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This event is in the "Adults & Seniors" group.
Location: River Forest Public Library
Room: Barbara Hall Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults & Seniors
Program Type: Authors & Books
Program Description:

The Library welcomes River Forest's own local poet Dan Fliegel to celebrate the publication of his new chapbook, How Music Works On Us. Dan will read from his work, answer questions, and sell & sign copies of his new book.

This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Offsite Event
Location: Off Site
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Story Times/Early Childhood
Program Description:

Join the River Forest Public Library and Trailside Museum staff at the Trailside Museum of Natural History for a free “Stories in the Forest” program! Meet at the outdoor Nature Play Area Gazebo by the Museum.

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults for Children's Programs

Children age 7 and younger must have a caregiver (age 12 or older) with them at all times while at the library, including during programs. Children may not be left unattended at the library unless they are age 8+.

Accompanying Adults for Early Childhood Programs

This program is designed for young children to attend with a caregiver. Please plan to be engaged with your child during this program. Children under age 5 must be in the immediate supervising vicinity of a caregiver at all times while at the library. 

This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Tweens & Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults & Seniors" group.

Kayak with the Library!

11:00am - 1:00pm
Registration
Offsite Event
Location: Off Site
Age Group: Kids, Tweens & Teens, Adults & Seniors
Program Type: Art, Culture, & Entertainment
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
Program Description:

We're partnering with the Forest Preserves of Cook County! 

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Accompanying Adults for Children's Programs

Children age 7 and younger must have a caregiver (age 12 or older) with them at all times while at the library, including during programs. Children may not be left unattended at the library unless they are age 8+.

Messy Program Alert

This program involves getting messy. Please wear appropriate clothing.

This event is in the "Adults & Seniors" group.
Location: River Forest Public Library
Room: Library Lawn
Age Group: Adults & Seniors
Program Type: Art, Culture, & Entertainment, Sponsored by the River Forest Township
Program Description:

The Library is pleased to present a series of outdoor concerts in our garden on the fourth Thursday evening of June, July, and August.

This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Friday Fun (Ages 0-7)

10:00am - 11:00am
Location: River Forest Public Library
Room: Library Lawn
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Story Times/Early Childhood
Program Description:

Listen to stories then play at the library with friends! For ages 0-7 with a caregiver. Program cancelled in the event of rain.

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults for Early Childhood Programs

This program is designed for young children to attend with a caregiver. Please plan to be engaged with your child during this program. Children under age 5 must be in the immediate supervising vicinity of a caregiver at all times while at the library. 

This event is in the "Adults & Seniors" group.
Location: River Forest Public Library
Room: Barbara Hall Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults & Seniors
Program Type: Art, Culture, & Entertainment
Program Description:

Ready to catch up with some of this year's Academy Award–winning films? You can see them at the Library!

This month we are showing American Fiction, which won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

This event is in the "Tweens & Teens" group.
Location: River Forest Public Library
Room: Library-wide
Age Group: Tweens & Teens
Program Type: Art, Culture, & Entertainment
Program Description:

Pick up a program in a bag kit to enjoy at home! Bags will be different each week of the summer and include craft/activity supplies. Available on a first come first served basis. Grades 5-12.

Disclaimer(s)

​​​​​​​Material Pickup Required

This program requires materials to be picked up at our service desk prior to the program.

This event is in the "Kids" group.

Family Fun Bags

9:00am - 9:30am
Location: River Forest Public Library
Room: Children's Room
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Art, Culture, & Entertainment
Program Description:

Pick up a bag of fun activities to do together at home. Bags are available while supplies last

Disclaimer(s)

​​​​​​​Material Pickup Required

This program requires materials to be picked up at our service desk prior to the program.

This event is in the "Everyone" group.

Community Art Project

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: River Forest Public Library
Room: Barbara Hall Meeting Room
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Art, Culture, & Entertainment
Program Description:

Stop in for a few minutes or the whole hour and work with others on a piece of community art that will be displayed at the library! The community art project occurs select Wednesdays and is ongoing. Last day to participate will be August 14th.

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults for Children's Programs

Children age 7 and younger must have a caregiver (age 12 or older) with them at all times while at the library, including during programs. Children may not be left unattended at the library unless they are age 8+.

Accompanying Adults for Early Childhood Programs

This program is designed for young children to attend with a caregiver. Please plan to be engaged with your child during this program. Children under age 5 must be in the immediate supervising vicinity of a caregiver at all times while at the library. 

Messy Program Alert

This program involves getting messy. Please wear appropriate clothing.

