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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. 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:
- Ask Youth Services!- Chat online with a St. Charles Public Library reference librarian.
- Library catalog.
- Information about Early Literacy services and Literacy Lane.
- Recommended Reading- Lists of titles on various topics.
- You’ve Got to Read This! - A database of book reviews written by St. Charles Public Library readers and staff. Discover great books to use with your class. Includes reviews of picture books.
- Beginning Reader Books by Reading Level - Find lists of book titles with Gunning Fog Index reading levels 1.0 – 3.9 or Fountas & Pinnell Levels A – L in our JR Reader collection.
- Discover Your Library! – Newsletter including information on services, programs, and special events.
- Links to useful websites.
Your students can enjoy an adventure filled with stories, songs, finger plays and more with a library story visit. Story visits can take place either at the Library or your school. Bookings begin August 15 for a single date or the entire school year. Contact Kelly Stulgate at 630-584-0076, ext. 263 or e-mail Kelly at least 4-6 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 the form listing 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 I.D. at the Circulation Desk on the main level or the ASK ME Desk in Youth Services.
Standard Loan Periods
Books: 3 weeks
Audio Books, CDs, Kits & Playaways: 3 weeks
Magazines: 1 week
DVDs: 1 week
Materials may be renewed by contacting our Circulation Department at (630) 584-0076, then touch “0.” Fines of $0.10 per item per day are charged for overdue materials.
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 may 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 in summer, fall and winter. 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 techniques to help develop pre-reading skills in children, as well as easy ways to include early literacy skills in your classroom activities. Additionally, suggestions for age-appropriate books and resources will be offered. Workshop dates and registration information can be found in Discover Your Library!
Stop by the Library to explore our preschool area enhanced with early literacy activities. Literacy Lane is an interactive area designed to foster the early literacy skills children need to acquire to be successful as they learn to read. Literacy Lane includes museum-quality panels featuring activities designed for parents/ caregivers and children to interact with together, a saltwater aquarium and seating area. While using a panel to measure, compare and talk about how many inches, mice or keys high each child is, families are also learning about the simple, yet key practices of early literacy: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. Technology is also present in the area which features iPads with developmentally-targeted literacy apps and an AWE touchscreen Early Literacy Station featuring more than 60 educational programs designed for children ages 2 - 8 including: Reader Rabbit, Kid Pix 3D and JumpStart Spanish.
Schools Located in the St. Charles Public Library District
Bethlehem Preschool Center
Bridges Montessori Academy
Children of America
The Goddard School – St. Charles
KinderCare Learning Center
Stepping Stone Montessori
St. Mark’s Nurturing Center
St. Patrick Catholic Preschool
Two Rivers Head Start/Valley View Center
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