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Preschool Teacher's Guide
Services for Preschools: Information and Useful Facts
As part of our mission to support the educational efforts of our community, the St. Charles Public Library provides special services to educators at preschools. All teachers at schools located in the St. Charles Public Library District (see list below) are entitled to the services listed below. St. Charles Public Library cardholders who teach at schools outside the Library District are encouraged to contact the public library serving their school.
Bookmark the site and have easy access to:
- You’ve Got to Read This! - A database of book reviews written by Library readers and staff. Find great books to use with your class. Includes reviews of picture books.
- Recommended Reading - Staff created resources containing lists of books on various subjects
- Beginning Reader Books by Reading Level - Lists of books with reading levels 1.0 – 3.9 in our JR Reader collection
- Library catalog
- Early Literacy information
- Discover Your Library! news and event guide that includes information on services, programs, and special events
- Online chat with a St. Charles Public Library reference librarian
- Links to useful resource websites
Your students can enjoy an adventure filled with stories, songs, finger plays, and more at a library story visit. Monthly story times can take place either at the Library or your school. Contact A. Denise Farrugia at 630-584-0076, ext. 236 or e-mail Denise at least 4-8 weeks in advance for the best selection of dates.
Teacher Library Accounts
Teachers who work at schools located in the Library District may sign a form at their school indicating they would like a library account. The director of the school submits a list of teachers authorized to check out materials for the educational needs of the school and agrees to be responsible to the St. Charles Public Library for all materials borrowed on their behalf. The account can be used by presenting a photo ID at the Circulation Desk.
- Books: 3 weeks
- Audio Books, CDs, Kits, & Playaways: 3 weeks
- CD-ROMs: 3 weeks
- Magazines: 1 week
- DVDs: 1 week
Materials may be renewed by contacting our Circulation Department at 630-584-0076, then touch “0.” Standard fines for overdue items, generally 10¢ per item per day, will be charged.
Teacher Loan Service
Do you need books to go along with the themes your class will be working on this month? The Youth Services staff is happy to assist you in selecting materials for your classroom. Simply contact us with the topics of your choice at least 5 business days before you would like to pick up your loan. We will select materials, check them out, and place them in a convenient bag to be picked up by you. Items are available for up to a 5-week loan.
You can request a Teacher Loan by completing the form on our website, e-mailing Youth Services, contacting Youth Services by phone at 630-584-9390, or stopping by the ASK ME Desk. If your themes are planned for the year, you can set up a series of monthly bag exchanges.
Every Child Ready to Read Workshops
The Library periodically offers this early literacy workshop. Join us to learn about the current research on early literacy and brain development, which indicates that it is never too early to prepare children for success as readers. The workshop will demonstrate skills and techniques to develop the six pre-reading skills in children. Additionally, suggestions for age-appropriate books and resources will be offered, as well as easy ways to include early literacy skills in your classroom activities. Workshop dates and registration information may be found in our Discover Your Library! newsletter.
Schools Located in the St. Charles Public Library District
Anderson Elementary School
Corron Elementary School
Davis Elementary School
Ferson Creek Elementary School
Fox Ridge Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
Munhall Elementary School
Norton Creek Elementary School
Richmond Elementary School
Wild Rose Elementary School
Haines Middle School
Thompson Middle School
Wredling Middle School
St. Charles East High School
St. Charles North High School
Mid Valley Special Education Co-op
Wayne Elementary School
Bridges Montessori Academy
St. Patrick Catholic School
Bethlehem Preschool Center
Bridges Montessori Academy
First Steps Preschool
The Goddard School – St. Charles
KinderCare Learning Center
St. Mark’s Preschool
St. Patrick Preschool
Two Rivers Head Start/ Valley View Center