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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

New Hours for Uptown Library

Beginning on Friday, January 17, 2020, Uptown Library (2419 63rd Street) will be open on Fridays from 9 am - 6 pm!


Join us at this historic neighborhood branch! We are so excited to be able to welcome you into the Uptown Library on Fridays - a day we have historically been closed. We know that getting to the library isn't always easy. Work and school schedules can make finding time to visit difficult so we are hoping that adding an extra day of service will provide you with more opportunity to attend a program (click here to see what is scheduled for Uptown), check out our diverse and exciting collection of books, DVDs, and games, or make use of our computers. 

Old Weird America: Jack Parsons, Sex Magic and Rocket Science Thursday, Jan. 9, 6pm Northside Library

Come hear the bizarre story of Jack Parsons--the genius behind the development of America’s rocket program—who also happened to believe he was able to conjure the woman of his dreams through an ancient magic spell. Weird is the word for Parson’s combination of the magic of notorious Satanist Alastair Crowley, the bad science fiction of L. Ron Hubbard, and the rocketry of Werner von Braun, which resulted in the development of the solid rocket fuel that took us to the moon.

A New Chapter for KPL


As we draw nearer to the close of the decade it only seems appropriate to take time to reflect on what Kenosha Public Library has done in the past ten years. It’s no secret that KPL has been through some big changes in the last few years. We reconstructed the Children’s Area at the Northside Library, making a bright open space for kids of all ages to learn, play, and grow together and with their caregivers. We added a new vehicle to our Outreach Department allowing us to serve more senior apartments, daycares, home delivery customers, and schools. For the first time, we were able to open our bookmobile services to those with mobility differences ensuring equitable access to all members of our community. We were able to introduce automated check-in and express check-out options in our two largest branches, creating more enriched and impactful jobs for our team members while also giving our customers the ability to choose what service they would like to use. The Southwest Library became the home of The Hub, our digital media lab, that is a partnership with Kenosha Community Media and gives all community members access to video and sound production equipment and training. 

So it might not come as a surprise to you that we have no plans to stop enhancing our services anytime soon.  In fact, we have two more changes rolling out in January: 

  1. Getting to the library can sometimes be hard. Work schedules, school, caregiving, all create different ideal hours of access for our community members. In an effort to provide better service we are excited to share that starting on Friday, January 17th, the Uptown Neighborhood Library will be open on Fridays from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.

  2. We know that there are so many programs to choose for your children in our event calendars and we know that finding the best fit is a priority to every parent. In an effort to help with that, we are changing the way we classify our youth programming. Youth programs will now be classified by age rather than grade-level. 

As we continue to grow our commitment remains the same—but what we offer will only become more extraordinary. For the first time in more than a decade, we’re unveiling a new brand—and we’re thrilled to invite you along on our latest adventure! As we begin to close the book on 2019, the Kenosha Public Library is making one more big splash. Welcome to our new brand: 

Kenosha Public Library Logo


Our rebrand represents everything a 21st-century public library is all about: transformation, connection, access, innovation, and community.  A rebrand is not simply a new logo or a new tagline, it is meant to serve as a visual representation of the evolution that the library is making as an organization so we are not only seen as a repository for books but as a place to find answers and access to unique resources, a valuable community benefit and gathering place, a modern organization, as well as an asset that adds to the quality of life in the City of Kenosha. Our services, collections, and spaces are constantly evolving to meet the needs of our community. Working with local marketing firm Dooley & Associates we’ve updated our look to reflect where we are today and where we hope to go in the future. 

Our new logo embodies the energy of connection and collaboration that the public library represents. The open book with turning pages speaks to our commitment to providing you the opportunity for discovery. Your library remains a place for you to seek out what makes you curious, direct your own learning,  to explore the world around you and to connect with your neighbors. The gradient vibrant colors and integrated wave are both a nod to our community - Kenosha is, after all, a place for all seasons where we are so grateful to get to experience all the many wonders of nature and what is more wonderous than Lake Michigan - and a visual representation of the energy of our ever-evolving library. The rich, blending colors also speak to the diversity of our customers, community, and stakeholders and our ability to work together and create connections. 

As we move forward with our mission to be the interactive learning resource that enriches our community, the new logo will be the symbol of our evolution. Our bright new look is a reflection of you—our community. So we’re welcoming you into our family of libraries to see the brand’s fresh burst of energy, and take part in fun activities that celebrate who we are together. 

We’re overjoyed to share our brand with you. Together, we will continue to strengthen our community by offering inclusive environments for learning and enriching experiences. We invite you to let us know what you think—stop by one of our branches or reach out to us on social media or feel free to reach out to me directly at Your comments, questions, and feedback are important to us and help to let us know we are moving in the right direction.

OLD WEIRD AMERICA: The Secret Life of Jazz Musician Billy Tipton Thursday, Dec. 12 @ 6 pm Northside Library

Billy made a modest name for himself as a jazz pianist throughout the mid-west in the 40s and 50s, living the unconventional life of an vagabond entertainer.  Leaving only a few recordings and no hit songs, the musician would probably be little remembered today if not for the secret he revealed only in death. Come see and hear about the unique way Billy handled an age-old injustice.

Old Weird America: The Mystery of Writer-Adventurer Ambrose Bierce

Thursday, November 14     6:00-7:00 PM      Northside Library  When author Ambrose Bierce vanished without a trace in 1913 at the age of 71, after joining up as an observer in the army of Pancho Villa in the Mexican Revolution, he sealed his place in the American consciousness. This time around, we'll explore the life and likely death of the misanthropic satirist known as ‘Bitter Bierce’—who defined a year as: A period of 365 disappointments.

Mingling Through the Decades- 1950s-60s

Join KPL as we explore how people would meet and greet in different eras. Immerse yourself in history and learn and practice techniques from each time period that you can use for upcoming holiday get-togethers. Each event will have opportunities for photos, so dressing for the theme is welcome and encouraged! View ideas for clothing by clicking here and choosing the time period.

Ages 14 and up.  Registration is limited and required. Register online by clicking on the title of the event or call 262-564-6130.

1950s-1960s- Table settings, “Mock”tails, and Weird Foods in Jello Molds. Photo op with a 1950s Chevy pickup (weather permitting).
Saturday, November 9
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Southwest Library

OLD WEIRD AMERICA / Haunting Images Thurs, Oct 24, at 6pm @ Northside Library

Do you believe in ghosts? Seeing is believing.  In a 19thc America awash in civil strife, technical miracles, and outrageous frauds, the development of photography encompassed all 3 in the practice of capturing “ghosts” on film. Was spirit photography proof of life after death, as so many longed to believe—or the mere humbug of an opportunistic entrepreneur? Come see and hear the fascinating story of this curious phenomenon, presented by historian Cathy Polovina.

2019 Scary Story Contest: Ghost Towns - Winners Have Been Contacted

Our annual scary story contest is back! 3rd-12th graders, here's your chance to write an original story that incorporates the theme: Ghost Towns

Entries can be returned to any KPL location and must be received by 9 PM on Thursday, October 31st. 

Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, quality of writing, adherence to contest rules, and scariness. 

Your short story should be about 500 words long and typed, if possible. If you like, you may illustrate your story.

Your story MUST be your own, original work, and it MUST incorporate the theme. Stories that do not follow the theme will be disqualified. Language must be library appropriate.

Pick up an entry form at any library or print it here.






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