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Board Vacancy
Would you like to help guide your Library into the future?

The Board of Library Trustees announced a vacancy at its regular Board meeting on January 22, 2020, and seeks to fill this vacancy until the new Board is seated in May 2021 following the consolidated election on April 6, 2021. The Board will fill the current vacancy by appointment. Interested persons should submit:
  • completed application or resume,
  • and a letter of interest indicating why they would like to serve on the Board of Library Trustees.

Application materials may be submitted via email to Executive Director Leighton Shell at or by mailing paper materials to him at 6800 W. 43rd Street, Stickney, IL 60402. The selected candidate must meet all legal qualifications for this office, including residency in the Stickney-Forest View Public Library District and registration as a voter in the District.

Applicants may be interviewed by the Board of Library Trustees. Applicants are encouraged to review the Library's Strategic Plan before interviewing.

For further information about the duties of Library Trustees, please contact Executive Director Leighton Shell: 708-749-1050, x160 or email


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

Storytimes (starting 3/2)

Paint 'n Stories
Mondays from 1 - 2pm
For ages 5 & under.

Join us for stories, songs and simple paint crafts! (Wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on!)

Our storytimes are drop in and do not require registration. Storytimes are meant for, and more fun in groups. If at least 3 children do not attend a storytime, storytime may be cancelled that day.

Storytime Slam!
Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30pm
For ages 7 & under.

Stop by after school for some fun! Hear stories and songs!

Our storytimes are drop in and do not require registration. Storytimes are meant for, and more fun in groups. If at least 3 children do not attend a storytime, storytime may be cancelled that day.

[image - I Heart Books]I Heart Books! Reading Program
Saturday, 2/1 - 2/29
For ages 12 & under.

Kids ages 12 and under, pick up your Reading Logs at the Children's Desk. Complete your reading log and return it to the Youth Services Desk by February 29 to be entered into a raffle for prizes!

Senior Crossword Club
Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month 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.

[button - Click to register for 2/26]



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

® 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 

[button - Click to register for 2/22]



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.

[button - Click to register, all ages]


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! It's not too late to start now! 

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:

[button - Click to register]

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

This is an off-site program, at 4949 S. Long Ave.
Library staff will now visit CSF once a week. 

- 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 - general art supplies]Youth Art Clubs

Art Pod

Saturday, 3/14 from 1 - 2pm
For ages 0-5.

A new art club for young kids! Every second Saturday of the month at 1pm. Please register for each session so we have enough supplies.

[button - Click to register for 3/14]


Craftin' Kiddos
Tuesday, 3/3 at 11am
For ages 0-5.
Every first Tuesday of the month at 11am.
No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!

Let's Get Crafting
Tuesday, 2/18 at 11:15am
For ages 4-8.
Every third Tuesday of the month at 11:15am.

[button - Click to register for 2/18]


Crafty Kids
Wednesday, 3/11 at 4:30pm
For ages 6-12.
Every second Wednesday of the month at 4:30pm.

[button - Click to register for 3/11]


Listen to Your Art
Saturday, 2/22 from 1 - 2pm
For ages 6-12.
Every fourth Saturday of the month at 1pm.

[image - Click to register for 2/22]

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

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

Game On!
Saturdays from 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+.
B.Y.O.C. = Bring. Your. Own. Console. or play on one of ours!
In the Community Room.

Gaming programs are drop-in; no registration required.

Book Clubs

[image - Kids-Can-Cook! Cookbook Club logo]Kids-Can-Cook! 
Tuesday, 3/10 from 11:15am - 12:30pm
For ages 6-12.
This kids' cookbook book club meets once a month.
Check out a copy of the Club's monthly selection. Make a dish at home and bring to the meeting to share with the other participants!
March's selection is TBD.


[image - Schooled by Gordon Korman book cover]Cookies & Bookies
Wednesday, 2/19 from 4 - 5:30pm
For ages 9-12.
This book club meets every third Wednesday of the month at 4pm. Check out a copy of the Club's monthly selection and read in time to discuss at the meeting.

February's selection is Schooled by Gordon Korman.

[image - Book Cover Creators Club logo]Book Cover Creators
Wednesday, 2/26 from 5 - 6pm
For ages 7-12.
This book club meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at 5pm. We will read a selected book together at the meeting and discuss important story elements. Then participants will draw/color a new book cover for it. Book covers will be displayed in Youth Services until the next meeting.

