School Newsletter for October 2016

Elmwood Park Public Library

Library Update for Elmwood Park Schools - October 2016

Library News & Services

Assignment Alerts

Help us to better help your students!  

Have a project coming up? Email ( or call us (708.395.1237) with details about the assignment:  

  • What are the important dates for the assignment?
  • What are the topics being covered, and how many students are assigned each topic?
  • How many and what type of resources do your students need?

With this information we can pull books or other material in advance to be set aside at our desk for your students.  We can also get materials from other local libraries in our library system to add to the books we pull to be set aside, as depending on how many students are working on the assignment, and what the topics are, we may not always have enough for everyone.

We just ask that you give us at least one week’s notice so we have time to get enough material ready for your students.



October 9-15: Teen Read Week 2016

Remind your students to join us October 9-15 in Kids & Teens to celebrate Teen Read Week. We'll have some fun book displays, reading recommendations, and a raffle for teens, so they should stop by and check out a book... for the fun of it!



Add Us to Your Events & Meetings

We are happy to come speak to students, parents, and teachers at any event or meeting you have during the school year.  We can discuss services and collaborations that can help your students succeed. Just contact us to discuss an event, such as:

Parent Teacher Conferences

We would be happy to have an informational table in the school lobby during your Parent Teacher Conferences and promote services and collections at the Library that would benefit the parents and their students, such as Brainfuse Online Tutoring, early literacy collections and computers, technology classes, and more. 

Career Days

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. 



Come for a Tech Class or Let Us Bring it to You

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, our Technology Librarian, at 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.



Upcoming Closings

Monday, October 31:  The Library will close at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 4:  The Library will be closed all day for a Staff Day.



Halloween Fun

Kids and adults alike are invited to trick-or-treat at the Library on Halloween. Just stop by the Adult, Kids & Teens, and Circulation Desks to show us your costume and get some candy.

Just remember that the Library closes at 5:00 p.m. on Halloween. Happy Trick-or-Treating!



Discover & Play in Kids & Teens

For your youngest students, did you know that we have a lot of options to discover, build, and play in the Kids & Teens Department?

There are activity centers, AWE Early Literacy Stations, a puppet stage, marble panel, fun house mirror, and our favorite, the three-sided Discovery Play Center which includes a magnetic board, felt board, and LEGO wall.

It's all educational, and it's all fun!  Check out our Discover & Play page for more information.



Collection Spotlight: Holiday Collections

Fall is speeding by, and some our favorite holidays are fast approaching.  Did you know that Kids & Teens has lots of holiday books, movies, and music that you might find useful for your classroom? Let us know ahead of time and we can pull some aside for you.  

You will find displays in the Library for each holiday as it approaches, but you can also seek out holiday items in the following collections:


Toddler Books, Picture Books, & Early Readers

In our Picture Book Room, we have all of our holiday-themed books separated out from the regular collection.  We have a holiday category for:

  • Chinese New Year
  • Groundhog's Day
  • Valentine's Day
  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Easter
  • Mardi Gras
  • Mother's & Father's Days
  • Fourth of July
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Hannukah
  • Christmas
  • and a few more


Nonfiction Books

Looking to teach your students about a particular holiday?  We have lots of books about holidays in the 394 section of our nonfiction collection.  Or, if you're looking for something a little more fun, we also have several holiday craft books in the 745 section.



We have several Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas DVDs in Kids & Teens.  They are interfiled with the rest of the DVD collection, but we have labeled each of these three with holiday stickers at the top of the spine so that you can easily pick them out.



We have Halloween and Christmas music available in our Juvenile and Easy CD collections.  Since our collection is small, we can also order CDs from other libraries in our system.



Several of the kids magazines that we subscribe to, such as Highlights, Owl, American Girl, and others, publish holiday issues throughout the  year, especially for Halloween and Christmas. While you can't check out the newest issue with the NEW sticker, all of our back issues are available for checkout.



Upcoming Library Classes & Events

Dave Herzog's Marionettes

Click to register • Monday, October 10 • 7:00-8:00 p.m. • Ages 3-10

Dave Herzog and his merry marionettes are back at the Library for a super Halloween show.

A full-time professional puppeteer for more than 40 years, Dave is well-known to audiences throughout the Chicagoland area. He is a popular guest at hundreds of schools, preschools, summer camps, libraries, fairs, and festivals annually. Dave creates all of the beautiful hand carved marionettes used in his dazzling performances, and is dedicated to preserving the uniquely American art form of the marionette variety show.


Maker City: Angry Birds

Click to register • Grades K-2: Saturday, October 15 • 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Click to register • Grades 3-6: Saturday, October 15 • 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Do you like building things?  Do you like Angry Birds?  Come build towers out of cups, toilet paper rolls, and other household materials.  We'll also make catapults out of Popsicle sticks, spoons, and rubber bands.  Then we'll use our catapults to send some birds flying. Can you build a great structure that no one else will be able to knock down?


Harry Potter Party

Click to register • Monday, October 17 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. • All ages

"Yer a wizard, Harry!"  For years the Harry Potter series has captured our hearts with its books, movies, games, and more.

Bring your robes and wand and come celebrate our favorite wizard with an evening of magical games and crafts. 


Fall MidKids (Grades 3-6) Book Discussions

Pick up a copy of the book from the Kids & Teens Desk a month ahead of time.

Wednesdays • 4:00-4:45 p.m. • Click the date below to register • Click the title to view it in SWAN

October 26:  Ghosts - by Raina Telgemeier
November 30:  The Wild Robot - by Peter Brown 



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, October 24 • 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!


Fall PNG Technology Classes for MidKids (Grades 3-6)

Just click the date to register.

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!

Paint Your Face (RR, two-part class)
October 18 & 20 • 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Join this Project Next Generation class if you want to learn Adobe Photoshop basics. We'll use a combination of cameras, tracing on paper, and Photoshop to produce a one-of-a-kind self portrait! 

L.E.D. Ghosts (RR, two-part class)
October 25 & 27 • 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Learn to make some spooky D.I.Y. "ghosts" using ordinary items and some simple L.E.D.'s (light emitting diodes), batteries, and magnets!


Fall PNG Technology Classes for Teens (Grades 6-12)

Just click the date to register.

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!

Insta-Ghosts Photoshop (RR, two-part class)
October 25 & 27 • 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Take some goofy photos with your friends and spookify them for Halloween using Adobe Photoshop.

Hour of Code (RR)
Thursdays • November 3 • 6:00-7:00 p.m.
A hands-on coding experience introducing you to real-world coding.

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

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