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Preschool Teachers

The Library has many services and programs to support your curriculum. Youth Services staff can provide fiction and non-fiction books on areas of study that can enhance your resource center’s offerings. We can assist by pulling the books for you, or you can stop by and select them yourself. The Library can also help you expand your classroom experience through field trips, visits by Library staff, or as a venue to display your students’ work. Please browse this page for all of the partnership opportunities.

Email Addresses:

Jan Penner, Preschool/Child Care Outreach
jpenner@mppl.org

Book Bag Request
bookbag@mppl.org

Outreach Holiday Books

Holiday books can be requested by early childhood teachers and care providers. This growing collection of holiday books began with a donation from the Kiwanis Club of Mount Prospect. These books are available for preschool and child care book bags and teacher checkouts.

Parent/Teacher Collections

Did you know that we have books that can help you with lesson planning, classroom management, or art projects? Parent/teacher books maybe requested in book bags.

Selecting Quality Child Care

Children’s Home and Aid Society of Illinois
Lists continuing education opportunities for caregivers and provides information about quality services to children

Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
Provides a database and training resource for parents/care givers

National Network for Child Care
Provides a listing of more than 1,000 child care related publications and resources

Early Childhood Development

Baby TALK
A national model for supporting families of very young children and professionals who work with them

Zero to Three 
Supports parents and professionals who care for infants, toddlers, and families.

Nutrition, Health, and Safety

American Academy of Pediatrics
Includes information to help parents/caregivers obtain knowledge about the health and well being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

My Plate, by the USDA
Includes food and nutrition guidelines for children of all ages

KidsHealth
Articles on many aspects of child health, for parents/caregivers, kids, and health professionals, from the Nemours Foundation

Community Connections

Schools – Mount Prospect Community Info
Lists schools ranging from preschool/child care to regional colleges.

Sports & Recreation – Mount Prospect Community Info
Local park districts, swimming pools, and other local recreational destinations.

Professional Development

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Lists professional development opportunities and resources for parents/caregivers

Services for Elementary School Teachers (K-5th)

The Library has many services and programs to support your curriculum. Youth Services staff can provide fiction and non-fiction books on areas of study that can enhance your resource center’s offerings. We can assist by pulling the books for you, or you can stop by and select them yourself. The Library can also help expand your classroom experience through field trips, visits by Library staff, or as a venue to display your students’ work. Please browse this page for all of the partnership opportunities.

Bulletin Board Space

Are you interested in displaying your students’ work outside the classroom? An easy way to let all of Mount Prospect see your class’s artwork, visual aids, Character Counts posters, etc., is to schedule the bulletin board in Youth Services. Teachers may exhibit items for 30 days. The Library reserves dates on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Carol Capra at 847/253-5675, or ccapra@mppl.org to reserve a month.

Reading Lists

Whether you are creating or searching for resources, the Library can be your partner in getting the materials you need.

Summer Reading Lists

If you plan to distribute a list to your students, please provide us with a copy to keep at the Youth Services desk. This enables the staff to provide better service to the students who come to the Library looking for titles.

Accelerated Reading Lists

Please make sure that we have the most updated copies of your school’s A.R. lists, so that we can assist your students at finding the best title for their appropriate level. Please note, we are not set up to administer any A.R. test at the Library.

Literature Circles/Novel Studies

Perfect for your book discussion groups, each Kids Books to Go bag will include 20 copies of popular fiction titles as well as discussion questions and activities. The loan period for these bags is six weeks, and you may only have one bag out at a time. The titles in the collection are:

How to Schedule a Program

The Library offers exciting educational programs for you and your students. Staff members will visit your classroom to present these special programs, or you can arrange to visit the Library. The programs are designed to develop an enjoyment of different types of literature, introduce new authors and illustrators, and, most importantly, encourage children to become lifelong readers. Please call Jan Penner to schedule programs for kindergarten and Carol Capra to schedule first through fifth-grade programs. Programs are 30 minutes in length unless otherwise noted.

Programs are available between September and April. During this period each grade level may schedule a maximum of two visits – at least one at the school. Please schedule a school visit at least three weeks in advance. At certain times of the year our schedule may allow for additional visits. Please contact us to make special arrangements.

