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Father’s Day and Juneteenth Celebrated at the Park Forest Library in June

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Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—Summer is in full swing at the Park Forest Public Library. June events include several giveaways for kids celebrating Father’s Day and Juneteenth. Other activities include the kick-off of the summer reading program, part three of the brain health series, and a classic film from 1978.

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Kids can pick up a Father’s Day craft on June 10. (Image PFPL)

Two Kids’ Giveaways: Father’s Day and Juneteenth

The Library celebrates Father’s Day and Juneteenth in June. The first is June 16, but kids can stop by the library on Monday, June 10, for a craft project giveaway they can make for their dads. This giveaway is on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. No registration is required.

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The Park Forest Public Library has a Juneteenth kids’ giveaway on June 17. (Image PFPL)

Kids can visit the library on Monday, June 17, and pick up a special Juneteenth surprise book giveaway. The giveaway is also on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. No registration is required.

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The Summer Reading Program begins with a program from Crosstown Exotics. (Image PFPL)

2024 Summer Reading Program

This year’s Summer Reading Program begins on Saturday, June 1, and runs through Friday, August 2. The program encourages young and old people to read to complete challenges and win prizes. Registration opens on June 1 at the Kids’ Zone in the library. Those interested must speak with the library staff to confirm registration.

The Reading Program starts on June 1 with a reptile show at 12:30 p.m. Crosstown Exotics will offer hands-on entertainment and education at the library. The exhibit includes a mixture of reptiles and amphibians, such as African giant bullfrogs, a 16-foot Burmese python, and a giant tortoise.

Registration for the Crosstown Exotics program is required in person at the library or by calling (708) 748-3731.

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Illinois Libraries Present features Dr. Temple Grandin on June 4. (Image PFPL)

Illinois Libraries Present

Rescheduled from April, Illinois Libraries Present features a virtual discussion with animal behaviorist Temple Grandin on Tuesday, June 4, at 7 p.m. Using the latest research, Grandin explores the world of visual thinkers and the latest approaches to educating, parenting, and collaborating with them. She has firsthand experience living with autism and is an outspoken proponent of autism rights.

Registration is necessary, and participants will receive a link to access the presentation.

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Part three of the library’s brain health series is on June 20. (Image PFPL)

Brain Health Series (Part 3)

The final part of the Brain Health Series is on Thursday, June 20, at 11 a.m. This session, “Two Heads Are Better Than One,” discusses the importance of staying socially engaged. Performing activities with others not only helps socially but also keeps your brain healthy. Molly Hofer of the University of Illinois Extension will lead the discussion.

Registration on the library website is necessary and opens on June 13.

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Learn about potential Medicare fraud schemes at the library on June 8. (Image PFPL)

Senior Medicare Fraud Awareness

AgeOptions, a support agency focusing on the needs of older adults in Suburban Cook County, will share information about Medicare fraud and how to protect against it. The session is held on Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration for the program opens on May 10.

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“Grease” is the featured film for June at the library on June 25. (Image PFPL)

Monthly Movie Matinee

The 1978 classic, “Grease” will be shown at the library at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25. Starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson, the musical takes place in 1958 at Rydell High School. Will the summer sweethearts be able to continue their romance despite the pressures of the high school gangs and cliques?

The film was the 1978 People’s Choice Award winner for Favorite Overall Motion Picture.

Registration opens June 18.

Library Hours and Information

Additional details and registration links for all June events appear on the library’s monthly water bill insert (shown below) or the library website. Information on the remaining May events can be found here.

The library at 400 Lakewood Boulevard is open for all services from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It will not be open on Wednesday, June 19, for Juneteenth.