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Families had fun doing puzzles today in the children’s room! The Puzzle Day was one of our activities for “Tune In to Your Community & Tune Out TV.”

Working on a challenging geometric block puzzle:

Drawing a picture on a puzzle to take home:


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Food for Fines

Who: River Forest Library Patrons

What: Bring in non-perishable food (non-glass containers only) to pay your library fines!

During National Library Week (April 11-17) the River Forest Library is offering to waive overdue fines* up to $5.

  • One food item = $1
  • Each patron may participate in this once during National Library Week.

*Amnesty does not apply to lost items or DVD rental fees. Fines must be pre-existing.

The donated food will be given to the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.

Toiletries are especially needed (full-size shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste).  Other items needed include pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter and jelly,cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix and syrup,canned meals like ravioli and Spaghetti-os, crackers and snacks, coffee, tea, juice, boxed dinners like Hamburger Helper, and paper products.

Thank you!

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Melissa Black Ford of Empowered Parenting Solutions and a blogger for OakPark.com says:

Turning off screens provides endless learning opportunities. Tuning into community helps grow our connections with our family, friends and neighbors.

Read about two high school girls turning off screens for a day.



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Congratulations to all who are participating in TVTO. This is a great opportunity to turn off our electronics and focus on our families, friends, and the fun of interacting around books, board games, and crafts. There are so many things we can do together that can enhance our personal connections, further develop our social skills, and that are just plain fun when we take the time to do them together.

 Joanne Trahanas, River Forest District 90 Curriculum Director

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Screen-Free Activity Ideas

Need some ideas to jump-start your imagination? Click the links below for printable lists of screen-free activities:

 25 TV-free Activities 

 What My Family Did 

Post a comment to add your own ideas!

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We’re gathering resources about the role media plays in our lives. Here’s some information for your perusal:


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Look for these book logos

Tune in to your community by taking part in the Community Book Hunt!

From April 3-17, colorful book shapes like the ones in this picture will crop up all over town–in schools, businesses, churches, and other community organizations. Try to find as many as you can and keep track of where you spy them! Book Hunt booklets will be available after spring break from River Forest and Forest Park libraries. No need to register or sign up to participate. The goals are to celebrate books and explore your community!

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