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

Tuesdays,  7/7-7/21,  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.

Thursdays,  7/9-7/23,  10 AM, Toddler Time, 18 months-3 years

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

Fridays,  7/10-7/24, 9:30 AM, Family Story Time @ Whole Foods Market, Birth-6 years

Story time for kids ages birth-6 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,7/13, 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.


June Programs

6/1-6/30, DIY June: Tangrams

Create interesting designs and pictures with these fun shapes in the Children’s Room.

6/1-7/31, Every Hero Has a Story! Children’s Summer Reading Program

Babies through children entering 5th grade who sign up and read will earn new books to take home and other great prizes. Enjoy daily programing for kids of all ages and weekly story times for babies and toddlers. The fun officially begins at our Summer Reading Kick Off Party on June 5. Skip the line! Between June 1-4, pre-register for the summer reading program and receive tickets for the Kick Off Party

6/8-7/31, Strong Minds, Strong Bodies Weekly Fitness Challenge

Try out weekly fitness challenges in the Children’s Room!

Tuesday, 6/23, 3-4 PM, Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles, All Ages

Get up close and personal with reptiles as you join us in our front garden for this live, hands-on show featuring animals from around the world.

Wednesday, 6/24, 3:30-4:30 PM, Just Dance Wii Tournament, Grades K-5

Can you move and groove to the music? Test out your dancing skills at this fun Wii game tournament. Advanced registration required.

Thursday, 6/25, 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.

Thursday, 6/25, 2-3 PM, Princess Training Camp, Ages 4-8

Do you have what it takes to be a princess? Test your skills with games, activities, and crafts. Dressing up like your favorite princess is encouraged. Advanced registration required.

Friday, 6/26, 9 AM-5 PM, Free Play Fridays, Children of All Ages

Enjoy a different free play activity each week in the Children’s Room. Activities will rotate between blocks, puppets, games, and crafts.

Saturday, 6/27, 2 PM,  LEGO Club, Grades K-4

LEGO fans are invited to register each month and join us for LEGO Club. Participants will be given a new LEGO building challenge each time we meet. LEGO bricks will be provided. Advanced registration is required. For kids in grades K-4.

Monday, 6/29, 1:30-3:00 PM, Art Activities, Ages 3 and Up

Drop in for a fun, new, art project or craft every week! All materials will be provided. Parent or caregiver must assist children under age 6

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