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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.

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.

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.

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.

A Solar Eclipse is Coming!

Thursday, 8/3, 7-8:30 PM 
On August 21, 2017, for the first time in almost 30 years, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the continental U.S. in a 71-mile-wide path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. From the Chicago area, about 85% of the Sun will be covered by the Moon. Michelle Nichols, Master Educator at the Adler Planetarium, will give an exciting presentation on the eclipses and how you can enjoy the partial or total eclipse – and also get ready for the next solar eclipse in 2024! This program is brought to you in partnership with the River Forest Township.


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!


Tuesday, July 25, 2 PM - 3:30 PM
Drive-In Movie
Tuesday, July 25, 4 PM - 5 PM
T Shirt 'Transfer'mations
Wednesday, July 26, 3 PM - 4 PM
Light Circuits
Thursday, July 27, 10 AM - 11 AM
Movers and Shakers

New & Coming Soon