High School Programs

9th Graders are welcome at some Middle School Programs. Check individual listings for details.
High School Students are welcome at many Adult Programs. Check individual listings for details.

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Teen Advisors Wanted!
Group of Teens

Applications are now being accepted for the Teen Advisors Program. This three-month commitment includes planning and helping with teen programs.

Service hours, a letter of recommendation, and eligibility to be nominated for the City of Elmhurst Exemplary Youth Service Awards are some of the perks of being accepted into the program.

This is a volunteer position for grades 9-12, requiring 8-10 hours from June through August. Openings are limited. Application deadline is Tuesday, May 29. Apply at elmlib.org/volunteer.

Cram for Exams

Test answer form and pencil

It’s time to crack open the books at EPL! Meeting rooms are available for you and your classmates to review the semester’s work so you can ace those finals. No registration required.

Need to cram with fewer distractions? Book a study room to spread out and learn.


Rooms available as follows:

Saturday, May 19, 1-5pm
1st Floor Kossmann Room
1st Floor Large Meeting Room
2nd Floor Gathering Room

Sunday, May 20, 1-5pm
1st Floor Kossmann Room
1st Floor Large Meeting Room
2nd Floor Gathering Room

Monday, May 21
3-9pm – 1st Floor Large Meeting Room
3-6pm – 2nd Floor Gathering Room
6-9pm – 1st Floor Kossmann Room

Tuesday, May 22
1-9pm – 1st Floor Kossmann Room
5-9pm – 1st Floor Large Meeting Room
5-9pm –  2nd Floor Gathering Room

Wednesday, May 23
2-6pm – 2nd Floor Gathering Room
2-9pm – 1st Floor Kossmann Room
2-9pm – 1st Floor Large Meeting Room

Monday Crafternoons

craft supplies

Mondays, June 4-July 9 – 2-4pm
Teen Space – Grades 9-12
Join us each Monday for a different craft! Check this web page or the signs in the Teen Space to see upcoming projects.
No registration required.



Teen Improv Team

Comedy Tragedy Masks

Mondays, June 4-July 30 – 7-9pm
Teen Space – Grades 9-12
Is improv your thing? Join the team with Clark and Lizzy–our Improv Specialists from Second City. You’ll meet the first three Mondays of the month to work  on your sketches, then perform for the public on the fourth Monday. Register here



High School Movie Nights

popcorn, soda, movie reel

Fridays, June 8-22 – 6-9pm
Teen Space – Grades 9-12
Join us for movies on Friday evenings in June. Vote for the movies you want to see! (Ballot box will be on the back counter in the Teen Space.) We provide snacks. No registration required.



2D Video Game Creation Class

Game Maker Studio 2 software logo

Monday, June 25-Thursday, June 28 – 2-4pm
Computer Lab – Grades 9-12
Learn how to create 2D games using Game make Studio 2 software. You need a basic understanding of algebra, but no programming experience required. Register here.



Hamilton Karaoke

Hamilton - An American Musical logo

Tuesday, June 26 – 7-8:30pm
Large Meeting Room – Grades 7-12
“Hey yo, I’m just like my country, I’m young, scrappy, and hungry.” Come for Hamilton Karaoke! Join your friends for this revolutionary sing-along.
Register here.



High School Sing-Along:
The Greatest Showman

Greatest Showman album cover

Friday, June 26 – 6-9pm
Teen Space – Grades 9-12
Sing along to the worldwide movie sensation that celebrates the birth of show business and the imagination of P.T. Barnum. We provide snacks!
We’ll have hats for you to decorate.
No registration required.



Puppetry Workshop
People doing a puppet show

Mondays, July 9-23 – 2-3:30pm
Meeting Room A – Grades 6-12
Try your hand as a puppet master! Learn how to make and manipulate puppets, use a variety of voice techniques, and present a puppet show.
Register here.


Beginner Sewing Club
Girl at sewing machine

Mondays, July 9-23 – 4:30-5:45pm
The Makery – Grades 6-12
Learn the basics of sewing. Bring two yards of fabric and stuffing. Beginners only.
Register here starting June 23.



Paper Airplane Drone Challenge
paper airplane drone with motor and cell phone

Thursday, July 12 – 2-3:30pm
Large Meeting Room – Grades 9-12
Build and fold a paper airplane, then connect it to a Powerup drone motor. Fly the airplane using the Powerup phone app. Test your skills by flying through obstacles.
Register here.



Teen Activists: Malala, #Enough, and You
i am malala book cover image

Wednesday, July 18 – 7-9pm
Teen Space – Grades 9-12
Join us for videos and discusssion about international activist Malala Yousafzai and student activism in the USA. Copies of I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban available for checkout before the program. Register here.


create love construct

Friday, July 27-Sunday, July 29 – 2-9pm
Meeting Rooms + Elmhurst Art Museum
All Ages
Celebrate Yesfest, the sixth annual festival of live music, comedy, poetry, film, and art created by creative people. Details here.
No registration required.


Harry Potter Interactive Movie Experience
Harry Potter & the chamber of secrets movie poster

Tuesday, July 31 – 5:30-8:30pm
Large Meeting Room – Grades 4-12
This is Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets like you’ve never seen it before. Everyone participates in this exciting show.
Register here starting July 14.



High School Orientation: Be Prepared!
Computer keys that say Questions, Answers

Saturday, Aug. 18 – 2-3pm OR 3-4pm
Sunday, Aug. 19 – 2-3pm OR 3-4pm
Teen Space – Grades 9-12

Get a head start and upgrade your Library skills! Learn how to remotely book study rooms, instantly download digital books and music, access online tutoring, and stream world language resources. Check out your Teen Space, explore teen programming and meet your dedicated Teen                                                     Library staff. No registration required.


College + Career Central

Check back in August for fall programs.

College Test Prep Resources

We have ACTSAT and AP exam study guides.

Tutor.com Learning Suite has help from The Princeton Review which includes practice tests, video lessons, and practice drills.
For  help with College Entrance Exams:
Click on the upper right square “Other Tools” and choose “Prep for the SAT/ACT from the drop down menu.
For additional help:
Scroll down to the lower left of the page for the “Skills Center Resource Library” and click on “Test Prep Resources” and “Standardized Tests Preparation” for help with the “College Entrance Exams” – ACT, PSAT and SAT.
For Advanced Placement (AP) Prep:
For videos, click on the upper right square “Other Tools” and choose “Prep for the AP Exams” from the drop down menu.
For additional help:
Scroll down to the lower left of the page for the “Skills Center Resource Library” and click on “Test Prep Resources” Choose “Standardized Tests Preparation” and “Other Tests” then “Advanced Placement (AP) Exams”

Or get help from a live tutor:
Tutor.com Learning Suite
Tutoring (demo) Whether you have a math problem, research paper or tough science assignment, Live Homework Help® from Tutor.com can assist you. Students in grades K-12 and early college as well as curious adults can work with a tutor in English or Spanish between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight every day. Subjects covered include math, science, english and social studies.

Kaplan offers free practice tests and prep courses for the ACT, SAT, AP Exams, and other tests. Start where it says “Challenge yourself with a free practice test”.

Kaplan Free Parent Series:
Free Parent Event Series: The Truth About Gap Years. If you missed it, watch the recording here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pewF6bELvZ4&feature=em-lss