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Get it. Use it. @ The Deerfield Public Library

You want to give your children everything they need to succeed academically, but it can be tough on a budget. Did you know there is place where homework help, exciting programs and other educational resources are free? It’s the Deerfield Public Library! Sign up for a library card so your children can start learning today.

Deerfield residents need only bring a valid drivers’ license or other identification and proof of residence to register for a library card for themselves or their children. Reciprocal borrowers can register with their home library card and a valid drivers’ license or other identification. Riverwoods and Bannockburn residents should contact the Library for more information.

There are many fabulous resources available to you and your family at the Deerfield Public Library!

Back-to-School Resources for Parents and Teachers

school bus 3There are lots of resources to prepare kids, parents, and teachers for the back-to-school transition. Take a look at these:

Kids Health provides a variety of health information, free of medical jargon, for kids, teens, parents, and educators. They have some great suggestions for going back to school.

Check out this helpful PBS website with information for parents about sending their children to school. It contains ideas on choosing a school, talking with your children about going to school, and parent-teacher partnerships.

Get Off to a Smart Start is a website by Scholastic that has lots of useful tips for teachers to prepare for the school year including a Back to School checklist and sample letters to welcome new students and parents. has over 9,000 free printables for parents and teachers. Print off Mad Libs, worksheets, nursery rhymes, and word scrambles for your students.

We have a large and diverse Juvenile Book Group Collection, perfect for lit circles and book groups! There are multiple copies of each title and the books in this collection circulate for six (6) weeks instead of three (3). Download the list here!

Resources for You and Your Child with Special Needs

Does your child need support before visiting the Library for the first time? This social story will help pre-teach what the structure and routine of a library experience will be like. With this story, your child will gain a visual familiarity of the Youth Services Department so that they can feel comfortable and confident during their visits and be able to use the services.

The Science of Everyday Life

All you science fans out there should check out this wonderful website called The Science of Everyday Life. Find cool activities for the whole family such as “Make Ice Cream in a Bag” and “Build a Bug Observation Box” or participate in the “Green Car Wash Challenge”! There are also lesson plans for teachers and more science fun for students. Take a look and put your science skills to the test!

Levels for Early Readers

The Youth Services department provides an easier way to find books for your young reader. Early Reader books are now organized into 5 levels covering a range of language and content to better support your child’s literacy development: Phonics, Pre-Emergent, Emergent, Early Fluent, and Fluent.

Check out this pamphlet on our early readers for more information.

Websites for Parents and Teachers

Zero to Three
This website has useful information on child development, early literacy, and school readiness. You can find articles to read as well as activities to do with your child or student.

Internet Basics Presentations

Two Girls on a Computer Looking for some tips to help you search the web? Check out the Youth Services librarians’ PowerPoint presentation on Internet Searching: How to Navigate the Web Like a Pro!

You may also be interested in: Internet Safety: How to Stay Smart Online.