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Upcoming Events & Programs
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Read to Succeed[image - Chicago Wolves' Read to Succeed logo] from the Chicago Wolves
Winter Reading Program
December 2nd - February 1st
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. 

Adult Winter Reading Challenge
January 1st - February 28th
[image - bear and penguin dressed warmly, reading together]For ages 18+.
Start out the new decade right! How many books can you read between 1/1 and 2/28? The more you read, the more chances you have of winning our raffle! 

Raffle prize winners will be drawn at the Winter Reading Finale Party on Saturday, 2/29 (yup, that's Leap Day!). (The Party is super fun, but attendance isn't mandatory to win.)

Log all the books you've read by 4:45pm on Friday, 2/28.

A minimum of two books must be read between 1/1 and 2/28 to qualify.

To participate in our Reading Challenge, click the button below and fill out the form.
You can also register in-person or by calling our Reference Desk.  Download and print a reading log, or log your books through our online form:

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[image - Pop-Up Library pointing to Central Stickney Facility, 4949 S. Long Ave.]Pop-Up Library!
Central Stickney Facility (CSF)
Every Wednesday, starting 1/15

This is an off-site program, at 4949 S. Long Ave.
Library staff will now visit CSF once a week. Popular Services staff will go for a half hour in the morning to serve adult patrons. Youth Services staff will go for a half an hour in the afternoon to serve youth patrons with their families. 

- Return Library items.
- Request items for pickup at the Library.
- Staff will also bring a small collection of new and popular materials for browsing and checkout.
Just drop by! No registration required.

Materials for Adults (18 yrs+)
Every Wednesday from 11 - 11:30am

Materials for Youth (under 18 yrs)
Every Wednesday from 3 - 3:30pm

Did you know you can also return your materials to Stickney-Forest View Library's Book Return outside the Central Stickney Facility (4949 S. Long Ave.)? Anytime! Staff regularly retrieves these items and checks them back in at the Library. (Just no electronic devices, please! Movies, including Media Box items in a maroon case, are okay.)

[image - Wits Workout logo]Wits Workout
Saturday, 1/25 from 2-3pm

For ages 55+.
Starting Saturday, January 25th, and continuing monthly on the fourth Saturday we will be offering Wits Workouts, peer-reviewed brain health activities designed to engage you intellectually in a fun, social setting.

Based on research that intellectual challenge and social connectedness are two of several factors that contribute to brain health throughout life, Wits Workout has two main goals—to provide purposeful opportunities for older adults to engage intellectually, and to increase their socialization through ongoing group participation.
You do not need to attend every session, but we hope you can come to as many as possible.

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[image - different tax forms in a stand behind the Circulation Desk]2019 Tax Forms Now Available
Federal and State (Illinois)

The Library has basic federal and state tax forms. Sorry, we do not have any instruction booklets. If you need a form we do not have on hand, see staff for a free printout (fewer than 10 pages, please.)

Also see staff for info about free tax assistance in the area.

Visit our Tax Forms page to download forms. 

To order federal forms from the IRS through US mail, call 800-829-3676 

Library staff is unable to give tax advice. Please review our full "Tax Forms" policy here.

[image - kid patrons sit and listen to a storytime in Youth Services]Storytimes 
(through 2/14)

Story Hour
Mondays at 1pm
Ages 5 & under.
Join us for stories and songs! No registration is required. 


Storytime Slam
Thursdays at 3:30pm
Ages 7 & under.
Stop by after school to join us for stories, songs and fun!


Valentine's Day Storytime
Friday, 2/14 at 10am
Ages 5 & under.
Celebrate Valentine's Day with us! Join us for stories, a craft and a treat! Please register so we have enough craft supplies and treats for all!

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Video Gaming at the Library[image - video game controller]

Game Break
Tuesdays, 4-6pm
For K-6th Graders.
In Youth Services.

Level Up!
Thursdays, 4-6pm
For 4th-8th Graders.
In the Community Room.

