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September is Library Card Sign-up Month – Let’s Celebrate

Show Your Card at Area Business

Participating businesses are offering freebies and discounts during the month of September when you show your River Forest Public Library Card. Get all the details.

Candy Jar Raffle and Giveaways

Guess how many candies are in the jar and be entered into a raffle to win a fantastic prize. Sign up for a library card during September and receive a custom tote bag or stylus pen (while supplies last).

Apple Program at Fresh Thyme

Wednesday, 9/25, 4-5 PM

Sample a variety of apples, try fresh squeezed apple juice, and even paint with apples at this fun fall event. **This program is held at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market (7501 W North Ave, River Forest, IL 60305)**

Renovation Project began September 9th

We are excited to announce that we broke ground on our lobby and 1st floor staff area renovation project on Monday, September 9th. We plan to remain open to the public during the anticipated 10-week construction period. Here are some things to be aware of:

  • The main entrance will be closed beginning September 9th and we will direct patron traffic through our exterior Meeting Room door on the north side of the building. 
  • Our Circulation desk and staff will move into the Barbara Hall Meeting Room.

Middle School Take and Make

Tuesdays, 9/1-12/1

Each week September through November we will feature a new Take and Make activity in the MS and Teen area. While supplies last. Grades 5-8. Sponsored by Oak Park & River Forest Youth Services.

A Beginner’s Guide to the Golden Age of Radio

Sunday, 9/29, 2-3:30 PM

Steve Darnall, host of the popular WGN radio show Those Were the Days, looks at some of the biggest shows and stars to emerge from the early years of radio, including Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Amos & Andy, and The Shadow, with sound clips and stories about how radio became America’s first mass medium, transforming the country from 48 states into a national listening community.

Mango Languages

Offers over 60 interactive foreign-language courses and 17 English as a Second Language courses for ESL students. Great for beginners and those wanting to learn a new language for traveling purposes. Each Mango lesson incorporates vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month – Let’s Celebrate!

Show your card at area businesses. We are so grateful for these participating businesses who are joining us to celebrate libraries and community! Show them your River Forest Library card during the month of September to receive these special offers: BUTT’s Bootcamp – Free first class and $30 off a 10 class punch card ($120 […]

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 […]


Tuesday, September 24, 12 AM - 12 AM
Middle School Take and Make
Tuesday, September 24, 7:30 PM - 9 PM
RFPL Board of Trustees Meeting
Wednesday, September 25, 10 AM - 11 AM
Social Stitching
Wednesday, September 25, 4 PM - 5 PM
Apple Program at Fresh Thyme

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