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    Do you love reading and visiting the Library? Come and volunteer during the Children’s Summer Reading Program! To volunteer you must: have a valid RFPL library card, be entering grades 7-12 in the Fall, participate in the RFPL Teen Summer Reading Program. Applications due May 22nd

Media On Demand

Visit Media On Demand to download audiobooks, ebooks, music and more from the comfort of your own home! Media On Demand is compatible with your iPad, Kindle, iPod, Sony Reader, Nook, and other portable devices. Browse available titles by format or genre, place holds on popular titles, check out, and download your selections all online! At Media on Demand for Kids, view our ebook collection for kids! Contact the Library with any questions at 708-366-5205 x 316.

SWAN catalog

Search the catalog here The River Forest Public Library is a member of the SWAN consortium. Through the SWAN catalog we are able to provide you access to a combined collection of 1.4 million unique titles of books, DVDs, blu-rays, audiobooks, ebooks, music CDs and more.

Library Information

From the Board of the River Forest Library

The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19th at 7:30 PM. The public is always invited to attend these meetings.

New SWAN Catalog!

The RFPL, in cooperation with 76 Illinois libraries, has upgraded to a new and improved catalog system!  If you enjoy logging into your library account and using the catalog from anywhere, at any time, you now have a lot more to love!

Click here to access the new catalog.

New Book Alerts

Want a quick and easy way to know the newest books, DVDs, music and audiobooks purchased by the library? Check out our New Book Alerts!


Click here or on a book above to check out New Book Alerts today!

Muffins for Moms

Saturday, 5/2, 10-11:30

Bring mom to the Library for a fun breakfast tea party featuring spring crafts, games, stories, and more. Dads and other caregivers welcome.

May the Fourth Be With You

Monday, 5/4, 3:30-4:30
Say “May the 4th Be With You” out loud and you’ll hear the pun that Star Wars fans worldwide have turned into a rallying cry to proclaim their love of the saga. Celebrate the beloved Star Wars story with games, crafts, and snacks that binds our galaxy together. Grades 5-8

Surviving the Hindenburg

Thursday, 5/7, 7pm

Join Historian Gary Sarnoff who will tell the story of this great airship, Herbert O’Laughlin’s brush with death, and his life in River Forest. This program is co-sponsored by the River Forest Public Library and the Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest.

Stop Motion Animation Workshop

Tuesday, 5/11, 4-4:30 or 4:30-5 PM

Lights… Camera… Action! Join staff from Steve & Kate’s Camp at the Library for an afternoon of stop motion animation. Children will create characters, design sets, and film stop-motion masterpieces on custom-built, tabletop iPad stations. All materials are provided— just bring your imagination! Advanced registration is required. Grades K-7