Educators

The Villa Park Public Library is proud to offer a wide range of services for the hardworking educators in our community. The goal of these services is to supplement the resources already provided by school librarians, teachers, and other educators in local schools.

Most of our services require a completed Educator Services Request form. However, feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions by visiting the “Contact & Feedback” section below.

Eligibility

Who can use these services?

Teachers, school support staff, and paraprofessionals who work at:

  • Schools in Districts 45, 48 and 88
  • Any of the following educational and childcare institutions, located in Villa Park or Oakbrook Terrace:
    • Private schools
    • Preschools
    • Montessori schools
    • Daycares
    • Homeschools

Ask us if you have questions about the eligibility of your school or organization.

Educator Book Bags

Do you have an upcoming classroom assignment, project, or subject that you need materials for? Let us help! Just submit an Educator Services Request form, and we’ll gather age-appropriate books, audio-visual materials, and other library resources on the subject(s) you’ve requested from our library collections. We will put these items into one of our canvas library bags when they are ready to go. Finally, we will put them on hold for you to pick up at the library or you may choose to have us deliver them directly to your school.

Educator Book Bags are limited to 20 items per topic and require 5 working days to prepare.

Depending on library staff availability and requests made under extenuating circumstances, we may be able to accommodate Educator Book Bag requests made with a shorter lead time than 5 working days.

Webliographies

A webliography is an annotated list of websites and other e-resources on a subject for your classroom. To request a webliography, send us an Educator Services Request form.

The cap for websites is 15 per subject request. We cannot guarantee that library staff will be able to locate as many as 15 websites/e-resources for all requests.

Delivery Services

If you wish to have Educator Book Bags and/or other educational materials delivered directly to your school, please be sure to fill out the Educator Services Request form and specify that you’d like your items delivered.

Homework Shelf Reserves

Is your classroom or entire grade doing a project on a certain subject? Fill out an Educator Services Request form and tell us about the assignment or project so that we can set aside some materials for your students on our Homework Shelf.

There are two options you can request for the Homework Shelf Reserves:

1) These books can be checked out by students who come in looking for resources on the assigned subject(s).

OR

2) You can request that the status of these books be changed to “in-house use only” so that they can be viewed at the library by all students and cannot be checked out.

Textbooks

We have many textbooks available for in-house use from School Districts # 45, 48, and 88, meaning they can be looked at in the library only, and cannot be checked out. These are a great option if the student forgot their copy at school and needs to do homework that is due tomorrow!

If you use alternative/special text in your class, please provide us with a copy if possible.

Teacher Cards

Teachers at School District #45 and #48: We currently have intergovernmental agreements that allows teachers at SD45 and SD48 to access VPPL resources and materials without having to use their personal library card for classroom materials.

Please view the Informational Handout for more information on signing up for a Teacher Library Card.

Educators at other school districts and private schools: The VPPL does not yet have an agreement with your school district. Therefore, you must use your personal library cards to check out materials.

However, even if you do not live in Villa Park, you can still check out items from our library. We accept most library cards from any public library in the state of Illinois; you must be in good standing at your home public library to use your card at the Villa Park Public Library.

Computer Resources

The Villa Park Public Library has computers available for the public to access the internet, as well as free wifi throughout the library building. Our public computers are also equipped with Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.

Computer Permissions: Adults and children may use our computers with their Villa Park Public Library library cards. Adults without Villa Park Public Library cards can request a free guest pass at any information desk. Children (under 18) without a Villa Park Public Library card need a parent or guardian present to request a guest pass.

Digital Media Lab

Access many great technology tools in our new Digital Media Lab, including an iMac equipped with programs like Adobe PhotoShop, inDesign, and Illustrator and Manga Studio EX 5, an advanced scanner, and a professional effects mixer!

Digital Media Lab Permissions: You must have a Villa Park Public Library card in good standing to reserve and use the Digital Media Lab. You must be age 18 or older to use the DML without consent of a parent/guardian. Students between the ages of 14-17 require the written consent of an adult (18+) parent/guardian to use the DML.

Research Online

If you or your students are working on a project that requires research, be sure to check out our Digital Reference guide. eResources for kids include everything from encyclopedias to non-fiction eBooks!

Here are some recommended eResources that we love:

School Visits & Field Trips

Fill out our Educator Services Request Form to arrange a visit. We appreciate it if you can schedule all visits (to or from the library) at least 2 weeks ahead of time so that we can make sure our library staff is available and prepped; because staff might not always be available on any given day, we also prefer if you can give a few alternate dates.

School Visits: A youth services staff member will be happy to visit your classroom. Some of the services offered during schools visits are:

  • Grade-appropriate booktalks and/or storytimes
  • Talking about the summer or winter reading programs (if applicable)
  • Research orientation
  • We are also open to your preferences and suggestions

Field trips to library: We would love to have you and your students visit the Villa Park Public Library. Here are some examples of how your students will spend their time during a field trip to the library:

  • Grade-appropriate booktalks and/or storytimes
  • Talking about the summer or winter reading programs (if applicable)
  • Research orientation
  • Tour of the Youth Services area
  • Free time for browsing
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • We are also open to your preferences and suggestions

Book Awards

State Book Awards

Illinois state book awards are facilitated by the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA).

National Book Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) and its divisions facilitate many book awards at the national level.

See a full list of all ALA book and media awards. Some of the most popular awards for children & young adult (YA) literature are listed below:

  • Alex Award
    • Awarded to a YA novel written for ages 12-18
  • Caldecott Medal
    • Awarded to a children’s picture book
  • Coretta Scott King Book Awards
    • Awarded to outstanding books for young adults and children written by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience
  • Newbery Medal
    • Awarded to the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
  • Printz Award
    • Awarded to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in YA literature.
  • Pura Belpré Award
    • Awarded to children & YA books written by a Latino/Latina author.

Feedback

If you would like to suggest a new service, give feedback on our current services, or just leave any general feedback, please Contact Us or complete our anonymous Feedback Form.