Upcoming Programs and Events at the Racine Public Library April 11-17

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 April 11 to 17

Sign up for 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.
  • By clicking on the button below, you will be redirected to the events page on the Racine Public Library website.

Library News

New Seed Library
The Racine Public Library is thrilled to announce its brand new community resource: a Seed Library! Developed in partnership with Foodwise Root Extension, the new Seed Library is located on the second floor of the library and is ready for you to choose seeds to take home. Stop, grab what you want and take it home – no cash register required. Join us in celebrating this new service at the Seed Library Opening Reception, a Garden Story Hour on Thursday, April 14 at 6 p.m.

Library and bookmobile schedule
The Racine Public Library and its Bookmobile will be closed on Friday, April 15 for spring break. The library and the bookmobile will resume their usual hours on Saturday, April 16.

Spring Book Sale
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Early Access for Members — Thursday, April 21 | 10am-4pm
Open to the community — Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 | 10am-4pm
Shop from over 10,000 books, DVDs, CDs, artwork, toys and games in mint condition at a generous discount!

125th Anniversary Events
Earth Day Cleanup
Saturday April 23 | 10am-2pm | Library entrance
To celebrate the library’s 125th anniversary, the library is hosting an Earth Day cleanup! Stop at the library for light refreshments and supplies, including garbage bags, gloves, and tools. Then join us in sprucing up the library grounds, nearby garden beds, and lakeside. Weather permitting, we will also install a native plant garden in partnership with the Pike-Root River watershed.

All ages

Manufacturer Monday
Monday April 11 | 9am-7pm | Innovation Lab – 2nd Floor
The 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! You can even stay a while to use our game systems.

Technical support appointment
Thursday April 14 | 1 p.m. | Innovation Lab – 2nd Floor
Need help with your laptop, tablet or smartphone? The Racine Public Library technical team is here to help! Make an appointment and a member of the library team will help you, individually, with all your questions.
Registration is mandatory. Call 262-619-2560 to reserve your spot.

Seed Library Celebration
Thursday April 14 | 6-7.30 p.m. | Youth services – 1st floor
Celebrate the unveiling of our new Seed Library, where community members can grab free seeds to plant fruits, vegetables, flowers and more. There will be poetry and music to honor April as National Poetry Month, including free poetry books for patrons to take home.


Tales for toddlers
Tuesday April 12 | 10 a.m. | Facebook Live and youth services – 1st floor
Join us as we read aloud our favorite children’s books.
No registration is required.

Family story time
Wednesday April 13 | 10 a.m. | Youth services – 1st floor
Come see storyteller Gail’s handmade tools to bring stories to life. Using music, fingerplays, and other unique methods, the story she tells is sure to be an experience.
No registration is required.

Book club TBR or not TBR
Wednesday April 13 | 4 p.m. | Salle Martin – 1st floor, Youth Services | From 2nd to 5th year
There is no reading assignment for this book club. Instead, just introduce yourself and tell us about what you’ve read recently! All books and genres are welcome – it’s a great way to find new reading recommendations without all the pressure. Open to students in grades 2 through 5.
No registration is required.


Scratch 101
Wednesday April 13 | 5:00 p.m. | Innovation Lab – 2nd Floor | From 4th to 8th grade
Coding is easy – we’ll show you! We will introduce you to coding using the Scratch software; no hardware required.
No registration is required.


YALL: Bad Art Night
Monday April 11 | 4:30 p.m. | Lee Room | From 4th to 12th grade
It’s time to embrace your inner artist – the one who can barely draw a straight line. Together we will create terrible portraits of you, your heroes, fellow program participants and your dog; Craft breathtaking statues from unconventional materials and watch in horror the results of our blind sculpting practice.
No registration required.

Meet the representatives
Wednesday April 13 | 6:30 p.m. | Zoom
Meet your local aldermen! Join Alderman John Tate II, Jody Spencer and a few others on Zoom to ask questions about their positions, policies and who they are as people.
Registration is mandatory.

Minecraft Club
Saturday April 14 | 2 p.m. | Meet Google | From 4th to 12th grade
Minecrafters, we want to see what you got! Come hang out with us on the Racine Public Library Minecraft Server. Depending on your play style, this server can focus on mini-games, competitions, massive city building and more. We look forward to welcoming you!
Registration is mandatory.

Virtual Dungeons and Dragons
Thursday April 14 | 6:00 p.m. | Virtual | From 6th to 12th grade
Participate in a Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) campaign of your own creation! With the help of Dungeon Master Michael, teens in grades 6-12 will plan and lead their own D&D sessions. Just bring your ideas; the library will provide all the materials you will need.

COVID-19 Library 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 library and bookmobile require everyone to wear masks inside, and surgical-grade masks are available for patrons who don’t have them.
  • The 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.

Learn more about the 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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