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Sign-Up for a Free
Temporary Library Card!
Access digital resources and materials from home

The Library's building may be closed, but our online library is always open, even during a quarantine! Click here to apply for a free temporary card now*.
  • Stream movies (new!)
  • Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • Access news databases
  • Use our resume builder
  • Take a class (non-credit)
  • ...and more!
Temporary cards will expire when the Library re-opens. Fill out the online form. Staff will verify your address, then email you your account information. 

- Already have an account, but it is blocked? The block limit has been temporarily raised to $100, so your card might be useable during the quarantine.

- Already have an account but lost your card? Fill out the same online form.


*Must be a resident of Stickney, Forest View, or Central Stickney & be at least 13 years of age.

Hoopla Digital Now Available
Hoopla Digital is now available for
Stickney-Forest View Public Library card holders.

Register for a free hoopla account by visiting or clicking the button on our webpage. Or by using the hoopla mobile app on your iOS, Android, or Kindle device. You will need to provide an e-mail address, create a password, and enter your library card number and PIN. If you never changed your PIN it should be the last four digits of your phone number. If that doesn't work you can reset your PIN by using the Library's online catalog.

You will be able to check out 8 items per month. Borrowed titles will be automatically returned when your lending period is over. There are no holds, wait lists, or late fees for any of hoopla's content.

If you do not currently have a library card, you can request a temporary card to give you access to all our online materials. To request a temporary card, email or fill out this online form.

For more information about Hoopla Digital here is the online tutorial.


[image - Labor Day poster]COVID-19 Update

The Stickney-Forest View Public Library is taking the precautionary measures of:

- closing the Library, including all services, programming, and Outreach. The Library will be closed for an undetermined amount of time. More information will follow.

- The due date for all Library materials has been extended to 6/3/2020.

- Also, the Library will keep your available holds through the first week that we are open.  

- Items from other libraries will be unavailable until further notice. All new holds placed by SFVPL patrons will default to SFVPL-owned items. Holds placed prior to April on items owned only by other libraries will be suspended until delivery services resume.

- Library cards set to expire will be automatically renewed until 7/4/2020.

A full letter from the Director is available here (Español).

For authoritative information about the novel coronavirus, use the links below.
Upcoming Events & Programs
(See our Calendar for more!) 
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Itsy Bitsy Scientists
Wednesday, 5/20 from 1 - 2pm via Zoom
For ages 5 & under.
[image - kids doing science on a screen]Join us for "Virtual Itsy Bitsy Scientists" via Zoom. Register by clicking the link below. Gather your materials and join us to make oobleck: water, cornstarch, food coloring.

Registration URL:

Wits Workout
Saturday, 5/23 from 2 - 3pm via Zoom or phone
[image - Wits Workout logo on a device's screen]This program will be conducted online using Zoom videoconferencing. On the day of the event you can log in using this link. The password will be the first six (6) digits on your SFVPLD library card barcode. If you do not have a computer and would like to join us by calling in using a telephone, you can call 312-626-6799 and enter the Meeting ID: 831 4622 0071 and the password (the first six digits from your SFVPLD barcode).

For ages 55+.
[image - telephone]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.


Biography Fair
Tuesday, 5/26 from 11am - 1pm via Zoom
For ages 3-12.
[image - historical figures on a device's screen]Join us virtually via Zoom. Research any person you wish to learn more about. On the day of your presentation, you can dress up as your subject, too, as you present your research findings.
Join us via Zoom. You must register to attend.
Email Head of Youth Services Ms. Danielle T. at with questions. 

Excel for Beginners
Tuesday, 5/26 at 2pm and 7pm via Zoom

For ages 18+.
[image - Excel logo on a device's screen]Join us virtually via Zoom. Learn some Excel tips and tricks. No matter what field you are in, data management and spreadsheets help keep you organized and relevant. We usually do this class in person, but this month Reference Librarian Sonia R. will be connecting with you over Zoom. You will need to download the Zoom app. When you register, we will email you the zoom meeting password to join the class. Click below or email   

Register for 2pm

Register for 7pm


Book Clubs

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Kids-Can-Cook! Cookbook Club
Tuesday, 5/26 from 3 -
5pm via Zoom
For ages 12 & under.

Gather your ingredients and join Youth Services Assistant, Miss Geralyn F. via Zoom to make hummus from the recipe below. Register to attend.


