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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.

Old Weird America-- Belle Gunness

Come see and hear the wild story of LaPorte, Indiana’s Lady BluebeardBelle Gunness, who could be the first woman serial killer in America.  Belle lured a succession of lonely Norwegian bachelors to her isolated farm with the promise of work or even love— most of whom were never seen again. Just when she suspected she was about to be found out—her house burned down – and a woman’s headless body was found in the rubble—was it Belle, or had the so-called Mistress of Murder Hill just moved on to work her deadly con-game elsewhere?


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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.”



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.

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 Alejandria the Teen Services Librarian at 262-564-6150.


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