Kindergarten

Storytime programs for kindergartners are available September until April and may be held at your school or the Library. Please contact Jan Penner at 847/253-5675 or jpenner@mppl.org to schedule one of these programs.

  • Family Fun
  • Friends Forever
  • Let’s Eat
  • Library Life
  • Make Room for Me
  • Mother Goose and Friends
  • Sometimes I’m Scared
  • Transportation

For first-fifth grade visits, please contact Carol Capra at 847/253-5675, or ccapra@mppl.org

1st and 2nd Grades

Choose one author per visit from the following:

  • Jan Brett
  • Steven Kellogg
  • Marc Brown
  • William Steig
  • Eric Carle
  • Don and Audrey Wood
  • Kevin Henkes
  • Tomie dePaola
  • Mo Willems

Programs, approximately 30 minutes in length, will include stories and related activities such as flannels, crafts, games, or a short video based on the authors or their books. VCR or DVD player required. You may choose two of the authors offered, but at least one program must be presented at your school. For more information on a specific program and to schedule a visit, please contact Carol Capra in Youth Services.

3rd Grade

Favorite Story Characters

A booktalk/fashion show will highlight popular series, both new and old, that third-graders will enjoy.

4th Grade

Reference Orientation

Introduce your students to the Library and all it has to offer. The format of this program will include the DVD, Check It Out!: Kids in the Library. The program includes a scavenger hunt and a crossword puzzle. Please allow 1½ hours for this program if visiting the Library. A one-hour abridged version of this program can be presented at your school.

3rd through 5th Grade Booktalks

These short, oral summaries are a great way to introduce your students to new titles and genres.

  • Historical Fiction
  • Mysteries
  • New Fiction
  • New Non-Fiction
  • Bluestem Nominees
  • Rebecca Caudill nominees (4-5th grades only)

Special Collections

Science-to-Go Kits!

Looking for something interesting to do in science class?

Maybe the library can help! Thanks to a grant from IEEE, we circulate Science-to-go Kits on a variety of engineering topics, including energy, alternative energy, electricity, and simple machines.  Each kit comes with information and equipment to perform science activities.  Lesson suggestions are included in some kits.

*Watch for six new kits coming this Fall including weather and natural disasters!*

Contact Carol Capra or stop by Youth Services for details.

Parent Teacher Collections

Did you know that we have books that can help you with lesson planning, classroom management, or art projects? Parent/teacher books maybe requested in book bags.

Getting Books From the Library

Teachers from Mount Prospect schools have the opportunity to check out books on their school’s library account. If you provide the topic, we can select books for you. This is called a Book Bag Request. If you would prefer to select your own materials, please stop by the Library and browse our collection. No need to remember a card – we have all of the information for your school card at the Youth Service desk. This is called a Teacher Check Out.

How to Request a Book Bag:

  • Please submit the request at least 72 hours before the bag is needed. You can do so by phone, fax, or e-mailing your request to bookbag@mppl.org The last day to make requests is Friday, April 25, 2014.
  • Bags should be returned to the Circulation Desk on or before the due date.
  • Bags are loaned for three weeks, but this may be extended if the Library is notified in advance of the time needed.
  • Bags contain approximately 20 items, including books or audiovisual materials related to the requested subject.
  • Each month there are certain topics that are in high demand. As a result, the number of materials sent in the bag may be limited to five-ten books and one video or DVD.
  • Holiday materials will not be included in bags.
  • Teachers are limited to one book bag at a time.
  • All outstanding materials should be returned to the Library by Friday, May 16, 2014. The school is responsible for any lost or damaged materials. Schools will be notified about any overdue materials and billed if the materials are not returned by the end of the school year.
  • Please be specific as possible with your requests. Do you want fiction and/or non-fiction books? Do you want materials other than books, such as videos, DVDs, kits, etc.? Do you want materials in another language?

Teacher Check Out:

  • If a teacher prefers to select materials in person, a maximum of 20 items may be checked out on the school card.
  • Holiday materials may not be checked out on the school’s card.
  • All materials should be returned to the Library by Friday, May 16, 2014.

Homework Alert

Please notify Youth Services or Carol Capra with any assignment details.

