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.

Library Card Signup Month

Register for or renew your library card in September and get a free giveaway. Then use your card to access all the wonderful things the library has to offer!  Click here to learn more.

Virtual MidKids Read

Grades 3-6

Wed., Sept. 30, 4 p.m.

Sign up to read and discuss this month's graphic novel over Zoom! Provide a library card number when you sign up so we can place it on hold for you!

Virtual DIY for Adults

Thurs., Oct. 1, 1 p.m.

Pick up your craft supplies at the Library, then join us over Zoom to make a spooky Halloween wreath!

Sign up by Sept. 28. Spots are limited!

Virtual Tuesday Night Book Discussion

Oct. 20, 7 p.m.

Pick up a copy at the Adult Services desk, then join us to discuss over Zoom on the third Tuesday of the month.

Sign up here to receive the Zoom link.

Virtual Trivia Night

Join us for Virtual Trivia Nights at 7 p.m. on our Facebook page! Or click the links below to sign up to receive a direct link on the night of:

Let Us Recommend a Good Book!
Let Us Recommend a Good Book!

Looking for something to read for you or the kids, but don't know what to try? Fill out a short questionnaire and let us help!

Laptops & Hotspots

Need a computer & internet for home?

Chromebooks and WiFi Hotspots are now available for checkout through our Curbside Pickup service.

Click here for more details.

Wireless Printing for Curbside Pickup

Print to the Library from home & pickup with our Curbside Service.  For free!

Click here for more details.

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