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Services for Educators

The Ferguson's Youth Services Department is committed to supporting local educators with information, materials, and special services.

Teacher Units | Professional Organizations | Teachers as Learners | Reading and Books | Preschool Educators | Technology and the Internet

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Teacher Units

To support your curriculum needs and make the library's materials more readily available, the Ferguson’s Youth Services librarians will pull together a customized package of materials on a specific subject for you. Please request this service at least two days before you need the material. Requests can be made in person at the Main Library, or over the phone. 

Recommended Websites

Professional Organizations

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
A group of school librarians whose mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library media field.

Association for Library Service to Children
A youth division of the American Library Association. Information can be found about reading and programs of special interest to children and parents, including lists of award-winning and notable books, recordings, video tapes and software for children.

CBC (Children's Book Council)
The Children's Book Council is the non-profit organization of children's book publishers that sponsors National Book Week each November. The site contains a wealth of information about children's literature and book publishing.

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
A professional organization for both new and experienced writers and illustrators.

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
A professional organization whose mission is to advocate, promote and strengthen service to young adults as part of the continuum of total library service, and to support those who provide service to this population.


Teachers as Learners - Education Resources

Contains lesson plans, worksheets, games, and flashcards designed for use by ESL teachers.

Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Resources
Find lesson plans, a resource center, and an electronic newsletter centered around colonial life. Links and an online resources catalog are included.

Education World
Lesson plans, curriculum support, education news and even cool schools of the week.

The Educators Reference Desk
Education information and 200+ question archive responses.

The Learning Page
A "teacher's eye view" of millions of documents and other resources, with suggestions on how to use them from the Library of Congress.

Teachers Helping Teachers
Useful information donated by other teachers that is updated on a weekly basis. Lesson plans can be accessed by subject.

Can you imagine getting over 200 ideas for book reports? Stop in and you'll be stunned by the wealth of ideas for lesson plans for each subject.


Reading and Books

Caldecott Medal Page
List of winners and information about the history of the award and how it is chosen.

Children's Literature Navigator
Resources for teachers, librarians, parents, and kids. This site contains numerous links to popular author biographies, award lists, illustrators, and organizations. A great source of information on the wide world of children's books.

Children's Literature Web Guide
A complete guide to Internet resources related to books for children. Includes the most comprehensive guide to English-language children's book awards on the Internet.

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
A collection of children's and young adult
literature. The site contains information about the CCBC collections, services, publications, upcoming events, and the CCBC-NETon-line discussion.

International Children's Digital Library
A collection of international children's books for children ages 3-13, as well as librarians, teachers, parents, and caregivers who work with these children.

Juvenile Series and Sequels
A complete listing of series and sequel titles for children.

Newbery Home Page
A list of winners and information about the history of the award and how it is chosen.

Picturing Books
A wide range of resources related to picture books. Includes information on evaluating picture books, practical use for picture books, and a look at how they are made. Storytime resources too.

For teachers, librarians, and homeschoolers, this site's goal is to get great children's books into the hands of great children. The site includes storytime ideas and book recommendations.

School Library Journal
Well respected journal for librarians who work with children and young adults. Features highlights from past editorials, articles and reviews of upcoming issues.

Vandergrift's Children's Special Interest Page
A thought provoking approach to children's literature with links to many interesting sites from Professor Kay Vandergrift of Rutgers.

Young Adult Books in Series and Sequels
A complete listing of series and sequel titles for young adults.


Preschool Educators

Preschool Education
Great craft and felt board ideas, circle games and rhymes, and tons of theme related activities for the
preschool classroom.

First-School Preschool Activities & Crafts
For preschool & kindergarten teachers and parents, this site contains lesson plans, early childhood activities, printable crafts, and a calendar of events. Lesson plans are suitable for ages 2-6.


Technology and the Internet

From Now On - Educational Technology
Tackles topics such as internet use policies, assessment, libraries of the future, grants, and parenting. A terrific collection of feature articles, websites and other resources you can use in your family, classroom, or community.

Global School House
Fresh and exciting topics for teachers and children looking for interesting global learning projects.