Reads, recommendations and updates from the River Forest Public Library Children's Room Staff.

Leave a comment

DIY @ Home: Bird Seed Cakes




  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • Cookie cutters in shapes of choice or muffin tin
  • Bird seed
  • Wax paper
  • Straws
  • String/yarn


  1. Empty 1 package of unflavored gelatin into a bowl with 2 tablespoons of cold water. Let this sit for 1 minute. Add 1/3 cup of boiling water to the gelatin, stirring for a few minutes or until the gelatin is dissolved. This is the binder that keeps seeds together.
  2. Add 2 cups of bird seed to the gelatin and mix thoroughly.
  3. Cut a straw into pieces that will be slightly longer than the width of your bird seed cakes.
  4. Put cookie cutter shapes on the wax paper on top of a plate of cookie sheet (should be able to fit into fridge) and fill with bird seed/gelatin mixture. If you are using a muffin tin grease the cups of the pan and divide the mixture between them. Only fill each up about halfway.
  5. Put your bird seed cakes in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow the seed mixture to set. After setting warm to room temperature before removing the cakes from the cookie cutters or pan.
  6. After setting warm to room temperature before removing the cakes from the pan and remove straw pieces.
  7. Take the string/yarn and string it through the hole made by the straw pieces.
  8. Hang your bird cakes up in a tree or place on a favorite bird perch.

Leave a comment

Caterpillars Have Arrived!

Hold onto your hats, kids.  Our caterpillars have arrived!  Ever wondered what these guys look like in each stage of their growth?  Come into the library and watch the caterpillars grow into beautiful Painted Lady butterflies.  Our annual Butterfly Party will be held on May 17th.  To hold you over until then take a look at some of our butterfly books and DVDs:

Fly, Butterfly, fly! by Dana Meachen Rau



Perfect for kids just learning to read, this book offers a simple introduction to some of nature’s most intriguing, tiny creatures.

Butterfly & Moth by DK Publishing



This DVD is perfect for the second to fifth grader looking for some more in depth information about butterflies.  This DVD can be found in our new Non-Fiction DVD section.

From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Debra Heiligman



Great for kids who like non-fiction picture books and are readers in the 2nd-3rd grade range.  A caterpillar comes to school in a jar. The class watches the caterpillar each day as it grows and changes. Soon, it disappears into a hard shell called a chrysalis. Then the chrysalis breaks, and a beautiful butterfly flies out of the jar! This is a perfect beginner’s guide to the mystery of metamorphosis.

Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey by Loree Griffin Burns



This book’s age range is for good readers between 3rd & 4th grade (or anyone who likes a really good true story).  Have you ever heard of a butterfly farm?  On a farm in Costa Rica, workers care for these delicate, winged creatures as they change from eggs to caterpillars to pupae. Like any other crop, the butterflies will eventually leave the farm. But where will they go? And just how do you ship a butterfly?  Very carefully! To discover how it works, follow these butterflies on a remarkable journey!



Leave a comment

Viewing for Information

The RFPL has always had a wonderful collection of nonfiction DVDs for families and children.  Recently, the collection has been moved to the south wall of the Children’s Room near all the feature DVDs and audio books.   Stop by and browse the many selections that will enrich your family movie time.



For the science buff choose Bill Nye the Science Guy or The Way Things Work a series by David Macauley exploring things like gears, wheels, and screws.

For animal lovers there are fun and informative series produced by National Geographic or DisneyNature films.nature

For global enthusiasts, the series World Families will take your family inside the homes and schools of people from many nations.family


Leave a comment

April LEGO Club

LEGO fans are invited to register each month for a special LEGO club program. Participants will be given a theme/challenge each month to complete as a team. Kids in grades K-2 can register for the 2 pm session and grades 3-5 can register for the 3 pm session. Make sure you don’t miss this month’s LEGO club, it’s going to be out of this world!


Leave a comment

Spring Has Sprung!

We may still have a few more cold days ahead of us, but Spring is definitely on its way! Stop by the library to check out our selection of books about spring, birds, and gardening featured in the desk display.

Check out some of the book selections below to get into the spring swing of things!

Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker

Third-grader Clementine’s school field trip to Plimoth Plantation leads to all kind of discoveries, from fourth grade eating rules to the source of the stink on the bus.

The Spring Chicken!  by Mary Tillworth

Based on the screenplay “The spring chicken is coming!” by Rodney Stringfellow and based on the TV series Bubble Guppies, created by Robert Scull and Jonny Belt.”

Book Cover

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons by Il Sung Na

While other animals migrate, hibernate, or stay busy all winter, a little white rabbit watches.


And Then It’s Spring! by Julie Fogliano

Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.

The Spring Dance From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

It’s spring and Hubie’s class is having a dance. Everyone has to go and everyone has to dance–with girls–but Hubie has two left feet and all the wrong moves. Plus his dance teacher is the size of a football player. Will Hubie sweep his partner off her feet, or will he end up flat on his face?

Spring is Here! by Will Hillenbrand

Excited that spring has finally arrived, Mole tries–unsuccessfully–to wake up Bear, but then he comes up with the perfect plan.



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.