You are here


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

Following Foxconn - Updated 04/05/2019

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 4 2017 - Racine Foxconn site announcement (Audio): (

  10. November 8 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: (

  17. June 15, 2018 - Foxconn buys Milwaukee office building to set-up headquarters. (

  18. June 28, 2018 - President Donald Trump visits Wisconsin to deliver a  speech at Foxconn site. (

  19. July 29, 2018 - Foxconn buying WaterMark building for Green Bay innovation center. (

  20. July 7, 2018 - Advocate Aurora Health & Foxconn form technology partnership. (

  21. July 16, 2018 - Foxconn to open tech center in Eau Claire Wisconsin. (

  22. August 23, 2018 - Foxconn flops on it’s promised plan to build a modern manufacturing facility. (

  23. August 28, 2018 - Foxconn gifts $100 million to UW-Madison in a science and technology Partnership (

  24. September 5, 2018 - New Foxconn Partnership Ventures to be subsidized by state taxes. (

  25. September 7, 2018 - Borrowing for massive Foxconn project lowers Mount Pleasant's credit rating (

  26. September 11, 2018 - Foxconn partners are all major Walker donors (

  27. September 12, 2018 -  Foxconn committed to hiring 3,000 veterans (

  28. October 22, 2018 - Gateway Technical College launches Foxconn-related programs (

  29. November 8, 2018 - The Future Of Foxconn Under The Evers Administration (

  30. November 21, 2018 - Foxconn not impacted by Evers election (

  31. November 21, 2018 - Foxconn to slash corporate expenses and cut jobs in 2019 (

  32. November 23, 2018 - How do the subsidies stack up between Foxconn and Amazon? (

  33. November 23, 2018 - Foxconn to tap 'local talent' in Wisconsin but also embrace automation (

  34. November 23, 2018 - Foxconn subsidiaries in Indiana are laying off workers after report that company is cutting costs (

  35. December 13, 2018 - Mount Pleasant Has Acquired 85 Percent Of Land Needed For Foxconn Development (

  36. December 19, 2018 - Audit: Wisconsin Could Pay For Foxconn Work Done Outside State (

  37. January 14, 2019 - Foxconn Doesn't Meet Wisconsin Jobs Benchmark For 2018 (

  38. January 14, 2019 - Gateway Technical College Classes Ready Students For Foxconn And Beyond (

  39. January 30, 2019 - Exclusive: Foxconn reconsidering plans to make LCD panels at Wisconsin plant (

  40. February 01, 2019 - After Conversation With Trump, Foxconn Says It Is Building Manufacturing Plant In Wisconsin (

  41. Febuary 05, 2019 - Foxconn Pulls Back on its 10 billions dollar factory (

  42. February 08, 2019 - Foxconn Made A Big Incentives Deal With Wisconsin. What Else Will It Make Here? (

  43. February 28, 2019 - Foxconn Moving Ahead With Innovation Center In Green Bay (

  44. April 03, 2019 - Foxconn construction moves forward and local manufacturers want in on the action (

  45. April 03, 2019 - Foxconn contracts will begin coming 'fast and furious,' construction manager says (


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.”


OLD WEIRD AMERICA: Joshua Norton, Emperor of the United States Thursday April 11, 6pm at the Northside Library

Come see and hear how businessman Norton, who came to California with the Gold Rush of 1848, lost a fortune but gained an Empire when he declared himself Emperor of the United States. He went on to become a benevolent ruler for over 20 years with the help of his tolerant subjects in the city of San Francisco. Was Norton a deluded madman, a mere eccentric, or a grifter who played crazy to attain a free ride and take advantage of the city’s known fondness for eccentrics? Please join historian Cathy Polovina for a trip back in time when an Emperor ruled the Old West.

National Poetry Month Contest (Grades K-12)

April is National Poetry Month and in celebration, Kenosha Public Library is hosting its annual Poetry Contest! This year's theme is "Acrostic Poems!"

Who is eligible?
Students are eligible in four categories:

  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12

What do I have to do?

  • Write an acrostic poem (the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase). The poem must fit on one page.
  • The poem must be your own original work and, if possible, typed.  Entries that are reworkings of published poems will not be accepted.
  • Turn in your poem and entry form (click HERE or pick up at your local branch) before 9 PM on Tuesday, April 30th.


What are the prizes? 

Gift cards will be awarded to the first, second, and third place poems in each category. 

Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, quality of writing, and adherence to contest guidelines.  Entries will not be returned, so please make a copy of your creation before turning in your poem! We read every poem submitted, but unfortunately, we cannot call everyone to notify them of their poem’s status.  Only authors of winning poems will be contacted. 

Winners will be notified by Tuesday, May 7th.

Love the library? Become a KPL Ambassador today!

Do you have a personal story that inspired you to love libraries? Do you feel that libraries play an essential role in our community? Do you believe in early childhood literacy, lifelong learning, access to information and technology, and civic engagement? Do you want to help articulate the value and importance of libraries?

If the answer is an overwhelming "Yes!," then you're just who we are looking for!

Learn more at

OLD WEIRD AMERICA: ‘MAD MEN’ AND ANGRY WOMEN Thursday March 14, 6pm at the Northside Library

See for yourself how Madison Avenue tempted, bullied, and shamed women back into the home after WWII by setting up the “perfect” image of family life, which required an endless number of products to maintain. Celebrate Women’s History Month with a cringe-worthy look at the “Good Old Days.”

Recommended Reading from Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez

Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, our Community Kick-Off Event speaker was asked during the Q&A following his talk to share some of his favorite Latin American/Latinx authors.
His list was quite extensive - and too quick for us to write down! So, he kindly emailed his recommendations for us to share. Enjoy!

It almost goes without saying, but Luis Alberto Urrea! Favorites include: Into the Beautiful North, the Devil's Highway, and The House of Broken Angels.


Gabriel García Márquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Gabriel García Márquez, Innocent Erendira: and Other Stories

Mario Vargas Llosa, La guerra del fin del mundo (translation: The War of the End of the World)
Santiago Roncagliolo, Abril rojo (translation: Red April) A really great thriller. 

Gabriela Alemán, Poso Wells (same title in Spanish and English)

Rodrigo Fresán, The Bottom of the Sky (original: El fondo del cielo)

Juan Rulfo, Pedro Páramo
Juan Rulfo, El llano en llamas (translation: The Burning Plain)
Cristina Rivera Garza, The Taiga Syndrome (original: El mal de la Taiga)

Clarice Lispector. The Hour of the Star
J.M. Machado de Asis. The Posthumous Memories of Bras Cubas



Susana Chávez Silverman, Killer Crónicas
Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek
Pat Mora, Tomás and the Library Lady
Tomás Rivera, …and the Earth did Not Swallow Him
Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Around the Bloc

And of course - be sure to check out Santiago's work!


KPL Teen Volunteers

Are you friendly, creative, and responsible? Do you like working with younger children? Are you 14-17 years old? Then you might be a good fit to volunteer at the Kenosha Public Library! 

Our teen volunteers sign up for opportunities (like assisting with children's programs) that fit their schedule, interests, and abilities. There is never a pre-set schedule. We want our teen volunteers to have a fun, rewarding experience.

If you're interested, the first step is to complete this application. You will then be invited to come in for an interview. If we think you're a good fit, you will be invited to join our "squad" of teen volunteers and attend an in-person orientation. Teen volunteers are required to reaffirm their interest in continuing to volunteer and attend another group orientation session in the Spring of each year.

Have any questions? Reach out to Jake the Teen Services Librarian, or Heather the Youth Services Programming Librarian at 262-564-6150.

NEA Big Read Books

Update 3/2: Our free books have all been picked up, but you can still check out a copy from the library! See below for more details. Happy Reading!

NEA Big Read Book Distribution is HERE for Into the Beautiful North! Free book copies are available in English and Spanish. Books are first come, first served, and are available at the following locations.
In order to ensure as many people get them as possible, everyone will be limited to one book per person. 


  • Kenosha Public Library - Southwest Library (7979 38th Avenue)
  • Kenosha Public Library - Northside Library (1500 27th Avenue)
  • Kenosha Public Library - Simmons Library  (711 59th Place)
  • Kenosha Public Library - Uptown Library (2419 63rd Street)
  • Kenosha Civil War Museum (5400 1st Avenue)
  • Community Library - Salem Library (24615 89th Street, Salem)
  • Community Library - Twin Lakes Library (110 S Lake Avenue, Twin Lakes)
  • UW-Parkside Library (900 Wood Road)
  • St Marks Parish (7117 14th Avenue)
    Libros en español disponible aquí - Visite la oficina con la puerta anaranjada en la calle 14 . 
    Spanish books available here - Visit the Office with the Orange Door on 14th Street.

Additional copies are available for check out:




Subscribe to RSS - blogs