Santa is visiting RFPL! Our annual holiday program for children features stories and crafts with our talented librarians and visits with Santa upstairs by the fireplace on Saturday, December 14 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Pictures taken with Santa will be posted on here on the Children’s blog after the event. Bring your camera to have a keepsake of your own! This is a drop-in, free, family fun program.
Nursery rhymes, the faithful companions of early childhood, are not only fun to recite and remember they encourage the listening and speaking skills that lead to reading readiness. The rhyming format makes it easier for children to memorize and to pick out phonemes, the individual sound units that make up words. Try reciting old favorites off the cuff like Hickory Dickory Dock when you hear an alarm or clock go off or Jack and Jill when your child falls. There are also many books available that collect a variety of nursery rhymes. Perhaps the greatest benefit of singing, saying, and reading rhymes throughout the day is that you are introducing the importance of sounds, words, and stories in an enjoyable creative way.
DIY Program – Winter Window Hanger, 12/2-12/23, Drop in all day!
Art Monday with Magical Minds, 12/9, 9:30 AM
Stories with Santa, 12/14, 10 AM – 3 PM
All Ages Craft: Make Holiday Crackers, 12/21, 1 PM
Thank You Note Workshop, 12/26, Drop in all day!
It’s starting to feel a lot like winter here at the River Forest Public Library! Come by the Children’s Room to check out some books on winter and the Holiday Season! We have many great programs coming up this December. Sign up for our December Paws to Read and Lego Club programs before they are all filled up!
Stop by on Saturday, December 14th for crafts and Stories with Santa by the fireplaces! The next Saturday, on December 21st, you will be able to drop by the library and make your own Holiday Crackers. These special party favors are a holiday favorite in the UK, you may have seen them or read about them in Harry Potter! Unfortunately no magic will be used in the making of our holiday crackers. Check out our Events Page for a list and description of all upcoming Children’s Room programs with their times or the River Forest Library Website for information on programs for all ages.
Santa is visiting RFPL! Our annual holiday program for children features stories and crafts with our talented librarians and visits with Santa upstairs by the fireplace on Saturday, December 14 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Pictures taken with Santa will be posted on here on the Children’s blog after the event. Bring your camera to have a keepsake of your own! This is a drop-in, free, fun family program.
This year the River Forest Public Library is partnering with Chicago’s Off the Street Club to collect Christmas toys for the nearly 3,000 children served by this highly respected local charity. Toys should be new, unwrapped, and suitable for a boy or girl between the ages of 5 and 18.
We will begin collecting toys on November 29th and collect until December 23rd. The donation box for the toys is located by the door to the Children’s Room. Many of these children will receive no other gifts for Christmas except for toys donated to the Off the Street Club, please help to make their holidays brighter. If you would like to learn more the Toy Drive follow this link.
Crazy Costume Capers was a success! Thank you for everyone who made it out to the library for the festivities. Here are the pictures of everyone in their costume(s) with their matching books. We can’t wait to do this again!
The first day of Hanukkah this year will begin on Wednesday evening, November 27th and will last through Thursday, December 5th. For the first time since 1888 Hannukah and the American Thanksgiving holiday will overlap with each other! Estimates for the next time such an occurrence will happen again is in over 79,000 years. Whether you celebrate only one or both of these.
Whether you celebrate only one or both of these holidays this year is one to remember. There will not be another Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlap for many many years to come! Happy Holidays from the River Forest Children’s Room staff!
If you would like to read more about the convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah check out this article.