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Film Lover Fridays

Friday, 7/19, 1-3:30 PM, Adult 

Join other movie lovers on the third Friday of every month to watch classic films. This summer, we’re paying tribute to the king of summer blockbusters, Steven Spielberg. Today we’ll be watching Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), the first (and, according to many fans, the best) film in the Indiana Jones series. Stick around for a post-film discussion led by local movie expert Jim Jacob. Snacks will be provided. 

ZAP! Story Time at Brookfield Zoo

Tuesday, 7/23, 10:30-11:15 AM, Ages 0-10 

Join Mr. José and staff from Brookfield Zoo for a very special story time all about animal movement! The ZAP! Storytime at the Zoo! will take place at the Hamill Family Nature Plaza. Families without Brookfield Zoo memberships may visit the Children’s Room to receive 2 free zoo admission passes for the event, while supplies last. Brookfield Zoo admission is FREE for children ages 2 and under. 

Outdoor Concert Series: Petra van Nuis Quartet (Jazz)

Thursday, 7/25, 7-8:30 PM

Join us in the garden for a jazz performance by acclaimed vocalist Petra van Nuis and her backing band (composed of keyboard, upright bass, and drums). Petra is a leading light of the Chicago jazz scene and has performed around the world as well as all over the Chicago area. Limited chairs will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held indoors on the second floor of the Library. 


Library added security due to continued threats. Updated July 11, 2024

As has been previously shared, the Library has been dealing with various threats and harassing messages targeting the Library Director and the River Forest Police.  The Library has been cooperating with the authorities investigating the threats and continues to work closely with the River Forest Police Department to assure the safety of Library patrons and […]

Ravinia and Your Library: Request Free Lawn Passes

Your Library is excited to again be able to offer a limited number of Ravinia Lawn Passes to River Forest Public Library cardholders, generously provided through Ravinia Festival’s Words & Music outreach program 2024.   If you are interested in receiving a set of lawn passes, here’s what you need to know.  These tickets are […]


Friday, July 19, 1 PM - 3:30 PM
Film Lover Fridays
Saturday, July 20, 2 PM - 3:30 PM
Antiques Appraisal
Sunday, July 21, 12 AM - 12 AM
Library Closed
Monday, July 22, 12 AM - 12 AM
Teen Take 'n' Makes

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