Government & Library: Budget Session and a Resume Workshop

Jon Vanderbilt presides over his first budget session as mayor on Tuesday, May 6, 2019. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- There will be a budget session this week at Village Hall and a Resume Workshop at the Park Forest Library. And there’s more. Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters are in the midst of observing Ramadan. To them, we say, “Ramadan Mubarak!” during this most-holy month.

Village Government: Budget Session

The Village Board will hold its third budget session on Thursday, May 14, beginning at 6 p.m. During that meeting, Public Works and Administration and Finance will present their portions of the next budget. For Public Works, this includes Motor Fuel Tax revenues and expenditures [MFT], Water, Sewer, Municipal Parking, Refuse, and Vehicle Services. For Administration/Finance, this includes the Manager’s Office, Boards and Commissions, Legal, Finance, Bond Retirement, Retirement Funds, and a catch-all category simply called “Other.”

These sessions are open to the public. eNews Park Forest attended and took a video of the first budget session on May 7. During that meeting, staff introduced the budget to the board members, there was a financial summary and challenges presentation, then the Fire Department, Police Department, and Community Development (Housing) presented their sections of the budget.

The budget session will take place in the Board Room in Village Hall.

This is complete video of the meeting:



There are more events on the docket this week at the Library for children of all ages, from infant to elder adult. All event titles below are links that will take you to the Park Forest Public Library’s web page for more information.

These events are above and beyond the usual services the library provides. There are technology services, including access to public computers, printing, free Wi-Fi, and more; studying and meeting rooms available; free home delivery services to residents of Park Forest and Olympia Fields; various book drop locations at the library, Park Forest Village Hall, and the Olympia Fields Post Office; and more.

Scheduled activities at the Park Forest Public Library this week include the following:

Library is Closed – Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 12, 2019 (All day)

Zumba Gold

Monday, May 13, 2019 – 9:00 AM

April 15
April 29
May 6
May 13
May 20 

Doors open at 9:00 am, Classes will begin at 9:15am

Get moving with Zumba, the most awesome workout ever! You can dance to great music and have a ton of fun while getting the exercise your body needs. Please be advised that the class has been modified for Mature Adults (55+).

Instructed by Jessy! 

If you are not able to attend all sessions, please contact me with your preferred dates.

For additional questions, contact Brittany at 708-748-3731 ext. 21 or at [email protected]


Monday, May 13, 2019 – 11:00 AM

Join us for an interactive story time filled with stories, songs, sensory play, and socialization! Children of all abilities are welcome.

If your child has difficulty sitting through one of our other storytimes, this program of stories, songs, and activities might be just what you are looking for.

Resume Workshop

Monday, May 13- 11:00am

Location: Ringering Room

Her step-by-step resume guide has been shared over 15,000 times online. In this 90-minute workshop, Jez Layman will break down the essential parts of the resume and help you to create a document that is unique to your skills, experience, and goals. She will cover how to determine which format is right for you; making your work experience strong, yet succinct; highlighting your skills; avoiding common mistakes; and how to overcome issues like work gaps or age discrimination. 

We have a limited number of laptops that participants can use on a first come, first served basis. Each participant is encouraged to bring their own laptop. 

Light Refreshments will be served!

Art in the Afternoon

Monday, May 13, 2019 – 3:30 PM

Get Ready to BE CREATIVE! join us for Art in the Afternoon!

Ages: 12-under

Visionary You! for Teens

Monday, May 13, 2019 – 3:30 PM

Join Cynthia Hutson for an EMPOWERED presentation geared towards goal setting and how YOU can to be a visionary. Create your own POWERFUL Vision Board (Reflecting your dreams, goals, life vision)!

All Materails Provided.

Location: Ringering Room

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Family Movie Night

Monday, May 13, 2019 – 6:30 PM

Family Movie Night!

Now Showing: Mary Poppins 2018

Rated: PG

Seed Library Kickoff / Make & Take

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – 2:00 PM

Location: Ringering Room

The Park Forest Public Library is proud to announce our New Seed Library.

Come join us for a Kick-off of sponsored by The University of Illinois Extension.  We will begin with a Seed Starting Presentation at 2:00 PM fol…

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – 3:30 PM

Location: The Lab

Explore different media of art during our coloring circle! Be prepared for paint, markers, and so much more! 

Art Studio

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – 3:30 PM

Drop-In and discover your inner artist with one of our guided projects.

Baby Time

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 11:00 AM

 Babies and their parents or caregivers are invited to read, sing and grow in this weekly story time. This program is geared toward babies 0 – 36 months with an accompanying adult. This is the perfect time for families to bond with their child/ch…

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Chair Yoga

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 11:30 AM

Wednesday, May 15- 11:30AM

Location: Ringering Room

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga participants can also enjoy other healt…

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7UP Club

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 3:30 PM

Join us for 7UP Club! It’s BINGO Time!

Adult Coloring Circle

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 4:00 PM

Location: Ringering Room

Drop in and unwind. Enjoy coloring and making new friends. All materials provided.

Movie Night for Adults: Cancelled

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Adult Movie Night is cancelled. 


Thursday, May 16, 2019 – 11:00 AM

Bring out your inner Picasso through art projects and more! Some art projects may involve painting.

Ages: 3yrs-5yrs

Drawing Theory

Thursday, May 16, 2019 – 3:30 PM

Do you enjoy Drawing and Sketching? learn how to draw your favorite animations and more.

Digital Literacy Workshop: Internet Basics

Thursday, May 16, 2019 – 6:00 PM

Location: The Lab

Learn the basics of navigating the internet.

Registration Required

Park Forest Library Board of Trustees Meeting (Cancelled due to lack of quorum)

Thursday, May 16, 2019 – 7:30 PM

Location: Ringering Room

The Park Forest Public Library Board of Trustees is elected to set policies and oversee the operation of the Library. Trustees receive no payment for their service. The meetings are open to the public. The meeting agenda …

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The Great Course: The Guide to Birding in North America

Friday, May 17, 2019 – 11:00 AM

Location: Ringering Room

FRIDAYS: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Video Lecture Series from The Great Courses.

Birds have often held a special fascination for humanity. Venerated as deities and powerful symbols in the mythology of ancient Egypt, China, th…

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Digital Literacy Workshop: Internet Basics

Friday, May 17, 2019 – 11:30 AM

Location: The Lab

Learn the basics of navigating the internet.

Registration Required. Registration Open Apr 28th


Friday, May 17, 2019 – 3:00 PM

Do you enjoy Bird Watching? Join our Jr. Audubon Club and explore our library gardens and more!

Ages: 8yrs -12yrs old


Program Sponsored by: Thorn Creek Audubon Society

Life Ripples

Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 12:30 PM

Location: Library Commons

Join us as we read and bring intention to small actions.  

The book for the upcoming month will be available for checkout at the Patron Services desk.

March 16th – The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl


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Flowering Spring Trees Painting Workshop

Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 1:00 PM

Saturday, May 18- 1:00PM

Location: Ringering Room

Learn to paint these beautiful flowering trees. Christine will teach you some fun, easy painting techniques using watercolor pencils, plastic wrap and brushes. Perfect for spring and Arbor Day (A…

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