Parents and Teachers
Materials available to aid in curriculum planning and educating children include such items as: classroom activity ideas; science activity ideas; bulletin board ideas; and art project ideas for use by both parents and teachers. In addition, there are videos and DVDs on phonics, history and science to enhance the child’s understanding.Theme Backpacks
Theme Backpacks are geared for preschool and primary students and designed around a specific topic, such as Bugs, Dinosaurs and Your Five Senses. Included are such items as books, puzzles, CDs, DVDs, puppets and games. Ideal to help in planning a lesson.Big Books Collection
Over 70 big books are available for use at home or in a classroom. These oversized books are perfect when you want to read to a large group.Easy Reader Collection
These books are designed to give success to the beginning reader. Guided by the colored dot on the spine, the student or parent can find an appropriate book from the five levels available.
Accelerated Reader Books - Visit this website to determine the points values for Accelerated Reader titles. The librarian can help you look for the titles you seek.
Library Services By Computer
From your computer, use your library card to look up books and other materials in the Library’s catalog, reserve library materials and check your personal library account or access databases on the Web, 24 hours a day. Begin at the Library’s homepage: www.lorainpubliclibrary.org.
Questions Answered And Homework Help Anytime
You and your students can get assistance in information searches, 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a live online reference service called KnowItNow24x7. Log onto the Library’s homepage: www.lorainpubliclibrary.org and then click on the KnowItNow link for free professional help. Homework Assistance from live, online professional librarians is also available 24/7 through a free link, www.HomeworkNow.org
An online literacy resource for pre-kindergarteners through third graders reinforces reading skills in an engaging way. Children watch and read along with video storybooks that pair classic children’s books with non-fiction books on the same topic. Access Bookflix by using the Library’s computers or from home with a Greater Access library card by visiting the library system’s website: Click to use Bookflix
Special Teacher Services
Visits to the Library are encouraged. Call or drop by your local Library to learn details. Bring your class into the Library for a special story time, to do research, or for a tour.
The Library has staff members who are ready to visit your classroom to tell stories, do booktalks, or present a collection of materials on a chosen subject. Call or drop by your local Library to make arrangements.
Teachers are encouraged to alert Library staff to class assignments ahead of time in order to make your students research at the Library a success. With notice, we have the opportunity to set a collection of appropriate materials aside on a temporary reserve basis to ensure material is available to all of your students.
Book List or Web Lists by Request
With at least a two week notice, Library staff can create a book list or a website links list on a subject for your students. Examples: Colonial America books (grade 4); Science Fair (grade 5); Biomes sites (grade 4-5); or Ancient Egypt books (grade 6).
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