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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

OLD WEIRD AMERICA PRESENTS--VAMPIRES IN AMERICA Thursday, October 11 at 6 pm at the Northside Library

As Bram Stoker travelled America in his job as a theater tour manager in the late 19th century, he observed a strange and frightening episode then occurring in the eastern states. Fear of rampant tuberculosis, then known as consumption, decimated the population, and in lieu of any reliable medical cure, many panicked citizens blamed a very old menace as the cause--VAMPIRES. Was Stoker inspired by this contemporary "Vampire Scare" to write his masterpiece, Dracula in 1897? And what prominent American poet may have served as his model for the notorious count?  Join us for a look at how a New World Vampire scare transformed the traditional Eastern European myth of the vampire and helped to create a cultural icon that lives on today in popular culture. 

2018 Scary Story Contest for Grades 3-12

Students in grades 3-12, get your scariest stories ready for our annual Scary Story Contest!This year's  theme is: Scary Parents.

Submissions should be about 500 words in length, incorporate the theme, and must be your own, original work. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, quality of writing, adherence to contest rules, and scariness! Deadline for submissions is 9 PM on Wednesday, October 31st. 

Get the contest guidelines and entry forms here.


OCTOBER Book Club Preview


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.

Northside, 3rd Wednesdays, 2pm
For Information about this book club, or to obtain a copy of the book, call564-6130 or email

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

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

Read any Fall-themed book!

Northside, 4th Wednesdays, 3:30pm
For more information about this book club, email

Read a Novel about a Non-Western country
PLEASE NOTE: This month, Classic Novels Book Club will be held at the Common Ground coffee shop (5159 6th Avenue, Kenosha) on October 24th, instead of Northside Library.

Southwest, 4th Mondays, 6pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

Southwest, 2nd Mondays, 6pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

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

Southwest, 3rd Mondays, 6:00pm
For information about this book club, or to obtain a copy of the book, call 564-6130 or email

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Southwest, 1st Saturdays, 9:15am

The Industrial Revolution

Northside, 2nd Tuesdays, 12:30pm OR
Northside, 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30pm

Employment and Jobs

Sweat by Lynn Nottage

Learn more about the exciting programming series "SWEAT: Kenosha Works" here!

The October Afternoon Social Justice Book Club will meet at the regular time and date: Tuesday, October 9th, at 12:30, at the Northside Library. The theme is Work, Jobs, and Social Justice.

The October Evening Social Justice Book Club will meet on a different day---October 23rd, 6:30 at the Northside Library. The theme is Work, Jobs, and Social Justice.

Why? The play, Sweat by Lynn Nottage will be presented by the New York City Public Theater’s Mobile Unit on October 16th at 7PM at UAW Local 72 Hall. This event is free, but please RSVP on the KPL  website, or call the library 262-564-6159

Please come watch the play and we can discuss it on October 23rd. If you would like a copy of the script, let me know.

Kristin Kornkven


Online at GoodReads:

Read a paranormal romance or any romance that celebrates Halloween or Samhain

Get Ready to VOTE!

Voter Information

November 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.

Know when to Vote!

  • Wisconsin has an upcoming Election on Tuesday, November 6th. Write it into your schedule! Setting aside that time now will make it much easier to fit in the day-of.
  • Early voting is at the Municipal Building (625 52nd Street) October 1st thru November 2nd, Monday-Friday 8:00 to 4:30. Click here for more info!

Register to Vote!

  • Making sure you are registered (and that your registration is up-to-date) is one of the easiest ways to prepare for an election. Plus, technology can make it even easier.
  • Visit and click Register to Vote (or Click Here!).
  • Not into the technology thing? You can also get print materials at your neighborhood KPL Branch or through the City Clerk's Office.

Know Your Polling Place! also has you covered here. Click this link to go directly to the webpage you need, or give the KPL Reference Desk a call at 564-6130 and we can look it up for you.

Know What IDs You are Bringing!
For information on what IDs you need to have with you, visit

Know What is On Your Ballot!
Once again, is ready for you. Click here to search and preview your ballot.

