Early Childhood Teachers

The library is here for you! We work with local preschools and child care centers to help young children get ready to read. We provide supplemental classroom resources, get kids excited about books and learning, and help engage parents.

Send an email to earlychildhood@skokielibrary.info to sign up for our weekly email filled with resources and ideas! 

CARDS FOR TEACHERS

Skokie preschool teachers may obtain a library card to check out classroom materials. Permission from the school's principal is required. Directors of Skokie early childhood centers may authorize business cards for their staff. Educator cards and business cards must be renewed each August with a new authorization form.

View the Skokie Educator Cardholder Rights & Responsibilities or the Business Library Card Application for details.

CURRICULUM RESOURCES 

Whatever your classroom instruction is focused on, we have materials that can help. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our staff are our greatest resource! Let us know what you need. 

Little Learners Sets 

For a quick storytime-to-go or a supplement to your curriculum unit, check out a Little Learners Set. Each themed bag includes stories and non-fiction books along with a music CD and game or toy. 

Lists 

Find curated lists of items in various formats including books, music, movies, downloadable activity sheets, and YouTube videos, organized by popular curriculum themes. Place holds using your library card, and we’ll gather the items for you! You can also browse all of our reading lists for kids

Theme Bags 

Early childhood staff with Skokie school or business cards may request theme bags. A librarian will select developmentally appropriate items according to the topics provided and check them out with the teacher’s card. 

Activity Sheets and Videos 

Each week, our staff develop new activities to keep kids and families engaged and entertained at home or on the go. Many of these activities are perfect for the classroom too! Browse our Fun Things to Do archives for downloadable activity sheets and videos on science, math, animals, art, and more. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel and view our videos for parents and caregivers, and our collection of singalong videos made with local preschool teachers and parents. 

Online Tools 

Use your library card for immediate access to online stories, nonfiction titles, beginning readers, music, and movies. Search for children’s content in Hoopla, Overdrive, and TumbleBook Library. Apps for each resource are available. 

Classroom Events 

Let us bring our energy and enthusiasm into your classroom with one of our live online experiences. 

Storytimes 

Join one of our live events, watch video readalouds with our librarians, and learn how to facilitate your own storytimes with lesson plans and instructions on our Storytimes page

Weekly Events 

Visit our events calendar for our complete schedule. Be sure to look for our most popular preschool programs: 

  • Library Dance Party on Tuesdays 
  • Preschool Puppet Playtime on Wednesdays 

Personalized Events 

Children’s librarians are available to present live, online programs tailored to your class’s needs or to record a video for use with remote learning. Contact us at earlychildhood@skokielibrary.info with your request. 

Summer Reading 

Every year we celebrate a full season of reading, learning, and sharing, along with giveaways and other fun surprises in our summer reading program. A classroom-friendly version is available so that pre-readers can get in on the good times too. Contact Holly Jin to learn more. 

PARENT ENGAGEMENT 

Partner with us to host your online family events. No matter the topic, our Youth Services librarians will work with you to develop the right program and resources. Contact Holly Jin to discuss potential topics and dates. 

Learn more about our other services for parents.