Your Community, Your Library
Our Mission and Vision
Explore. Connect. Create. A place where life, work, and play unite!
Strategic Plan 2016-19
From 2012-2014 the Elmwood Park Public Library completed a space redesign, which saw the addition of five public study rooms, a family restroom, and a redesign of both the Adult Services and Kids & Teens Department floor plans, which included new furniture and learning enrichment stations for kids. These improvements have been met with smiles and increased usage.
Throughout 2015, Library staff and Trustees worked with a consulting firm to craft a long-range plan aimed at understanding and fulfilling the needs of the community we serve. We engaged, surveyed, and brainstormed with Elmwood Park residents of all ages, leaders of community organizations, business owners, and school officials. We received positive comments on current programming and staff, along with many practical and inspiring ideas on how to enhance and expand our services as we move forward. What we put together focuses on evaluating and enhancing our services to community groups, schools, and special populations, providing enriching and educational programming, as well as access to technology, developing more flexible and welcoming spaces, and improving convenience for our residents.
That sounds great, but you might also ask: "What does it mean for the Library to be a place where life, work, and play unite?"
The Library supports individuals and families as they grow and navigate through life. A young child plays at the puppet theater, bringing stories she hears to life. A six-year-old checks out his first book as he begins the rewarding journey of learning to read. An elementary school group creates sculptures on the 3D printer, blending creativity, engineering, and technology. Teenagers volunteer and gain valuable work experience as they transition to adulthood. An adult attends a program and learns new art skills that he never had time to develop before. A job seeker uses our public computers to identify the next step on her career path. Someone likes us on Facebook and shares a favorite “DIY,” or do-it-yourself, activity we host with their family and friends. A few individuals with shared passions come together using one of our meeting rooms and begin a community group with a mission to better the village they call home.
In other words, we are a solid foundation for people of all ages to connect with their neighbors, explore worlds of fact and fiction, and gain the skills and knowledge to create their own personal corner of the universe.
We're excited to have already reached some important goals - such as enhancing our Early Reader collection and providing an Adult Bestsellers Club. We are also excited about new ideas for this year, including Mac laptops, mobile checkout at local festivals and school events, and a community group portal on our website. As your busy year unfolds, we hope you will continue to explore and discover what's new at the Library. Take the time to connect and create with us and your fellow Elmwood Park residents.
We are pleased to share the 2016-19 Strategic Plan with you and encourage your comments and suggestions.
Spring into Wellness
We’re ready to refresh and rejuvenate this spring by focusing on wellness. Whether you want to focus on your physical wellness, emotional wellness, environmental, intellectual, social, spiritual, or financial wellness, the library has resources and programs to help you achieve your goals. Over the next few months we’ll be highlighting these within the Library, on our website, and in social media. Check out the programs and resources below to help you Spring into Wellness!
How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Please join us for this informative session presenting by Erie Family Health Center that will help you bridge that ever difficult conversation with your kids. Please contact Erie Health to register for this class. 312-432-4588
Health Information Online Wednesday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Learn about reliable sources for health information online. Find trustworthy places to look up information about conditions, medicine, and doctors. Register
Iron Chef: Healthy Foods Tuesday, March 28 at 2:30 p.m.
Do you have what it takes to be an iron chef? Form a team of 3 and design 2 courses of healthy foods for our judges to sample and battle to the win to claim your culinary title. For those in grades 3-6! Register
Join Arlene Capron as she guides you through a one-hour session of gentle exercise. Chair yoga is done entirely in the chair or standing next to the chair, and is great for those with limited mobility. With the slow yoga stretching, Arlene will inform you about your body and breathing, while focusing on flexibility and the relaxation of body and mind. Arlene is certified in Kriya Yoga and has been teaching for over thirty-five years, including at Gottlieb Health & Fitness. Click the date to register for each class. March 27 | April 10 | April 24 | May 8 | May 22
Downsizing and Decluttering Monday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Is your stuff controlling your life? Are you paying for a storage space? Is your house filled with furniture you don't want or need? Anna Glielmi can help you. Learn why we hold on to excess stuff and how to get rid of it. Register
Join us for a special Yoga and Story Class at the Library. This class is for kids ages 7-10. Click the date to register for each class. Registration opens on the first of the month. April 24 | May 22
Essential Oils 101 with Goshia Stepien Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Join Goshia Stepien of Doterra Essential Oils as she explains the benefits of using essential oils in our everyday lives. Register
Consumer Health Complete
Consumer Health Complete provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, medical dictionaries, reports, popular reference books, fact sheets, and magazine articles.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Information on travelers' health, emergency preparedness, healthy living, workplace health, environmental health, and more are available. The CDC is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Greatist: Find recipes, fitness, body, and lifestyle information on this site.
