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Teacher Services

The Library offers special services to our schools and its teachers. We love to work in partnership with our schools, and are always willing to work with you on developing programs and presentations.


School Liaisons

Preschool Liaison

April Lee, 847-663-6628

School Liaison

Mikey Orzechowski, 847-663-6632

Teen Liaison

Donna Block, 847-663-6434


Virtual Classroom Visits

Our School Liaisons regularly virtually visit our local schools. The School Liaison usually schedules her visits through the School Media Specialists, but you can contact any of the Liaisons to arrange for a special virtual visit. With enough advance notice, they can prepare presentations on subjects like science fair projects. They can read stories or deliver book talks to get kids excited about reading.


Teacher Requests

Let us share the load of your lesson planning! Our Teacher Loan Coordinator, Cate Levinson, will select books for you and email you when they are ready for pick up. The materials will be checked out to you on your teacher card. Fill out a Teacher Loan Request Form online, or call the KidSpace Department at 847-663-6622 to make your request over the phone.


Teacher Cards

Any teacher whose school is located in the Library District can receive a teacher card free of charge, regardless of their home address. Books checked out on a teacher card have a three-week loan period and can be renewed if they are not on hold. DVDs may be checked for three weeks. Teachers are responsible for the materials checked out on their cards. Please download the Teacher Card Statement of Responsibility and Teacher Card Information Sheet. Please send your Teacher Card Statement of Responsibility to Patron Services.

Which schools are in the Library District?

  • District 71 Culver School
  • District 63 Apollo, Nelson, Twain and Washington; Gemini Middle School
  • District 64 Emerson Middle School
  • Private schools include Children's Learning World, Embers Academy, Logos Christian Academy, Northridge Prep, Notre Dame College Prep, and St. John Brebeuf


Library Visits

We love classes to come visit the Library! You can work with our school liaisons to have a presentation of some kind and a tour. We also work with entire schools who want to make a Literacy Night visit with parents! Contact our school liaisons above to make arrangements.


Begin with Books Bags

Our Begin with Books bags have everything you need for putting on a storytime in your preschool or Kindergarten classroom! These bags are limited to teacher card holders. They circulate for four weeks. 


Each bag contains:

  • 10-12 picture books
  • flannel pieces that match the theme
  • a puppet or stuffed animal
  • a binder with fingerplays, songs, craft suggestions and other ideas

Themes include:

  • Colors
  • Shapes & Numbers
  • Transportation
  • Zoo Animals
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Summer

To order a bag, contact the KidSpace Desk at 847-663-6623.