[image - logo for Hot Topics book club]Hot Topics
Tuesday, 3/3 at 5pm
For 2nd-5th Graders with parent/guardian.
Every first Tuesday of the month at 5pm. Check out a copy of the month's selected book and read it. Then discuss it at the meeting.


[image - book cover for When We Found Home by Susan Mallery]43rd Street Book Club
Monday, 2/24 from 7 - 7:55pm
For ages 18+.
This fiction book club for adults meets on the last Monday of the month at 7pm. Check out a copy of the month's book club selection and read it in order to discuss at the next meeting.
February's selected book is When We Found Home by Susan Mallery.
[image - 43rd Street Book Club logo]

What if, as an adult, you found out you had two half-siblings?  Becoming a family will take patience, a sense of humor, and a whole lot of love.

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!

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]




Adult Cookbook Book Club
Thursday, 3/12 from 6 - 7:30pm
For ages 18+.
This is the Library's cookbook book club for adults. Check out a copy of the month's selected cookbook. Make a dish at home and bring to share with the Club's other participants.

Questions? Call us at 708-749-1050 x120.

March's selection is TBA.

[image - A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman]North Clinic Book Club [off-site]
Friday, 2/21 from noon to 1pm
For ages 55+.
This book club for seniors meets off-site at 6721 W. 40th St., Stickney.
February's selection is A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman.

[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. If you need a form we do not have on hand, see staff for a free printout (fewer than 10 pages, please).

We have some federal 1040 & 1040-SR instruction booklets (2019). Patrons with a library card may also check out for 1-week (7 days):
- a 1040 & 1040-SR instruction booklet (2019)
- an IL-1040 instruction booklet (2019)

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.

2020 Primary:
Early Voting at the Library
Monday, 3/2 - Monday, 3/16
[image - 2020 Primary, Early voting times: Monday, 3/2 (9am - 5pm); Tuesday, 3/3 (9am - 5pm); Wednesday, 3/4 (9am - 5pm); Thursday, 3/5 (9am - 5pm); Friday, 3/6 (9am - 5pm); Saturday, 3/7 (9am - 5pm); Sunday, 3/8 (10am - 4pm); Monday, 3/9 (9am - 7pm); Tuesday, 3/10 (9am - 7pm); Wednesday, 3/11 (9am - 7pm); Thursday, 3/12 (9am - 7pm); Friday, 3/13 (9am - 7pm); Saturday, 3/14 (9am - 5pm); Sunday, 3/15 (10am - 4pm); Monday, 3/16 (10am - 4pm); Tuesday, 3/17 (NO VOTING at the Library)]

This March, the Stickney-Forest View Public Library will once again be a Cook County early voting site at the dates and times listed above. All registered voters residing in suburban Cook County may come to early vote at the Library.

There will be no library services offered during voting times outside of the normal operating hours of the Library (Sunday, 3/8; Sunday, 3/15; or Friday, 3/13 from 5p to 7p).

The Stickney-Forest View Public Library will not be an Election Day polling place.

To check your voter registration status or find your election day polling place use the Cook County Clerk's Voter Information website.

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


[image - Excel logo]
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.

[button - Click to register]


Go F1gure: Lies, Damn Lies & Navigating the 2020 Presidential Campaign
[image - photo of presenter for Go F1gure event]
Wednesday, 3/11 at 6:30pm
A crowded Democratic field is running for President, each armed with a bevy of statistics to make points and claim a distinctive ability to lead our country. For even the most diligent citizen, separating fact from fiction can be overwhelming.  

But with guidance on how to detect data deception, even the most math-phobic can grow their "numbers sense."

With an eye on the current national political crossfire, Matt peels back the curtain on how he has trained thousands of journalists and other professional communicators to use numbers accurately, effectively and responsibly in their story telling. 

"Go F1gure" thoroughly equips participants to understand data and numbers, from the coming Presidential election to a host of other decisions that, over time, can mean the difference between failure or success.

Register here.


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.

*There will be no class on Saturday, 2/29.*

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.

*No hay clase el sábado 2/29.*

Recursos en español


[image - a chihuahua wears a knitted winter hat]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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