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 8/12-8/26, 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, 8/5, 7:30 PM, Evening Book Discussion

Come for a discussion of The Third Coast by Thomas 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

August Programs

Saturday, 8/1, 2-4 PM, Get Your Jam On with Chicago Food Swap

This time of year the Farmer’s Market is overflowing with delicious fruit, from blueberries to peaches. Learn to preserve this wonderful bounty with a canning demonstration by food blogger and founder of the Chicago Food Swap Emily Paster.  The Chicago Food Swap brings together passionate home cooks, bakers, and gardeners to trade and swap their homemade and homegrown foods.

Monday, 8/3, 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, 8/4, 7 PM, Pintrest Craft Night

Bring a friend and an empty wine bottle for a Pinterest-inspired craft night at RFPL! Learn how to cover your bottle with used book pages & embellish with a handmade fabric flower. Lace, twine, buttons, and other accessories will be on hand to make your project truly unique. Registration required.

Saturday, 8/8, 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.

Monday, 8/17, 10 AM, Downsizing and Decluttering
Is it time to start Downsizing and Decluttering your life?  Downsizing usually happens later in life. It can be motivated by an event that requires you to move or just a personal decision to live in an organized environment. Anna Glielmi, Professional Organizer, will provide real-life tips and strategies to help you simplify your life. This program is held in partnership with the River Forest Township as part of our series, Let’s Celebrate Seniors All Year Long.

Friday, 8/21, 6-8 PM, Family Trivia Night, Ages 6 and up

Calling trivia buffs of all ages! Come share your expert knowledge, win prizes, and have a blast! Teams of 4-6 players are invited to participate in a fun night of family friendly trivia. A pizza dinner will be served. If you want to play but don’t have a full team, we will find you some great teammates. Advanced registration is required.

 Click here for upcoming programs.