Welcome to Kids & Teens

Our department is here to serve the needs of Kids & Teens from birth through high school. We provide all kinds of materials for check out and for use in the library as well as a wide variety of programming for those of all ages throughout the month. We are proud to offer programming that is not only fun but that also meets STEAM educational standards (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). In addition to this, we also provide outreach services to schools and other community organizations in the area. 

We are a proud group of Librarians and Library Associates who love what we do. We are thrilled to work with our patrons whether it's helping pick out the perfect book, finding the right research for a project, or teaching a new game or skill. We truly enjoy working with the families of Elmwood Park, and love the sense of community and encouragement we receive in return.

We've added new Explore-To-Go Kits to our collection! These kits contain books and exploratory activities for kids, families, and classrooms on a variety of topics. Our collection of kits will include the following topics with even more to be added in the future:

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  • Architechture (New - March 2017)
  • Astronomy
  • Bedtime Math
  • Braille (New - March 2017)
  • Computer Coding
  • Counting Money (New - March 2017)
  • Electricity
  • Engineering (New - March 2017)
  • Home Sick Kit
  • Knitting
  • Learn Spanish
  • Magnets (New - March 2017)
  • Motor Skills (New - March 2017)
  • Road Trip Kit
  • Super Spy Craft (New - March 2017)
  • Telling Time (New - March 2017)
  • Tying Shoes (New - March 2017)
  • Weaving

We are thrilled to offer these kits to parents and classrooms thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Elmwood Park Public Library.

Are you interested in being able to check out books and other material for your classroom, but don't have a personal library card? We can issue your school a library card for use at the Elmwood Park Public Library.

This kind of card is created as an Intergovernmental Agreement between the school and the Library signed by our Assistant Director and the Principal of the school. Once this arrangement is in place, we can designate certain staff members of the school as the primary users of the card.

To set up an arrangement or for more information, please contact Kim Viita, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Assignment Alerts

homework1 400wHave a project coming up? Email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call us (708.395.1237) with details about the assignment (topics, how many students, types of material needed, etc.) and we can pull books or other material in advance to be set aside at our desk for your students.

Depending on how many students are working on the assignment, and what the topics are, we may not always have enough for everyone, so we can then also get materials from other local libraries in our library system to add to the books we pull to be set aside.

In either scenario, we ask that you give us at least one week’s notice so we have time to have material ready for your students.


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Do you need a set of books to use in your classroom or for a group book discussion? We can get them for you from our collection or other libraries in our system, often for an extended check out period. All you need is a valid Illinois library card. Or if you don't have that, you can ask your school librarian if your school has a school library card and who the authorized users are.


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The Library subscribes to a large collection of online databases that are available to you and your students for research and learning. All of these databases are accessible through our website using a valid Elmwood Park library card. We can also work with your school to provide access to these databases in your school libraries.

We are also happy to come to your school and show your students how to use these databases effectively for their research assignments. 


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We do our best to keep current copies of all the textbooks used in the EPCUSD 401 schools. This means that your students have access to homework materials even if they forget their books at school. Please let us know if we are not up to date on the textbooks that your class is using and we will happily update them.


Explore-To-Go Kits

We were excited to recently add a new collection of kits that address different topics such as science, languages, and crafts, and more. Each kit contains books and activities on a certain topic for kids and families to explore at home (or in the classroom).


Library Literature for Distribution

If you feel as passionately as we do that the Library is an important resource for your students, use some of these brochures and flyers to pass along to your students and their families.  We are making an effort to have more of our literature translated into Spanish and Polish, but if you find there is a piece of information you would like to distribute that needs a translation, please let us know.

classroom 300wWe love seeing classrooms, whether it is when we visit you at school or you bring the kids to the Library.  We are happy to do tours, story times, book talking, technology demos, or anything else you might have in mind.

Just contact Kim Viita, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to set up a visit that meets your needs and schedule.


Visits to the Library

Library Tours

We’d love to see you at the Library. We offer Library tours for your class, and can customize your visit based on your grade levels, interests, or needs for specific assignments. We can even offer a special program while you are here, such as a story time, library information scavenger hunt, technology workshop, database instruction, or something else.  Please contact us to build a tour today.


Special Story Times and Programs

Whether it is part of a Library tour or not, we can tailor-make any program you might be looking for:

  • A special story time around a theme of your choice
  • A technology class using some of our great gadgets and software we have in our PNG Computer Lab
  • Instructional classes for using some of our online catalog or research tools for assignments
  • Library information scavenger hunts to better learn about the Library and its resources
  • We can create a class on any other specific topic you have in mind, and include crafts and activities that will help your students learn more about that topic

Contact us to start planning a fun and educational program for your class.


Meeting Room Space

Need a room for a meeting? Whether it is a Girl Scout meeting, PTO, study group, student organization, teacher's meeting, or practicing for a play, we can reserve a room for you to use. For more information contact us or click here.


Study Rooms

The Library is proud to offer five different study rooms for patron usage. The first floor has one 2-person study room, and two 4-person rooms, while the second floor has one 4-person room, and one large 8-person room. Rooms can be reserved up to two weeks ahead of time. For more information contact us or click here.


Library Visits to Your School & Classroom

Our staff is happy to come and visit you in your classroom, gym, lunchroom, or wherever. We can provide one of the offerings listed below, but are also happy to work with you come provide for whatever need you are looking for.


Story Times

We are happy to bring story time to you! We have a large repertoire of books, songs, fingerplays, and more that we love sharing with the kids.  We can also build a story time around any theme of your choosing if your class is celebrating a holiday or learning about a particular subject.


Book Talking

We love talking about books.  We believe everyone has the potential to be a reader if you find just the right book.

We would love to come to your class or library and bring a load of books to talk about, and even let the kids check them out (as long as they own a valid library card).  We like to talk about new books and our favorites, but we can promote a selection of books on any theme you’d like.


Technology Demos

If you would like us to come to your classroom with our Makerbot Replicator (3D Printer) or one of our other tech toys, just contact Ahren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to schedule a day and time.  He is happy to give a demonstration, answer questions, and let the students try their hand at the technology to make something cool!

You are also welcome to bring your classroom to the Library where we can show you even more of the fun things available in our PNG Lab.


Research/Database Instruction

SciRC button 200x100The Library offers many online resources that are great tools for doing research.  We have databases that cover history, science, biography, literature, and more, providing full-text articles from books, newspapers, and journals that can be printed, emailed, or saved.  

We would be happy to come to your school and show your students how to use these databases effectively for their research assignments. 


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Would you like to have a librarian and information specialist at your career day? We love being librarians and are happy to come to your school and talk about our field. 



Special Needs Programs

We are proud to offer customized story times for several of our local special needs schools in the Elmwood Park area. We are excited to provide this service and invite other special needs school groups to contact us to set up their own personalized program.

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