these challenges, visit RacineLibrary.info to find related events, sign up for the library’s newsletter, or follow its social media. The summer reading is sponsored by the Friends of the Racine Public Library.

All ages

STEAM at Home Challenge 2022
From Saturday May 14 to Wednesday August 31
Complete STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) related tasks to deepen 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.
Sign up at RootLibrary.BeanStack.org/reader365.

Manufacturer Monday
Monday August 29 | 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | The Innovation Lab – Atrium, 1st floor
The offsite innovation lab will be open all day so you can stop by and try out our 3D printers, laser engravers, virtual reality, drones and more! Try printing a useful figurine or tool, or engraving a tag for your pet. You can even stay a while to use our gaming systems.
No registration is required.

Last lunch break at the library
Wednesday August 31 | 11am-2pm | Library Drive Circle
Our final lunch break is served by Piña Mexican Eats. They bring authentic recipes from Mexico, with fresh ingredients homemade daily and never frozen. 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 pick up some new tech skills at Lunch and Learn.

  • August 31 – Pina Mexican Eats

Lunch and learn
Wednesday August 31 | 11am-2pm | Library Drive Circle
Pick up your lunch from the library food truck, then stick around to learn something new! At 11 a.m., a bilingual STEM story hour and at noon, a technology information session on the use of library resources and other technologies.
No registration is required.

chess club
Wednesday September 7 | 5pm-7pm| Youth Services – 1st floor | All ages
Join us for a chess club made easy! Jeffrey Garcia, member of the American 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.

Once upon a time, 125 years ago…
Friday, September 9 | 5pm-7pm | Library Drive Circle
On September 9, 1897, the Racine Public Library opened its doors for the first time. 125 years later, we commemorate this day with the unveiling of our all-new Techmobile and staged recreations of historic library photos. Stick around for a historic literary lecture at 6 p.m. and, throughout the evening, enjoy our hours of storytelling, crafts, vendors and food.

Row the Root – A Fundraiser for the Library Paddle
Saturday September 10 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | The REC, 1301 West 6th Ave., Racine, WI 53404 | Tweens, Teens and Adults
Paddle along the Root River, starting at the REC and ending at the Sixth Street Bridge. A Root River specialist will join us on the water to teach participants about the river’s ecosystem and history. Tickets are $10 for a launch, $25 for a boat rental and launch — you can buy at Racine-Public-Library-Foundation.square.site. All proceeds benefit the Racine Public Library. The rainy date is Saturday, September 24.
Tickets required.


Ruff Readers
Monday September 12 | 4pm-5pm | The Martin Room – Youth Services, 1st floor | K-5 grades only
Snuggle up and pet a therapy dog ​​while practicing your ear-reading skills with our gentle, non-judgmental canine friends. Sessions are open to children from kindergarten to grade 5 only. Reservations are 15 minutes for one child only and must be booked a week in advance, one week at a time. Call the library’s business office at 262-636-9170 to get started.
Registration is mandatory.


Career Development Services with Job Center of Wisconsin
Tuesday August 30 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Adult Services – 2nd Floor
Wisconsin Job Center Hosts Contextual Services at Racine Public Library! Stop by during their open sessions for 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 can’t stop.
No registration is required.

Bingo for seniors
Thursday, September 1 | 10.10am-11am | The Atrium – 1st floor | Adults 55+
It’s bingo time! Join us for five rounds of Bingo, and maybe even win a prize if you’re one of our top players. The grand prize is a Walmart gift card.
No registration is required.

Racine Public Library COVID-19 Information

  • The Racine Public Library is open for browsing, pickups, computer use, study room use, technical assistance, reference questions, and any other reason for which someone might want to visit the building.
  • The bookmobile operates according to its normal hours and is open for one party to navigate on board at a time.
  • The Racine Public Library and Bookmobile require everyone to wear masks indoors, and surgical-grade masks are available for customers who don’t have them.
  • The Racine Public Library building maintains the social distancing layout, so computer stations, desks, etc. are all spaced out to facilitate customer safety.
  • Hand sanitizer is also available throughout the building.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of our efforts to keep everyone safe.

About Racine Public Library

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

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