School Newsletter for April 2017

Elmwood Park Public Library

Library Update for Elmwood Park Schools - April 2017

Library News & Services


National Library Week & Edible Book Contest

National Library Week is April 9-15, and we'll be celebrating all things Library.  To kick off the week, kids and families are invited to our:

First Annual Edible Book Festival

No registration required • Sunday, April 9 • Voting at 2:00 p.m. • Eating at 2:30 p.m.

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.

If you're having trouble thinking of ideas, just do an internet search for "edible book contest" and you'll get lots of inspiration!



SWAN Online Catalog Improvements:
Fiction/Nonfiction Facets & Lexile Numbers

In February some new improvements were added to the SWAN Online Catalog, in the hopes of making your search experience easier for you and your students.

Fiction/Nonfiction Facets - Now when you do a search in the catalog, you can limit your results to be either fiction or nonfiction.  This helps you weed out unwanted results to better find what you're looking for.

For example, if you are doing a report on elephants, you can use this facet to find only the nonfiction books on elephants to help you.  Or if you just want to read a story about elephants, you can use this feature to limit your results to only picture books and fiction involving elephants.  We find this a very useful new tool.

Find the Fiction/Nonfiction limiter on the left-hand side of the search results page. Please be aware that this new limiter only applies to books and audiobooks, and not to any visual formats. Also note that poetry, drama plays, mythology, and folklore are all considered nonfiction.

Lexile Numbers Added - The Lexile level number has been added to many kid and teen books.  You will find this information in the book's record under Reading Level.  (Please be aware that the Lexile information is not available for every book, as not every book has been evaluated for this leveling system.)


Dresses Still Available

Because we had so many dresses donated to us (thank you!) for our Prom Dress Extravaganza on April 1, we still have a lot of dresses left over!

Our dress selection is good for more than just Prom.  They can be used for any school dance or other fancy occasion. If your students are still interested in taking a look at our selection of dresses, please have them contact the Kids & Teens Desk to make an appointment.

Maybe the perfect dress is here waiting!



Spotlight On....


Online Resource:  Brainfuse Online Tutoring 

It's getting close to the end of the school year, but don't forget that we still have resources that can you help your students finish on a strong note.

Brainfuse is a complete online tutoring system with study tools for grades Kindergarten through college. Get online help from a live tutor using chat and whiteboard technology, practice with flash cards and skills building lessons, take a practice test, or submit your paper to the Writing Lab for suggestions.



Collection:  Nonfiction Early Reader Collection

To make things easier for young children and parents to find books on certain topics, we recently combed through our Early Reader Collection and separated out nine shelves worth of books with popular nonfiction topics.

This new Nonfiction Early Reader Collection is now located under the Parenting Magazines, after the end of the regular Early Reader Collection, and is organized by topic, which include:

  • Animals
  • Careers
  • Food
  • People
  • Places
  • School
  • Space
  • Sports
  • and many more!

All the topics are still color-coded like the rest of our Early Reader Collection.  To find out more, visit our website, or ask the staff in Kids & Teens!



Upcoming Library Classes & Events


Laser Comedy Show:
Story Telling with Lasers
-Sponsored by the Friends

Click here to register • Tuesday, April 11 • 7:00-8:00 p.m. • Grades K-4

Performing artist Chris Fair uses Laser Reactive Technology to bring characters to life by drawing in non-stop action and voicing over his creations.

Stop in to see this show which has been seen on TV, including Late Night with Stephen Colbert.  

Thank you to the Friends of the Library!



PNG:  Video Game Challenge (four-part class)

Click to register • April 18, 20, 25, & 27 • 4:00-5:00 p.m. • Grades 6-12

Do you like playing video games?  Ever had some great ideas of your own for a game?  Come try your hand at making a simple video game using Flowlab, where you can make games without programming - the Flowlab online game creator has the tools you need, all included and easy to learn.



Mighty Makers: Cardboard Creations

Click to register • Grades K-5
Saturday, April 22 • 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Grab a cardboard box and get creative!

Will you make a car, fort, castle, rocket or something entirely your own? 

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

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