We’re getting so excited about our upcoming arts program, holiday card printing with Hoofprint Workshop! The crew from the new southside Chicago printshop will be at the library on Saturday, December 7th from 1pm-5pm helping patrons design, cut, and print block-printed holiday cards. Block printing is an easy and fun way to make unique cards or prints- no experience required, and all materials are provided.

Register online, space is limited! We’ll see you there!

There are still a few slots left in our FREE Beginning Digital Photography class! This class meets for three weeks on Wednesdays. In the first session, you’ll learn the basics of using a digital camera and transferring photos to a computer. The second session focusses on sharing photos online, through websites like Snapfish, Instagram and Facebook. Finally, you’ll learn how to transform your photos into photogifts and more.
Classes start Wednesday, November 6th at 7pm, so don’t delay!
Sign up online or at the Reference desk and we’ll see you there!

There are still a few slots left in our FREE Beginning Digital Photography class! This class meets for three weeks on Wednesdays. In the first session, you’ll learn the basics of using a digital camera and transferring photos to a computer. The second session focusses on sharing photos online, through websites like Snapfish, Instagram and Facebook. Finally, you’ll learn how to transform your photos into photogifts and more.

Classes start Wednesday, November 6th at 7pm, so don’t delay!

Sign up online or at the Reference desk and we’ll see you there!

The Forest Park Public Library is proud to include a large collection of art books in our collection. Beautiful and useful, these, and many others like them, can be found on our shelves.

Mark Rothko by Jeffrey Weiss

Rothko’s most famous paintings are profoundly contemplative works, rectangles of vibrant color that seem lit from within and that are full of subtle energy and life, like the sky or the surface of a lake. This handsome retrospective catalog of his work, which includes his early representational paintings as well as his harmonic abstractions, has been published in conjunction with a major traveling exhibition of his work and contains more than 100 colorplates.

Brassai by Alain Sayag

One of the most important & influential photographers of the twentieth century, Brassai moved to Paris from Hungary in 1924. He is best known for chronicling the city in the 1930s & for his portraits of artists such as Picasso & Matisse, & writers including Henry Miller. His artistic career also encompassed drawing, sculpture, writing, & filmmaking.

Frida Kahlo 1907 - 2007 

Marking the centenary of Kahlo’s birth, the Palacio museum in Mexico showed 354 of Kahlo’s, including 64 oil paintings, both beloved and virtually unknown, 45 drawings, 11 watercolors, 5 etchings, plus scores of letters, photographs and other personal ephemera. It was a labor of love, as well as a loving gesture, for Mexico’s greatest artistic ambassador. The exhibition is collected into this handsome tome.

Jeff Koons by TASCHEN publishing

From kinky to kitsch to conceptual, Jeff Koons art is anything but conformist. Since he stirred up the art world establishment in the 1980s with his unapologetic basketball sculptures and stainless steel toy blow-ups, Koons has been known as somewhat of a bad boy. This exhaustive monograph begins with a biographical essay by Interview magazine editor-in-chief Ingrid Sischy that puts his work into context.

Much like art books, home decorating books are big, beautiful, and expensive. Also like art books, they can inspire, help us to learn about design, and give us a greater sense of understanding about our surroundings. Our collection of home decorating books is vast- try these four highly recommended titles and find a little way to introduce a better vibe to your space.

Undecorate by Christiane Lemieux

A Perfectly Kept House Is The Sign of a Misspent Life by Mary Randolph Carter

The Things That Matter by Nate Berkus

The Selby Is In Your Place by Todd Selby

Upcoming Program- Zombie Fashion Show

Join Youth Services for a fun program for kids. Decorate dolls with scary makeup, clothes, and other tools and accessories for the Zombie craft fashion show. Show off your sick sense of humor with your friends!

Suggested for kids ages 12 and up, sign up for a creepy good time and we’ll see you on Wednesday, July 17th at 3pm.

Upcoming Program- Silkscreen Printing Workshop

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Join us today, Tuesday, April 23rd at 7pm to try your hand at silkscreen printing! We’ll have ink, screens, printing paper, and resources on silkscreen printing. If you’re feeling brave, bring in a t-shirt, apron, or other piece of fabric to print on. Try making art prints, greeting cards, or anything else you can think of! This event is free and open to the public, suitable for ages 12 and up. We’ll see you there!

American Artworks Gallery, located at 7314 W. Madison in Forest Park, is a local artist’s haven. With lots of floor and wall space to showcase local talent, the gallery has been doing just that for the past few years.

Inside the gallery, you can find locally made jewelry, paintings, sculptures and teapots, among countless other works of local craft. Supporting the gallery supports the location as a small business, but also the local craftspeople who created these works.

We believe local businesses are part of what makes a community great. If you want to suggest a business to spotlight, email Maureen of the Reference Department!

Interested in art? Come to a free, stimulating lecture on the artwork of Pablo Picasso at the Forest Park Public Library! Presented by Jeff Mishur of Art Excursion, the lecture will feature in depth discussions of the period from an art history perspective, and an emphasis on the works of revolutionary painter, Pablo Picasso.

Register online and we’ll see you Tuesday, February 12th at 7pm!

Collection Spotlight- Katherine Avenue

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Katherine Avenue by Larry Sultan is a work of modern art photography. The book brings together three of Larry Sultan’s best known series. Made principally in the San Fernando Valley, these works Larry Sultan explored the domestic landscape of his childhood and adolescence by photographing and re-presenting photographs of his parents, their home, their friends and neighbors, and their experience of the American Dream.

Wandering further behind this Californian fabric, he photographed in suburban homes serving as sets in the pornographic industry. His work culminated in a series of tableau of Latino day labourers undertaking prosaic tasks on the peripheries of these suburban sites - the kind of places where, growing up, he would find his own sense of space and freedom.

This book, and many others, are unique to the library’s collection. Come out and see what you can find!