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Apollo 11: One Giant Leap, A Series of Firsts

Saturday, 7/20, 3:30-4:30 PM

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk on July 20, 1969, actor Terry Lynch will be portraying astronaut Neil Armstrong. He will recount the lead up to the first moon landing as well as the other “series of firsts” associated with that historic mission, such as the first color transmission from Earth and the first time a customs report was filled out from another planet! Brought to you in partnership with River Forest Township.

Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories

June 12- August 21st

The Library’s Summer Reading Program encourages kids, teens, and adults to read throughout the summer.  Prizes and programs make it extra fun and exciting, but our main goal is for everyone to love reading.

This year’s theme, A Universe of Stories, has inspired some really wonderful outer-space themed programs that you won’t want to miss!

Sign up at the Library today to blast off into your summer reading journey!

Owl Mania 

Tuesday, 7/23, 2-3 PM

Staff from Trailside Museum joins us at the library to teach us all about owls: see a real live owl, learn about their habitats, and examine owl pellets. Advanced registration required. This program is designed for families to attend together.

Galaxy Garb 

Thursday, 7/25, 3-4 PM

Chic galaxy shirts that mimic the appearance of the starry heavens have gotten popular in recent years, but you don’t have to pay big bucks to add this trendy fashion item to your wardrobe. Bring a black, washed t-shirt and we’ll give you the know how! Grades 5-12

Snap Circuits

Friday, 7/26, 3-4 PM

Work together to explore and build with snap circuit kits. An adult caregiver is required to supervise play. One kit per group. Advanced registration required. Grades K-4 with caregiver.

Talk to a NASA Expert

Monday, 7/29, 3-4 PM

Join NASA Solar System Ambassador Mark Benson as he teaches us about NASA missions past and present in this live presentation and Q&A session. Advanced registration required. Grades K-4.


SWAN Introduces New Mobile Library App

A new app, that will streamline your Library experience, is now available. The BLUEcloud Mobile app provides real-time, mobile access to the catalog. Patrons can use the app to search the catalog, access downloadable and streaming resources, and place holds. Have multiple library cards in your family? You can keep track of all of them […]

Explore More Illinois is now available!

We’re excited to announce the launch of Explore More Illinois, a new program that provides River Forest Library card holders with access to free and discounted tickets to museums, science centers, park districts, theaters, and other cultural venues! Explore More Illinois is free and can be accessed 24/7 from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. Use your […]


Saturday, July 20, 2 PM - 3 PM
Saturday, July 20, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Apollo 11: One Giant Leap, A Series of Firsts
Sunday, July 21, 12 AM - 12 AM
Monday, July 22, 2 PM - 3:30 PM
Solar System Mobiles

New & Coming Soon