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The mission of the Hawthorn Library Media Services Centers is to support implementation of the curriculum while providing a collaborative learning environment that fosters curiosity, inspiration, and a love of reading.

Each of our elementary school libraries hosts the following information on their websites:

  • Follett Destiny - This is the library catalog system for students to search for and check out books from their school library.

  • Monarch and Bluestem Award Books - The Monarch Awards (K-3) and Bluestem Awards (3-5) are for students in Illinois to nominate outstanding books.

  • Online Resources - Each library provides additional links to other helpful online resources.

Aspen - 
Library Media Specialist:
Allison Riley

Elementary North -
Library Media Specialist: Karen Karolczak

Elementary South - 
Library Media Specialist:
Ann Gass

Townline/Dual Language - 
Library Media Specialist:
Cathy Gross

Hawthorn School for Young Learners - 
Library Media Specialists:
Ann Gass, Karen Karolczak, Allison Riley

Middle School North -
Library Media Specialist: Sarah Lill
Library Media Facilitators: Val Cohen

Middle School South 
Library Media
Facilitators: Sangita Parande

Other Helpful Links

Cook Memorial Public Library

Hour of Code

Digital Passport by Common Sense Media

During the 2021-22 school year, Hawthorn is embarking on a project to review our current Library Media Services program and develop a proposal that highlights best practices, physical space improvements, and resource needs.