- For Teachers -
The Bloomington Public Library (BPL) Children’s Services Department offers materials geared toward children of all abilities through Grade 5 while BPL’s TeenZone offers materials for those in Grades 6-12. However, both middle and high school teachers are welcome to utilize materials and services offered by the Children’s Department.
- The Children’s Department lends board books, picture books, beginning readers, short chapter books, fiction, and nonfiction. Also available are magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, Itty Bitty Kits, Back Pack early literacy kits, STEM kits, and books in 29+ languages other than English -- many of them bilingual. We are continually expanding our collections!
- For use while at the Library, the Children’s Department offers multiple play areas, crafts, computers and tablets, board games, story times, and other programming.
- Educator Cards -
BPL’s Educator Cards allow our community’s educators to take advantage of BPL’s collection while offering helpful benefits such as extended check-out periods and overdue fine forgiveness. To be eligible for an Educator Card, educators must be employed in a licensed PreK-Grade 12 institutional setting in Bloomington or Normal though they do not have to live in Bloomington or Normal. To get an educator card, apply in person at the Children’s Service Desk. Show a valid photo ID with proof of current address and proof of current teacher status such as a school ID, pay stub, or letter on school letterhead.
- Student Cards -
Student Library Cards are given to every student in District 87 and Unit 5. (If a student lives in Bloomington, their Student Card is issued by BPL and is distributed by the school’s media specialist. If the student lives in Normal, their Student Card is issued by Normal Public Library and will arrive in the mail). New cards are issued each year to students who are new to the district – kindergarteners and transfer students.
- BPL Student Library Cards allow students:
- to check out up to three items at a time from BPL,
- to check out up to three items at a time from BPL,
- access to all the online resources offered by BPL,
- to access the Library’s teenZone area (for those age 12-18),
- Student Cards can be upgraded to a Kids Card. This will allow the child to have up to 50 items checked out from the Library at a time. To upgrade to a Kid Card, the child simply needs to visit BPL with his/her parent or guardian and provide proof of a current Bloomington address.
- Class Visits -
BPL welcomes classes to visit its Children’s Department. During these visits, librarians can give a tour, provide instruction in using library services, and/or present a story time or book talk. Please contact the manager of our Children’s Department at email@example.com or 309.557.8960 to schedule a class visit. Arrangements should be made at least one month prior to the visit. Please call Children’s Services Manager, Melissa Robinson, at least one month in advance at 309.557.8960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- School Outreach -
- Children’s staff visit schools and provide presentations about the library, specialized story times, teacher institute day trainings, and more.
- Our staff routinely visit area schools each Spring to promote the annual Summer Reading Program.
- Teacher Pack Requests -
Teachers seeking materials for a specific topic can request that the librarians pull these items in advance of the teacher visiting the library to pick them up.
- Teachers can submit lists of desired materials or topics:
- online by completing the “Teacher Pack Request” form at bit.ly/TeacherPacks
- by calling the Children’s Department at 309.590.8961
- in person at the Children’s Services Desk
Once you’ve submitted a request, please give us three days to collect the items. Our staff will notify you when your pack is ready and will return the materials to the shelf if the pack hasn’t been picked up within seven days.
- Online Databases -
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NoveList K-8 Plus
A "what do I read next" resource for fiction readers in grades K-8. Search by plot or browse genre and award lists. Teacher resources including book talk examples and reading lexiles.
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World Book Online
The World Book web site offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides.
Worldwide library catalog that includes books, manuscripts, maps, computer programs, musical scores, film, newspapers, journals and magazines, and everything else found in a library.
Additional online resources can be accessed from the Kids Homework Help page on our website – bit.ly/BPLHomeworkHelp. These resources are divided into the following categories: General Homework Help, Reading, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, and en Espanol.
Our TeenZone Homework Help page also offers suggested online resources which can assist with homework.
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