Healthline: Find a doctor, identify a pill, check your symptoms, and find health information on this site.
Healthy for Good: This site aims to help people get into the habits of eating smart, exercising, and being well.
Kids Health: A group of sites for kids, teens, and parents which offers health information in plain language.
Mayo Clinic: Learn about conditions, tests and procedures, medications, research, and more. Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization.
Medline Plus: Find information about conditions, medications, treatments, and more. This site is run by the National Library of Medicine, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.
Merck Manuals: An independent source of medical information which has been publishing for more than 100 years.
Mindful: A non-profit organization and bi-monthly magazine focused on engaging people with mindfulness.
National Geographic: Learn about the environment and nature from the long-running magazine.
National Institutes of Health: Learn about health services, talking to your doctor, science education for kids, and more from the country's medical research agency.
This Emotional Life: Mental health information from the creators of the PBS series This Emotional Life.
Unstuck: A free app to help people when they feel stuck. It uses questions, tips, and tools to frame situations in different ways.
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Elmwood Park Works
Whether you’re looking to advance in your current job, change career paths, rejoin the workforce, or find your very first job, the Library has programs and tools to help you reach your career goals. This fall we’ll be highlighting these within the Library, on our website, and on social media.
Registration opens 30 days prior to the date of each program.
Resume Workshop Wednesday, September 7 at 6:00 p.m.
Ever wonder if your resume is as effective as it can be? Join us for a resume workshop with HR professional Bob Schlacks and get your resume in top shape. Register
Library U: Introduction to Project Management Thursdays, September 8 - October 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Learn project management skills for work or home. Familiarize yourself with the steps of project management and the communication and leadership skills necessary to complete a project. Take this online, self-paced course at the library in a group. A librarian will facilitate this class. The content is offered by the University of Adelaide through the edX platform. This class meets for six weeks on Thursday nights. Register
Interview Skills Workshop Wednesday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Brush up on your interview skills with HR professional Bob Schlacks. Register
Excel 2010 Basics Monday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Improve your knowledge of Excel 2010 in this class. Learn the basics of Excel, including navigating spreadsheets, sorting data, using simple functions, and creating simple formulas. Register
Excel 2010 Advanced Features Wednesday, September 21 and Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Build on your skills in Excel with more advanced features like pivot tables, 3D sums, conditional formatting, and IF formulas. Register (September) Register (November)
Library U: Career Edge: Resume, Networking, and Interview Skills Tuesdays, November 1 - 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Improve your job search skills with this class. Make your resume and cover letter stand out, learn to network effectively, familiarize yourself with common interview questions, and more. Take this online, self-paced course at the library in a group. A librarian will facilitate this class. The content is offered by Fullbridge through the edX platform. This class meets for four weeks on Tuesday afternoons. Register
Read tips for writing a resume and get feedback on your resume within 24 hours. Click on Adult Learners from the Brainfuse homepage, then click on Write a Winning Resume. An Elmwood Park Public Library card is required to use this resource outside of the Library. FAQs
Career One Stop: Explore careers, find training, create a job search plan, learn about resumes, and more on this site, run by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Goodwill Community Foundation: Complete free tutorials on career planning, cover letters, resumes, interview skills, networking, communication skills, GED preparation and finances.
Illinois Job Link: Look for work in Illinois. Upload your resume and apply to jobs through this job board, maintained by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
Illinois Worknet: A portal for Illinois employment information, professional development resources, networking, job listings and more.
Learn How to Become: Learn more about various career paths, get resume tips, interview tips, and more.
My Perfect Resume: Browse resume templates and sample resumes for specific industries.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Are you considering a new career path? This resource lists many careers and describes their typical responsibilities, qualifications, salary, job outlook and more detailed information. The Occupational Outlook Handbook is maintained by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
TechBoomers: Learn about online resources with free tutorials on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Spotify, Dropbox, Uber and more.
Triton College Career Services: Triton College offers job fairs, mock interviews, resume and cover letter help, online job listings and more.
New Library Logo
Introducing Our New Logo
As part of our strategic plan, we wanted to establish a new logo that reflects our vision and mission: “Explore. Connect. Create. A place where life, work, and play unite.”
