We have a variety of services to enhance your curriculum. Here are just a few.

Bookbag Requests

If you teach at a preschool, elementary, or middle school located within incorporated Des Plaines, we can provide you with a selection of materials to use in your classroom or help your students with their research needs. Des Plaines cardholders who homeschool their child(ren) can also request a bookbag.  Click here and complete the form and one of the librarians will contact you.  

School Library Cards

All schools, preschools, and daycare centers located within incorporated Des Plaines (excluding home-based centers) are eligible for a library card. To receive a library card, request an application from the Registration Desk at (847) 376-2787 or print out the application.

Scheduling Visits

We love visiting schools and class trips to the library! Due to the Pandemic and to keep everybody safe, we have created a virtual field trip to the library. We still love visiting students at school and can do so in person as long as the entire class is masked. Virtual visits are also still an option and regardless of the type of visit, we can still work with teachers or school librarians to create a meaningful experience that meets the needs of the students. Click here to sign up online for a visit. Some ideas to consider are:

  • Library Cards
  • Virtual Storytime and STEAM activity
  • Accessing the Digital Library
  • Book talks on new titles, a specific genre, or the yearly children's choice award titles (see our reading awards page for details)
  • Digital Resource Orientation

If you would personally like to learn more about how the library can support you as a parent homeschooling your child or teachers in the classroom please contact Stephanie Gelb (School Liaison), by email or phone at (847) 376-2795. 

High school teachers

Send your assignment alerts or schedule a visit by getting in touch with Ariana Haze, Teen Services Librarian, by email.