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    Do you love reading and visiting the Library? Come and volunteer during the Children’s Summer Reading Program! To volunteer you must: have a valid RFPL library card, be entering grades 7-12 in the Fall, participate in the RFPL Teen Summer Reading Program. Applications due May 22nd

Media On Demand

Visit Media On Demand to download audiobooks, ebooks, music and more from the comfort of your own home! Media On Demand is compatible with your iPad, Kindle, iPod, Sony Reader, Nook, and other portable devices. Browse available titles by format or genre, place holds on popular titles, check out, and download your selections all online! At Media on Demand for Kids, view our ebook collection for kids! Contact the Library with any questions at 708-366-5205 x 316.

SWAN catalog

Search the catalog here The River Forest Public Library is a member of the SWAN consortium. Through the SWAN catalog we are able to provide you access to a combined collection of 1.4 million unique titles of books, DVDs, blu-rays, audiobooks, ebooks, music CDs and more.

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New SWAN Catalog!

The RFPL, in cooperation with 76 Illinois libraries, has upgraded to a new and improved catalog system!  If you enjoy logging into your library account and using the catalog from anywhere, at any time, you now have a lot more to love!

For more information and frequently asked questions, click here.

From the Board of the River Forest Library

The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21st at 7:30 PM. The public is always invited to attend these meetings.

New Book Alerts

Want a quick and easy way to know the newest books, DVDs, music and audiobooks purchased by the library? Check out our New Book Alerts!


Click here or on a book above to check out New Book Alerts today!

Sci-Fi Day

Saturday, 4/18, All Day

Celebrate your love of science fiction at the RFPL! We have out of this world programs planned throughout the day. We’ll have fun, sci-fi inspired drop-in activities all day long in the Children’s Room and special programs scheduled:

10-11AM: Intergalactic Outer Space Adventure Storytime, Ages 2-8 with parent/caregiver

1-2 PM: Rocket Launch, Grades 3-6

2:15-3 PM: Make a Lightsaber, Grades 3+

3-4:30 PM: Doctor Who Party, Grades 5-8

Doctor Who Party-Sci-Fi Day

Saturday 4/18, 3-4:30 PM, Grades 5-8

Calling all Whovians!  Kids & teens in grades 5 and up who love Doctor Who are invited to the Library for Who-related activities and Whotastic treats. Come in costume if you can! Allons-y!

Stop Motion Animation Workshop

Tuesday, 4/21, 4-4:30 or 4:30-5 PM

Lights… Camera… Action! Join staff from Steve & Kate’s Camp at the Library for an afternoon of stop motion animation. Children will create characters, design sets, and film stop-motion masterpieces on custom-built, tabletop iPad stations. All materials are provided— just bring your imagination! Advanced registration is required. Grades K-7

The Music and Influence of Pete Seeger

Thursday, 4/23, 7:30 PM

With an emphasis on music and its power to connect, join us as we celebrate the legacy of one of folk music’s iconic singer-songwriters, Pete Seeger. Come ready to have fun, audience participation will be encouraged!