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.

 

Adult Winter Reading

winter reading listWhat’s cozier than curling up with a good book by the fire on a cold winter’s day? Get rewarded for your reading this year. The RFPL is offering a Winter Reading program for adults beginning January 16, 2016! Register here or  by signing up at the second floor desk. Then, log each book you read between Jan. 16 and Mar. 20 online or by filling out the form at our second floor desk.  Every five books you log gets you an entry into a drawing for a grand prize of your choice. It’s easy and fun! Our grand prizes have generously been sponsored by Elan Salon, Exit Strategy Brewing Company, and River Forest Chocolates.

 

Computer Labs

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.

Wednesday, 2/3-2/24, 10-11:30 AM, Computer Learning Lab

Does your computer drive you nuts? Does your tablet make you crazy? Come to our Computer Learning Lab — whatever your tech issue, we can help you figure it out or get to the next step. These sessions are designed for the total beginner through intermediate home/personal user. No need to sign up, just drop in anytime during the session to learn on one of our laptops, or bring your own device.

Book Discussion Groups

Wednesday, 2/10, 1:30-2:30 PM, Afternoon Book Discussion

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

Wednesday, 2/3, 7:30-8:30 PM, Evening Book Discussion

THE WOMAN BEHIND THE NEW DEAL by Kristin Downey

February Programs

Monday, 2/1, 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.

Sunday, 2/7, 2-3 pm, “Writing at the Edge” – Jeremy Falcon Author Visit

Come hear local author and world traveler Jeremy Falcon talk about his new historical trilogy, The Harmony of the Spheres.

Tuesday, 2/9, 7-8 PM, Great Decisions

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Great Decisions promises to be an exciting series of discussions about international issues. Stop by the library to get a list of the issues to be discussed and to check out a briefing book. There will be 8 issues discussed over 8 sessions. Today’s Topic: The Middle East.

Saturday, 2/13, 1-3 PM, Foreign Film Forum

Heartbreaker France, 2010, NR, 105 min

Saturday, 2/20, 2-3pm, Talking Intelligently About Art

Are you a fan of art but uncertain how to talk about it? Do you want to understand more about a painting or sculpture than what the label on the wall tells you about it? In this slide lecture, art historian Jeff Mishur offers an introduction to the appreciation of art. Covering basic design principles, he will focus on how to analyze how an artwork is “built” out of colors, lines, and similar components.

Tuesday, 2/23, 7-8 PM, Great Decisions

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Great Decisions promises to be an exciting series of discussions about international issues. Stop by the library to get a list of the issues to be discussed and to check out a briefing book. There will be 8 issues discussed over 8 sessions. Today’s Topic: The Rise of Isis.

Thursday, 2/25, 6:30-8:30 PM, Pre-event screening – One Earth Film Festival

Join us for a special pre-screening to help kick off the 5th Annual One Earth Film Fest. ‘MyStuff’ and ‘Bea Johnson’s Zero Waste Home” Films being screened tonight will explore environmental issues important to the River Forest community. Reserve your ticket today.

 

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