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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

Not Your Typical Travel Stories



“Wherever I am, if I've got a book with me, I have a place I can go and be happy." - Harry Potter Beyond the Page: A Virtual Author Visit with J.K. Rowling


Let your summer vacations begin!  I love to read a story that takes me on a journey, and my absolute favorites are a good old fashioned road trip.  There are many popular travel novels, but I wanted to highlight a few that are maybe just obscure enough that they didn’t hit the popular radar.  

Alvin Ho: allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and other tourist attractions by Lenore Look
(Chapter book series for kids)

As the Ho family departs for a visit to China, Alvin’s trademark PDK (personal disaster kit) causes an actual disaster in the airport’s security line. Alvin’s loving and long-suffering dad is left to explain the forbidden contents in the first of many mishaps Alvin causes while dealing with his anxieties, this time over travel, ominous clay soldiers, and dragons! Readers will get an introduction to famous Chinese sites—perhaps maybe even more than Alvin’s family does, since each outing ends up disrupted. This travel story was written for youth readers grades 2-4 but is pretty funny for all ages.  Look’s humorous and sympathetic characters combined with Pham’s delightful illustrations create a fun and successful chapter-book series.

Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish

Before dying from ovarian cancer, Annie planned her own "traveling funeral" with designated stops for the scattering of her remains, but leaves it to her best friend, Katherine, to assemble her closest friends.  Knowing that funerals are for the living, Annie intends for Katherine, Jill, Laura, Rebecca and her saintly hospice nurse Marie (who barely know each other) to take a break from their responsibilities to really celebrate life and get to know each other.
The road trip takes the ladies to the places that mattered most to Annie: the Florida Keys, rural New Mexico, New York City. The book is also something of a metaphysical detective story, as the women learn more about Annie in each location. They also face their own tragedies and realize that it is never too late to dramatically transform their lives for the better.

Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene

A favorite among Graham Greene fans and a classic published in 1969.  Greene stated this was "the only book I have written just for the fun of it."  Travels With My Aunt tells the story of a retired bank manager, Henry Pulling, whose dull suburban life is forever changed when he finally meets his elderly Aunt Augusta, who then convinces him to go travelling with her. An uproarious trip across Europe followed by South America ensues, but as the story progresses the belly laughs and hilarious moments give way to deeper thematic undertones.
At its core, the book poses an intriguing question: what does it mean to lead a good life? Whether you’ve read Greene’s work before or whether you’re new to his writings, I recommend giving this book some of your time – it might not be life changing, but at the very least it’ll cheer you up and leave a smile on your face.


Marcia Siehr
Circulation Services Manager
Circulation Services
Kenosha Public Library

Summer Book Sale Blow Out

Get the best deals of the summer at the Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale Blow Out!

$5 bag sale on all three days! Indoors and outdoors so you get access to the most merchandise!

Southwest Library (7979 38th Avenue)

Friday, June 28th - Members Only - Join at the door for the first peek at all the goods! 5-7PM

Saturday, June 29th - 9AM-5PM

Sunday, June 30th - 12-4PM Come after the parade for a bit more summer family fun!

KPL Book Drive

Now that those lockers and backpacks are empty and you have finally finished your spring cleaning - bring those piles of gently loved or nearly new kids books to your neighborhood library! We are collecting books for children (from birth to teen) to give away at summer programs and events. 

Boxes are available at all KPL locations. 

Tips for Reading to Children & Reading as a Family


It's summer. Kids are (almost!) out of school and there is time to relax and read!  

When children are little, we take the time to read to them. Did you know that it is just as important to keep reading to children, even though they are reading on their own?  

By reading aloud with children, you are lengthening their attention span, building their vocabulary and increasing their knowledge of the world. You are modeling the behavior that you want them to emulate.  

To make the book come alive, use your voice to show the emotions happening in the book. When you finish a chapter, talk and ask questions to increase their comprehension, curiosity, and background knowledge. Talk about how the characters could have handled something better or differently or ask your child what they would do in the same situation. Talk about the emotions and feelings happening in the book, or perhaps how it can relate to present day happenings.

The list of possible books to read aloud are endless. There are classics like Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, and The Secret Garden. Visit the dark planet Camazotz in A Wrinkle In Time, or a young Laura Ingalls in the Little House books. Author Beverly Cleary has written so many wonderful timeless books such as The Mouse And The Motorcycle series and the Ramona Quimby series. There may be a movie made from the book you’ve read, so it would be fun to watch the movie after reading the book to note any differences. Also, don’t forget that reading non-fiction books together can be very enticing to a child.  Who doesn’t want to read about hero dogs, sharks, or planets? They will be learning, and they don’t even know it because of how you are presenting the topic. Please stop in to your neighborhood KPL branch; we’ll be glad to help you find the right book for your family.