We worked with local designer (and library enthusiast) Aimee Hucek to create a logo that expresses the many ways we strive to serve our community. From literature to technology, from information to recreation, the Library is your place for opening books and opening doors, plugging in and turning pages. It’s a compass to help you explore the world, and a central point of connection for the Elmwood Park community.
We love our new logo, & we hope you love it too!
Between now and March 1 we will be switching out our old logo with the new, modern one in all of our newsletters, brochures, and other marketing. Once our logo is everywhere in the Library, we want to start spreading it around the Village to you! We will be giving away newly imprinted canvas tote bags and coffee mugs to ten lucky people each day who check out something from the Library on March 1, 2, & 3, as well as having imprinted items at upcoming events this year, like the Taste of Elmwood Park and Fall Fest.
Fiction/Nonfiction Catalog Searching
Recently, some new improvements went live on the SWAN Online Catalog, in the hopes of making your search experience easier:
- Fiction/Nonfiction Facets - Now when you do a search in the catalog, you can limit your results to be either fiction or nonfiction. This helps you weed out unwanted results to better find what you're looking for. Find the Fiction/Nonfiction limiter on the left-hand side of the search results page.
Please be aware that this new limiter only applies to books and audiobooks, and not to any visual formats. Also note that poetry, drama plays, mythology, and folklore are all considered nonfiction.
- Lexile Numbers Added - The Lexile level number has been added to many kid and teen books. You will find this information in the book's record under Reading Level.
(Please be aware that the Lexile information is not available for every book, as not every book has been evaluated for this leveling system. For more information, please visit https://lexile.com/)
SWAN Catalog Enhancements
Improvements for Ease-of-Use and Accessibility
You may have noticed this past weekend that our SWAN Online Catalog has begun going through a few changes, and will continue to do so over the next couple of weeks. Here are a few of the things you will see:
- The design has changed. We have new colors and updated elements on the page to make the catalog look more clean and modern.
- If Elmwood Park owns an item, our local holdings will begin to show in the list of search results so you don’t need to go into the full record to see what’s on the shelf.
- The bottom of the detailed display of an item will begin using tabs again to present copy, review, and other information, rather than collapsible menus.
- When you log in to My Account, the display of personal information will look different and will include your library card expiration date and last activity date.
We are excited for the changes and hope you will be, too! If you find you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask staff for help.
Hold Pick Up & Notice Preferences
New Automated Call Center
The SWAN Library consortium has announced that hold pick up notices will now come from an automated call center. Patrons who have a notice preference for phone calls and place items on hold for delivery to Elmwood Park Public Library will now receive an automated call when the item is available. Elmwood Park Public Library has chosen not to use automated calls for overdue and bill notices.
There are other choices available for notice preferences, including email and text. This video provides a brief overview, while the attached bookmark gives detailed options which may be changed through the My Account section of the SWAN catalog or by Library staff. Circulation Services staff are always available to assist and answer any questions.
A New Way to Print at the Library
Introducing Wireless Printing!
We are proud to announce that wireless printing is now available at the Elmwood Park Public Library!
We have upgraded our print system and with our new upgrade comes the added functionality of being able to print from any device from anywhere. To get started all you have to do is click the new printer icon at the top of our webpage.
The new link on our website takes you to our Print Delivery Hub where you can submit print jobs. The next time you visit the library, you can pay to print any of the jobs you've submitted over the last 4 days. For a full guide on how to get started, visit our How Do I... Print page.
A New Look for Youth & Teen Services
Signature Spaces - Read, Play, Create, Learn!
Elmwood Park Public Library is currently remodeling the Kids & Teens space and invite all to check it out! The new space has focused areas with collections and seating for these age groups - preschoolers and kindergarteners, early elementary schoolers, upper elementary schoolers, and middle schoolers. Highlights include one place for all youth media (DVDs, audiobooks, music), a study and play space for early elementary schoolers, which includes the Early Readers collection, a refreshed Teen space and special shelving areas for Foreign Language and Textbook/Encyclopedias. Of particular note is that staff have visible sight lines to all spaces so they can be ready to assist or guide patrons as needed.
You may also notice that the wallpaper is gone and now vibrant colors greet you. The new staff desk is welcoming and have sight lines to all areas of the department. A puppet theater has been added in the preschool area. The teen space has new furniture including a table with built-in outlets for charging devices or laptops. While new chairs have been added to the early elementary area, we are still waiting on the interactive toy table, which will include LEGO. Also, the new balcony railing is almost complete. The attachments, including a fun mirror, marble wall and boards for staff to share kids' artwork are coming before the holidays.
