Make Your Classroom Library Shine with Outreach Services

Written by Lorie Bonapfel, Children’s Librarian, Outreach Services, Downtown Main Library

Hello educators, it’s that time of year again…back to school time! The Library has the resources to help make your curriculum come alive for your students and we also can create collections that meet your specific needs. This past year, our educational book order was supersized in order to meet the demand for subjects that educators need and want.

Our staff selected more than 4,000 nonfiction books from educational publishers to help you and your students this year. These publishers include ABDO, opens a new window, Jump, opens a new window, Bolt, opens a new window, Child’s World, opens a new window, Amicus, opens a new window, Capstone, opens a new window, PowerKids Press, opens a new window, World Book, opens a new window, and Bellwether, opens a new window. (Links will take you catalog holdings of these new materials.) The materials these books offer have curriculum curated content for preschool through high school students.

Explore New Nonfiction Topics for Your Classroom

Our new nonfiction titles include but are not limited to:

  • Social justice
  • Disease theory
  • Community helpers
  • Social-emotional learning
  • History and world cultures
  • STEM
  • Habitats
  • Goods and services

For our educational fiction collections, the biggest news is that we have purchased large-print editions of popular titles for children and teens. Thorndike Press, opens a new window has made these editions attractive and appealing to youth. Studies have shown, opens a new window that all students can benefit from reading in large print and we are excited for you to try them with your students.

Discover New Fiction Materials for Your Classroom

  • Class sets of select authors and titles (availability may be limited due to demand)
  • Juvenile and teen large print of popular titles
  • Popular graphic novels
  • As well as our always amazing selection of new titles for self-guided reading, picture books for reading aloud, or easy readers for students to practice reading skills.

Here is a snapshot collection of materials we ordered with your lesson plans in mind:

Large Print Fiction for Middle Grade ReadersThe One and Only Ivan
Large Print for TeensConcrete Rose
STEM for Middle-Grade ReadersScorpion Vs. Tarantula
Habitats for Beginning ReadersBaby Squirrels

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Sign Up for Teacher Collections

Did you know that our youth librarians can create teacher collections for you that can include some of these amazing new materials for your curriculum needs? These collections can be delivered to you or picked up at the nearest library location.

We look forward to working with you this school year. If you have any questions or need help with materials, please contact Outreach Services or stop by your local library so we can help make your classroom book selection shine.

Join Us at Teacher's Night

Eager to learn more about these services? Visit the Downtown Main Library this Thursday evening for our Teacher's Night event! Our staff will be on hand to help you learn all the ways you can use the Library’s services this upcoming school year. Register for or learn more about the event.

An educator library card is required to take advantage of CHPL’s teacher collections service. Apply for your educator card today.