Teacher Services

Teacher Services Guide

Learn about the services provided by the Lake Villa District Library to Lake Villa and Lindenhurst elementary and middle schools. (guide will open as a PDF)


Professional Development Workshops

Looking for Professional Development Opportunities? We Can Help!

Did you know we offer free professional development workshops for educators? We cover all kinds of interesting topics throughout the school year! Check back to see what we have coming up!

Future CPDUs

School Anxiety and Your Student
Thursday, April 20, 4:30 - 5:30pm

Does your student experience generalized and/or test anxiety at school? Join us as clinical psychologists from NorthShore University HealthSystem discuss the manifestations of anxiety in school-age children and how you can help. One CPDU credit is available for teachers who attend.


Resources from Past Workshops

Booktalking Magic

Reading Informational Text: Skills for Research Projects in Grades K-6

Tap Into New Nonfiction: A Compiled Bibliography

For more information, contact Rachel Reinwald | 847.356.7711 ext.5113 | rreinwald@lvdl.org

School Card

Need to pick up a handful or two of materials in a pinch? The School Card is the perfect solution. Here's how it works:

  • Come to the library, choose up to 10 items, show your school ID at the Youth Services Desk and check out your materials
  • You can also call in advance and we'll hold your requested items up to 24 hours
  • Items check out for the normal timeframe (3 weeks for books and audio materials; 1 week for DVDs and magazines)
  • This service is available to schools within the library district

Teacher Connection Newsletter

Stay in the know about all of the services, programs and resources of interest to educators with Teacher Connection. Issues are emailed directly to area teachers throughout the school year. If you’d like to receive Teacher Connection, please contact Rachel Reinwald | rreinwald@lvdl.org

2016/2017 School Year

  • February 2017 (Topics: Quality Questioning and Booktalking Magic CPDUs; Library Smarts; Lekotek Sensory Storytime; introducing Elisa Gueffier, new Head of Youth Services)
  • December 2016 (Topics: Eureka Science; Lekotek Sensory Storytime; Write Stuff Literary Magazine; Books for parts of animals; resources for holidays around the world)
  • November 2016 (Topics: Battle of the Books, Communications then and now; World Almanac for Kids eResource)
  • October 2016 (Topics: Human genetics books, GALE Online Courses, October CPDU: New Teacher Q&A, Artober event at LVDL, books on natural and man-made disasters, The Night Gardener)
  • September 2016 (Topics: New circulating items, tutor.com, expanded OverDrive selection, Battle of the Books, Library Smarts, Teacher Folders, BookArt Contest)

2015/2016 School Year

  • May 2016 (Topics: Earn CPDUs free from home; Friends of LVDL Book Sale; Playaway Day; Summer Reading Program; Rithmatist Melee program; Margins Project)
  • April 2016 (Topics: Books and activities for studying oviparous animals; Battle of the Books results; new programs coming up at LVDL)
  • March 2016 (Topics: Battle of the Books; Children's Choice Award voting tallies; new engineering and design books; mock Caldecott CPDU)
  • February 2016 (Topics: New Library Smarts visits on text features; LVDL welcomes new Teen Librarian; 2016 ALA Youth Media Awards; upcoming CPDU workshops)
  • January 2016 (Topics: Voting for Children's Choice Awards; Shakespeare program at the library; Youth Media Awards; Write Stuff Literary Magazine; February CPDU; book discussion groups; Winter Reading Program)
  • December 2015 (Topics: Researching with 2nd graders; new listening kits and books to teach; BookArt Contest winners)
  • November 2015 (Topics: Displaying student work at LVDL; playing with Monarch Awards; The Write Stuff Literary Magazine 2016)
  • October 2015 (Topics: Booktalks, CPDU: New Award Books, Children's Choice Award nominees in Spanish, Battle of the Books)
  • September 2015 (Topics: Summer Reading Program, Teacher Folders, Battle of the Books, BookArt Contest for Kids)

2014/2015 School Year

  • May 2015 (Topics: New history databases; new professional development books; Novel Thoughts book discussion)
  • April 2015 (Topics: New poetry books; 2015 Monarch, Bluestem and Caudill winners; poetry and Common Core)
  • March 2015 (Topics: 2015 Youth Media Awards; new CPDU workshop coming April 29)
  • February 2015 (Topics: Typing practice games; voting for Caudill, Bluestem and Monarch Awards; new CPDU workshop coming February 24; book buzz for Native American units; Battle of the Books and Kid Coders programs)
  • January 2015 (Topics: Caudill, Bluestem and Monarch Awards; resources for teaching about animal adaptations)
  • December 2014 (Topics: Mystery picture books and websites; BookArt Contest winners)
  • November 2014 (Topics: Books on hibernation, world holiday resources, Write Stuff Literary Magazine)
  • October 2014 (Topics: New books aligned to your curriculum, new CPDU workshop coming October 28, Resources on Native Americans)
  • September 2014 (Topics: Library Smarts, Book Art Contest, Battle of the Books, Children’s Choice books with reading levels)

Classroom Connection Bag Request

Classroom Connection bags are a way to use library materials to support your curriculum. You give us a topic, and we give you a bag filled with books, magazines, DVDs, and/or CDs. It’s perfect for a special assignment or unit.

Please fill out the form to let us know what you want—we just need a week's notice. We’ll contact you when your bag is ready to be picked up. This service is available to schools within the library district.

For more information or to add your school, please contact Rachel Reinwald | 847.356.7711 ext.5113 | rreinwald@lvdl.org

Examples of topics: "Inventors" or "American Civil War"; Will this be a read aloud or independent student reading?
Select all that apply
Will there be an out of classroom assignment for this topic?