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It’s a Wonderful Life: The Making of a Holiday Classic

Saturday, 12/8, 2-3:30 PM
Did you know Cary Grant was supposed to star in It’s a Wonderful Life? That the gym floor turned swimming pool was real? That the movie bombed at the box office? Even if you’ve seen the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life 150 times, you’ll have fun exploring the movie’s creation with Dr. Leslie Goddard, including how the script evolved, how the cast was chosen, and the technical challenges that were overcome. Enjoy rare photographs taken behind-the-scenes and find out what happened to the cast.This program is brought to you in partnership with River Forest Township.

Bingo for Books

Sunday, 12/9, 2-3 PM
Celebrate National Bingo Month with us! Join for fun games, light refreshments, and a chance to win book prizes. This program is brought to you in partnership with River Forest Township.

Stories with Santa

Saturday, 12/15, 10-3 PM
Santa is visiting RFPL! Our annual holiday program for children features stories, crafts, and visits with Santa upstairs by the fireplace. Pictures taken with Santa will be posted to the RFPL website. Caregivers are encouraged to snap their own keepsake photos as well. This is a drop-in, free, fun family program. Expect to spend 1 to 1.5 hours at the library for this event. Ages 8 and under with a parent/caregiver.

Consumer Reports

Make your holiday shopping easier with Consumer Reports tested, rated, and reviewed products.

Teen Tasters: United Kingdom 

Thursday, 12/20, 3:30-4:30 PM
Try out a variety of unique foods from a different country each month in this fun taste test program. Advanced registration required. Grades 5-12


We’ve adopted a new puppy!

Stop on by the Children’s Room to submit your name suggestion for our new stuffed pet!

Bookmark art competition winners!

The votes are in!  Thank you for taking the time to vote and for all of the wonderful artists who participated. All of the entries were beautiful. Special thanks to Magical Minds Studio, Creativita, Little Bits, and Sugar Beet Schoolhouse for donating our wonderful prizes. Here are our art competition winners. 


Monday, December 10, 6:30 PM - 7 PM
Pajama Story Time
Monday, December 10, 7:30 PM - 9 PM
RFPL Special Board Meeting
Tuesday, December 11, 10 AM - 11 AM
Mother Goose Café
Tuesday, December 11, 3:30 PM - 5 PM
Middle School Makers

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