Early Childhood Educators Guide

Skokie Public Library offers many services, items for checkout and in-library use, and online resources for early childhood educators.

Business library cards Parent-teacher collection
Children's materials Professional workshops
In-Library learning Programs and publications
Library visits Stack o' Books service

Business Library Cards

Skokie preschool and child care center directors may register for a free business Library card account for each of their teachers by submitting – on company letterhead – a written statement of authorization that lists each teacher to have a Library card. Home child care providers may
register for a business Library card by showing two forms of identification with address and their child care license.

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Children's Materials

Enrich your students' learning and playing experiences by borrowing materials from the Youth Services collection. Search the Library's online catalog or come in and browse the many themed displays to make your lesson planning easier. All items may be checked out for three weeks (one week for videos).

  • Big books
  • Board books
  • Book and tape/CD sets
  • Children’s magazines
  • CD-ROMs
  • DVDs/Videos
  • Little Learners Sets (coming soon)
  • Music CDs
  • Picture books
  • Puppet and book sets

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In-Library Learning

Bring your students to the Library to enjoy a variety of learning experiences in the Youth Services Department. See the Library Visits section below for information about arranging a visit.

  • Freshwater aquarium
  • Lego table
  • Listening stations
  • Peek-A-Book
  • Play kitchen
  • Preschool computers
  • Puppet theater
  • Rubbing tables
  • Wooden puzzles

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TumbleBook Library

Next time your hands are full and a child wants to hear a story, log on to TumbleBooks for an online collection of animated, talking picture books, games, and puzzles.

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Library Visits

Visits to your facility (30 minutes)
Children love storytime! Schedule a 30-minute visit by a Youth Services librarian, who will bring a themed storytime to your class or home. Programs consist of music, books, fingerplays, magnetic board stories, and puppets.
Visits to the Library (60-75 minutes)
If you have transportation for your students, please schedule a visit to the Library! Your children will be treated to a 15- minute interactive tour and 30-minute storytime, followed by 30 minutes of free time to read and play in our preschool area.

Please contact Holly Jin, Preschool Services Coordinator, at 847.324.3117 or by to schedule a visit.

NEW! Read the Library's social story about going to the Library. This short story, written from a child's point of view, is meant to help children learn appropriate social behavior in the Library. With short sentences and colorful photos, it is appropriate for children on the autism spectrum as well as those who are not.

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Need a quick idea for an activity? Check out a magazine for one week. Below is a sample of our early childhood titles:

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Parent-Teacher Collection

Are you looking for the latest information on early childhood education? The books and videos in our Parent-Teacher Collection can help you study child development, plan lessons, create bulletin boards, deal with discipline, celebrate holidays, and accommodate children with special needs. Books check out for three weeks; DVDs/videos for one week.

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Professional Workshops

Professional development is crucial to the success of your Early Childhood program as well as to our services. The Youth Services Department hires professionals to make presentations on topics important to child development and learning. More information about upcoming presentations for early childhood educators will be announced throughout the year.

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Programs and Publications

Early Childhood eNewsletter
This bi-monthly e-newsletter delivers Library and literacy information right to your e-mailbox! Early Learning News features new books and CDs, teacher resources and websites, Library program highlights, and reading readiness activities. An archive of past issues is available online.
    Sign up to receive the Early Learning News!
Skokie Preschools and Child Care compiled by Skokie Public Library
For year-round publicity, your facility's program information can be included in the SkokieNet Education Center listing of local preschools, child care centers, and home day care. To post your school or make changes to your facility’s contact information, hours, philosophy, or curriculum please Holly Jin.
Skokie Public Library Early Childhood Educators Guide
Print version distributed annually to Skokie child care providers
The Youth Services Department has prepared a print brochure the describes the many  Library services and materials available for early childhood educators to use at the Library and in the classroom.
    Note: Requires Adobe Reader

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Stack o' Books Service

Save time by placing an order for pickup! Tell us your topic, and we’ll select the best books, music, and DVDs for your class. Early childhood facilities with business Library cards may request up to 15 items to be pulled in advance and set aside for check out.

  • Stack o' Books requests may be placed by phoning the Youth Services Department at 847.324.3149, faxing the request to Holly Jin at 847.673.7797, or by .
  • A minimum of 7 days notice is required when a teacher would like to have a Wish List fulfilled.
  • Stack o' Book requests for specific subjects will be honored when possible (maximum of three themes per request).
  • Requests for specific titles and alternate titles are appreciated.
  • Depending on demand, it may be necessary to limit the number of items permitted, especially for seasonal and holiday themes.
  • One 15-item request will be available within a three-week period.

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