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Food Drive!
Now through December 30th
[image - acceptable Food Drive foods]This holiday season, the Library is collecting these non-perishable, non-expired food items, on behalf of St. Pius X Parish:
  • canned sweet potatoes
  • Stove Top turkey stuffing
  • instant potatoes
  • rice
  • Saltine crackers
  • turkey gravy
  • cranberry sauce
  • napkins
  • Jewel & Aldi gift cards
Donate these items at our Circulation Desk, & we'll enter you in our raffle. The winner we draw will win a prize at the end of December!
(1 entry per item)

As always, each item also reduces your fine balance by $1.00! Please ask for staff assistance!

Congratulations to our new [image - Director Leighton S.]Director, Leighton Shell!
He has served as Interim Director since this past June.

Donate a gift for our Giving Tree
Now - Monday, 12/16
[image - example of a Giving Tree gift with ornament: GIRL 8 YRS. OLD, Baby doll]Once again, this holiday season the Stickney−Forest View Public Library and St. Pius X parish are partnering to collect donations for people in need in the Stickney and Forest View communities.

Our holiday Wish Tree is decorated with ornaments that list gift items requested by local families in need. Those interested in sponsoring a family can taken an ornament (or two) from the tree and purchase the listed items. Bring the unwrapped items to the Library or to St. Pius X parish with the ornament attached.

Volunteers at St. Pius X parish will gift wrap the presents and distribute them to the appropriate families. We hope you will join us and help spread a little joy in the community this holiday season. Thank you.

Please drop off donated gifts by Monday, 12∕16.
Call 708-749-1050 with any questions.

Upcoming Events & Programs
(See our Calendar for more!) [image - arrow pointing down]

Winter Reading Program
Read to Succeed from the Chicago Wolves
December 2nd - February 1st
[image - Chicago Wolves' Read to Succeed logo]For ages 3-12.
Achieve your reading goals with books you love through the Chicago Wolves' Read to Succeed Winter Reading Program! Win prizes like tickets to a game or a Chicago Wolves baseball cap. Register anytime at the Youth Services' Desk by 1/25. 

December Scavenger Hunt:
Santa's Presents Are Missing!

[image - Santa is perplexed]December 2nd - 31st
For ages 3-12.
Find all eight of Santa's presents hiding around the Youth Services Department. Get a game card at the Desk. Color or mark down the presents you find, then submit the finished game card to staff at the Youth Services Desk for the chance to win a prize! 
Maximum: One entry per month.


Veterans History Project
We Want Your Stories

[image - Veterans History Project graphic)Are you or is someone you know a veteran of the United States military? The Stickney-Forest View Public Library would like to create an online library of veterans histories, told by the veterans themselves.

Contact the Library to be interviewed by a friend or loved one, or by our Veterans History Project volunteer, James McCraven, a veteran of both the Army and the Navy.

Call 708-749-1050 or email us at


Photos with Santa & the Grinch
Thursday, 12/12 from 6 - 7:30pm

For children.
[image - cartoons of Santa & the Grinch pose inside a golden picture frame]Join us for our annual photos with Santa event! Please register so we get enough craft supplies for all. 
The Grinch will be here too! Also joining us will be Raising Cane's and SGA Youth & Family Services.


Bath Bombs
[image - bath bomb with a Christmas bow]Monday, 12/9 at 4pm
For ages 13-18. 
Monday, 12/16 at 6pm
For ages 10-14. Register
Need a gift for mom or your friends?? Make bath bombs for them! You must register so we have enough supplies for everyone to make them.

Cowboy Choir Holiday Show
Monday, 12/16 at 6:30pm
For all ages.
[image - photo of Cowboy Choir]
To bring you the joy of the season, the Cowboy Choir has prepared a concert of Christmas songs featuring their signature harmonies of vocals, guitar, and violin. Thank you to the Friends of the Stickney-Forest View Public Library for sponsoring this event.
Treats and refreshments will be provided.
Please register and mark you calendar! 
Reserve your spot here or call 708-749-1050 x120


43rd Street Book Club
Wednesday, 1/8 at 7pm 

[image - book cover for The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff]
Join us for a discussion of The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff. This historical fiction set during WWII is inspired by true events.

Ask for a copy at the Circulation Desk (regular print or audiobook on CD available).

Click here to see the list of books we will read next!

The 43rd Street Book club usually meets the last Monday of the month from 7 - 8pm, but December's meeting will be WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8th.

Join the discussion online on our Adult Readers' Facebook page (click the image below!).

Questions? Call us at 708-749-1050 x120

[book covers of past Club selections]




ESL Conversation Cafe
Every Saturday from 10am - noon
For ages 17+.
[image - MC Conversation Cafe]We are working in partnership with Morton College's Project CARE program to offer this program. Please register at the Youth Services Desk, via email to Danielle at or by calling 708-749-1050 x130. This program is free. Practice your English speaking skills and learn new ones.

Resources in Spanish


Cafe de conversación en inglés
Todos los sábados de 10am a mediodía
Para mayores de 17 años.
[image - MC Cafe de conversación en inglés]Estamos trabajando en asociación con el programa Project CARE de Morton College para ofrecer este programa. Regístrese en el mostrador de servicios juveniles, por correo electrónico a Danielle a o llamando al 708-749-1050 x130. Este programa es gratis. Practica tus habilidades de hablar inglés y aprende nuevas.

Recursos en español

[image - knitted, stuffed pumpkins]Crochet & Knitting Club  
2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month from 10am - noon
For ages 6+.
A crochet & knitting group for families, kids 6+, teens, and adults. All skill levels are welcome and beginners are encouraged to join. 

All materials provided.


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Take Home the Internet
Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending
[image - photo of a mobile internet hotspot by Netgear and Sprint]For ages 18+.
No Internet at home? We have 4G/LTE mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, which adult (ages 18+) SFV Library cardholders may borrow to take home the Internet for a 2-week loan period. Visit the Circulation Desk to be put on the wait list (these devices are popular! Usually a hotspot becomes available after about a week).

For more information, including a video tutorial, view our 4G/LTE Hotspot Guide to Operation.

Read our Wi-Fi Hotspot Policy here.

Check availability or place a hold (returning hotspot borrowers only) through our catalog.


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teal = adults
green = youth & teens
gold = Spanish / español
orange = all ages

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Stickney-Forest View Public Library District       6800 W. 43rd St, Stickney, IL 60402