Library Update - Conversation Hour, Citizenship, Prom Dresses and more

Elmwood Park Public Library

Elmwood Park Public Library Update - March 24

Library News & Services

BAM! Kapow! Superhero Party!

Click to register • All ages
Monday, March 27 • 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Celebrate Women's History Month with us.

Dress as your favorite superhero for games, snacks, and other fun as we recognize female superheroes in honor of the release of the new Wonder Woman movie!



New Item for Checkout:  Civics & Citizenship Toolkit

Are you or someone you know looking to become a U.S. citizen?  The Library can help you prepare with our new toolkits available for checkout.

The Civics & Citizenship Toolkit contains a variety of educational materials designed to help permanent residents learn more about the United States and prepare for the naturalization process.  Each of the materials in the toolkit is designed as a self-study resource for immigrants or as a tool for volunteers and adult educators.

Included in the kit are a mix of guides, multimedia, and flashcards:

  • Book:  Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants
  • Libro:  Bienvenidos a los Estados Unidos de América: Guía para Nuevos Inmigrantes
  • Book:  The Citizen's Almanac
  • Book:  Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States
  • Book and CD:  Learn about the United States: Quick Civics Lessons for the Naturalization Test
  • Civics Flash Cards for the Naturalization Test (102 cards)
  • DVD:  The USCIS Naturalization Interview and Test
  • DVD:  A Promise of Freedom: an introduction to U.S. history and civics for immigrants
  • CD-ROM:  Becoming a U.S. citizen: an overview of the naturalization process
  • Book:  Expanding ESL, Civics, and Citizenship Education in Your Community: A Start-Up Guide

If you are interested, check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold. If a toolkit is available, ask for it at the Adult Services Desk.  Start your path to citizenship today!



Prom Dress Extravaganza

Prom is an important, but expensive, event for high schoolers.

That’s why on Saturday, April 1 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and then 2:00-5:00 p.m., we will be hosting a Prom Dress giveaway to provide free dresses to our Elmwood Park teens.

Dresses are first-come first-served. Limited to one per person. Space to try on dresses will be available. There may not be something available for every girl who comes in. Any needed cleaning or repairs of the dresses will be the responsibility of the person taking the dress. 



Database of the Month: 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. Find and read full-text articles, or save, print, and email your research.

To access Consumer Health Complete, just visit the Consumer, Health, & Legal Information page on our website.



Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Tickets

Saturday, April 8 • 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Head over to the upcoming Kiwanis' annual Pancake Breakfast with a Purpose (in the Elmwood Park High School cafeteria) for all the pancakes, syrup, sausage, and coffee or milk you can eat!

While you can get them at the door of the event, tickets will also be available ahead of time at the Kids & Teens Desk at the Library.  If you pick up your ticket from us, half of the ticket's $6.00 cost (paid at the door of the event, children 3 & under are free) will be donated to the Library.

Want to take a family picture with the Easter Bunny after your pancakes?  Bring a bag of canned goods (to benefit local food pantries) to the breakfast to get a complimentary photo.



Hora de Conversación / Godzinna Konwersacja  / Conversation Hour

Hora de Conversación Inglesa

Miércoles • 5 de abril - 24 de mayo • 7:15-8:15 p.m.

¿Quiere practicar su habilidad de comunicarse en inglés? Acompáñenos para una hora de conversación guiada por el instructor de ESL (Inglés como Segundo Idioma) Michael Fitzgerald.

Godzinna Konwersacja po Angielsku

środy • 5 kwietnia - 24 maja • 19:15-20:15

Czy potrzebujesz poćwiczyć swój angielski? Przyjdź na godzinną konwersacje, prowadzoną przez instruktora kursu języka angielskiego ESL, Michael Fitzgerald.

English Conversation Hour

Wednesdays • April 5 - May 24  • 7:15-8:15 p.m.

Want to practice your English conversation skills? Join us for an hour of guided conversation with ESL instructor Michael Fitzgerald.

Michael Fitzgerald has more than 15 years of experience teaching English to adults from other countries. He holds an RSA/UCLES Teaching Certificate acquired in Rome, Italy in 2000. He has taught students from all over the world.



National Library Week and Edible Book Contest

National Library Week is April 9-15, and we'll be kicking it off on Sunday, April 9 with our:

First Annual Edible Book Festival

Make an edible literary creation and bring it to the Library for viewing, voting, and eating! Your creation could be inspired by a character, a book cover, or a clever take on a book title.

We’ll vote for winners in five categories:

  • Kids
  • Teens
  • Families
  • Adults
  • Best Overall

Then we’ll eat it all!  No entry is required for voting & eating. Bring entries (and the related book, if possible) starting at 1:00 p.m.

Voting starts at 2:00 p.m., and eating starts at 2:30 p.m.



Read, Watch or Listen to Something New!

You can now check out all the new books, movies, music, and video games that are arriving at the Library on our New Materials pages:

Here's a brief sample of some of the most recent new items that have or are about to hit our shelves.  Just click on the image below to find the item in the SWAN Catalog.




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.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday, April 03, 2017 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Monday, April 03, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Monday, April 03, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday, April 03, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

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