Monday, February 18, 2013
Catalog access, digital downloads and online tools will not be available at Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park libraries.
If you have materials due Feb. 25 or 26 at your local library, renew them now. SWAN, the consortium that provides catalog and other support for more than 80 area libraries - including those in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park - will be down for maintenance. As a result, there will be no access to the catalog, cardholder accounts, digital downloads or online tools, beginning at 7 p.m., Feb. 25. That means if you want to plan to go to the library, staff cannot look up books in the catalog or tell customers if items have been returned. Patrons can't renew items, check holds and review due dates. To check out materials, customers also will have to have their physical library card with them since a photo ID or memorized account number won…
Friday, February 15, 2013
Catch a band, see big things and learn about (nearly) big birds from Friday through Monday.
There's a three-day weekend coming up for many (President’s Day is Monday don’t you know), and so there will be a bunch of things out there that can make these three days enjoyable. Tributosaurus Becomes THE BAND The band Tributosaurus will perform the music of the legendary group The Band at 9 a.m. Friday at Fitzgerald’s Nightclub, 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn. Come in and dig the set: The set list includes Chest Fever, Across the Great Divide, Ophelia, King Harvest/Look Out Cleveland, Caledonia Mission, When You Wake/Tears of Rage; Shape I'm in/Poor Old Dirt Farmer, Anna Lee, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Unfaithful Servant, Rockin' Chair, Up on Cripple Creek, Makes No Difference, Don't Do It and The Weight. Tickets are $20. Dress …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Program will feature the Oak Park and River Forest High School Gospel Choir in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
The OPRF Gospel Choir will honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during a public concert at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave. The choir will share songs, including some of King’s favorites. The concert is free. The Gospel Choir, which has been in existence since 1979, is a multicultural choir ensemble at Oak Park and River Forest High School. “We wanted to commemorate MLK Day in a big way this year," said Blaise Dierks, adult services librarian. "Partnering with the OPRF Gospel Choir seemed like the perfect way to get the community involved and honor Dr. King." Get breaking news alerts and follow us on Facebook for more news:
Monday, December 31, 2012
From wimpy kids to British aristocrats - and a lot in between - here are most requested books, CDs and DVDs this year.
If you've been trying to take these items out of the River Forest Public Library this year, and you haven't had much luck, you're in good company. These are the items - books, CDs and DVDs - that have been on a lot of people's gotta read or watch or listen to lists. 2012 Top 10 Adult Fiction 2012 Top 5 Teen Fiction 2012 Top 5 Children’s Fiction 2012 Top 5 DVDs 2012 Top 5 Music CDs
Friday, December 28, 2012
Several vying to be River Forest trustee; River Forest library board will have to name one person to its board.
Candidates will vie to become village president in Oak Park and River Forest and there will be a contest for trustee in the latter community this spring. One other race in Oak Park will be competitive in the April 9 election as five people will be running for four seats on the library board, according to filing information provided by both communities. Three of them are incumbents. Several races will not be competitive including contests for Oak Park trustee and village clerk, park board in both communities and Oak Park Township. Information was not available on a slate for River Forest Township. As only one candidate filed documents to run for the River Forest library board of trustees, the sitting board will be required to fill the …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Try books, gift cards and of course - chocolate!
I'm sure not all completely ready for Christmas, right? All the gifts are bought and wrapped, right? Okay, so - oops, you forgot one or two. If I ever ran into this issue, here are a few things I'd consider. For many that means chocolate. And at La Maison De Bonbon, 7353 W. Madison St. in Forest Park that is French Cremes. The chocolate confection, which came with the Steger family in 1921, is still a staple at the shop - not just at holiday time but all throughout the year. Rich and creamy, these small bites of milk chocolate are hand-crafted on site. "There's nothing artificial in them," said Radana F. Shanahan who's owned the shop for at least two decades. You have to call or come in to the shop, though. While people can check out the …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Rowling continues to weave her magic and the sequel of a popular British show hits big on requests.
Here's a look at this week's most requested titles at the River Forest Public Library, courtesy of circulation manager Ted Bodewes. J.K. Rowling continues to weave her magic with words as her book The Casual Vacancy remains at the top of the most-requested list. And while it's not even been shown yet in the U.S. (Jan. 3, 2013), Downton Abbey, Season Three is a pretty hot item. Here's the complete list. Maybe you'll find a gift among them for that book lover (or lovers or television fans). 1. The Casual Vacancy Rowling, J.K. (BOOK) 2. Far From the Tree : Parents, Children and the Search for Identity Solomon, Andrew (BOOK) 3. The Racketeer…
Friday, November 30, 2012
New takes from the area's book experts on some old favorites.
Trying to decide what to get your child for the holidays can be a monstrous challenge. But when it comes down to it, the solution can boil down to one word: classics. Of course there are other options as well, and three experts in what youngsters like to read recommended some books that might keep kids - and their parents - glued to the leaves after the holiday. Settling on a book for a child usually boils down to several factors, according to Iris Yipp, an owner of the Magic Tree Bookstore in Oak Park: whether the child's a good reader, the child's age, whether they like fiction or non-fiction, whether it's for a boy or a girl. One genre that will keep children - and their parents - engaged is the classic children's book. "Youngsters are …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Annual Stories with Santa will feature crafts, storytelling and pix with the Big Guy.
Santa is starting to be seen all over lately, and one of his stops next week will be at the River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave. The symbol of Christmas will be on hand during the library's Stories with Santa program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8. Now in its eighth year, Stories With Santa offers area families a local and fun way for youngsters to meet Santa. The event includes crafts, storytelling and pictures with Santa next to one of the library's historic fireplaces. “Stories With Santa is one of our favorite programs to host. We love sharing this special holiday moment with the families of River Forest. Our patrons come back year after year because this event gives people the chance to meet Santa in a fun and family-friendly …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Here's the latest installment of the hottest titles at the library.
Once again, J.K. Rowling's book, The Casual Vacancy, hits the top of the most wanted list at the River Forest Public Library. Here's this week's top 10, courtesy of circulation manager Ted Bodewes. 1. The Casual Vacancy — Rowling, J.K. (BOOK) 2. Gone Girl - Flynn, Gillian (BOOK) 3. The Black Box - Connelly, Michael (BOOK) 4. Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot — O'Reilly, Bill (BOOK) 5. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross — Patterson, James (BOOK) 6. The Racketeer — Grisham, John (BOOK) 7. Sweet Tooth — McEwan, Ian (BOOK) 8. A Wanted Man — Child, Lee (BOOK) 9. The Mark of Athena — Riordan, Rick (BOOK) 10. The Panther — DeMile, Nelson Need something else to read while you're waiting for these popular titles? Visit our blog, www.rfplreads.wordpress…