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Lucy! An Original Solo Musical Based on the Life of Lucille Ball

Saturday, 6/22, 2-3:30 PM


Making an encore appearance at the Library after her double performance as Joan Crawford and Bette Davis in 2022, performer Jillann Gabrielle brings us another original one-woman musical extravaganza. Jillann traces the life of Lucille Ball, America’s most beloved comedienne, from her shaky family beginnings in upstate New York, through Broadway, and finally to Hollywood, meeting and marrying Desi Arnaz along the way—their volatile but passionate marriage, her reign as Queen of the B movies, and finally to her zenith as the Lucy character on TV. Brought to you in partnership with the River Forest Township. 

Messy Mondays

Monday, 6/24, 10-10:30 AM

Ages 2-6 

Join us in the library garden for some tactile art. Dress for mess! For ages 2-6 with a caregiver. In the event of rain, program will be cancelled. 

Tie-Dye Up-Cycle Event

Tuesday, 6/25, 2-3 PM

Grades K-8 

We’ll supply the materials for transforming your old items into something fresh and new! Children in Kindergarten and 1st grade must have an adult present. Bring your own light colored cloth items.

In the event of rain, program will be cancelled.


Poetry Reading with Dan Fliegel

Wednesday, 6/26, 7-8 PM


The Library welcomes River Forest’s own poet Dan Fliegel to celebrate the publication of his new chapbook, How Music Works On Us. Dan will read from his work, answer questions, and sign copies of the new book. 

Outdoor Concert Series: Alloy Horn Quartet (Classical)

Thursday, 6/27, 7-8:30 PM


The Library is pleased to present a series of outdoor concerts in our garden on the fourth Thursday evening of June, July, and August. This month, the sound of brass horns will fill the garden courtesy of the Alloy Horn Quartet, who will play a set of classical music. Alloy is a Chicago-based group whose members have played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera, Chicago Philharmonic, and other prestigious orchestras. Limited chairs will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. In the event of rain, the concert will be held indoors on the second floor of the Library. Brought to you in partnership with the River Forest Township. 


Summer Reading kicked off with a bang!

We had a fantastic kickoff party on June 6 that was made possible by River Forest Public Library Foundation. We had over 700 guests, gave out 300 scoops of ice cream, jammed to some fun tunes performed School of Rock Oak Park musicians, enjoyed a bubble show, incredible facepainting, and made memories in the photo […]

Library Resources for Celebrating Pride Month 

Pride Month is celebrated each year during the month of June to coincide with the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a pivoting event for the Gay Rights Movement in the United States. In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The raid […]


Friday, June 21, 1 PM - 3:30 PM
Film Lover Fridays
Saturday, June 22, 2 PM - 3:30 PM
Lucy! An Original Solo Musical Based on the Life of Lucille Ball
Sunday, June 23, 12 AM - 12 AM
Library Closed
Monday, June 24, 9 AM - 9:30 AM
Teen Take 'n' Makes

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