Novels, gnomes and knitting: the park’s forest library announces January events

Park Forest, IL- (ENEWSPF) – With a freezing winter ahead of us, the Park Forest Public Library has announced its January lineup of events to keep our minds and hands active and warm: search for novels, gnomes and knitting.

January’s No Pressure Community Read is “Wish You Were Here” by Jodi Picoult. The novel tells the story of Diana O’Toole who has meticulously planned her professional and personal life, including her upcoming engagement to her boyfriend, a surgical resident in New York. When a virus surfaces in town, her boyfriend has to stay in town but encourages Diana to take their planned romantic Galapagos getaway alone. When she arrives, she discovers that the pandemic has shut down the world and she has no way to return home. In her isolation, she has the opportunity to reevaluate her life and her plans for the future. Registration for the book will begin at 9 a.m. on December 27, and pickup will be available from 11 a.m. on January 4.

Again, the library offers crafts for all age groups.

For ages 12 and under, there are two projects in January. The first is a Penguin ceramic DIY kit that includes all the necessary materials. Registration opens on December 13 and material pick-up on January 7.

The second project for kids is a DIY fleece penguin pillow. Registration for this craft project begins December 20, with material pick-up beginning January 21 at 11 a.m.

More information about the two children’s plans is available by contacting Miss Nikki at (708) 748-3731 ext. 31.

Teens and adults may be interested in the Essence of Design paint kits featuring “There’s Snowplace Like Home”. Participants receive a painting kit and a link to an instructional video on YouTube. Kits are limited and should go fast, so those interested should register when registration opens on December 27. The YouTube video will be available beginning at noon on January 28.

smiling snowman in a snowstorm
Snowplace Like Home Art Project (Photo PFPL)

A festive DIY Winter Gnome craft kit will be available in January for adults (18+). With the exception of scissors and a hot glue gun, all the necessary materials are provided. Registration will open on December 13 and material pick-up will begin at noon on January 7.

Five winter gnome wall hangers on a wooden background, novels, gnomes
DIY Winter Gnome wall hanging (Photo PFPL)

Do you like to knit or do you want to learn? The library has you covered in January for patrons 50 and older. The DIY kit provides all the necessary materials, step-by-step instructions for basic stitch patterns, and a free knitting book. Registration opens at 9 a.m. on January 4 and pickup begins at 11 a.m. on January 11. More information about the knitting project is available by contacting Katherine Goosby at [email protected] or (708) 748-3731 ext. 23.

knitting basket, coffee cup in front of the fireplace
Knitting a small DIY project (Photo PFPL)

Additional details on all January events and projects can be found on the Library’s monthly water bill insert (see below) or on Information on the remaining December events can be found here.

The library is open for all services from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Curbside services are available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The library will be closed on January 1 (New Year’s Day) and January 17 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day).