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Anne T. Smedinghoff Memorial library garden plaques

Honor a member of your family or a friend with a bronze plaque in the seat wall of the library garden. Proceeds from the sale of these tax-deductible plaques benefit the River Forest Public Library Foundation which supports the library. Thank you for your patronage.

Harry Potter Potions

Thursday, 7/27, 3:30-5 PM,  Grades 5-12
Boil, boil, toil and trouble! Make some spectacular potions and crafts … Harry Potter style! Advanced Registration Required.

EBook lovers: Download the Libby app today!

Libby is the latest app for enjoying Media on Demand eBooks and eAudiobooks. This new app makes Overdrive eBook downloads much easier by consolidating all your loans and holds on a single shelf, and letting you check out any book with a single tap — downloads are automatic. Best of all, there’s no need to register, just sign in with your RFPL card and PIN.

Already love your Overdrive app? The previous app isn’t going anywhere, so don’t worry. We are happy to help both new users and Overdrive veterans get started with Libby — join us at one of our Wednesday morning Connect with Tech programs, or ask for help at our second floor service desk.

Fantastic Beasts and How to Make Them

Monday, 7/31, 6:30 – 8:30 PM,  Grades 5-12
Join us for a screening of Fantastic Beasts while making your own pet bowtruckle. Advanced registration required.

BINGO Bash Pizza Party

Thursday, 8/3, 4-5:30 PM
Play BINGO, eat pizza, and win fun prizes as you celebrate your summer reading success! Advanced registration required. Grades K-4.


Local author presents tasty traditions.

River Forest resident Emily Paster presented a recipe from her new book The Joys of Jewish Preserving in June at the American Library Association’s 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition.

Summer Fun

Check out all of amazing things we’ve done so far this summer at the Library!


Sunday, July 23, 1 PM - 5 PM
Library Closed
Monday, July 24, 2 PM - 3:30 PM
Block Party
Tuesday, July 25, 2 PM - 3:30 PM
Drive-In Movie
Tuesday, July 25, 4 PM - 5 PM
T Shirt 'Transfer'mations

New & Coming Soon