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Parent and Student Resources during COVID-19

With schools closing during the COVID-19 crisis, we have compiled a list of sites to assist patrons during this difficult time.

E-learning Resources

Scholastic “Learn at Home” : Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. 
Biblioboard : Digital books, images, videos and more from libraries, artists, authors and others from your community and around the world.
CK-12 : This non-profit provides “open textbooks” for K-12 students all over the world. It offers free high-quality, standards-aligned, open content in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
ScienceBuddies: Science Buddies offers thousands of free resources for learning STEM, including a collection of 160+ fun, hands-on STEM activities and videos. Each of our K-12 activities covers a specific STEM concept, can be done in an hour or less, and can usually be done with materials easily found at home.
PBS Learning Media: WTTW and PBS have curated Free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more.
TumbleBooksLibrary: K-6 children’s ebook database
Username: tumble735
Password: books
TumbleMath:K-6 math ebook database
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6
TeenBookCloud: 7-12 ebook database
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6
AudioBookCloud: All ages audiobook database
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

Also, check your local library’s webpage and social media for virtual storytimes.

Childcare and Meals

For childcare, needs while you are working check with your local community centers and park districts also check out with the Illinois Childcare Assistance Program. If you are in need of meals during school closures check with your local school district.

Using Your Library During the Closing

If your library has recently closed due to COVID-19 concerns, you can still use many of your library’s services.

Place holds

You can still place holds on items, and you will be in the queue for them when your library re-opens.

Try eBooks & online resources

If you haven’t yet tried out the eBook, eAudiobook, streaming media, and online research databases offered by your library now is a good time to try them out.

If you are having trouble using these services, contact your library – many are still providing phone and online help.

What about due dates?

If your library has closed, please do not return items until your library reopens.

Check your account regularly as due dates could change as the situation progresses.

Library Closings in SWAN

The following libraries in the SWAN consortium are currently closed due to COVID-19. Check your library website for the most up-to-date closings information.

  • Acorn Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Batavia Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Bedford Park Public Library District- Closed through at least April 7th
  • Beecher Community Library District – Closed until further notice
  • Bellwood Public Library – Closed until further notice
  • Bensenville Community Public Library District – Closed until further notice
  • Berkeley Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Berwyn Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Bloomingdale Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Blue Island Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Bridgeview Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Broadview Public Library District – Closed through April 30th
  • Brookfield Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Calumet City Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Calumet Park Public Library – Closed until further notice
  • Carol Stream Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Chicago Heights Public Library – Closed until further notice
  • Chicago Ridge Public Library – Closed until further notice
  • Cicero Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Clarendon Hills Public Library – Closed until further notice
  • Crestwood Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Crete Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Dolton Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Downers Grove Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Eisenhower Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Elmwood Park Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Evergreen Park Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Flossmoor Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Forest Park Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Frankfort Public Library District – Closed until further notice
  • Franklin Park Public Library District – Closed until further notice
  • Geneva Public Library District – Closed until further notice
  • Glen Ellyn Public Library – Closed until further notice
  • Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Grande Prairie Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Green Hills Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Harvey Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Hillside Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Hinsdale Public Library – Closed until further notice
  • Hodgkins Public Library District- Closed through at least April 7th
  • Homewood Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Indian Prairie Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Itasca Community Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Justice Pubic Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Kaneville Public Library District- Closed through at least April 7th
  • La Grange Public Library District – Closed until further notice
  • La Grange Park Public Library District – Closed until further notice
  • Lansing Public Library – Closed until further notice
  • Lyons Public Library – Closed until further notice
  • Markham Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Matteson Area Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Maywood Public Library District – Closed until further notice
  • McCook Public Library District – Closed until further notice
  • Melrose Park Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Messenger Public Library of North Aurora – Closed until further notice
  • Midlothian Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • The Morton Arboretum – Closed until further notice
  • Nancy L. McConathy Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • North Riverside Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Northlake Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Oak Brook Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Oak Lawn Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Oak Park Public Library – Closed until further notice
  • Palos Heights Public Library – Closed until further notice
  • Palos Park Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Park Forest Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Prairie State College – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Prairie Trails Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Richton Park Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • River Forest Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • River Grove Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Riverdale Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Riverside Public Library- Closed through at least April 7th
  • Schiller Park Public Library – Closed until further notice
  • South Holland Public Library – Closed until further notice
  • St. Charles Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Stickney-Forest View Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Summit Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Sugar Grove Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • The Theosophical Society in America – Closed until further notice
  • Thornton Public Library – Closed until further notice
  • Thomas Ford Memorial Library – Closed until further notice
  • Tinley Park Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Town and Country Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • University Park Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Villa Park Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Westchester Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Westmont Public Library – Closed until further notice
  • West Chicago Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • William Leonard Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Woodridge Public Library – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Wood Dale Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th
  • Worth Public Library District – Closed through at least April 7th

What’s New In Your Library Catalog

Better layout for phones and tablets

Your library catalog is now mobile-friendly! If you are using the catalog on your phone or tablet, you should now see an easier-to-read layout that adapts to your device.

