While the Library building is open to the public with limited hours & services, we ask you to please limit your visit to 30 minutes. 
Take advantage of Curbside Pickup, digital collections, and virtual programs.  Read more

Current hours as of Nov. 20: Mon.-Fri. 9-6 | Sat. 9-5 | Sun. Closed
Temperature checks are taken and masks are required to remain on (over nose and mouth) at all times.

 
 
 

Bag o' Books banner, including Library logo and drawing of a book in a bag.

Discord logo along with illustrations of phones, tablets, computers, and game consoles.Elmwood Park Public Library now has a Discord server for teens!  Discord is a group chatting platform that we will use for socializing, discussions, games, programs, and more.

Fill out the application below to join our Discord server. While you wait for approval, you can create an account on the website or download the app!

Questions? Contact Teen Librarian Beck at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or read this Parent’s Guide to Discord: https://blog.discord.com/parents-guide-to-discord-c77d91793e9c

 

March 11 - April 28, 2019

tournament of books 2019 400wIt's time for March Madness!  What? No, not basketball. Books!

Each week we will have two popular kids' books face off against each other. At the end of the each week, one book will move to the next round.

How does a book win? With your vote! Each week come vote for your favorite of the two books. The book with the most votes wins and advances to the next round. (see tournament bracket below)

How do you vote? Each round, stop by the Kids & Teens Desk to tell a librarian your name and which book you want to vote for (please only one vote per round). Then at the end of each week we will announce that round's winner.

After seven rounds we will announce the FINAL winning book. We will also randomly select two lucky voting participants to receive a copy of the winning book.

Want to read the books ahead of time? Stop by the Kids & Teens desk to pick up a copy. Or place a hold by clicking on the titles below.

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Round 1 MatchesRound 2 MatchesRound 3 MatchTournament Winner
Amulet #1: The Stonekeeper    
     vs.  (Vote March 11-17) Amulet #1: The Stonekeeper    
HiLo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth      
       vs.  (Vote March 25-31) Wonder  
The One & Only Ivan      
      vs.  (Vote March 18-24) Wonder    
Wonder      
         vs.  (Vote April 21-28) Wonder
Coraline      
     vs.  (Vote April 1-7) Wishtree    
Wishtree      
       vs.  (Vote April 15-20) Awkward  
Awkward      
     vs.  (Vote April 8-14) Awkward    
Real Friends      

  

 

A teen book box with three books, a bookmark, candy, and fun toy.Subscribe by December 5 for your Winter Boxes (December, January, & February)! 

If you are a teen in grades 7-12 you can sign up each season to subscribe to our monthly Book Boxes. 

A Book Box is a Library box that you pick up each month at the Kids & Teens desk, and it comes with one or two handpicked books (by us) and some fun treats to enjoy while you read.  When you're done reading, just return the book(s) and box, and you keep the treats!

If you're interested, sign up using the form below.  Just tell us a little bit about yourself, including choosing your favorite genres (like horror, fantasy, sci-fi, etc.), and then we'll do the rest.

Limit 10 people per season. 

 

1000 Books Before Kindergarten banner.About the Program

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years while providing children essential early literacy skills.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter Kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading. It is also a great way for children and their caregivers to bond!

To help encourage you to participate in this important activity, the Library has an incentive program to help you keep track of your books. Registration is ongoing at the Kids & Teens desk, and children may finish the program anytime before beginning Kindergarten. 

 

Cartoon fox reading a blue book while sitting on a stack of books.How-To

Read or listen to books, magazines, or audiobooks. Read the same title as many times as you like. Any books you read count. You do not have to read books JUST from the Library. Books read for summer and winter reading programs and in library-led programs like Story Time count, too!

Track the number of titles you read on your chart by coloring in a circle for each book you read!

Return to the library after every 100 books to pick a small prize from the treasure chest. At 500 books, you’ll receive a special prize. Finish 1000 books before your child enters Kindergarten to receive another special gift! 

 

Love emoji between parent and child cartoon foxes.Questions?

Please contact us at the Kids & Teen Services Department (708-395-1236) and we will be happy to answer them! 

 

Happy Reading!

Peter N. Silvestri Cultural and Learning Center | Serving Elmwood Park Since 1936