Preschool Teacher Handbook

An Introduction to the Elmhurst Public Library for Preschool Teachers


One of the Library’s roles is to serve as a Preschoolers’ Door to Learning. As the preschool coordinator, I assist preschool teachers in finding appropriate library materials and to present storytime programs to preschool classes. I have enjoyed working with preschool teachers in the past, and I look forward to seeing you this year. To schedule a classroom visit, please call me at 630-279-8696.

Katie Stringwell
Early Literacy Librarian

Privileges and Responsibilities

Not-for-profit preschool and day care centers that are not home-based and are within the city limits of Elmhurst are entitled to an Elmhurst Public Library Preschool privileges. Privileges entitle you to:

  • Place requests for classroom collections gathered by library staff. Please give one week’s notice. Please email us at Book collections may be picked up at the Drive-Up Window.
  • Please take only three holiday items (excluding Christmas) at a time
  • Check out materials without incurring overdue fines.
  • Elmhurst teachers may take items from the book sale room, free of charge. You must have your teacher’s ID from an Elmhurst school with you.
  • Sign up for a monthly email, “What’s New in Picture Books?” here.

How to Apply

The director of your preschool must fill out a yearly agreement with the library stating that the preschool accepts responsibility for materials checked out by their preschool teachers and listing the names of the teachers who are on staff. Each teacher will have their own teacher privilege account. The preschool accepts responsibility for replacement costs for materials that are not returned.

Special Collections

  • DVDs for classroom use
  • Big Picture Books – Large-size children’s books for reading aloud to groups of children
  • Read-Along picture books
  • Music CDs
  • Bilingual and Foreign Language books and music
  • Toys: puppets, puzzles, and adaptive toys for children with special needs
  • Kids’ Bags to Go: themed kits
  • Launchpads: tablets preloaded with educational apps for children in preschool and older
  • Board Games
  • STREAM Kits

Classroom and Library Visits

Preschool classes are invited to the Elmhurst Public Library every April for a 30-minute program that includes stories, songs, and a puppet show.

You may arrange one additional storytime to be held in your classroom and one additional storytime to be held in the library. To enable the preschool coordinator to plan a program that meets your students’ needs, it is important to call 630-279-8696 to arrange the visit at least three weeks in advance.