North Riverside Library goes virtual

North Riverside Public Library may be closed as the state rides out the COVID-19 pandemic, but you can take part in some programs virtually while staying safe at home.

 Everyone is welcome to attend any of the events, which are being done through Facebook Live, conference calls and the teleconferencing app Zoom. Login, dial up and join in.

  Meditation and Stretching is held every other Monday, beginning April 20 at 6:30 p.m. Call 800-747-5150, Code 1453322. Call in, put your phone on speaker and let the instructor take you through relaxing breathing and movements. Have a sturdy chair and space.

  Talented Tuesdays is held every Tuesday at 5:30 pm via Facebook Live on North Riverside Public Library’s Facebook page.

Staff are stuck at home and using the time to learn new skills. Join them to learn something new, from crafts to cooking and more. Certain classes will be bilingual.

  Whatcha Readin’ and Watchin’ Wednesday is scheduled for every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Talk books, movies, games and give and get recommendations to get you through isolating. RSVP to for the meeting info.

ν   Game Night Fridays happen every Friday at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Join in and play a smartphone game together. Games may very week to week. You’ll need to be prepared to download an app. RSVP to for the meeting info.

  Seated Tai Chi Moving Meditation will be held April 13 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. RSVP to for the meeting info.

  The library’s Book Club is moving to the phone. On April 14 at 6:45 p.m., call 800-747-5150 and enter the code 1453322 to join in the discussion of “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce.


Lucky Plush celebrates 20 years

Lucky Plush Productions, the contemporary dance ensemble founded and directed by
Riverside resident Julia Rhoads, invites you to celebrate its 20th anniversary during a virtual party planned for Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

Livestream with the Lucky Plush company during a fun-filled night of games, dancing, a live paddle raise and a video retrospective from the comfort of your own home.

All you need to attend is WiFi and a device. Tickets begin at $25 and can be purchased at the Lucky Plush website. A link to the party will be sent by email prior to the event.


Free Ancestry through Riverside Library

If you hold a Riverside Public Library card, you can delve into your family tree using for free during the month of April.

Ancestry is allowing access from home, instead of at the library. All you need is a card, a computer and a comfy seat to build your family tree.

To get started, visit the Riverside Public Library genealogy web page. Ancestry licensing rules require the library to verify your card before they can provide access. 

 The library has also announced a new digital collection for library card holders. Digital magazines are now available through the app Flipster.

Access is free with your library card. Download the app to your mobile device or tablet or visit for PC access. If you don’t have a library card, you can apply for one online through the library’s website.


Virtual Wright site tours

Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, announces Wright Virtual Visits, highlighting Frank Lloyd Wright-designed public sites that are closed due to COVID-19. 

Each Thursday at noon, each participating site will share a short video tour of another site via social media. The list of participating sites, with links to their social media profiles, is available at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy website.


RAC offers Boredom Buster Boxes

Looking for a way to stay creative while at home? Riverside Arts Center is offering Boredom Buster Boxes to give the kids some hands-on fun and keep them away from their screens for a while. 

Each box contains 6 pounds of clay, a scoring tool, a sponge, six underglaze colors, a slip, a paintbrush and project and instruction sheets. Order online and RAC will deliver the boxes to your front porch (no contact).

Work on your pieces at your own pace and, once completed and glazed, repack them in the original box for pickup. Pieces will be fired and returned to you, or available for pickup after stay-at-home is lifted.

Contact Shawn Vincent at if you would like to donate a box and RAC will make sure it goes out to an under-served community.

RAC will deliver to Riverside, North Riverside, Lyons, Brookfield, Berwyn, LaGrange, Oak Park, Austin and Belmont Cragin.

Boxes are $36 members/$40 non-members. Box donations are $36.

Order at by clicking here.