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 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, 5/4 & 5/11, 10-11:30 AM, Computer Learning Lab, Adult
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, 5/4, 7:30-8:30 PM
Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman

Wednesday, 5/11, 1:30-2:30 PM, Afternoon Book Discussion, Adult
The Innovators by Walter Isaacson

May Programs

Sunday, 5/1, 2-4 PM, Author Visit: Dr. Tyra Manning
Join us for a talk from Dr. Tyra Manning, former superintendent of District 90, as she discusses her new book, Where the Water Meets the Sand.

Monday, 5/2, 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.

Tuesday, 5/10, 7-8:30 PM, Great Decisions, Adult
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. For more information, please see the Great Decisions 2016 website. Today’s Topic: Climate Change.

Saturday, 5/14, 1-2:30 PM, Foreign Film Forum, Adult
Join us for a screening and discussion of the French film My Mother’s Castle. Snacks will be served.

Monday, 5/16, 10-11:30 AM, CELEBRATING SENIORS: Books & Bagels, Adult
Come talk about books while enjoying delicious breakfast treats. We’ll talk about new books at the library and share some of our favorites. We hope you’ll bring your recommendations
too!

Sunday, 5/15, 2-3 PM, CELEBRATING SENIORS: The Amazing Amazon and its Rain Forest, Adult
The Amazon River is amazing. Cutting 3900 miles through Peru and Brazil, this river contains more water than the 8 next largest rivers in the world combined. Join Bill Helmuth, world traveler, as he tells of his adventures exploring ancient villages wrapped deep in the dense, immense Rain Forest.

Monday, 5/16, 7-8:30 PM, CELEBRATING SENIORS: The Great Communicator: The Life of Ronald Reagan, Adult
To this day, the Ronald Reagan presidency is repeatedly being used as a measuring stick for Republicans and Democrats alike. People listened when Reagan spoke; and for better or worse, his speaking style earned him his title, “The Great Communicator!”Jim Gibbons, historian, will present this fascinating presentation on the life of Ronald Reagan. Jim has made a name for himself teaching the importance of history and we are excited that he will be sharing his passion for and strong knowledge of history with us.

Sunday, 5/22, 2-4 PM, Author Visit: Jane Hamilton, Adult
Join us for this exciting visit from critically acclaimed author Jane Hamilton! Ms. Hamilton, an Oak Park native, will read selections and discuss her new book, The Excellent Lombards. Copies of her books will be available for sale from The Book Table. Book signing to follow. This program is generously co-sponsored by the River Forest Township.

Tuesday, 5/24, 7-8:30 PM, Great Decisions, Adult
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. For more information, please see the Great Decisions 2016 website. Today’s Topic: Cuba and the U.S.

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