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This Week’s Special Programs 04/19 – 04/25

Join us this coming week of Sunday, April 19th through Saturday, April 25st for the following special

Monday, April 20th, 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm – PJ Story Time
Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed friend to our special evening story time program! For ages 2-7 years with parent/caregiver. No registration required.

Tuesday, April 21st, 4:00 pm -4:30 pm or 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Stop Motion Animation Workshop
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! For Grades K-7.  Registration required, please register for only one of the sessions. To register for the 4:00 om session click here; to register for the 4:30 pm session click here.Sleepover1

Friday, April 24th, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Stuffed Animal Sleepover and 
Saturday, April 25th, 9:00 am – 10:00 am – Stuffed Animal Wake Up
Arrive at 6 PM for a short bedtime story with your stuffed pal. Leave your pal for some overnight fun at the library. Come back for a light breakfast at 9 AM on Saturday to see what the stuffed animals were up to during their slumber party. For ages 2-6.  Registration required, to register click here.

IMG_2433Saturday, April 25th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – LEGO Club
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. For kids in Grades K-4. Registration required, to register click here.

IMG_2427Saturday, April 25th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – LEGO Club
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. For kids in Grades K-4. Registration required, to register click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Teen Summer Volunteers Needed!

Be Our Hero – Become a Summer Teen Volunteer at RFPL!

June 5th – July 31st

Do you love reading and visiting the Library? Come and volunteer during the Children’s Summer Reading Program! You can be a desk volunteer in the Children’s Room or you can help run fun programs.

Why volunteer?EveryHeroHasAStory-300x234

  • Gain experience for future jobs
  • Looks great on college applications
  • Give back to your community
  • Hang out with friends!

To volunteer you must:

  • Have a valid RFPL library card
  • Be entering grades 7-12 in the Fall
  • Participate in the RFPL Teen Summer Reading Program

Pick up your application at the Library or print one from our website by clicking here.

Applications due May 22

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This Week’s Special Programs 04/12 – 04/18

Don’t forget about our weekly story times. Join us this coming week of Sunday, April 12th through Saturday, April 18th for the following story times and special programs.

IMG_2404Tuesday, April 14th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Mother Goose Café
Join us for coffee, stories, and play. Stories begin at 10:20 AM. For kids birth-18 months with parent/caregiver. No registration required.

Thursday, April 16th, 10:00 am – 10:30 am – Toddler Time
Join us for stories, music, and movement. For kids 18 months-3 years with parent/caregiver. No registration required.

Friday, April 17th, 9:30 am – 10:00 am – Family Story Time @ Whole Foods Market
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.** No registration required.

Saturday, April 18th, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm – Sci-Fi Day
Celebrate your love of science fiction at the RFPL! We have out of this world programs planned throughout the day. We’ll have fun, sci-fi inspired drop-in activities all day long in the Children’s Room and special programs scheduled.
Please see our website for a complete list of activities and times by clicking here.

 We look forward to seeing you there!

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This Week’s Special Programs 04/05 – 04/11

Librarypalooza-20141-e1395520201248Join us this coming week of Sunday, April 5th through Saturday, April 11th for the following special programs.

Monday, April 6th, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Pajama Night
Party in your pajamas! Wear your PJs, bring your pillow and book (or get one at the Library), and hang out in the Children’s Room while you eat cookies and read. Independent Readers Grades K-4. No registration required.

Friday, April 10th, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Librarypalooza
Join us for our biggest event of the year! We’ll have a live magic show, photo booth, balloon twisters, bowling in the Library, a dance floor for the kiddos, ice cream, an after-hours DJ dance party for teens and more! No registration required.

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Early Literacy Tip of the Month – April

Check Out “Me” Picture Booksme circle icon

The Me collection of picture books in the Children’s Room will give you and your child plenty of fun and interesting resources that are relevant to their lives.  Here you will find books about bedtime, everyday routines, getting dressed, potty training, feelings, and more.  Reading picture books on such topics helps children make sense of their world, validates their own experiences, expands their vocabulary, and gives you things to think about and share.








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This Week’s Special Programs 03/29 – 04/04

Join us this coming week of Sunday, March 29th through Saturday, April 4th for the following special Spring Break programs.

springbreakpromopicsMonday, March 30th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Puppet Party
Stop by to create your own puppets and put on a spontaneous puppet show in the Children’s Room. Supplies will be provided. No registration required.

Tuesday, March 31st, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Games Galore
Challenge a friend or sibling to a fun board game. Games will be available all day in the Children’s Room. No registration required.

Wednesday, April 1st, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Freestyle Crafts
We’ve got the craft supplies; you’ve got the talent. Get those creative juices flowing! Supplies will be provided. No registration required.

Thursday, April 2nd, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Build a Fort
Turn the Children’s Room into the fort of your dreams. Bring your own blankets and pillows or use what we have here to build a cozy hideaway. No registration required.

Friday, April 3rd, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Minecraft Madness
Calling all Minecraft builders, warriors, and fans! Head to the RFPL for Minecraft-inspired activities, snacks, and to play together on shared challenges. Space is limited. Registration is encouraged. For grades 3-7. Registration required, to register click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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DIY @ Home: Yarn Easter Eggs

Create hallow Easter Eggs  to brighten up your home.eastereggsstring2


  • Yarn
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Small balloons
  • Sponge paintbrush
  • Pin or needle


  1. Blow up balloons so they are in an oval shape resembling an egg.
  2. Using a sponge paintbrush, completely cover the balloon with Mod Podge.
  3. Tie the end of your yarn to the top knot of the balloon and start wrapping the yarn tightly around the balloon. Keep wrapping and crisscrossing the yarn around the glue covered balloon. Cut the yarn when eastereggsstringyou are happy with how the balloon is covered, and wrap the end of the string under another piece.
  4. Generously cover the yarn covered balloon with Mod Podge. Make sure it’s completely covered on all sides.
  5. Place Mod Podge-covered balloon on a cup or cookie sheet to allow it to dry for at least 24 hours. Rotate once or twice to ensure all sides are dry.
  6. Once it’s completely dry use a pin to pop the interior balloon and carefully pull out the deflated balloon from the hallow yarn egg. You can use tweezers to help get the balloon out.
  7. String together a few eggs to make a garland, or pile a few yarn eggs in a clear bowl for a centerpiece, and enjoy!


Elsener, Megan M. “Yarn Easter Eggs.” Chicago Parent Apr. 2015: 27. Print.


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