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Everybody Reads! 2018 Summer Reading Program

Sign up for the 2018 Summer Reading Program, "Everybody Reads!" Starting June 1st, participate in our online program or stop by any neighborhood library to get a paper log. 

There's a program for everyone: Adults, Teens (grades 6-12), and Kids (Grades K-5, Preschool, and Birth-Age 3). Track your reading and complete activities all summer long to be entered into special prize drawings. Kids and teens can earn a free book for meeting their reading goals.


Big Read Kick-off Event

Jay Jennings, who has been a longtime friend and mentored by fellow author of True Grit, Charles Portis, will be our Keynote Speaker for the evening. Please join us for an exciting and fun-filled evening as we saddle up to Kickoff this wonderful community event.

Event Location: Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144

Date: Fri, Oct 7, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Book: True Grit

KPL Book Club Preview for JULY!

Do you enjoy discussing what you read? Or maybe you're looking for something new to read?
Join us for our Monthly Book Clubs - we've got something for everyone!
For more information on Book Clubs at Kenosha Public Library, visit us online at or call our Reference Desk at 564-6130.

Afternoon Coffee Break Book Club | Northside, 3rd Wednesdays, 2pm
For information about this book club, or to obtain a copy of the book, call 564-6130 or email

The Baker's Secret by Stephen Kiernan

Call-In Book Club | Call-In (Phone), 2nd Tuesdays, 2pm
To register and get the phone number to call on the day of the discussion, please call KAFASI at 658-3508, ext. 110 or 118.

Your choice! Any title by Leslie Meier

Classic Novels Book Club | Northside, 4th Wednesdays, 3:30pm
For more information about this book club, email

Read a classic play

Fantasy/Sci-Fi Book Club | Southwest, 4th Mondays, 6pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

Graphic Novels Book Club | Southwest, 2nd Mondays, 6pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

Mystery Lovers Book Club | Northside, 2nd Mondays, 2pm OR Southwest, 3rd Thursdays, 6:30pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

Novels at Night Book Club | Southwest, 3rd Mondays, 6pm
For information about this book club, or to obtain a copy of the book, call 564-6130 or email

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

Politics and Military Actions Book Club | Southwest, 1st Saturdays, 9:15am

Founding Fathers and Mothers

Social Justice Book Club | Northside, 2nd Tuesdays, 12:30pm OR Northside, 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30pm

Read any book focused on Social Justic and Racism
Recommended Title: Uprooting Racism by Paul Kivel

Xs & Ox (Romance Reads) Book Club | Online at GoodReads (Linked Here)
For July, Xs and Ox will be celebrating French Culture and Bastille Days!

The Chocolate Thief (Amour et Chocolat series) by Laura Florand
Read any novel featuring the French Revolution




Old Weird America: A New Monthly Series of Programs at KPL NS Library 2nd Thurs. of each month @ 6 pm, beginning June 14



The concept of “Old Weird America” was introduced by the music critic Greil Marcus in his 1997 exploration of Bob Dylan and the Band’s long suppressed so-called Basement Tapes from 1967.  Marcus, a vivid prose stylist began as a reporter for Rolling Stone and has authored books about origins of Rock-n-Roll (Mystery Train) and  Lipstick Traces, about the Punk phenomenon. The term has since been since used to describe a lost American independence, a time when a person could make of him/herself whatever they were capable of—before mass communication flattened the imagination and consumerism suppressed our dreams of self-expression.  Marcus alludes to this concept as “that misty, funky version of Brigadoon that lies just outside the normal precincts of American culture.”—further seeing it as the "playground of God, Satan, tricksters, Puritans, confidence men, illuminati, braggarts, preachers, anonymous poets of all stripes". 

I believe his description applies to much of our history—especially before the constant connectivity to a mainstream American culture that began with TV in the late 1940s. (Radio was very local and an often eccentric communicator itself—a topic that may well will enter into future stories).

