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Summer Appetizers with Chef Mike: Events at the Park Forest Library

Summer Appetizers with Chef Mike
It’s Summer Appetizers with Chef Mike this week at the Park Forest Public Library! (Photo: PFPL)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- If you’re looking for some cooking, Chef Mike has some mouthwatering summer appetizers planned this week at the Park Forest Library. Just show up and learn how to create these awesome dishes, plus nab a taste of what’s possible.

All event titles below are links that will take you to the Park Forest Public Library’s web page for more information or to sign up for events if required.

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.

First, there’s this:

Library Trustee Vacancy

George Manno at the Park Forest Public Library wants you to know the following:

A position on the Park Forest Library Board of Trustees is now vacant until the next election, which will be held in April 2021. The vacancy can be filled until that time by appointment by the Park Forest Library Board.

Park Forest residents interested in applying for this Library Board Trustee vacancy may do so by completing the application for a Trustee from the website ( or picking up a copy from the Library.

Applications must be returned no later than June 30, 2019, to Sevena Merchant, President, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest, IL 60466, or emailed to [email protected].

The Library Board normally meets at 7:30 PM on the third Thursday of each month. For further information, please contact Sevena Merchant at 708-748-3731 ext. 16.

Events at the Park Forest Library

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


  • Monday, June 10, 2019 – 6:00 PM

IT’S SHOWTIME AT OUR LIBRARY! Join us for our kick-off event with CROSSTOWN EXOTICS! You don’t want to miss this SHOW! 

All Ages Welcome

Location: Ringering Room


  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – 12:30 PM

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, CREATE! Join us each week as we explore different elements of art. All materials provided.

Digital Literacy Workshop: Excel Basics (Group 1)

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – 6:00 PM

Location: The Lab

The basics of Microsoft Excel will be covered over a period of three sessions.

  • Tuesday, June 11th @ 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, June 18th @ 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, June 25th @ 6:00 PM

Registration Required. This workshop will span three sessions. Please only register if you can attend all three sessions.

This event is currently full.

Summer Appetizers with Chef Mike

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – 7:00 PM

Location: Ringering Room

Spice up your summer barbecues with savory and interesting flavor combinations.  Chef Mike, a grill master, will also show you how to prepare simple BBQ sides dishes. 

Enjoy samples as you watch Chef Mike in motion!

Chicka-Chicka Baby

  • Wednesday, June 12, 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.

Chair Yoga

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – 11:30 AM

Wednesdays @11:30am

Location: Ringering Room

  • May 29
  • June 12
  • June 19
  • June 26

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 health benefits of yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, reduction of stress, better sleep, and a sense of well-being.

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

*If the program is full, please contact Brittany to be added to the waiting list* 

Challenge Wednesday

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – 1:00 PM

Get Ready to be CHALLENGED! Join the fun of building a house of cards, becoming victorious at JENGA and more….

Open to Kids & Teens

Adult Coloring Circle

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – 4:00 PM

Location: Ringering Room

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

Digital Literacy Workshop: Excel Basics (Group 2)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – 6:00 PM

Location: The Lab

The basics of Microsoft Excel will be covered over a period of three sessions.

  • Wednesday, June 12th @ 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, June 19th @ 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, June 26th @ 6:00 PM

Registration Required. This workshop will span three sessions. Please only register if you can attend all three sessions.

Writers’ Workshop

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – 6:30 PM

Location: Conference Room

Want to improve your skills as a writer? Interested in sharing your ideas or written work with others? Come to the Park Forest Library and join other creators in our bi-monthly writers’ group, led by James Pressler, for all your writing wishes. Writers of all skill levels are welcomed.

TODDLER TIME! Registration Required!

  • Thursday, June 13, 2019 – 11:00 AM

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

Ages: 3yrs-5yrs

Movie Thursday for Kids & Teens

  • Thursday, June 13, 2019 – 1:00 PM

Join us each week for Summertime SHOWTIME!

Location: Ringering Room

Movies Rated: G, PG, PG-13

The Great Course: The Guide to Birding in North America

  • Friday, June 14, 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, the Maya, and other cultures, through the millennia birds have remained mysterious, magnetic, and irresistible. In the 18th and 19th centuries, naturalists traveled the earth in search of the most resplendent avian species, and the advent of science has only increased interest in the amazingly varied world of birds. Today this fascination continues in the modern activity of birding, a passionate and well organized pursuit for people around the world.

  • June 14th: “From Doves to Kingfishers”, “Passerines: From Flycatchers to Thrushes”, “Passerines: Thrashers to Warblers”
  • June 21st: “Passerines: From Tanagers to Finches”, “Photography for Birders”, “Birding Sites in Eastern North America”
  • June 28th: “Birding Sites in Western North America”, “Birds and People”, “Birding Ethics and Conservation”

Classic Board Game Day!

  • Friday, June 14, 2019 – 1:00 PM

UNPLUG your electronic devices and enjoy an afternoon of your favorite classic board games! Bring a friend or make new ones.

Life Ripples

  • Saturday, June 15, 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

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