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,  5/5-5/19,  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,  5/7-5/21,  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,  5/8- 5/22, 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, 5/18, 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.


May Programs

5/1-5/31, DIY May: Magnets

Experiment with magnets and create buildings with magnetic blocks in the Children’s Room.

Saturday, 5/2, 10-11:30 AM, Muffins for Moms, Children of All Ages and Caregivers

Bring mom to the Library for a fun breakfast tea party featuring spring crafts, games, stories, and more. Dads and other caregivers welcome.

Monday, 5/11, 4-4:30 or 4:30-5 PM, Stop Motion Animation Workshop, Grades K-7

Lights… Camera… Action! Join staff from Steve & Kate’s Camp at the Library for an afternoon of stop motion animation. Children will create characters, design sets, and film stop-motion masterpieces on custom-built, tabletop iPad stations. All materials are provided— just bring your imagination! Advanced registration is required.

Sunday, 5/17, 2-3:30 PM, Detective Mystery Adventure, Grades K-4

Do you have what it takes to solve the case? Put your sleuthing skills to the test during this whodunit mystery event. Snacks will be served as part of the fun. Advanced registration is required.

Saturday, 5/23, 2 PM or 3 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. Both sessions will have the same activities, so please just sign up for 1 time slot.

Thursday, 5/28, 10 AM, Toddler Art, Ages 2-3 with Caregiver

Calling all budding toddler artists! Come listen to a story and make a related masterpiece. Advanced registration is required.

Saturday, 5/30, 10 AM – 3 PM, DIY Vacation Activities, Children of All Ages and Caregivers

Going on a long car, plane, or train trip this summer? Stop by the Children’s Room to assemble some great DIY activities that you can take with you on your journeys.


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