River Forest Public Library River Forest Public Library

Welcome to Your Library

Visit your Library and discover quality collections, a comfortable space, and friendly, professional staff members committed to providing the highest level of service. Come browse thousands of books, movies, music CDs, video games, magazines, and more. Internet access is available at seated computer workstations, or you may bring your laptop or mobile device and enjoy free wifi throughout the building and in the garden. We look forward to seeing you soon.

All Levels Yoga

Saturday, 8/13, 2-3 PM, Adult

Rhonda Fentry of Rhonda’s Rhythms returns to lead an All Levels Yoga class. Advanced registration required. Brought to you in partnership with the River Forest Township. 

Film Lover Fridays

Friday, 8/19, 12-2:30 PM, Adult

Join other movie lovers on the third Friday of every month to watch great classic films. This season we’re hitting the trail with westerns! Today we’ll be watching A Fistful of Dollars (1964). Light refreshments will be served. Stay for a post-film discussion led by local film expert Jim Jacob. Brought to you in partnership with River Forest Township. 

Welcome Back

Monday, 8/22, 3:30-4:30 PM, Grades 5-8 

Enjoy a welcome back snack and find out about the terrific library materials and fun programs the Library offers just for Middle School students. Sponsored by the Oak Park River Forest Youth Services. 

The History of the Beach Boys

Tuesday, 8/23, 7-8:30 PM, Adult 

The Beach Boys are the ultimate sound of summer. Using video clips of the band’s performances and interviews, music historian Gary Wenstrup will trace the arc of the Beach Boys’ career from their early surfin’ days to the more mature Pet Sounds era and their abandoned Smile project. Surf’s up! Brought to you in partnership with River Forest Township. 

Local History: Thatcher Woods

Saturday, 8/27, 2-3:30 PM, Adult 

Guest speaker John Elliott, retired naturalist from Cook County Forest Preserves, shares his research on the history of Thatcher Woods and other local forest preserves. Brought to you in partnership with River Forest Township. 


Welcome Shannon Duffy, Operations Manager

The Library is excited to welcome Shannon Duffy to our team as our new Operations Manager. In this role, Shannon will work closely with the Director, sharing responsibility for library administration, finances, and facilities, as well as overseeing the Materials Services Department. 

Drive-through Book Drop Temporarily Closed

Our drive-through book drop is no longer in working order and is currently closed. You can still drop off materials in our garden book drop or inside the library. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. New book drops have been ordered and are expected to arrive in mid-August. We will be getting a […]


Friday, August 12, 10 AM - 10:30 AM
Park Play Story Time
Saturday, August 13, 2 PM - 3 PM
All Levels Yoga
Sunday, August 14, 12 AM - 12 AM
Library Closed
Monday, August 15, 10 AM - 10:30 AM
Garden Story Time

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