School Newsletter for May 2017

Elmwood Park Public Library

Library Update for Elmwood Park Schools - May 2017

School's Out, It's Time for Summer!


Dappers Game Zone Truck (DI)

Thursday, May 25 • 4:00-6:00 p.m. • Grades 4-12

Celebrate the end of the school year with games and fun! 

The Dappers Game Zone Truck will be stationed outside of the Library for two hours on the last day of school with big screen TVs and popular game systems for up to 28 kids to play at the same time.



Reading by Design
Summer Reading 2017: June 4 - August 5

It’s time again for Summer Reading! Our program is aligned with School District 401’s summer reading initiative. Instead of books, our goals for each school age group will focus on minutes read.  This will make it easier for students to complete both school and Library programs at the same time and have reading success to carry into the new school year. 

We encourage all ages to participate, including adults, as reading throughout the summer keeps everyone's literacy skills up, and reading together as a family makes it more fun and engaging. We’ve designed a program with rewards for each age group:

  • Babies (Ages 0-3): Complete Literacy Activities
  • Kids (Age 3 - Kindergarten): Read 300 minutes
  • Kids (Grades 1-3): Read 600 minutes
  • MidKids (Grades 4-6): Read 1200 minutes
  • Teens (Grades 7-12): Complete Book Bingo
  • Adults (18 & up): Finish 2 books/audiobooks

Kick-off & Registration: While you can sign up all summer long, registration begins with our Kick-off Party on Sunday, June 4 from 1:00-4:00 p.m., sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Stop by the party to sign up, get your reading log, and enjoy food, fun, and games. If you can’t make it to the party, just stop by the Adult or Kids & Teens desks during the summer to register.

First & Last Days:  The first official day for prize pickup is Monday, June 5.  The last day to collect prizes is Saturday, August 5.

Family Field Day: At the end of Summer Reading, we’ll celebrate with a Family Field Day on Saturday, August 5 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. in Central Park. There will also be light refreshments and fun activities for all ages. You will also be able to help local artist Antonia Ruppert create a community painting for the Library. 

Traveling Trophy:  As an added bonus this year, the school that has the highest percentage of kids finish the reading program will win our new traveling summer reading trophy - to live at your school for the next school year. How do you help score points for your school? Just finish your summer reading goals.   


And more!: For more details about summer reading, including prizes, bonus raffle opportunities, and lock-in parties for MidKids and Teens, visit our website or stop by the Library to register. Then start reading those books!  Have a great summer! 



Find Something Good to Read!

Whether your students are signed up for our Summer Reading Program, or have summer reading assignments for school, they'll need to find some good books to read this summer.  Below are a few of the resources that we have that can help.



Our Library has a subscription to TumbleBookLibrary, and you and your students can access it from  home or the classroom! It’s unlimited, and it’s free for you to use!

TumbleBooks is an online collection of streaming eBooks for children. All you need is an internet connection and a computer or tablet. 

There are over 250 animated, talking picture books! The site also features Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and exciting games and puzzles! 

Visit our TumbleBooks page and click any of the links on the page to get started.  



NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus is a database all about books and finding that next great read.  There are recommended reading lists based on mood, genre, subject, read-a-likes, award-winners, and more.  Students can also search for titles and authors to find useful reviews, as well as get series information so you know which book to read next!

Parents will also find NoveList Plus useful as they can use it to find books at the right reading level for their child, as well as reviews and tools to teach with books and engage young readers.

Just visit our Literature & Reading database page and click on NoveList Plus.



New Material at the Library

Don't forget kids and parents can jump online to check out all the new books, movies, music, and video games that are arriving at the Library on our New Materials pages:

And in addition to all the above resources, don't forget that you can always ask your friendly Librarian, and we'll happily find you or your students something good to read!



Upcoming in the Fall

School's not out yet, and we don't want to rush your summer, but here a just a couple of things to keep in mind for when school starts again in August.


Get help with our new Homework 911

We are excited to announce our brand new homework help center, Homework 911!

Beginning in September after Labor Day, Homework 911 will be an after-school program at the Elmwood Park Public Library on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Students in grades K-6 can come talk to certified teachers who will be on hand to help them with their homework questions and needs.



Shorts Film Festival: August 19

Submissions:  Do you have students who like making films? Then send them to the Library! We will be taking submissions all summer long for our First Annual Shorts Film Festival, which will take place on Saturday, August 19.  

Submissions for the Festival are due Saturday, August 5, and we will be judging films in three different age groups:

  • MidKids
  • Teens
  • Adults

Within each of those age groups, students can submit their film for one or both of the following two categories:

  • Book or movie trailers
  • Short original films

Then on Saturday, August 19 we will host the Festival to show all of the submissions and announce the winners. For more details, contact the Kids & Teens Department.

Getting help & learning skills:  Is your student new to making films?  Or maybe they know what they're doing and they just want to learn some new techniques or get some advice?  

During the summer our PNG computer lab will available to students for using our software and equipment, and getting some help from staff. We will have more details in June about actual times the lab will be available, so have your students contact Kids & Teens for more information.

Next week students can also get a head-start on their film by learning some new skills:


PNG Movie Maker Skills: Stop-Motion (RR, two-part class) for Grades 6-12

Click to sign up • May 23 & 25 • 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Learn how stop-motion animation works and create your own short stop-motion movie. It’s easy and awesome.  

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Phone: 708-453-7645

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