Game On!
Saturdays, 10am - 4pm
For teens ages 13-18.
In the Teen Space.

B.Y.O.C. Gaming
Every third Saturday of the month, 2 - 4pm
For ages 18+.
In the Community Room.

Gaming programs are drop-in; no registration required.


[image - PiYo poster]Fit Club
Saturdays, 1/4 - 2/22 at 10am

Beachbody® Coach Diane Whiston will lead a variety of fun workouts to keep your heart rate pumping and strengthen your muscles. Workouts will have barre basics, cardio, core workouts and more. The second session will include a vision board workshop.

Bring a yoga mat and hand weights if you have them.

Register for one or more dates below or call 
708-749-1050 x120. Walk-ins welcome! 

1/4   - No equipment needed for this session
1/11 - After this workout, create a Vision Board 

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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


43rd Street Book Club
Monday, 1/27 at 7pm 

Join us for a discussion of Beloved by Toni Morrison. A slave girl, Sethe, escapes to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is haunted by memories and a ghost.

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.

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]




Senior Crossword Club
Wednesday, 2/12 at 11am

For ages 55+.
Do you like crossword puzzles? Want to keep your brain stimulated? Want to get out of the house and socialize with some peers? Come to the Library and help solve a puzzle with others. We will project the puzzle onto one of our large screen TVs and read the clues to the group. You help come up with the answers.

This program is for seniors ages 55 and up. Coffee and hot tea will be available for participants.

Every second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 11am - noon.

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Writers' Group[image - portrait of storyteller and writer Margaret Burk)
Saturday, 2/15 at 11am 

For ages 17+.
Stories connect us. Bring a piece of your writing to share, and get feedback. All types of writing welcomed and encouraged.

Questions? Email or call 708-749-1050 x120

SFVPLD's Writers' Group meets the third Saturday of the month.  
Check out our Writers' Corner page.


Listen to Your Art
Art Club

Fourth Saturday of the month from 1 - 2pm
[image - general art supplies]For ages 6-12.
A new art club for older kids!

Dates for 2020:

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[image - The Art of the Escape]Escape Room:
Special Extended Dates!
Thursday, 1/23 from 2:30 - 7:15pm
Saturday, 1/25 from 9:30am - 4pm
Tuesday, 1/28 from 12:30 - 7:15pm
Thursday, 1/30 from 12:30 - 5pm
For all ages!

Can you escape in time? The clock is ticking (and melting...)! Follow the Clue Master's instructions, or become part of our collection forever! Muah ah ah!

To register, please visit the Youth Services Desk or call 708-749-1050

NEW book club for kids!
Book Cover Creators

Wednesday, 1/29 from 5 - 6pm
[image - a book with a drawing taped to the cover; title reads For ages 7-12.
Join us once a month to design your own book cover! We will read a group book, discuss important elements in the story and then create a book cover that reflects the story. Book cover designs will be displayed in the Youth Service department that month. 

NEW art club for kids!
Art Pod

Second Saturday of the month from 1 - 2pm
[image - general art supplies]For ages 0-5.
A new art club for young kids! Please register for each session so we have enough supplies.

Dates for 2020:

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 (Mother's Day)

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(Father's Day)

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Winter Reading Finale Concert:
Spirituals to Swing to Soul
by Alysha Monique
Saturday, 2/29 at 2pm
[image - photo of singer Alysha Monique]Chicago Vocalist Alysha Monique presents "Spirituals to Swing to Soul": a guided performance and narration that tells the story of pain, beauty, and perseverance, outlining the timeline of Black American music. Join us on this beautiful journey.
Our Winter Reading Program (adult) prize winners will be announced after the show!
Register here or call 708-749-1050.

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Excel for Beginners
Wednesday, 3/4 at 6pm

For ages 18+.
Create basic spreadsheets, use common formulas and functions in Excel, and learn to sort and filter data. Bring your laptop or use one of ours. Register by clicking below or call 708-749-1050

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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.


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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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