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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.


Tonight Show Summer Reads @KPL!

Have you heard the buzz? The Tonight Show is starting a summer book club and you know this is our JAM over at KPL! Naturally, we are having a book discussion to dig into this popular new release. 
Not sure what I am talking about? Let me back it up and drop some pop culture/bookish knowledge to bring you up to speed.

At the end of June, late-night talk show host and comedian extraordinaire Jimmy Fallon excitedly presented a segment on The Tonight Show announcing he is starting a book club for the summer, called "Tonight Show Reads."
He showcased five titles he thinks could be the must-read book of the summer, seen under everyone's arm as they head into the sunshine. Those titles were:

The Good Son by You-Jeong Jeong

I.Q. by Joe Ide

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Tonight Show opened up a vote between these five books and over 140,000 people voted. The winner, by an incredible margin, was Children of Blood and Bone!

Check out this book description:

They killed my mother
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zèlie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zèlie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, Zèlie without a mother and her people without hope.
maji were killed, leaving 

Now Zèlie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zèlie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zèlie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Children of Blood and Bone is a book that has a lot of excitement surrounding it, starting even before it was released this past March. So much so, that it has already been picked up for a movie deal! This is pretty incredible for a debut novel (especially right out of the gate) and a great choice for a summer read. Plus, as Jimmy mentions in the video linked above, Adeyemi is being compared to J.K. Rowling and George R.R. Martin, which (at least for this millennial) is an incredible compliment and further testament to the power and popularity of this book.

Join us at the beautiful Uptown Library for our discussion of Children of Blood and Bone!
Saturday, August 25
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Uptown Library
For Adults and Teens

Ready to throw this beast of a book under your arm and find a place for a little R&R (Reading & Relaxing, obvs)?
Click here to check our catalog and place a hold on your copy!

Don’t have a library card (yet!)?
Click here for instructions on how to get started.

For holds, library cards or any other library inquiries or questions of life, you can also stop in at your friendly neighborhood KPL branch or give our reference desks a call at 564-6130.

Even though Jimmy Fallon hasn't "seen a book club since Oprah," you know KPL has got you covered 24/7 - 365.
Is Children of Blood and Bone looking like it isn't your thing? Then be sure to check out our lineup of regular book clubs! You know it's going to be LITerary!

Interested in keeping up with book clubs and other events at your Kenosha Public Library? Try signing up for our weekly newsletter and we will make sure you are on top of the big things, including our monthly book club preview. 
You can also find more information about our summer reading program, EVERYBODY READS!, by clicking here. (Yes - we cover ALL ages and you can still sign up!)

Hope to see you reading this summer!


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

Vote! WI Primary (August 14)

UPDATED 8/13/2018

As Kenoshans, we place a high value on our community and what happens to it. Staying engaged through voting is one way to make your voice heard and help positively influence our community as a whole.
There are several actions you can take ahead of time, so you can head into this Election feeling prepared and informed.



Kenosha Public Library Foundation Library Legacy Award Gala

Join us in honoring Nadine and Richard Herz, the 2018 Library Legacy Award honorees, for their gracious support of the Kenosha Public Library at the historic Simmons Library. 
Doors open at 6:00 PM for our guests. The awards presentation will begin at 7:00 PM.

Come enjoy hand-passed appetizers and explore the new handicapped accessible children's bookmobile, which will be on display. The new bookmobile will allow Kenosha Public Library to expand their services to children and adults in the community who may normally experience obstacles getting to the library.


To reserve your tickets, you may stop into the Library Administration building any weekday between 8 am and 4:30 pm at 812 56th St. You may also buy tickets online at


Please come dressed for the occasion! 

This historic building is not ADA compliant — please call 262-564-6385 or email if special accommodations are needed to attend this event.

Ron Story will be signing and stamping copies of his book "The Library in the Park". All proceeds of the book benefit the Simmons Public Library. 

Library staff member and historian of Simmons Public Library, Ed Godula will be on hand to share the history of Simmons Public Library with our guests. Architectural artifacts will be featured!

Richard Embach Jazz Trio will be providing music and ambiance for the evening. We have a raffle with some very exciting items including Blackhawks Tickets, a Vera Bradley handbag, and much much more. At the conclusion of the award presentation, there will be a paddle raise to fill the accessible bookmobile for the Kenosha community.

The brand new empty bookmobile will be present for guests to tour and see just how much a library on wheels impacts the community. 

Our event will conclude with raffle drawings at 8:45 PM. 

