Parents and Teachers


Internet Access for Kids

Thirteen computers and two iPads are available for your kids to use in Kids Crossing.   Children must be 9 years of age or older to use the Internet alone (without a parent), otherwise a parent/guardian must be present with their child during computer usage.

Online Storytimes for Kids

If you cannot make it into the library for one of our storytimes, there are a couple of online options available.  Head over to either The Nook Blog or Storytime Online to find a variety of stories that your child can listen to being read by the authors of the stories and even a few celebrities.

Digital Tools for Kids

Use these resources to look up articles, download ebooks, stream media, practice early literacy skills and much more…available 24/7 from your library.

Kids Book Newsletters

Sign-up to receive free book newsletters by email. There are special newsletters for kids, tweens, and even for picture books. Links to our online catalog from the newsletters make it easy to see if an interesting title is in or to place a hold.

Select the newsletters you want, fill in your name, email address, make up a password, and then click on “Subscribe.” NextReads newsletters arrive regularly each month, so you’ll never be without something good to read.

Literacy Websites

Additional Recommended Links


A variety of services are available to you and your students here at the library. If you have any questions, call 847-455-6016 ext. 3, email .

Library Cards

Register at your home library for your library card, and use your card here.  If your home library is Franklin Park, learn how to register for your library card.

Assignment Alert

Notify us of upcoming student projects and homework assignments. We will set aside your requested materials and make them readily available for your students. We appreciate the advance notice.

Computers and Internet

Twelve computers for kids and 20+ computers for teens are available for your students to use. PCs run Microsoft Office 2013, which includes Power Point, Publisher, and Word. Black and white printouts are 10 cents a page and color printouts are 50 cents a page. Your students will need to bring their library cards to access the computers; nonresident students can be issued guest passes.

Homework Center

Copies of the school textbooks for Districts #83 for grades 3-8 are housed in Kids Crossing area.

Library Visits

Your class is welcome to visit the Library for an orientation and tour or to do research. We will structure the visit to meet the needs of your class. In order for us to meet your needs, it is important to arrange your visit at least two weeks in advance. As an alternative, we can visit your class for stories and book talks. Contact Jennifer Susina, the School and Community Outreach Librarian, at if you are interested.

Recommended Websites

View our collection of useful links.


You can request books and other materials to be set aside for pick-up. Contact us at any of the above methods. Please allow 5-10 days per request. Books will be held for three days after the pick-up date.