Schools aren’t the only institutions being affected by emergency declarations being made at the national, state and county level.

Local government agencies, including recreation departments have also started to announce they’re canceling programs and performances, while libraries are shutting down after schools moved to close their doors.

Brookfield Public Library Director Kimberly Coughran announced Friday afternoon that the library would close March 16 through April 7 in conjunction with area school closures.

Staff will continue to report to work to answer phones and provide library services remotely. All events remain canceled, but online materials like e-books and movies and resources like homework help and research assistance remain available at all times.

Any items due back to the library between March 17 and April 7 will be renewed until the library reopens, but book drops will remain in use. All holds will be suspended and no fines will accrue during the library’s closure.

Library assistance remains available via phone at 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or by emailing

Riverside Public Library is also closing its doors beginning Monday, March 16 through March 30.

“While there are not reported cases in Riverside, the Illinois Department of Public Health’s encouraging of social distancing and the closings of schools in District 96 and District 208 has led us to this decision,” said Director Janice Foley on the library’s Facebook page.

Riverside library’s book drop will be closed while the building is shuttered and patrons are asked to hang onto borrowed materials until the library reopens. As with Brookfield, all digital and online resources will remain available through the website

North Riverside Public Library, meanwhile, will also close its doors to the public beginning March 16, with a plan to reopen April 6, Library Director Natalie Starosta announced Saturday. The library had previously canceled all programming and events.


Riverside, North Riverside rec programs scrapped

The North Riverside Players, the community theater group sponsored by the village’s Parks and Recreation Department, has canceled its spring show, “Sweeney Todd,” the first time since productions began in 1991 that a show has been canceled in the spring.

The play will be rescheduled for fall 2020, according to the troupe’s website.

In addition to the play, according to North Riverside Recreation Director Teresa Mrozik, other cancellations include all senior programming, the third- and fourth-grade basketball tournament, the seventh- and eighth-grade girls basketball all-star game, the men’s basketball league, the mother/son dance, Bunny Bingo, the adult egg hunt, kids flea market and the Police Benevolent Association Easter Egg Hunt.

The Riverside Recreation Department has also canceled its annual Easter Egg Hunt and after-school classes March 16-19.

Postponed until further notice are the following classes and events: Yoga, Messy Mondays, Cardio Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, Pot O’ Gold Movie Night, Finger Painting Frenzy, Weight Training, Kinderkids and before and after school programming.

The only Brookfield Recreation Department event that has been canceled as of Friday evening was the Senior St. Patrick’s Day luncheon scheduled for Monday, March 16.