The Library will be closed Friday, January 14th, for staff training.
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An Update on COVID Precautions

The Library continues to monitor the COVID news in our area as well as guidance from local health officials and the CDC. Due to the latest COVID surge, the Library is converting all programs through mid-February to virtual formats. Please check our event calendar for the latest information as we continue to assess the situation in our area. The Library is still open, but if you are not comfortable coming into the building, please contact us at (708) 366-5205 x 304 and we will do our best to assist you. Please remember that masks are required when visiting the Library, and thank you for your understanding and patience as we continue to navigate this changing landscape together.

Virtual Author Event with Susan Fox
Little Women of Baghlan

The Story of a Nursing School for Girls in Afghanistan, the Peace Corps, and Life before the Taliban

Sunday, 1/16
2-3:30 PM

Join us on zoom with author Susan Fox as we explore the turbulent 1960s and 70s in Afghanistan through the lens of the Peace Corps. Register to receive the zoom link.

Hygge at Home

pick up on Monday, 1/17

Grades 5-12

Hygge is everything cozy, simple, and familiar with close friends and family. We all need a little Hygge in our lives, especially in winter. We have a new take-home kit to help you have a cozy winter. Out kits contain a craft, some suggestions for activities, and a few packets of cocoa. One kit per household please. Advanced registration required.

We’re Having a Winter Photo Contest!

Enter now for your chance to win a great prize. Anything wintery will be accepted. Freshly fallen snow, icicles, a steaming mug of hot cocoa, kids or pets in wintery gear…you get the idea. Get creative! Submissions will be accepted through January 24 and all entries will be displayed in the Library in February. For Grades 5 through Adult.

A Live Virtual Evening with Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Wednesday, 1/26, 7 PM

Bestselling author Silvia Moreno-Garcia discusses her newest book, Velvet Was the Night, and her genre-defying mashups of cultural noir and Lovecraftian horror. This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration between public libraries offering high-quality events.

Advanced registration required. 

Winter Reading, 12/1-1/31

It’s that time of the year again! Get rewarded for what you read by signing up for our  Teen or Adult Winter Reading program! It’s easy! Register online on Beanstack.  Between December 1st and January 31st log each book you read. Every book you read gets you an entry into a drawing for a great prize.

Kids age 2-10 can pick up a Winter Reading BINGO sheet in the Children’s Room. Everyone wins!

Happy reading!


Staff Updates

Farewell and Best Wishes to Amy Grossman Last week, we said farewell to Amy Grossman, our Children’s Services Manager. For the past 7 years, Amy has brought her passion and dedication to the River Forest Public Library Children’s Department. Amy’s hard work and creativity resulted in exceptional services for children and families in the River […]

Cold Weather Safety

When temperatures in Cook County are expected to dip to unsafe levels, the County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security provides an updated list of warming centers for residents to protect themselves and their families.


Sunday, January 16, 2 PM - 3:30 PM
Virtual Author Event with Susan Fox: Little Women of Baghlan
Monday, January 17, 9 AM - 10 AM
Hygge at Home
Monday, January 17, 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Virtual - Crafternoon
Tuesday, January 18, 10 AM - 10:30 AM
VIRTUAL - Baby Time

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