Programs for Children

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.


Story Times

Tuesday, 10/6-10/20, 10-11 AM, Mother Goose Café, Birth-18 months

Join us for coffee, stories, and play. Stories begin at 10:20 AM. For kids birth-18 months with parent/caregiver.

Thursday, 10/8-10/22, 10 AM, Toddler Time, 18 months-3 years

Join us for stories, music, and movement. For kids 18 months-3 years with parent/caregiver.

Friday, 10/9-10/23, 9:30 AM, Family Story Time @ Whole Foods Market, Birth-6 years

Story time for kids ages birth-6 years with a parent/caregiver.**Note: program is held at Whole Foods Market River Forest, 7245 Lake Street, River Forest, IL 60305, 708-366-1045.**

Monday, 10/12, 6:30 PM, PJ Story Time, 2-7 Years

Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed friend to our special evening story time program! For ages 2-7 years with parent/caregiver.





10/1-31, DIY: Toilet Paper Roll Monsters, Children of All Ages

Make a silly or scary monster in the Children’s Room. Supplies will be provided.

Friday, 10/9, 5:30-7:30 PM, Family Fireside Halloween at RFPL and Centennial Park, Birth-12 years

Join River Forest Public Library and River Forest Park District for an evening of family-friendly Halloween fun. Enjoy a pumpkin bounce house, pumpkin painting ($1), s’mores, Halloween stories, games, crafts and more. For kids ages 12 and under with a parent/caregiver.

Saturday, 10/10, 3:30-5 PM, Minecraft Madness Grades 3-7

Calling all Minecraft builders, warriors, and fans! Head to RFPL for Minecraft-inspired activities, snacks, and to play together on shared challenges. Advanced registration required.

Tuesday, 10/20, 3:45-4:45 PM, Crafternoon, Grades K-4

Make candy sushi and more at this fun after school crafting program for elementary schoolers.

Saturday, 10/24, 2-3 PM or 3-4 PM, LEGO Club, Grades K-4

LEGO fans will be given a new LEGO building challenge each time we meet. LEGO bricks will be provided. Both sessions are the same, so please just sign up for one time slot. Advanced registration is required. For kids in grades K-4.

Monday, 10/26, 7 PM, Book Bonanza, Grades K-4

Learn about new books, play a fun game, and enjoy yummy snacks in the Children’s Room. For independent readers.

Thursday, 10/29, 10 AM, Movers and Shakers, Birth-6 years

Join My Gym’s Miss Debbie at the Library for fun movement activities using puppets, bubbles, and more! For kids birth-6 years old with parent/caregiver.

  Click here for more upcoming programs for children.