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The Chicago “L”

Sunday, 3/24, 2-3:30 PM
Discover the world-famous Chicago “L” in all its grit and glory with Greg Borzo, author of The Chicago “L.” He portrays the growth and development of Chicago’s most enduring icon. The “L” has been running 24/7 for 126 years and its ridership continues to increase. See how it came to be and how it changed the region. Lavishly illustrated with more than 100 images and popular movie clips, Borzo’s rich historical presentation will inform, entertain, and spark memories. Travel through time. Mass transit never looked so good! Brought to you in partnership with River Forest Township.

Great Decisions

Great Decisions promises to be an exciting series of discussions about international issues. Stop by the library to get a list of the issues to be discussed and to check out a briefing book. This program is brought to you in partnership with the League of Women Voters.

  • April 3: Decoding U.S./China Trade
  • April 17: Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics
  • May 1: The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
  • May 15: State of the State Department and Diplomacy

Spring Break in the Children’s Room

Block Party, Monday, 3/26, 10 AM-4 PM

Build a Fort, Tuesday, 3/27, 10 AM-4 PM

Puppet Party, Wednesday, 3/28, 10 AM-4 PM

Freestyle Crafts, Thursday, 3/29, 10 AM-4 PM

Games Galore, Friday, 3/30, 10 AM-4 PM 


1960’s TV Memories

Sunday, 3/31, 2-3:30 PM
Join Steve Cooper as he introduces rare film and video clips with fascinating behind the scenes stories. Enjoy original theme songs and opening clips from the Patty Duke Show, I Dream of Jeanie, Bewitched, My Three Sons, and more. Rare video clips from the 1960’s include: The Beatles at Shea Stadium LIVE, Hullabaloo & Shindig, The Young Rascals, a very young Barbra Streisand, Peter, Paul & Mary, and many more. Steve will also play some TV themes on his trumpet and will take audience requests! Brought to you in partnership with River Forest Township.

Money Smart Party

Tuesday, 4/2, 3:45-4:30 PM
Join RFPL staff for fun stories, games, and a free piggy bank at the Community Bank of OPRF. Advanced registration required. Grades K-4. ** Note: Program is held at the Community Bank of Oak Park-River Forest, 7751 Lake St., River Forest, IL 60305**

Anime Mania

Friday, 4/5, 6-8 PM
Watch, craft, snack and geek out about all things anime! Grades 7-12. Advanced registration required.


Be an informed voter in the April 2nd election!

Read about all of your candidates here. (There are 2 River Forest Library Board seats on the ballot).

Lobby Renovation Project on Hold

Our lobby renovation project, which was scheduled to begin on March 1st, has been postponed due to construction bids exceeding the project budget.  We are in the process of reevaluating the project and making adjustments so that it will meet our budget requirements.


Sunday, March 24, 2 PM - 3:30 PM
The Chicago "L"
Monday, March 25, 10 AM - 4 PM
Spring Break: Block Party
Monday, March 25, 4 PM - 5 PM
Amazing Artists
Tuesday, March 26, 10 AM - 4 PM
Spring Break: Build a Fort

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