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River Forest Public Library

RFPL strives to enhance the quality of life in River Forest by maintaining a welcoming environment where all patrons will experience a high level of service and satisfaction from a responsive and knowledgeable staff, who help them find the information they need and the services and resources they want. Our primary Service Goals are to create young readers, stimulate imagination, promote lifelong learning, and provide a comfortable space for patrons to visit.

The Big Read

RFPL is participating in The Big Read, which will explore Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. Upcoming events at the Library:
10/8 1 PM Foreign Film Forum: Seven Samurai (Part 2)
10/23 2-4 PM Into the Beautiful North book discussion and movie The Magnificent Seven

Family Fireside Halloween

Friday, 10/14, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM 
Join River Forest Public Library and River Forest Park District for an evening of family-friendly Halloween fun. Enjoy live music, pumpkin painting ($1), spooky stories, creepy crafts, s’mores, games, and more. For kids ages 10 and under with a parent/caregiver.

Pierre Salinger and the 1,000 Days of Kennedy’s Camelot

Sunday, 10/9, 2-3:30PM
Pierre Salinger was White House Press Secretary and one of the most trusted advisors of President John F. Kennedy. This program, told through the eyes of Salinger, will not only cover the tragic events of November 22, 1963, but also the 1000 days that made up the Kennedy administration. Learn about the close relationship Salinger had with the President and the unique perspective he had on some of the most dangerous times in our country’s history.


Visit our website (at the bottom of the “Children” page) to access TumbleBooks! It’s available from home any time, and features stories, games, puzzles, and even language learning. TumbleBooks is a great alternative to computer games for young children, and has books for kids through 6th grade in an electronic format, many including audio and video.


Our Book Drop is Open

For your convenience, our new “drive-through” book drop is open and ready to accept your library returns. The book drop is located at the exit of the south parking lot of Roosevelt Middle School on Lathrop Ave. Please note that the book drop is located in a one-way thoroughfare and is not accessible to cars […]

Keep Your Child Safe

Please keep in mind as the new school year begins that for your child’s safety, children age 9 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver age 12 or older while at the Library. During programs for children age 9 or under, a parent or caregiver age 12 or older must remain in […]


Tuesday, September 27, 3:30 PM - 5 PM
Middle School Makers
Wednesday, September 28, 10 AM - 11:30 AM
Computer Learning Lab
Wednesday, September 28, 1:30 PM - 3 PM
Charles Troy Presents: The Creation of My Fair Lady
Thursday, September 29, 10 AM - 11 AM
Movers and Shakers

New & Coming Soon