Sponsors for the event include Mary and Steve Matthews, Madrigrano, Aiello & Santarelli LLC.

SWEAT: Kenosha Work Stories

This Fall, Kenosha Public Library is bringing you an exciting series of community programming centering on the Pulitzer-Prize winning play, SWEAT by Lynn Nottage in collaboration with the New York City's Public Theater and several Kenosha community partners. These programs will challenge you to think about your own work stories, as well as the work story of our greater community. Below, you will find the events compiled all in one place for you. Join the conversation and share your story -- we hope to see you there!

SWEAT by Lynn Nottage
Straight from New York City, The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit presents a free performance of the play SWEAT by Lynn Nottage. SWEAT, which was performed on Broadway last year, tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on a factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in the hard fight to stay afloat. Recommended for ages 16+.
This event is FREE, but registration is preferred. Register by calling 564-6130 or by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, October 16
7:00 - 10:00 PM
UAW Local 72 Hall
3615 Washington Rd, Kenosha

The Chop: Discussions on Work and Our Community
Join Rob Torres from Beat Council for a discussion focused on themes in the play SWEAT by Lynn Nottage. Let's talk about the ways in which themes of work enter our community and take a closer look through an urban perspective.

Saturday, September 15
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Location to be Determined

Neon Delight: A Kelly Witte Art Exhibition
The exhibition Neon Delight will feature a new series of abstract paintings created by Racine, WI based artist Kelly Witte. Created with acrylic and aerosol paints these works highlight the use of color, pattern and texture as a way to render a sense of emotion.

All September
Northside Library Display Case

The Work of Art
Artist Kelly Witte will discuss her newest series of abstract paintings featured in the exhibition Neon Delight. In addition she will share her experiences as an emerging artist including the inspiration behind her work, what work means for her as an artist, and the techniques and materials she uses to create her work and other exhibitions in which she has participated.

Thursday, September 20
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Northside Library

Kenosha Works: A History of Local Industry
Join us as a local historian will give a presentation on the industrialization and subsequent deindustrialization of Kenosha. The speaker will also examine what life was like for the people that worked in Kenosha during the time of heavy industry.

Saturday, September 29
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Kenosha History Center
220 51st Pl, Kenosha

Social Justice Book Club Reads SWEAT
This month, the Social Justice Book Club will be reading and discussing the play SWEAT by Lynn Nottage. Join them and tell your work stories while digging deeper into this play and the community conversation.

Tuesday, October 9
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Northside Library

Tuesday, October 23
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Northside Library

That’s How We Used to Do It! Learn to Record Your Family Stories About Work
Your own family tree is full of stories about work! These unique stories provide insight into your values, opportunities and aspirations and are part of our community’s history. Come for a chance to hear stories, and even share your own, as part of a brief tutorial about how to gather, preserve, and use oral histories with Dr. Alison Staudinger, professor at UW-Green Bay. This program is a Shoptalk presented by the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Thursday, November 1
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Southwest Library

Kitchen Table Conversations: The Working Life
Join KPL and the Kenosha/Racine Poets Laureate Program for an evening of kitchen table conversations - shared stories and poems about life and work.

Wednesday, November 14
7:00 - 9:00 PM
5014 7th Ave, Kenosha

Courageous Conversations: The Effect of Racism on Jobs and Employment
In collaboration with KPL, the Coalition for Dismantling Racism is hosting November's “Courageous Conversation,” this time looking at racism through the lens of work. Bring your perspective and work stories as we continue the work of dismantling racism.

Monday, November 19
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Kenosha County Job Center
8600 Sheridan Rd, Kenosha

Special Thanks:
Kenosha/Racine Poets Laureate Program
Coalition for Dismantling Racism
Kenosha History Center
Rob Torres / Beat Council
Kelly Witte Artist
Wisconsin Humanities Council
The Public Theater


About the Image: Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson (foreground), and Carlo Albán and Miriam Shor in The Public Theater’s 2016 production of Sweat, written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Kate Whoriskey.

Photo credit: Joan Marcus


“Old Weird America” Thursday August 9 at 6 pm—Northside Library / LITTLE RICHARD: CHILD OF GOSPEL, PRINCE OF ROCK-N-ROLL


The ebullient shout of Whop-Bop-A-Loom-Mop-A-Lop-Bam-Boom on the hit single, Tutti-Frutti (1955) has been characterized by music critics as the “birth cry of rock-n-roll”. And what a child it produced—a flamboyant, gay, black pianist who called himself “Little” Richard, who remains one of the last living icons of the youthquake of the 1950s.  Elvis Presley’s swaying hips and all-American good looks brought a decidedly masculine sexuality to the new sound, while Chuck Berry defined its equally muscular guitar signature. Little Richard imbued something arguably even more vital and influential into rock-n-roll—an uninhibited sexual androgyny and a sheer life-affirming joy in music. He was the first black artist that white kids really wanted to see as well as hear. Please join us to see and hear the story of this unique rock pioneer.










