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River Forest Public Library

RFPL strives to enhance the quality of life in River Forest by maintaining a welcoming environment where all patrons will experience a high level of service and satisfaction from a responsive and knowledgeable staff, who help them find the information they need and the services and resources they want. Our primary Service Goals are to create young readers, stimulate imagination, promote lifelong learning, and provide a comfortable space for patrons to visit.

Fall Floral Arrangement

Thursday, 10/19, 7-8 PM
Create a beautiful floral arrangement to serve as a fall centerpiece for your table! Peggy Garvin of Garvin Gardens will lead us in a demonstration and hands-on creation of an autumn-themed floral arrangement you can take home with you. Seating is limited and registration is required. To register, please bring cash or check of $10 (for materials) to RFPL’s second floor service desk. This program is brought to you in partnership with the River Forest Township.

Family Fireside Halloween

Friday, 10/20, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM, Birth-10 years
Join River Forest Public Library and River Forest Park District for an evening of family-friendly Halloween fun. Enjoy live music, pumpkin painting, spooky stories, creepy crafts, s’mores, games, and more. Ages 10 and under with a parent/caregiver.

Nursery Nightmares

Wednesday, 10/25, 3:30-4:30 PM
Create your own little bloodsucker that is rotten to the core but oh-so-cute! Decide if you’d like to create a babyvamplet, mini-mummy, zombie cub, werewolf nipper or a creation of your own madness! You’ll even get to create an undead certificate for your new devilish baby. Advanced registration required. Grades 5-10.

Check out our Kindles!

Did you know you can use your RFPL card to borrow a Kindle ereader? We have six Kindles fully loaded with all the literary hits, ready for you to check out. One lightweight device includes all the hottest titles, including Hillbilly Elegy, The Underground Railroad, A Gentleman in Moscow, and many more!

JUST ADDED to our Kindles:
Mindset a New Psychology of Success
Little Fires Everywhere
What Happened
Glass Houses
Turtles All The Way Down
A Legacy of Spies
My Absolute Darling


ASQ Screenings Now Offered At the Library

In partnership with the Collaboration for Early Childhood, the Library is now offering ASQ (Ages & Stages Questionnaire) screenings for children ages 1 month-6 years. 

Maker Fest Success!

Over 250 people attended our Maker Fest held on Saturday, October 7th.  Check out all the fun that was had here.  


Friday, October 20, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Family Fireside Halloween
Saturday, October 21, 2 PM - 3 PM
Lego Club
Sunday, October 22, 2 PM - 4 PM
Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too!
Tuesday, October 24, 3:30 PM - 5 PM
Middle School Makers

New & Coming Soon