Library News

Just in time for our upcoming "Reading is a Blast!" Summer Reading Clubs, the library has 2 new space-themed Launchpad devices that can be checked out. Launchpads are pre-loaded tablets that do not need to be connected to the Internet. 

  • Mission Mindpower!
    Ages 5-7, Grades K-2
    Kids will explore the galaxy with games, books, and interactive learning tools that will fill their minds with knowledge about science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

  • The Intergalactic Classroom!
     Ages 3-5, Pre-K to K
    Kids will travel all over the galaxy to learn early science, technology, engineering, art, and math fundamentals against a backdrop of planets, moons, rockets, aliens and more.

CIRCULATION INFORMATION:
 - Launchpads have a 2 week loan period and an overdue fine of $1.00/day if returned past their due date.
 - Launchpads must be returned directly to the Clarendon Hills Public Library and NOT any other library.
 - Launchpads CANNOT be returned in the book drop.
 - Launchpads can only be checked out by CHPL adult card holders.

Launchpads are kept at the Circulation Desk. Please ask staff if you are interested in checking one out.

Check Mission Mindpower! for availability.
Check Intergalactic Classroom! for availability.

launchpad counter

Are there old VHS tapes hiding in your drawers—family videos from days gone by?

Convert those VHS tapes to computer video files that can easily be stored, viewed and shared using the library’s Elgato Video Capture converter.  CHPL cardholders may check out the converter for two weeks. Because a VHS player is also required for the conversion, we have one of those for you to borrow as well, or you can use your own. 

And what about those mix tapes from the 80s? You can convert all your cassette tapes to digital files as well using our Wikoo cassette-to-mp3 converter.  This device is also available for two-week check-out for CHPL cardholders.

You'll need your computer to store the converted files for both these processes.

Overdue fines for these devices are $1/day. Please also note that these devices must be returned to the main desk at CHPL; please do not leave in book drop or return to another library. For more details, just ask at the main desk.

Some library users may be experiencing an issue with not seeing their library email notifications. This may be because the email address for library notices recently changed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and the emails may be going to Junk or SPAM folders. If you think that you are not receiving your emails, please check your Junk and SPAM folders. If you find them there, you should be able to right-click on the email and look for a button with something along the lines of "Never Block Sender".  If you are unable to locate an email, you should be able to find options for "whitelisted" or "trusted" senders in your email settings and should add the new address to the list.

We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience.  

The library wants to help you make things! We have a button maker (makes 1 in, 2¼ in, & 3 in buttons; 2¼ in & 3 in magnets; and 2¼ in keychains), a cricut machine (DIY cutting machine that lets you make custom vinyl stickers, unique greeting cards, custom designed apparel, etc) and a sewing machine (Brother XR9500PRW Project Runway Limited Edition Sewing Machine with 100 Built-in Stitches and Quilting Table) that you can reserve to use at the library. Depending on your project, you may need to bring in your own supplies or pay a small fee to use our supplies. For more information about using these resources, please call or email Lori Craft at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.