In these presentations, I will use the term as a catch –all description for the eccentric, the odd, and the strange strain in American culture that still hides in the crannies of our 50 states—as we concentrate on peculiar characters and events in history.  I believe the weird is still out there. America can be seen as a “cabinet of curiosities”—borrowed from European traditions in particular, of course, but uniquely interpreted within the vast heart of a strange new land. This fresh world was ripe for democratization and commercialization, perhaps—but it also still exists as a haven for deeply personal interpretations within its lost corners and endlessly varied landscape. And not just on the lonesome desert byways, the bayou honky-tonks, and the cheap urban dens—but in middle America (see the disturbing Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy) –or small towns anywhere-- there’s a youngster who knows they are different—not a sad “freak”, maybe not a genius either—but one who decides to cultivate instead of hide what makes them unusual. We’ll talk about women with taboo ambitions—as in our first two explorations of Nellie Bly and Theda Bara—or Little Richard (Penniman)--a young man who transgressed traditional gender, racial, and religious roles to put the sex in rock-n-roll that even Elvis could not fully convey.  We will explore the obsessed hoarders, the mad artists, the squelched genius, and more of those people lost to history whose lives were ruled by their own compulsions. You may have heard of some of their names like Nellie Bly or Little Richard—but you probably don’t know the whole story—and just how far out on a limb they went to be true to themselves, for we know the world isn’t always kind to the outsider.

                                                                                                        Cathy Polovina

Following Foxconn

An active collection of articles following the development of Foxconn.

Foxconn Timeline


  1. The office of the Governor of WI has a comprehensive outline of the events/decisions surrounding Foxconn from July 2017 to Sept 2017: (

  2. Another timeline of Foxconn from August 2017 to present: (

  3. August 1, 2017 - GOP debate on budget & Foxconn deal: (

  4. August 17, 2017 - Wisconsin Assembly Pass Foxconn: (

  5. The State legislature approves the Foxconn deal on September 14th 2017. (

  6. An expanded timeline, July to November 2017, from the Governor’s office was published along with a fact sheet regarding Foxconn. (

  7. Around this time in Sept. the Mayor of Kenosha announced that the city was pulling out of the Foxconn deal. (

  8. Concurrently with these events in September, the Foxconn deal was found to be possibly unconstitutional by a nonpartisan study. ( & (

  9. October 4th 2017 - Racine Foxconn site announcement (Audio): (

  10. November 8th 2017 - Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) approves Foxconn contract. (

  11. February 5, 2018 - Foxconn HQ setup in Milwaukee: (

  12. February 5, 2018 - Milwaukee Amtrak Expanding to serve Foxconn: (

  13. February 16, 2018 - Illinois companies transferring industry to Southeast WI to benefit from the Foxconn plan. (

  14. February 14, 2018 - New Foxconn Website Launched: (

  15. February 28, 2018 - Foxconn & road upkeep: (

  16. June 6, 2018 - China announces that only 5.7% of Foxconn shares will be openly tradeable, the rest will be given to elites: (


DNR/Environmental Concerns


In September 2017, the State Legislature passed 2017 Wisconsin Act 58 [exit DNR], authorizing the state to create an electronics and information technology manufacturing zone, within which Foxconn will be operating.”


Voices of Kenosha Veterans

A six part writing workshop for veterans who wish to put their memories and stories on paper to share with others.

This a writing workshop for veterans who wish to put their memories and stories on paper to share with others. We are starting a Voices of Kenosha Veterans writing group now. We will meet at the the Southwest Library six times, April 26, May 10th and 24th, June 7th and 21st, and July 5th at 2:00-3:30. Donna Kiser will facilitate the workshop to inspire and instruct the writing process.

Registration is not required. Call Kristin at 262-564-6132 or email for more information.

GoChip Beam: Streaming TV and Movies without the Internet

Kenosha Public Library and Community Library are pleased to announce the introduction of GoChip Beam devices into the library's collections. The new entertainment streaming devices allow users to access movies and television series anytime, anywhere and on any device without internet connectivity.

The GoChip Beam device contains a rechargeable battery, a wifi-broadcaster and either five movies of a similar genre or a season of television. After downloading an app and connecting to the GoChip Wi-Fi signal, up to eight simultaneous users can stream any movie or episode stored on the device to Apple and Android tablets or mobile devices as well as Mac and Windows laptops and desktops.

The libraries will initially have 8 GoChip devices available for patrons to check out. These devices can be checked out for 21 days with the option of 2 renewals if there are no holds. To find the devices in SHARE, simply search for “GoChip”.


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