River Forest Public Library River Forest Public Library

Welcome to Your Library

Visit your Library and discover quality collections, a comfortable space, and friendly, professional staff members committed to providing the highest level of service. Come browse thousands of books, movies, music CDs, video games, magazines, and more. Internet access is available at seated computer workstations, or you may bring your laptop or mobile device and enjoy free wifi throughout the building and in the garden. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Thursday, 6/30, 3:30-4:45 PM

Grades 5-12 

Ready to get messy? Come create splatterballs and join our battle royale. Advanced registration required.  

A Live Virtual Evening with Michelle Zauner

Thursday, 6/30, 7-8:30 PM

Join us for an evening with author and musician Michelle Zauner to discuss her bestselling memoir Crying in H Mart, and more. Chicago author, editor, critic, and producer, Jessica Hopper, will join her in conversation. Registration required. 

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering high-quality events. Funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). 

Tie Dye

Friday, 7/8, 2-4 PM

All Ages 

Bring your own clothing items to tie dye and we will provide vibrant colors and tips on how to make the best designs. This program will be held outside, weather permitting, and will be canceled in the case of inclement weather. Advanced registration required to reserve your 30 minute time slot. 

Film Lover Fridays

Friday, 7/15, 12:00-2:30 PM


Join other movie lovers to watch great classic films. This season we’re hitting the trail with westerns! Today we’ll be watching High Noon (1952). Light refreshments will be served. Stay for a discussion with local film expert, Jim Jacob. Brought to you in partnership with River Forest Township. 

Encanto Singalong

Friday, 7/15, 6:30-8:30 PM

All Ages 

Come sing with us! Join library staff after hours to watch our new favorite movie and sing along to all of your favorite songs. Advanced registration required. 


Summer Reading kicks off with fun-filled event

We had a fantastic kickoff party on June 10 that was made possible by the River Forest Public Library Foundation. Our hardworking staff registered over 200 people for our summer reading program, bringing our total registration to well over 500 participants. Registered readers enjoyed a delicious ice cream sundae bar served up by The Brown […]

Anne Kowalski named new Middle School and Teen Librarian

We’re excited to announce that Anne Kowalski will be our new Middle School and Teen Librarian. Anne joined the library in December 2019 as a Children’s Services Associate and recently completed her MLIS at Dominican University.


Wednesday, June 29, 4 PM - 4:30 PM
Planting Joy
Wednesday, June 29, 7 PM - 7:30 PM
Campfire Stories
Thursday, June 30, 10 AM - 10:30 AM
Stories in the Woods
Thursday, June 30, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

New & Coming Soon