Library News

Due to staff exposure to COVID-19 (originating outside of the library and Clarendon Hills) and out of an abundance of caution, the library building will be closed to the public from 10/19-10/31. During that time, Contactless Pickup of library materials will be available.

As part of our commitment to the health and safety of the library staff and the public, we immediately began taking steps to minimize the impact of this at the library. This includes:

  • Placing the affected employee on a leave of absence while the employee follows the quarantine recommendations of the CDC and their doctor.
  • Reaching out directly to people whom we are aware were in “close contact” with the affected employee. We have asked these individuals to self-quarantine as recommended by the CDC and their doctor.
  • Implementing deep cleanings and disinfections of our building as recommended by the CDC, OSHA and/or Department of Public Health.

The Contactless Holds Pickup Service works like this:

STEP ONE: Place holds on CHPL materials.
You can request library materials by placing holds through the SWAN Online Catalog or by calling the library at 630-323-8188.

Video on How to Place a Hold

STEP TWO: Receive notification that your items are ready.
Once your items are available, you will receive an email or phone call letting you know that your items are ready for pick up.

STEP THREE: Come to the library during the following designated days/times for Contactless Holds Pickup.
The designated days/times for this service are:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesdays and Fridays: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

STEP FOUR: Pick up your library materials.
When you arrive at the library during the designated days/times for Contactless Holds Pickup, call the library at 630-323-8188 to let them know that you are out front. A library staff member will bring your bagged items out to a table on the library's portico by the front doors.

These are challenging times and we must work together to keep our community safe and healthy. We look forward to seeing you again!

 Additional Library Information:

  • Call us at 630-323-8188 to answer reference questions.

  • Check out our program calendar to see what fun and informative virtual programs we are offering.

  • Continue to use the library digitally by downloading eBooks; listening to downloadable and streaming audiobooks; streaming movies and TV shows; streaming music; reading digital comics and magazines; taking online classes; and much more.

  • The book drop is open. Feel free to return library items. Due to an abundance of caution, returned items will be quarantined for 7 days before being checked in. 

  • All materials checked out during this time will have a 3 week loan period.


The following are reliable sources of information about COVID-19 and helpful tools to help you stay informed:

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Illinois Department of Public Health

DuPage County Health Department

Information for Communities

Preventative Actions

Stay well!

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Be sure to register to vote and educate yourself about the candidates running for office and the key issues in the upcoming election.

Register to Vote

You can register to vote online through 10/18/2020. After this date, you can register in-person at early voting locations. You will need to update or change your voter registration if you moved within Illinois, changed your name or want to change your political party affiliation. Learn about other registration options for DuPage County.

Want to see if are already registered to vote? Verify your voter registration.

You must register to vote before applying to vote by mail. Everyone who has voted in the last two years should receive an application for a mail-in ballot in the mail, according to Illinois legislation passed in May.

Read more information about voting by mail from the State of Illinois and download an application.

***Please Note*** Your Vote By Mail Ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day. You may also drop off your voter ballots at the DuPage County Clerk Election Division office, at drop boxes located at the parking lot and main entrance of the Jack T. Knuepfer Administration Building, 421 N County Farm Road, Wheaton, or at drop boxes located within all DuPage County Early Voting Sites and Polling Places.

Inform your vote, know your rights, and fact-check what is being said by and about candidates.

Here are a few nonpartisan sites to help you make intelligent decisions as a voting citizen.

Annenberg Political Fact Check 
A nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

Ballot Ready 
Everything on your ballot, in one place. From county commissioners to ballot measures to judges, access everything on your entire ballot that you'll see in the voting booth.

Illinois Sunshine 
A tool for browsing political contributions in the state of Illinois. 
From the Britannica Group, whose mission is to promote critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting the pro and con arguments to controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, freely accessible way.

Project Vote Smart
A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office.

Vote 411 
The League of Women Voters site that provides voters accurate and unbiased information about candidates and issues for every local, state and federal election.

Debate Schedule

Date                            Event

September 29, 2020   First Presidential Debate

October 7, 2020          Vice Presidential Debate

October 15, 2020        Second Presidential Debate

October 22, 2020        Final Presidential Debate

The library has started receiving items from other SWAN libraries to fulfill CHPL card holders’ materials requests. CHPL card holders can also start placing holds again on items in the SWAN catalog not owned by CHPL.

To aid staff in managing the influx of items that are coming in, you can help by:

  • Checking your SWAN My Account and cancelling any holds placed earlier this year that you no longer want.
  • Picking up your held items in a timely manner. Items are held 7 days from the date the notification is sent. After the 7 days, items are routed back to their home library or sent to fulfill another hold.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in our Once Upon a Time in Clarendon Hills Online Summer Reading Challenge! Please feel free to share your feedback about our Summer Reading Challenge in this online survey (it asks for an email address first):

Raffle Winners For Children's Summer Reading Challenge (ages birth - 17)

I Want Candy! $25 Gift Card - Max L. and Claire S.

The Daily Scoop $25 Gift Card - Annie K. and Corrin P.

Domino's Pizza $25 Gift Card - Andrew G. and Nicolas Z.

Learning Express $25 Gift Card - Kendall D. and Taylor S.

Raffle Winners For Adult's Summer Reading Challenge (ages 18+)

Amazon $50 Gift Card - Chris L.

Clarendon Hills Bucks! $50 Gift Card - Aaron Y.