School Newsletter for January 2017

Elmwood Park Public Library

Library Update for Elmwood Park Schools - January 2017

Library News & Services

Upcoming Closings

Please note that the Library will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

To celebrate this great man pick up one of our many biographies in both the kids and adult sections, as well as additional books on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement in the nonfiction collections. Just ask staff to help you find what you need!


NEW:  Birthday Club for Kids

The Library wants to celebrate your child’s birthday!

Starting January 2017, kids up through 6th grade can sign up for our new Birthday Club. When your child’s birthday approaches, we will send them a birthday card and bookmark. We will also post their first name on our Birthday Bulletin Board.  Sign your child up at the Kids & Teens Desk.


NEW:  Tablet Table for Kids

We have yet another new way for kids to discover and learn at the Library!

We recently added a new Tablet Table in the Picture Book Room up in Kids & Teens. It has three iPads in bright, colorful cases, loaded with ABC Mouse, an app filled with fun and educational activities, games, puzzles, books, and videos.  

Kids can explore and learn about numbers, the alphabet, animals, as well as other subjects in reading, math, science, health, and social studies.


NEW:  Fun, Educational Puzzles for Kids

Looking for another fun thing to do at the Library with your kids?  We now have large, foam-piece puzzles that can be put together of the alphabet, numbers, and a U.S.A. state map. 

In addition, there are also lacing cards, boards with locks & latches, and wooden shoes to practice shoe-tying.  Find all these new activities in clear plastic containers sitting on the new bookshelf that Crush (our tortoise) is resting on.


Prom Dress Extravaganza

Prom is an important, but expensive, event for high schoolers.  That’s why this coming spring we are planning a Prom Dress giveaway to provide free dresses to our resident teens.

In order to make this giveaway possible, we need dresses! So between now and March 15, please donate your gently used dresses to the Kids & Teens Desk, which we will then use in our giveaway. We will have more details about the giveaway after March 15.


Youth Services Medal Winners

We are proud to announce that three of our teen Library volunteers recently received 2016's Illinois Sheriff's Youth Services Medal of Honor.

Christian Caballero, Oliwia Ozog, and Abderrahman Timejardine-Zomeno each completed more than 100 hours of community service for the Elmwood Park Public Library. In addition, they all serve on the executive board of the Library's Young Adult Council, providing service to the Library and various charity projects throughout the year. They were honored at an award ceremony on December 1st. This is the second time both Christian and Abdo have received this medal and the third time for Oliwia. Thank you for all your hard work!


Online Resource Spotlight:  Newspaper Access

The Library has three database subscriptions that are solely dedicated to Newspaper archives, and include full text articles with the capability to save, print, or email results and articles.

Students or teachers can access these databases for free with their library cards. Visit our Newspaper database page for access to the following:

NewsBank:  Elm Leaves

The Library has access to the Elm Leaves through the NewsBank database.  

Access includes complete full text content of local and regional news from Elmwood Park's weekly paper ranging from the current week's issue back to 1995. Community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community are covered. Paid advertisements are excluded.

ProQuest:  Historical Archives of the Chicago Tribune (1849-1990)

This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers, and students with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. 


EBSCOhost's Newspaper Source

Read newspaper articles from regional and international publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, The Evening Standard, and more. Television and radio transcipts from NPR, CNN, FOX News and CBS News are also available.


Collection Spotlight: LeapFrog LeapReaders

LeapFrog's LeapReader tag system is a great resource for kids just learning to read, or those beginning their own independent reading.  LeapReader books tap into children's natural curiosity and inspire them to explore. Each touch to the page brings an interactive experience.

The Library owns five kits that each include six interactive books that talk when used with the included pen.  We have kits for Levels 1, 2, & 3, as well as two Disney themed kits with varying levels included.

Contact the Kids & Teens Desk for more information or to reserve one today!


Upcoming Library Classes & Events

Read to the Dog Program

Call to register • Jan. 12 | Feb. 9 • 7:00-8:15 p.m. • Ages 4-7

Reading to a Dog can help improve a child’s reading and communication skills through short reading sessions with a trained therapy dog.  Having a non-judgmental listener and furry friend to read to that won't laugh at mistakes allows the child to practice their skills in a fun, relaxed manner, which increases confidence and builds interest in reading.

Each month, call the Kids & Teens Desk at 708.295.1237 or stop in to book a 15-minute spot with our furry friend, therapy dog Woody, who looks forward to listening to your child.


New & Updated Story Times for the New Year

We have updated our weekly story time sessions with new names and renewed emphasis on play time for building your child's early developmental skills. We've also added some new sessions.  Start your child's year off right and bring them to the Library!  Sign-ups begin January 3. (RR = Registration Required, DI = Drop in)

Little Explorers Story Time (RR) • Ages 6-24 months
Session: Mondays • Jan. 9 - Feb. 13 • 9:30-10:15 a.m.
(No class Jan. 16)
Explore the wonder of books, puppets, bounces, & rhymes. Stories are followed by open play time to hone fine and gross motor skills. Child with caregiver.

Tiny Tots (DI) • Ages 0-24 months
Session: Wednesdays • January 11 - February 15 • 9:30-10:00 a.m.
Discover story time with books, songs, puppets, and more. Stories are followed by open play time to hone fine and gross motor skills. Child with caregiver.

Elmwood Park Play Group (DI) • Ages 0-24 months
Fridays • January 13 | February 10 • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Connect, create, and play in our pop-up play space designed specially for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Child with caregiver.

Wiggles & Giggles Story Time (DI) • Ages 2-5
Session: Mondays • Jan. 9 - Feb. 13 • 11:00-11:45 a.m. (No class Jan. 16)
Wake up your week with books, songs, movement, and dance. Stories are followed by open play time designed to build your child's early developmental skills. Child with caregiver.

Giggles & Grins Story Time - Tuesdays (DI) • Ages 2-5
Session: Tuesdays • January 10 - February 14 • 11:00-11:45 a.m.
Tackle Tuesday with books, songs, movement, and dance. Stories are followed by open play time designed to build your child's early developmental skills. Child with caregiver.

Rockin’ Reads (RR) • Ages 3-5
Session 1: Wednesdays • January 11 - February 15 • 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Session 2: Thursdays • January 12 - February 16 • 11:00-11:45 a.m.
Get ready to rock with books, songs, puppets, and more. Stories are followed by open play time designed to build your child's early developmental skills.


Dave Herzog's Marionettes Pirate Show

Click to register • January 17 • 7:00-8:00 p.m. • Ages 3-10

Dave Herzog, Captain Kranky, and his jolly pirate crew of marionettes are back at the Library for a rollicking show.


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

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