[image - Book Cover Creators Club logo]Book Cover Creators
Friday, 5/29 from 2 - 6pm via Zoom
For ages 6-12.
We will read a selected book together at the meeting and discuss the story elements. Participants will then draw/color a new book cover for the title we read. Gather drawing materials and bring them to the club meetings. You can post finished creations on the Book Cover Creators Club post to share with others.

Please click on the URL below to register. You can email Youth Services Assistant, Miss Alina M. at if you have any questions. See you soon!

Register in advance for this meeting:

[image - logo for Hot Topics book club]Hot Topics
Tuesday, 6/2 at 5pm
For 2nd-5th Graders with parent/guardian.
Join us each month to discuss a book with Hot Topics! Please pick up your book in Youth Services prior to each meeting with enough time to read the book before the meeting date. When you pick up your book, we will register you.
June's selection is TBD.             


43rd Street Book Club
Monday, 6/22 at 7pm

For ages 18+.
Although the Library is closed, we are taking the book club to the Internet. Join us to talk about Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok. This book is available as an ebook on

You will need access to the Internet and an email address. You will have to download the Zoom App if you use your smart phone. If you need help, email

This fiction book club for adults typically meets on the last Monday of the month at 7pm. 

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

Join our Adult Readers' Facebook group (click the image below!).

[book covers of past Club selections]




Adult Cookbook Book Club
Thursday, 6/11 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.

June's selection is TBD.


Craftin' Kiddos: Bathtub Paints
Thursday, 5/28 from 1 - 2pm via Zoom
For ages 12 & under.
Join us virtually via Zoom. Kids, make bath paints! You'll need cornstarch, clear dish soap, and food coloring.

Register in advance to get the Zoom link:


Show & Tell
Friday, 5/29 from 10am - noon via Zoom
For ages 4-9.
Join us virtually via Zoom. Bring something cool to Zoom Show & Tell to share with other participants, or tell about an exciting memory, vacation or experience you've had! Kids ages 4-9 with parents.

Work on public speaking skills, narrative skills & listening skills!
Register at this link:


Dig Deeper: Secret Chicago
Tuesday, 6/16 at 6:30pm via Zoom
[image - Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover!]Join us virtually via Zoom. Dig deeper into a side of Chicago you've never seen, the unknown and unusual corners of the city, from a grave in a junkyard to a pool under the loop. Discover where you can picnic on a nuclear pylon or snorkel a Lake Michigan shipwreck. Surprises are hiding everywhere in Chicago! Follow Secret Chicago across the city’s neighborhoods and into its little-known history. Find oddities and inspiration in Chicago’s uncommon sites, including hidden attractions, haunted locales, and unique landmarks. This endlessly interesting city is home to tales as tall as our skyscrapers and secrets as deep as our pizzas. Presented on Zoom by Jessica Mlinaric, author of Secret Chicago: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.

Please also register using this Zoom link. Attending this virtual program fulfills the virtual program badge requirement in the Library's Summer Reading Challenge (via Beanstack). Be sure to stay to the end of the program for the secret word!


Writers' Group[image - portrait of storyteller and writer Margaret Burk)
Saturday, 6/20 at 11am on Zoom 

For ages 17+.
Stories connect us. Bring a piece of your writing to share, and get feedback. All types of writing welcomed and encouraged.  This month we will meet virtually on Zoom.

Email to get the zoom password.

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


Author Visit
Wednesday, 7/1 at 6:30pm via Zoom

[image - photo of author Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi with her book This Is Really War: The Incredible True Story of a Navy Nurse POW in the Occupied Philippines]Join us virtually via Zoom. Author Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, our "One Book One Community" author, is back with This is Really War: The Incredible True Story of a Navy Nurse POW in the Occupied Philippines, the inspiring story of the ‘twelve anchors’ of Los Baños, including Chicago nurse Mary Frances Chapman and navy nurse Dorothy Still, who along with ten other nurses were taken prisoner of war by the Japanese military to an overcrowded, filthy, and violent civilian concentration camp in Manila. These valiant nurses reported daily to the camp’s makeshift hospital, and countryside camp where they would be the only medical care providers.

Presented via Zoom. Please register in advance. Attending this virtual program fulfills the virtual program badge requirement for the Library's Summer Reading Challenge (via Beanstack). Be sure to stay to the end of the program for the secret word!


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


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

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