First in the Series Mysteries with a Touch of the Fantastic


Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw

H.P. Lovecraft meets Sam Spade in this genre-bending novella that blends noir with ancient occult evil in modern London. John Persons comes across as the typical literary P.I, caustic and world weary, until eleven year old Abel  brings in his piggy bank as payment for killing McKinsey, his abusive father—whom he refers to, quite literally, as a monster. The boy knows what we only learn later—that Persons is more than a man, but a creature as old as time and as dangerous as a god.  Persons doesn’t go in for hits, but the more he learns about this McKinsey character, the more seriously he takes his assignment. McKinsey shares something with Persons—that same spirit of an ancient presence who is capable of contaminating everything it touches—but unlike Persons, McKinsey revels in his power to infect and destroy anything decent he sees.  Persons, determined to tamp down his own inner devils, perceives it as his mission to take this character down. His character is very self-aware, as if he’s doing a Bogie impression, while tracking evil more akin to Cthulhu than Peter Lorre, which makes for some tongue in cheek humor as well. Person returns in A Song for Quiet as a secondary character with an American setting involving a blues musician who brings forth monsters with his playing.

The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian

Zoe Faust is a 300-something ex-alchemist who moves to open-minded Portland, Oregon to live a normal life. Things go awry immediately, of course, when she buys an old house and hires a contractor who is promptly murdered on her property, making Zoe the prime suspect. She then unpacks a box whose contents include a mysterious talking gargoyle who wants Zoe to use her long-unpracticed powers to help him reverse the spell that made him into stone. A nosy young neighbor and potential housebreaker named Brixton sees too much and Zoe makes a pact with the boy to include him on both her quest to solve the death of the carpenter and find the lost book that will restore flesh and bone to the stone effigy.  His name is Dorian, by the way, and he’s the son of the famous 19thc French magician Robert Houdin—a delightfully goofy character who loves mystery novels and insists upon advising Zoe in her every move. The handsome Detective Max Liu rounds out the cast of characters who try to help Zoe out of the mess, which includes another murder and threats from a Czech chemist who would also like to get his hands on Dorian’s missing book of magic. Then there’s Brixton’s vegan artist mother who shares recipes while trying to keep her meddlesome kid out of trouble. You get the picture—it’s light fun, but are surprising bits of historical information and lore as well.  The next book is The Elusive Elixir.

The Binding by Nicholas Wolff

This thriller looks to be the first in a promising ongoing series featuring police detective John Bailey and psychologist Nat Thayer looking into murder and missing person cases that enter into the realm of the supernatural. Seemingly idyllic Northam Massachusetts (Lovecraft territory?) is rocked by the horrific death and lack of evidence in the murder of college student Margaret Post. Detective Bailey is troubled by the both the crime and the subsequent rash of suicides and strange disappearances of those same bodies from the morgue. Meanwhile, Dr. Thayer deals with the disturbing memories of a number of patients, including an attractive young women named Becca Prescott, who insists she is a ghost. While he knows there are medical conditions that can bring on such symptoms, the manifestations become even stranger and more profuse. Another patient, lawyer Chuck Goodwin feels the presence of an invisible stalker, while Bailey’s little son Charlie begins to question the reality of the people in family photographs. Thayer and Bailey join forces to uncover the sinister secrets of the once quiet little town—secrets that bind them to an indelible and haunted past that sets the scene for future sequels.

KPL Book Club Preview for AUGUST!

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.

Interested in our current selections for JULY? Click here!



Beach Reads and Sunshine: Come talk about your favorite summer reads!
For more information, visit:

Saturday, August 11
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Simmons Library Park

Tonight Show Summer Reads: Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi
For more information, visit:

Saturday, August 25
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Uptown Library



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

Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye

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.

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

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

Read a novel featuring an “Unreliable Narrator”

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

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

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

Roman Emperors

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

Education and Social Justice

Xs & Ox (Romance Reads) Book Club | Online at GoodReads (Linked Here)

In August, we'll be keeping score! Read a sports-themed romance, any sport you enjoy.

Read any book by Jaci Burton who is well known for her sexy sports stories.


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