leadimage TumbleBooks

    Check out TumbleBooks!  It’s available from home at any time, and features stories, games, puzzles, and even language learning. It’s a great alternative to computer games for young children, and has books for kids through 6th grade in an electronic format- many including audio and video. Popular titles include Diary of a Fly, Duck! Rabbit!, Mercy Watson to the Rescue, and Scaredy Squirrel. All you need is your RFPL card!

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

Library Closures

The Library  will be  closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day.

The Library will resume Sunday hours, 1-5PM, on September, 12th.

From the Board of the River Forest Library

The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15th at 7:30 PM. The public is always invited to attend these meetings.

From the Director

The River Forest Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the formation of the River Forest Public Library (RFPL) Foundation and the receipt of its first major gift.

Civic activist George Parry donated a total of $50,000, in part through a bequest, to foster the Library’s long-term goals. He and his wife Angela Parry, a retired art professor and educational advocate and innovator, were residents of River Forest for over 50 years and longtime supporters of the Library.

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Story Studio

Tuesday, 9/1, 3:30-4:30 PM

Join us each month for books, snacks, and an activity based on a different literary format.  September will feature books written in a journal format and participants will create their own journal using recycled materials. Grades 5-8

Super Stitches

Thursday, 9/3, 3:30-4:30 PM

Love all those cute crochet critters you keep seeing on the internet? Crochet expert? Beginner? We’ll teach you how and get you on the fast track to Etsy fame! This program will meet bi-weekly. Grades 5-8.

Style over 60

Wednesday, 9/9, 7 PM

River Forest resident Chris Hauri presents Style over 60, fun and practical tips on colors, style and shopping. This program is held in partnership with the River Forest Township as part of our series, Let’s Celebrate Seniors All Year Long. Program will be held at River Forest Community Center, 8020 Madison St.

Minecraft Madness

Saturday, 9/12, 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.