Learn About the Candidates!
The best way to be prepared for any Election is to educate yourself about what each Candidate stands for. Concise and combined candidate information often does not come out until closer to the Election.
We will list what we find right here and we will update it as we see more information released.


Wisconsin's Five Recognized Political Parties
All five Parties have candidates on this ballot, though not necessarily for every office up for election.

Referendums on the November Ballot

  • Medical marijuana advisory referendum on ballot
    "Should the state of Wisconsin allow individuals with debilitating medical conditions to use and safely access marijuana for medical purposes, if those individuals have a written recommendation from a licensed Wisconsin physician?”



  • County Board puts "dark stores" loopholes on November ballot
    "Should the state Legislature enact proposed legislation that closes the dark store loopholes, which currently allow commercial retail properties to significantly reduce the assessed valuation and property taxes of such properties, resulting in a substantial shift in taxes levied against other tax paying entities, such as residential homeowners, and/or cuts in essential services provided by an affected municipality?”



  • City of Kenosha Referendum Question 1
    "Should the state legislature protect residential property taxpayers by preventing commercial and manufacturing property owners from using tax loopholes that shift an ever-increasing tax burden to homeowners who already pay 68% of the statewide property tax levy by enacting legislation that: 1) prohibits using closed, vacant (dark) properties as comparable properties for determining the assessed value of open, occupied, and fully operational properties; and 2) overturns the 2008 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision in Walgreens v. City of Madison, which is being interpreted by the courts as requiring municipalities to assess many leased commercial properties at a substantial discount, often 50% below the actual sale prices of such properties?"



  • City of Kenosha Referendum Question 2
    "Under state law, the increase in the levy of the City of Kenosha for the tax to be imposed for the next fiscal year, 2019, is limited to 1.11%, which results in a levy of $64,906,055.43. Shall the City of Kenosha be allowed to exceed this limit and increase the levy for the next fiscal year, 2019, and on an ongoing basis, for maintaining five additional police officers and two additional firefighters with associated equipment, by a total of 1.73%, which results in a levy of $65,806,055.43, for 2019?"




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The Power of Your Library Card

September is Library Card Sign-up Month and Kenosha Public Library is joining with libraries across the nation to celebrate! 

The Kenosha Public Library's over 79,000 cardholders check out nearly 1 million items from our collection annually. Cardholders have access to nearly 300,000 physical items, including books, audiobooks, e-books, Blu Rays, DVDs, video games, board games, 360 cameras, CDs, magazines, newspapers and more. KPL cardholders also have access to the full SHARE catalog which contains nearly 2 million physical items to choose from. 

Your KPL library card also provides access to Pronunciator where you can learn 80 languages online, where you can choose from over 3,500 different online courses taught by professional instructors and digital tools to help with genealogy and ancestry research.  You can download free music from Freegal, flip through magazines with RB Digital, and stream movies, read ebooks or listen to audiobooks or music with OverDrive or Hoopla! Or maybe you're looking to binge-watch Game of Thrones or try a new board game for game night? Your KPL library card has you covered for that. Your library card also lets you renew and reserve items 24 hours a day online. 

That little card can sure do a lot! What's your favorite thing your library card does for you? Join us on our Facebook and share all the ways you use your library card by using the hashtag #mykplcard.

Old Weird America Series

  We really go weird this month with a look at the self-professed genius of art pottery, George Ohr-- who couldn’t give away his work during his lifetime--but whose pieces can now command prices in the six figures. In fact the eccentric Ohr often refused to sell his “mud babies” and after he died in 1918, his family was left with a shed full of over 5000 unique ceramic pieces which sat accumulating dust for fifty years. When amateur antiques dealer from New York, Jim Carpenter happened upon Ojo’s Junkyard and Machine Shop in out-of-the-way Biloxi, Mississippi in 1968, he was in for a happy surprise when Ohr’s son Ojo offered to let him see “my Daddy’s pots”.  Carpenter introduced Ohr’s work to the world and an outsider art star was born. What made his pots so particular and his life so peculiar? Join us and find out.


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.

This event has been rescheduled. The new date/location are as follows:

Monday, October 8
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Public Craft Brewing


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


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