Library Update - Catalog maintenance, OverDrive updates, and more

Elmwood Park Public Library

Elmwood Park Public Library Update - November 16, 2016

Library News & Services

Upcoming Library Hours & Closings

The Library will closed on Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving Day.

We will also be closing at 5:00 p.m. the day before on Wednesday, November 23. Have a great holiday!   


International Games Day

Click to register • Saturday, November 19 • 1:00-3:00 p.m.

International Games Day is just a date when libraries all over the world agree to play games in a spirit of cooperation.

So join us for an afternoon of playing your favorite games at the library. We'll have Pictionary, Monopoly, Taboo, Chess, Twister, and plenty more available for you to play! 



Photo Editing with Pixlr

Click to register • Monday, November 21 • 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Learn to crop, resize, and add effects and filters to your photos with online editor Pixlr. Edit your photos for free without downloading any software and without creating an account.


OverDrive Updates Their Website

Do you like using OverDrive's Media on Demand to check out eBooks, audiobooks, and video with your library card?

The new OverDrive is a completely refreshed website and app experience that makes your digital library faster and easier to use than ever before.

What's new?

  • Easy-to-understand availability banners letting you know whether the title is available or has a wait list.
  • Up-front action bars so that you can directly borrow a title or place it on hold.
  • Subjects link and Collections menu, so you can browse all subjects or explore featured content.
  • If you don't want to see titles for certain audiences while you browse or search the digital collection, you can now set account-level audience filters.
  • A new books icon to click or tap to go right to your Loans page and find all of your borrowed titles.
  • You can renew titles (within three days of their expiration) by selecting the Request again link on your Loans page. If the title has no holds, you can borrow it again immediately as soon as it expires. Otherwise, you'll be placed on the title's wait list.

For more updates about OverDrive's updated website, visit their What's New page. For updated instructional guides, visit our website. Or make an appointment with a librarian to get helped getting started using OverDrive.


Important Notice Regarding the Catalog for December 3 & 4

During the weekend of December 3 & 4 SWAN will be performing maintenance and improvements to the online catalog as well as to the circulation software staff uses to check out your items.

While you will still be able to check out items with your library card on December 3 & 4, there will be limited and inconsistent functionality of the following:

  • In order to check out, you must bring your library card, as we will not be able to look you up by your name.
  • Search results on the SWAN Online Catalog may be inaccurate or incomplete.
  • Neither you nor staff will be able to place holds.
  • We will not be able to renew or create new library cards.
  • You will not be able to pay fines at the Circulation Desk.
  • You will not be able to log in to your My Account on the SWAN Online Catalog to view your record or checkouts, pay fines, or place holds.
  • Our self-check stations will be not be in operation.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but thank you in advance for your patience. All functionality should return on Monday, December 5. Please don't hesitate to ask staff if you have any further questions.


Letters to Santa

Not sure how your kids are going to get that important letter to Santa Claus this year? Let the Library help!

Between November 25 and December 17, drop off your letter to Santa in our special box at the Kids & Teens Desk, and we’ll get that letter to the North Pole for you! Make sure to include your child's full name and address, and we’ll make sure the big guy himself sends a response.


Family Cookie Decorating

Click to sign up now • Thursday, December 1 • 6:00-7:00 p.m.

The holiday season is beginning and that means it's time for cookies!  Bring your family, creativity, and your appetite and decorate delicious cookies with us at the Library.



Database Spotlight: Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. Designed to meet science research needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.

Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Science Reference Center also satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards.

Visit our website and give Science Reference Center a try by clicking on the link from our Academic Research page or find it in our A-to-Z title list.


Read, Watch or Listen to Something New!

Here are some new items to hit our shelves recently.  Just click on the image to find the item in the SWAN Catalog.

New Adult Fiction




Good Eats



New Teen Fiction



New DVDs



Upcoming Library Classes & Events

Below is a highlight of upcoming classes and events. To see our complete schedule, take a look at our Online Calendar.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, November 24, 2016 - All Day
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday, December 02, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Monday, December 05, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Elmwood Park Public Library
1 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park, IL 60707
Phone: 708-453-7645

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