September Newsletter for School District

Elmwood Park Public Library

Library Update for Elmwood Park Schools - September 2016

Library News & Services

Introductions for the 2016-17 School Year

Greetings Teachers & School Administrators,

Welcome to our second year of an Elmwood Park Public Library eNewsletter designed specifically for Elmwood Park School District 401!

We will be bringing you news and information about the Library, and how staff and services can benefit you and your students.

If you ever have questions about anything you read, or have requests and suggestions for us, please don't hesitate to contact us.  We want your students to be as successful as possible!

Kim Viita, Head of Kids & Teens:
Jason Stuhlmann, Assistant Director:


Library Tours

A great way to kick off the school year is with a visit to the Library to show your students all that is available to them.

Call or email us to schedule a Library tour for your class, and we 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.

We look forward to seeing you at the Library!


Textbooks Available for Students at the Library

Do your students sometimes say that they forgot their textbooks at school and so couldn't complete an assignment? No more!

We have all of your textbooks at the Library, spanning grades 1-12.  The books cannot be checked out, but students can use the books in the Library or make photocopies of the pages they need.  Just have them ask at the Kids & Teens Desk and we'll show them where the textbooks are.

If you find that we are missing something or don't have a new textbook that was added this year, please let us know so we can update our collection!


September is National Library Card Signup Month

Having a library card is an integral tool for a successful school year.

You can, of course, check out the usual books, graphic novels, eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, and video games. But did you know that you can also check out Kindle eReaders, bike locks, and a Nintendo DS?

With your card you can also use our free public computers and access all of our online databases and resources, including Brainfuse (online tutoring), Mango Languages, magazine and newspaper article searching, and more.

Get or renew a card in September

If you don’t have an Elmwood Park library card, or if your card is expiring soon, stop by the Library during September (or any time) to get or renew your card. All ages can get one. Adults must present a photo ID with their current Elmwood Park address on it. Anyone under 18 must have parent or caregiver present a photo ID with current address and sign for the card.

All of September we will be having a raffle for new card holders and patrons who renew expiring cards. Prizes will include gift cards to lo-cal restaurants and stores, and a gift basket for kids. Items will be on display in the 1st floor display case.

Flyer in Spanish & Polish

As mentioned above, we are working to expand our reach to our English-learning community.  We feel that getting a library card is an invaluable tool for success, and so want to spread information about the Library as much as possible. If you have Spanish or Polish speaking students/parents that you would like to give this information to, please find a translated flyer about National Library Card Signup Month under our new For the Classroom page on our website.


Updated Kids & Teens Website

We are currently working on updating our website to make our Kids & Teens area better organized, easier to navigate with more menu options, and more informative about some of our newer additions to the collection and department.

A new addition to this portion of our website is our Teacher section, where we will detail all of the resources available to you and your classroom.  While we will cover most of this information throughout the year in these newsletters, please visit our new Visits & Tours and For the Classroom pages to find out more and let us know what you think.   


Promotions in Spanish & Polish

As mentioned above, we have recently been making an effort to have more Library literature available in Spanish and Polish.  One of our biggest efforts recently was translating our Fall Newsletter, of which the English version was recently mailed out to homes in Elmwood Park.  

If you have Spanish or Polish speaking students and families, please use these links to find the PDFs of the Spanish and Polish versions that you can distribute as needed.


Online Resources Spotlight: Tutoring & Practice Tests

Please visit the Test Preparation section of our website for the following resources, plus much more, including study and prep guides for the ACT, SAT, PSAT, and AP tests.


Brainfuse Online Tutoring, Skills Building & Practice Tests

Brainfuse is an online resource that offers a complete online tutoring system with study tools for grades Kindergarten through college. This is a subscription service available to Elmwood Park Public Library cardholders on our website:

  • Get online help from a live tutor using chat and whiteboard technology
  • Practice with flash cards and skills building lessons
  • Take practice quizzes and standardized tests (ACT & SAT) and practice subject specific tests, like math and science.
  • Submit your paper to the Writing Lab for suggestions
  • Discover college and career guides

Want to take Brainfuse on the go?  There is also a Brainfuse app where you can get live tutor help, take class notes, or track homework assignments.  Get it for iOS or Android devices.


IL Driver's License & Permit Practice Tests​

Do you have students looking forward to getting their driving permits, or who are currently enrolled in Driver's Ed who are excited about getting their license soon?

Let them know about our free resource,, which provides practice tests for both the IL Driver's License Exam and IL Permit Test.


On our Test Preparation page you will also find the links to the Illinois Rule of the Road guide, which is also available in Spanish and Polish.


Upcoming Library Classes & Events

Family Bingo (All ages)

Click to register • Wednesday, September 28 • 7:00-8:00 p.m.


Teen Gaming & Maker Mondays (DI)

Mondays • 4:00-5:00 p.m. • Grades 6-12

Looking for a place to hang out with friends and eat some snacks? Join us each Monday in the Lower Level. We’ll have games available to play, along with craft supplies for you to get creative. So stop by and have some fun!

MidKids (Grades 3-6) Book Discussion

Click to register • Wednesday, September 28 • 4:00-4:45 p.m.

Save Me a Seat - by Sarah Weeks​

Pick up a copy of the book from the Kids & Teens Desk a month ahead of time, or click the title to view it in the SWAN Online Catalog.



Pokéwalks (DI) 
Thursdays • all of September & October • 4:00-5:00 p.m. • Grades 4-12
Join us for a walk around the Circle to visit Pokéstops and see what Pokémon we can catch!

Play Pokémon Trading Card Game (RR)
Click to register • Monday,  September 26 • 4:00-6:00 p.m.  
Come play the Pokémon tradiing card game with us. If you don’t know how to play, we will happily teach you!


PNG Technology Classes for MidKids (Grades 3-6)

Click the dates to register.

Hour of Code (RR)
Tuesday, October 4 • 6:00-7:00 p.m.
A hands-on coding experience introducing you to real-world coding.

TinkerCAD 3D Design & Printing (RR, two-part class)
October 11 & 13 • 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Create digital 3D models & print them on our Makerbot Replicator!

PNG Technology Classes for Teens (Grades 6-12)

Click the date to register.

Glass Silhouettes (RR, two-part class)
September 27 & 29 • 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Use our Vinyl Cutter machine and Photoshop to create vinyl clings. 

Hour of Code (RR)
Thursday, October 6 • 6:00-7:00 p.m.
A hands-on coding experience introducing you to real-world coding.

Papercraft & Photography (RR, four-part class)
October 11, 13, 18, & 20 • 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Create a unique papercraft figure, print it, assemble it, photograph it, and then Photoshop it!

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

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