If you are on a phone or tablet:

  • Tap the menu icon to log in and see My Account
  • Tap Search Options to limit your search to just your library, downloads, or articles.
  • After you search, tap Limit Search Results to filter your results by format, fiction or nonfiction, and more.

Easily see on-shelf items

If an item is on shelf in your library, you’ll see a green “on shelf” checkbox.

on shelf icon with green checkbox

Otherwise, you’ll see that all copies are in use, or your library does not own the item. In both of these cases, you can place a hold so you’ll get the next available copy.

Get started with the mobile-friendly catalog

Find your library catalog

Green Hills Public Library District: Welcome to SWAN!

Today’s the Big Day!

The Green Hills Public Library District is now a full SWAN member, meaning patrons have access to a shared catalog that includes over 10,000,000 items across 97 libraries. Even better, patrons can have those items shipped directly to Green Hills in a matter of days or use a current Green Hills library card when visiting other SWAN libraries. Take a look at the new Green Hills Public Library District SWAN catalog. The look and feel are a little different than before, but functionality remains the same, including automatic renewals, access to your account, and placing holds or downloading materials. We hope you enjoy the benefits of being a SWAN library!

(Left) Green Hills Executive Director Jane Jenkins receives a welcome gift from SWAN Project Manager Joseph Miller and (Right) a Green Hills staff member reads Harry Potter in a very comfortable chair.

SWAN Library Services, established in 1974, is a consortium of suburban Chicago libraries stretching from Kaneville in the west to Harwood Heights and down to Beecher in the south. In addition to tech support for library staff, SWAN maintains a shared online public access catalog, a database of more 1.2 million patrons, and facilitates sharing of physical materials.

Green Hills Public Library District Joins SWAN January 29, 2019

Welcome, Green Hills Public Library District!

On January 29th, the Green Hills Public Library District will join the SWAN library consortium! With this new addition to the SWAN community comes access to over 10 million items at 97 libraries. SWAN and Green Hills staff have been hard at work preparing for the switch, and we want to share some information about what you can expect before and after January 29th:

Monday, January 28

While Green Hills patrons can check out items at the library, most features in the online catalog will be unavailable. This includes access to My Account, renewing items online, placing holds, and viewing what items are on shelf. Additionally, self checkout in the library will be disabled.

Don’t worry, all of your existing holds and checkouts will transfer over!

Tuesday, January 29

The big day! All online features will be available once starting when the library opens. Starting today, Green Hills patrons will use the new SWAN catalog, which can be accessed the same way you reached it before. The new catalog will look a little different, but will function the same way. In fact, the biggest difference will be the appearance of items at other SWAN libraries.

Some tips for those new to SWAN

Although many Green Hills patrons are familiar with SWAN, we thought we’d share a few pointers:

  • If you see an item in the catalog that belongs to another library, you can place a hold and the item will be delivered to your library a few days after it’s available.
  • You can update your notification preferences in My Account > Personal Information > Preferences. For additional help, refer to our YouTube tutorial.
  • Resource sharing is great, but we know patrons want access to their library’s new materials first. Our dynamic holds system prioritizes local patrons getting local materials, so you’ll still have access to Green Hills materials before patrons at other SWAN libraries.
  • Your Green Hills Public Library District card can be used at any other public library in SWAN.

 

If you have any questions about SWAN, don’t hesitate to reach out to the staff at your library!

Welcome to SWAN, Green Hills Public Library District!

On January 29th, 2019, the Green Hills Public Library District will join the SWAN Library Consortium. While SWAN and Green Hills staff are busy working to make this transition as seamless as possible, it’s important to share a few markers you may see along the way.

Partial Freeze on New Items: January 18 – January 29

New materials cannot be added to the catalog . This means you may see a delay in availability for any titles released during this period. After January 29, new materials will be available as normal.

Checkout-Only Period: January 28

The back-end system will be limited while the Green Hills library data is loaded into SWAN. You will still be able to check out materials during this time, but other activity will be suspended. Additionally, items you check out will not be reflected in My Account in the online catalog until the following day. See the chart below for a list of services that will be available and unavailable.

 

January 28, 2019

Can Do

Can’t Do

Search for materials in the online catalog See availability of materials in the online catalog
Check out materials at the circulation desk Place holds
Access e-resources like OverDrive, Axis360, and Hoopla through those apps/websites Log in to My Account
  Pay bills
  Check items in
  Download electronic materials or place holds directly from the library’s online catalog
  Receive materials delivered from another library
  Renew materials (auto-renewals will be suspended for these dates, but will resume on January 29)