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Teacher Library Cards

To receive a teacher library card, you will need to fill out a new application even if you have had a teacher card with our library previously. 

Chicago Ridge Library teacher library cards are available to certified teachers who teach in School District 127 ½, and early childhood education day care centers in Chicago Ridge, and have a personal library card at their home library per our agreement with SWAN. 

If you do not have a home library card, please visit your home library to make a personal card. We are unable to make you a teacher card without your home library name and your home library card number. 

A teacher library card will enable you to check out materials which can be used within the classroom, for the benefit of the school and its students. The card is not meant to be used as a personal library card. The materials are for in-class use only and should not be taken home by the students.

Teacher library cards will be valid for one school year; cards expire each year on August 15th 

Materials can be checked out from Chicago Ridge Public Library for three (3) weeks. They can be renewed.

Teacher library cards have a checkout limit of 200 items, and a 50 item hold limit as well as offer access to the library databases and downloadable e-resources. 

We are here to serve—give us a call, email us, or stop by. It’s always “Teacher Time” at the Chicago Ridge Public Library!

Library, School, and Day Care Storytime

Classes from local schools and day care centers are welcome to visit the Library for a private storytime. 

This is a great chance for students to interact with Library staff and learn about what the Library can offer. To arrange a school visit, please contact the Youth Services department at least two weeks ahead of time.

Virtual or In-Person School Library Tours 

Teachers, local schools, and day care centers are encouraged to contact the Library for a private, virtual or in-person, orientation, and tour of the library. Individual classrooms can visit for a 1/2 hour library tour and to check out books, maks are required, and the library will provide a take back to school activity.  This is a great chance for students to interact with Library staff and learn about what the Library can offer. 

Youth Services Staff

Please reach out to the Youth Services Team with any questions, book requests, suggestions for personalized book list for your class, or any other ideas your may how for how the library can work collaboratively wth your and your class. 

Irene Ciciora
Salimah Boufath
Paula Johnson

Library and Classroom Visit Request Form

I would like a librarian to visit my class.
I would like to bring my class to the library.

Online Resources for Teachers

  • Common Core
    • Common core creativity : language arts fun in the classroom! : 30 projects and activities for middle school ELA
    • The Common core companion : the standards decoded, grades 9-12 : what they say, what they mean, how to teach them
    • Google Apps meets Common Core
    • The Common Core Standards
    • The everything parent's guide to common core math, grades K-5 : understand the new math standards to help your child learn and succeed
    • The Everything parent's guide to Common Core math, grades 6-8 : understand the new math standards to help your child learn and succeed
    • Common core for the not-so-common learner : English language arts strategies for grades K-5
    • Collaborating for success with the common core : a toolkit for professional learning communities at work
    • Using common core standards to enhance classroom instruction & assessment
    • Writing lessons to meet the common core : grade 1
    • Common core, unit by unit : 5 critical moves for implementing the reading standards across the curriculum
    • Connecting with students online : strategies for remote teaching & learning