Book Lovers Day - Kenosha Style

8/9/2019 - Autumn Jones

Calling all bibliophiles: August 9th is National Book Lovers Day! Whether you’re a local or a tourist, there are countless opportunities in Kenosha to get out and read. For children and adults alike, here are some of my favorites.

Visit one of the local public libraries.We are so lucky to have four libraries and a bookmobile in our area. Even if you’re a vacationer, going to the library is perfect for days that are too hot or rainy. Our local libraries offer many events including weekly story times for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. 

Share your love of reading with others by passing along a favorite in a little free library. Take a book and leave a book, that’s the motto. These can be spotted anywhere in Kenosha, around downtown or in residential neighborhoods. With multiple in the city, you can be sure you always have a book at your fingertips.

Look in the Archives in the Kenosha History Center. A unique reading experience is visiting our history center’s archives section. It is open to the public, though an appointment is necessary. The Kenosha County Historical Society collects, preserves and exhibits materials that document Kenosha County between 1830 and the present. One can find family histories, newspapers, school yearbooks, and countless other documents. What an interesting way to explore Kenosha through time! 

Set up a hammock. Choose a park, choose some trees, and relax your day away. Carthage College has great views, but feels secluded, especially in the summer. The college campus is open to the public, so anyone can enjoy the perfect hammocking spots. Petrifying Springs and Simmons Island Park are also lovely places to read.

Enjoy a pick-me-up while you pick up a book. Hear me, pastries, and a good book? That is happiness to me! Enjoy a local coffee shop or a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. I like to grab a raspberry chai and a cranberry orange muffin from a local cafe, and get my order to-go so I can enjoy the harbor views in Downtown Kenosha. You won’t be disappointed!

Whether you call Kenosha home or are visit from afar, or you are flying solo or hanging out with your whole family - everyone can enjoy a book and a nice place to sit. With these ideas in mind to get you started, your day should be all booked!

Autumn Jones

Autumn Jones

Community Blogger

Kenosha Native, Carthage grad, photographer, future elementary teacher! Lover of dogs, contagious laughter, and good books. I'm typically snapping photos and going on ice cream or coffee dates!