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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.

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.

September Programs

Wednesday, 9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 10-11:30 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!

Wednesday, 9/3, 7:30 PM, Evening Book Discussion
Come to the library for a discussion of The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes.

Monday, 9/8, 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.

Monday, 9/8, 10:30 AM, I Never Thought I Could …
Note: At the River Forest Community Center
This “pat-ourselves-on-our backs” workshop celebrates the courageous, smart and outrageous moments in our lifetimes.   River Forest resident and professional workshop leader Chris Hauri will guide you on a journey through your past, remembering and sharing the times we surprised ourselves with bravery and strength. You’ll leave a little happier and proud of who you are and what you have achieved.

Wednesday, September 10, 1:30 PM, Afternoon Book Discussion
Come to the library for a discussion of Runway:stories by Alice Munro. Books are available for pick-up from the circulation desk one month before discussion date.

Friday, 9/12, 7:30 PM, Author lecture- David Skeel
David Skeel will discuss his new book “True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World.”  Skeel is the S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the author of The New Financial Deal, Icarus in the Boardroom, and Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America.

Saturday, 9/13, 2 PM, Foreign Film Forum
Join us for a screening of Three Colors: Blue on our big screen.  Three Colors: Blue is rated R.  Three Colors: Blue is the first in Krzysztof Kieślowski trio of films, named for the colors of the French flag.

Thursday, 9/18, 10:30 AM, I Never Thought I Could …
Note: At the River Forest Community Center
This “pat-ourselves-on-our backs” workshop celebrates the courageous, smart and outrageous moments in our lifetimes.   River Forest resident and professional workshop leader Chris Hauri will guide you on a journey through your past, remembering and sharing the times we surprised ourselves with bravery and strength. You’ll leave a little happier and proud of who you are and what you have achieved.

Thursday, 9/18, 7 PM, Short Story Discussion Group
Short on time? Try a short story. Join us for a casual discussion of Jhumpa Lahiri’s short story, “Interpreter of Maladies”, which is part of her debut collection of stories that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Copies of the story will be available for pick up from the Adult and Teen Services Desk one month before the discussion date.

Sunday, 9/28, 2-3 PM, RFPL’s Apple-licious Afternoon, ages 10-Adult
Patrons ages 10 through adult are invited to the RFPL to make fabulous caramel apples. Come sample a variety of tasty apples.  Then select some to dip in caramel, decorate and take home.  Space is limited, and sign-up is encouraged.

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.