This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Location: River Forest Public Library
Room: Community Room
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Art, Culture, & Entertainment
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Program Description:

Do you love graphic novels? Do you love telling stories? Come to our comic making class and learn to create your own amazing comics! For grades 2-4. Registration required.

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults for Children's Programs

Children age 7 and younger must have a caregiver (age 12 or older) with them at all times while at the library, including during programs. Children may not be left unattended at the library unless they are age 8+.

This event is in the "Tweens & Teens" group.
Location: River Forest Public Library
Room: Library-wide
Age Group: Tweens & Teens
Program Type: Art, Culture, & Entertainment
Program Description:

Pick up a program in a bag kit to enjoy at home! Bags will be different each week of the summer and include craft/activity supplies. Available on a first come first served basis. Grades 5-12.

Disclaimer(s)

​​​​​​​Material Pickup Required

This program requires materials to be picked up at our service desk prior to the program.

This event is in the "Everyone" group.

Story Garden

9:00am - 9:30am
Location: River Forest Public Library
Room: Library Lawn
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Story Times/Early Childhood
Program Description:

Wander through our garden as you read a story. Stories will change on the second Monday of the month.

This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Location: River Forest Public Library
Room: Community Room
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Art, Culture, & Entertainment
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Program Description:

Join us for a rockin' good time! Learn fun songs on the xylophone and basic musical concepts! For grades K-4. Registration required.

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults for Children's Programs

Children age 7 and younger must have a caregiver (age 12 or older) with them at all times while at the library, including during programs. Children may not be left unattended at the library unless they are age 8+.

This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.

Tuesday Tales (Ages 0-6)

10:00am - 10:30am
Location: River Forest Public Library
Room: Barbara Hall Meeting Room
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Story Times/Early Childhood
Program Description:

Join us for stories, songs, and lots of movement in this fun and engaging, interactive story time! For ages 0-6, with caregiver.

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults for Early Childhood Programs

This program is designed for young children to attend with a caregiver. Please plan to be engaged with your child during this program. Children under age 5 must be in the immediate supervising vicinity of a caregiver at all times while at the library. 

This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Virtual Stories & Crafts

10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual Event
Location: Virtual Zoom
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Story Times/Early Childhood
Program Description:

Join us on the River Forest Library YouTube channel for a virtual program for young children.

This event is in the "Adults & Seniors" group.

Afternoon Book Club

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: River Forest Public Library
Room: Barbara Hall Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults & Seniors
Program Type: Authors & Books
Program Description:

This summer, the afternoon book club is meeting on the second Tuesday of June, July, and August to discuss mystery novels. 

This month's mystery: The Shadow District by Arnaldur Indridason.

This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Location: River Forest Public Library
Room: Barbara Hall Meeting Room
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 20
Program Description:

This interactive, informative and fun presentation explains the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Learn how to create creative trash to treasure items! Participants will even get to make and take home a sample of recycled paper.

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults for Children's Programs

Children age 7 and younger must have a caregiver (age 12 or older) with them at all times while at the library, including during programs. Children may not be left unattended at the library unless they are age 8+.

Messy Program Alert

This program involves getting messy. Please wear appropriate clothing.

This event is in the "Tweens & Teens" group.
Registration
Location: River Forest Public Library
Room: Barbara Hall Meeting Room
Age Group: Tweens & Teens
Program Type: STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 16
Program Description:

This interactive, informative and fun presentation with SCARCE explains the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Learn how to create creative trash to treasure items!

Disclaimer(s)

Messy Program Alert

This program involves getting messy. Please wear appropriate clothing.

This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Offsite Event
Location: Off Site
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Story Times/Early Childhood
Program Description:

Join the River Forest Public Library and Trailside Museum staff at the Trailside Museum of Natural History for a free “Stories in the Forest” program! Meet at the outdoor Nature Play Area Gazebo by the Museum.

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults for Children's Programs

Children age 7 and younger must have a caregiver (age 12 or older) with them at all times while at the library, including during programs. Children may not be left unattended at the library unless they are age 8+.

Accompanying Adults for Early Childhood Programs

This program is designed for young children to attend with a caregiver. Please plan to be engaged with your child during this program. Children under age 5 must be in the immediate supervising vicinity of a caregiver at all times while at the library. 

This event is in the "Tweens & Teens" group.
Registration
Location: River Forest Public Library
Room: Barbara Hall Meeting Room
Age Group: Tweens & Teens
Program Type: Art, Culture, & Entertainment
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 16
Program Description:

Try out a variety of unique foods from a different country each month in this fun taste test program. Advance registration required.