Staff are very proud of the new space and the Library Administration and Board are proud of the dedication, enthusiasm and creativity that staff showed throughout the development of the project. We hope you will join us for an Open House on Sunday, January 17 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tours, games with prizes, and refreshments will be served.
Funding for this project was provided from the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of the Secretary of State, using Live & Learn Construction Grant Funds.
The Library & You - Help Us Plan for the Future
Elmwood Park Public Library Starts Long-Range Planning Process
This summer, as par tof our long-range planning process, the Library gathered much valued feedback from the community by conducting focus groups and offering surveys. We want to thank everyone who participated by giving us your ideas and opinions.
Library Board and staff are now taking the gathered information and using it in the process of constructing our three-year plan. We will be crafting and revising this fall, and look forward to sharing the results with you in the new year!
Color Copying & Printing Now Only $0.25
As of May 1, the Library's price of color copying and printing has been reduced from $1.00 to $0.25 a page. Over the years the cost of color has gone down, and we wanted to pass the savings on to you! The cost of black & white printing remains at $0.10 a page.
You can use either of our two color copiers in the Adult or Youth Departments using either cash or a copy card. You can also print from any of our computers, but you must have a copy card. Copy cards can be purchased from the Circulation Desk for $1.00, and come with $0.50 pre-loaded onto the card. Money can always be added to your copy card either at the Circulation Desk or by using the coin boxes next to the copiers. Ask a staff member to show you how!
Library Trustees Sworn In
With April 2015's election, the Library swears in one new Board Member, Elsa Volpe, as well as three returning Board Members, Carole Bilbo, Marisa Santangelo, and Chris Pesko. Welcome all new and returning Board Members!
Elsa Volpe replaces Orlando Vale, who stepped down this spring. We thank Orlando for his many years of service.
New Library Catalog in Spring 2015
Members who enjoy using the library catalog to find and order books will have a lot more to like, starting this spring.
Elmwood Park Public Library, in connection with other public libraries in the SWAN library consortium, will switch over to a new software system in April 2015. The catalog will be easier to search and will offer many new features, including full eBook and database integration, allowing you to checkout and download your eBook straight from the catalog.
Check out this website for up-to-date information on the transition and all features it will provide - http://new.swanlibraries.net As always, please feel free to talk with and ask questions of our library staff. Check out our New Library Catalog page for more details as they become available. Using your library is about to get even better!
New Self-Checkout Stations Added
We've added three self-checkout stations in our library for your convenience!
Adding more self-checkout stations allows our library visitors to have another option when managing their account and checking out materials. As always, if you desire a personal touch, or would just like to see our friendly faces and talk to our genial staff you can always come see us at the main circulation desk located in the lobby.
How to Use the Self-Checkout Stations
Using a self-checkout station is easy, but first thing's first: you're going to need to set a PIN for your library account. Once you've created a PIN you're all set to use any of our self-checkout stations!
To get started:
- Scan your library card using the barcode scanner on the right side of the table.
- Enter your PIN using the touchscreen.
- Place the materials you'd like to check out on the black sensor pad. (Watch the titles of your materials pop up on the screen and check out. If they don't all appear, re-arrange them on the black sensor pad.)
- Sign out to end your transaction. Your receipt will print out and you are good to go!
Try the self-checkout located in our lobby to get around the line! This station is located opposite the main circulation desk and can be used to checkout all library materials.
Adult Services Self-Checkout
The self-checkout station located in the Adult Services department came with our redesign of that space. Now you can check out your books or DVDs and bypass stopping in the lobby altogether!
Youth Services Self-Checkout
The self-checkout station located on the second floor just outside the entrance to the Youth Services department is brand new! Now, kids and parents can check out their materials upstairs and bypass the lobby as well! Parents will have more room to set down their things, park the stroller, wrangle the kids and get everything ready when it's time to go.
Are you or someone you know temporarily or permanently homebound due to illness, disability or age? Let us bring the Library to you! Call our Circulation Desk at 708-453-7645 and staff will:
Explain the service and take your information, including the type of material you prefer.
Schedule a regular day and time for delivery.
Drop off and pick up library materials at your home (twice a month limit).
All items owned by EPPL are available for delivery with the exception of new DVD releases.
This is a FREE service. However, to be eligible you must be a homebound adult (for a minimum of 30 days) who lives in Elmwood Park and has a valid Elmwood Park Library card.