Welcome to our resources for parents and teachers!  The Youth Services Department knows that children learn so much on a daily basis - from parents, teachers, friends, family, and at the Library. We know how challenging being a parent and or teacher can be and we want to make that challenge a little less daunting by providing you with websites and materials that can help you on your journey.

In addition to finding and providing helpful materials we also provide a variety of services for teachers and schools. Such services include library tours, book club requests, book talks and working with our local Boy and Girl Scouts troops on badges. We pride ourselves in working with our local schools and teachers and want you to know that we are willing to help wherever needed. Feel free to contact us if you need any of the above mentioned services or have ideas for new partnerships. Visit this page often for updates on relevant topics to parents and teachers. Click on any of the links below for interesting sites and activities that you can begin sharing with your child or class now. 



From local schools to helpful, educational sites:

Common Core
Learn the purpose and standards of this program.

Illinois Common Core
Common Core Standards and resources for Illinois.


Mango Languages
Learn a new language with this helpful site that offers interactive lessons and the ability to chart your progress.  


Elmwood Park Public Library is proud to serve the following schools:

St. Celestine : Pre-School – 8th grade

ECC/Early Childhood Center : Kinder Pre-School and Kindergarten

Elmwood Elementary : 1st  – 6th grade

John Mills Elementary : 1st  – 6th grade

St. Vincent : Pre-School – 8th grade

St. Cyprian : Kindergarten – 8th grade

Grace Lutheran : Pre-School – 8th grade

Elm Middle : 6th – 8th grade

Elmwood Park High School : 9th  – 12th grade

Trinity : 9th  – 12th grade

Guerin Prep : 9th  – 12th grade

Homeschool Resources

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

Web Safety

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

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:

Baby and Toddler

Preschool and Kindergarten

Grade School

Pre-teen and Teen




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.

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.

This site has lesson plans and activities starting at Kindergarten all the way through high school.

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.

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