Branching Out

From Small Beginnings, Great Happenings

Acorn Public Library District

15624 Central Ave., Oak Forest, IL  60452


Friday, February 28

Adult Programs

All Acorn Library programs are free and most need advanced registration.  Call (708)687-3700 for more information.

Need More Money? I-Cash Event

Saturday, March 1, 11 - 2 PM
Check if the state is holding any money or unclaimed property by attending an I-Cash event! Representatives from Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s Unclaimed Property Division will be in Acorn Library’s lobby from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. to help you find any unclaimed money or property that may belong to you. No registration is necessary.

Monday Movie Matinee
Monday, March 3 at 2 PM
"I'm the Captain Now." This month we will be showing one of 2013’s most acclaimed action-thriller films, nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Starring Tom Hanks, this movie is based on the true and terrifying story of how Somali pirates hijacked a U.S. cargo ship in 2009.  

The Lyceum: Philosophy Club
Saturday, March 8 at 2:30 PM
The Lyceum is a philosophy club and topical conversation group, not a book club. We will discuss philosophical, social, political, cultural, and economic issues through logical analysis. The Lyceum meets quarterly. Meetings will be held in September, December, March, and June to discuss current issues and philosophical topics. To be discussed: What is truth? What is beauty?

Can You Afford to Retire? 
Thursday, March 13 at 7 PM
Greg Kurinec from Bentron Financial Group, Inc. will be here to help you evaluate your personal ability to retire. Greg will provide you with a self-assessment, checklists, and will guide you through the ten critical questions any retiree needs to answer with confidence.

Reduce Your Property Taxes
Thursday, March 27 at 7 PM
Andrea A. Raila of Raila & Associates, P.C. will be presenting a free property tax appeal information session at Acorn Public Library to give you tips on how to successfully maximize the reduction of your property taxes. Learn the appeal process, how to discover tax refunds and bill errors, and uncover qualifying exemptions.  

Irish Music & Storytelling with the Irish Music School of Chicago:
Saturday, March 29 at 2 PM
Acorn Library is proud to present Sean Cleland—the award-winning Irish fiddle player, will fill the afternoon playing the Irish fiddle, sharing his knowledge on Irish music history, and telling stories.


Blocks, Bean Bags and Balls
Saturday, March 1 at 10 AM
3 and Under with a Caregiver
Start your weekend off right with our open play group for babies and toddlers!  Registration begins two weeks prior ending when full.

Story Time at Panera Bread
Wednesday, March 5 at 10 AM
No Registration Required

Young Adult Book Discussion Group
Friday, March 7 at  3:30 PM
Ages 11 and Up
Do you love to read, and are you looking for other teens like you? Join our book discussion group.  Members get to pick the books we’ll read. Snacks will be served, and copies of the book are available at the YS Desk. 

Saturday Craft Club
Saturday, March 8 at 11 AM

After School Craft
Tuesday, March 11 at  4 PM
Ages 6 and Up - Come to the library to make a fun craft after school!  Registration begins two weeks prior to the date, until full. 
Bedtime Story Time
Wednesday, March 12 at 7 PM
Up to Age 7 - Wear your PJ's for a fun night of stories, songs and a craft!

Science Club
Saturday, March 15 at 10:30 AM
Grades 2 - 5 - Each month kids will discover the wonders of science.

Family Bingo!
Saturday, March 15 at 2:30 PM
All Ages - Try your luck at our Family Bingo.

Story Time Fun
Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30 PM
Join us for a night of stories, songs and a craft. Registration begins two weeks prior, ending when full. 

Doodle Drawing Club
Wednesday, March 19 at 4 PM
Ages 11 and Up - Create original works of art! We will give the basic drawing platform or theme, then you use your imagination and let the “pencil” do the work. Registration starts two weeks prior.

TAG - Teen Advisory Group
Thursday, March 20 at  6 PM
Grades 6 and Up - TAG is a group of teens who are interested in volunteering, organizing activities for teens at the library, and having fun!

Saturday, March 22 at 10:30 AM
Ages 6-12
Each meeting we will create around a different theme.  Registration begins two weeks prior ending when full.

Dr. Suess’ Birthday Party
Friday, Mar. 28 at 2:30 PM
Grades K - 3
Spend an hour of your spring break having a belated birthday party for Dr. Suess.  Games and fun activities!

 The Acorn Public Library District reserves the right to photograph or videotape participants in its programs. These photos and videos are for Library use and may be used in Library publicity materials. Patrons who do not wish to appear in photographs or videos should notify Library staff.   The Acorn Public Library District is subject to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any individual who plans to attend any program at the Library and who requires a special accommodation, or anyone who has questions regarding accessibility to the Library, is requested to phone the Library at 708-687-3700.

There is a $5.00 non-refundable fee for computer classes.  
Advanced Registration is required.

Introduction to Internet
Thursday, March 6 @ 3:30

Introduction to the internet and how to get started using the internet.  The following concepts will be covered:
-Internet Service Providers
-Web Programs / Tools
-Safety and Protection
-Activities / Challenges

Microsoft Word
 Wednesday, March 12 @ 6 PM
Introduction to Microsoft Word and how to use word processors.  Patrons should be fairly comfortable with a keyboard and mouse.
The following concepts will be covered in Microsoft Word:
-Formats and Tabs
Introduction to Excel 
Saturday, March 22 @ 10 AM
Introduction to Microsoft Excel and how to use spreadsheets.  Patron should be comfortable with using a keyboard and mouse, as well as inputting data.  The following concepts will be covered in Excel:
-Data Input.
-Formulas and spreadsheet formats.

 Tech Time
Saturday, March 22 - 11:30 - 1:30
Acorn patrons can now take advantage of our new Tech Time office hours! Schedule 30 minutes of time to have your technology questions answered in our computer lab.
Introduction to Computers
Thursday, March 27 @ 2:30 PM
Introduction to the computer and how to get started with a computer or laptop. (For adults and Seniors)
The following concepts will be covered in Computer I:
-Basic Parts of the computer.
-Keyboard and Mouse usage.
-Basic introduction to using the computer.

Friends Used Book Sale 

The sale continues to take place on both levels of the library.  Stop by the bookstore on the upper level to check out the great deals on books and
other materials.

Thank you for supporting the Acorn Library!


MUSE-Meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 7 PM.  Interested in writing a book?  This is your group.
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP- Our "Tuesday Night Bookies" meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM.  For more details and to reserve a book for this group, contact the Circulation Desk.
QUILT GROUP - Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 PM.  Bring your project and swap great ideas for quilting. 
MORAINE VALLEY ADULTS TEACHING ADULTS - Meets every Wednesday at 6 PM  For more information, stop in the Library on Wednesday nights. 
NONFICTION BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP"Barcodes" meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 at Oliver's Bar and Grill. 
ADULT AMATEUR ARTIST GROUP - Meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 PM. Meetings will begin with a 10-minute presentation on a particular art form followed by 5-minute presentations by each group member. Group members are encouraged to bring their own art. 
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