Parents and Teachers

For Parents

We have a special Parenting Collection located in the Preschool Area. The collection contains a variety of topics, such as:

  • Child rearing
  • Reading to your children
  • Books dealing with sensitive issues
  • Adolescence/Puberty
  • Traveling with children

Book Bundles

Each bundle has picture books, music, a movie, a puppet and laminated pages with craft and fingerplay ideas covering one topic. Book Bundles are perfect for preschoolers, but all ages will enjoy them.

Available Book Bundles

For Teachers

We provide services and materials for infants through eighth-graders, their parents, teachers and others who work with young people. Teachers and youth group leaders can find magazines, books and other materials for group projects at the library.

Teacher Loan Cards

Teacher Loan cards are available to certified full-time educators or media specialists working in schools served by the Orland Park Public Library.

Teacher Loan Card information and application (PDF)

For Elementary Teachers

PAL (Partners At the Library) Pages

A newsletter, posted three times a year, with information highlighting new books and programs at the library. Download a PDF of the PAL Pages.

PAL PAKS

PAL PAKS are tote boxes containing grade level materials based on a theme. We also have variety PAKS of fiction titles.
PAL PAKS brochure
PAL PAKS request form

Pik-a-Pak Collection

A listing of books available in multiple copies for classroom projects, reading circles or independent reading. Some of the titles are also available on CD. Download a PDF of the Pik-a-Pak Collection.

Assignment Alerts

Assignment alerts enable us to set aside the needed materials and to guide your students through their search. Assignment alerts can be made with a phone call, fax, e-mail, or by regular mail.

Book Lists and Professional Tools

We have a great number of topical bibliographies for your use as well as for your students. The library subscribes to many professional educational magazines. There is a professional nonfiction section available with helpful and current titles. We also have a substantial collection of parenting books and magazines available for checkout. You might wish to refer parents to these resources when they ask for your help with concerns.

Displays

We encourage Orland Park schools to use library space to exhibit art work. Sign up information for the Youth Service Department’s monthly art exhibit is sent to the school art teachers at the beginning of the school year.

Tours for Classes, Teachers and School Visits

Classes are welcome to visit the library for an orientation and tour. If you would like to schedule a tour of the library please call to arrange a date and time. We are also able to visit your classroom for special programs, booktalks and database instruction. Please allow a one month notice when calling to arrange a tour or visit.

Homeschooling Resources

Located in the professional nonfiction section for teachers.

For Preschool Teachers

Preschool Pages

Preschool Pages is a seasonal newsletter for the parents and caregivers of preschool children in Orland Park. It showcases programming we have at the library for ages 2-6 year olds as well as highlights great books for that age. Download a PDF of the Preschool Pages for Winter 2017

Preschool Pak

A bag of materials, appropriate for ages 3 to 5, on a certain topic. Each Pak has a core collection of fiction and nonfiction titles, as well as a folder with master copies of songs, craft ideas, and coloring pages.
Preschool Pak Frequently Asked Questions
Current Preschool Pak Topics

Displays

We encourage Orland Park schools to use library space to exhibit art work. Sign up information for the Youth Service Department’s monthly art exhibit is sent to the school art teachers at the beginning of the school year.

Tours for Classes, Teachers and School Visits

Classes are welcome to visit the library for an orientation and tour. If you would like to schedule a tour of the library please call to arrange a date and time. We are also able to visit your classroom for special programs, booktalks and database instruction. Please allow a one month notice when calling to arrange a tour or visit.

Preschool Teacher Loan Card information and application.

An Orland Park Teacher Loan Card will enable you to check out materials which can be used to directly benefit your students.
Download a PDF of the Preschool Teacher Loan Card information and application.