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 at the start of our Early Reader Collection. 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:

  • Family Fun
  • Parents
  • Practical Homeschooling
  • Scholastic Teacher

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 RBdigital collection.

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

  • Chicago Parent
  • Going Places
  • Suburban Family

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  |  PARCC  |  Fountas-Pinnell


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.



For more information:

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PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers)

What is it?

parcc logo 300wIn recent years, many states have adopted new, more rigorous academic standards, and teachers have been using them since then in their daily instruction. As a result, states needed high-quality assessments aligned to those standards that would test students of all achievement levels on what they are learning. These are the PARCC Tests.

The PARCC assessment system is made up of two categories of tools: 

  • Annual year-end tests in English language arts/literacy, and mathematics tests in grades 3-8 and high school; and
  • Instructional tools that teachers may use at their discretion anytime during the school year. These include formative tasks for grades K-2, 3-8, and high school; diagnostic tools; and speaking and listening tools; and performance-based modules.

Visit the PARCC Test website to learn more about the use of the tests and how to assess your child’s scores, or visit their Practice Tests page, broken down by subject and grade level, to try a practice test.


Library Resources

We are happy to offer use of our PARCC Practice Test Books within the Library. They can be found in our J Reference section under the call # of J Ref 371.262:

  • Common Core Assessments And Online Workbooks: PARCC 2016 Practice Tests
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      • Grade 3
      • Grade 4
      • Grade 5
      • Grade 6
      • Grade 7
      • Grade 8
    • English Language Arts
      • Grade 3
      • Grade 4
      • Grade 5
      • Grade 6
      • Grade 7
      • Grade 8

Within each PARCC Practice Test book is a page dedicated to ‘How to Access the Lumos Online Workbooks,’ and use of the ‘Lumos StepUp Mobile App.’ These two products are further extensions of the PARCC Practice Test books that you can use with your student at home at your leisure.

Because these books are for use in the Library only, you may feel free to use them to read and take notes, and we will make copies for your use at home.


In addition, on our Test Prep page you can access other test prep resources, as well as - a database that offers tests, practice work, and live tutoring separated by grade and subject level. You can access any of these databases in the Library though one of our computers, or at home by logging in with your Library Card number.


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Growth & Development

Children grow in the blink of an eye. Take a look at any of the links below to gather a little more insight into your child’s development:

PBS Parents: Child Development Tracker
Browse by age and developmental aspect to find useful information, tips, and activities.


Homeschool Resources

Homeschool World 
Calendar and contact information of local homeschools in Illinois.

Consumer Affairs Comparison Guide
The research team has created an online guide all about Online Homeschools for families researching options for educating their families.


Literacy & Education

Biblioboard:  Chicago Children's Museum
Inspired by Chicago Children's Museum's mission to improve children's lives by creating a community where play and learning connect, this anthology includes a variety of engaging and interactive books that are bound to spark kids' imagination, keep the pages turning, and help develop a love for learning. From classics to the hidden gems, from art to science, from bedtime stories to chapter books, activity books and more, these books are perfect for reading with your favorite tots, toddlers and tweens.

Digital Public Library of America
A one stop shop search engine unlike any other. This site is a special project that uses the digitization and resources from a variety of sources, including libraries, universities and government, all in this one location and accessible for free.
This site has lesson plans and activities starting at Kindergarten all the way through high school.

KDL What's Next 
The Kent District Library has a phenomenal site that will help you navigate the order of any series. Use this site to figure out the title of that next book in the series or to find out what others series the popular author of the moment has also written.

SuperSummary: Children's Literature Guide
A comprehensive resource for kids, teachers and parents, including websites that offer texts to read online and literature-themed games; resources for teaching literature to kids; and resources that help guide parents as they work to foster a love of reading in their children.

ELL Resources

Colorín Colorado
Colorín Colorado is a free web-based service that provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners (ELLs).

Read Write Think
A collection of resources designed for Spanish-speaking parents to help support children and teens with literacy learning at home. Links are available in both English and Spanish.


Web Safety

Net Smartz Kids
Play interactive games that teach both safety online as well as offline.

Strong Beginnings

We at the Library have a very strong belief in the value and experience that early literacy offerings can bring to your child. Not only do they serve them in the short term, but they provide the foundation for a successful educational career. Below are some of the early literacy highlights we offer.


We have many story time programs designed to aid in early literacy skills. These range from scheduled sessions of story time classes to drop-ins, with ages ranging from 0-5 throughout each week. These kind of offerings mean that there is always a class ready to fit your needs.

Early Reader Collections

We are proud to offer an entirely leveled early reader collection of books tailored to the needs of young readers. These fun books are engaging and exciting for kids and the leveling gives parents a better handle on choosing the proper leveled books for their new readers. These books have been leveled using the Fountas & Pinnell leveling system that is in use in our District 401 public schools. 

In addition, we also offer sets of BOB reader books, Hooked on Phonics sets, and Book & CD kits that provide extra levels of literacy practice for our young emerging readers to explore.

1000 books horizontal 400w1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a fun program that, as the name states, aims to have kids read 1,000 books before they enter Kindergarten. The positive effects of this accomplishment have been recorded overwhelmingly in the progress of young students and the benefits of the program cannot be denied.

The Library is has developed a new tracking and reward system that will make it easy to log the number of books read and recognize the efforts of our young friends.

Visit our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten page for more information and a reading log.  

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