Following recent CDC and IDPH guidance, face coverings are required to enter the building. Library staff are happy to assist you over the phone: 708-366-5205.
River Forest Public Library River Forest Public Library

Our regular hours are back!

Monday-Thursday: 9 AM-9 PM
Friday and Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM
Closed Sundays
Following recent CDC and IDPH guidance, face coverings are required to enter the building. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a face covering, please call or email us and we will do our best to assist you.

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 […]

Local Spotlight Display Returns 

We’ve reopened our Local Spotlight Display and are seeking exhibitors. Local Spotlight  is an exhibit space on the second floor of the Library that is reservable by local artists and not for profit organizations. Each month will feature a different artist or organization with the goal of providing cultural and educational enrichment to the community. Interested in […]


Monday, August 2, 12 AM - 12 AM
Programs in a Bag
Monday, August 2, 10 AM - 10:30 AM
Outdoor Story Time
Monday, August 2, 10 AM - 11 AM
Coffee Monday
Monday, August 2, 3:30 PM - 4 PM
Treetop Trivia

New & Coming Soon