Any public or private school or preschool that resides within our district can designate a primary contact for their institutional library account. School principals or LMC directors need to provide a teacher listing to our Outreach Services Manager, Marianne Thompson, at 630.685.4231 or firstname.lastname@example.org in order to issue library cards to teachers. Borrowing privileges are valid for one year, September 1–August 31.
Teachers may check out items for educational purposes and classroom use only. Materials are checked out for four weeks with no fines. Any lost and damaged library materials are subject to charges. Interlibrary Loan items and select equipment cannot be checked out on these accounts.
Requesting Library Materials for Classroom Use
All Bolingbrook elementary, middle and high school teachers may request to borrow library materials for classroom use. To request materials, please complete our Teacher Materials Request Form at least two weeks prior to when you need the items. Library materials borrowed through Outreach Services will be delivered directly to your school. These materials have a loan period of four week and are not subject to overdue fines. If our next scheduled school visit falls on a day when there is no school, please renew your materials by logging into your account, calling the automated phone system at 815.740.0978 or contacting Outreach Services at 630.685.4230.
We want to partner with your school! Teachers may contact our Outreach Services staff to sign up for time slots to bring their classes on the Bookmobile or to schedule monthly book talks. Our friendly staff can also participate in reading nights, multicultural fairs, STEM/STEAM events, guest reading events and other school events. At the beginning of each school year, we attend school registration days to sign up students for library cards to ensure they have their most important back-to-school tool. Contact us today to schedule us for your next event.
Every fall, we offer the Rockin’ Reading Race and Great Page Race to Bolingbrook students in grades K–8. Learn more about each of these programs and how you can win prizes for your school!
We provide a variety of storytimes inside the library and at area preschools, daycare centers and community locations such as Panera Bread and the Bolingbrook Historic Museum. In addition to reading books, storytimes include interactive songs and activities which help promote early literacy. See our events calendar for this month’s storytime schedule.
Every February we host Preschool Round-Up, an open house for parents to meet and talk with representatives from a variety of local preschools and daycare centers to help find the right fit for their child. The event includes prize drawings for children, teachers and parents, and several community organizations are also on hand to provide additional resources to attendees.
We offer monthly events to supplement your homeschool curriculum. Adventures in Homeschooling–Far Away Places at Your Fingertips allows K–5 homeschool teachers and their students to discover geography, stories, music and crafts using hands-on props and instruments. Teen and Tween Tech Homeschool Adventures gives homeschool students in grades 6–12 the opportunity to explore hands-on technology topics. Our Outreach Services staff also offers an off-site storytime for homeschoolers. See our events calendar for dates and times.
We offer a robust Ellison Die collection for teachers and youth leaders to use to complete special projects and bulletin boards. To use our Ellison Die cutter, please complete our Ellison Die Cuts Request Form at least 36 hours in advance of when you would like to visit. You will need to provide your own paper or other materials. For questions, please contact Children’s Services at 630.685.4181.