Back-to-School: Teachers’ Edition

School is just around the corner.  I know teachers have been preparing for the coming school year by decorating your classroom, planning first lessons, and working on learning all those names!  We appreciate your hard work.  From preschool to college, check out the list below to see how your library can help make your teaching life easier.

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.

Tot Boxes are thematic storytimes in a box designed for 2s and 3s.  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.

Preschool Teachers (3-5 year-olds):

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 up to one year in advance.  Call us at 785.580.4565 to make your reservation.

books, puppets, and vinyl animals

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

Elementary and Middle School Teachers:

Kansas Connections offers FREE, fun, entertaining, and educational hands-on programs on Animals, Science, Arts & Music, and History for kids from Kindergarten to 7th grade.  A specialist will come to your classroom, bringing cool stuff like live animals, explosive experiments, or creepy urban legends.kc


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

Audiobooks and read-alongs are great for listening centers!  Check out all the different ways to get audiobooks.

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!

High School Teachers and College Professors:

Your student doesn’t have to be a permanent resident to get a Topeka Library card, and that card gives them access to many databases they can access from the media center or dormitory to use for research papers and other assignments.

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.

Library Tours are a great way to familiarize your students with the public library.  We offer many options for tours, including a storytime or booktalk, a visit to the art gallery or Topeka room, and of course the famous check-in machine.  Call us to schedule a tour for your group (785.580.4565).

Curator Heather Kearns helps a group of kids "get art".

Curator Heather Kearns helps a group of kids “get art”.


Natalie Moreland

Natalie is a Kids Librarian with a background in teaching. She delights in spreading bookjoy to people of all ages. She also takes interest in cycling, creating art, social justice, raising small livestock, and making music.