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Preschool Teachers

Infants and Toddlers

We have two special collections designed just for you:  Sneak Bags and Tot Boxes.

Sneak Bags are for our very youngest readers, aged 18-24 months.  They include a collection of board books and soft toys on themes such as On the Farm, Potty Time, and We Build.  Just like other library materials, they check out for 3 weeks at a time and can be requested through the library catalog.

Check out sneak bags

Tot Boxes are thematic storytimes in a box designed for 2 and 3-year-olds. From Animal Friends to Shapes to Transportation, these include several picture storybooks as well as items such as simple puzzles, puppets and soft toys. Tot Boxes check out for one week (Sunday to Saturday) and can be reserved up to a year in advance. Call us at 785-580-4565 to make your reservation.

Check out tot boxes

3-5 year-olds


A selection of the items in the “On the Range” Reading Chest.

Reading Chests have been created with your little learners in mind. With 62 topics ranging from the Circus to Kansas to the Seasons of the year, this storytime-in-a-box includes up to 10 read-alouds and items for your centers such as puzzles, games and imaginative toys. Reading Chests check out for one week (Sunday to Saturday) and can be reserved in advance by calling 785-580-4565 .

Check out reading chests

Elementary and Middle School Teachers


OverDrive logoOverdrive isn’t just for teachers, but here’s why you’ll love it.  Download the ebook version of a book you’re using in class, and you can project it on your Smartboard to use with your class.

Go to OverDrive

Hoopla thumbnailHoopla has thousands of ebooks, comics, music, video and audiobooks without waiting time. They can be checked out immediately.

Go to Hoopla


Audiobooks and read-alongs are great for listening centers!

  • CDs–  We have hundreds of titles to choose from.
  •  Playaways–  All kids need is a pair of headphones to plug into this convenient, lightweight, pre-loaded MP3 player.  The controls are intuitive to kids who have been raised in the digital age.
  • Read-alongs –  These picture books with a CD tucked into the back pocket are perfect for kids just learning to read.
  • Playaway Bookpacks–  A special kid-friendly playaway with fewer buttons as well as several read-along picture books are conveniently packaged into one item for easy checkout.
  • Digital audiobooks – The library offers two free digital libraries full of audiobooks at OverDrive and Hoopla, with user-friendly apps.

Book Group in a Bag

Are you ready to use literature circles in class or start an after-school book club?  Book Groups in a Bag provide you with 10-15 copies of the same book + a discussion guide. Simple and easy. Give us a call at 580-4565 or send an email, and we’ll get you whichever title meets your students’ needs.

Also take a look at the book order option below- it will be a huge time-saver when you suddenly have 10 students who are dying to read about zombies and there are only two books in the school library!

Find read-alikes

When the holds list for the hottest new book is 40 kids long, it can be challenging to motivate some kids to read.  Novelist is a fabulous, easy-to-use tool to help connect kids with other books they might enjoy.  Just type in the name of the book, then click on one of the read-alike links to get a list of similar titles.  You can also search by topic, browse topical book lists such as Number Sense or Dystopian Fiction, and find discussion questions for picture books under “Picture Book Extenders.”

Any Level

Book Orders are available to teachers at any time.  Give us a call at 785.580.4565 and we’ll gather some checked-in books on the topic of your choice at the appropriate reading level for your students, then place them in the holds pick-up room or send them on a bookmobile or to a smartlocker.  You can request up to one book order per week- just give us a week’s notice to gather your items.