School Newsletter for March 2017

Elmwood Park Public Library

Library Update for Elmwood Park Schools - March 2017

Library News & Services

New Explore-to-Go Kits Added to the Collection

We have added new kits to our popular Explore-to-Go collection, thanks to the generous donation of the Friends of the Elmwood Park Public Library:

  • Architecture
  • Braille
  • Counting Money
  • Engineering
  • Magnets
  • Motor Skills
  • Super Spy Craft
  • Telling Time
  • Tying Shoes

Check out our Explore-to-Go page on our website for a complete listing.  Have suggestions for a theme you'd like to see added?  Don't hesitate to let us know!



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.* We have a nice selection of dresses, but will gladly keep accepting gently used donations through the end of March.

*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. 



eReaders for Kids & Teens

Did you know that we have Kindles that are just for Kids & Teens to checkout?

  • We have two Paperwhites for kids, with eBooks like My Weirder SchoolSammy KeyesTuck EverlastingIvy + Bean, and many more.
  • We have two Paperwhites for teens, with eBooks like Hunger GamesTwilight, Sarah Dessen, Ellen Hopkins, Lauren Oliver, and many more.
  • We also have a Fire HD for teens that is speficially loaded up with graphic novels.

Visit our Kindle eReader page for more details.



English Conversation Hour for ELL Parents

Please let your ELL parents know that we will be hosting an English conversation class at the Library with ESL instructor Michael Fitzgerald.  The class will be on Wednesdays from April 5 - May 24, at 7:15-8:15 p.m. There is no registration required.  Below are translated descriptions about the program in Spanish and Polish.

Hora de Conversación
Miércoles • abril 5 - mayo 24 • 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.

Godzina rozmowy
środy • 5 Wiek - 24 maja • 19:15-20:15
Czy potrzebujesz poćwiczyć swój angielski? Przyjdź na godzinną konwersacje, prowadzoną przez instruktora kursu języka angielskiego ESL, Michael Fitzgerald.  



Spotlight on...


Online Resource: Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center™ is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content, as well as images and videos.

Designed to meet every student's 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.

Access Science Reference Center™ from our Homework Help page on our website.



Collection:  Graphic Novels

Do your students like comics?  We do!  They are more than just picture books...  Graphic novels are a great way to grab reluctant readers and get them interested in reading, without them feeling like it. Graphic novels can tell great stories, introducing vocabulary, character development, and more, serving as a great transitional tool into regular books.

And they're just plain fun!

We've got graphic novels for kids...


For teens...


As well as an adult collection for mature teens to peruse.

So stop by and grab some for your classroom, or send interested students in and we'll help them find the perfect book to dive into!



Upcoming Library Classes & Events


Once Upon a Story - Sponsored by Mont Clare/EP Kiwanis (RR)

No registration required • Grades PreK - 3
Saturday, March 18  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Join us for a variety of games, face painting, entertainment, and snacks, all centered around fairy tales and fantasy!

Dress up and get your picture taken with a princess or a knight!  

Get a take-home craft and a book compliments of the MontClare/Elmwood Park Kiwanis.

In between activities, there will be puppet shows in the Lower Level at 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:00 p.m. Connor Asher, puppeteer, animator, artist, and founder of Creventive Studios, is dedicated to entertainment and education through storytelling, and will be sure to put on a fantastical show!



Japan-a-Fans Unite!

No registration required • Grades 7-12
March 14 | April 18 • 4:00-5:00 p.m.  

Attention Manga & Anime fans! Get ready to discuss your favorite series and debate who are the coolest characters.

Students in grades 7-12 are invited to enjoy popcorn and make new friends.



Bam! Kapow! Superhero Party 

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

Join us for this family event and 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.



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Phone: 708-453-7645

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