Teachers’ Page

Welcome To our Teacher’s Page

The Children’s Librarians look forward to working with our local educators during the school year. Please take a few moments and read below to learn about new programs and research tools available through the Peru Public Library.

Partnering with Teachers Program
To assist teachers in acquiring supporting materials for their curriculums, the library hasgirl with books created a Teacher Request Form (click here for  online version).  The children’s librarians will research the availability of materials and make arrangements to obtain the items.  Should restrictions occur regarding the availability of the items requested, the librarians will contact the individual teacher.  To make a request, teachers simply complete the Teacher Request Form and return it to the Children’s Department via e-mail at teacherhelp@perulibrary.org or by faxing at 815-223-1559.  You may also call the department at 815-223-0229 ext. 5 to discuss materials needed. 

Read Away Your Fines Program
Recognizing the important role libraries play in a child’s education, the Read Away Your Fines program was developed. Through this program any child 12 and younger may spend time reading at the library and for every 15 minutes spent reading at the library, the child earns a $ 1.00 reading buck. Reading bucks are used to reduce existing late fees. Occasionally, a child returns a damaged book or loses a book resulting in the replacement cost for that item being added to the child’s account. These situations are handled on an individual basis with each family. Teachers are encouraged to refer families to the Children’s Department if they know of a child who is unable to enjoy all the library has to offer because of account issues.

Accelerated Reader and the Five Finger Rule
Teachers can feel comfortable referring a student to the Peru Public Library. The Children’s Department offers a large variety of picture books, easy readers, chapter books, fiction and historical fiction novels, graphic novels, biographies and informational books. 

five fingersThe library has also made book selecting easy for any student participating in the Accelerated Reader program. A book in the Children’s Department that is found in the Accelerated Reader database at arbookfind.com has been labeled with the AR level and point value assigned to that book. Through a simple color coding system, students can easily determine the grade level of the books.  Most importantly, the librarians assist students in finding books of interest within their assigned AR reading range.

AR leveling is used as tool to help other students find books within their assigned grade level who are not participating in the formal AR program. Furthermore, by using the 5 Finger Rule, we help families determine if a book may be too advanced for a reader. 

Free Downloadable Music, Books, and More
The library continues to add electronic resources to its lending library for Peru Library cardholders. For more information on downloadable resources including books, audiobooks, magazines, and music click here.

Homework and research is made easier when students have access to free homework websites and research tools available on line through the Peru Public Library. For helpfulbook bag homework sites click here

Research projects can be daunting but the library can help. For example, students completing a family history project will most likely find their family history information through World Vital Records, a database containing billions of family history and genealogy records, U.S Federal census data and more.

To access the library’s entire collection of free research tools, a valid Peru Public Library card is required. Non-Peru patrons should inquire what research tools are available through their home library. To find out about all of our online databases click here.

Book Talks for Schools
The Children’s Department is pleased to offer book talks to classrooms. To set up a book talk teachers simply call the department at 815-223-0229 ext. 5 or send an e-mail to teacherhelp@perulibrary.org requesting a book talk. A children’s librarian will contact the teacher to discuss how the book talk can be tailored to meet the needs of the students.

Children’s Events and Programs
The children’s services department adds new programs each year. This year we are adding monthly Family Fun Nights. For information on all of our programs, click here.

Suggestion Box
Teachers inspire not only students but the world around them. Any teacher can make a suggestion boxsuggestion to help the library be even better.  Perhaps you have a suggestion for additional homework help websites or research databases. Maybe we are missing a great children’s book series. Let us know. Simply e-mail us (perulibrary@perulibrary.org) to submit a suggestion or idea for new programming. We look forward to hearing from you!

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