Reading a book aloud together is the least expensive and most effective way to boost your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world. We never stop learning and growing, so why not do it as a family? Reading together will strengthen your family bond, and give your child great memories with an emotional connection to well-spent family time.




Donna Holmen
Early Literacy Specialist
Youth & Family Services
Kenosha Public Library

TONIGHT! Old Weird America: Devil at the Crossroads

For the 1st anniversary of Old Weird America –I hope you will enjoy this look into the stormy lives of two American musical icons.  By all accounts, Robert Johnson was an average guitar player in the juke joints of Mississippi in 1932 when he dropped out of sight for a time, only to return as the most arresting blues guitarist anyone had ever heard. Could his mysterious midnight trip to the crossroads outside of Clarksdale have anything to do with his miraculous turnaround?  Equally legendary is the story of convicted killer Huddie Ledbetter --known as Leadbelly, who literally sang his way out of prison and went on to introduce America to such folk standards as “Goodnight Irene’ and “Midnight Special.”

Please join me for our next program, The Devil at the Crossroads, on Thursday, June 13 at 6 pm at the Northside Library.


Tips for Reading with a Busy Schedule


Summer is upon us and the Kenosha Public Library is excited to kick-off our Summer Reading Program! If you aren’t familiar with the program, it is a very impactful way to keep reading skills active in children and teens during the summer months and a great opportunity for adults to de-stress and take a break from the ever growing information that is thrown at us every day.

Right now you may be asking yourself, “How can I make time to read with everything I have to do?” Great question! How you make time to read depends on how you like to read. Some people enjoy reading in small bits of time so they can think about the content and process it thoroughly, while others prefer reading for a longer period and immersing themselves in the world the book is creating. Some readers prefer poetry that can be broken down into smaller sections or nonfiction content where you read what you need. Then you have those of us who hunker down and read the entire book in one night. The joy of reading is that it is so individual, so planning to read will be the same way.

Here are some tips on how to make time to read broken down into short and long periods of time.


  • Read during commercial breaks

  • Divide your down time into 15 minute segments and use a timer to let you know when each bit is over. Designate at least one segment per hour for reading

  • Read in the bathroom

  • Set aside the last 10 minutes of your lunch hour for reading at work

  • Read while you are waiting for an appointment or meeting to start

  • Listen to audiobooks on your way to work or during your workout

  • Read while you are waiting for something to cook


  • Studies have shown that the blue light from electronic devices affects your brain chemistry and makes it harder for you to fall asleep, so set aside an hour to read before bedtime and get quality zzzz’s

  • Break up your off days into 1 hour chunks and use reading as a reward for getting 2-3 hours of tasks done

  • Going on a trip? See if you can get there by train and read while someone else gets you to your destination

  • Make it a family event and take turns reading together after dinner

  • Plan a reading “staycation” and set aside a day or two to binge-read your favorite novel. Don’t forget the snacks!


No matter which type of reader you are, you can find some quality time with a book if you manage your time well.
If you’d like more information on time management techniques, here are some titles we have at the Kenosha Public Library:


Stephanie Lewin-Lane
Instruction Librarian
Adult and Digital Services
Kenosha Public Library

Summer Reading Registration is here!

No matter your age or reading level, your Kenosha Public Library has a summer reading program for you!
Registration is currently open at all KPL branches for our Everybody Reads summer reading program, which will run from June 1st - August 31st. Anyone can participate either online, via the Beanstack mobile app, or in print.

We highly encourage families to participate together!
Programs available this year are for the following age groups:

0-3 Years
3-5 Years
Grades K-5


  • ONLINE: Visit
    If you already have a Beanstack account, type in your username/password. The programs open to your age group will appear on your home page with a register button.
    If you do not have a free Beanstack account yet, Scroll down to the appropriate age group and click REGISTER.
    Fill out the form and follow the instructions.

  • MOBILE APP: Visit your phone’s app store and download the BEANSTACK TRACKER app.
    If you already have a Beanstack account, type in your username/password. The programs open to your age group will appear on your home page with a register button.
    If you do not have a free Beanstack account yet, click DON’T HAVE AN ACCOUNT? SIGN UP! At the bottom of the page and follow the instructions.

  • PAPER: Visit your favorite KPL branch and visit any service desk.
    Staff will register you and provide you with a paper version of the Everybody Reads program for your age group.

QUESTIONS? We are happy to answer them! Stop by your local KPL branch, visit our Facebook Page or call Reference at 262-564-6130 or Youth Services at 262-564-6150.


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