Teacher Services Middle School and High School (6th-12th)

The Mount Prospect Public Library has many services and programs to support your curriculum. Teen Services staff can provide fiction and non-fiction materials on topics or areas of study that can enhance your resource center’s offerings. We can assist by setting aside books for your students at the library, or you can stop by and select them yourself. The Library can also help you expand your classroom experience through visits to the Library or visits to your school by Library staff to present booktalks, online resource presentations and more. We feel it is important for the Library to work closely with schools to expose teens to the wide variety of reading materials and information sources available. Our common purpose is to encourage students to work to their capabilities as they successfully complete their assignments and enjoy their learning experiences. Together, we can help students achieve these goals.

Getting Materials From the Library

Teachers employed at Mount Prospect schools have the opportunity to check out materials on their school’s library card. If you provide the topic, we can select books for you. This is called a Book Bag Request. If you would prefer to select your own materials, please stop by the Library and browse our collection. No need to remember a card — we have all of the information for your school at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk. This is called a Teacher Check Out. Teacher Check Outs are only available to teachers who teach at Mount Prospect schools and are on their school’s list of teachers approved for check out. The materials that go out in a Book Bag Request or Teacher Check Out are checked out on a School Services card that is renewed each year by the school principal. The school principal provides the Library with the list of teachers authorized to use the school’s library card. The school is responsible for any lost or damaged items.

How to Request a Book Bag

  • Please submit the request at least 72 hours before the bag is needed. You can do so by phone, fax, or e-mailing your request to bookbag@mppl.org.  The last day to make requests is  Friday, April 18, 2014.
  • Bags should be returned to the Library Circulation Desk on or before the due date and no later than May 16, 2014.
  • Bags are loaned for three weeks.
  • Bags contain approximately 20 items.
  • Each month there are certain topics that are in high demand. As a result, the number of materials sent in the bag may be limited to five-ten books and one video or DVD.
  • Holiday materials will not be included in bags.
  • Teachers are limited to one book bag at a time.
  • All outstanding materials should be returned to the library by Friday,  May 18th, 2012. The school is responsible for any lost or damaged materials. Schools will be notified about any overdue materials and billed if the materials are not returned by the end of the school year.
  • Please be specific as possible with your requests. Do you want fiction and/or non-fiction books? Do you want materials other than books, such as audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, etc.? Do you want materials in another language?

Science-to-Go Kits

Looking for something interesting to do in science class? Maybe the Library can help! Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, we now circulate Science-to-Go Kits. There are seven kits on a variety of engineering topics, including energy, alternative energy, electricity, and simple machines. Each kit comes with information and equipment to perform science activities. Complete lesson plans are included in some kits.  Contact Barbara Fitzgerald (bfitzgerald@mppl.org) or the stop by the Youth Services Desk.

School Visits and Library Tours

The Library offers exciting educational programs for you and your students. Staff members will visit your school to present these special programs, or you can arrange to visit the Library. Programs are available between September and June. Please schedule a school visit at least four weeks in advance. At certain times of the year our schedule may allow for additional visits.  Please contact  Barbara Fitzgerald (bfitzgerald@mppl.org)  to schedule a visit or tour.

Booktalks

Schedule a visit for Library staff to come in and give a booktalk on topics like World War II, summer reads, genre specific (historical fiction, mystery, fantasy, etc.) and more that tie into your curriculum. We can present engaging booktalks that give your students numerous options for books to read. Please give four weeks’ notice when scheduling. There is a limit of three booktalks per day for teachers who wish to schedule them for more than one class period.

Database and Online Resources Demonstrations

Have a big research assignment or project coming up? The Library has databases and sources that can provide your students with the resources they need to ace their assignments. The Teen Outreach Librarian and a Reference Librarian can put together a presentation on the databases and electronic resources that will help students find the quality information they’re looking for. Please give four weeks’ notice when scheduling.

MyMediaMall

With the rise in the use of e-books, e-readers and mobile devices, the Teen Outreach Librarian can also present on the free e-book services offered by the Library. Students can be shown the different methods of transferring e-books or audiobooks to different devices. Examples of the different devices can also be brought for the students to explore. Please give three weeks’ notice for scheduling.

Display Case

Are you interested in displaying your students’ work outside the classroom? An easy way to let all of Mount Prospect see your class’s artwork or projects is to schedule the display case in the Teen Zone. Teachers may exhibit items for 30 days. The Library reserves dates on a first-come, first-served basis.