September programs

Check the list below for programs and services designed to entertain, educate, and develop practical skills:

  • Literacy Day is Sept. 8. Stop in for your free carnation and bookmark to help us celebrate literacy.
  • eBay workshop on Sept. 18: Tips and tricks for getting the best deals when buying and selling on eBay.
  • Online computer classes: go to and click on Learning Express Library. The computer skills link will teach you how to use the Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more.
  • New book lists delivered to via e-mail. Go to our home page and sign up to receive lists of the library’s new books in your e-mail every month. Sign up for the lists you want: fiction, nonfiction, home and garden, children’s books, and more.

The big read

September marks the beginning of the “Big Read” program. This program features a whole series of special events, film showings and book discussions centered on Ernest Hemingway and his classic novel “A Farewell to Arms.” Forest Park, Oak Park, and River Forest are cooperating in this celebration of Hemingway. The festivities run through Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11. Watch for our detailed publicity about the many free or discounted events.

Library cards and prizes

In September the Forest Park Public Library is holding a prize drawing to encourage residents to sign up for a library card. Every one who applies for their first library card here during September is automatically entered in a prize drawing, with winners to be selected in early October.

Besides our special promotions during September, we want to make sure that children are encouraged to get library cards no matter the month. All children who live in Forest Park and are over the age of 5 may get a library card. Getting your first library card is a big responsibility and a very special event. Therefore, the Youth Services Department will honor all first time library card holders with a special gift to commemorate the occasion. Parents, be sure to bring your children here to get their library card.

Sunday library hours

Don’t forget that the library opens again from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays starting Sept. 9.