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Zumba Gold and More at the Library, Village Board, Passover, Holy Week, More This Week in Park Forest

Sunset Over Park Forest, Shawn Needham
Sunset Over Park Forest. (Photo: Shawn Needham)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Our Jewish brothers and sisters begin celebrating Passover the evening of Friday, April 19. Passover ends the evening of Saturday, April 27. If you have Jewish friends or would like to try wishing them joy during Passover, “Happy Pesach!” is a fine greeting. “Pesach” is Hebrew for “Passover.” The last two letters in English are guttural. Try making a noisy, breathy sound on the “ch” when saying “Loch Ness” and you’ll approximate the last letters of “Pesach.”

Our Christian brothers and sisters (most of them) began celebrating Holy Week with today’s observance of Palm Sunday. The appropriate greeting, even now, would be “Happy Easter!” as Christians look forward to celebrating the Triduum this week: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.

The Village Board will hold a Regular Meeting on Monday, April 15. That means there’s voting involved. Find the complete agenda for the meeting here. Plan on attending a board meeting or find out how to either watch the next meeting live or see past meetings by clicking here.

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 PFPL’s 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:

Zumba Gold

Monday, April 15, 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, April 15, 2019 – 11:00 AM

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

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

kids’ zone Science Club (Registration Required)

Monday, April 15, 2019 – 3:00 PM

Location: Ringerring Room

Registration Required!

Grades: 3rd-6th

A Day in the Life: You and Your Body!

TEEN Monday Craft-a-Noon

Monday, April 15, 2019 – 3:30 PM

Explore your inner artist with a few simple tools. 

All Materials Provided

Location: The Lab

Drop-In Craft Day

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – 12:30 PM

Stop in kids’ zone today and create something special.

TEEN Drop-In

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – 1:00 PM

Stop in the Lab today and create something special.


Tuesday, April 16, 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, April 16, 2019 – 3:30 PM

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

Baby Time

Wednesday, April 17, 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/children.

Digital Literacy Workshop: Powerpoint Basics (Group 1)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 12:30 PM

Location: The Lab

Get a beginner’s level introduction to Microsoft Powerpoint over a period of three sessions. 

  • Part 1: Wednesday, Apr 10th @ 12:30 PM
  • Part 2: Wednesday, Apr 17th @ 12:30 PM
  • Part 3: Wednesday, Apr 24th @ 12:30 PM

Registration Required. Registering for Part I will automatically register you for Part 2 and Part 3. Registration Opens March 24th.

Color Me Mine

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 3:30 PM

Travel to a world of relaxation for kids. Lose yourself in patterns, curved flowers or even runaway stems. Color yourself Happy in our kids’ coloring circle.

7UP Club

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 3:30 PM

Join us for 7up club! Join us for a special Easter Project!

Adult Coloring Circle

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 4:00 PM

Location: Ringering Room

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

Movie Night for Adults

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 6:30 PM

Location: Ringering Room

Join us as we watch a newly released movie.

 Greenbook will be the March selection.

Potpourri of Lectures

Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 10:30 AM

Location: Ringering Room

April 18th – “Nutrition + Exercise = Fitness After 50” – by Mario Koonce


Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 11:00 AM

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

Ages: 3yrs-5yrs

TEEN DIY Easter Project

Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 3:30 PM

Stop in the Lab for a special Easter Project. 

All materials provided.

Digital Literacy Workshop: Powerpoint Basics (Group 2)

Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 6:00 PM

Location: The Lab

Get a beginner’s level introduction to Microsoft Powerpoint over a period of three sessions. 

  • Part 1: Wednesday, Apr 11th @ 6:00 PM
  • Part 2: Wednesday, Apr 18th @ 6:00 PM
  • Part 3: Wednesday, Apr 25th @ 6:00 PM

Registration Required. Registering for Part I will automatically register you for Part 2 and Part 3. Registration Opens March 24th.

Self-Sustainable Living

Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Thursday, April 18 – 7:00 PM

Location: Library Commons

Join the Environment Commission for a discussion on Urban Home-setting and Self-sustainable living. 

Park Forest Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday, April 18, 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 includes an opportunity for audience members to address the Board.

Drop-In Project

Friday, April 19, 2019 – 12:30 PM

Stop in kids’ zone today and create something special.


Friday, April 19, 2019 – 3:30 PM

Show off your competitive side with your friends! From board games to video games, there will be plenty of fun!

Life Ripples

Saturday, April 20, 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.

May 18th – The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker

June 15th – Joyful The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee

“I have begun to think of life as a series of ripples widening out from an original center.” – Seamus Heaney

Before You Call the Handyman

Saturday, April 20, 2019 – 1:00 PM

Saturday, April 20, 2019- 1:00PM

Location: Library Commons

Presenter: Dan Findley

Before you call the Handy Man- Dan Findley, professional handyman, and licensed building engineer, discusses several of the most common fixes you can do for yourself with a small home tool kit.  Presenting both common home repairs as well as preventative maintenance in a fun and humorous way.  Novice homeowners welcome to this light hearted educational presentation.

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

How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard

Saturday, April 20, 2019 – 2:00 PM

Join Naturalist Bob Bryerton and find out how to attract birds to your backyard this season.

Library is Closed – Easter

Sunday, April 21, 2019 (All day)


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