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    Remember that the River Forest Library staff is at your service and we will do all we can to make the library accessible to you. We offer week day home delivery services of library materials to River Forest residents who are unable to visit the R.F.P.L. A librarian can locate a specific item or help you find materials that appeal to you, and then deliver them right to your door at a mutually agreed upon time. Please contact the Adult/Teen Services department at x 316 to set up your Home Delivery service.

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.

Library Information

Bookmyne App

BookMyneThe SWAN catalog now has a mobile app! Search the App Store or Google Play Store for BookMyne and start accessing the library catalog on the go. Get started with Bookmyne here.

From the Board of the River Forest Library

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th at 7:30 PM. The public is always invited to attend these meetings.

From the Director

Dear Library Community:

I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf our patrons, our trustees and our staff, to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Friends of the Library. Thank you for all that you have done for the River Forest community through the years.

Read on…

Family Fireside Halloween

Friday, 10/9, 5:30-7:30 PM

**Note: Program will be held at  RFPL and Centennial Park**

Join River Forest Public Library and River Forest Park District for an evening of family-friendly Halloween fun. Enjoy a live music, pumpkin painting ($1), s’mores, Halloween stories, games, crafts and more. For kids ages 10 and under with a parent/caregiver.

Minecraft Madness

Saturday, 10/10, 3:30-5PM

Calling all Minecraft builders, warriors, and fans! Head to the RFPL for Minecraft-inspired activities, snacks, and to play together on shared challenges.  Participants must have a River Forest library card that is in good standing to register. Space is limited. Registration is required. Grades 4-7.

Candy Science

Monday, 10/12, 2 PM

Will it float? Explode? Change colors? Come satisfy your sweet tooth and help us put some candy myths to the test. Open to Grades 5-8.

Reading Olympics 2015-2016

Reading Olympics is a literature enrichment program sponsored by School Districts 90 and 97, River Forest Public Library, and Oak Park Public Library, as well as several area private schools.

At the beginning of the school year all 5th grade students are invited to participate in the Reading Olympics program. Students read a list of 18 chosen books and compete with each other answering questions about the books. The students answer with the name of the book and the name of its author.

School teams are formed (three students each) and the schools meet three times a year for competition. The first two competitions cover nine books each. The last competition, held in April, covers the previous 18 books.

Students wishing to participate should contact their school librarian.

Schools who are interested participating can contact Beth Kirchenberg at 708-366-5205 ex. 317 or bkirchenberg(@)rflib.org

You can also find more information on District 97′s Reading Olympics webpage.

2015-2016 Reading Olympics Books

Find this year’s Reading Olympic books at the RFPL! We have multiple copies of each title. Many titles are also available in eBook, eAudiobook, and/or Audiobook formats!

2015-2016 Reading Olympics Books

Fall 2015 Spring 2016
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Honus and Me by Dan Gutman Dorko the Magnificent by Andrea Beaty
Hunt for the Seventh by Christine Morton-Shaw Dovey Coe by Frances O’Roark Dowell
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos Emmy and the Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell
Landry News by Andrew Clements Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn Granny Torelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
Rump by Liesl Shurtliff Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
Swindle by Gordon Korman The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by W.R. Philbrick
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

Competition Dates

Fall: Tuesday, December 8th, 12-2:30 at the Oak Park Public Library

Spring: Monday, February 29th, 12-2:30 at the River Forest Public Library

Extreme: Thursday, April 21th, 9:15-2:15 at the Oak Park Public Library