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Hula Hoop Fitness and More This Week at the Park Forest Library

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Do you remember the Hula Hoop? Do you still have one? Looking to get fit and have fun at the same time? The Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd, will host a class, Hula Hoop Fitness this Saturday, April 6 10:00am.

Wake up and warm up with Hula Hoop fitness. Join instructor Andrea Mattson for this morning class as she shows you how to incorporate the joy of hooping into your everyday life. Leave feeling energized, grounded, and smiling.

This class is free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:45 a.m.

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 this week include the following:


Monday, April 1, 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 1, 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 1, 2019 – 3:30 PM

Explore your inner artist with a few simple tools. 

All Materials Provided

Location: The Lab

Take Charge of Your Health Diabetes Workshop

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 10:30 AM

A six-week interactive workshop designed to help individuals living with pre-diabetes or diabetes learn new skills in self-management so they can continue to thrive as they age! Anyone with pre-diabetes or diabetes can attend. Sessions meet one day a week for 2.5 hours. The 2.5 hour sessions are divided into small activiites and include a 20-minute break.

To register, call Millie Robles at (708)-748-3731 ext. 28

Week 5 – Tuesday, April 2nd

  • Positive thinking
  • Communication skills
  • Relaxation body scan

Week 6 – Tuesday, April 9th

  • Foot care
  • Medication usage
  • Future planning


Tuesday, April 2, 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 2, 2019 – 3:30 PM

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

Friends of the Library Social

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 7:00 PM

Location: Library Commons

The Friends of the Park Forest Library enhance and support the operations of the library. In order for the Friends to operate, we need you involved!

You can sign up for membership by asking at the Patron Services or Info Zone desk. Patrons are welcome to the social to see if they would like to become a member of Friends of the Library. 

Baby Time

Wednesday, April 3, 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.

Money Smart Week: Financial Fitness

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, April 3- 1:00 PM

Location: Ringering Room

Key strategies to maximize your financial plan. Discover factors for successful money management. Explore Real Estate and mortgage options. Discuss the velocity of money and the ripple effect. Learn how to create tax-free, lifetime streams of income. Use strategic allocation to meet your future financial goals. Learn difference between investment and expense and how to coordinate the growth of all your assets.

Presenter: Foundation for Financial Education

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

Color Me Mine

Wednesday, April 3, 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.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – 3:30 PM

Access new information, explore, and create from a day of STREAM(Science, Technology Reading, Engineering, Arts, Math) related activities! 

Adult Coloring Circle

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – 4:00 PM

Location: Ringering Room

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

Potpourri of Lectures

Thursday, April 4, 2019 – 10:30 AM

Location: Ringering Room

April 4th: “Helping Illinois Climb Out of its Fiscal Hole:A Graduated Income Tax” – by David Bonner

April 11th: “A Visit to Cuba” – by Al Sturges

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


Thursday, April 4, 2019 – 11:00 AM

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

Ages: 3yrs-5yrs


Thursday, April 4, 2019 – 3:30 PM

It’s BINGO TIME! Join the fun and see if you’ll be a big WINNER! Prizes and more.

The Great Courses: Great Music of the 20th Century

Friday, April 5, 2019 – 11:00 AM

Location: The Lab

Discover a Breathtaking Epoch in Western Music

Taking a chronological approach, the course explores the fascinating gamut of 20th-century musical “isms,” from impressionism and fauvism to serialism, stochasticism, ultraserialism, neo-classicism, neo-tonalism, and minimalism, as well as the inclusivity and synthesis within concert music that embraced Western historical styles, folk and popular music, jazz, rock, Asian, Latin American, and other influences in the service of heightened expression. Through the panoramic view of the course, you’ll discover the genius of composers such as Webern, Antheil, Stockhausen, Bernstein, Takamitsu, and many others.


Apr 5th – “East Meets West; South Meets North”, “Postmordernism: New Tonality and Eclecticism”

Apr 12th – “The New Pluralism”, “Among Friends”


Friday, April 5, 2019 – 3:30 PM

LEGO Club is a club for kids of all ages who love playing with LEGOS. They get an hour to build anything they want. Their creations will then go on display.


Friday, April 5, 2019 – 3:30 PM

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

Hula Hoop Fitness

Saturday, April 6, 2019 – 10:00 AM

Saturday, April 6, 2019- 10:00AM

Location: Ringering Room

Wake up and warm up with Hula Hoop fitness.  Join instructor Andrea Mattson for this morning class as she shows you how to incorporate the joy of hooping into your everyday life. Leave feeling energized, grounded, and smiling.

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

DIY Easter Project

Saturday, April 6, 2019 – 1:00 PM

Join us for an afternoon of cratfs for Easter!

Ages: 12-Under