On Wednesday, Nov. 22, the Library will close at 5 PM & remain closed Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Do you love book lists, and chatting about books? Then you’ll love BookSpot, featuring books, movies, and more recommended by our own staff! Get to know Meghan, our first featured staff member! (She’s our Irish, classic movie loving Adult Services Associate). Explore our new BookSpot page to dig into Meghan’s lists. You can also browse Meghan’s BookSpot display in our lobby – the display is interactive, so you can share your recommendations with Meghan, too!

Pre-Civil War Quilts: The Hidden Codes to Freedom

Sunday, 11/19, 2-3:30 PM
During this presentation, Connie Martin will illustrate some Pre-Civil War quilts and their significance to the freedom of slaves through the Underground Railroad. The stories surrounding the secret messages in quilts are rich in American culture. Replicas of actual quilts that slaves used on their journey will be displayed and the meanings behind the different patterns will be discussed. This program is brought to you in partnership with the River Forest Township.

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.

Family Circuit Play

Wednesday, 11/22, 2-3 PM
Families work together as they explore and build with snap circuit kits. An adult caregiver is required to supervise play. One kit per family. Advanced registration required. Grades K-4 with parent/caregiver.

Stories with Santa

Saturday, 12/9, 10 AM-3 PM, Birth-8 years
Santa is visiting RFPL! Our annual holiday program for children features stories, crafts, and visits with Santa upstairs by the fireplace. Pictures taken with Santa will be posted to the RFPL website. Caregivers are encouraged to snap their own keepsake photos as well. This is a drop-in, free, fun family program. Ages 8 and under with a parent/caregiver.


Government-wide survey for River Forest Residents

The six local government agencies that serve the Village of River Forest, including the Library, are embarking on a new effort to collaborate on communication with residents. They have worked together to develop a survey for residents, which will help gain a better understanding of what information is most useful to Village residents and how […]

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. 


Monday, November 20, 4 PM - 5 PM
Snack Attack
Tuesday, November 21, 10 AM - 11 AM
Mother Goose Café
Tuesday, November 21, 3:30 PM - 5 PM
Middle School Makers
Wednesday, November 22, 2 PM - 3 PM
Family Circuit Play

New & Coming Soon