Parents & Teachers

The Youth & Young Adult Services Department serves young people of all ages – from babies to high school students.

Raising a Reader: How the Library Can Help

The Hinsdale Public Library offers a variety of materials for parents and kids to help and encourage emergent readers; assist parents and students in choosing books at the appropriate reading and interest levels; and give them the tools to navigate the world of reading assessment and testing.


  • Every Child Ready to Read is an initiative by the American Library Association to encourage parents and caregivers to READ, SING, TALK, PLAY, and WRITE with kids from a very young age.  The link above brings you to a site that has great suggestions on how to incorporate these activities into daily routines.
  •  Join one of our reading enrichment programs. During the school year, we offer storytime for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and for school-aged readers, a reading to the dogs program with the Hinsdale Humane Society. See our Events page for this and other programs.

Learning to Read: Materials and Tools

  • Picture books with rhyming and alphabet themes.
  • Beginning Reader books at multiple levels, including the popular Bob Books series.
  • In-house game computers pre-loaded with educational games for babies through 4th graders.
  • Fiction and nonfiction DVDs about letters, phonics and reading.
  • A Parent/Teacher collection with ideas about how to encourage your child’s love of reading, best books lists, and more.
  • Large selection of book and audio sets, great for reading along.
  • Music CDs are great for listening to nursery rhymes, alphabet, word play, and creative play.


Harriet’s Birthday Bags

During the month of your child’s 1st, 3rd or 6th birthday receive a backpack filled with wonderful gifts including a paperback book, a reading enrichment game, book lists, a picture frame magnet and more.

Just come to the Youth & Young Adult Services Desk and let us know about your special day. We’re happy to help you celebrate!

Generously funded by the Harriet M. Goodall Bequest.

For Teachers

School-Library cooperation and the education and enrichment of our youth are important goals of Hinsdale Public Library. The staff of the Youth & Young Adult Services Department includes a Youth Services Librarian who works with MRC Directors and teachers to pull relevant materials for projects for library and school use,  purchases books on required reading lists and for the parent-teacher collection, and much more.

For a comprehensive list, see school services or preschool services.


For Parents, Teachers, and Homeschool Families

The Library has many services, programs and materials for you and your family to discover and enjoy.

Our parent-teacher collection includes information on gifted and special education, coping skills related to death, bullying and other “growing pains,” as well as books on teaching and learning styles.

Whether you are a homeschool family or scout leader, need book suggestions or textbooks, need study space or a specialized tour, we are here to help.

The following items are good places to start in researching education topics and getting extra assistance for your student:

Links to Local Schools

District 181

St. Isaac Jogues
The Avery Coonley School
Hinsdale Adventist Academy
Hinsdale Central High School


If your child forgot his or her textbook or workbook page, we have most of the District 181 and Saint Isaac Jogues textbooks. These are for use in the library only.  A photocopier is available; copies are $.10 per page.



SWAN Catalog



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