Programs for Adults

View the Online Library Program Calendar to find out more about upcoming events. You can view program descriptions, sort by audience and age, and sign up online for programs that require registration.

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.

Computer Classes

The purpose of providing technology education at the River Forest Public Library is to promote lifelong learning, equal access and enrichment through the use of technology, in support of the mission of the River Forest Public Library.

Computer Learning Labs

Get more comfortable using a computer and the internet in a casual and collaborative environment.  This lab is designed for the total beginner through the intermediate home/personal user.  Space is limited, sign up required. We will take walk-ins on lab days if space is available. You may also bring your own laptop.

Wednesdays 7/1-7/22, 10am

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. Space is limited- call us at 708-366-5205 ext 316 to sign up.

Contact the Adult & Teen Services Desk at 708-366-5205 ext 316 or to sign up.

Book Discussion Groups

Wednesday, 7/1, 7:30 PM, Evening Book Discussion

Come for a discussion of The Third Coast: when Chicago built the American Dream by Tom Dyja. Books are available for pick up from the Circulation Desk one month before the discussion date.

 Afternoon Book Discussion

Will Resume in Fall 2015

June Programs

6/3-7/31 Adult Summer Reading Program

Read a book, or listen to an audiobook, and receive a drawing entry to win great prizes donated by local businesses.  There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit.  River Forest residents age 18 and older are invited to participate.

Sunday 6/28 12-4pm FOPCON/Garden Club of OPRF Garden Walk site

Exploring the local flora during the annual Oak Park and River Forest Garden Walk? Stop by the RFPL’s own blooming gem–the Anne Smedinghoff Memorial Garden–and enjoy a cool refreshment.

July Programs

Monday, 7/6, 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.

Saturday, 7/11, 2 PM, Foreign Film Forum

Head to the River Forest Library for a free viewing of a foreign film on our big screen.  Screenings are held on the second Saturday afternoon of each month.  Visit our website,, for upcoming film title information.

Friday, 7/17, 7:30 PM, Dooley Brothers Concert!

Join us on the library lawn for our annual Dooley Brother’s Concert!  The Dooleys have been entertaining Chicagoland for over 30 years with their delightful banter and wide musical repertoire.  And they are River Forest natives! Bring your own chair or use one of ours and come ready for a fun evening!


 Click here for upcoming programs.