Check out all of our new stuff!  We've organized our new material by category, so scroll your way down the page or click a category to jump right to it. Click on an item to see more details, and click on the title to go to the SWAN Online Catalog to check availability and place a hold. 

Fiction  |  Graphic Novels  |  Nonfiction  |  Audiobooks  |  Video Games  |  TV & Movies





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About the Fountas-Pinnell Leveling System

fountas pinnellThe Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Systems are accurate and reliable tools to identify the instructional and independent reading levels of all students and document student progress through one-on-one formative and summative assessments.

The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System is employed in many area schools - including the District 401 Elmwood Park Public Schools.

This page is intended to be a guide to books within each level that the Library owns. However, unlike our Early Reader Collection (Levels A-L), the Library does not individually label each book by the Fountas & Pinnell leveling system and some leveling methods may vary. Please see a Kids Librarian if you need assistance with the F&P System. 


Recommended Books by Level


A-C  |  D-G  |  H-J  |  K-L  |  M  |  N  |  O  |  P  |  Q  |  R  |  S  |  T  |  U  |  V  |  W  |  X  |  Y  |  Z


Click on the level above to find book suggestions within that level, then click on the book to check its availability in the SWAN Online Catalog. Or if you have a book in mind and you are wondering what level it is, then try searching Scholastic Book Wizard to find the level. Or ask a librarian for assistance.

If you would prefer a print list of the titles, you can pick up a copy of our brochures at the Library, or print them from here:  M-P  |  Q-U  |  V-Z



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Are you looking for books on potty training, bullying, or learning to tie a shoelace? You can find them in the Kids & Teens Department in our Parenting collection which is located right next to Crush, the Library's tortoise, who lives over by the PNG computer lab. You can also find more books on various parenting topics located downstairs in the Adult nonfiction collection, identifiable by the big red dot on the spine of the book.



Looking for a magazine to read while your child is playing or in a program? The following magazines are available in our Magazine section located by the Kids & Teens Desk:

  • Parents
  • Practical Homeschooling

Magazines with a new sticker cannot be checked out until next month’s issue arrives, but all back issues can be checked out for three weeks. You can also always grab a magazine to bring up from the Adult collection downstairs, as well. Or try reading a digital magazine on your tablet from our Flipster collection.

We also have several free publications available that you can take home with you to keep:

  • Chicago Parent
  • Illinois Bicycle Rules of the Road
  • Forest Preserves of Cook County - Countywide Map

***Please note: Vacation Bags are currently unavailable for Curbside Pickup. The collection will become available again once the Library moves to the next phase of reopening in limited capacity. In the meantime, please try our new Bag 'o Books service.


Going on vacation? Taking the kids? Let us put together a bag of books, movies &  DVD player, and other items that you can take on vacation with you to help keep the kids entertained.

And with our special Vacation Bags, you don't have to worry about the length of your vacation conflicting with the usual due dates of books and things. You can schedule to pick up the Vacation Bag before your trip, and then everything in the bag won't be due until three days after you return.

Just fill out the form below and turn it in to the Kids & Teens desk.  Give us at least a week to get your Vacation Bag ready so that we can make it extra great for your kids. Then have a great trip!

vacation bag application

Looking for information about local schools and daycares? Curious as to what the PAARC, Common Core, or Fountas-Pinnell programs are that the schools are using? We've got you covered.

School & Daycare Listings  |  Common Core 


School & Daycare Listings

Elmwood Park Public Library is proud to work with and serve the surrounding schools and daycare centers in the area. We also have more information about parent/teacher organizations and student activities on our Community Corner page.



  • ECC/Early Childhood Centerschool logo epcusd401 300w
    Serving: Pre-School & Kindergarten
    Address: 4 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park IL 60707
    Phone: 708.583.5860

  • Elmwood Elementary School
    Serving: 1st – 6th grade
    Address: 2319 North 76th Avenue, Elmwood Park IL 60707
    Phone: 708.452.3558

  • John Mills Elementary School
    Serving: 1st – 6th grade
    Address: 2824 North 76th Avenue, Elmwood Park IL 60707
    Phone: 708.452.3560

  • Elm Middle School
    Serving: 6th – 8th grade
    Address: 7607 West Cortland, Elmwood Park IL 60707
    Phone: 708.452.3550

  • Elmwood Park High School 
    Serving: 9th – 12th grade
    Address: 8201 W Fullerton Ave., Elmwood Park IL 60707
    Phone: 708.452.7272


Catholic & Lutheran Schools


  • St. Celestine Catholic School school logo private 800h
    Serving: Pre-School – 8th grade
    Address: 3017 North 77th Avenue, Elmwood Park, Illinois 60707
    Phone: 708.453.8234

  • St. Vincent Ferrer School
    Serving: Pre-School – 8th grade
    Address: 1515 N. Lathrop Avenue, River Forest, Illinois  60305
    Phone: 708.771.5905

  • St. Cyprian Catholic School
    Serving: Kindergarten – 8th grade
    Address: 2561 Clinton Street, River Grove, IL 60171
    Phone: 708.453.6300

  • Grace Lutheran Church & School
    Serving: Pre-School – 8th grade
    Address: 7300 West Division, River Forest, Illinois 60305
    Phone: 708.366.6900

  • Trinity High School
    Serving: 9th – 12th grade, all girls
    Address: 7574 West Division Street, River Forest, Illinois 60305
    Phone: 708.771.8383

  • Guerin Prep 
    Serving: 9th – 12th grade
    Address: 8001 W. Belmont Ave., River Grove, IL 60171
    Phone: 708.453.6233


 Daycare & Learning Centers


  • A-Karrasel Academy
    Serving: Infants - Kindergarten
    Address: 7801 W Grand Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707
    Phone: 708.452.7666

  • Kiddie Korner Academy
    Serving: Ages 6 weeks - 6 years old
    Address: 7730 W. North Avenue, Elmwood Park, IL 60707
    Phone: 708.456.5628

  • Little Newtons
    Serving: Ages 6 weeks - 5 years old
    Address: 1850 N. Harlem Avenue, Elmwood Park, IL 607007
    Phone: 708.395.5590

  • Picket Fence Day Care & Learning Center
    Serving: Ages 15 months - 12 years old
    Address: 36 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park, IL 60707
    Phone: 708.452.4544

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Common Core

The Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401 follows the Common Core State Standards of Illinois.

What is it?

Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.

common core1 300wThe standards were drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and are designed to ensure students are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful. Over forty states have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the standards.

The new standards also provide a way for teachers to measure student progress throughout the school year and ensure that students are on the pathway to success in their academic careers.



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