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Our regular hours are back!

Monday-Thursday: 9 AM-9 PM
Friday and Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM
Closed Sundays
Masks are not required for vaccinated individuals. We recommend that you wear a mask if you are not vaccinated. If you see a staff member without a mask, they are fully vaccinated.

Book Buzz

Thursday, 7/29, 7-8 PM

Calling all book lovers! No time to read an assigned book each month? Come hear our librarians tell you about new and upcoming books you might enjoy and share what you have loved reading recently, too. 

Treetop Trivia

Monday, 8/2, 3:30-4 PM

Grades K-4

Test out your animal knowledge during an interactive trivia game. Advanced registration required to receive Zoom link and password. 

Paint Your Pet #3: Realism

Tuesday, 8/3, 3:30

Grades 5-12
Join fellow art and pet lovers to put a personal touch on a picture of your pet. A different artistic style will be explored each month. Registration is required.

Animal Charades

Wednesday, 8/4, 3:30-4 PM

Grades K-4
Play the classic game with an animal twist. Advanced registration required to receive Zoom link and password. 

Interactive Finding Nemo

Friday, 8/6, 7:30-9 PM

Join us outside for a special afterhours outdoor showing of Finding Nemo with a few surprises thrown in along the way. This program will be held outside, weather permitting, and will be canceled in the case of inclement weather. Face masks are required for ages 2 and up. Advanced registration required to reserve your supplies and spot.

Mindful Vagabond: Atypical Globetrotting

Saturday, 8/7, 2-3:30 PM

If you dream of long-term responsible travel but dismiss it as a plausible option, allow Brian Michalski to guide you. Come along on his 22-month solo backpacking journey as he worked and volunteered his way through Australia, Southeast Asia, India, Cuba and more. Get insider information about planning, budgeting, dealing with culture shock, realities of hostel life, testing your physical and emotional limits, coping with setbacks, visa tips and more so that you, too, can travel like a pro. Advanced registration required. Brought to you in partnership with River Forest Township.


Katie Cangelosi joins the Library as new Operations Manager

The Library is excited to welcome Katie Cangelosi as the new Operations Manager. Katie will work closely with the Director, sharing responsibility for library administration, finances, and facilities, as well as overseeing the Materials Services Department. Katie comes to River Forest with over 8 years of experience in customer and library service. Most recently, she […]

Phase 5 Updates

Illinois has reached Phase 5 in the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, River Forest Public Library is making additional adjustments to our service levels. We continue to monitor the public health guidelines from the Restore Illinois plan and the Center for Disease Control and will make changes accordingly. We are happy to announce that the following […]


Thursday, July 29, 10 AM - 10:30 AM
Outdoor Story Time
Thursday, July 29, 3:30 PM - 4 PM
Airplanes and Flyers
Thursday, July 29, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Beginners Birdwatching Journal
Thursday, July 29, 7 PM - 8 PM
Book Buzz

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