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Programs for Adults

The River Forest Public Library offers targeted programs to meet community needs and interests as identified in our Strategic Plan. In planning and carrying out its sponsored programs, the Library aspires to meet the standards set forth in the Library Bill of Rights. The Library also recognizes that the resources available for the sponsorship of programs are limited and the selection, planning and implementation of Library sponsored programs ultimately rests in the discretion of the Library’s professional staff.

The library reserves the right to restrict program attendance. Programs may be cancelled, in advance or the day of, if minimum attendance is not met or due to unforeseeable circumstances.

July Programs

Friday, 7/18, 7:30 PM, Dooley Brothers Concert
It’s our annual Dooley Brother’s concert!  Come for Chicago’s finest blend of Folk, Jazz, Irish, Swing, Calypso and good old Rock & Roll, plus tons of originals and popular favorites from the 40s, 50s 60s and 70s.  The Dooleys have been entertaining Chicagoland for over 30 years with their delightful banter and wide musical repertoire.  And they are River Forest natives!  If there is inclement weather, program will be held indoors.

Thursday, 7/24, 7 PM, Chicago’s Movers and Shakers
The Colonel, Bertha, Ada and Minna, “The Everleigh Sisters”, and Hizzoner, are just a few of the larger than life “Movers and Shakers” that made Chicago, Chicago. See them come alive in this narrated PowerPoint presentation by Hy Speck, teacher, docent, tour guide, and historian.

Tuesday, 7/29, 7 PM, The Gift of Story
Candace George Thompson, author of award-winning family saga about her parents, shares ideas for engaging your entire family in discovering and documenting family memories.

August Programs

Monday, 8/4, 10-11 AM, Coffee Monday
Come to the library on the first Monday morning of every month for coffee, breakfast snacks and conversation.  It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors and learn about things going on in the community. Coffee Mondays are supported by Blue Max Coffee and River Forest Township.

Tuesday, 8/5, 10:30 AM, Healthy Aging and Brain Fitness
People who are more active with healthy lifestyle and nutritional choices are less likely to have problems with memory as they get older. Learn about some tips on how to keep your mind sharp. You will also find out about some new research studies.  Light refreshments will be served. Speaker: Phyllis Patnaude, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center.  Contact the library to sign up.

Wednesday, 8/6, 7 PM, Evening Book Discussion
Join us for a discussion of The Greater Journey by David McCullough.

Saturday, 8/9, 2 PM, Foreign Film Forum
Join us for a screening of Beaufort on our big screen.  Film is unrated, in Hebrew with English subtitles.

Wednesday, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27, 10-11 AM, Computer Learning Lab
Designed for the total beginner through the intermediate home/personal user, we’ll provide supervised practice and answer your questions, in a casual and collaborative environment.  Open to River Forest and Oak Park residents first, others welcome when space permits.Space is limited, contact the library to sign up!

Computer Classes

The library is now currently offering 2 new technology-related services, our weekly Computer Learning Labs and one-on-one appointments for assistance with your eReader. Visit our Computer Classes page for more information on these offerings.

Book Discussion Groups

Click here to view the Library Book Group schedules.